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Cross-Border e-Commerce Drives Airfreight Demand

By all accounts it appears a renaissance is underway in the global airfreight market. IATA’s 2017 data through April indicates a simple average freight tonne kilometer (FTK) growth of over 9.0% while available freight tonne kilometer (AFTK) average growth of just shy of 3.0%. With May data due soon, Cargo Facts anticipates double digit growth. […]

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Alibaba and JD – The Next Generation of Global Logistics Leaders?

Growth in China’s small parcel market continued its break-neck speed in 2016 as the country’s State Post Bureau reported a 51.4%, 31.28 billion, increase in deliveries for the year. In terms of revenue, the Chinese government agency noted the sector generated about USD $57.58 billion in revenue, up 43.5% from 2016. The State Post Bureau’s […]

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Amazon Logistics – Primed and Growing

“We’re spreading a lot of the Prime benefits that we see in North America to other countries.” Indeed, this statement seemed to be the theme of Amazon’s first quarter 2017 earnings call. To meet the needs of this expansion of Prime benefits, Amazon’s logistics services are also expanding. During first quarter, Amazon announced the follow […]

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What does the Amazon Acquisition of Souq Mean?

Amazon has agreed to buy the Middle East’s version of Amazon – Souq.com – in a deal worth more than $650 million. Souq, based in Dubai, was established in 2005 as an online auction site but switched to a marketplace with fixed prices and retail website in 2011. It operates throughout the Middle East and […]

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Technology To Determine the Winner of Cross-Border e-Commerce

Technology is making the world go around faster and more efficiently. Indeed, there are numerous software solutions and platforms to assist exporters and importers manage the complicated world of cross-border trade.   One such platform that has caught the attention of the logistics market is that of Alibaba’s OneTouch when it announced that Maersk, CMA CGM […]

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The Focal Point of Amazon’s Logistics Network – Fulfillment by Amazon

Will Amazon compete against the likes of DHL, FedEx and UPS is one of the most talked about questions in the market. The Big 3 is certainly feeling Amazon’s presence throughout the world but instead of intentionally competing directly against them, Amazon is ensuring its customers and sellers are taken care of first. At the […]

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Amazon’s Investments Weighs on Earnings

Despite net sales increasing 31% to $32.7 billion in the third quarter and operating income up 41.6% to $575 million, there was a sense of disappointment from many folks as Amazon missed earnings per shares expectations of 78 cents, coming in at 52 cents instead. Looking at fulfillment and shipping costs for the quarter, fulfillment […]

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Amazon’s Air Freight Aspirations

“…it would be a daunting task requiring tens of billions in capital and years to build sufficient scale and density to replicate existing networks like FedEx.” – President of FedEx Services Meet Amazon’s ‘Prime Air’. After investments in fulfillment and sortation facilities, trailers, IT and the hiring of industry expertise and know-how, Amazon added another […]

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China-Japan e-Commerce Cross-Border Options Grows

Asian countries may have found a solution to their economic woes and it is e-commerce. Cross-border e-commerce trade is increasing between China and Japan as Chinese consumers regard Japanese products as safe and high quality. According to the Japanese trade ministry, online trade between the two countries is expected to reach about $22.8 billion in […]

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Amazon – Friend or Foe?

With 2015 net sales of $107.0 billion, up 20.2% year-over-year, Amazon is definitely a force to be reckoned with as it continues to innovate and expand its popular Amazon Prime subscription service. But with this impressive growth comes costs and Amazon’s costs are growing at a rapid clip. Fulfillment costs in 2015 increased year-over-year 24.6% […]

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