China is one of the largest eCommerce markets in the world. Cross-border eCommerce stores offer overseas brands the opportunity to sell and interact directly with Chinese consumers. Without being a registered business entity in China, you can build your brand by opening online stores on Tmall global, JD worldwide, WeChat mini program stores and more. However, choosing which platform and what type of store to operate is difficult as each affects your budgeting, the operation procedure, marketing plan, and most importantly whether it will bring the target audience of your brand. Moreover, the store opening process involves submitting documents, filling forms in Chinese, using a Chinese mobile number to activate your account, and other steps which have to be completed in Chinese. If you have limited resources to manage this process, this service will be the best solution for you.
This service will assist in the setting up of your online stores in the following ways:
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The difference among platforms is not only about scale, but also about target markets. Tmall, JD worldwide and VIP are the players who are strong in both local markets and in cross-border eCommerce. While other platforms such as YangMaTou and Kaola (acquired by Alibaba already) only focus on cross-border eCommerce. Another option is to set up your WeChat store through your official Wechat account.
There are also more differences at the operational level. For example, Tmall is considered to have the most categories with a focus on clothes, cosmetics, and F & B brands. JD.com is mainly for purchases of home appliances and electronic equipment, but are expanding their categories rapidly. In terms of fees, Tmall and JD.com are comparable, although JD.com tends to charge slightly more expensive fees. Regarding payment methods, Tmall supports Alipay only & bank cards and JD.com supports WeChat Payment, JD Pay and bank card.
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