By Li Xinping, People’s Daily
China’s courier industry handled a total of 108.3 billion packages last year, which represents a 29.9 percent increase over the previous year and accounts for more than half of the packages handled in the world, according to the State Post Bureau (SPB).
Many of those 108.3 billion packages made arduous journeys to remote parts of China and even foreign countries.
Thanks to the hard work of couriers, parcels from Beijing (North China), Shanghai (East) and Guangdong Province (South) can arrive in Zhaxizom Township, Tingri County, Tibet Autonomous Region (southwest China), which is located over 4,000 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Qomolangma, within five days.
Meanwhile, packages sent from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province can cross the Pacific Ocean and arrive in Los Angeles the next day.
After four years of construction, Ezhou Huahu Airport in Ezhou City, central China’s Hubei Province, recently completed calibration flights, which means the world’s first cargo airport in China is a step closer to official exploitation.
The airport is undoubtedly a major project in China’s courier industry in recent years. It is the first time that Chinese courier companies have increased investment in airports, due to the rapid development of the industry as well as high demands from consumers on delivery times.
The airport one 1.5 hour flight circle will cover 80% of the Chinese population. And flights departing from the airport can reach major airports in China overnight and those in foreign countries the next day.
Ezhou Huahu Airport’s annual cargo and mail throughput is expected to reach 3.3 million tons by 2030.
The rapid expansion of the courier industry has provided opportunities for the rapid development of the logistics equipment industry.
As the volume of express delivery business continues to grow, not all packages can be sorted manually. The industry urgently needs a technological boost.
Wayz Intelligent Manufacturing Technology Co., Ltd., a high-tech enterprise engaged in in-depth research on logistics industry core technologies, has been listed on the Scientific and Technological Innovation Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange on October 26, 2021. , the same year it celebrates the 5th anniversary of its founding.
By then, the company had delivered 300 sets of cross sorting systems. By the end of 2021, its products had been exported to many countries and regions. The company plans to continuously strengthen the construction of overseas market channels and expand its business to more markets.
Multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca’s supply base in Wuxi City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, has dramatically improved the efficiency of shipping goods by connecting its ordering system to SF DHL Supply Chain, one of the leading supply chain service providers in China.
After handing over full management of its high-bay warehouses to SF DHL Supply Chain, the supply base can now ship up to 20,000-30,000 cartons of product per day, up from just 2,000-3,000 previously.
Chinese logistics company Suning Logistics has taken over the manufacturing industry after-sales services. Its employees not only deliver the furniture that consumers buy online to their homes, but install the furniture for them.
The fact that more and more courier companies have started to establish cooperative relationships with manufacturing companies shows that in addition to providing delivery services, express delivery companies are also trying to integrate facilities, systems and services in the production, sales and even after-sales links of manufacturing companies. , becoming inseparable from the process of production and circulation of manufacturing.
Cross-border courier services make it easier for consumers to purchase products from around the world and for businesses to sell their products in various countries and regions.
In November 2021, the seven distribution centers of Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of the Alibaba group, in Liège in Belgium, Madrid in Spain, Paris in France, Bremen in Germany, Rome in Italy, Budapest in Hungary and Moscow in Russia were officially commissioned.
In addition, Cainiao Network has also launched over 300 charter flights, with an estimated cargo capacity of over 30,000 tons.
In fact, many Chinese courier companies have accelerated their business expansion in overseas markets in recent years, building a total of 240 overseas warehouses with a total area of nearly 2 million square meters.
The vigorous development of the courier industry not only helps the manufacturing industry to reduce costs and increase efficiency through its integration, but also boosts overseas sales of domestic products, facilitates the cross-border flow of goods and offers more opportunities in the sector and other related industries.