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Online retailer JD follows Alibaba into the supermarket game

JD, Wal-Mart Stores' partner in China, is counting on control of its supply chain and long experience in sourcing its own inventory to compete with Alibaba.


JD.COM Inc has opened the first of a chain of high-tech supermarkets in Beijing, following arch-foe Alibaba Group Holding Ltd into the world of physical retail.

The envisioned chain of 7Fresh stores represents its biggest foray...