Walmart, announce alliance in China


NEW YORK CITY: Wal-Mart will transfer its online Yihaodian operations in China to in exchange for a stake in the Chinese e-commerce giant in an alliance announced on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

Under the deal, will take ownership from Wal-Mart Stores of the Yihaodian brand, website and app. Wal-Mart will continue to run the Yihaodian direct sales business.

In exchange, Wal-Mart will receive nearly 145 million new shares, equivalent to
about 5 percent of the Chinese company, China’s second-largest online retailer after Alibaba.

Yihaodian has a strong presence in eastern and southern China and offers food and beverages, home goods and electronics. It had more than 100 million registered customers in July 2015, according to a Wal-Mart factsheet.

The deal is expected to benefit Wal-Mart by offering it exposure to other parts of China where Yihaodian is less known. will be able to offer more imported goods to the world’s second biggest economy from Wal-Mart global distribution chain.

Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club China also plans to open a flagship store on

“We are very happy to announce this landmark agreement between two leading retailers, which we are confident will help bring e-commerce in China to the next level and benefit millions of consumers,” said chief executive Richard Liu.

“Yihaodian will continue offering the outstanding user experience its customers have come to expect, which we will further augment by leveraging our unparallelled logistics capabilities and breadth of product categories.”

“We’re excited about teaming up with such a strong leader in, and the potential that this new relationship creates for customers in China, as well as for our businesses,” said Wal-Mart chief executive Doug McMillon.

In midday trade, Wal-Mart shares rose 0.5 percent to $71.29, while surged 7.9 percent to $21.72.


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