Australia's Bigcommerce inks integration deal with Alibaba

Australian e-commerce platform Bigcommerce has inked an integration deal with Alibaba Group, the Chinese online e-commerce giant that had the largest IPO ever when it listed on the New York Stock Exchange in September.

Australian e-commerce player Bigcommerce hopes to tap into Alibaba's expansive network of global buyers and sellers after signing an agreement with the Chinese company.

The new partnership will see the Bigcommerce e-commerce platform integrated with the buyer and supplier network of Alibaba Group's flagship site, Alibaba.com, providing the local company's customers with greater access to products and services internationally.

Bigcommerce hopes the deal will make it easier for its customers to find, purchase, and stock products from all over the world.

"With this Alibaba.com partnership, we are helping our merchants grow their online businesses every step of the way — from sourcing to selling," said Bigcommerce co-founder and CEO Eddie Machaalani. "Alibaba.com provides access to the world's largest network of suppliers and manufacturers of goods that will help our merchants build their online presence and expand into new revenue opportunities."

Alibaba.com's director of global marketing and business development, Michael Lee, believes that the agreement would help the site's merchants grow their online businesses.

"Alibaba.com provides access to the world's largest network of suppliers and manufacturers of goods that will help our merchants build their online presence and expand into new revenue opportunities," he said. "With this Alibaba.com partnership, we are helping our merchants grow their online businesses every step of the way — from sourcing to selling."

The move comes as Alibaba Group begins to strategically invest the $25 billion it raised in its US IPO last month . In late September, the Chinese company announced that it would pay $457 million for a stake in hotel tech company Beijing Shiji Information Technology.

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