Abercrombie launches on Alibaba’s Tmall
Abercrombie & Fitch has announced it is launching both its Abercrombie & Fitch and Abercrombie Kids brands on Alibaba Group’s Tmall this month.
Moving onto Tmall reveals insight into Abercrombie’s plans for chasing the Chinese consumer. Abercrombie recently opened a new retail concept flagship in Hong Kong’s Harbour City. Additionally, Abercrombie operates 10 retail stores across China.
Abercrombie’s rebranding began with a revitalization of its retail concept. The brand describes its new retail concept as intimate and service oriented. To that end, Tmall offers the capabilities to make online shopping more individualized through marketing tools. Tmall offers live streaming options and big data options designed to personalize and streamline the shopping experience.
“Alibaba Group places a strong emphasis on consumer engagement, which aligns with our focus on creating a unique online brand experience for our customers, as well as facilitating a seamless and frictionless shopping experience” said Fran Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Tmall has sold the Hollister brand since 2014. This month is the first time Abercrombie has put its namesake brands on the platform. Jessica Liu, President of Tmall Fashion, Alibaba Group said consumers both online and in China have “sought [the brand] out for some time.”
Abercrombie will begin selling a full assortment of men’s, women’s and kid’s product on Tmall starting July 26.
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