Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao Smart Logistics has entered into a partnership with US-based carrier Atlas Air to enhance its logistics network, media reports said.
The partnership with Atlas Air will help Cainiao improve its cross-border logistics in Latin America. It is reported that Atlas Air will operate three weekly charter flights dedicated to Cainiao. These flights will link China to Brazil and Chile.
William Xiong, Cainiao’s chief strategist and general manager of export logistics told the media, “Our partnership with Atlas Air will help us establish an efficient, reliable network to South America and other worldwide destinations by significantly reducing air freight delivery time for the merchants we support.
“At Cainiao, we continue to invest in our network to support Alibaba merchants operating more than 100,000 online shops.”
The services are expected to start in November and will help Cainiao cut down on its shipping time significantly. In recent times, the logistics company has doubled its shipping activities to the continent.
Last month, Cainiao announced that it has expanded its last-mile delivery network in the city-state. The newly expanded delivery network in Singapore will comprise over 1,600 collection points, 600 couriers and 500 lockers island-wide.
The expansion has been carried out by Cainiao through partnerships with Singapore Post, BEST, Roadbull and Park N Parcel.
According to the logistics company, its expansion and digitalisation of the last-mile network seeks to support Singapore’s rapidly growing ecommerce industry which is contributing 200,000 parcels each day. It is worth $2.4 billion.