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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is eWTP, and why you should care

Last year broke sales records for Tmall Global, Alibaba’s online platform that enables international brands to sell directly to Chinese consumers. But for Alibaba, this is just the start. In David Harris’ piece in our sister publication, Cargo Facts, he write about Alibaba’s vision of the “Electronic World Trade Platform” – a sort of World […]

E-retailers continue to struggle with cross-border demand

E-commerce has been the dominant force for change in the air cargo logistics business for the last several years, but online retailers, forwarders, carriers and integrators are still struggling with ways to keep up with the intense demand from international customers to deliver them the world instantly. This was the main theme of the plenary […]

ACMG report chronicles disruptive force of e-commerce in air cargo

The news earlier this spring that online retailer had entered the air cargo business with its own-controlled air network of forty 767 freighters was seen as a shot across the bow of the industry, signaling that the new era of e-commerce had arrived in the air logistics arena. According to a new report being […]

Warehouse building boom chases Chinese consumers

In August – two months before SEKO Logistics would sign onto’s “OnePartner” program – the U.S.-based forwarder opened a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Hong Kong, following the establishment of another 50,000-square-foot facility in the territory last November. Both of these facilities are aimed straight at e-commerce. The first one targets the Hong Kong market, chiefly […]

Crossing the Line: Will cross-border regulations trip up China?

Powdered milk is a phenomenally popular product in China. Numerous scandals involving contaminated domestic milk, a shortage of dairy cows and a general admiration for imported products have made milk powder a commonly found commodity in the e-shopping carts of Chinese consumers. In fact, for one Australian milk cooperative, China has been seen as the […]

Chinese cross-border e-commerce purchases to skyrocket in 2016

More than 15 percent of Chinese will purchase e-commerce goods from abroad this year, according to a recent eMarketer report. These 181.2 million e-commerce customers will represent a 41.6 percent increase over 2015, when 128 million Chinese engaged in cross-border online purchases. Companies such as Alibaba, which has a significant stake in the regional online […]

Ma to G20: ‘Tear down this wall!’

Regulations and protectionist trade policies are killing small business, according to Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma, who spoke at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum last week, calling for a removal of trade policies that hinder global commerce. In most countries, Ma said, small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute “more than 50 percent of […]

How IT will drive e-commerce logistics in India and beyond

The numbers are in “holy *$#%” territory. “The numbers” are for e-commerce sales in China, and they are astounding. In the first two months of 2016, China’s online retail sales hit US$98.2 billion, an increase of 27 percent over the previous year. That puts it on pace to hit around $590 billion for the full 2016. In comparison, […]

CFA 2016: Is airfreight ignoring a trillion-dollar market?

HONG KONG – Airfreight clearly has a major role in servicing e-commerce fueled cross-border traffic in the future, but the conclusion of panelists on “The E-commerce Explosion and Air Freight” session at Cargo Facts Asia 2016, sponsored by our sister publication, Cargo Facts, was that individual players risk being squeezed out of this market unless […]

Cainiao received US$1.5 billion in international funding since 2013

At least six groups injected an estimated US$1.54 billion into Alibaba’s logistics unit Cainiao during the company’s first round of external funding since it was founded in 2013. Charles Kauffman, of sister publication Cargo Facts provides details, which will also be discussed next week at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 in Hong Kong, where Steven Li, […]

A different kind of logistics network

We at Air Cargo World are excited that Steven Li, Director of Cross-Border E-Commerce Logistics for Cainiao, will join attendees in Hong Kong next month as a speaker at Cargo Facts Asia 2016, hosted by our sister publication, Cargo Facts. Since today is Friday, we will offer a couple of fun videos – one describing the China […]
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