FACTBOX-How Alibaba’s six new small business units stack up

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced on Tuesday it will split into six small business units, every with its personal CEO and board of directors, and adopt a holding organization management model, in the greatest revamp of its 24 year history.

Alibaba has lengthy relied on e-commerce as its core small business, with smaller sized divisions in sectors such as cloud computing and entertainment.

The company’s CEO Daniel Zhang stated the small business units will every be absolutely free to pursue funding and IPOs independently, which points to a attainable carving out in the future.

Beneath are the six divisions:


The Taobao Tmall Commerce Group will cover Alibaba’s domestic-facing e-commerce marketplaces, which make up more than two-thirds of Alibaba’s total income. Taobao and Tmall are China’s dominant e-commerce marketplaces in China.

In spite of the scale of Alibaba’s e-commerce operations, development in the small business has slowed.

Final quarter, income in Alibaba’s China Commerce category fell 1% year-on-year, reflecting maturation in China’s general e-commerce sector but also the influence of the country’s COVID curbs, stiff competitors from rivals, and slowing financial development.

Taobao Tmall Commerce Group will stay wholly owned by Alibaba Group immediately after the restructuring, the organization stated, even as the other units will be absolutely free to seek fundraisings and listings.

It will be led by Trudy Dai, a member of Alibaba’s founding group. Dai was appointed to lead the domestic e-commerce companies in December 2021 when the organization reorganised its international and nearby e-commerce companies.


Alibaba’s International Digital Commerce Group involves its overseas e-commerce marketplaces such as Lazada, which serves Southeast Asia, and AliExpress, which has develop into well known in Russia, Latin America, and components of Europe.

These platforms face fierce nearby competitors in the markets they operate in outdoors of China and make up just eight% of Alibaba’s total sales.

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Nonetheless, with each other with Alibaba’s other overseas e-commerce platforms, they are some of the company’s quickest-developing divisions.

Immediately after the restructuring, the group’s CEO will be Jiang Fan who had been major Alibaba’s international e-commerce companies because December 2021. Jiang previously oversaw the Taobao and Tmall companies.


Alibaba’s Cloud Intelligence Group involves Aliyun, the company’s cloud computing unit. The organization is the dominant player in China’s domestic cloud computing sector, with a 36% marketplace share, according to analysis firm Canalys.

The division is also residence to DAMO Academy, Alibaba’s analysis arm for chips and artificial intelligence, as nicely as Dingtalk, the company’s workplace messaging app.

Alibaba not too long ago confirmed that DAMO has begun testing a ChatGPT-esque app that it plans to integrate with Dingtalk.

Daniel Zhang, existing chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group, will serve as CEO of the Cloud Intelligence Group.

Regional Solutions GROUP

This division involves meals and grocery delivery solutions such as Alibaba’s Ele.me app as nicely as Amap, its mapping app.

Alibaba competes with Hong Kong-listed Meituan in the country’s reduce-throat meals delivery sector.

According to analysis firms CBNData and Trustdata, in 2021 Ele.me occupied 27% of China’s meals delivery marketplace compared to 67% from Meituan.

Regional solutions presently make up just five% of Alibaba’s total income.

Its CEO will be Yu Yongfu.


Alibaba formed Cainiao in 2013 by producing investments in a quantity of Chinese logistics providers.

The unit is now a important logistics provider in its personal correct in China, serving each Alibaba and third-celebration shoppers.

Cainiao tends to make up 7% of Alibaba’s total income.

Wan Lin will continue as Cainiao’s CEO, the organization stated.


Alibaba’s Digital Media and Entertainment Group will residence Youku, the company’s YouTube-esque streaming video web-site, as nicely as Alibaba Images, its film production unit.

The latter division scored a victory in 2019 when “Green Book,” a road trip comedy film it co-developed, won the Academy Award for Greatest Image.

Its CEO will be Fan Luyuan.

(Reporting by Josh Horwitz Editing by Brenda Goh and Christina Fincher)

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