Alibaba, an e-commerce company working in retail, internet, artificial intelligence, and other technologies is a giant in China's e-commerce market. Taobao and Tmall can be thanked for helping the company become one of the world's largest retailers as well as one of the largest internet companies. Specifically, Tmall has had a hand in pushing Alibaba to dip its toes in the luxury goods retail sectors, including automobiles.
According to a report by TechCrunch, car shoppers in Guangzhou, China will now be able to test-drive and purchase cars through a gigantic car vending machine set up in the city. Powered by the Tmall app, the setup – called the Super Test-Drive Center – houses “dozens of Ford vehicles” in a multi-story building. Users can select the car they like through the Tmall app, the machine “vends” it to them, and they can then take the car for a test-drive for up to three days, up to five times a month. TechCrunch reports that the service “taps Alibaba’s services and providers potential buyers with discounts and incentives based on their usage of Alibaba’s ecosystem”.
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