China Cargo Airlines joins SkyTeam Alliance
The freight haulier, which is a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, Ltd., became the 11th member carrier of the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance, a partnership which aims to provide customers ensure seamless cargo coordination and delivery across its global network.
Mr. Zhu Yimin, President of China Cargo Airlines, Mr. Kyoo Won Kang, Sr. Vice President of Korean Air Cargo and Mr. Erik Varwijk, Managing Director of KLM, representing the SkyTeam Cargo Executive Board, signed the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance Agreement during a press conference to announce the union.
“SkyTeam Cargo is a unique global Cargo Alliance with high growth and vibrancy and is highly recognized [for] its customer-focused freight products with uniform standards as well as its unique one roof program,” noted Mr. Shan Chuanbo, Senior Vice President Alliances of China Eastern Airlines.
The SkyTeam Cargo Alliance now includes Aeroflot Cargo, Aeromexico Cargo, Air France Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo, KLM Cargo, and Korean Air Cargo across its global network.
“CCA Joining SkyTeam Cargo Alliance is a strategic decision combined with the development plan of CCA against the backdrop of global air liberalization and Alliance development. Joining SkyTeam Cargo will allow CCA to enjoy economy of scale benefits and enlarge its flight network, while upgrading its international competitiveness in compliance with the middle and long term strategic interests of CCA,” continued Mr Chuanbo.
Mr. Chong Choy, Vice President of Alliances at Air France KLM Cargo and Chairman of SkyTeam Cargo, welcomed CCA to the Alliance, saying “The members of SkyTeam Cargo are delighted to welcome CCA, China's first all-cargo airline operating dedicated freight services, as the newest member of our growing alliance. With the entry of China Cargo Airlines into the alliance, we have an unrivaled presence in the Greater China region”.
About China Cargo Airlines
China Cargo Airlines (CCA), established in 1998, possesses 14 cargo routes and operates belly spaces from China Eastern Airlines. Relying on the networks of China Eastern Airlines, CCA has extended to more than 200 destinations to provide air cargo services for customers from all over the world.
About SkyTeam Cargo
SkyTeam Cargo, launched in September 2000, partners airlines’ cargo divisions to provide customers with access to a global route network, standardized operational processes, and “one roof” warehouse handling services. The components of SkyTeam Cargo ensure seamless cargo coordination and delivery throughout the alliance’s global network. The unique product portfolio range is commonly offered by all eleven airline partners to their customers.
FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles
FedEx is embarking on an expanded test of autonomous, driver-less delivery vehicles to develop its last-mile logistics.
The US logistics firm piloted autonomous vehicles from Nuro in April this year, and the pair will now explore that further in a multi-year partnership. Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partnerships, said the collaboration "will enable innovative, industry-first product offerings that will better everyday life and help make communities safer and greener".
FedEx will explore a variety of on-road use cases for the autonomous fleet, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries, going beyond more traditional applications of the technology in single-route movement of goods from A-B. Exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its broader experimentation in new autonomy solutions, Fed-Ex says, both in-warehouse and on-road.
“FedEx was built on innovation, and it continues to be an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yeung, Vice President, Advanced Technology and Innovation, FedEx Corporation. “We are excited to collaborate with an industry leader like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technologies within our operations.”
The changing role of couriers
Unlike structured delivery networks, operating under long-term partnerships and contracts, agility is where couriers deliver true value - and their ability to deftly solve last-mile fulfilment has most acutely been felt during the pandemic. For the billions of people around the world forced to stay at home to protect themselves and their communities from the spreading COVID-19 virus, couriers have been a constant. They may have been the only knock at the door some people experienced for weeks or months at a time.
But the last-mile has been uprooted by a boom in ecommerce, a shift that has been most apparent in the UK, US, China and Japan, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2021 by Apex Insight. These are markets with dominant economies and populations used to running their lives with a tap of a screen or double-click of a mouse.
“Getting last mile delivery right has long been a challenge for retailers,” says Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail at Capgemini. “In 2019, 97% of retail organisations felt their last-mile delivery models were not sustainable for full-scale implementation across all locations. Despite increasing demand from customers, companies were struggling to make the last mile profitable and efficient.”
Jacobs says that the pandemic alleviated some of these stresses in the short term. With no other option, consumers were understanding and tolerant, if not entirely happy, with longer delivery times and less transparent tracking. “But, as extremely high delivery demand continues to be normal, customers will expect brands to contract their delivery times,” he adds.
Last mile's role in ESG
Demand and volume weren’t the only things that have changed during the pandemic - businesses looked closer to home and as a result became more sustainable. Bricks and mortar stores were transformed from mini-showrooms to quasi-fulfilment centres. Online retailers and other businesses sought local solutions to ship more faster. In densely populated London, UK alone, Accenture found that delivery van emissions dropped by 17%, while Chicago, USA and Sydney, Australia saw similar emissions savings.