What is sustainable logistics?
According to aviation analysts Ascend, the total number of aircraft currently in service is approximately 23,600 – that includes passenger and cargo aircraft.
A Chinese e-commerce giant says its 100 billion yuan (US$15.58 billion) investment aims to drive down logistics costs and bolster capacity from its current 100 million packages a day.
Alibaba’s “Singles day shopping festival” on November 11 last year, at its peak, clocked 256,000 transactions per second and US$1 billion (6.6 billion yuan) was processed within the first couple of minutes. In total, Cainiao made 812 million delivery orders, 23 percent higher than the previous year’s 657 million delivery orders.
“We have to think clearly today and understand what infrastructure is needed to support a billion parcels a day. If we can use data to solve the problem of low transport efficiency and high logistics costs, we can create huge profit margins for the manufacturing industry and logistics sector,”
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN body, says that the “global air transport network” doubles in size at least once every 15 years and that it’s expected to do so again by 2030.
Boeing, one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer, agrees. It says that there is a need for 39,620 new planes over the next 20 years, so by 2037, there should be 63,220 aircraft in the world – minus older ones that slip out of service.
The Amsterdam-based analyst, whose database contains over 2 million transactions per month from 74 airlines and over 30,000 freight forwarder locations revealed that in March 2018 specifically, worldwide air cargo volumes increase by a “mere” 0.9%.