Articles by: Charles Kauffman

Cargo’s Crystal Ball: The power of machine learning

Cargo’s Crystal Ball: The power of machine learning

September 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm 0 comments

Most shippers were caught off-guard last August when the world’s seventh-largest container line suddenly went into receivership. An estimated US$14 billion in cargo was left in limbo after two-thirds of South Korea-based Hanjin’s fleet – some 93 vessels – were seized, stranded or denied entry into ports. Shippers immediately openedRead More

Chengdu intermodal ‘Air-Rail’ pilot could be model for China parcel logistics

Chengdu intermodal ‘Air-Rail’ pilot could be model for China parcel logistics

September 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0 comments

By taking advantage of China’s large and expanding high-speed passenger railway network, a new “Air-Rail” pilot program that began last month may give the country a new option to expedite parcel shipping to and from regions that are poorly served by major airport hubs. Many see China’s high-speed rail asRead More

Air cargo market strength equals Expeditors’ weakness in 2Q17

Air cargo market strength equals Expeditors’ weakness in 2Q17

August 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm 0 comments

Despite transporting near record volumes of both air and ocean freight during 2Q17, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., reported a 6.6 percent year-over-year drop in net income for the quarter, to U.S.$109 million on “unfavorable pricing.” Our sister publication, Cargo Facts reports: Expeditors faces challenging pricing environment in 2Q  

Upset the Shopping Cart: Can forwarders survive Chinese e-commerce?

Upset the Shopping Cart: Can forwarders survive Chinese e-commerce?

August 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm 0 comments

Shelly Lu oversees logistics for a medium-sized Chinese biochemical company that produces some 5,000 tonnes of powder and liquid chemicals each year. “Due to the price-sensitivity of the commodities we manufacture, we ship most of our products by ocean freight,” she explained. But, as is the case with much ofRead More

JD.com launches alliance to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

JD.com launches alliance to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

August 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm 0 comments

On 1 August, Beijing-based e-tailer JD.com, in collaboration with 20 global brands, announced a new alliance with China’s Inspection and Quarantine Association that aims to streamline and expedite the customs clearance process for cross-border imports into China. The alliance brings together a cross section of the cross-border e-commerce supply-chain includingRead More

Upset the Shopping Cart: Bonded warehouse vs. direct mail

Upset the Shopping Cart: Bonded warehouse vs. direct mail

July 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm 0 comments

In 2012, the Chinese government began establishing pilot e-commerce zones in a drive to boost domestic consumption. This allowed 3PLs to establish bonded warehouses within the zones, and clear customs for both import and exports moving through the zones. Since goods can be stored onsite at the warehouse until theRead More

Heathrow Airport, American Airlines 777 on stand during cargo loading, May 2013.

Airfreight yield and demand growth accelerate in May

June 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm 0 comments

With results in from many of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports, it looks like air freight demand growth in May was extremely strong – perhaps not as strong as in March 2017, but an improvement over April (which was by no means weak). From the revenue data available, itRead More

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Southwest Cargo commences ops at CVG

June 9, 2017 at 5:51 pm 0 comments

  Earlier this week, Southwest Cargo opened its newest cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). Like Southwest’s entire U.S. domestic network, the carrier’s cargo division will manage the bellyspace capacity on flights moving through CVG. Initially, eight daily nonstop flights will serve CVG, with five to Chicago’s Midway (MDW),Read More