Alibaba cut China to Europe delivery times by 30%

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Alibaba Group’s logistics arm Cainiao Smart Logistics Network are to start a new international shipping route this month to speed up average delivery times between China and Europe by over 30%.

Launched with air-freight carrier Volga-Dnepr Group, the new route is aimed at addressing the boom in demand for cross-border deliveries amid Covid-19. VDG-owned AirBridgeCargo Airlines will operate three flights each week from Hong Kong to Madrid via Belgium’s Liege Airport.

All goods shipped through the new route will arrive at warehouses in Europe in three to 10 days, versus the industry average of 15 to 20 days.

The expedited delivery time is thanks in part to Cainiao’s line-haul network. The company’s intra-Europe trucking network taps advanced algorithms to generate the most-efficient loading plans and transportation routes for its fleet, as well as the optimal number of trucks to deploy in real time. The network connects the warehouses and transport hubs in Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Last-mile logistics partners, such as Spain’s Correos, then help deliver parcels to customers.

The expanded air capacity comes as Cainiao continues to develop smart-logistics infrastructure for Europe. In 2018, Alibaba and the Belgian Government established the first Electronic World Trade Platform hub in the region, helping digitize Liege Airport’s customs-clearance and logistics operations and streamline international shipping.

One Response

  1. Chinese stuff everywhere getting over Euro with easy….

    Those who trade with popular & easy to source products should start to worry IMHO.

    I hope the Liege’s execs did not fall into deep $ pockets to modernise their airport with Huawei equipment too…


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