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Google to invest $550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com

Google makes $550M strategic investment in Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com Google announces $550M e-commerce deal w/ China’s JD.com to expand in Southeast Asia
Rhonda Young | 19 June, 2018, 01:29

JD.com will make its products for sale in multiple regions via Google Shopping, which competes with Amazon.com as an online shopping search engine of sorts.

The partnership will merge JD.com's supply chain and logistics focus with Google's technology, according to Google.

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The deal gives Google a path into the Chinese e-commerce market and does the same for JD.com in the US and Europe. JD.com serves as one of the main competitors to China's Alibaba, with more than 300 million active users of its online stores. This includes US and European markets, with products from the Chinese retailer appearing in relevant Google Search results. Google is increasing its investments across Asia, including a rumored deal to invest in the Indian e-commerce company Flipkart.

For its part, Google will received more than 27 million shares in JD.com, CNBC reports.

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JD.com made the announcement on the same day as its annual 6.18 shopping extravaganza, which past year made a record-breaking $17.6bn in sales, putting it just behind Alibaba's Singles Day.

"This partnership with Google opens up a broad range of possibilities to offer a superior retail experience to consumers throughout the world", said Jianwen Liao, JD.com's chief strategy officer, in a statement.

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Although Google is blocked in JD's homeland and main market, China, the partnership recognizes the technical prowess of the USA tech giant and hopes to merge it with JD's supply chain and logistics skills and scale.

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