Trio makes online shopping easier for expats in China

chinadaily.com.cn Updated:2017-08-25

A trio of American expats in Shanghai has found the solution for foreigners frustrated by language barriers when shopping on Taobao or Tmall, online shopping platforms run by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba.

In July 2015, Charlie Erickson, Jay Thornhill and Tyler McNew developed Baopals, an English-language website that helps foreigners in China navigate and buy items on Taobao or Tmall.


Charlie Erickson (left), Jay Thornhill (middle) and Tyler McNew (right), who founded Baopals to help foreigners shop online in China, pose for a group photo in Shanghai on Aug 9. [Photo/VCG]

After always bothering his Chinese colleagues or friends to help him search for a product, make payments and track deliveries on Taobao or Tmall, Charlie thought to himself that it must have happened to many foreigners living in China.

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