E-commerce makes peak season for air cargo year-long

The impact of e-commerce on the air cargo market this year has been immense as rapidly rising online ordering drives up demand for cross-border shipments. Nowhere is this more apparent than in China, with Alibaba claiming that more than a million retailers participated in the country’s Singles’ Day Nov. 11 online shopping extravaganza. Alibaba said sales reached $25.3 billion, more than $7.5 billion higher than in 2016. China’s largest retailer JD.com started its Singles’ Day promotion on Nov. 1 and by Nov. 11 had sold products worth $19 billion, up more than 50 percent year over year.

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