Alibaba's Mobile Challenge

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  1. May102014

    May102014 Well-Known Member

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    "Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-ALIB.N] may have dominated online retail on personal computers, but is some way from replicating that leadership in shopping by smartphone and other mobile devices. Alibaba, which is heading towards a bumper New York IPO later this year, is throwing billions of dollars at figuring out how to thrive as half a billion people, 80 percent of China's 618 million internet users, go online via mobile. The Hangzhou-based firm said last month that mobile has become an increasing source of transactions, now accounting for more than a quarter of the value of goods sold across its online marketplaces. But Alibaba's shift to wireless commerce is a double-edged sword: mobile commerce brings in significantly less revenue than traditional e-commerce."

    I came across this article 2 days ago. I am an Alibaba customer and I have seen this company grow over the years into a formidable presence in the online market. Mobile marketing is big business and Alibaba must transition with the times if they want to leverage those advertising dollars into huge paydays. This will result in a significant bump in their stock shares if they are able to capture a decent portion of the mobile audience. I understand mobile commerce can be less in revenue but I don't focus too much on that part as Alibaba is still a presence to be seen online. In the end I can still view an uptick in their stock shares if the company executives a great advertising campaign.


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  2. PTrader

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    I use Alibaba quite a bit in my business to source products overseas, but I have to admit I have never been crazy about the platform. The best thing about it is simply that everyone is on it! The site features are a little clunky and they are really going to need to kick it in gear to make a good mobile friendly version. Definitely room for a competitor to improve on their idea, but it is a really nice place to search because they seem to have just about every factory in Asia listed!
     
  3. Determined2014

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    That is weird havew not even heard of theis Aliababa,but it is good to know.
     
  4. Colebra

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    They're going public this year? This sounds like a great stock to buy, right?
    How can you go wrong when you join e-commerce with Chinese manufactured goods being shipped worldwide?
    What's your thoughts on the value of this stock?
     
  5. askanison

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    I read a few similar articles and filed this one away for later research. From what i have read so far they will be on the market sometime this month. It is strange that aren't saying exactly when though.

    "On 7/17/2014 news came out that the IPO date may be after September 1, 2014 but this was not confirmed by Alibaba themselves. It appears that the IPO may be delayed a bit in order to make sure everything goes smoothly."

    I was interested in it from the start because they sell Vaping tech. The smokeless alternative to cigarettes. In the US these have exploded into popularity recently. It may be a risky long term investment though because the tech is as of now unregulated. With regulations and possible banning of vapes and the liquid it uses it may be one I and sell rather quickly. Depending on the way regulation will effect sales that is.
     
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  6. troutski

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    I'm not a fan of Alibaba, but I can't deny the company's potential to be highly successful moving forward, especially after an IPO. I might have to get in on some of the action because I think growth is highly probable. However, the company does need to break into mobile platforms and figure out a way to gain such a foothold there. Otherwise, the company and its stock might become stagnant sooner rather than later.
     
  7. JR Ewing

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    I will definitely consider buying after any insider lockup period has expired and any insider selling has likely ceased. This is typically at the 6 month mark, and this also gives a couple of quarters of earnings to look at.
     

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