May 17, 2020

Alibaba’s Cainiao to lead $1.53bn investment in Hong Kong logistics hub

Alibaba
Hong Kong
Cainiao
Logistics
James Henderson
2 min
Alibaba’s Cainiao to lead $1.53bn investment in Hong Kong logistics hub
Cainiao, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s logistics business, has announced it will lead a joint venture investment of $1.54bn into a new logistics centre...

Cainiao, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s logistics business, has announced it will lead a joint venture investment of $1.54bn into a new logistics centre in Hong Kong, Reuters has reported.

Located at Hong Kong Airport, the centre will form part of a commitment by Alibaba to expand its global delivery network.

Having taken over Cainiao in 2017, Alibaba stated it would pour $15bn into its global logistics network over the next five years.

The project is owned by a joint venture with Cainiao Smart Logistics Network owning 51%, state-owned China National Aviation Corp owning 35% and courier YTO Express owning 14%.

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The centre is set to open in 2023 and will take up approximately 380,000 sq m in floor space with the capacity to handle 1.7mn tonnes of cargo each year.

According to Alizila, the facility will implement automated warehousing technology and automated temperature control, and Cainiao has pledged that it will aid the growth of SME’s involved in e-commerce.

Wan Lin, President of Cainiao, stated: “The Hong Kong hub will be yet another milestone on our way to achieving our goal of 72-hour global delivery.” 

Cainiao also announced last week it will open additional logistics hubs in Dubai, Hangzhou, Kuala Lumpur, Belgium and Moscow.

This follows a $1.4bn investment last month by the Cainiao in Chinese express delivery company, ZTO Express, which the company stated was helping Alibaba and Cainiao develop a new digital economy.

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

Kuehne+Nagel
CarbonNeutral
supplychain
Logistics
2 min
Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel

The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. 

KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management. 

"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive. 

After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total. 

"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme 
 

Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners. 

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”. 

As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030. 
 

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