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This article was published on October 10, 2013


Alibaba pushes into the US as it leads $206 million investment in Shoprunner

Alibaba pushes into the US as it leads $206 million investment in Shoprunner
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Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him a Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him at [email protected].

Alibaba is diving into the US market with a substantial investment in two-day shipping service Shoprunner, The Wall Street Journal reports. It’s not known how much of the $206 million deal Alibaba chipped in, but it’s believed to have put in most of the funding. In August, the Chinese ecommerce leader was said to have paid $75 million for a minority part of the company.

eBay is said to have sold off its 30 percent stake in Shoprunner in this latest round. Shoprunner represents a strategic investment for Alibaba, as it offers a viable competitor to Amazon Prime and can help familiarize Alibaba with the US market.

Alibaba Leads $206 Million Investment in ShopRunner [WSJ]

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