WCA, Alibaba agreement spells opportunity for SME freight forwarders

WCA, a network of independent freight forwarders, will partner China’s Alibaba.com for cross-border e-commerce shipments.

The partnership aims to expand Alibaba’s global reach via the addition of 6,300 logistics offices of SME forwarders who form the WCA network. These SMEs will also benefit as they gain access to Alibaba’s logistics platform.

WCA is expected to evaluate and approve international logistics providers for the partnership. Approved firms will be able to compete for logistics orders generated by the Alibaba.com platform.

More than 100 logistics companies in the WCA network applied for WCA’s dedicated e-commerce logistics network last October. The dedicated network, named “WCA eCommerce”, allows members companies to trade directly with each other.

This year, WCA eCommerce plans to add features such as  e-commerce shipment insurance, e-commerce-specific IT solutions, preferred rates on global and domestic last-mile and courier services, and regional e-commerce consolidation programs to its network.