Global shopping holidays continue to smash records

“11.11” which falls on 11 November, “Black Friday” the first Friday following Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday, the Monday directly following Black Friday are all shopping holidays that began as regional events, but are now marketed and promoted around the globe. Each mouse click thrusts inventory replenishment, and in some cases expedited delivery requirements provide a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 28, 2017

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

11.11 – Let the e-Commerce Madness Begin [VIDEO]

Today is Friday. But not just any Friday. Today is Friday, the 10th of November. 11.10 or 10.11, depending on how your write your dates. But tomorrow, no matter what convention you adopt for writing the day and the month, it will be 11.11. In fact, by the time you read this, it will already […]
  • David Harris
  • November 10, 2017

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

Defining the E-commerce variable in air freight demand

MIAMI — A bustling crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Mandarin Oriental for the 23rd annual presentation of the Cargo Facts Symposium, where once again, it was hard to avoid the topic of e-commerce, and its impact on the global air freight industry. Global e-commerce continues […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 3, 2017

UPS, SF Holding jv wins regulatory approval in China

Updated 10 October 2017. On 28 September, UPS and SF Holding (the parent company of SF Express), formally received approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce to launch the joint venture it announced in May. The joint venture will leverage the assets of both companies to enhance, and provide a wider range of international delivery services. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 2, 2017

Alibaba to invest heavily in logistics over the next five years

In what appears to be a shift away from an asset-light logistics model heavily reliant on third-party partners, China-based Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced plans to invest US $15.2 billion over the next five-years – with the ultimate aim of fulfilling domestic orders within 24 hours, and global orders within 72 hours. Its first major […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 28, 2017

SF Express offloads stock to purchase aircraft

On 22 August, rapidly growing Shenzhen-based SF Express raised US$1.2 billion from a stock placement, freeing capital it plans to use for growth-focused investments including the purchase of new aircraft, pilot recruitment, and technology R&D, according to a filing on the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Local media reports suggest that SF Express will allocate at least […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 24, 2017
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