Should Vipshop Build a Logistics Network Like JD? (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class 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 here.

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:

Concepts for this class:

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

Companies for this class:

  • Vipshop
  • JD

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