Alibaba.com Launches New China TrustPass Product for Individuals
Beijing, China – June 10, 2008 – Alibaba.com Limited (HKSE:1688), the world's leading B2B e-commerce company, today announced the launch of a new product called "China TrustPass for Individuals" on its Chinese-language online marketplace, which connects suppliers and buyers trading domestically in China. Until now, Alibaba.com's China TrustPass membership had only been available to corporate users.
Similar to the corporate version, entrepreneurs need to pass a third-party authentication and verification process before they become a China TrustPass member. As part of this process applicants need to provide their identity card and bank information. Once they become an authorized China TrustPass member, Alibaba.com will maintain an online trust rating for individuals to build confidence and credibility with potential buyers.
Alibaba.com launched its original China TrustPass membership in 2002 and as of March 31, 2008 had more than 280,000 paying members. Alibaba.com's China marketplace has close to 25 million registered users and is growing at over 36% year-on-year. The price of the new product will be RMB2,300 per year, slightly lower than the corporate version which currently sells at RMB2,800.
"Starting up a new business and trading over the Internet has never been easier and more affordable for entrepreneurs," said David Wei, CEO of Alibaba.com. "Alibaba.com has always been a pioneer of trust and safety on the Internet and we believe that a reliable trust system for individuals as well as corporate e-commerce users is essential. China TrustPass for Individuals will help entrepreneurs build credibility and open up new business opportunities."
He continued, "The launch of this new product is in line with our strategy to further expand and monetize our fast growing China marketplace. We believe there is strong demand for this product in China as seen by the positive reception it has received during the pre-launch sales period." China TrustPass for Individuals was pre-launched on May 10, 2008 and has already signed up thousands of members.
China TrustPass for Individuals will help more entrepreneurs in China launch and develop their business by significantly lowering the start-up costs and entry barriers to running an online storefront and finding potential buyers. With more than 42 million small and medium-size enterprises, China already has one of the world's biggest communities of entrepreneurs.
About Alibaba.com Limited
Alibaba.com (HKSE:1688), a member of the Alibaba Group of companies, is the world's leading B2B e-commerce company. Alibaba.com runs an international marketplace (www.alibaba.com) focusing on global importers and exporters and a China marketplace (www.alibaba.com.cn) focusing on suppliers and buyers trading domestically in China. Together, its marketplaces form a community of around 30 million registered users from over 240 countries and regions.