In July 2019, Office Depot partnered withAlibaba.com to launch "Office Depot on Alibaba.com," a new co-branded B2B site geared to serve as a one-stop-shop providing small and medium-sized U.S. businesses with everything from I.T., logistics and sales services to office supplies. Alibaba.com's U.S.-based team is also assisting Office Depot's customer support staff with providing local support and sourcing experts that can help customers engage with Alibaba's global network of more than 150,000 suppliers.
When pilot Chelsea Abingdon Welch noticed a lack of aviator watch designs for female pilots and divers, she launched The Abingdon Co. in 2007 to fill the void. Welch leveraged Alibaba.com to identify several watch manufacturers in Hong Kong, Japan, and Switzerland, and ultimately partnered with one based in Hong Kong to build a prototype and fulfill the order for her first 500 watches. Her watches immediately drew attention from trade show buyers and press, and the company served roughly 100 customers in its first year. Abingdon Co. now has thousands of customers worldwide, and its annual revenue figures continue to increase year after year. Welch recently turned to Alibaba.com again and found a manufacturer in New York with whom she is collaborating on a line of jewelry.