Alibaba has launched a global business-to-business sourcing platform that aims to speed medical supplies directly to areas in China hard-hit by the coronavirus.
Called the Alibaba Global Direct Sourcing Platform, it will serve as an information bridge, matching sellers of medical supplies and their products with needs laid out by affected hospitals and local authorities. Alibaba has laid out the specifications of medical supplies being sought, including types, models and product quantities. It begins the procurement process once a seller and the goods are verified as a match. Goods bought through the platform will head to hospitals based on level of urgency and priority, entering the Green Channel established by Alibaba logistics unit, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, with industry partners to expedite shipping, handling, customs clearance and delivery.
Alibaba published an open letter to suppliers around the world, noting, “Our goal is to connect the global supply chain with those in need of supplies in a more-expedited and efficient way.” Alibaba also pledged that information on the sourcing platform would be accurate and transparent and that it would promptly and efficiently connect with suppliers using the platform.
“This is our pledge: No matter where your goods are, we will deliver them to frontline medical personnel in the fastest and safest ways,” said Alibaba.
As of Feb. 3, Alibaba had delivered medical supplies from 15 countries and regions, including self-purchased and donated goods, to 18 hospitals in Hubei, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces.
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