AliExpress Delivers Record Sales for UAE Merchants in 2020
- Household category products in the UAE achieved sales of over 200% compared to last year
- The first four hours of transactions in 2020 exceed the total transactions in 2019
- Unprecedented record-breaking performance as a result of upgraded logistics infrastructure, investment in live streaming and support for UAE merchants
AliExpress, a global retail online marketplace under the Alibaba Group, delivered record-breaking sales for the UAE merchants during the annual 11.11 Global Shopping Festival that lasted for 48 hours. With a more than threefold increase in participating sellers from outside of China and a 600 per cent surge in the number of product listings by overseas sellers, AliExpress reinforced its commitment to facilitating SMEs worldwide to sell globally, especially in the face of challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Consumers worldwide immersed themselves in the Festival, resulting in strong sales performances. In Spain and France, within the first half an hour, the total recorded transaction amount exceeded that of the first hour in 2019. In those two markets, the total recorded transaction amount at the 12-hour mark in 2020, surpassed that of the 48-hour mark in 2019. In the UAE, AliExpress recorded an exceptional year-on-year increase of more than 200 per cent in transaction value on household products such as Epilator, Vacuum Cleaners, Oral Irrigator and Coffee Makers, as compared to last year.
“The 11.11 Global Shopping Festival has grown to be the world's largest shopping festival. In the UAE, COVID-19 has led to a great shift in buying habits and spending rate this year. Consumers have started buying online products more than before with an increased order value. In the UAE, the top product categories are Home Garden and Home Appliance followed by Electronics and Fashion”, said Jingyun Eason, Head of MENA Market at AliExpress
Upgraded Logistics Infrastructure to Ensure Efficiency and Enhance Capability
To ensure the efficiency of cross-border delivery during the Festival, AliExpress made significant investments to upgrade its logistics infrastructure across multiple aspects.
Further, to provide a reliable and efficient delivery experience for the Festival, AliExpress is working closely with Alibaba Group’s logistics arm Cainiao Smart Logistics Network and last-mile logistics partners to significantly shorten cross-border delivery times. During COVID-19, AliExpress Direct delivered packages within 18 working days for orders shipped to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Other Key Highlights of AliExpress from the Festival
- The first buyer this year was from Brazil, making nine orders within one minute.
- A buyer from Spain ordered a 55-inch colour TV and it arrived within half a day after the order was placed, delivered from a local warehouse.
- For the first cross-border delivery order this year, a customer from Ukraine ordered a backpack and it was dispatched within 15 minutes.
- The first cross-border order to reach the customer this year took place in South Korea. Through the warehouse in Weihai of Shandong province, the shopper from Pyeongtaek received his compact food vacuum sealer on 13 November, only two days after he purchased it on AliExpress during the Festival.
Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022.
During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory.
"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."
Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year.
"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."
Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.
Watch this space.