International funding for Cainiao

At least six groups injected an estimated US$1.54 billion into Alibaba’s logistics unit Cainiao during the company’s first round of external funding since it was founded in 2013. In a move led by e-commerce giant Alibaba, Cainiao was founded three years ago with financial support from two strategic partnerships, one led by China Life Insurance […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 14, 2016

A different kind of logistics network

As we posted earlier this week, we’re excited that Steven Li, Director of Cross-Border E-Commerce Logistics for Cainiao, will join us in Hong Kong next month as a speaker at Cargo Facts Asia 2016. Cainiao was formed in 2013 to oversee the proposed China Smart Logistics Network – the brainchild of Alibaba boss Jack Ma. Three years later, China Smart […]
  • David Harris
  • March 25, 2016

Cainiao joins e-commerce panel at Cargo Facts Asia 2016

Cargo Facts Asia 2016 has added yet another key speaker to its “E-commerce Explosion and Air Freight” panel: Steven Li, Director of Cross-Border E-Commerce Logistics for Cainiao. It is widely known that e-commerce in China owes much of its success to the most renowned of Cainiao’s founding partners, Alibaba, which launched the company with a 48 percent […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 21, 2016

IPO Express

No, despite the similarity in initials, this is not a new Chinese express company. However, according to reports piling up in the Chinese media this week, YTO Express, ZTO Express, STO Express, and SF Express are all in the process of making an Initial Public Offering – that is, they have all boarded the IPO Express. […]
  • David Harris
  • March 1, 2016

…and 200 airplanes!

11 11 2015. That is eight numbers, representing a day last week. Here’s another number: 14,300,000,000. That’s US dollars. $14.3 billion US dollars. Put it all together, and what you have is that on this year’s Singles Day in China, the eleventh of November 2015, e-commerce giant Alibaba logged $14.3 billion in sales on its […]
  • David Harris
  • November 17, 2015

Challenges & opportunities for air cargo

MIAMI – The 21st annual Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium is officially underway, beginning this morning with a workshop presented by the senior staff at Cargo Facts’ sister company Air Cargo Management Group. In addition to the technical and economic presentations from ACMG, this year’s workshop featured a presentation by IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, Glyn […]
  • David Harris
  • October 26, 2015

Will Amazon enter the transportation and logistics business?

Will Amazon enter the transportation and logistics business? On one level, this is a stupid question, because we’ve all seen Amazon Fresh delivery trucks on the streets of our cities, and Amazon operates almost 170 distribution facilities worldwide. So, clearly, the company is already involved in transportation and logistics. However, Amazon’s current involvement is on […]
  • David Harris
  • October 22, 2015

YTO is launch customer for Boeing’s 737-800BCF

Hangzhou YTO Express Airlines, the recently formed air arm of Shanghai-based YTO Express, signed a launch customer agreement (LCA) with Boeing for fifteen 737-800BCF passenger-to-freighter conversions. Yu Weijiao, President of YTO Express and Stanley A. Deal, Senior Vice President of Boeing Commercial Airplanes signed the agreement at a ceremony during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit […]
  • David Harris
  • September 28, 2015
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