The quiet rise of Chinese express: STO launches Brescia 747F flights

Beginning today, 23 March, an SW Italia 747-400F operated for China-based Shentong Express (STO) will touch down regularly at Brescia Montichiari Airport (VBS), just 100km east of Milan. The new thrice-weekly cargo service connects Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) to Brescia via Baku (GYD), reportedly carrying express parcels and Chinese exports bound for warehouses and […]

Forwarders adapt to serve growing Chinese e-commerce market

Today we begin an analysis of trends in e-commerce with an overview of e-commerce growth around the world and a look at how airfreight forwarders are leveraging growing cross-border e-commerce volumes to boost airfreight consolidations. Tomorrow we’ll examine the way in which e-commerce is changing last-mile delivery to “last-mile pick-up.” If you would like to learn more […]

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 TMall.com 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tomorrow, the World: Part III

Today we publish Part III of our three-part look at Alibaba, the world’s biggest e-commerce company. We are examining the way in which its approach to the logistics of online shopping – particularly the development of a neutral “open logistics platform” – has changed the package-delivery industry in China, and will soon spread that change worldwide. […]
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