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Alibaba's Tmall online marketplace for consumers in China plays host to retailers like Apple and Nike, which pay Alibaba a commission on all sales. Amazon decides to suck it up and join the list.
Tmall is a major shopping Web site in China with more than 70,000 merchants, and now Apple is getting in on the mix.
China's mega e-tailer is roughly two months away from launching its own video-streaming service, modeled on Netflix and HBO, the company said on Sunday.
Executive Chairman Jack Ma says the Chinese online retailer is focused on its home market and wants to partner with US businesses to bring more goods to China.
Already dominant in its home country, Alibaba plans to do a lot more around the world in the coming year.
The biggest online retailer in China has seen its stock slump in 2015, but it bounced back up Thursday.
The company is offering everything from car marketing services to using a crowdfunding platform through its eBay-like retail site Taobao to allow business owners to raise capital from the site's users.
Amazon's Korean expansion is expected to open for business by mid-March, according to reports.
The company's revenue was up 40 percent and its mobile revenue was up a whopping 448 percent. Alibaba's profit, however, dipped 28 percent to $964 million.
The Chinese e-commerce giant's new Alipay ePass platform is designed to ease logistics for US-based companies that want to sell their wares directly to buyers in China.