Time to nominate ACW’s Air Cargo Executive of the Year for 2018!

As the end of the year approaches, we at Air Cargo World are reaching out to readers to vote for our annual Air Cargo Executive of the Year award, celebrating the highest achievement in the air cargo industry. The 2018 Air Cargo Executive of the Year will be named and profiled on the cover of the Dec/Jan issue of Air […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 9, 2018

Alibaba plans massive 3-year expansion of Rural Taobao network

In an effort to cover more of the smaller towns across the vast expanses of Western China, Alibaba Group said it plans to widen the reach of its “Rural Taobao” project to include 1,000 counties and 150,000 villages across China in the next three years. Launched in 2014, Rural Taobao is the company’s program to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 22, 2018

Alibaba fires back after receiving ‘Notorious Markets’ designation from U.S. Gov.

After finding itself once again on The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2017 "Notorious Markets" list for alleged violations of intellectual property (IP) rights, China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba, fired back today, countering that it was “doing more to protect brands and rights holders than any e-commerce company in the world.” Responding […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2018

Even freighters are being sold online this holiday season

E-commerce has indeed transformed the airfreight market, leading to robust activity last week in advance of the Christmas holiday. What may be less known is that aircraft transactions are becoming part of the online shopping experience. Last Thursday, the China-based e-commerce platform Taobao, owned by Alibaba, successfully auctioned off a 747-400ERF for US$23.3 million — […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 27, 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

Alibaba expects record volumes for latest ‘Single’s Day’ e-commerce event

China’s Alibaba revealed a preview of the promotions planned for Single’s Day on Nov. 11, the largest one-day retail event in the world, which requires a similarly massive logistics effort. Alibaba expects more than 100 million customers to participate in the sales day, which will include more than 140,000 brands total and more than 60,000 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 20, 2017

Alibaba plans $15 billion investment for tech R&D at DAMO Academy

Following in the footsteps of technology giants, including IBM and Microsoft, China’s Alibaba will create a research and development program, called DAMO Academy, through an investment of US$15 billion over the next three years. DAMO Academy will include eight research bases in seven cities across the world. At the Computing Conference 2017 in Hangzhou today, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 11, 2017

Upset the Shopping Cart: Can forwarders survive Chinese e-commerce?

Shelly Lu oversees logistics for a medium-sized Chinese biochemical company that produces some 5,000 tonnes of powder and liquid chemicals each year. “Due to the price-sensitivity of the commodities we manufacture, we ship most of our products by ocean freight,” she explained. But, as is the case with much of the cargo moving by air, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 2, 2017

Upset the Shopping Cart: Bonded warehouse vs. direct mail

In 2012, the Chinese government began establishing pilot e-commerce zones in a drive to boost domestic consumption. This allowed 3PLs to establish bonded warehouses within the zones, and clear customs for both import and exports moving through the zones. Since goods can be stored onsite at the warehouse until the time of purchase, much of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 25, 2017

Alibaba’s Cainiao begins green vehicle program with Chinese car makers

    Last-mile delivery in China is getting a shot in the arm from Alibaba’s logistics subsidiary, Cainiao Network, which announced a partnership with Chinese car manufacturers, including SAIC Motor and Dongfeng Motor, to manufacture 1 million green-energy delivery vehicles. While the logistics business is decades away from anything resembling “green airfreight,” companies such as […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 28, 2017

Alibaba Group to open first overseas ‘e-hub’ in Malaysia [VIDEO]

Alibaba Group is setting up its first overseas “e-hub” for what CEO Jack Ma calls the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP). The new outpost, in Malaysia’s new Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ), is expected to be launched by the end of 2019. The news underscores the pace at which the Chinese e-commerce giant is expanding […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 23, 2017

Alibaba, Bailian deal to merge online, offline shopping in China

Alibaba Group announced a strategic partnership with Bailian Group, one of China’s largest retail conglomerates, in a move to merge online and offline shopping services. The two companies will share consumer data in order to “integrate offline stores, merchandise, logistics and payment tools to deliver a better overall shopping experience.” At a press conference in […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 20, 2017

New office in Australia underscores Alibaba’s regional ambitions

Chinese e-retailer Alibaba Group has opened a new base in Australia, with Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma on hand to open the new office in Melbourne. The office will serve as headquarters for Alibaba’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. Last year, Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group’s cloud-computing subsidiary, opened a data center in Sydney […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 15, 2017

Alibaba scrambles to catch up on global cloud computing demand

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has more than doubled the capacity of its Hong Kong data center as demand for cloud services rises in the Asia Pacific region. With a US$204 billion market value in 2016, up more than 16 percent from the previous year, the global market for cloud services […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 13, 2017
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