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 developing Xinjiang airport as ‘Belt and Road’ air cargo node

Today, China’s state planner approved a US$6.1-billion airport expansion project in Urumqi, capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang province, which will help develop the city into a key air cargo hub in President Xi Jinping’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative. Construction of the Urumqi Airport (URC) will run through 2030, when the expanded airport is expected […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 19, 2018

K+N expands SE Asian footprint

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) is expanding its services in Southeast Asia with the acquisition of the logistics operations of Indonesian logistics company Wira Logistics. The move will strengthen K+N’s contract logistics services, warehousing capacity and distribution network in Asia to offer customers end-to-end logistics across Indonesia – where K+N has been operating since 1992. The company […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 1, 2018

MallforAfrica adds Chinese vendors to e-commerce platform

African shopping platform MallforAfrica – which sources “billions of items” from United States and United Kingdom-based retailers – has opened a warehouse in China and will now make Chinese products available through its online shopping app, connecting African consumers to the Chinese e-commerce market. Once goods are purchased, customer orders are fulfilled from MallforAfrica warehouses […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 18, 2018

DHL offers cash-on-delivery payment for e-commerce in SE Asia

What’s the opposite of digitalization? DHL e-commerce’s new cash-on-delivery service, which allows consumers to pay for international online purchases with cash as a part of the company’s “parcel international direct” channel. The service targets sellers based in China and Australia that deliver to consumers in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. “Despite growing credit card adoption in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 17, 2018

Apex Logistics increases Wuhan-Chicago round-trip freighter ops

On Aug. 5, 2018, the inaugural flight of the Wuhan-Chicago-Incheon-Wuhan round-trip flight, arranged by China-based Apex Logistics International Ltd., took off smoothly from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH).  With this departure, Apex’s charter from Wuhan to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) will now increase from the original three flights per week to six flights per week. This […]
  • Apex
  • September 11, 2018

SEKO Logistics, Hermes enter partnership to serve int’l e-commerce

Hermes Germany, the Otto Group’s Hamburg-based parcel delivery company will be taking over U.S.-based SEKO Logistics German subsidiary, SEKO Logistics GmbH, which has offices in Bremen and Frankfurt. Hermes will become the legal successor for SEKO’s German operations effective Sept. 1. The combination of the companies’ existing pool of customers will mean “broader product portfolio[s]” […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 30, 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

DHL eCommerce enabling next-day B2C food deliveries in Thailand

DHL eCommerce and Thai egg producer Kasemchaifood have partnered to deliver farm-fresh eggs sold through online channels directly to consumers, within 24 hours. Before taking to the internet, Kasemchaifood relied primarily on a wholesale business model with a lengthier supply chain to distribute its eggs. Under the traditional business-to-business supply chain model, it would take […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2018

Pilot Freight expects 30 percent growth in 2018 ‘heavy-and-hard-to-handle’ e-commerce

Pilot Freight Services released its Q2 2018 results in which it projects its “heavy and hard-to-handle” (H3D) e-commerce business will grow 30 percent by year-end. In terms of traffic, the company has moved about 24,000 tonnes of freight so far this year, which it said is a “12 percent increase over last quarter.” John Hill, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 10, 2018

Cargo Chat: Azul’s Frota on Brazilian carrier’s ‘box-retail’ strategy

As the demand for north-south e-commerce in the Americas heats up with the recent recovery of the Brazilian economy, Azul Cargo Express, the cargo division of carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, has begun utilizing the belly capacity on Azul’s 800 daily flights to 103 airports in the Americas to deliver small parcels. In May, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 9, 2018

ODW opens high-tech Columbus logistics facility

Columbus-based 3PL ODW Logistics is opening a 200,000-square-foot logistics center, located 30 minutes from Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), bolstering its foothold in the Ohio e-commerce hub. ODW says the facility’s services will be “fully customized for each shipper,” offering bar-code scanning, static and in-motion scales, dimensioning systems, label print and application capability, sortation services, and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 18, 2018

SEKO to open London facility to handle U.K.-E.U. e-commerce

U.S.-based SEKO Logistics released news of its plan to open a 22,000-square-foot facility in London, catering to its cross-border e-commerce clients moving product through the hub. This will be the ninth facility the 3PL will operate in the U.K., citing the region as is the third-largest e-commerce market in the world, and SEKO’s largest market […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 6, 2018

XPO Logistics uses ‘augmented reality’ to shrink final-mile returns

Today, 3PL company XPO Logistics said it plans to implement an “augmented reality” feature into its existing “Ship XPO” e-commerce platform for final-mile delivery, which will allow shoppers to use their smartphones to visualize big-ticket items, like sofas, beds and appliances, in their own homes, before purchase. Augmented reality technology has been popularized in the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 27, 2018
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