Pardon the Disruption: Wan Lin — Crossing borders at Cainiao

In November, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, broke its own record during the “11.11” holiday by handling more than 1 billion orders in a single day. The fact that such a feat could occur is a credit to Wan Lin, president of Cainiao Network Technology. Wan first joined the company as vice president in 2014. Under […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 27, 2018

ASL Airlines launches first freighter flight to Europe from Urumqi

This morning at around 4:20 am, a 747-400F operated by ASL Airlines Belgium touched down at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport (URC). Two hours later, the widebody freighter took-off and headed back to Liège Airport (LGG), marking the commencement of the first all-cargo flight to Europe from the city in Western China. For the Belgian airport, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2018

Going Dutch: How Schiphol is solving cross-border e-commerce issues

Last December, clandestine teams of Chinese executives began showing up at airports across Europe, probing the facilities that they visited for strengths and weaknesses. They tracked shipments, timed customs delays, rated services and mapped out logistics infrastructure. While these cloak-and-dagger movements may seem to be wrapped in political intrigue, of a sort, this isn’t the […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 5, 2018

Cross-border B2B e-commerce will need to act more like B2C, says DHL white paper

In a white paper on how e-commerce is changing business-to-business sales, DHL Express noted that the value of cross-border B2B transactions is expected to reach US$1.2 trillion within the next five years – and companies wishing to grab their share of that value must offer flexible online shopping experiences to do so. Some features B2B […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 26, 2018

FedEx advocates for NAFTA reform to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

With representatives from Mexico, Canada, and the United States currently meeting in Montreal for the sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reforms, major differences remain, and the March deadline is approaching fast. With its sprawling transnational network predicated on free trade, FedEx is following the developments closely, especially regarding […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

Phoenix airport creates ‘SkyBridge Arizona’ hub for U.S., Mexico customs

In a bid to better facilitate cross-border e-commerce, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced plans to create “SkyBridge Arizona” to house customs operations for the United States and Mexico at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). The formation of SkyBridge Arizona includes historic agreements between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mexico’s Administracion General de Aduanas and AZA, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 8, 2018

Cross-border e-commerce resolution gains corporate approval

Hong Kong-based logistics firm U-Freight Group expressed approval of the “Luxor Resolution” on e-commerce, recently adopted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) Policy Commission to help customs and other government agencies understand and address challenges that emerge with increasing e-commerce activity. The resolution, named for the Egyptian city where it was adopted during the WCO […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 3, 2018

New International Bonded Couriers facility targets cross-border e-commerce

International Bonded Couriers (IBC) announced the opening of its fourth Express Consignment Clearance Facility (ECCF) at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD), with the international logistics company saying that the expansion will streamline the duty-free import of e-commerce parcels and other time-sensitive shipments. IBC specializes in Section 321 shipments, the designation for goods clearing U.S. Customs and […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 22, 2017

Amazon launches ‘Global Market Place’ in UAE through Souq.com acquisition

Earlier this year, an e-commerce arms race in one of the Middle East’s most lucrative markets pitted United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based property holding company Emaar against Amazon, in a competition for the region’s largest online retailer, Souq.com. Hundreds of millions of dollars later, Amazon won, and yesterday, Souq.com announced the launch of “Amazon Global Store” […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 12, 2017

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Peter Gerber stays one move ahead

In the game of chess, the key to victory is the ability to stay several moves ahead of your opponent. With proper planning, an adroit chess player who may seem to be backed into a corner can make the precise moves to flip the momentum of the game. By the third quarter of 2016, Lufthansa […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 4, 2017

Switzerland’s floating exchange rate drives up cross-border e-commerce

Switzerland is a microcosm of cross-border e-commerce, with its multi-cultural population (German, French, and Italian speaking), non-European Union customs and taxes and unique payment preferences – all wrapped up in a country that’s smaller than most U.S. states. But it’s complexity and small size hasn’t prevented the Central European country from developing one of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 16, 2017

E-commerce adaptation should be evolutionary, not revolutionary

No matter how much we tried to be cool kids in junior high school, there was always a group of cooler kids that the rest of us emulated. They wore the latest fashions, used modern language and smoked when or where no one else could do so. At that stage of life, if the cool […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 4, 2017

JD.com launches alliance to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

On 1 August, Beijing-based e-tailer JD.com, in collaboration with 20 global brands, announced a new alliance with China’s Inspection and Quarantine Association that aims to streamline and expedite the customs clearance process for cross-border imports into China. The alliance brings together a cross section of the cross-border e-commerce supply-chain including other retailers and online platforms […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2017

Kerry Logistics’ Blank brings Europe, China a bit closer

With its extensive infrastructure and footprint in the world’s biggest e-commerce market, China, Kerry Logistics is intimately involved in directing and processing the growing volumes of goods circulating the globe. In Europe, the company is working to grow its footprint, but the market is mature, necessitating an ambitious mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy. In Munich, […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 7, 2017
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