Atlas Air to operate 747F for SF Express on trans-Pacific routes

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ subsidiary Atlas Air recently inked a new ACMI lease agreement with SF Express to operate a 747-400F on trans-Pacific routes for the express carrier. The deal, which will commence in October, will expand the Shenzen-based SF Express network into the trans-Pacific market. SF Express has traditionally operated a fleet of narrowbody […]

Apex Logistics expands Los Angeles presence

China-based Apex Logistics is expanding its Southern California footprint, bolstering its status as a trans-Pacific e-commerce player with a larger facility near Los Angeles International (LAX). “Our warehouse in the old facility [was] too small to receive the large volumes of cargo we were receiving,” said Apex’s senior vice president of corporate business development and […]

Virgin Atlantic re-launches Sydney-Hong Kong service

This week, Virgin Atlantic Cargo re-launched its Sydney-Hong Kong service ahead of schedule, following the airline’s three year hiatus. The carrier points to a “shift in the market” since 2014 – specifically, the growth of online shopping – as the main reason for the resumption of service. “Sydney-Hong Kong is a route we know very […]

Gebrüder Weiss plans to enhance Chinese presence ‘significantly’

Austrian 3PL Gebrüder Weiss, which already operates thirteen 50,000 square-foot warehouses in China, said it plans to increase its Chinese presence. The company said it will expand its storage facilities “significantly” in the next five years at several commercial hubs, addressing increasing demand for the transportation of furniture, fashion and automotive goods between Europe and […]

Turkish Airlines partners with ZTO, PAL Air in China logistics services venture

Turkish Airlines Cargo will partner with Chinese cargo carrier ZTO Express and “B2C” forwarding company PAL Air to launch a joint-venture logistics services company to be based in Hong Kong, capitalizing on the booming e-commerce market emanating from China. The tripartite will offer door-to-door logistics services, including trucking, collection and distribution, warehousing, transportation, cross-docking and […]

Damco to launch returns service for Asia-Pacific e-commerce

While the continued growth in e-commerce demand that surrounds Chinese giants like Alibaba and JD.com may evoke dollar signs in the eyes of interested parties, there is one major caveat associated with the industry: the rate of returns demanded by customers. In response, international freight forwarder Damco revealed plans today to offer a service that […]

New SF Express verification service tackles China’s widespread counterfeiting

Chinese logistics service provider SF Express has launched its “SF Certified International Shipping” (SF CIS) verification service, featuring visual branding that verifies that packages are being handled by SF Express, from their origin overseas to the end recipient in China. Launched in response to China’s lax intellectual property standards and widespread counterfeiting, David William Adams, […]

DHL expands Hong Kong hub as China market heats up

With last week’s 11/11 e-commerce holiday just the latest in a series of broken records for e-commerce volumes, companies are re-evaluating the scope of China’s market and positioning themselves for continued growth. Case in point: DHL Express announced a €335 million expansion of its Central Asia Hub (CAH) in Hong Kong, as the express shipper […]

JD.com readies drones, data, crowdsourcing apps for Singles Day surge

The e-commerce event known as “Singles Day” in China has broken commercial records ever since online retailers in the world’s largest e-commerce market started selling retail therapy to the country’s single – and eventually partnered – population. Last year, Alibaba sold more than US$1 billion worth of goods in the first five minutes of sales. […]

Seafreight woes boost cargo volumes at Hong Kong’s Hactl

Strong international trade and a shift from ocean to airfreight have pushed cargo volumes at Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl) up 16.6 percent in the first half of 2017, according to the ground handler. Whatever the cause, some 860,242 tonnes of freight during those first six months are undeniable proof that exports, imports, […]

JD.com to build 150 drone launch facilities in China by 2020 [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce heavyweight JD.com plans to build 150 drone launch facilities in southwestern Sichuan province for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) parcel delivery. Having secured government approval in select provinces, autonomous aerial deliveries in China are at the forefront of commercial drone innovation. JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions […]

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 […]

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 […]

SF Airlines receives first of five 767s

The 767 may be a 35-year-old design, but its popularity among express firms continues to soar this month – first there was the news of Amazon’s desire to buy 20-plus 767 freighters for what is rumored to be its own air network, then there was news that SF Airlines, the air arm of China’s SF […]
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