Bolloré Logistics, Oro partnership powers B2B e-commerce platforms

French logistics company Bolloré Logistics is partnering with software company Oro to offer business-to-business (B2B) platforms for e-commerce sales and processing. The agreement will combine OroCommerce platforms with Bolloré’s LINK information network. Under the combined platforms, OroCommerce platforms will be tailored specifically for B2B activity and merged with the LINK network, which provides real-time information […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 22, 2017

New SF Express verification service tackles China’s widespread counterfeiting

Chinese logistics service provider SF Express has launched its “SF Certified International Shipping” (SF CIS) verification service, featuring visual branding that verifies that packages are being handled by SF Express, from their origin overseas to the end recipient in China. Launched in response to China’s lax intellectual property standards and widespread counterfeiting, David William Adams, […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 21, 2017

Locus Robotics secures Series B funding in face of ‘significant labor challenges’

Autonomous-robot manufacturer Locus Robotics has secured US$25 million in Series B funding, led by Scale Venture Partners, as demand for robotics in e-commerce fulfillment grows and competition to lower fulfillment costs heats up. Locus Robotics said it plans to use the Series B proceeds to fund product development and go-to-market activities, as well as to […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 20, 2017

Alibaba pumps billions more dollars into China’s brick-and-mortar market [VIDEO]

Is Alibaba taking a page out of Amazon.com’s playbook? Alibaba Group announced this morning that it will acquire a 36.2 percent stake in Chinese supermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group for US$2.88 billion, an investment that “further underscores its commitment to ‘new retail,’” according to a company statement. The investment gives Alibaba a strategic foothold […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 20, 2017

Flexport prepares first charter flight with Atlas

It’s been only two and a half years since Flexport began operations as an online forwarder, but they have already reached a major milestone by chartering a 747 freighter flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Los Angeles (LAX). Since we are in mid-November, Flexport is also getting a taste of life for forwarders at peak […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 17, 2017

Shopify, UPS cut deal to lower rates for online retailers

Christmas is coming early for smaller retailers looking to boost online sales. A UPS-Shopify rate deal puts smaller retailers one step closer to competing with Amazon.com’s extensive logistics advantage, by offering lower rates usually reserved for larger customers. Shopify now features a UPS-hosted dashboard on its platform. Henceforth, the hundreds of thousands of small U.S.-based […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 2017

Switzerland’s floating exchange rate drives up cross-border e-commerce

Switzerland is a microcosm of cross-border e-commerce, with its multi-cultural population (German, French, and Italian speaking), non-European Union customs and taxes and unique payment preferences – all wrapped up in a country that’s smaller than most U.S. states. But it’s complexity and small size hasn’t prevented the Central European country from developing one of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 16, 2017

First look at October cargo shows continued demand, but slowing growth

Soaring yields and the backlogs building in Asian hubs offer ample testimony to that demand for airfreight is still strong. We are clearly in the middle of a great peak season, and anyone who didn’t book space long ago is suffering. But the rate of growth is falling. David Harris, of sister publication Cargo Facts, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 15, 2017

Still seeing red, but fundamentals improved in CEVA’s 3Q reporting

With CEVA Logistics allegedly on the hunt for a buyer, its positive third-quarter free cash flow of US$9 million, despite overall losses of $22 million, makes the Netherlands-based 3PL a far more attractive proposition than it was in Q3 of 2016, when free cash flow plunged $50 million into the red. In yet another signal […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 14, 2017

DHL expands Hong Kong hub as China market heats up

With last week’s 11/11 e-commerce holiday just the latest in a series of broken records for e-commerce volumes, companies are re-evaluating the scope of China’s market and positioning themselves for continued growth. Case in point: DHL Express announced a €335 million expansion of its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong, as the express shipper […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 14, 2017

DHL customers prefer root canals to late shipments

In DHL’s 2017 Holiday Survey, 27 percent of the integrator’s customers surveyed said that they would “rather get a root canal than have personal holiday shipments come late,” which suggests that some 27 percent of customers haven’t yet experienced the skull-splitting agony of the dentists’ drill burrowing into their molars. Regardless, there’s a lot of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 10, 2017

From good to better: Expeditors on the rebound in Q3

After spending years as the forwarder with most enviable quarterly reports, boasting margins that often topped 30 percent, Expeditors has seen some tougher sledding in recent months. While air and ocean volumes continued to rise, Seattle-based Expeditors endured a 6 percent decline in net income last year, compared to 2015, and margins that were merely good, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 9, 2017

Parcel, e-commerce, express deliver strong Q3 results for DP-DHL

Deutsche Post DHL Group (DP-DHL) reported record third-quarter results, marking the eighth quarter in a row during which DP-DHL posted an all-time quarterly high, as the group’s Express, Parcel and E-commerce business segments reported especially strong revenue growth. Of particular note was the group’s Parcel performance. While Parcel Germany revenue rose by 5.5 percent year-over-year […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 9, 2017

Bolloré’s locker system beats brick-and-mortar Xbox One X deliveries

Bluedistrib, a subsidiary of Bolloré Logistics that operates a network of lockers across France, delivered the first Xbox One X video game system order placed via e-tailer Cdiscount’s website at midnight, allowing hardcore gamers to plug their consoles in eight hours before stores opened up in the country. As e-commerce garners a growing share of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2017
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