Alibaba’s eWTP lands in Belgium, to bring major Cainiao presence to Liège

The Government of Belgium and Alibaba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, to promote cross-border e-commerce between China and Europe by bringing Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform (“eWTP”) trade hub to Belgium. A major component of the deal includes significant investments in physical infrastructure by Alibaba’s Smart Logistics platform Cainiao, which inked a contract […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 5, 2018

Longhao launches first international cargo flights

Today, Guangzhou-based Longhao Airlines became the latest carrier in China to commence scheduled international freighter operations with the launch of three-times weekly 737-300F flights between Xi’an Xianyang Airport (XIA) in Central China and Hanoi Noi Bai Airport (HAN) in Vietnam. Longhao’s flight network is expanding as it prepares to put a fourth 737-300F into commercial […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 27, 2018

747 freighters for SF Express

The scramble for long-haul lift continues, with SF Express acquiring two 747-400ERFs. Two months ago, we posted about three 747-400ERFs, parked since Jade Cargo International went bankrupt in late 2011, that were put up for auction on Alibaba’s Taobao website. (Read the post here.) Yes, that’s right, after you had ordered your new smartphone, and […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2017

YTO Express acquires OTEL to use as springboard for international expansion

On 8 May, Shanghai-headquartered courier, YTO Express announced its intention to acquire a 61.87% stake in Hong Kong-based forwarder and logistics specialist, On Time Logistics (OTEL), and establish its international business headquarters in Hong Kong. The acquisition will support YTO’s efforts to go global by leveraging OTEL’s international business expertise, global network of 52 offices […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 17, 2017

China’s number-two e-tailer launches 3PL division

Last week, Beijing-based JD.com announced it was moving forward with plans to formalize a logistics division, “JD Logistics” in support of the growing demand for express delivery services for its booming e-tailing business. Similar to Amazon’s Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program, the new division will provide third parties access to a wide range of supply […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 1, 2017

UPS reports strong all-round growth

UPS reported first-quarter net income up 2.4% y-o-y to $1.16 billion as revenue increased 6.2% to $15.32 billion. Operating profit for the quarter, however, was down 2.1% to $1.78 billion as fuel surcharge revenue lagged a big increase in fuel expense. In recent years, the quarterly reports from the world’s big express companies have often […]
  • David Harris
  • April 28, 2017

YTO goes west with new joint-venture airline and hub

Last week, executives from YTO Express, and its airline subsidiary, YTO Express Airlines, were in Shaanxi Province in central China finalizing an agreement to establish a new joint-venture cargo airline in the province’s capital city, Xi’an. The launch of Northwest International Cargo Airlines (as the airline will likely be known in English) will coincide with […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 2, 2017

SF goes Ukrainian

China-based SF Express and Ukraine-based postal and express company Nova Poshta signed a partnership agreement under which the two will cooperate to provide fast delivery of packages from China to online shoppers in Ukraine. The service, which has been tested over the past few months, will offer full track and trace (through Nova Poshta) on […]
  • David Harris
  • January 13, 2017
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