AliExpress, the international trading arm of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, is preparing to make a significant move in the online retail industry. On June 25, the company will release 5,555 Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), marking a groundbreaking initiative achieved through a partnership with the NFT project called “the Moment3!”.
The collaboration details were initially shared on AliExpress’ official Twitter account last Thursday, although the post was later removed. However, the information can still be found on the Twitter page of “the Moment3!”.
While the introduction of NFTs is a notable step, it is not the first time AliExpress has shown interest in the crypto space. Just a month ago, on May 4, AliExpress joined Shopping.io, a unique platform that enables cryptocurrency payments for purchases on major e-commerce platforms.
Continuing their commitment to cryptocurrency integration, AliExpress expanded its list of accepted currencies on May 31 by adding memecoin Floki. This move provides users with a broader range of digital payment options.
Despite being part of the Alibaba Group, which is headquartered in China, AliExpress operates independently and primarily serves customers outside of mainland China. It is important to highlight that while AliExpress embraces cryptocurrencies, its home country has taken a more restrictive stance on the matter.
Nevertheless, AliExpress, with its global reach, can capitalize on the increasing popularity of NFTs and cryptocurrencies. This bold step by Alibaba may set a precedent for other global retailers to acknowledge the potential of NFTs and cryptocurrencies beyond mere speculative assets.
As AliExpress delves further into the crypto domain, it paves the way for broader adoption and acceptance of these emerging technologies within the online retail sector. The introduction of NFTs by a major player like AliExpress signals the growing influence of blockchain-based assets in the global market.