Alibaba doubles down on ‘Double 11 Day’ preparations

On Wednesday this week, many countries of the world will pause to reflect on the sacrifices of their military veterans. But November 11 – known to many nations as Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day – takes on another, less somber, much more lucrative meaning in China: Singles Day, when young, unmarried people go […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 9, 2015

Hughes calls for cooperation across supply chain

MIAMI – IATA’s global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes, said the logistics business is not keeping up with technology – a sentiment that’s been expressed before, but one he said cannot be emphasized enough. Hughes, who addressed attendees at today’s ACMG Workshop, which is part of the Cargo Facts Symposium (CFS) 2015, also called for […]
  • Staff Reports
  • October 26, 2015

SpiceJet to add domestic cargo service

Low-cost carrier Spice Jet plans to add domestic cargo service to its portfolio to keep up with India’s growing demand for e-commerce, according to a report by the Business Standard of India. The carrier has yet to decide which aircraft it will use, but it currently operates a mix of 737s, Bombardier Q-400s and A319 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 29, 2015

China Southern develops e-commerce platform

Thanks to China Southern Airways, consumers in China now have another portal through which they can purchase the hottest new items in overseas markets.  Called “Southern Cross-Border Purchase,” the service is a new e-commerce platform that provides access to good in the U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand according to the WCARN news service. In […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 9, 2015

Asian e-commerce: South by southeast

The cavernous factory might be the size of several football pitches and hold more than 90,000 workers, but it’s hardly unique. Each year, the plant produces high-end run­ning shoes for Adidas, Asics and Nike for export around to the world. It is just one of dozens of plants that make more than a million pairs […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2015

Southeast Asian e-commerce: Leading the charge

Leading the charge While there are many Southeast Asian countries emerging as serious lo­gistics markets, Vietnam is at the tip of the spear. Forty years after American troops left the war-torn country to its Communist government, Vietnam has been reborn as one of the fastest-rising economic powers in the region, ironi­cally attracting another foreign “inva­sion” […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 1, 2015

E-commerce drone coming to a doorstep near you?

Commercial package delivery by drone is still many years — and regulatory amendments — away from being a practical reality, but that hasn’t stopped today’s engineers from dreaming up new and ingenious ways to fly these versatile machines. As a preview to the launch of Air Cargo World‘s September issue next week, featuring an article […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 28, 2015

Funding the Future: Money at the doorstep

A roundup of a few notable logistics startups that have received venture rounds in the last 18 months. June 2015: ShipBob –  Shipping app for smartphones ($1.5M, Series B) Lead investors: WeFunder, Y Combinator (3 others) June 2015: Postmates – Urban logistics delivery platform ($138M, 7 rounds) Lead investors: Spark Capital, Founders Fund, Slow Capital (16 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 12, 2015

Funding the Future: Investing in online logistics startups

Milind Tavshikar, CEO of Smart­Kargo, has a relatively unusual pedigree for the air cargo business. Trained in computer engineering at India’s University of Pune and holder of an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, he seemed to fit the bill of an “IT guy” all the way; he has even helped build SAP systems […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 12, 2015

DHL onboard for third runway at HKIA

The popularity of e-commerce and surging exports from mainland China and the Pearl River Delta are reasons enough for DHL to issue a statement in support of a third runway at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). DHL said it would like to see the project begin as early as next year. HKIA cargo volume increased […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 27, 2015

UPS’s holiday planning backfires

Last year, UPS spent $500 million to make sure the 2013 holiday season, in which online shopping demand overwhelmed most express companies, would not be repeated. So for 2014, UPS prepared for the onslaught. It built new facilities, added more holiday staff – including 100,000 temporary employees – and coordinated with retailers for clarity on […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 6, 2015
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