China’s electronics appliance maker GOME and Amazon have entered a strategic partnership, they announced last week.

As a top home appliance retailer in China, GOME operates 1,800 offline stores across more than 400 cities in China. Its offline and logistics resources will allow Amazon to upgrade their logistics services, especially into lower- tier cities. The offline retailer plans to set up a dedicated supply chain team for Amazon’s projects, the firm added.

Under the deal, GOME has opened a store on Z.cn, Amazon’s Chinese-facing online marketplace. The products on sale currently include traditional home appliances, but the company aims to introduce 10,000 product categories by the end of this year, according to a company statement. The services will start in Beijing and to cover first- and second-tier cities later this year.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.