Alibaba’s Maersk and CMA CGM digital partnership
When Maersk and subsequently CMA CGM announced digital partnerships with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, it led to much ado about the implications for the wider supply chain. But what of the impact on ports? Analysts and consultants approached by Port Strategy predict an initial volume surge followed by a levelling off for the ports included in the deals on Alibaba’s OneTouch platform.
However, no one is predicting just how long the surge will last or how great the effect will be. “The industry is eyeing this warily, treating it as a test phase, and is waiting for a two-way arrangement, instead of just outbound from China, before taking definite steps,” said a California logistics executive.
Most analyses say one knock-on effect could be growth and consolidation of distribution centres and hinterland cargo collection points, grouping all the supply chain elements next to each other.
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