Cainiao Warehouse Demystified

Since its launch, “Double 11” has turned the online shopping festival into a national craze and hit new records for the ninth year: US$ 25.3 billion GMV; 1.3 billion packages generated in 24 hours, of which 812 million delivery orders was processed by Cainiao Network. After unpacking our orders placed on Double 11 (it felt like Christmas!), the AGLAers began to wonder how the logistics giant Cainiao worked its magic to sort out millions of parcels within a small period:  how automated is the Cainiao warehouse? how does the staff pick & pack orders? With these questions in mind, we … Continue reading Cainiao Warehouse Demystified

Alibaba: what’s it really like? An AGLA insider view from Ryan

Jack Ma belting out rock songs at an international cloud computing conference — not surprising. A midnight phone call announcing a sudden change in team direction to capitalize on a new opportunity — completely normal. It has been three months since I started my journey as an Alibaba Global Leadership Associate.  Arriving on campus for my first day, I never expected that Jack Ma would address our class.  Anticipating words of encouragement, inspiration, or motivation — I was taken aback at the advice from the iconic Chinese leader.  Wearing a simple blue t-shirt and scuffed shoes, Jack looked at us … Continue reading Alibaba: what’s it really like? An AGLA insider view from Ryan

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