2017 Gateway Canada

And we are back! Team Gateway has been hard at work again to bring the Gateway conference back to North America. Along with four other AGLA colleagues, Ariana, Qian, Alex, Mathieu, Jeff and I came to Toronto, Canada’s most populous city to tell the Alibaba story to Canadian SME’s about the growing opportunities to sell to China’s middle class. China’s growing population and emerging middle class, which is ten times that of the Canadian population, presents a large opportunity for agribusinesses in Canada. This time at Gateway, I helped convene the break out sections for fresh food including an educational … Continue reading 2017 Gateway Canada

AGLA visits Yiwu – Home to China’s largest wholesale market

Last week, Class 2 of Alibaba’s Global Leadership Academy (AGLA) visited the world’s largest wholesale market located in Yiwu (义乌), Zhejiang province, a mere two hours bus ride from Alibaba HQ in Hangzhou. It not only turned out to be a trip to one of the most impressive wholesale cities in the world, where its over 75,000 merchants last year sold around 70% of the world’s Christmas decorations, but also a trip back in history to a time when Alibaba’s journey just began 18 years ago: as a platform for Chinese producers and wholesalers to export into the world through … Continue reading AGLA visits Yiwu – Home to China’s largest wholesale market

AGLA’s Rural Taobao Journey + Video

Alibaba’s 10-Year Strategy  Alibaba has three key priorities for the next decade: Globalization – helping SMEs expand beyond their borders via e-commerce, internet financing, data, marketing and logistics Rural Development – closing the digital divide and alleviating poverty through economic opportunity … Continue reading AGLA’s Rural Taobao Journey + Video