Should Vipshop Build a Logistics Network Like JD? (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 7)

In this class, we discuss Vipshop and JD. And how a smaller ecommerce site can compete with larger players, especially in the area of logistics.

You can listen here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya.

The exercise for this class is:

Which of these three options make sense for Vipshop in logistics?

1) Copy JD: Build an in-house logistics and delivery network.
2) Copy Alibaba: Work with multiple partners (in logistics and/or ecommerce).
3) Outsource logistics: Find a partner or contractor for this. Just be an ecommerce site.

Now, make a decision: What would you recommend to the CEO? 

  • Write 3 paragraphs with your answer. Do it on your smartphone. Or a PC. Or a piece of paper (take a picture and save it).
  • Think about versioning and competitive advantage.

Articles cited in this class:

This is part of Learning Goals: Level 2, with a focus on:
  • #4: The basics of VIPShop and JD – and more digital economics

Concepts for this class:

  • Digital and Information Economics
  • Versioning
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Digital-Physical Hybrids

Companies for this class:

  • Vipshop
  • JD

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I write and speak about digital China and Asia’s latest tech trends.

I also teach Jeff’s Asia Tech Class, an online course and daily commentary for busy executives on Asia tech and China’s digital leaders.

  • My online class offers:
    • Deeper insights into workings of the tech giants of China and Asia.
    • Executive training in the strategies and tactics of advanced digital strategy.
    • A unique view from the ground – and behind the scenes – of digital China.
  • And the class is condensed to just 70 minutes a week – so even very busy executives can do it.

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