According to Chinese online shopping platform Taobao.com, the company is currently deploying offline retail kiosks and payment points across China to complement the over 4,000 locations it has already opened in Beijing in such supermarkets and convenience stores as Vanguard, Lianhua and Hi-24.
For a long time, consumers who bought products through the Internet on Taobao.com could only complete their payments via online banks and Alipay, a subsidiary of Alibaba which also owns Taobao.com. This prevented those Chinese consumers who are not able to access the Internet from participating in the consumer nirvana of online shopping and e-commerce. Currently China only counts about 240 million Internet users in a nation of over 1.3 billion.
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