Alibaba launches ‘wed­ding part­ner’ site

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd has started its first busi­ness-to­cus­tomer site. Called Hun­ban, which roughly trans­lates to “wed­ding part­ner”, it con­nects cus­tomers with wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers on­line.

It marks the e-com­merce gi­ant’s lat­est push into the ser­vices sec­tor. It has al­ready in­vested in Kuaidi, a taxi-hail­ing app, and Meituan, a group-buy­ing site.

Chen Guiyi, who is in charge of Alibaba’s lo­cal life ser­vice busi­ness unit, said that the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion mar­ket is es­ti­mated to reach 800 bil­lion yuan ($130 bil­lion) in China this year.

About 2,000 pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dios have set up vir­tual shops on Hun­ban, which of­fers pho­tos to be taken in Chi­nese cities and in such coun­tries as Thai­land.

Lin Wen­bin, an an­a­lyst with Analysys In­ter­na­tional, said Hun­ban can at­tract the at­ten­tion of Alibaba’s young users and may even­tu­ally lead them to pur­chase other things on Alibaba’s on­line plat­forms. (Photo 4)

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