Han Depeng, general manager of Chinese home appliance and consumer electronics retailer Gome’s (0493.HK) online mall, Gome.com.cn, revealed plans last month to have the Gome subsidiary join Hangzhou-based C2C & B2C e-commerce site Taobao’s Taobao Mall e-commerce platform. This follows the earlier partnership between Taobao Mall and B2C consumer electronics site Coo8.com, operated by another Gome subsidiary, Kuba Technology. Han’s time with Gome includes an earlier stint with the company’s Jinan branch. Coo8 vice president Peng Liang revealed on September 29 that, “Coo8 had RMB 726 mln in sales in H1 2011, and opened branches in 18 cities. Since our purchase by Gome, the number of staff has also risen from 200 to 1,500.”