Baozun Acquires Gap Greater China for $40 mn
Baozun Acquires Gap Greater China for $40 mn

Baozun Inc., an e-commerce solution provider and digital commerce enabler in China announced it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Gap Greater China. The acquisition is said to be an all-cash transaction with a primary consideration worth $40 million and is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

Gap Greater China is wholly owned by Gap Inc., one of the largest American specialty apparel companies offering comfort-casual wear, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children.

Gap Greater China has achieved vigorous expansion since its first China store in 2010, amassing broad brand awareness with close to 30 million loyalty members in the region.

Since December 2018, the company has served Gap Greater China as its e-commerce service partner and successfully enabled it to expand its e-commerce business, delivering solid growth.

As a part of its strategic plan to drive sustainable growth, Baozun has established Baozun Brand Management (BBM) as a new business line that intends to leverage its dominant portfolio of technologies at the service of brands, to engage in longer and deeper relationships with brands. The substantial size and scope of Gap Greater China make this acquisition a significant step in developing BBM.

Baozun believes that the combination of its China-for-China strategy and technology and data-driven approach in product and consumer operations will empower Gap Greater China for sustainable future growth.

“This acquisition accelerates our evolution into a technology-driven, omnichannel commerce player. Technology is at the center of our strategy, and it is our competitive advantage. With Gap’s brand equity and significant size in Greater China, BBM will start at a higher point to bridge the digital commerce/ brick-and-mortar divide at scale and do what few have done in retail,” said Vincent Qiu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Baozun.

“Baozun Brand Management is a strategic addition that naturally flows from existing core e-commerce services business. We aim to leverage our leading technology portfolio and develop into a holistic, all-rounded partner for global brands to further unlock business potential in China. Meanwhile, we will also accelerate the establishment of our retail talent pool, supply chain capabilities, and IT systems to build an ecosystem and better serve our other brand partners,he further added.

“We are deeply committed to our customers in Greater China and know that it is a market with enormous potential for our brand. The growth that we are unlocking through local partnerships with market experts like Baozun is allowing us to not only connect with new and existing customers but to provide them with personalized, service-oriented experiences. With its best-in-class omnichannel technology and deep expertise in data management and digital business, Baozun has helped drive impressive results in our online growth and penetration of the Greater China market in the past four years, and we feel confident about our partner’s future value-creating China-for-China plans for Gap Greater China,” commented Mark Breitbard, President and CEO, Gap.

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