Pardon the Disruption: Wan Lin — Crossing borders at Cainiao

In November, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, broke its own record during the “11.11” holiday by handling more than 1 billion orders in a single day. The fact that such a feat could occur is a credit to Wan Lin, president of Cainiao Network Technology. Wan first joined the company as vice president in 2014. Under […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 27, 2018

ELEVATE 2017 conference agenda released, board of advisors formed

Air Cargo World, the industry’s most widely read news source, has released the agenda for its second annual ELEVATE Conference, the publication announced today. ELEVATE 2017 will take place on October 2nd at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami, Fla., and will explore the rise of e-commerce and the digitization of global logistics. Many air freight and […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 8, 2017

Cainiao now controls logistics for 81 percent of Alibaba’s domestic orders

Embedded within Alibaba’s most recent quarterly results was a clear sign that couriers in China have increasingly aligned their IT platforms with that of Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao. As of March 2017, 81 percent of all items sold through Alibaba-owned sites moved through Cainiao’s delivery network. This figure was up significantly y-o-y, from 60 percent, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 19, 2017

Give thanks, and shop

It's Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and as usual, distant relatives will convene at dinner tables across the country to discuss not only what they are thankful for, but also their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping strategies. But this year, despite the air freight industry’s arduous efforts to ensure it is equipped to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 24, 2016

More weekly cargo flights planned for Beijing

The economy might be a little lazy in China, but express delivery, more than likely due to the popularity of e-commerce, shows no sign of slowing down. YTO Express Airlines, the air division of Shanghai-based YTO Express, has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for 14 weekly frequencies between Beijing and its […]
  • Staff Reports
  • February 11, 2016

How to enter the Chinese forwarding market

Since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, many of the old Communist-era restrictions for setting up business have been removed. For some logistics companies, the largest barriers to entry come not from Chinese red tape but from other Western competition. “Most of the big forwarders are already here,” said Gerhard Blumensaat, director […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 29, 2015