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Page 16 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC SEPT, 2019 Budapest Airport schedules workshops for Chinese e-commerce and cargo reps BUDAPEST Airport (BUD) has organised workshop events in Shanghai and Hong Kong for rep- resentatives from Chinese air car- go and e-commerce companies. Rene Droese, chief property and cargo officer, BUD, speaking at the conference said: “In the last few years the e-commerce mar- ket in CEE has increased to EUR80 billion per annum, and from its central location, BUD can supply the entire region.” Discussions at the workshop ranged from e-commerce to the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as competition from direct Chinese train services and new routes opening between BUD and Chi- nese airports. The workshops gave attendees the opportunity to find out more about BUD Cargo City which opens in November. BUD Cargo City will become Bu- dapest Airport’s dedicated freight terminal and will include ware- housing space and a forwarder building measuring 32,800 sqm. BUD’s connections to China have increased this year with a new freighter flight operated by Cargolux to Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO), while a new belly cargo connec- tion between BUD and PVG was opened this June. A 32,000 sqm concrete apron will expand the airport’s capacity for processing cargo with two additional parking positions for the simultaneous handling of two B-747-8F type aircraft. Allbirds inks 12-market Geodis deal SUSTAINABLE footwear company Allbirds has appointed Geodis to service sales made through a newly- launched e-commerce web site that caters to 12 European markets including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. Geodis Netherlands will manage all of Allbirds’ ware- house activities for these new markets from its central e-fulfilment hub in Venlo. San Francisco-based Allbirds has also announced the opening of a physical retail store in Berlin later this year. The e-commerce business will partly consist of single product orders. Geodis has introduced a new order-picking process for single-piece flow, which means that in just one pick run, all single piece orders will be selected in bulk. The products will then be labelled for its customer at the packing stations. Ge- odis will also control inbound quality and is implementing a new app that uses images of the shoes to identi- fy faults and which allows an audi- tor to send pictures of products that don’t meet standards.