Google will invest $550 million in JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company. The investment is part of a strategic partnership, where they will work together to develop better retail infrastructure in multiple markets. Both enterprises have international expansion ambitions.
JD.com said it planned to make a selection of items available for sale in places like the U.S. and Europe through Google Shopping — a service that lets users search for products on e-commerce websites and compare prices between different sellers.
Caixin Global reports that, under this deal, the two companies will explore the creation of “next-generation retail infrastructure solutions,” by applying JD.com’s supply chain and logistics expertise and Google’s technology strengths. JD.com competes aggressively with Alibaba in China's massive e-commerce market. The partnership may open up the way for JD.com to sell to consumers outside China. For Google, the deal with JD.com helps it compete against Amazon and to stay relevant in e-commerce.
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