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Walmart Expands Partnership With China’s JD.com

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After forming a strategic alliance to expand online shopping options for Chinese shoppers in June, Walmart and e-commerce company JD.com are launching new options to provide customers with even more access to high-quality products worldwide.

These efforts will officially be available before Singles’ Day on Nov. 11, improving cross-border e-commerce and online to offline (O2O) services for consumers and supply chain functions across the country. Chinese consumers will also gain access to better product variety and be able to purchase numerous products already available on the country’s digital marketplace.

To foster their growing alliance, JD.com and Walmart are debuting three new joint initiatives.

An exclusive Sam’s Club flagship store will launch Friday and offer millions of consumers unlimited access to the retailer’s products with JD’s convenient same- and next-day delivery service. Walmart will utilize JD’s nationwide supply chain network and stock Sam’s Club merchandise in the e-tailer’s warehouses. This exchange will allow Walmart to reach a digital market and also provide JD’s shoppers with the opportunity to purchase Sam’s Club’s products at membership prices for 10 days following the official launch.

Both companies also initiated a Walmart Global shop on JD.com’s cross -border platform, JD Worldwide. With the new store, Chinese shoppers will be able to purchase many products imported by Walmart from other countries. Walmart anticipates that it will add new product categories as it connects other global markets to China and JD will continue offering its speedy home delivery service as well.

A two-hour delivery service will be also offered from Walmart stores in select cities. Customers ordering on JD Daojia, the grocery goods business of JD.com’s and Dada’s joint venture, will have access to the two-hour delivery service starting today from more than 20 Walmart locations. This collaboration follows the merger of Dada and JD Daojia, JD.com’s O2O business unit, in April. The “New Dada” joint venture is currently China’s largest crowdsourced logistics platform.

“The three areas of cooperation that we are launching exemplify the rapid pace with which our strategic alliance with Walmart is progressing,” JD.com CEO Richard Liu said. “Combining the strengths of Walmart, as the world’s largest retailer, and JD’s unparalleled same-day delivery network and reputation for authentic products is a potent force for providing Chinese consumers the best shopping experience.”

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