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Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryOnline food delivery
Founded2008; 16 years ago (2008)
FoundersMark Zhang
Jack Kang
HeadquartersShanghai, China
Area served
2000+ cities in China
ParentAlibaba Group

Ele.me (Chinese: 饿了么, lit. "Are you hungry?") is the online food delivery and local life service platform of Alibaba Group.[1][2] Founded in 2008, it is now the second largest online food delivery service platform in China.[3][4]


Ele.me is an online-to-offline (O2O) catering and food delivery platform in China. It was founded by Mark Zhang and Jack Kang in Minhang Campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008 and now is developed and operated by Lazhasi Network Technology (Shanghai) Co., LTD. By the end of December in 2016, Ele.me has covered more than 2000 cities in China, with more than 1.3 million joining shops, 15 thousand staff and more than nine million daily orders. Also, over three million riders have registered Fengniao Delivery (the sub-service of Ele.me).[5]

On 27 January 2015, Ele.me finished its Series E financing with $350 million invested by CITIC PE, Tencent Holdings, JD.com (Joybuy), Hongshan Capital (Sequoia Capital) and Dianping.com.[6] On 28 August 2015, Ele.me announced the completion of its Series F financing with $630 million. The investment was led by CITIC PE and Hualian Group, followed by new investors like China Media Capital (CMC), Gopher Asset as well as the original investors including Tencent Holdings, JD.com (Joybuy) and Hongshan Capital (Sequoia Capital).[7]

On 24 November 2015, Ele.me obtained a strategic investment from Didi Chuxing.[8] On 17 December 2015, Alibaba Group invested $1.25 billion to Ele.me.[9][10]

On 1 March 2017, Ele.me announced that they would launch an app entitled "Food Security Service". Restaurants that are suspected of violating the law will be synced to the supervision department, and this function now covers all the restaurants in Shanghai.[11][12] On 8 March 2017, Ele.me announced that 5,257 restaurants were found to violate the rules and were removed within one week.[13] Additionally, 258 restaurants were removed in Sichuan province.[14]

By 2019, Ele.me had become the largest food delivery service in China with 53.4% market share.[15] At the same time, the company increasingly attracted foreign retailers such as notably German supermarket chain ALDI,[16] expanding beyond pure food delivery to FMCG and grocery delivery as part of Alibaba Group's "New Retail" push.


On 20 April 2017, under the support and guidance of Beijing Food and Drug Administration, major online meal ordering platforms including Ele.me, Meituan Dianping, Baidu Takeaway and Daojia established an online meal ordering platform self-discipline union voluntarily.[17]

The CEOs of the four platforms made a statement and signed the "Self-discipline Convention on Online Takeaway Ordering Platform's Union" together. This convention promised solemnly to the society from 14 aspects including the proprietors’ pre-join promise, platform admission, and the improvement of the records management and information publicity of the proprietors. Its specific contents includes: establishing food security institutes and voluntarily publish information to the society on the homepages of the platforms; tightening the regulation of platform admission; submitting the management data and information to the Food and Drug Administration regularly and actively; taking linked supervision and punitive measures among the platforms, and simultaneously removing the restaurants that violate the rules from all the platforms; jointly strengthening the safety training of the riders; paying attention to improve the online advertising and the training of the proprietors; advertising and promoting the "Sunshine Food" project, etc.[17]

Acquisition by Alibaba Group[edit]

On 28 February 2018, it was announced that Alibaba Group was in talks to acquire Ele.me.[18] On April 2, 2018, Alibaba acquired Ele.me for US$9.5 billion.[19]


In May 2021, a delivery driver named Liu died of a stroke while delivering food for Ele.me.[20]: 184  Liu had an outsourcing cooperation agreement with a third party agency and had no direct employment relationship with Ele.me.[20]: 184  His family sued both the outsourcing firm and Ele.me, arguing that Ele.me should also be responsible in the death for its failure to exercise due care.[20]: 184  In November 2022, the Chaoyang District Court ruled in favor of Liu's family, stating that the platform itself was partly liable because it had the capacity to monitor delivery updates but failed to give timely updates to the outsourcing agency, resulting in delayed medical response to Liu.[20]: 184  The Chaoyang District Court launched a media campaign to promote the decision.[20]: 184 


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