Practicology is now Pattern

By Joanna Perry | Global Head of Marketing

Holland & Barrett, the UK’s leading health and wellness retailer, is continuing its global expansion by launching its official flagship store on China’s leading ecommerce site, Tmall. Pattern has supported the launch as Holland & Barrett’s Tmall Trade Partner.

Over 40 of the most popular Holland & Barrett products globally have been launched on Tmall Global, and the brand is already proving popular with the Chinese consumer.  The best-selling products so far have been collagen and fish oils, with particular interest in the “beauty from within” Vitamins category. 

With over 150 years’ experience of bringing wellness to all, Holland & Barrett is already popular with Chinese customers in the UK, Europe and Middle East, and has long standing partnerships in South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong where it takes part in popular sales promotions such as Chinese New Year and Singles’ Day.

Tom Pamment, Head of International Business Development, Holland & Barrett explains: 
“We have been really encouraged by the initial performance and we’re excited by the potential for Holland & Barrett to become a destination for local Chinese customers who are seeking a trusted, high quality health and wellness brand with strong provenance, exciting innovation and offering great value.

“Working with our partner, Pattern, we chose to launch our flagship store on Tmall Global because of the platform’s reach and good alignment to our target customer base. It also means we can leverage the wider Alibaba ecosystem, from payments to logistics. This was a critical factor in our decision to launch with Tmall Global who really helped make sure we had a successful launch on the platform.”

To support its debut on Tmall, Holland & Barrett has also launched three new social channels across Weibo, WeChat and RED.

Katie Holloway, International Marketing Manager, Holland & Barrett says: 
“The Tmall platform is highly intuitive, which helps us to identify exactly who is buying our products and develop our broader expansion strategy.  A key part of our launch plan was to increase our partnerships with influencers and Key Opinion Leaders, who are incredibly important in this market. We are working with popular Chinese influencers on everything from posts to live stream events to bring to life how Holland & Barrett can help to navigate the world of wellness. This approach is helping us build trust and brand awareness with our Chinese customers.”

Zarina Kanji, Business Development for Tmall Health & Wellness and Food & Beverage Brands, Alibaba Group Europe, comments:

“Holland & Barrett is a fantastic British brand and we are excited to work with them in China as part of their broader global expansion plans. We have seen an increased interest from Chinese consumers for quality health and wellbeing products which has been further accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese consumers want to try and learn about new products especially vitamins and supplements that can help to support a healthy lifestyle. With its extensive range of products, I believe Holland & Barrett is well placed to meet the demand from this fast-growing consumer base.”

About Pattern
Pattern is the global leader in ecommerce acceleration — helping brands command their maximum share of the exploding US$6 trillion global ecommerce market. The Pattern Ecommerce Acceleration Platform leverages AI-powered technology, industry expertise, and global distribution, logistics, and fulfillment services to help brands attain profitable ecommerce growth on global marketplaces including Amazon, eBay, Tmall, JD.com and Lazada. We are a 5* Tmall Trade Partner. To learn more about how we partner with brands to sell their products on marketplaces, email uk@pattern.com.

About Holland & Barrett
Holland & Barrett is the UK’s leading specialist health food retailer, and one of Europe’s largest health and wellness retailers. We provide wellness for all, with a leading range of vitamins, supplements, specialist food, sports nutrition and ethical beauty brands. Established in 1870, Holland & Barrett is owned by the Letter One Retail Group (L1 Retail) and currently operates more than 1600 stores across 16 countries worldwide, including over 800 in the UK and Ireland, as well as a rapidly expanding e-commerce business. All Holland & Barrett colleagues are highly trained in nutrition and supplements, able to advise customers on their individual needs. 
 

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