Tradelines News

Get the latest news and updates on cross-border customs and international trade.

Couriers Play Vital Role in Success

(China Daily)

Careful planning by logistics companies across China played a key role in making this year’s Singles’ Day shopping festival another huge success.

According to officials at Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s major online marketplace Tmall, it worked closely with 13 courier firms in setting up more than 150 distribution centers, covering more than 2 million square meters of space, to manage the consumer-spending onslaught.

Shanghai Yunda Express Co, one of China’s largest logistics companies, said it started its Singles’ Day preparations in early October in anticipation of a 20 percent rise in business.

The company added 1,000 delivery vehicles to its existing fleet of 20,000, and hired 10,000 more staff to its current 80,000 workforce. And it rented an additional 50,000 sq m of warehouse space to cope with the surge in packages. Read more here.