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China's Alibaba unveils first US e-commerce website, taking on Amazon and eBay

Published on Jun 11, 2014 11:00 PM
 
People walk at the headquarters of Alibaba in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 23, 2014. Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding unveiled its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the United States on Wednesday, looking to take on Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on their home turf. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding unveiled its first direct-to-consumer online shop in the United States on Wednesday, looking to take on Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc on their home turf.

The website, 11main.com, which is currently in beta, will feature a wide range of products, including "one-of-a-kind items, not available at mass merchants and other large e-commerce sites", Alibaba said.

The website displayed an "opening soon" message early on Wednesday. "Our shop owners are currently unpacking and getting settled," the site said. (http://r.reuters.com/kam99v)

The invitation-only marketplace, which Alibaba said would be"inspired by the local Main Street shopping experience", will offer products in a variety of categories such as fashion and style, home and outdoor, and jewelry and watches.

 
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