Baozun Releases 2015 Chairman Letter
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at
I’d like to start by discussing three aspects at the core of our corporate strategy.
China’s brand e-commerce is continuing to grow rapidly and has enormous potential.
Online retail in
Brand e-commerce – connecting brands and consumers through official online stores and authorized marketplace stores – has been growing even faster and more consistently than the overall e-commerce market in
From what we have observed, there are two drivers for brand e-commerce: increasing attention paid by brands to e-commerce, and enthusiasm of shoppers for access to sophisticated products, including the world’s foremost brands, that e-commerce can provide.
With regard to the first driver, brands face a challenging and highly fragmented retail market in
The second driver, which is fundamentally an expression of rising consumer aspirations, is equally important. Once Chinese consumers have met their basic needs, they become more selective and discriminating in the products and services they purchase. This leads to increased interest in brand shopping. As we work with many of the world’s leading brands, we are benefiting from this consistent and growing shift towards branded products and services within the Chinese consumer space. We believe brand e-commerce has tremendous potential to achieve vertical depth by category as well as horizontal penetration across channels. With the rise of “omni-channel” shopping, success for brands is predicated on reaching consumers on whatever device or platform they choose.
As China’s economic model matures, GDP growth may be slower than in the previous decades of high-speed growth, but the urban middle class has expanded, and along with it, consumer spending will keep growing at a steady rate. We foresee rapid growth of brand e-commerce over the next few decades, as a large share of consumption shifts to the “post-90s generation”. These post-90s consumers tend to be even more aspirational than prior generations, and tend to have more financial security, consumption power and confidence in the future. At the same time, across rural areas and in third- and fourth-tier cities and towns, mobile shopping is booming. Like their counterparts in China’s major urban centers, our research indicates that shoppers are increasingly turning to e-commerce to access their favorite brands as they are also less likely to have access to branded offline stores.
Why is Baozun China’s leading brand e-commerce company?
Since our founding in 2007, we have invested in the future of brand e-commerce based on a clear vision of its potential in China’s vast domestic retail market. Pursuing our corporate philosophy of “From Brands, to Consumers,” we have responded to the needs of our brand partners by building omni-channel shopping strategies and helping them to expand geographically.
With brand partners who are new to e-commerce in
As a strategic partner, we then offer these partners solutions in omni-channel, digital marketing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), data warehousing and analytics and regional expansion within
We have emerged as a leader in the brand e-commerce industry through our tight focus on the brand e-commerce space. Our competitive advantage is based on:
- Profound understanding of brands: Our understanding of the needs of our brand partners is based on years of working with leading brands before we even founded the company. Leveraging our extensive depth of knowledge in retail strategy, operations, systems and supply chains, we can deliver a multitude of solutions to our brand partners.
- Flexibility and speed of delivery: Brand e-commerce is consumer facing, which means that it needs to be able to change quickly and efficiently with changes in consumer behavior and demand. The brand-oriented solutions we provide emphasize speed of deployment and flexibility, and are based on our powerful IT customization capabilities and deep understanding of this sector. We believe that brands benefit from working with e-commerce partners in order to meet the changing needs of the marketplace, and that our services are important to their success in brand e-commerce.
- Investing in the future: We are constantly exploring and anticipating the future requirements of brand partners within all the nodes of the brand e-commerce value chain. We develop strategic plans on their behalf, to add value and in order to serve them over the long-term with a high degree of reliability and predictability.
Our goal: To extend our lead as the most respected brand e-commerce company in
The future of brand e-commerce in
Our business is based on innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, and we strive to foster an open, positive atmosphere in which our employees are rewarded for their achievements. Our people are always the key to our success. We have established a three-year plan to strive to become the best employer in the brand e-commerce industry in
Looking ahead, we see tremendous opportunities in the emergence of brand e-commerce in
Thanks again for your support and confidence in the future of our company. We hope we can count on you in the future.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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