Tmall.com, China’s largest open business-to-consumer platform, will start selling cosmetics and medical products in Russia online. In the future, the company also plans to start selling non-prescription drugs.
The range of the “medical goods” category will include: contact lenses, as well as home medical equipment – thermometers, blood pressure monitors, blood glucose meters and medical cosmetics. The first partners of Tmall will be the Optic City brand and the cosmetics‘ distributor Farmakosmetika.
“We expect that the successful experience in sales of medical products will help us open up the sale of non-prescription drugs in the future,” the press service quoted Dmitry Selikhov, Tmall market development director in Russia.
The company plans to launch sales of drugs in partnership with major pharmacy chains, the report says. “Pharmacy chains can use their logistics and distribution points and at the same time use the opportunity to interact with AliExpress,” said Selikhov.
The bill authorizing the sale of non-prescription products online was adopted in the first reading in December 2017, but then legislative process was suspended. Prior to the adoption of the law, pharmaceutical organizations may offer consumers a drug reservation service with the ability to pick up an order at the nearest pharmacy.