Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.
(BABA) is in talks to acquire Specsaver Express, a provider of home delivery services, according to people familiar with the matter.
The deal, which could close this week, is part of a broader $2.8 billion acquisition push that includes a deal to buy Specsaves Holdings LLC.
Specsavers has been in talks with several Chinese companies, including Tencent Holdings Ltd., for more than a year, the people said.
The companies have also been discussing a possible deal with a local Chinese company, according the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private negotiations.
The Alibaba Group said in a statement Thursday that the deal is “expected to generate a $3 billion (U.S.) boost in annual revenue and increase its gross margin” for the group, while adding that the Specsaws will provide “a great value proposition” for Chinese customers.
Speciesavers, founded in 1998, operates in more than 80 countries.
It provides a wide range of home and office delivery services to a wide array of businesses, including delivery companies like FedEx and UPS, as well as food delivery companies such as Cargill Inc. and Kroger Co.
The Specsaw deal comes as China is facing a record number of home deliveries, with more than half a million deliveries in the first six months of the year, according data from the China Home Delivery Association.
The figure is expected to be higher than the first half of last year.