What happened: JD.com has agreed on a deal that will allow Unilever to use its logistics network to shift goods between warehouses and distribute them to retail partners’ outlets across China.

Why it’s important: Unilever—whose brands include Lipton, Vaseline, Clear, and Lux—previously worked exclusively with logistics companies such as DHL for its China distribution. The tie-up with JD.com spells out the consumer goods giant’s ambition to expand businesses in China to more remote parts of the country. E-commerce giant JD.com, on the other hand, has one of the most robust logistics networks in the country and wants to strengthen its alliances with global retailers like Walmart.

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.

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