Starbucks China rival Luckin is reportedly in discussions to partner with Alibaba’s food delivery arm Ele.me as the coffee startup looks to boost sales by expanding sales channels.

The negotiation is currently underway and both sides have yet to agree on the deal, reported Jiemian citing a person familiar with the matter.

The alliance would address a risk in Luckin’s plans for breakneck growth. “We mainly rely on one delivery service provider to provide delivery service to our customers …  any failure of our suppliers to accommodate our fast growing business scale … may materially and adversely affect our results of operations,” said Luckin in its IPO filing.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen