DHL extends same-day delivery service to Vietnam

DHL’s Parcel and eCommerce division is extending its same-day parcel delivery service to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam – allowing domestic retailers to offer customers same-day delivery, real-time tracking and scheduling management via DHL’s digital platform. The company’s domestic delivery service is supported by a fleet of vans, bike couriers, and “regular air and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 30, 2018

Compass Forwarding begins ‘white glove’ services

Today, New York-based freight forwarding and customs brokerage company Compass Forwarding released its own “white glove” handling service, called Compass Critical, for time-sensitive shipments, catering to its clients in the aerospace, pharmaceuticals, energy and automotive sectors. White glove services – which refer to the special handling of cargo during the “last mile” of handling in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 21, 2018

Italian e-commerce website ePRICE invests in new facility

Milan-based e-commerce website ePRICE assumed the services of Swiss unit-load handling systems designer, Interroll, to implement its automated logistics systems into ePRICE’s new distribution center in Truccazzano, Milan. Interroll equipped the warehouse with its modular conveyor platform, which automates the moving and palletizing of cargo for the delivery allocation and outbound phases of order fulfillment. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 2, 2018

Alibaba launches blockchain initiative to track food delivery

Despite the continued buzz around the potential for blockchain technology to enhance data security in the supply chain, the airfreight industry has seen a slow start to creating tangible application. But this week, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is putting its word into action by premiering its own blockchain-encrypted platform, the Food Trust Framework. Through the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

SEKO expands ‘white glove’ e-commerce delivery services

SEKO Logistics is expanding its special-care e-commerce delivery services – a.k.a. the “white glove” treatment – to include installation and setup of bulkier items that are traditionally bought in-store, such as furniture and fitness equipment, which consumers are now increasingly purchasing online. The services will also include the syncing of smart devices with the new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2018

U-Freight America expands West Coast presence

U-Freight America, the San Francisco arm of Chinese logistics company U-Freight, is opening an 80,000-square-foot facility in Industry, California – 20 miles east of Los Angeles – which will expand its capacity for its Asia-Pacific clients. Rick Keller, chief executive of U-Freight America, says the facility is in the “perfect location from which to offer […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2018

E-commerce is taking over the retail world, UPS says

Today UPS published its annual “Global Pulse of the Online Shopper” study that shows consumer behavior in the realm of e-commerce is shifting. The study, which surveyed consumers from the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, suggested that consumers from all over the world are purchasing from sellers outside of their residing countries […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2018

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 21, 2018

DHL targets e-commerce with ‘virtual delivery network’ service

Responding to demand for faster, more personalized service from customers, DHL has launched DHL Parcel Metro in the U.S., which the express company says is a fast and flexible service for online retailers that meets consumers’ increasing demand for same-day and next-day delivery. “E-tailers today recognize more and more that the customer experience – and […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 16, 2018

Swiss Post pedals its way to green last mile deliveries

The logistics industry has danced around its profoundly detrimental impact on the planet’s ecosystem ever since environmental consciousness became a corporate buzzword. That’s why it’s always refreshing to hear about developments such as Swiss Post’s acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the start-up “notime” – a technology company providing bicycle courier services. While Swiss […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 16, 2018

Walmart launches US-wide bid for online grocery delivery market

Selecting the right cucumber is a nail-biter under the best of circumstances, and such circumstances don’t often exist, we now know through *extensive research. Most retailers simply mound up a few dozen of these unfortunate tubular gourds in open coolers, and then price them so low that anyone inclined towards salad grabs a few. “Why […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 14, 2018

US Customs finally tackles cross border e-commerce

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, has woken up to the same issue that many in the air freight and express industry woke up to several years ago: e-commerce has gone cross-border. That is, instead of imports to the US consisting mostly of big shipments […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 14, 2018

E-commerce and cross-border underpin 2017 gains at DHL

The Deutsche Post DHL Group’s emphasis on cross-border package shipment and e-commerce seems to be paying off, with a 7.2 percent increase in FY2017 operating profits, at €3.74 billion. The group’s Post, E-commerce, and Parcel (PeP) division posted the largest profits, contributing €1.5 billion to the total haul. Group revenue was up by 5.4 percent […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 8, 2018

Increased volume not translating to better margins, e-commerce study shows

You don’t have to be Alan Greenspan to see that e-commerce is the new frontier of retail, but what does the shifting market mean for logistics companies supporting the change? According to a study conducted by market research organization Transport Intelligence (Ti), conducted during the recent holiday season, logistics firms may be fighting to keep […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 28, 2018
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