Pierre Poignant to replace Lucy Peng as CEO of Alibaba subsidiary Lazada Group

Lucy Peng, one of 18 Alibaba co-founders (pictured), is stepping down from her current role of CEO of the e-commerce giant’s Southeast Asian subsidiary, e-commerce website Lazada, after only nine months in the position, according to reports from Bloomberg and Financial Times. Pierre Poignant, who served as chief operations officer at Lazada, and most recently […]

Delhi e-commerce DC puts DHL on track for €250 million India investment

The opening of a DHL eCommerce distribution center in Delhi marked a milestone in DHL’s plan to invest €250 million in India’s e-commerce sector by 2020. DHL said it regards India as one of its most critical markets for e-commerce, and is moving fast to capture market share. “India is one of the top ten […]

Prime membership surges as Amazon moves on broader market share

A survey of 500 Amazon.com customers by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found that the e-commerce giant now has approximately 80 million Amazon Prime customers in the United States, up 37.9 percent from 58 million members over the same time period last year. The test was conducted over the first fiscal quarter of 2017. With […]

Patent for hive-like urban drone warehouse hints at Amazon’s e-commerce strategy

A patent application for an urban drone delivery warehouse filed by Amazon.com provides a glimpse at the e-commerce giant’s potential plans for large-scale drone delivery, and it has set the logistics industry abuzz with last-mile speculation. In addition to looking like a beehive, the latest concept drawn up by Amazon’s engineers also emulates the hive’s […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo, Virgin Australia to launch Melbourne-Hong Kong route

With no end in sight for the growing Asia-Pacific e-commerce business, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it will launch a new Melbourne-Hong Kong route on July 5, in partnership with Virgin Australia, bringing total capacity up to five A330-200 flights per week on the route. Each flight will offer 14 tonnes of cargo capacity. The carrier […]

GEODIS sees supply chain as ‘strategic hub’ of companies’ activities

MUNICH — The recently released GEODIS 2017 Supply Chain Worldwide Survey (SCWS) underscored the evolution of supply chains, from the simple delivery of products to “a crucial lever for business performance.” Trends such as e-commerce require more specialization than ever, which, in turn, drives complexity According to the survey, 74 percent of firms use four […]

DHL eCommerce launches nationwide delivery service in Malaysia

DHL eCommerce has launched domestic delivery operations in Malaysia, where e-commerce is expected to grow at CAGR of 15.8 percent through 2020. The investment includes a 48,000-square foot distribution hub in Puchong, depots in other critical urban centers, and a fleet of 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles “E-commerce has become a way of life for Malaysians, […]

DHL eCommerce begins delivery services in expanding Chilean market

With an e-commerce sector expected to double its size to US$2.3 billion by 2020, Chile is the latest market targeted for domestic B2C delivery expansion by DHL eCommerce, a division of the Deutsche Post DHL Group (DP-DHL). In addition to a 1,662-square meter central hub in Santiago and a growing ground fleet, DHL eCommerce now […]

Amazon’s on-demand manufacturing sends tremors through supply chain

If Amazon’s latest clothing manufacturing plans become a reality, air cargo companies stand to lose billions in revenues. Yesterday, the e-commerce giant was awarded a patent for a localized manufacturing setup that eliminates much of the traditional supply chain, bringing manufacturing closer to consumers than ever before. That said, it’s still not clear how far […]

IBM launches blockchain-based pharma logistics services in China

One of the oldest computer giants, IBM, is in the logistics news again after launching a blockchain-based financial services platform for pharmaceutical procurement that the company says will increase efficiency, transparency and operation of supply-chain finance. Blockchain technology has the potential to reduce transaction costs, eliminate redundancies and increase visibility in supply chains, especially in […]

Deutsche Post DHL Group doubles-down on green delivery vehicles

Deutsche Post DHL Group (DP-DHL) is embracing the green revolution, doubling the production capacity of its own electric vehicles from 10,000 to as many as 20,000 by the end of the year. The news follows an announcement earlier that DP-DHL will reduce all logistics-related growth emissions to zero in net terms by 2050. DP-DHL’s electric […]

JD.com to build 150 drone launch facilities in China by 2020 [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce heavyweight JD.com plans to build 150 drone launch facilities in southwestern Sichuan province for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) parcel delivery. Having secured government approval in select provinces, autonomous aerial deliveries in China are at the forefront of commercial drone innovation. JD.com has been making commercial drone deliveries in at least four pilot regions […]

UPS building $200 million facility, adds Saturday delivery to meet e-commerce demand

UPS announced today plans to build a US$200 million package operations facility in Arlington, Texas, just one day after it confirmed that it’s pilot Saturday-pickup project would be expanded nationwide through 2018. These developments point to an ongoing pivot towards more extensive and faster coverage by UPS in the context of growing e-commerce demand. “This […]

Amazon to acquire Souq.com despite Emaar’s last-minute bid

Amazon and Emaar Malls stared each other down in the Middle East e-commerce spotlight, and Emaar just blinked. A last-minute ante of US$230 million by United Arab Emirates-based Emaar failed to derail plans by Amazon to acquire Souq.com, an e-commerce leader in the Middle East. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant announced today that the acquisition was […]
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