Alibaba to soon open its first India office

Alibaba, largest e-commerce entity in China, is setting up its first India office in Mumbai to capture a pie of the growing e-commerce market here.

So far Alibaba has invested in Indian e-commerce company Snapdeal, and in Paytm, the mobile payments service platform, through Ant Financials, its payment arm.

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India’s business to business (B2B) online retail market is estimated to grow by 2.5 times to Rs 45 lakh crore by 2020. In comparison, B2C (business to consumer) e-commerce is estimated to be only Rs 1.86 lakh crore by 2020. India's $17-20 billion e-commerce market, expected to grow to $34 bn next year, is dominated by local giant Flipkart, followed by Amazon, and Snapdeal .


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