Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, released some numbers on e-commerce solutions market based on its own data from Taobao, Tmall and Alibaba B2B service, and the performance of the whole market. Alibaba concludes that the whole market in 2012 was 200 billion yuan ($32 billion) that supported 1.2 trillion yuan worth of B2C transactions and 8.4 trillion yuan worth of B2B transactions. The market on Taobao alone was 15.2 billion yuan, with an increase of 200%.

The number of solutions providers on Tmall and Taobao platforms increased from 600 one year ago to over 2800 in 2012. The tools offered increased from 1930 to 8000 year-on-year, according the data released.

Those services are divided into three categories in China, tech support, day-to-day operation, and logistics and inventory management. Operation service providers are mainly serving retailers while the other two also serve B2B businesses.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com