Our top 5 blog posts for first quarter were dominated by Amazon. There’s no mistake, Amazon is a player in the global fragmented logistics market. Look for more surprises from them as well as other ‘non-traditional’ logistics providers this year.
Our 5th most popular blog post was What Does the Amazon Acquisition of Souq Mean? While a lot of focus has been placed on the great potential of the Middle East e-commerce market, the biggest prize Amazon gets is Souq’s logistics network. In addition, the Middle East often serves as a transshipment location between Asia and Europe. Look for the same in this acquisition as well as a focus on trade lane patterns connecting India and Southeast Asia with Amazon’s Middle East acquisition. Will Aramex play a role? Stay tune.
Coming in at number 4 is The Dynamic APAC Forwarding Market. There’s still quite a bit of focus in the Asia-Pacific region including intra-regional movements. So, in collaboration with Mike King & Associates, we announced the APAC Forwarding Index in order to wrap our arms around both intra-regional movements as well as international. We received a great media response and special thanks to all who took the first survey. The second one is coming soon. Help us build the index by taking it and we’ll send a copy of the analysis to you.
Ranking as the 3rd most popular blog post during the quarter was Technology to Determine the Winner of Cross-Border e-Commerce. As news broke of Maersk, CMA-CGM and other transportation providers partnering with Alibaba, we decided to take a look at Alibaba’s freight booking platform, One Touch.
Speaking of Alibaba partnering with transportation providers, The Fate of Forwarding as Alibaba and Maersk Team Up came in at number 2. Some freight forwarders have signed on to Alibaba’s tech system but should freight forwarders be concerned? Will systems such as Alibaba’s One Touch platform bypass them? We take a look.
And finally, the most popular blog post for the quarter and a big thanks to folks from EyeforTransport for helping us spread it around and media outlets for chatting with us further about it – The Focal Point of Amazon’s Logistics Network – Fulfillment by Amazon. In its year-end earnings report, Amazon noted that its active sellers using FBA increased 70% during 2016 and outside of the US FBA units shipped increased over 80%. Amazon will likely take care of its own ecosystem and then if there is space on one of its leased airplanes, ocean containers, a truck or rail container, it would not be surprising if they sell the space to interested parties.
Special thanks to our guest contributors, Halit Kaya, Lindsey Walker of NEXGEN Asset Management and Barnastock for their great articles and a HUGE thanks to Datamyne who shared their fantastic ocean freight data for our blog posts on Amazon and Alibaba.
Stay in the Know
Second quarter will be a super busy one as we launch our 2nd Annual Evolving Freight Forwarding survey. In addition, look for monthly surveys on the APAC forwarding market as we continue to build that index out and finally, yes, the Global Retail Logistics report. Bet you thought it had been buried? Nope, it was just temporarily shelved as we worked on an influx of consulting projects. We’re working on it and will get it as well as the Evolving Fright Forwarding white paper (free to all who take the survey, who-hoo!) completed by end of quarter.