offers buyers cash payment option via Western Union

July 13, 2011

Global agreement brings convenient and secure international payment option to under-banked and cash-reliant small traders via Western Union’s Agent Network under the security of escrow on

HONG KONG (July 14, 2011) – The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, and (HKSE: 1688) (1688.HK), a global leader in business-to-business e-commerce, today launched a service to enable entrepreneurs to buy goods sold on-line via and make cash payments through participating Western Union® Agent locations.

Under an agreement signed between and Western Union, millions of entrepreneurs around the world can now make on-line purchases via and use Western Union’s global walk-in cash payment solution for settlement.

Western Union and AliExpress expect it to become a key payment platform option in emerging or otherwise under-served markets such as Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa where entrepreneurs have limited payment options and rely on cash transactions to sustain and grow their businesses. is’s transaction-based e-commerce platform geared for buyers seeking fast shipment of small quantities of goods.  The service will allow registered buyers to place orders directly through and opt to pay cash at Western Union Agent locations in more than 160 countries and territories.  Funds will be held in escrow by and released to sellers upon buyers receiving their goods.

Western Union’s global experience in moving cash in 120 currencies, combined with’s escrow function, provides small traders everywhere with a uniquely convenient and secure cash payment option for international trade.

“Managing cash flow and responding quickly to market needs is critical to the success of these entrepreneurs.  This collaboration between two global brands is a coup for both companies, and for small traders around the world,” said Drina Yue, Asia Pacific Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Western Union.

 “Businesses turn to to place their products and brand on the world stage to  explore new markets, while also conducting product sourcing more efficiently, hence making their businesses more competitive,” said Sabrina Peng, Vice President of overseeing the company's international business operations and General Manager of

“Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere, and this agreement with Western Union is vital to offering our customers choice of payment, including cash, no matter where they are in the world.  This service is particularly demanded by our users in emerging markets who are under-banked or under-served by other payment options.  The more these small businesses can grow and thrive, the more jobs and economic opportunity we have for everyone.”


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How the Western Union Quick Pay service works with

·         The agreement with Western Union allows eligible registered buyers to use the Western Union Quick Pay service to make payment and be notified of payment within hours:

·         Registered buyers place orders directly through and opt to pay cash using the Western Union Quick Pay service.

·         A unique number is generated upon confirmation of the order.

·         Buyers present a unique order number with the pre-defined Alibaba entity as the beneficiary of payment and complete a payments form at closest nearby participating Western Union® Agent location – a choice of more than 200,000 Agent locations across 160 countries and territories.  The unique order number confirmed to the buyer will be available on the Western Union Quick Pay system within an hour and for up to 20 days of on-line order placement.

·         Western Union’s agent counter can verify the unique order number against the system record transmitted from’s system to Western Union timely, further ensuring security of the transaction.

·         Funds paid via the Western Union Quick Pay service will be automatically visible to the seller which will signal for the goods to be shipped to the buyer.

·         Buyer funds will be held in escrow by and released to sellers upon buyer’s confirmation of receipt of goods.

·         Only payments made through online system will be protected by the escrow system. 


About is the global leader in e-commerce for small businesses and the flagship company of Alibaba Group.
Founded in 1999 in Hangzhou, China, makes it easy for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online through three marketplaces: a global trade platform ( for importers and exporters; a Chinese platform ( for domestic trade in China; and, through an associated company, a Japanese platform ( facilitating trade to and from Japan.

In addition, offers a transaction-based wholesale platform on the global site ( geared for smaller buyers seeking fast shipment of small quantities of goods., through its online marketplaces, forms a community of more than 65 million registered users in more than 240 countries and regions. also owns Vendio and Auctiva, leading providers of third-party e-commerce solutions for online merchants. Currently, also accepts payments made using Visa® and Mastercard® credit cards, the Moneybookers online payment system, bank transfers and certain bank debit cards. has offices in more than 70 cities across Greater China, India, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of approximately 455,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2010, The Western Union Company completed 214 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $76 billion of principal between consumers, and 405 million business payments. For more information, visit