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Alibaba In Numbers – Statistics And Trends

February 19, 2015

Alibaba, the famous buy-and-sell marketplace was founded by 18 people, led by a former English teacher from Hangzhou, China. On April 4, 1999, Jack Ma had a vision that took off and has provided employment for thousands of people since then. Check out our infographic, “Alibaba In Numbers – Statistics And Trends” for an in-depth look at this revolutionary online marketplace. You’ll get to understand how many people Alibaba employs, how many people use Alibaba on a daily basis and what kind of revenue Alibaba enjoys. Curious?

alibaba in numbers

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Number of employees26,845 (As of June, 2014)
Estimated  number of active buyers279 million
Number of annual active sellers8.5 million
Gross merchandise value of Alibaba’s retail marketplace$270 billion
Estimated number of annual orders in Alibaba’s marketplace12.7 billion
Estimated number of packages delivered from Alibaba China retail marketplace transactions5 billion
Estimated Number of Alibaba’s mobile Monthly Active Users (MAU)163 million

More Facts

  • Mobile-based transactions account for an estimated 19.7% of the total GMV for Alibaba
  • Alibaba accounted for 76.2% of the total mobile retail GMV in China last year.
  • Alibaba’s active buyers make 52 purchases per year on average.
  • Alibaba’s total sales on Singles’ Day 11/11 reached a record $9.3 billion in 2014. 42.6% of these sales came from customers using mobile devices.
  • In 2014, a record number of orders (278 million) were placed, nearly twice the number of orders for 2013.
  • Alibaba’s online payment platform,AliPay, accounts for roughly half of China’s online payment market.
  • An estimated 54% of AliPay’s transactions during 2014’s first 10 months were from mobile devices, as compared to 22% of all payments in 2013.
  • Alibaba’s sale of advertising on its marketplaces accounts for 17.3% of China’s online advertising market share in Q1, 2014.

Major Businesses Belonging To The Alibaba Group

 Business nameDate LaunchedDescription
Alibaba.comApril 1999Leading platform for global wholesale trade
1688.comApril 1999Leading online wholesale marketplace in China
Taobao.comMay 2003China’s largest online shopping destination
Alimama.comNov 2007Online marketing technology platform
Tmall.comApril 2008China’s largest third-party platform for brands and retailers
Aliyun.comSept 2009Developer of platforms for cloud computing and data management
Juhuasuan.comMarch 2010Online group buying marketplace in China
AliExpressApril 2010Global retail marketplace targeted at consumers worldwide
Ant Financial Services Group / AliPayFormally established in October 2014AliPay is an online payment services provider.
China Smart Logistic NetworkMay 2013A logistic platform to accelerate e-commerce deliveries in China