Bacardi Selects Online Retailer Partner In China

September 9, 2016

Bermuda-headquartered Bacardi – the world’s largest privately held spirits producer — has selected JD.com, Inc.. the largest Chinese e-commerce company by revenue, to be the drinks company’s Online Retailer Strategic Partner.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding of strategic cooperation to support Bacardi’s online business development and premium spirits brand promotion on JD.com. The partnership also includes launching exclusive Bacardi products and joint promotions marking a milestone in Bacardi’s online sales platform in China.

Bacardi and JD Com Bermuda Sept 8 2016

“There is great potential for the Bacardi portfolio of products in the China market,” said Paul Y.H. Chin, Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Greater China, North Asia and Oceania.

“As we adapt to the changing consumption patterns in the China market with JD.com, we intend to jointly grow the Bacardi business in the e-commerce channel, thus creating a more convenient and trustworthy shopping experience for Chinese consumers for premium spirits.”

With the Internet’s prevalence and smartphones’ rapidly spreading usage in recent years, consumers’ shopping habits are turning to online from offline, with China becoming the world’s biggest online shopping market. The strategic cooperation with JD.com is Bacardi’s response to the shifting consumer tides in China.

Through the platform, Chinese consumers will be able to buy some of the top-selling spirits brands including Bacardí® rum, Grey Goose® vodka, Dewar’s® blended Scotch whisky, Bombay Sapphire® gin, Martini® vermouth and sparkling wines, and other leading and emerging brands in the Bacardi portfolio.

“Bacardi looks forward to interacting with consumers on JD.com’s high-volume platform. In addition to making more products available for purchase, Bacardi will also team up with JD.com to promote cocktails and consistently enhance Bacardi’s leadership in cocktail globally. By utilizing the more than 150-year-history of legendary Bacardi cocktail culture, China consumers will learn how to easily make great-tasting drinks,” added Mr. Chin.

“Bacardi has outstanding brand recognition, exceptional flavors and a leadership quality that drives the industry’s growth,” said Wang Zhiqiang, general manager of liquor sales in JD.com’s consumer goods division.

“As JD.com actively promotes the imported spirit culture, Bacardi’s rich product portfolio and global cocktail brand assets will provide its consumers with an excellent one-stop shopping experience.”

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