Latest News
News Feature image

China-based Alibaba has signed an agreement with the Belgium government to create an ecommerce trade hub. The agreement is part of Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), of which Belgium is the first European country to join.

More News

In the lead up to the world’s biggest shopping day, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate has opened a facility that uses 700 robots.

Introducing the Cainiao Future Park

The Cainiao Future Park in Wuxi, near Shanghai, has opened just in time for Singles Day (11th November), the world’s largest shopping event. The facility uses technology and over 700 robots to control everything from temperature and humidity to guiding vehicles towards available parking space, as well as assessing warehouse storage capacities and the height of inventory stacking in real time.

Managing logistics at scale

Earlier this year, Cainiao unveiled its ‘smart’ system to manage logistics facilities at scale. The Cainiao Future Park takes away the traditionally labour-intensive operations, including manual loading, scheduling and monitoring. It replaces them with systems based around Internet of Things (IoT) applications, big data and artificial intelligence (AI).

30% efficiency improvement

Assembly lines will be fully automated, with robotic arms and automatic guided vehicles on the warehouse floor. These self-charging robots have been developed to reduce staff walking by an average of 50,000 steps a day, improving efficiency by 30%.

At its annual Global Smart Logistics Summit, Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao unveiled its ‘smart’ system to manage logistics facilities at scale.

Introducing the Cainiao Future Park

The new solution, the Cainiao Future Park, takes away the traditionally labour-intensive operations, including manual loading, scheduling and monitoring. It replaces them with systems based around Internet of Things (IoT) applications, big data and artificial intelligence (AI).

Investing in technology

The first complex of its kind will be in Wuxi, near Shanghai. The 160,000 park will incorporate technology controlling everything from temperature and humidity to guiding vehicles towards available parking space, as well as assessing warehouse storage capacities and the height of inventory stacking in real time.


30% efficiency improvement

Assembly lines will be fully automated, with robotic arms and over 500 automatic guided vehicles on the warehouse floor. These self-charging robots have been developed to reduce staff walking by an average of 50,000 steps a day, improving efficiency by 30%.

Alibaba, along with its logistics affiliate, Cainiao Network, has agreed to invest US$1.38bn in ZTO, a leading express delivery company in China.

Nationwide logistics network

ZTO is one of China’s largest express delivery businesses, incorporating pickup and last-mile solutions, as well as value-added logistics services. Its delivery network covers over 96% of China’s cities and counties and already works in partnership with Alibaba, as well as rival online giant, JD.com.

Investing to integrate online and offline

Under the new US$1.38bn deal, Alibaba and Cainiao have agreed to acquire 10% of the business. In the partnership, Cainiao and ZTO will work together to promote the seamless integration between online and offline commerce. It will also further strengthen the two businesses’ focus on improving delivery capabilities, warehouse management, cross-border logistics and technology-driven smart solutions.

Strengthening synergies

Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba Group and Chairman of Cainiao Network, commented:  "ZTO has been an important partner to Alibaba Group and Cainiao Network in the development of the new digital economy. The continuing expansion of New Retail is catalysing new opportunities and demands in logistics. This strategic investment will strengthen synergies across our mutual businesses to create new value and improved experience for merchants and consumers."

Presentations

14/06/2018
Explore how visual technology is powering engagement and efficiency across the end to end supply chain
19/02/2018
Alibaba Group is the world's largest online marketplace. In this two-slide snapshot, we've included an essential summary of supply chain priorities, latest network developments and other key statistics for the retailer.

Get the latest headlines delivered directly to your inbox every Thursday.

A practical one day workshop for all roles in suppliers, to help develop your understanding of the vital part that supply chains play in underpinning FMCG businesses.