Bigcommerce and Alibaba.com Announce Site Integration

TechCrunch

Bigcommerce, an online store platform for small-to-medium sized businesses and Alibaba.com announced an integration today that will allow Bigcommerce’s merchants to source goods directly from Alibaba.com through its platform.

This will benefit sellers by making the process of finding wholesalers and dropship suppliers (companies that ship products directly from manufacturers to customers) easier. Bigcommerce vendors will also be able to access Alibaba.com services, including its payment protection program and quality control inspection, directly from the platform. Bigcommerce, which has offices in San Francisco, Austin, and Sydney, says it currently has more than 55,000 retailers on its platform.

In turn, the integration can help Alibaba.com’s vendors sell more products and improve the site’s reputation. Alibaba.com, a marketplace for wholesale goods founded in 1999, was Alibaba Group’s first business.

Though Alibaba.com is China’s largest global wholesale marketplace by revenue, according to iResearch, it’s been hit by scandals including two separate incidents in 2011…

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