Insane Office Photos Reveal Just How Hardcore Alibaba Workers Are

November 11 is Single’s Day (11.11) in China, a holiday created by the Internet giant Alibaba and marked as the world’s biggest online shopping event. E-commerce giants in China prepared for months just for the course of 24 hours.

Around $14.3 billion worth of sales are made in a single day — bigger than Facebook’s entire revenue last year.

Behind the impressive sales record were the hardworking Alibaba staff who made it all happen.

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Below are photos from behind the scene at Alibaba: how the 10,000 staff pulled off this event of the year. (photos from the Internet and the original link of Chinese coverage by 粥左罗 HERE I annotated the photos in English.

The slogan at Alibaba reads “11.11 Rock the World” The staff busy at work The lights at Alipay building late at night

Before 11.11, 8 mock sales were scheduled to make sure seamless execution of the day. Regardless what would happen on Nov 11, the staff made sure to respond within 1 min and provide updates within 5 mins.

Hardworking, hardworking, hardworking !

Red bull, tents and Jack Ma’s visit

Tents everywhere Even in the parking lot Male vs. female tents Sleeping beds in meeting rooms Unlimited red bull and fruits + 4 meals per day Jack Ma’s visit Jack signing on the drum Staff getting 11.11 haircut Carving the TMall cat logo & 11.11 on the back of head Getting the TMall logo nails 11.11 Tents & sleeping bags in the shape of 11.11

The success of Alibaba was not a result of good luck, but the hard work and sleepless nights that went behind it.

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About the author: Chenyu Zheng is a blogger from China who currently works as Product Marketing at Uber. 

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