Alibaba vs. Amazon: How e-commerce giants are reinventing forwarding

Last September, Mike Maynard, an airport planner for Cincinnati-based engineering firm CDM Smith, was checking out the flight activity at nearby Wilmington Airpark (ILN) in Ohio, when he noticed something odd. As a former network analyst at DHL, Maynard had a habit of reviewing innovative routes, and this one, in particular, jumped out at him. […]

Cainiao, by the numbers

Just about every number associated with Alibaba’s Cainiao network is staggering. Here are just a few of the eye-poppers: 217 – Countries expected to be involved in its e-commerce cross-border network 1,800 – Distribution centers across China 3,000 – Foreign and domestic logistics partners in China Smart Logistics network 176,000 – Cainiao delivery stations across […]

Alibaba doubles down on ‘Double 11 Day’ preparations

On Wednesday this week, many countries of the world will pause to reflect on the sacrifices of their military veterans. But November 11 – known to many nations as Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day – takes on another, less somber, much more lucrative meaning in China: Singles Day, when young, unmarried people go […]

Alibaba creates a Russian subsidiary

According to a report in the Russian financial newspaper Kommersant, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has set up and registered a subsidiary company in Russia. Mark Zavadsky, who will run the new company, said its aim was “to further expand our business and support our partners, and also to facilitate cooperation with the Russian authorities.” Zavadsky […]

How to enter the Chinese forwarding market

Since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, many of the old Communist-era restrictions for setting up business have been removed. For some logistics companies, the largest barriers to entry come not from Chinese red tape but from other Western competition. “Most of the big forwarders are already here,” said Gerhard Blumensaat, director […]

Alibaba sinks $1B into Koubei service

In an ongoing battle for market share in China’s highly competitive local services market, e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba Group, along with its affiliate financial arm, Ant Financial Services Group, made a bold statement this week by investing nearly US$1 billion in its mobile shopping service, called Koubei. Alibaba and Ant Financial each spent RMB3 billion (US$483 […]
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