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Alibaba Takes on Shein with International Fashion App

A screenshot from the AllyLikes homepage, a new platform from Alibaba taking aim at the international fast fashion market. AllyLikes
A screenshot from the AllyLikes homepage, a new platform from Alibaba taking aim at the international fast fashion market. AllyLikes

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has a launched fast fashion platform, AllyLikes, to target Western consumer markets, news that was first reported this week by Chinese tech blog, Tech Planet.

Chinese shopping site Shein, which pumps out thousands of new styles per week at ultra-low prices, has taken the world’s Gen-Z consumers by storm amid a cross-border e-commerce boom, overtaking Amazon as the top shopping app on US app stores in May.

Alibaba looks to be aiming to tap into that boom and, with deep networks in China’s fashion supply chain and experience in cross-border logistics, in addition to its technical expertise, it may be better placed to compete with Shein than anyone else.

AllyLikes’ website and app shows fashion and accessories at very low prices, with “Fall Essentials” advertised from $5.99 and “100+ New Arrivals” advertised on its homepage. A banner advertisement declares free shipping to the US on orders over $49. According to the AllyLikes website, it currently ships to European countries including France and Italy, as well as Canada and the US.

AllyLikes is still in infancy, with data from Sensor Tower showing app downloads of less than 10,000 worldwide across the iOS App Store and Google Play last month. In comparison, Shein’s app had 5 million downloads from the iOS store and 9 million from Google last month, South China Morning Post reported.

Alibaba did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.

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