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Tag Archives: Amazon

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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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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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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Amazon Gets Set to Disrupt the Freight Forwarding Market

After building an enviable fulfillment process and network, acquiring trailers to transport goods between fulfillment and sortation centers, dabbling in its own delivery services and dipping its toes in air cargo, Amazon is now eyeing the ocean freight forwarding market. Should other freight forwarders be concerned? Freight forwarders are already facing a difficult market thanks […]

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Amazon takes to the Sky

Recent rumors suggest Amazon is now getting into the air cargo business. According to unconfirmed reports, Amazon has been testing flights out from Wilmington, Ohio since at least November. Operated by subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group, there have been a total of 217 flights from November 1 to December 17, 2015. The flights have […]

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Full Speed Ahead for Amazon

Amazon continues to amaze so many of us in the logistics industry. What started out as “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore” in the 1990s has since evolved into an innovative online retailer that is quickly becoming a force in IT and logistics. Net sales continue to increase for Amazon, up 23.2% for third quarter year-over-year and up […]

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