China’s manufacturing shift to boost airfreight demand at expense of maritime

The latest analysis from DHL says that a shift from manufacturing to services and consumption underway in China bodes well for airfreight, at the expense of seafreight. With medium-term demand for air freight expected to stay strong, DHL is now advising businesses to secure sufficient airfreight capacity in case there is a shortage. “With China’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

JD.com signs cold-chain logistics deal with Japan’s Yamato Holdings

The vast size of the Chinese e-commerce market is about to join forces with the forwarding expertise of the Japanese logistics industry. Chinese e-commerce company JD.com has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Yamato Holdings, a Japanese logistics company, to build a cold-chain logistics network in China. The alliance expands the scope of e-commerce […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 14, 2017

IBM launches blockchain-based pharma logistics services in China

One of the oldest computer giants, IBM, is in the logistics news again after launching a blockchain-based financial services platform for pharmaceutical procurement that the company says will increase efficiency, transparency and operation of supply-chain finance. Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce transaction costs, eliminate redundancies and increase visibility in supply chains, especially in […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 12, 2017

Huawei to compete with Alibaba for cloud market

Starting this year, Huawei will expand into public cloud services, the Chinese-technology giant announced. And while not explicitly stated, the move pits it against Alibaba, which, in turn, is rushing to catch up with Amazon.com, the global market leader. “We will invest heavily in building an open and trusted public cloud platform, which will be […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 12, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 7, 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

China Eastern subsidiary, Eastern Air Logistics transferred to CEA Holdings

China Eastern Airlines completed its divestiture from its freight subsidiary, Eastern Air Logistics, on February 8, 2017, according to a filing by China Eastern Airlines on the Shanghai and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.  In January, China Eastern Airlines shareholders gave their approval to separate the airline separation from its air freight and logistics subsidiary, Eastern […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 14, 2017

Asia-Pacific airlines see cargo rebound in late 2016

Preliminary airfreight figures for 2016 from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) reaffirmed continued strength in the second half of the year, after a weak start. International air cargo freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) increased by 1.8 percent for the year, pushed up by strong second-half growth of 5.7 percent, year-over-year, following a 2.2 percent, […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2017

Cathay moves forward on layoffs as economy slows

The recent turbulence at Cathay Pacific may have implications for airfreight, as Asia’s biggest cargo carrier announces layoffs and cost-cutting actions to accommodate what it’s CEO, Ivan Chu, termed the “new normal.” Following a meeting of the carrier’s leadership, the Hong Kong-based carrier made an announcement that, “some jobs will no longer be needed.” By […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 20, 2017

Consumer demand drives bumper 10-month results at PACTL

The recent spike in cargo volume from September appears to be continuing in some airports. Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL), handled a record 153,607 tonnes of cargo this October, driving an 8.9 percent, year-over-year, volume growth over 2015. The strong month helped increase PACTL’s tonnage handled between January and October by […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 14, 2016