Factory Reviews and the B2B Business Model

by Julian Righetti on October 9, 2012 in China Trade , Trade Websites ,

Last night, I met some friends who all work in sourcing and import/export in China. We started discussing the Alibaba b2b business model and other b2b business models that might be competitive. They questioned me as to why I think a review system for Chinese factories was a good idea.

First, Alibaba has a reputation problem that it will never recover from. Besides being a Chinese company and all the baggage that comes with that for international buyers, Alibaba’s b2b business model is based around FACTORIES subscribing to the website-the fac

Factory Review

by Julian Righetti on October 2, 2012 in China Trade ,

I think the idea of creating a factory

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Trade Websites 2….Alibaba’s Problems

by Julian Righetti on September 12, 2012 in Factory Review , Trade Websites ,

So, I think everyone knows Alibaba is a necessary evil. Alibaba’s problems can’t be listed easily here. Most people hate Alibaba. When I do research on suppliers, I usually consult Alibaba to see if I should avoid some factories. It’s essentially the phone book and while they have tried to bolster their “reliability”-it’s a joke-their reputation is terrible. Moreover, the user experience, interface, and overall feel of the website is typical of Chinese designs-small font, too much clutter, and confusing layout.

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B to B: New Players…But is the Game Rigged?

by Julian Righetti on September 11, 2012 in China Trade , Trade Websites ,

B to B: Importing from China, it pays to pay (for information and market intelligence).

To that end, I have done a lot of research about the different international trade websites and how this market is changing.

At the top, of course, you have Jack Ma and Alibaba.com. They dominate other B to B trade portals.

Alibaba controls about 60% of the global trade link b2b internet business. They primarily charge factories subscription fees. By delivering customers to factories, they help factories market to consumers.

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