WCA and Alibaba enter cooperation agreement

WCA and the Alibaba Group have agreed a cooperation agreement that will see approved WCA member companies being integrated into the Alibaba.com logistics platform for cross border e-commerce shipments. WCA describes itself as the world’s largest grouping of independent freight forwarders.

The WCA network will provide its professional support in vetting as well as approving international logistics companies for the customers of Alibaba. Those approved providers will have complete access to compete for logistics orders that are generated on the Alibaba platform.

The two corporate giants have agreed the parameters and standards of service, and are offering all participants a protection system that includes compensation for qualifying transactions.

“The fact that Alibaba.com has recognised the quality, global strength and professionalism of WCA and its members will open up vast new opportunities for business growth for independent freight forwarders”, said Dan March, WCA’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Many of our member companies are already heavily involved in many facets of cross-border eCommerce logistics. The strict qualification process for our newly-formed WCA eCommerce network will provide reassurance that the services provided by our members can facilitate merchants on Alibaba.com to accelerate their global trading.”

The collaboration will start this month (January), for shipments to the US, India and the UK.

Steve Su, Director, Alibaba Logistics said: “We are thrilled to partner with WCA, a global network with well-connected global resources, to provide fast and convenient shipping options for our members.  We are committed to offering premium services to global SMEs on our platform who are looking to scale up their business presence through cross-border trading. We are confident partnering with a leading global logistics alliance such as WCA will help us achieve that goal.”

WCA last year set up an e-commerce network, which more than 120 companies have applied to join.
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