Alibaba, Bolloré to partner in series of high-tech joint endeavors

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Paris-based Bolloré logistics have entered an agreement to share their best-practices and respective market knowledge, and potentially cooperate on projects in autonomous driving, cloud computing, and the creation of data management software. Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics network; Alibaba Cloud, its computing arm; and Bolloré Logistics’ battery-making division, Blue Solutions, are among […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 10, 2018

Tigers Logistics expands Shanghai presence, citing e-commerce boom

With e-commerce giant Alibaba’s logistics network Cainiao continually expanding its network in response to a booming demand for e-commerce, affiliated logistics companies are being pushed to up their game, as well. Hong Kong-based logistics firm Tigers acquired a two-warehouse site in Shanghai this week that will increase its capacity by 34 percent. Tigers cited growing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 15, 2018

Alibaba to invest US$1.5 billion in Hong Kong International Airport facility

Last week, Alibaba released plans to expand the network of its logistics arm, Cainiao, into Asia, Europe and the Middle East, underpinning its international e-commerce expansion effort. Yesterday, the company released its plans to drop US$1.5 billion on a logistics center project at China’s Southern-most hub, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Our sister publication Cargo Facts gives an […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 7, 2018

China’s 11.11 volumes for Alibaba, JD.com continue to surge

Once an obscure “Day” pioneered by e-commerce giant Alibaba, and named for unmarried people in China (Singles Day), 11 November rapidly became the biggest shopping day in the world. Nowadays, it has become more of a shopping season, with e-commerce platforms and their merchants now collecting “11.11” orders even before Nov. 11, and waiting until […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 14, 2017

Cainiao now controls logistics for 81 percent of Alibaba’s domestic orders

Embedded within Alibaba’s most recent quarterly results was a clear sign that couriers in China have increasingly aligned their IT platforms with that of Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao. As of March 2017, 81 percent of all items sold through Alibaba-owned sites moved through Cainiao’s delivery network. This figure was up significantly y-o-y, from 60 percent, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 19, 2017

Where We Went Wrong – Part 1: The e-commerce revolution

Here’s an open secret: physical “brick and mortar” shops are closing as multitudes of shoppers flock to online retail sites, such as Amazon and Alibaba. In the stores that still remain, many of the consumers are “just looking,” but will make their purchases later on the web. Unlike general air cargo, which will likely clock […]
  • Stan Wraight
  • February 3, 2017

ACMG report chronicles disruptive force of e-commerce in air cargo

The news earlier this spring that online retailer Amazon.com had entered the air cargo business with its own-controlled air network of forty 767 freighters was seen as a shot across the bow of the industry, signaling that the new era of e-commerce had arrived in the air logistics arena. According to a new report being […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 8, 2016

Alibaba’s rural service center program continues rapid growth

Alibaba’s “Taobao” e-commerce portal continues to demonstrate the collective buying power of rural Chinese citizens through the ongoing expansion of its rapidly growing rural service center program. The centers help rural citizens without the e-commerce hardware or know-how conduct business transactions online. Alibaba says the number of centers it operates has grown 800 percent since […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 26, 2016

How IT will drive e-commerce logistics in India and beyond

The numbers are in “holy *$#%” territory. “The numbers” are for e-commerce sales in China, and they are astounding. In the first two months of 2016, China’s online retail sales hit US$98.2 billion, an increase of 27 percent over the previous year. That puts it on pace to hit around $590 billion for the full 2016. In comparison, […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • April 25, 2016

Cainiao received US$1.5 billion in international funding since 2013

At least six groups injected an estimated US$1.54 billion into Alibaba’s logistics unit Cainiao during the company’s first round of external funding since it was founded in 2013. Charles Kauffman, of sister publication Cargo Facts provides details, which will also be discussed next week at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 in Hong Kong, where Steven Li, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 14, 2016

A different kind of logistics network

We at Air Cargo World are excited that Steven Li, Director of Cross-Border E-Commerce Logistics for Cainiao, will join attendees in Hong Kong next month as a speaker at Cargo Facts Asia 2016, hosted by our sister publication, Cargo Facts. Since today is Friday, we will offer a couple of fun videos – one describing the China […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 25, 2016

Cainiao, by the numbers

Just about every number associated with Alibaba’s Cainiao network is staggering. Here are just a few of the eye-poppers: 217 – Countries expected to be involved in its e-commerce cross-border network 1,800 – Distribution centers across China 3,000 – Foreign and domestic logistics partners in China Smart Logistics network 176,000 – Cainiao delivery stations across […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 27, 2016

Alibaba doubles down on ‘Double 11 Day’ preparations

On Wednesday this week, many countries of the world will pause to reflect on the sacrifices of their military veterans. But November 11 – known to many nations as Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day – takes on another, less somber, much more lucrative meaning in China: Singles Day, when young, unmarried people go […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 9, 2015