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Airfreight’s evolving e-commerce landscape

Airfreight’s evolving e-commerce landscape

e-commerce has grown into a pivotal segment within the airfreight market. This shift is primarily attributed to the changing dynamics of online purchases, which were significantly impacted by the re-evaluation of stock management practices in the wake of the pandemic. A key lesson learned from this period was the necessity to diversify suppliers and avoid dependency on a single source. 

The emergence of China as a substantial player in the global marketplace has further underscored the importance of e-commerce in airfreight. The market has become truly global, necessitating a comprehensive approach to serve short, medium, and long-haul trade lanes both for incoming and outgoing shipments.  

In response to these new requirements, Challenge Group have adapted their strategies and operations to meet the dynamic demands of customers and the e-commerce sector within the airfreight market. 

“We have introduced additional ancillaries, including streamlined sorting, customs clearance, consolidation services, temperature-controlled storage, and middle-mile solutions. These enhancements have simplified logistics and optimised their end-to-end e-commerce services, ensuring efficiency and reliability for their clients,” Or Zak, Chief Commercial Officer at Challenge Group said. “Our commitment to innovation and adaptability positions us as a leader in the dynamic e-commerce landscape.” 

READ: Scaling up Hong Kong-Liège e-commerce services

Speedy pledge 

Challenge Group offers tailored services, including sorting, customs clearance, consolidation, cooled storage, last mile solutions, and B2C customs expertise, to enhance its cargo and e-commerce offerings.  

“We focus on providing a holistic end-to-end solution, simplifying processes, and adapting to the changing e-commerce landscape through innovation. Our strategic plans involve further enhancements, expanded partnerships, and reduced clearance times to deliver value to our clients,” Or Zak outlined. 

To guarantee a comprehensive service, Challenge Group relies on its subsidiaries and strategic partners who align with and meet their standards. These trusted entities play a crucial role in their network, allowing them to provide seamless e-commerce logistics solutions that encompass the entire supply chain.  

“By collaborating with partners who share our commitment to quality and efficiency, we can offer our customers a reliable and trustworthy full-service experience, addressing the increasing demand for end-to-end e-commerce solutions,” Or Zak said. 

Controlling the supply chain and the middle mile delivery, Challenge Group is able to deliver to the first domestic distribution centre offering a cost efficient and time saving service to e-commerce operators. 

“We ensure a 48-hour delivery promise for e-commerce shipments, a critical requirement in this fast-paced sector, by maintaining control over the supply chain and focusing on the middle mile delivery,” Or Zak explained. “This approach allows us to swiftly deliver goods to the first domestic distribution centre. By managing this crucial middle mile, we offer an efficient and cost-effective solution that saves time for e-commerce operators, ensuring their commitment to timely deliveries.” 

Connecting China and Europe 

The establishment of a robust route network linking Hong Kong to Europe has become crucial for Challenge Group due to the rapid growth of e-commerce.  

“This enhancement ensures a swift and dependable connection between Hong Kong, a major e-commerce gateway, and Liège Airport, strategically located in Europe’s golden triangle. With a daily service, we can effectively address the rising e-commerce demands and meet the need for speedy deliveries in the sector,” Or Zak stated. 

The addition of the B767 freighter to Challenge Group’s fleet significantly bolsters e-commerce operations. It provides them with the much-needed flexibility to offer the right capacity on a daily basis, especially when complemented by their existing 747 service.  

This combined capacity enables Challenge Group to meet the growing demands of e-commerce effectively, ensuring that they can provide customers with timely and reliable transportation solutions.  

“With the B767 freighter, we have the versatility to adapt to the dynamic requirements of the e-commerce sector, allowing us to ship items on the day of purchase or, at the latest, the following day, thus upholding our commitment to swift and efficient deliveries,” Or Zak added.  

READ: Challenge Group appoints David Canavan as Group COO

e-commerce expansion 

Challenge Group is currently expanding its e-commerce operations in Asia, beginning with an increase in the aforementioned Hong Kong service. With the recently bolstered fleet, they are actively exploring opportunities to expand services to other destinations in Southeast Asia to cater to the increasing demand in emerging markets.  

“This expansion plan includes increasing the number of flights and optimising our capacity to ensure that we can continue to provide efficient and reliable e-commerce logistics solutions to the region,” Or Zak said. 

 Challenge Group’s focus on the e-commerce space reflects their strong commitment to future growth and innovation.  

“Recognising that online purchasing is not only the present but also the future of trade, we are proactively investing in new technologies and tools,” Or Zak stated. “By doing so, we position ourselves to be the partner of choice for businesses and customers engaged in e-commerce. Our forward-looking approach ensures that we are well-prepared to adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of global trade, offering innovative solutions and staying at the forefront of the industry.” 

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Edward Hardy

Having become a journalist after university, Edward Hardy has been a reporter and editor at some of the world's leading publications and news sites. In 2022, he became Air Cargo Week's Editor. Got news to share? Contact me on


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