|Vipshop Holdings Ltd. ( VIPS) is a leading online discount retailer for high-quality brand name products in China, utilizing the online 'flash sales' method where special pricing may only be available for a few days. |
Offering a wide selection of various famous branded discount products including apparel for women, men and children, fashion goods, cosmetics, home goods and other lifestyle products through its website, the $12 billion company describes its unique approach thus...
'As compared to conventional on-line marketplaces or large-scale multi-category online retailers, Vipshop has successfully created and proven there is a third e-commerce model that can provide tremendous scale and profitability. By providing special offers and deep discounts on branded products, the Company has pioneered the online discount retail model in China and become the expert and leader trusted by our customers and brand partners alike.'
Its had an amazing run, and seems in the midst of a breather. But with the Alibaba IPO quickly approaching, could this stock be a good candidate for the "halo" effect?