Australian startup Bigcommerce has signed a lucrative partnership with one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms, Alibaba.
The deal will provide Bigcommerce merchants with greater global access to products and services, and will result in Alibaba integrating its buyer and supplier network with Bigcommerce’s e-commerce platform.
Alibaba services millions of buyers and suppliers from countries including China, India, the United States and Thailand.
In a statement announcing the partnership, Bigcommerce co-founder and chief executive officer Eddie Machaalani says the deal will help the startup’s merchants grow their business “every step of the way – from sourcing to selling”.
“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 says.
Bigcommerce merchants can now source products directly from manufacturers around the world, including the ability to find suppliers and receive quotes within 48 hours with the AliSourcePro service.
Finding new and niche products will be easier for Bigcommerce merchants with the integration of Wholesale Checkout, Alibaba’s wholesale marketplace. They’ll also have one-click access from the Bigcommerce platform to Alibaba.com where they can find products, register and complete purchases.
Bigcommerce merchants can now purchase goods directly from the world’s leading network of independently verified manufacturers. In addition, they’ll have access to Alibaba buyer services such as payment protection program Escrow and third party inspectors for quality control.
Alibaba director of global marketing and business development Michael Lee says the company is partnering with Bigcommerce to make it easy for its customers to do business anywhere in the world.
“Alibaba.com and Bigcommerce together are building an integrated e-commerce ecosystem and helping to introduce more small and medium-sized merchants and online stores to the global market.”