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The expansion of the online giants

It’s going to be a big year for what were once just e-commerce giants but now have become multi-faceted businesses that are pushing ever deeper into different areas. Amazon, Alibaba, and JD.com are all pushing deeper into the logistics side of their businesses and beyond. JD.com has launched its shipping business, Alibaba is partnering with Office Depot and Amazon is expanding its air cargo and last mile operations as well as using its cloud business to help VW with their supply chain. This week we cover the changing operations and priorities of these online giants.  

Amazon Air expands fleet, with larger air cargo stake down the road. [Supply Chain Dive]

Chinese e-commerce giant’s debut into shipping. [The Medi Telegraph]

Alibaba eyes US e-commerce market with Office Depot partnership. [The Drum]

Amazon Purges Suppliers in Push to Boost E-Commerce Profits. [Material Handling & Logistics]

After a Long, Ugly Year, JD Stock Is Back in a Big Way. [Nasdaq]

Lazada bets on Chinese e-commerce models to win big in burgeoning Southeast Asian markets. [South China Morning Post]

Amazon’s CRaP Could Be Target’s Treasure. [Motley Fool]

Amazon Prime’s Direct Shipping Model To Cover Last Mile? [PYMNTS.com]

VW turns to Amazon to streamline its supply chain. [Automotive Logistics]

Amazon quietly removes promotional spots that gave special treatment to its own products as scrutiny of tech giants grows. [CNBC]

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