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

Locus Robotics secures Series B funding in face of ‘significant labor challenges’

Autonomous-robot manufacturer Locus Robotics has secured US$25 million in Series B funding, led by Scale Venture Partners, as demand for robotics in e-commerce fulfillment grows and competition to lower fulfillment costs heats up. Locus Robotics said it plans to use the Series B proceeds to fund product development and go-to-market activities, as well as to […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 20, 2017

Shopify, UPS cut deal to lower rates for online retailers

Christmas is coming early for smaller retailers looking to boost online sales. A UPS-Shopify rate deal puts smaller retailers one step closer to competing with Amazon.com’s extensive logistics advantage, by offering lower rates usually reserved for larger customers. Shopify now features a UPS-hosted dashboard on its platform. Henceforth, the hundreds of thousands of small U.S.-based […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 17, 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

China’s 11.11 volumes for Alibaba, JD.com continue to surge

Once an obscure “Day” pioneered by e-commerce giant Alibaba, and named for unmarried people in China (Singles Day), 11 November rapidly became the biggest shopping day in the world. Nowadays, it has become more of a shopping season, with e-commerce platforms and their merchants now collecting “11.11” orders even before Nov. 11, and waiting until […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 14, 2017

DHL customers prefer root canals to late shipments

In DHL’s 2017 Holiday Survey, 27 percent of the integrator’s customers surveyed said that they would “rather get a root canal than have personal holiday shipments come late,” which suggests that some 27 percent of customers haven’t yet experienced the skull-splitting agony of the dentists’ drill burrowing into their molars. Regardless, there’s a lot of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 10, 2017

Bolloré’s locker system beats brick-and-mortar Xbox One X deliveries

Bluedistrib, a subsidiary of Bolloré Logistics that operates a network of lockers across France, delivered the first Xbox One X video game system order placed via e-tailer Cdiscount’s website at midnight, allowing hardcore gamers to plug their consoles in eight hours before stores opened up in the country. As e-commerce garners a growing share of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2017

Virgin Australia daily Melbourne-Hong Kong route meets demand for cargo capacity

Virgin Australia will launch a daily Melbourne-to-Hong Kong service on Nov. 12 that the carrier says will accommodate growing demand for cargo capacity between Australia and China, driven by a combination of the peak season for perishables season, the growth of e-commerce and rising express freight business from Hong Kong. Virgin Atlantic’s regional sales manager, […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2017

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. […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 6, 2017

FedEx braces for unprecedented holiday volumes as e-commerce sales surge

FedEx expects to handle between 380 million and 400 million packages this holiday season, positioning the Memphis-based integrator at the epicenter of yet another record-breaking holiday season in 2017. Citing “changing market dynamics related to the growth of e-commerce,” FedEx said it expects the highest surges in demand to occur on Mondays, more than doubling […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 3, 2017

UPS to expand in Colorado with package facility in time for peak

UPS is expanding in the Denver region again, with the construction of a US$90 million package distribution facility that the company says will be operational this year, in time for the holiday shipping season. Kenneth Cherry, president of the UPS Desert Mountain district, said that the expansion was required to meet the, “rapid expansion of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 1, 2017

E-commerce logistics startup ShipBob expands into Dallas region with new warehouse

E-commerce fulfillment startup ShipBob announced the opening of its newest warehouse in Dallas, the company’s first in the Southern United States, and the first since announcing a Series B investment of US$17.5 million, led by investment firm Bain Capital Ventures. ShipBob CEO Dhruv Saxena said that, “with so many e-commerce companies in the region, we’re […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 31, 2017

DHL adds global gateway facility to O’Hare cargo development

DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.” The new […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

Canada Post, Purolator strengthen Cargojet partnership with early contract extension

Purolator and Canada Post, part of a conglomeration known as the Canada Post Group of Companies (CPGOC), have announced an early extension to a 2014 air cargo contract with Cargojet, now running through 2025, that outlines the cargo carrier’s service obligations to the Canadian shipping company, in the context of growing e-commerce volumes and other […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 23, 2017
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