Alibaba has connected its B2B platform 1688.com with its C2C platform Taobao. Last September, Alibaba integrated 1688 accounts with Taobao ones. Now, Alibaba integrated 1688 suppliers and wholesalers information in Taobao search results.
For example, if you search “steel” in Taobao, you can get 4 products displayed in the search results, with company name, location and price.
If you click on the search result, you will get to a new page linking to 1688.
If you search for a company name in Taobao, the company in 1688 will also appear in the results.
Click on the result, you will be linking to the company page in 1688.