Emirates SkyCargo has partnered with Dubai CommerCity to develop new solutions for the global e-commerce sector.
The freight arm of Emirates Airline will work with the first free zone dedicated to e-commerce in the Middle East to identify the best methods to add value to e-commerce logistics.
“Every day Emirates SkyCargo transports a large volume of e-commerce shipments as part of our mail or general cargo offerings. We are progressing to the next step where we cooperate more closely with e-retailers with the ultimate aim of getting products to customers even more quickly and cost effectively,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ divisional vice president, cargo.
“Dubai CommerCity, with its focus on e-commerce, can be an ideal platform for us to develop and roll out new solutions as well as technology that can be used to improve the speed, efficiency and safety of e-commerce shipments,” he added.
“We are delighted to partner with Emirates SkyCargo, one of the world's largest air cargo carriers, and we are confident that it will be a major boost to our strategic goals of making Dubai CommerCity a unified platform for government, administrative and customs services and logistics to help meet the needs of the e-commerce sector,” said Mohammed Al Zarooni, the director general - Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (Dafza).
“The cooperation between Emirates SkyCargo and Dubai CommerCity will enable us to strengthen Dubai's position as a global hub for e-commerce operations and provide a value-added logistics experience, which in turn, can drive the growth of both parties,” he added.
Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on both passenger and freighter aircraft across its global network of over 155 destinations across six continents.
The air cargo carrier operates a modern, all wide-body fleet of over 260 aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747-400ERF- from its hub in Dubai.
Dubai CommerCity is a joint venture between Dafza and wasl Asset Management Group. Launched in October 2017, Dubai CommerCity aims to strategically promote Dubai’s position as a focal point for international e-commerce and retail.
Emirates SkyCargo has developed a number of transportation solutions targeted at specific industry verticals including Emirates Pharma for the transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals; Emirates Fresh for the transportation of perishables such as fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and meat and Emirates Wheels for the transportation of high-value automobiles.
It does not, as yet, have a dedicated e-commerce offering, but following this MoU it is to be expected that one will be rolled out soon.