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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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Going Social For Addresses

Our past article, No Address, No Problem, has become one of our favorites thanks to the great feedback we’ve received. It also appears the article has been become a favorite of others, shared by folks as well as well as by websites such as Eye for Transport. Soon after the publication of the article, we […]

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What Economic Slowdown? JD.com Reports Net Revenue up 58% for 2015

JD.com, China’s second largest e-commerce provider reported fourth quarter and annual 2015 earnings this week and the results appear quite promising. Net revenue for fourth quarter increased 57% to RMB54.6 billion (US$8.4 billion) and for the full year 2015, it increased 58% to RMB181.3 billion (US$28.0 billion). Even though net revenue gains were strong, it […]

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Best Logistics Seeks Funding for Expansion and Acquisitions

The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese logistics and technology provider, Best Logistics Technologies Ltd is looking to raise $700 million in new funding. The latest fundraising round is to aid Best Logistics in expansion as well as to pursue acquisitions ahead of an initial public offering (IPO). The timing and venue for Best Logistics’ […]

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More than Alibaba – China’s Retail Industry

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Consulting firm, McKinsey noted “over the course of the next decade, the global face of the retail industry will change dramatically. Emerging markets will continue to see spectacular growth, both in regards to new shoppers and per capita spending”. Indeed, the most prominent such market is that of China. Despite weakness in its economy, China […]

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The New Retail Industry

This week kicks off the “official” holiday shopping period here in the US and how traditional retailers versus online retailers fare will be closely monitored. However, an interesting comment from one analyst, Laura Kennedy, director of retail insight at Kantar Retail, noted, “Retailers have finally realized that shoppers don’t see the difference between going to […]

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Did Walmart Just One Up Amazon?

Just as everyone was getting excited about Prime Day, Walmart announces on its blog, ““We’ve heard some retailers are charging $100 to get access to a sale. But the idea of asking customers to pay extra in order to save money just doesn’t add up for us. We’re standing up for our customers and everyone […]

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