UPS has become the preferred logistics provider for AliExpress a online wholesale marketplace launched by Alibaba.com, the Chinese business e-commerce company.
Alibaba.com operates three online marketplaces with 47 million uses in 240 countries and regions. It has offices in more than 60 cities across Greater China, Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States.
AliExpress allows customers to tailor orders to the needs of their small businesses, offering smaller-quantity orders, instant online transactions and an escrow service to protect buyers and sellers.
Through this alliance it will offer users the ability to manage their shipping and tracking processes online via UPS shipping technology integrated into the AliExpress platform. This includes the ability to print UPS shipping labels and request pick-up for their UPS packages all from within the AliExpress website.
Jordan Colletta, vice president of e-commerce marketing at UPS, said: “UPS is committed to the growth of China’s involvement in global e-commerce as part of our overall strategy,” said. “Through our alliance with Alibaba, we hope to partner with more small and mid-sized Chinese businesses to simplify their logistics processes and connect them with new buyers and sellers worldwide.”