Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has launched a new e-commerce delivery platform that allows consumers to shop from multiple online retailers in the US and have the goods delivered in the UAE.
The first phase of the new platform, called Emirates Delivers, is now live and is available to individuals and small businesses in the UAE.
An ‘open e-commerce’ fulfillment platform, Emirates Delivers can also be used by other e-commerce businesses and logistics integrators.
Users can register for free on the Emirates Delivers website and members are then allocated a unique mailing address in Florida, US. They can have their online purchases from US retailers or family and friends delivered to this address.
The packages will be transported to Dubai on Emirates SkyCargo’s flights from the US and will then be delivered to the shopper within three to five days of the creation of the shipping request.
Emirates SkyCargo says customers can save money through cheaper shipping costs, both when shipping within the US from the retailer to their Emirates Delivers mailing address and through the when moving goods from the US to Dubai.
Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on its fleet of over 265 wide-body aircraft including 12 freighters- 11 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747F. The carrier operates to 13 destinations in the US, offering cargo capacity on over 100 weekly flights including scheduled freighter services to destinations including Columbus, Chicago, Houston, and New York.
Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, says, “Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to be the first international cargo airline in the world to develop a dedicated e-commerce delivery platform.
Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo, said Emirates is the first international cargo airline in the world to develop a dedicated e-commerce delivery platform.
Growth in cargo volumes has been slower this year as compared to the last two years due to geopolitical factors such as trade wars. Hence we are looking at new areas for growth such as e-commerce.
To celebrate the launch of Emirates Delivers, Emirates SkyCargo is offering a 15% discount on shipping charges valid until November 30.
The new platform is in line with the Dubai Silk Road Strategy announced earlier this year by HH Sheikh Hamdan which aims to strengthen Dubai’s position as a key trade and logistics hub.
Source: gulfbusiness.com, aircargonews.net, ajot.com
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