ABC reports 2 percent volume growth in 2018

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group’s all-cargo carrier, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) reported 2018 cargo volumes up two percent year-over-year, to just over 700,000 tonnes. Despite the lackluster growth overall,  AirBridgeCargo said higher-value specialty cargo volumes grew 25 percent y-o-y. While the marginal increase sounds slight compared to AirBridgeCargo’s double-digit growth rates of recent years, the figure isn’t far […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 15, 2019

Alibaba enters strategic partnership with Volga-Dnepr Group

Alibaba is making moves to further tap into Western markets in a new partnership with the Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group. Today, the e-commerce giant’s logistics unit, Cainiao, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Volga-Dnepr Group to utilize its trans-Eurasian-focused subsidiary carriers’ networks, and to each “leverage their respective logistics assets in Asia, Europe […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 17, 2018

Pierre Poignant to replace Lucy Peng as CEO of Alibaba subsidiary Lazada Group

Lucy Peng, one of 18 Alibaba co-founders (pictured), is stepping down from her current role of CEO of the e-commerce giant’s Southeast Asian subsidiary, e-commerce website Lazada, after only nine months in the position, according to reports from Bloomberg and Financial Times. Pierre Poignant, who served as chief operations officer at Lazada, and most recently […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 14, 2018

Hong Kong, Alibaba Group to build HKG smart logistics hub

Today, Airport Authority Hong Kong and Alibaba Group announced their commitment to collaborate in building a global smart logistics hub at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The right to develop and manage the hub at the world’s busiest cargo airport was awarded earlier this year to a joint venture led by Cainiao Network, the logistics […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 12, 2018

China’s ‘11.11’ event called the biggest shopping day of all time

Yesterday, Alibaba’s busiest shopping event of the year, “11.11,” – formerly knowns as Singles’ Day – made history in both revenues and order volume as the biggest shopping event of all time, according to tallies by its logistics network, Cainiao. The promotion raked in US$30.8 billion in gross merchandise volume (GMV) – a 27 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 12, 2018

Cainiao prepares for global 11.11 event with charter flights, new technology

Cainiao, the logistics unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing to go global for the biggest online shopping event of the year, “11.11” which falls on Nov. 11. In preparation for an influx of orders from international customers Cainiao says it positioned 1,000 ocean containers full of goods in international markets and will charter […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 30, 2018

Direct Liège-China freight train finalizes new network

This week, Belgium and China finalized a “One Belt, One Road” network by jointly launching a new direct freight train between Liège and central China. The first train of 29 wagons and 37 containers set off yesterday from the Bierset multimodal rail-road platform, operated by Liège Logistics Intermodal, and will travel 12 days across the continent […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 25, 2018

Singapore Airlines, Cainiao partner to expedite cross-border shipments

Today Hangzhou-based Cainiao Network Technology Co., Ltd., the smart logistics subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, inked a strategic partnership with Singapore Airlines to leverage the airline’s network to expedite cross-border e-commerce deliveries. The partnership represents one of a number of agreements between Singapore Airlines and Alibaba Group affiliates to cooperate on a number […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2018

The Malay Connection: Is Kuala Lumpur the next e-commerce gateway to China?

At an abandoned house on the outskirts of Georgetown in the Malaysian State of Penang, a man and his wife stand crouched over a box of seemingly random electronic components. Inside the carton is a set of specialized audio “tweeters” the pair plans to install throughout their dilapidated ancestral home in hopes of attracting a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 7, 2018

Alibaba, Bolloré to partner in series of high-tech joint endeavors

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Paris-based Bolloré logistics have entered an agreement to share their best-practices and respective market knowledge, and potentially cooperate on projects in autonomous driving, cloud computing, and the creation of data management software. Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics network; Alibaba Cloud, its computing arm; and Bolloré Logistics’ battery-making division, Blue Solutions, are among […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 10, 2018

Tigers Logistics expands Shanghai presence, citing e-commerce boom

With e-commerce giant Alibaba’s logistics network Cainiao continually expanding its network in response to a booming demand for e-commerce, affiliated logistics companies are being pushed to up their game, as well. Hong Kong-based logistics firm Tigers acquired a two-warehouse site in Shanghai this week that will increase its capacity by 34 percent. Tigers cited growing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 15, 2018

Alibaba to invest US$1.5 billion in Hong Kong International Airport facility

Last week, Alibaba released plans to expand the network of its logistics arm, Cainiao, into Asia, Europe and the Middle East, underpinning its international e-commerce expansion effort. Yesterday, the company released its plans to drop US$1.5 billion on a logistics center project at China’s Southern-most hub, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Our sister publication Cargo Facts gives an […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 7, 2018

China’s 11.11 volumes for Alibaba, JD.com continue to surge

Once an obscure “Day” pioneered by e-commerce giant Alibaba, and named for unmarried people in China (Singles Day), 11 November rapidly became the biggest shopping day in the world. Nowadays, it has become more of a shopping season, with e-commerce platforms and their merchants now collecting “11.11” orders even before Nov. 11, and waiting until […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 14, 2017

Cainiao now controls logistics for 81 percent of Alibaba’s domestic orders

Embedded within Alibaba’s most recent quarterly results was a clear sign that couriers in China have increasingly aligned their IT platforms with that of Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao. As of March 2017, 81 percent of all items sold through Alibaba-owned sites moved through Cainiao’s delivery network. This figure was up significantly y-o-y, from 60 percent, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 19, 2017
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