Alibaba partners with Russia’s Pochta to launch first direct China-Russia cargo flights to cut delivery times

RUSSIA – Alibaba Group’s logistics operator, Cainiao and Russia’s Pochta postal service have launched their first direct China-Russia cargo flights to deliver AliExpress goods purchased online by Russians, AliExpress Russia has revealed. The move, which AliExpress Russia hopes will help it cut the time it takes to deliver orders from China to Russia to 10 days, comes at a time when the country’s e-commerce market is experiencing rapid growth generating more than US$14 billion in revenues annually. Under the new partnership, Alibaba’s Cainiao logistics operator is renting 7 cargo planes…

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Safaricom partners AliExpress to enable M-PESA payments for online shoppers

KENYA – Kenya leading mobile network provider, Safaricom, has partnered Ant Financial Services – the world’s largest fintech services provider –to enable Kenyans shopping on AliExpress to pay for their purchases using M-PESA. The partnership primarily targets micro-traders in the country who source for goods and other supplies from manufacturers in China. The move signifies Safaricom’s continued push to position M-PESA as global mobile money transfer and payments platform. Chief Customer Officer at Safaricom, Sylvia Mulinge, said: “Our more than 21 million customers can now enjoy the safety, reliability and…

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