E-commerce giant JD’s offline retail store 7Fresh is set to launch at Shangbin Plaza in Shanghai’s Hongkou District.
The move is regarded as a step towards expansion nationwide beyond the firm’s home base in Beijing, as well as an attempt to follow recent trends to diversify from online-only business models. The high spending power of Shanghai residents was key in determining the store’s location.
JD expects to be operating 1000 outlets with three to five years, using insights learnt from trading online to tailor product ranges popular locally. It will be taking on rival Alibaba’s Hema Market, which has already grown to more than 100 outlets.
JD’s senior VP Wang Xiaosong said: “JD’s online fresh food business provides an advantage in terms of merchandise selection when we’re expanding into offline retail.”
Shangbin Plaza is due to open early next year.