Business-to-company (B2C) is an Internet business model that involves businesses that perform services or provide products for other businesses. B2B is a form of e-classifieds and it can involve businesses that manufacture a product, service or merchandise component that is sold to another business. B2B may include outsourcing, which occurs when a business hires a contractor with knowledge and experience in that business's industry. The term B2B, however, is better known within the commercial trading realm, where wholesalers sell products to retailers, or a commercial original equipment manufacturer sells its products to wholesalers. For instance, a home manufacturer will make purchases from lumber yards, window manufacturers, concrete businesses, etc.
Alibaba Group Holding Limited is a Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals. It also provides electronic payment services, a shopping search engine and data-centric cloud computing services. The website Alibaba.com is a business-to-business portal to connect Chinese manufacturers with overseas buyers. Alibaba has been the most dominant retailer in the world, generating more gross merchandise volume (GMV) than Amazon.com and eBay combined. Its online sales and profits surpassed all US retailers (including Walmart, Amazon and eBay) combined in 2015. It has been expanding into media and entertainment industry, with revenues rising 3-digit percents year on year.
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