US online retail giant Amazon has set up shop on the business-to-consumer platform of Alibaba as it seeks a greater presence in the massive Chinese market. 

The Seattle-based firm is offering food, women's footwear, toys and kitchenware through its store on which was "quietly" launched yesterday, Chinese media reported. 

Amazon and Alibaba are considered competitors in some areas but unlike the US firm the Chinese company has no product stocks of its own, simply providing a trading platform. 

"We welcome Amazon to the Alibaba ecosystem and their presence will further broaden the selection of products and elevate the shopping experience for Chinese consumers on Tmall," an Alibaba spokeswoman said in a statement. 

Tmall is estimated to hold more than half the market in China for business-to-consumer transactions. 

Amazon is not new to China. It opened an official store on Tmall for its Kindle e-book reader last year. 

The firm made its first foray into China in August 2004 through the acquisition of, an online retailer of books, music and videos. The website was re-branded as in 2011. 

Amazon is initially selling nearly 500 items, with more expected to be made available later. As of this morning, the top sellers on the Amazon store included a German drinks container, and canned almonds imported from the US.