JD Logistics uses robots for last-mile delivery in new smart service centers [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is forwarding an artificial intelligence (A.I.)-enabled future in logistics the launch of two “smart” delivery stations in Changsha and Hohhot, which utilize robots and facial recognition software – and cuteness, let’s admit – to complete last-mile deliveries. The golf cart-sized autonomous vehicles, complete with a front screen display that suggests cartoon […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 7, 2019

Walmart Flipkart deal: Not the blockbuster it may seem?

Yesterday’s blockbuster US$16 billion deal, in which Walmart said it plans to buy a 77 percent stake in India’s online retail powerhouse Flipkart, caused some wild speculation about whether the acquisition could open up a new battleground in the Indian e-commerce wars currently being fought mostly by Alibaba and Amazon to expand their market share across […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 10, 2018

Alibaba launches blockchain initiative to track food delivery

Despite the continued buzz around the potential for blockchain technology to enhance data security in the supply chain, the airfreight industry has seen a slow start to creating tangible application. But this week, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is putting its word into action by premiering its own blockchain-encrypted platform, the Food Trust Framework. Through the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

Alibaba doubles down on investing in Lazada Group

In a move that is sure to have air cargo repercussions in the near future, the owners of China’s Alibaba e-commerce marketplace have sent a message to rival Amazon by doubling its initial US$2 billion investment in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group to $4 billion. In addition, Alibaba co-founder Lucy Peng was named as […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 19, 2018

Going Dutch: How Schiphol is solving cross-border e-commerce issues

Last December, clandestine teams of Chinese executives began showing up at airports across Europe, probing the facilities that they visited for strengths and weaknesses. They tracked shipments, timed customs delays, rated services and mapped out logistics infrastructure. While these cloak-and-dagger movements may seem to be wrapped in political intrigue, of a sort, this isn’t the […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 5, 2018

Alibaba.com 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, Alibaba.com. The MoU will expand the scope of a pilot program launched last year which integrated the forwarder’s “KN FreightNet” digital shipment […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 12, 2017

WCA, Alibaba tie-up opens China to SME forwarders

Freight forwarding network WCA is set to collaborate with China’s Alibaba.com 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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2017