Continuing its global expansion, Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network has signed an MoU with Emirates SkyCargo for the delivery of cross-border parcels as Cainiao aims to make Dubai one of its hubs.
Describing it is a landmark agreement for both Emirates SkyCargo and Cainiao, the duo said they intend to leverage each other’s strengths in cross-border e-commerce trade and airline cargo operation. It will also support Cainiao’s broader efforts to offer enhanced customer experience, the e-commerce logistics company said. Cainiao recently unveiled plans to develop six global hubs in six cities around the globe, of which Dubai is one of them.
Under the terms of the MoU, Emirates SkyCargo and Cainiao will work closely to manage e-commerce shipments in the Middle East and other neighbouring regions through Dubai. Further details of the tie-up will be announced progressively as they are developed, the pair said.
E-commerce is one of the strongest growth areas for the air cargo industry globally with Emirates noting it has been exploring opportunities to collaborate with players in order to offer value-added services, over and above cargo capacity between airports, using the strategic advantages of Dubai as a hub.
The MoU was signed by Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior VP, Cargo and Xiaodong Guan, general manager of Cainiao Global Business at Cainiao’s global headquarters in Hangzhou.
“We are delighted to be entering into this agreement with Cainiao. The MoU that we have signed today is the first step in what will be a deep and fruitful relationship between Emirates SkyCargo and one of the biggest players in the global e-commerce supply chain,” said Sultan.
“With Emirates SkyCargo’s network spread, frequency of flights including close to 50 weekly flights from China, our state-of-the-art hub facilities and the strategic location of Dubai which allows it to serve as an effective logistics hub for the region, we are confident that we will be a strong partner for Cainiao to bring an enhanced experience to their customers in the Middle East and neighbouring regions.”
“As a key gateway that links Asia and Europe, Dubai is well positioned to help us achieve our goal of 72-hour global delivery,” said Guan. “The MoU with Emirates SkyCargo is another milestone to reach this goal. We have a strong commitment to Dubai and the neighbouring markets. This fits well with our broader strategy.”
Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity to over 155 global destinations on a modern all-widebody fleet of 267 aircraft including 14 freighters – 13 B777Fs and one B747F. Emirates operates two state of the art Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals in Dubai to manage cargo from passenger, as well as freighter aircraft.
As a technology company, Cainiao leverages cutting edge big-data technology and open collaboration to build a global infrastructure that links all the logistics elements to improve delivery efficiency and customer experience for all players along the supply chain. Cainiao’s vision is to deliver anywhere in China within 24 hours, and across the globe within 72 hours.