Volga-Dnepr Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Alibaba Group’s logistics arm, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network to strengthen cross-border shipments.
With the boom in e-commerce worldwide, the two companies will form a partnership for different joint projects in cross-border trade.
The airline guarantees access to its network and fleet of 41 aircraft, while Cainiao will use Volga-Dnepr as its preferred carrier for capacity and logistics services.
The two customers will develop an optimal schedule route network in Asia, Europe and Russia by optimising transportation processes, including ground handling and road feeder services to cut transit times.
Tatyana Arslanova, vice president of strategic management at Volga-Dnepr Group says: “The future of air freight is in the e-commerce sector with customers becoming more tech-savvy, internet-driven and demanding in terms of delivery services. The key to success of winning this lucrative market lies in the ability provide fast, fully digitalised and transparent services with the support of reliable partners, such as Cainiao Network.”
James Zhao, general manager of Cainiao Network says: “We are delighted that Volga-Dnepr Group becomes our strategic partner to beef up air freight capability of our global smart logistics network, enabling merchants and brands – especially small and medium enterprises – to access more efficient cross-border logistics services.”