E-CommerceLe chinese group of e-commerce will provide the French cloud services, artificial intelligence and content delivery networks.
The chinese giant of e-commerce Alibaba and the diverse group of French Bolloré have announced Monday a “global partnership” to “develop joint projects” and “explore new business opportunities”.
In the framework of this agreement, Alibaba Cloud, the branch of cloud computing to the chinese giant, will provide Bolloré “cloud services , big data , artificial intelligence, content delivery networks and content solutions”, identified the two groups in a joint statement.
Moreover, Alibaba and Bolloré are going to study the possibilities of cooperation in the areas of bus and electric car, car-sharing and electric battery, the areas in which Bolloré has invested heavily, even if he has suffered a setback with the termination of the contract Autolib’, its showcase in the paris region.
It will include an “explore” “possibilities of co-development of internet solutions for cars and electric buses,” according to the text.
In addition, groups such as chinese and French “, will study the feasibility” of using the lithium metal polymer (LMP) of Bolloré in the data center of Alibaba.
Lastly, Bolloré Logistics and Cainiao Smart Logistics Network (logistics business Alibaba) will also be “opportunities of cooperation between their abilities, their hubs and their logistics networks in Asia, the Middle East, in Africa and in Europe”.
“We look forward to working with Alibaba and its affiliates to develop activities in our respective markets and to join our forces in other parts of the world,” said Cyrille Bolloré, ceo of Bolloré Transportation and Logistics, quoted in the press release.
“We are proud to bring our cloud, our big data and our artificial intelligence technology to the Bolloré Group, as well as supporting its ambition to be a pioneer in the digital transformation”, said Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, cited in the same text.
Alibaba, the number one chinese online sales, is growing at a brisk pace. During the non-calendar fiscal year 2017-2018, which was completed in march, as sales jumped 58% to 39.9 billion ($39.6 billion francs).
The Bolloré group in its side has achieved a turnover of 18.3 billion euros (up 21.1 billion swiss francs) in 2017, up from 82% through the integration of Vivendi.
Alibaba, like its rival Baidu (search engine) to realize important investments to be at the forefront of the sector of the autonomous car, building on the circulation of vehicles 100% self-sustaining within three to five years.