USPS enters in to agreement with Alibaba’s logistics arm

Cainiao, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop new international shipping solutions for both sellers and buyers involved in cross-border e-commerce. Through the MoU, Cainiao and the USPS have agreed to work together to speed delivery of merchandise sold through AliExpress to consumers in the United States. The USPS will also collaborate with Cainiao to help expand the latter’s delivery networks worldwide, especially in South America.

Wan Lin, Vice President of Cainiao said, “We are excited to work with USPS to deliver innovative shipping solutions that will benefit our U.S. consumers. Today’s announcement is a key part of Alibaba’s globalization strategy and our vision to enable consumers around the world to enjoy the convenience and benefits of e-commerce,” adding “As cross-broader e-commerce grows rapidly, it is critical that we evolve shipping services to the next level, with shorter delivery times and easier methods to track a shipment. The collaboration between Cainiao and USPS will enable us to create new solutions and ultimately improve the overall customer experience.”

As the US’ national mail carrier, the USPS ha delivered more than 155bn pieces of mail in 2014, generating nearly $68bn in revenue.