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Sellers Can View Product Demos Live on Alibaba March Expo

Sellers Can View Product Demos Live on Alibaba March Expo

Alibaba kicked off its annual month-long March Expo on Tuesday. The event connects merchants and suppliers around the world, letting small- and medium-sized businesses access new products and access “on-the-spot” discounts from suppliers. This year’s event is organized around the pillars of: Sustainability, Smart, Lifestyle, and Health.

At the top of the Alibaba.com website, you can click to view livestreams (or replays) where representatives from supplier companies demonstrate their products. Alibaba gives registered users the ability to download catalogs as well.

In conjunction with the Expo, Alibaba released data from a new survey of 2,401 US businesses, finding that nearly three-quarters (74%) were optimistic about the economy, which surpassed the pre-pandemic level of 62%. And it found that 39% of digitized businesses expected to grow exports in 2022, versus just 13% of those who rely on offline channels.

Alibaba also revealed it grew Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) 50% in the most recent quarter, year-over-year.

John Caplan, President of North America and Europe of Alibaba.com, said, “Our proprietary research into an important and growing segment of the US economy finds that getting digital is critical to success, with digitized businesses far outperforming in sales, exports, and investments versus those still operating offline using analog tools and processes.”

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.