Alibaba to Launch a Faster Delivery System for Healthcare Goods
Alibaba Group Holdings, the online shopping giant is now serving residents a three hour delivery service for health care good following its rival JD.com. the new service will be launch in five cities including Shanghai and Beijing then it will be expanded to 19 more cities by the end of 2015. Products not related to healthcare will be added soon in the future.
The delivery system will work through a partnership with five pharmacy chain stores that sells its goods using Alibaba’s Tmall website. Called Ji Su Da or fast delivery the service will link shoppers who bought eligible products to the nearest drugstores. Meanwhile Cainiao, an affiliate of Alibaba will operate in partnership with different logistics firms to handle the collection and deliveries of orders. The biggest e-commerce challenger for the service will be JD.com that is built on networks of strong logistics and fast delivery compared to Amazon.com. And aware of that devotion Alibaba spent years together with its partners to build up Cainiao to compete.
Ji Su Da will be part of a wider trend that will bring online various offline services ranging from finding the nearest restaurant deals or calling a taxi cab. The service is also known as the online to offline service that uses a smart phone in finding the location or the nearest service provider. As Alibaba is been strengthening its healthcare operations, it injected its online pharmacy operations to its affiliate Alibaba Health Information Technology that is meant to consolidate its healthcare enterprises and ride the boost in online health business.