Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao, has picked Emirates Skycargo to help transport its international shipments and grow the Chinese online retail e-commerce giant’s global logistics infrastructure, the company has announced.
The landmark agreement comes as Cainiano looks to build supply chain hubs in six global cities of which Dubai is one.
The agreement is “the first step” in what will be Emirates expects will be a “deep relationship”, according to Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.
Emirates SkyCargo will handle e-commerce shipments on behalf of Cainiao in the Middle East. “Further details of the tie-up will be announced progressively as they are developed by the two parties,” Emirates Skycargo said in a statement.
Cainiao’s is looking to build its logistics and supply chain capabilities to be able to deliver anywhere in China within 24 hours, and across the globe within 72 hours.
Emirates Skycargo’s 50 weekly flights to China on an all-widebody fleet of 267 aircraft including 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747 F will help it the link Asia and Europe. Dubai’s geography “is well positioned to help us achieve our goal of 72-hour global delivery,” said Xiaodong Guan, General Manager of Cainiao Global Business.
“We have a strong commitment to Dubai and the neighbouring markets. This fits well with our broader strategy,” he added.