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Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group has launched a global B2B sourcing platform which it says will allow countries such as Australia to connect medical-goods suppliers of all sizes with frontline medical personnel who are working towards slowing the spread of novel coronavirus in China.

Alibaba says the Global Direct Sourcing Platform will allow it to leverage its digital technology and expertise to “transparently and efficiently put to use an A$212.5 million (RMB one billion) fund, which was established on 25 January, two days after the city of Wuhan was quarantined, and is used to purchase vital medical supplies within and outside China to support medical personnel in cities affected by the virus.

Alibaba says the platform will serve as an information bridge for suppliers, including large wholesalers, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises., and it will post the specifications of needed medical supplies, including types, models and quantities of products, based on information collected from hospitals and local authorities.

“Australian suppliers can then provide information about the products they can offer. Once the supplier is verified and the goods are certified as an acceptable match, Alibaba will begin the procurement process. Goods purchased through this platform will go to hospitals based on urgency and priority,

“Alibaba is committed to delivering the needed supplies in a fast and safe way which is why the company is working closely with global logistics partners to provide efficient and timely shipping solutions. Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics unit, has launched a ‘Green Channel’ initiative with industry partners in China and overseas to ensure expedited shipping, handling and delivery.

“As of 3 February, Alibaba had successfully delivered a range of medical supplies from Australia and 14 other countries and regions, including self-purchased and donated goods, to 18 hospitals in Hubei, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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