Alibaba drives offline expansion with Bailian deal by Tom Marling in Financials / Deals 20 Feb 2017 Alibaba Group Holding, operator of the ecommerce platforms Taobao.com and Xianyu, announced a strategic partnership with Chinese retail giant Bailian Group. The deal does not include a financial invest in Bailian. At a press conference in Shanghai, the two companies announced plans to integrate offline stores, merchandise, logistics and payment tools to deliver a better overall shopping experience. They will also “explore new forms of retail… Read More This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share alibababailiantaobaoXianyu Tom Marling Tom is a PhD candidate in Chinese History at Hong Kong Baptist University, and former PR consultant in Mainland China. He joined the AIM Group in 2016 as a writer/analyst.