WCA Ltd., and Alibaba.com announced they have concluded a cooperation agreement that will see approved WCA member companies integrated into the Alibaba.com logistics platform for crossborder eommerce shipments.
WCA is a network of independent freight forwarders and Alibaba.com is a leading global wholesale trading platform and the B2B business arm of the China-based Alibaba Group.
WCA will provide its professional support in vetting and approving international logistics providers for high quality and efficient logistics services for the customers of Alibaba.com. Approved providers will have full access to compete for logistics orders generated on the Alibaba.com platform.
WCA and Alibaba.com have agreed parameters and standards of service, as well as offering all participants a protection scheme that includes compensation for qualifying transactions.
“The fact that Alibaba.com has recognized 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 crossborder 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 began this month , facilitating shipments generated by Alibaba.com’s members to be made to the major export markets in the United States, India, and the United Kingdom.
“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,” said Steve Su, director of Alibaba Logistics. “We are confident partnering with a leading global logistics alliance such as WCA will help us achieve that goal.”
“The world is rapidly changing,” added WCA Chairman David Yokeum. “We are working hard to ensure that our members are equipped and able to take advantage of the huge projected growth in global eCommerce shipments. Alibaba.com has shown both determination and innovation in forming this partnership and we fully expect the business to flourish. We are putting both independent forwarders and Alibaba.com traders at the vanguard of change in this exciting and dynamic market.”