K+N, JD.com launch import quality-control system

China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue, Beijing-based JD.com, is stepping-up its efforts to combat counterfeiting by testing a quality control check system, managed by Switzerland-based forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, that adds item-level visibility to JD’s import supply chain. The two companies have already implemented the ‘Transfer Center’ approach at a brand manufacturer’s warehouse in Japan, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 24, 2017

E-commerce drives China-Russia airfreight links

The Express Logistics arm of China Post reached an agreement with the Russian Post to have its affiliate airline, Aviastar-TU operate a TU-204-100C freighter on scheduled thrice-weekly service between Novosibirsk and Hangzhou, according to a report in Xinhua. Although flight frequencies and capacity are relatively insignificant given the volumes moving between China and Russia, they […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2017

JD.com spearheads public-private alliance to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

On 1 August, Beijing-based e-tailer JD.com, in collaboration with 20 global brands, announced a new alliance with China’s Inspection and Quarantine Association that aims to streamline and expedite the customs clearance process for cross-border imports into China. The alliance brings together a cross section of the cross-border e-commerce supply-chain including other retailers and online platforms […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2017

7 ways cross-border e-commerce is reshaping air freight logistics today

For the past two years, “cross-border e-commerce” has been the buzz-phrase of the air freight and express industry. And it’s only natural that our industry would jump on it – no other mode of transportation is better suited to ensure expedited deliveries for parcels with origins far-removed from their final destination. But, hype aside, what has […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 5, 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

Is that an online purchase? Just throw it on the baggage conveyor!

On 15 December, Netherlands-based Parcel International launched a new intra-Europe same-day delivery service in cooperation with KLM and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). The potentially revolutionary service, known as “12Send”, offers first-mile pickup (from online sellers in the Schiphol catchment area), places parcels in a trackable tote, and drops the packages into Schiphol’s baggage system. From there […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 16, 2016

ANA to increase reliance on belly freight

Japan’s All Nippon Airways will reduce the number of scheduled freighter flights by about 15%, and become increasingly reliant on belly freight for certain routes, beginning 30 October, according to its new Fall schedule, and a report in Nikkei. Following a tough first quarter (ended 30 June) during which ANA boosted cargo traffic, but saw […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2016

DHLGF, Chinese express carriers scramble for Russia

Driven in part by thriving cross-border e-commerce demand, DHL Global Forwarding expanded its Airfreight Plus service with the addition of Moscow and other Russian cities, bringing the total number of countries within its Airfreight Plus network to 54. Meanwhile, SF Express has designated Changchun as a key hub for cross-border shipments bound for Russia. Airfreight Plus […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 6, 2016