Alibaba Group is planning to launch first fully owned e-commerce business this fiscal in India through its subsidiary UCWeb, a senior company official said on Thursday.
UCWeb Global Business Vice President Huaiyuan Yang told PTI that the company’s planned foray in e-commerce space will not have an adverse impact on Paytm, in which Alibaba owns 30.15 percent stake. Alibaba Group own 3 percent stake in Snapdeal.
“We have Alibaba’s e-commerce gene in us. We are actually trying to start innovative business model related to e-commerce. We are going to launch a new e-commerce product in India this year,” Yang said on the sidelines of Alibaba Philanthropy forum.
UCWeb’s UC Browser has been available in India since 2009. It claims to have registered 1.1 billion user downloads worldwide (excluding China) with half of its global installs from India. It also claims to have 130 million monthly active users in the country.
When asked about probable impact of UCWeb’s foray into e-commerce on Paytm’s business, Yang said, “E-commerce is very vast business. There are various part of e-commerce business and several products. UC will choose section according to our business. We will partner with the right players and we will not compete with them (Paytm)”. UCWeb also have plans to start the sale of movie tickets online, he said.―The Hindu Business Line