Alibaba goes to sea

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba entered a partnership with Maersk, the world’s largest ocean container shipping line, allowing shippers to use Alibaba’s OneTouch website to book space on Maersk vessels. OneTouch, which Alibaba acquired in 2010, targets small- and medium-sized Chinese exporters and allows them to book shipments with air freight and parcel delivery services. And […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2017

What is eWTP, and why you should care

2016 was a record year for Tmall Global, Alibaba’s online platform that enables international brands to sell directly to Chinese consumers. The number of imported product categories available on Tmall Global climbed almost 50% to 3,700, with offerings from more than 14,500 international brands from sixty-three countries. And it wasn’t just the number of products […]
  • David Harris
  • January 4, 2017

Champagne and caviar?

Today, Friday the 30th of December, is the last working day of 2016. Rather than analyzing some recent happening in air freight and express industry, I would like to use today’s post to thank you for your support of Cargo Facts, and to wish you all a terrific year in 2017. And, on the subject […]
  • David Harris
  • December 30, 2016

Global Buy, Global Sell

Early last year, when Daniel Zhang took over as CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, he said the company was going to globalize, that the new goal was “Global buy and global sell.” In his view, Alibaba’s market was no longer China, but the world. But how to reach the world? Over the last two […]
  • David Harris
  • November 29, 2016

Give thanks, and shop

Tomorrow is 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 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 23, 2016

E-commerce and air cargo, what’s next?

Cargo Facts was among the first to break news that online retailer was planning to launch its own-controlled air network back in December 2015. We continued to report every update as the pieces came together, and deals were forged with ATSG and Atlas Air to lease and operate a total of forty 767 freighters. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 8, 2016

Forwarders fight to recapture e-commerce market lost to Post

Japan’s largest international freight forwarder, Nippon Express announced a new deal to handle China-bound shipments originating in Japan for Alibaba’s platform. Volumes of Japanese cosmetics and other consumer goods moving from Japan into China via e-commerce channels have never been greater – yet freight forwarders control only a sliver of this market. Japan Post […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 9, 2016

CFA 2016: Is the airfreight industry ignoring a trillion-dollar market? [VIDEO]

HONG KONG – Airfreight clearly has a major role in servicing e-commerce fueled cross-border traffic in the future, but the conclusion of panelists on “The E-commerce Explosion and Air Freight” session at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 was that individual players risk being squeezed out of this market unless they are prepared to make major changes. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 20, 2016
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