Retail Revelations September 22, 2014 What Alibaba's Success Means for U.S. Retailers By Melissa Campanelli Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Email Email 1 Comment Comments « Previous 1 2 3 All 1 Comment View Comments Categories:E-CommerceInternational Strategy Companies:Amazon.com People:Kosha Gada Places:Cayman IslandsChinaU.S. E Melissa Campanelli Author's page Related Content Understanding the E-Commerce Ecosystem Amazon Targeting International Shoppers in App 2018 E-Commerce Trends: Fact vs. Fiction Jet.com Sees Sharp Decline in Traffic Magento Upgrade Guide for Merchants U.S. Retail Sales Increase 0.6% in March Comments Marketing Guy Thanks for the article Melissa — good introduction to Alibaba. But please don’t rely on Fox News for much of your information. I think Alibaba’s U.S. and worldwide potential impact is grossly underestimated. Have you shopped it? I have for several years. I can get most anything made in China — shoes, clothing, industrial goods and more — directly from Chinese producers and resellers at nearly ‘wholesale’ prices a fraction of the U.S. imported cost, paying nothing or only a tiny premium for shipping (costs maybe subsidized by the Chinese government?). With their ‘escrow’ feature, I don’t pay until I’ve received and accepted the quality of the goods. This is a game-changing business that is going to challenge all size retailers, large and small. Alibaba’s impact will be noticeable and measurable in the next 12 months — count on it. P.S. They don’t need ‘branding’ in the traditional sense, since they are just the middle-man. Once the Alibaba name gets known — and it is already — with proceeds from their IPO certainly earmarked for building worldwide awareness, look out! The earth just got smaller for business.