Q3 2020 Earnings Call
Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 a.m. ET
- Prepared Remarks
- Questions and Answers
- Call Participants
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for standing by for Baozun's third-quarter 2020 earnings conference call. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, today's conference call is being recorded. I'll now turn the meeting over to your host for today's call, Ms. Wendy Sun, investor relations director of Baozun.
Please proceed, Wendy.
Thank you, operator. Hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. Our third-quarter 2020 earnings release was distributed earlier today and is available on our IR website at ir.baozun.com, as well as on global newswire services. On the call today from Baozun, we have Mr.
Vincent Qiu, chairman and chief executive officer; Mr. Junhua Wu, chief growth officer; and Mr. Robin Lu, chief financial officer. Mr.
Qiu will review the business operations and company highlights, followed by Mr. Lu, who will discuss financials and guidance. They will all be available to answer your questions during the Q&A session that follows. I would like to remind you that this conference call contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the U.S.
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon the management's current expectations and current market and operating conditions and relate to events that involve known or unknown risk, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the company's control, which may cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statement. Further information regarding these and other risk and uncertainties or factors is included in the company's filings in the U.S. SEC and announcement on the website of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
The company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required under applicable law. Finally, please note that unless otherwise stated, all figures mentioned during this conference call are in RMB. It is now my pleasure to introduce our chairman and chief executive officer, Mr. Vincent Qiu.
Vincent, please go ahead.
Thank you, Wendy, and thank you all for joining us. I'm pleased to report another solid quarter with a lot of accomplishments. This is our very first earnings call as a public company on both the NASDAQ and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Our due listing in the U.S.
and Hong Kong marks another exciting milestone during our evolution as a leading pioneer in innovative branding commerce solutions in China. In particular, it increases our ability to pursue expansion opportunities and alternative financing options to grow and demonstrates our long-term commitment to create value for our growing base of global shareholders. In the past few years, we have focused on building our competitive moat around technology and innovation. Our impressive results for this year's Double 11 Shopping Festival is a great example of our progress, where our total order value grows by 54.8% during the extended 11 days period to a record high RMB 16.5 billion.
While the online statistic itself is impressive, I want to highlight that it was our solid technology infrastructure, data intelligence capabilities and robust a systematic team in a coordination that underpinned our success. Overall, our core infrastructure accelerated efficiency and promoting effectiveness across the board from e-commerce merchandising all the way to other procurements. Most recently, we were honored by being named one of Fortune's and in top 100 fastest-growing companies for the second year in a row. We ranked No.
27 globally and No. 2 among Chinese companies. We continued to strengthen brand engagement in the third quarter, which was helped by improving consumer sentiment as the retail industry recovered from COVID-19 restrictions. In particular, during the third quarter, we added a net of 10 new brand partners, including a few international luxury brands, a U.K.-headquartered luxury focus to marketplace for the China collection store, as well as a few domestic brands in a variety of categories.
As everyone knows, China has the world's largest e-commerce market, and the opportunities to grow are vast given our unique positioning as a leading solution-driven platform. We also noted there are certain categories that are reacting more shortly to this trend. Luxury sector is a good example. Not only have we been able to attract a meaningful number of luxury brands this year, but we are also seeing a trend in more luxury brands establishing their flagship stores through third-party marketplaces.
In our most recent work-through, we are in the process of expanding our service coverage with a Tier 1 European luxury brand to not only serve its official brand store but to also establish and manage its marketplace flagship store. This will be the brand to first-ever move to a third-party marketplace. And we believe this will be a major catalyst that will accelerate the digital transformation of luxury e-commerce in China. As that wave materializes, we will be well-positioned and ready to capture the emerging opportunities in the luxury sector.
As e-commerce continues to grow and evolve quickly, we are committed to capturing this opportunity through continuous progress in digitalization. Over the past few years, we have constructed a very comprehensive digital operating platform, or DOP, that integrates our IT infrastructure, AI applications and data intelligence capabilities. Going forward, we will leverage our DOP to develop more innovative tools and applications that serve as an engine for our brand partners' sales growth. This will not only improve order fulfillment and the merchandising efficiency but will also stimulate demand generation and optimize legal cash management.
In addition to developing innovative technology solutions, business innovation is also critical for executing our high-quality growth strategy. You may recall from recent earnings calls that we have launched two strategic initiatives to drive further innovation. First, we launched a business operating center, or BOC, to drive operational efficiency, shared resources reallocation and the promotion of standard distributions. Second, we announced the opening of our growth brand operating center, or GBO, to capture increasing opportunities among local and emerging brands.
This quarter, we were able to advance a variety of efficiency and quality enhancements within our BOC. Based on the early trial programs for over a dozen brand partners under our BOC, we believe that we will achieve a meaningful increase in efficiency. For GBO, we intend to use innovation to expand our service scope with emerging brands as we support their entire journey from setting up their go-to-market strategy or using high level integration through our data intelligence and insight solutions. Our co-branding and co-marketing initiatives would help brand partners to optimizing their brand positioning and even SKU planning, as well as manufacturing that relates to the supply chain.
Another understated, but very important benefit will be in reaching their touchpoints with a wider range of omnichannel marketplaces. We have strong prospects in the pipeline, and we will be able to share more progress about them early next year. Following our successful secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, we have started on a new journey. We believe it is an opportune time to accelerate our growth further by using strategic channels to capture high potential pipeline opportunities.
Lastly, as you may have also noted -- as you may have also noticed earlier today, we announced that new leadership enhancing changes to cruise forward with initiatives. We are happy to announce that Robin Lu, whom all of you know as our CFO, is moving forward to take a new role to lead the company's devotion to strategic business development and investment initiatives both financially and operationally. We plan to leverage on these initiatives to promote exposure to emerging brands, new e-commerce trends and other business development opportunities, also to prolong emerging opportunities in China e-commerce arena. Taking his place as CFO, is Arthur Yu, our current VP of finance, who came on board with substantial experience in global finance acquired as large multinational organizations such as Jaguar Land Rover and BT Group.
We couldn't be happier to have him with us, and we are confident that our deepened bench will sharpen our focus and help drive long-term growth. I will now pass the call to Robin to go over financials for the quarter.
Thanks, Vincent. This will be my last earnings call as CFO of Baozun, and I want to thank all of our investors and friends for your support over the past two years. Brand e-commerce and digitalization is becoming a more significant part of every life of COVID-19, and we are pleased to see that our initiatives in high-quality growth strategy are bearing fruit and that our balance sheet is as strong as it's ever been. We believe we are uniquely positioned to compete and win on China e-commerce results.
And we are accelerating our process for best utilizing our industry insights and the know-how to identify and secure new e-commerce trends. I'm sure that this will be the exciting journey for us going forward, and I'm honored to be handing over the CFO position to Arthur so that I can focus more on these initiatives and capture the fast-changing opportunities. Before we go into details on our financials, let me update you on the class action complaint filed last December. As we noted in our 2019 annual report, earlier this November, the lead council has filed a notice of voluntary dismissal against our defendants.
And consequently, the court sent a notice of voluntary dismissal, thereby adopting it as an order of the court and officially dismissed the consolidated action. One last thing. Given our listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, they will follow the common practice for companies listed in Hong Kong and will now provide guidance on net revenues or net revenue growth going forward. Let's now go over the third-quarter 2020 financial results in detail.
As always, we believe a year-over-year comparison is the best way to review our performance. All percentage change I'm going to give will be on that basis. Once again, please note that all figures that I mentioned will be in RMB unless otherwise stated. As we mentioned on our previous call, we are in progress with optimizing our category mix, which may negatively impact year-over-year comparison.
Despite this, our total GMV this quarter increased by 19.4% to RMB 10.8 billion. Our distribution GMV rose by 17.4% to RMB 868.3 million, and our non-distribution GMV increased 19.6% to RMB 10 billion. During the quarter, we continued to see modest growth momentum in the sportswear, luxury and FMCG categories. In addition, the men's and women's clothing category returned to double-digit growth.
I will give a quick summary of the category that accounts for over 10% of our total GMV. The apparel category, which includes sportswear, luxury and the men's and women's clothing, grew by approximately 35% year over year. Electronics declined by double digits, which was mainly due to our optimization of the smartphone sector. FMCG, for the first time, contributed over 10% of our total GMV, becoming one of top three categories for us.
Accordingly, total net revenues increased by 21.7% in to RMB 1.83 billion. Breaking this down, product sales revenue we increase by 21.3% to RMB 803.4 million. And the service revenue increased by 22% to RMB 1 billion during the quarter. Total costs and operating expenses were RMB 1.7 billion, compared to RMB 1.4 billion in the same quarter last year.
In particular, cost of products increased to RMB 673.7 million from RMB 529 million last year. This was mainly due to higher costs associated with the increase in product sales revenue. Product sales gross margin declined slightly by 30 bps to 16.1% from the previous quarter, which was mainly due to the change in category needs and continued discounting initiative. Our blended gross margin was 63.2%, a decrease of 1.6% from last year mainly due to lower product sales gross margin, partially offset by stronger revenue contribution from service revenue.
Fulfillment expenses increased to RMB 419.8 million from RMB 333.4 million in the same quarter of last year, mainly due to a rise in GMV contribution from our distribution and consignment model and an increase in warehouse rental expenses associated with the expanded warehouse capacity to address additional growth opportunities. Our fulfillment expenses as a percentage of GMV increased to 3.9% from 3.7% a year ago, which was mainly due to a higher proportion of the consignment model in our non-distribution GMV. This was partially offset by our improved efficiency enhancement. Sales and marketing expenses increased to RMB 501.1 million from RMB 443.1 million in the same quarter last year, which was mainly due to the GMV growth, as well as growth in digital marketing services.
As a percentage of GMV, our sales and the marketing expense ratio improved to 4.6% from 4.9% a year ago, which was mainly due to the effectiveness and the efficiency improvements of our marketing services and our continued cost control initiatives. Technology and the content expenses increased by 7.9% year on year to RMB 101.6 million. And our investments in future innovation and productization totaled RMB 23.4 million compared with RMB 21 million in the same period of last year. Technology and the content expenses as a percentage of GMV improved to 0.9% from 1% last year, as we experienced greater operating leverage.
G&A expenses totaled RMB 51.1 million, a slight decrease from RMB 51.7 million in the same quarter last year, which reflected our displayed cost control initiatives and the leverage gains while we scaled our business. All in all, income from operations increased by 50.9% year over year to RMB 84.6 million. And on a non-GAAP basis, income from operations was RMB 111.7 million, up 47.1% from the same quarter last year. Operating margin stayed 4.6%, while non-GAAP operating margin reached 6.1%, which were both new third-quarter record highs for us.
Offsetting interest income, interest expense totaled RMB 8 million compared with RMB 9 million a quarter ago. As we just completed our Hong Kong secondary leasing, we plan to further optimize our capital structure and expect to have further savings in our net interest expense going forward. Net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Baozun totaled RMB 64.6 million, an increase of 64.2%. Basic and dilutive net income contributable ordinary shareholders of volume per ADS were RMB 1.09 and RMB 1.07, respectively, for the quarter.
Non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Baozun totaled RMB 91.5 million, an increase of 55.1%. Basic and diluted non-GAAP net income attributable to ordinary shareholders of Baozun per ADS were RMB 1.55 and RMB 1.52, respectively, for the quarter. As of September 30, 2020, we had RMB 4.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments compared with RMB 2.3 billion as of June 30, 2020. The significant increase in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments was mainly attributable to the offering proceeds received in connection with our secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Gross proceeds from the global offering, including partial exercise of the over-allotment option before underwriting sale and the other offering expenses were approximately HKD 3.6 billion. Lastly, I want to open some clarity on how to gauge expectations for the fourth quarter. The growth rate of this year's Double 11 Shopping Festival should not be taken as a proxy for full quarter growth rates, especially due to our periodic peak, promotional initiatives, and extended time frame in this pandemic year. Overall, we believe the solid results during Double 11 speaks to the health of the economic recovery in China and expect the fourth quarter will deliver sequential improvement in growth momentum.
We remain committed to deliver sustainable growth with steady improvements in profitability over the long-term, as well as creating long-term value for our shareholders. Now, before we turn the call to the operator for Q&A, I want to welcome and introduce Arthur to you. Arthur, please go ahead.
OK. Hello, everyone. Thank you, Robin. It's a pleasure to join the call and taking over Robin as the new CFO.
I joined Baozun because of its impressive growth story in the fast-growing Chinese e-commerce industry. But after working for Baozun as the finance VP since September, I now have more faith in Baozun because it has a great set of assets, including three things. Number one, it has an impressive customer base with 260 globally famous brands. Number two, it has a well-developed technology and innovation capability.
And number three, more than 6,000 engaged and unaffected people. So as company's new CFO, I look forward to work with the board and executive management team to take Baozun's success to the next level. And I hope to meet all of you in person soon on the call to gather your view on Baozun's future. And back to you, Robin.
I hand it back to you.
OK. Thank you. Operator, we are now ready to begin the Q&A session.
Questions & Answers:
Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, we will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator instructions] First question comes from the line of Alicia Yap of Citigroup. Please go ahead.
Hi. Thank you. Good evening, management. Thanks for taking my questions.
Congratulations to Robin for your new role. And also welcome and congratulations to Arthur as the new CFO. My question is related to how we should think about in terms of what we have learned. So as we just finished another record year for Singles Day sales, while the result was strong and likely have exceeded management expectation, just wondering, were there any areas that you hope that your team or the results could be even better? Any brand that is underperforming? How do you deal with helping the brands that experience lackluster performance? And then as we head into 2021 will Baozun retain your initiative like what you did for 2020 in terms of balancing the top-line growth versus the margin improvement? So if you can give us some color on that, it would be great.
Sure. Hi, Alicia. It's Robin. I think I can take a part of your question as in Junhua will give you more details about Double 11 and the trend of the business.
Basically, I think when you recall the previous call, we do notice or discuss with you about -- this year is a very stressed year, a special year because of the pandemic. And for both brands and the consumers, they are more focused on the promotional events, just as in the 6 '18. So I think we do see the similar pattern in Double 11, especially this year, Double 11 extended time frame, which had about like 11 days. So we do see they have a big promotion, and they just want to dump out the inventory.
And especially there is some like rising up about the pandemic and the COVID-19 globally. And people always have some concerns about the future for the next year. So that really have some negative impact. And also the pattern is more focused on the promotional events.
And going forward, in the next year, even though it was a very late compared with the previous year, we started our new business development to acquire more and more brands coming in, we do have a very strong pipeline in the current business. And additionally, because there are more like traffic diversified in the other marketplaces and other areas like Mini Program and Douyin and Kuaishou, we have more focus on this new business. And I'm very happy to say we see the second sequential quarter, we make profit in the Mini Program, and we have a very high-growth in the Mini Program business, really demonstrate our capability to expand our business from current arena to the new areas. Thank you.
OK. Thank you, Robin. So Alicia, let me share with you some color about the Double 11. So we do have a lot of learnings from the past Double 11 considered this Double 11 had a very special gameplay, including two big waves of everything, two ways of worked up preorder and booking period.
So everything doubled, including sales opportunities and also potential operation risks. And this is new to everybody. So we need to help the brand to reallocate or the merchandising for two ways. The first way, how do we just make sure that the brand has the right assortment with the right price to attract the first wave of consumers.
In terms of the consumer engagement, we need to prepare how do we drive the second wave for the repeat purchase rate for the consumers. And including all those kind of the traffic management and the consumer experience management, we do learn a lot of things from that, also including our fulfillment and warehousing. Consider between the two big moving phases, we have engaged a new wave of return between the two booking periods. So the great part is our system, and our fulfillment team did a great job.
So definitely, a few brands are underperforming during the Double 11, of course, because the post-COVID-19 did affect some of the brands, including their merchandising and assortment preparation. And also, some of them are lacking their marketing spending for the two waves, very hard to reallocate their offline resources to online at the end of the year. So there's a lot of things we are reviewing with our brand partners after the Double 11. And we believe that we can do a lot of new initiatives by helping them in the next year doing a greater job.
Thank you for the questions. [Operator instructions] Next question will come from the line of Binnie Wong of HSBC. Please go ahead.
Hello. Good evening, management. Congrats on a very, very strong quarter on both top line, bottom line. My question here is on the competition side and also one on the take rate.
So one on the competition. Do you see that as we see more of this e-commerce like service provider emerging in various verticals? So long ago, we had the Lily & Beauty. [Foreign language] And then also, we saw like OneChance [Foreign language] What are the competitive advantages if you can remind us as to we can further like strengthen ourselves against some of these like verticals to become the partner of choice, right, for more of these brands? And then how do you see that in terms of -- if you look back at our take rate, just looking at the nine months quarter -- well, I would say, quarter to nine months to date, the take rate actually increased by like 50 bps in terms of the total service revenue. So can you remind us as to, down the road, what are some of the things that we have been improving to drive this increase in the take rate? And then how do we think about like balancing in terms of monetization on the take rate versus in terms of growing our GMV? Do you think that there are further value-added services we can to improve in terms of this take rate? Or is it that we're still aiming for the growing the GMV procuring more brands onboard? Thank you so much.
Thank you, Binnie. This is Vincent. I will take your first question and give the second one to Robin later on. About the combination, yes, we would rather use word active.
I mean, the whole industry run is getting more and more active, not only the players are getting more and more covered for different categories and also the service, so many different kinds of services now emerging in the market to help the brands to do a better business. So that is our opinion. We think actively in some more accurate work for this competition horizon. So for Baozun, I think the vantage is quite clear.
Number one, I think Baozun is in a leading position with a very good brand name in serving, especially, the global brands in the market. Secondly, we think that we will be continuously investing into the technology side. And we have a very completed service and solution offerings to run based on technologies and data technologies. So that is a very important long-term strength from us certainly because we are covering the omnichannel.
So mostly we can help the brands not only on the major market bases but also emerging in the channels to help them to achieve sales growth and also engage customers. And lastly, I think because we are doing this multichannel and also multi-category business. So we are knowing the consumers much better than the others. So that gives us a good chance in delivering consumer insights and also CRM-related data-based marketing in the future.
So that is about the competition and about the advantage. Now, about take rate, Robin?
Sure. It's Robin. Basically, I think numerically our take rate was heavily decided by the product -- the category mix, as we mentioned before. That's why we did a lot about optimization in our categories.
And I think that's both the factors. The second factor is we continuously add the value-added services to our existing brands and new brands. For example, we provide more services in the marketing, IT services, integrate them together. And then, we provide supply chain services in addition to the operations.
And the third factor, I think we are testing this now, and we made some progress with so-called deep corporations, which means we do a lot of co-market and the core branding from very start point with the brand partners, and then we share some of the costs. But based on the accumulative data and based on our very high-level know-how about operations on the technology base and the marketing, we are very confident to be working with some brands to do the deep corporation and the change the landscape of the structure in the take rate. So these three factors really contribute to the take rate improvement, I think, especially for the second one and the third one will contribute more in the later years. Thank you.
Thank you for the questions. Next question will come from the line of John Choi of Daiwa. Please go ahead.
Thank you, management, for taking my question, and congratulations, Robin, on your new role, and welcome, Arthur, and congratulations to your new role as CFO. I have two questions. First of all, a quick follow-up to Binnie's question on the take rate. I think if you look at this quarter's per se, I think the service revenue growth has been more or less in line.
We did experience, I guess you mentioned, a slight improvement on the take rate. But how should we think about this going forward? I think, Robin, you just mentioned that we're going to see a good momentum. But considering that we have been investing quite a lot over the past couple of years in terms of fulfillment and also logistics. And we've also been -- have done some brand optimization to improve our take rate and business.
So I'm just wondering, should we be expecting a further acceleration of take rate and service revenue that should outpace the overall revenue growth? That's my first question. And your second question is something related to your new role, Robin. I was wondering if management could kind of share with us, in the longer term, there have been a lot of new business players in this field that are providing more software as a service and kind of alternative to Baozun for some of these smaller brands or smaller merchants. So could management kind of let us know or share what are the key priorities or areas that you will have to further strengthen going forward? Thank you.
Sure. I think for the first question, I think there is some seasonality issues in Q3. So you may see our services -- our take rate and the service revenue grew quarter by quarter, but it's a large improvement for some certain quarters due to the seasonality. I think it's really the -- it's not about our service.
It's about the macroeconomic issues and some certain quarters. And we do believe we will have a consistent improvement in the take rate and the service revenue. And also, we are experiencing some optimization continuously, as we mentioned in the past quarters. And we think we are ready to have more contribution for the next year.
I think that's the first question. The second question about my personal task. Yes, in the e-commerce landscape, when you look at that, there are a lot of changes, most recently, especially after COVID-19, I think the first change is more and more emerging brands coming up in Tmall and the other platforms. And the second one, the traffic coming from lots of other marketplaces.
And you may recall about like two years ago, we started our Mini Program, and we made a significant improvement on the progress up to today. And I think we can replicate less success in the other marketplaces, especially in the live streaming driven marketplaces. And also for the emerging brands, we will do some trial and will focus more to incubate the smaller brands or emerging brands working with our existing brand partners rather than to do the investment in the nonrelated emerging brands. So it's kind of our strategy to do based on our strong data support in the past.
So I think we have a very clear picture how we can expand our business to the other platforms and how we can incubate while working with the emerging brands and also how we can expand our categories in some certain category like FMCG. That's part of my goal to drive up the new business for the company. Thank you.
Thank you for the questions. Next question comes from the line of Tian Hou of T.H. Capital. Please go ahead.
Thanks, management, and congratulations on a good quarter. And also, congratulations on the new roles to both of you. Two questions. One is related to the cooperation with Alibaba.
So you used to cooperate, maybe Mei with Alibaba and also a net supporter, and now Alibaba team up with FARFETCH or invested in FARFETCH. How that's going to impact your future cooperation with Alibaba or maybe Mei? So that's the No. 1 question. The second question is related to the channels.
So you start from operating shops on the Tmall platform and you've gradually expanded it out to the other sites. So I wonder, today, what's the ratio of the shops that you operate on Tmall platform? And what's the ratio for non-Tmall platform? And so for different channel, what's the cost and the operational expense structure looks like? Or which one makes more money for you? Thank you. That's the two questions.
OK. So this is Junhua. Let me answer your first question. So regarding the MADE.COM, YOOX NET-A-PORTER, and FARFETCH.
So let me address this question from two dimensions. Number one, you need to understand the difference between MADE.COM and YNAP, and FARFETCH. MADE.COM is a first-party platform running large products, focused on the product life cycle status to be the long tail. So basically, on the MADE.COM, all the products are off-season products, and they provide the first 10 purchased by Alibaba, and they only focus on the last circle of the product status, like off-season and clearance, etc.
And YOOX NET-A-PORTER and FARFETCH are kind of similar to each other. So all of them are listing new arrivals in-season products, and most of them are selling across either within the Richemont Group also across another luxury categories. So we don't think there are head-to-head competitions within the Luxury Pavilion or Tmall Luxury. FARFETCH are getting open at Tmall flagship store because consider the consumer engagement and the traffic source, there is a huge sales opportunity for both of the platform to share with their products across different kind of portfolio within ready-to-wear and bags and accessories and jewelries.
There are a lot of opportunities. That's the first dimension. The second dimension is I cannot mention the details, but Baozun is running all of those three platforms that you just mentioned, including MADE.COM, YNAP, and FARFETCH on JD for now. So as long as FARFETCH is opening their flagship store on Tmall, so it doesn't affect the current Baozun service scope and Baozun business.
And on the other hand, we believe that we are very, very confident in helping all of those luxury platforms to do a better job on Tmall with their consumer engagement. Thank you.
Hi. It's Robin. Let me take the second question. I think, right now, the Tmall business is about like 70% to 75% of our business, and we are driving up more from the other marketplaces right now.
And I think for the other marketplaces because of the difference of the nature in business, both the revenue model and the cost structure are different. For example, we can utilize more SaaS-based system we already developed internally to support our Mini Program, as well as our Douyin store. Also we have more marketing-oriented business coming up from the other platforms. So that really gave us more color for the new platforms.
However, I want to say for the current cost structure you saw in our P&L, for example, we already accumulated lot of basic structure to be ready for the business in the other platforms. We don't need to just redo our infrastructure gain in the other platforms so we can create more efficiency and effectiveness when we grow this business. Thank you.
Thank you for the question. And our next questions will come from the line of Joyce Ju of Bank of America. Please go ahead.
Joyce Ju -- Bank of American Merrill Lynch -- Analyst
Good evening, Vincent, Junhua, Robin, and Arthur. Congrats on the very solid quarter and the Hong Kong listing and thanks for taking my questions. I have two questions. My first question actually is a follow-up on the Singles Day performance.
This quarter, for the first time, like company disclosed like for the key category growth for the third quarter, just try to understand for our remarkable like 55% year-over-year growth of the Singles Day GMV result. Could you provide like similar breakdown in terms of the category, like growth? Like is apparel the faster-growing category? Or like if electronics within the Singles Day experienced a year-over-year declining trend? Just want to get more color in terms of how these different categories together contribute to our Singles Day unit sales growth. My second question was related to our margins and investment because we see the company like restructured organization to put more efforts in terms of like launching new initiatives. And this year, we also raised a lot of capital, so just want to understand like what's the area we are going to invest specifically.
And will these investments actually affect our margin probably for the fourth quarter or maybe just for the next year? How will the quarter margins will look like? Thanks.
Sure. It's Robin. I think the line is not clear, but I'll try to catch up and answer your question. I think that the downturn in the electronics side, mainly from as I mentioned in the prepared remarks, that's because of the adjustment and the optimization of our smartphone.
You remember, we have a smartphone brand, which has some GMV contribution for the last year. And we just ended the corporation by the last third quarter. And also, we did some optimization in the other smaller brand in the smartphone. In general, we are not going to grow up this type of low-quality growth -- we call the low-quality growth business in this category.
That's why you see the double-digit decrease in this sector, which really negatively impact our overall GMV for this quarter. And about the margin impact because we raise financing recently, in the past, we continuously invest in the technology. But also, we are strengthening our supply chain. And in the meantime, we utilize some money to do our new business like Mini Program.
In the last questions, I explained what we will do. But I want to reiterate, we are not going to do a drastic investment in our new business. And we have a very strong support for our technology already. And also, we have a strong support for our data accumulation.
And we know what we can do to expand our business and capture the opportunities, which is always at the low cost, I don't think that that will affect too much about our margin. And you can see we have a continuous or consistent investment in the different areas. You can see just as a status quo in the future, and we are not going to have a big investment to affect our margins. Thank you.
Thank you for the questions. Next question comes from the line of Ashley Xu of Credit Suisse. Please go ahead.
Ashley Xu -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst
Thanks, management, for taking my questions. Two questions from me. First one is that given we have printed a nice third-quarter and fourth-quarter momentum has been quite strong. Is our previous outlook that next year we should be able to post around 30% revenue growth remain unchanged? And my second question is about our fulfillment side.
Given we are onboarding more luxury brands, do we have any investment plan on this front? And how should we see the trend of fulfillment expense ratio? Thank you.
Sure. Ashley, it's Robin. When we provided 2020 guidance, we did have some precondition past the COVID-19. Based on current situation, we don't think we have much change about our guidance, but we are very cautious about what's happened for the next year in the COVID-19 globally.
And just most recently, when the season go into the winter, there is some change and we do feel about the brand -- most of our brands are very conservative right now for the next year. So we are cautiously watching our debt now. And if there is no big change in the macro, we are going to keep this outlook. And about the fulfillment, I want to say fulfillment is one of the very important area we want to invest.
I think should be the continued or consistent investment. We expand our format in the warehouse. We upgrade our warehouse for the luxury, and I think that's one of the drivers to grow up our business. And in the next year, we think we do have some investment in the warehouse, but we are in the budgeting process right now, we haven't decided the exact number.
As we have the number, we will share with the investors. Thank you.
Thank you for the questions. Next question comes from the line of Thomas Chong of Jefferies. Please go ahead.
Thomas Chong -- Jefferies -- Analyst
Hi. Thanks, management, for taking my questions --
I'm sorry, Mr. Chong. I think your line is not very clear. Are you using a hands-free?
Thomas Chong -- Jefferies -- Analyst
Hi. Thanks, management, for taking my questions. Can you comment about the strategies of the vesting in the medical brands? That's number one. Should we expect international brands entering into the China market for upward next year? Thank you.
Yes. Hi, operator. It's not clear. We cannot -- we barely hear.
So can we just skip one and have him adjust his speaker?
Certainly. Mr. Chong, allow us to take your question later. You can dial back again.
Next question will go to Charlie Chen of China Renaissance. Please go ahead.
Charlie Chen -- China Renaissance -- Analyst
Yes, management. Thank you for taking my question. I have two questions here. First one is about the strategy of the luxury brands and domestic local brands.
I would imagine those two brands are actually operating quite differently in the marketplace. So based on your previous experience, I can see your comment has done very well for the international big consumer brands. So how would you do differently to do business with international luxury brands? And also, how do you do differently to handle these domestic smaller brands? And how would that impact your overall business structure like margins, take rate? So can you comment on that? That's the first question. And the second question is since you have taken these new initiatives to acquire new international luxury brands and also domestic brands, I can say this year, the quality growth strategy has been carried out very well.
So next year, would that new initiative change your focus on the growth in terms of top-line growth versus quality growth or margins? How do you think about that in next year? Thank you.
OK. Thank you for the questions. Let me take the questions. And maybe Robin can say more, yes, for these, too.
Firstly, about the luxury brands and local brands. Yes, I think actually, they are not new to us. Firstly, luxury brands, we are working with them for several years already. Although mostly, we are helping them on the official brand side.
Today, going to the marketplace stores, I think because we have profound experiences on the marketplace at Tmall. So there is not a big gap for us to run these kinds of luxury brands on the marketplaces. So in general, we are quite familiar with international luxury brands. And for the local brand, we are generally already working with them for many years.
And talking about the strategy, I think for the luxury brands, we're more focused on the fulfillment side, given we're trying to deliver a very premier customer experience and also with some of the technologies and the CRM system to help the brands to acquire new users and also fulfilling the demand from the existing customers as well. So the local brands, I think more values will be from the technology side and also digital marketing side. So we have been in this kind of initiatives for years. So we are ready to have the local brands for these capabilities.
Talking about the margin structure revenues from this tool, yes, I think maybe Robin can say more about this, the dynamics of luxury, and the local brands.
Sure. Hi, it's Robin. I think just back to your question about high-quality growth. I think that's a corporate level strategy.
That's really going to every category, every sector, it's not differentiated between the international and the domestic. Regarding domestic, just as Vincent mentioned, they want more in the technology. They want more in the automation, which we invested a lot in this area. And we do have a very strong competency, especially compared with our competitors when we compete in the market.
And that's what the domestic brands are like. And also, we are trying to figure out something like a brand-new approach to be working with the brands, either in the international or domestic, for example, just now I mentioned with so-called deep corporation with and try to optimize the landscape to be working with this brand. I think that's really spread across the international and the domestic. There isn't much difference between the domestic and international.
And also what I want to say, if you ask me about the take rate as a number, we don't see much difference between domestic, international, as long as you provide the service what they do need. Thank you.
And also talking about the strategy, I think the quality growth, high-quality growth strategy will remain the same. It will not be changing next year.
Thank you. Once again, I will take the next questions from Thomas Chong of Jefferies. Please go ahead.
Hi, management. Thank you for taking my questions. I'm sorry about the connection problem earlier, and I will be asking on behalf of Thomas. Can you share some update on our Mini Program strategies and the competition between the centralized and decentralized traffic in 2021? Thank you.
Thank you. Sorry, can you say that again? Mini Program what? I didn't hear that very clearly.
Can you share some update on the Mini Program strategy?
OK. Thank you. Baozun was quite brand-oriented in the past. So we actually serve the brand for different channels and also different services, not only about e-commerce transactions but also to the marketing needs, I mean, the demand generation needs.
So Mini Program is one of the practice. We are serving the brand for omnichannel methodology. So Mini Program versus the other platform is very interesting because where you can cover not only the transaction part but also the digital marketing part and integrate these two efforts into one. So we think the -- we think the path in the Mini Program, e-commerce will be shorter than in the other platforms.
So our strategy is that we are serving the brands, not only for the transaction but also serving only very SaaS-plus customization base. Means that we will deliver a lot of common microservices to the brands. And also, we can customize for -- customer dissolution for them to fit the Tencent ecosystem. So that is a SaaS-plus operation strategy.
Thank you for the questions. In the interest of time, that concludes the Q&A session. I would now like to hand the call back to Ms. Wendy Sun for closing remarks.
Thank you, operator. In closing, on behalf of the Baozun management team, we'd like to thank you all for your participation in today's call. If you require any further information, feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for joining us today.
This concludes the call.
Duration: 62 minutes
Joyce Ju -- Bank of American Merrill Lynch -- Analyst
Ashley Xu -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst
Thomas Chong -- Jefferies -- Analyst
Charlie Chen -- China Renaissance -- Analyst