MallforAfrica adds Chinese vendors to e-commerce platform

African shopping platform MallforAfrica – which sources “billions of items” from United States and United Kingdom-based retailers – has opened a warehouse in China and will now make Chinese products available through its online shopping app, connecting African consumers to the Chinese e-commerce market. Once goods are purchased, customer orders are fulfilled from MallforAfrica warehouses […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 18, 2018

DHL spins out e-commerce from PeP division

Deutsche Post-DHL Group (DP-DHL) is addressing the ongoing woes in its Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) division with a “divide and conquer” strategy, under which PeP will be separated into German and international divisions focusing on post and parcel and e-commerce, respectively. The changes are effective as of Jan. 1, 2019. As part of the new organizational structure, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 17, 2018

DHL offers cash-on-delivery payment for e-commerce in SE Asia

What’s the opposite of digitalization? DHL e-commerce’s new cash-on-delivery service, which allows consumers to pay for international online purchases with cash as a part of the company’s “parcel international direct” channel. The service targets sellers based in China and Australia that deliver to consumers in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. “Despite growing credit card adoption in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 17, 2018

Lufthansa’s time:matters buys German customs brokerage

Time-critical logistics firm time:matters has purchased Germany-based CB Customs Broker GmbH and Customs Broker Cargo Handling GmbH yesterday in a move to help speed up cross-border transactions. For now, both customs brokerages and time:matters will continue to operate as neutral partners, a company release said, offering services such as customs clearance and air cargo handling, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 14, 2018

UPS makes major investment in cross-border e-commerce

At a UPS “Transformation Conference” in New York today, the company outlined plans for expanding and automating its international and domestic express services to better accommodate burgeoning cross-border e-commerce volumes, justifying the major capital expenditures with larger expected returns on revenue. For more details, see the article below in our sister publication, Cargo Facts: UPS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 13, 2018

Toshiba opens Guadalajara hub

Yesterday, Japan-based Toshiba opened a 38,000-square-foot production center in Guadalajara, Mexico, that will serve as a hub for the company’s global commerce and American business divisions. The electronics and IT giant said the investment for the new facility totaled US$2 million. Toshiba has increased its Mexico employee count from 48 to 298 employees since beginning […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 11, 2018

The World of E-Commerce: Taking advantage of retail’s online revolution

Buzzword or not, the “e-commerce revolution” has reshaped not only the air cargo logistics chain but the overall retail market, on a global scale. With the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon in the United States, and Alibaba and JD.com in China, the need for e-commerce shipments to move across the globe in only […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 10, 2018

SEKO Logistics acquires majority stake in Omni-Channel Logistics

Yesterday, Illinois based SEKO Logistics acquired a majority stake in its partner of five years, Australia-based Omni-Channel Logistics, which offers global fulfillment and delivery management solutions for retail and e-commerce shippers. Omni-Channel Logistics was established in 2013 to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and major brands in Australia and New Zealand reach cross-border e-commerce […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 7, 2018

Fulfillment company ShipBob raises C Series funding for expansion

Today, Chicago-based e-commerce fulfillment service ShipBob said it raised US$40 million toward in a Series C round to fund the expansion of its warehousing services and digital platform, in order to compete with juggernaut rival Amazon.com’s fulfillment service. The funding round was led by Menlo Ventures and involved contributions from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures, Hyde […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 6, 2018

Fashion Forward: How the promise of A.I. will disrupt the apparel industry

Picture this. You receive a calendar notification on your phone. It’s that networking event you RSVP’d to a few months back. Crap, it’s next week, you think to yourself. You had envisioned shaking hands with your future contacts while wearing a sharp blazer and a fresh pair of slacks and your old standby ensemble, which […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 6, 2018

Amazon Air confirms 767 delivery schedule for 2018

SEATTLE – Today, at a special media event, Amazon Air confirmed the service-entry schedule for the remaining freighter-converted 767 freighters it has contracted New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) and Ohio-based Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) to operate on its behalf. Next week, Atlas Air will put three more aircraft into service for Amazon, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 4, 2018

DSV acquires fulfillment company S&H, CEO Elshout steps down

Today, Danish freight-forwarder DSV acquired Netherlands-based fulfillment company, S&H, purchasing 100 percent of the company’s shares. In the same statement, DSV said that CEO Hans Elshout has stepped down from his position. In the deal, S&H will remain a distinct unit under DSV’s umbrella, but will take the name DSV Multi-channel Fulfilment. CEO of DSV’s […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 4, 2018

SEKO Logistics, Hermes enter partnership to serve int’l e-commerce

Hermes Germany, the Otto Group’s Hamburg-based parcel delivery company will be taking over U.S.-based SEKO Logistics German subsidiary, SEKO Logistics GmbH, which has offices in Bremen and Frankfurt. Hermes will become the legal successor for SEKO’s German operations effective Sept. 1. The combination of the companies’ existing pool of customers will mean “broader product portfolio[s]” […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 30, 2018

ASL Airlines launches first freighter flight to Europe from Urumqi

This morning at around 4:20 am, a 747-400F operated by ASL Airlines Belgium touched down at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC). Two hours later, the widebody freighter took-off and headed back to Liège Airport (LGG), marking the commencement of the first all-cargo flight to Europe from the city in Western China. For the Belgian airport, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2018
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