and Kuehne + Nagel to expand partnership

Our sister publication, Cargo Facts reports the world’s second largest air freight forwarder by volume, Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel, signed an MoU to offer outbound logistics services to shippers listed on China’s largest business-to-business platform, The MoU will expand the scope of a pilot program launched last year which integrated the forwarder’s “KN FreightNet” digital shipment […]

Huawei to compete with Alibaba for cloud market

Starting this year, Huawei will expand into public cloud services, the Chinese-technology giant announced. And while not explicitly stated, the move pits it against Alibaba, which, in turn, is rushing to catch up with, the global market leader. “We will invest heavily in building an open and trusted public cloud platform, which will be […]

Alibaba expected to fuel nearly a third of China’s digital economy jobs

A report out by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) claims that, on its current trajectory, Alibaba could be responsible for some 112 million jobs out of an eye-watering 415 million total jobs available in China’s digital economy in 2035. “If Alibaba’s emerging businesses, such as cloud computing and digital entertainment, play a strong future role […]

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 […]

WCA, Alibaba tie-up opens China to SME forwarders

Freight forwarding network WCA is set to collaborate with China’s on cross-border ecommerce shipments in a tie-up that expands Alibaba’s international reach through an additional 6,300 logistics offices of small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) forwarders on the WCA roster worldwide. In return, WCA forwarders gain access to the Alibaba logistics platform for cross-border e-commerce […]

Does Trump-Alibaba powwow signal de-escalation in trade wars?

The e-commerce wars just entered surreal territory, with Alibaba founder Jack Ma, a champion of global free trade, meeting the protectionist-leaning President-elect Donald Trump in New York this week to discuss how online retail can create up to 1 million new jobs over the next five years. “Jack and I are going to do great […]

Alibaba-Maersk tie up opens new frontier in e-commerce wars

Amazon’s got its Prime Air, but Alibaba just raised the stakes with the announcement of a partnership with Maersk Line that enables customers to reserve space on its ocean vessels online. In addition to cutting out freight forwarding middlemen and opening pathways to global markets, the move is being seen as a shot in the […]

Give thanks, and shop

It's Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and as usual, distant relatives will convene at dinner tables across the country to discuss not only what they are thankful for, but also their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping strategies. But this year, despite the air freight industry’s arduous efforts to ensure it is equipped to […]

Can’t buy me love? China’s ‘Singles Day’ misses target by $2.2 billion

China’s biggest online shopping day – the now-famous “Singles Day” (11/11) that has become the Chinese equivalent of “Black Friday” in the United States – began setting records right away, with Alibaba selling more than US$1 billion in the first five minutes and $7.2 billion in the first two hours of shopping. The online retail […]

First steps to a better last mile for e-commerce

The annual barbeque was only days away when Miriam looked out of the kitchen window of the two-story Duluth duplex she and her husband Mark lived in and realized that their lawn furniture had been ruined by last year’s unusually severe Minnesota winter. Miriam flipped open her laptop and rushed to avert a seating crisis. […]

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 […]

Will e-commerce sink forwarders? Not a chance, Polar’s Krepp says [VIDEO]

HONG KONG — To be sure, $14.3 billion of sales through Alibaba in one day deserves notice. Indeed, Alibaba’s sales on last week’s Singles’ Day in China, which is now to the Middle Kingdom what Black Friday is to America, has air freight executives here wondering about whether e-commerce, and by extension express, will do in […]

Alibaba buys larger stake in Zulily

Is China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, making deeper inroads in the U.S. market? The company now owns more than a 9 percent stake in Seattle online clothing retailer, Zulily, which focuses  mainly on apparel for women and children. Zulily, however, had disappointing first quarter earnings, below what the company had targeted, causing its stock to drop […]

Is Alibaba considering Seattle for its U.S. headquarters?

A little competition is good, right? According to local media sources in Seattle, U.S.,  Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba might be considering the West Coast city as the location of its new U.S. headquarters, which is practically the backyard of its closest American rival, Amazon. Jamie Boyd, managing director of Cascadia Capital, Seattle’s largest investment bank, […]
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