Indian government calls for single-window cargo communities

A report released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation Government of India in late 2016 recommended that, “an electronic platform be put in place to digitize key stakeholder interactions,” in order to increase efficiency of processing shipments and to cut costs. In other words, the proposal system, termed the Air Cargo Community System (ACS), called […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 9, 2017

Alibaba-Maersk tie up opens new frontier in e-commerce wars

Amazon’s got its Prime Air, but Alibaba just raised the stakes with the announcement of a partnership with Maersk Line that enables customers to reserve space on its ocean vessels online. In addition to cutting out freight forwarding middlemen and opening pathways to global markets, the move is being seen as a shot in the […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 5, 2017

What is eWTP, and why you should care

Last year broke sales records for Tmall Global, Alibaba’s online platform that enables international brands to sell directly to Chinese consumers. But for Alibaba, this is just the start. In David Harris’ piece in our sister publication, Cargo Facts, he write about Alibaba’s vision of the “Electronic World Trade Platform” – a sort of World […]
  • David Harris
  • January 4, 2017

Descartes acquires Datamyne in bid to boost business intelligence offerings

Logistics technology company Descartes Systems Group has acquired Datamyne, a provider of cloud-based trade data for analysis of import and export trade activity. The acquisition gives Descartes access to almost two and a half decades of data on import-export transactions in the Americas, which bolsters its business intelligence offerings. Brendan McCahill, CEO of Datamyne and […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 4, 2017

UPS bracing for 1.3 million returns on ‘National Returns Day’

E-commerce giveth with one hand, and taketh away with the other, so sayeth UPS, which is bracing for what it is calling “National Returns Day,” when online shoppers are expected to return some 1.3 million unwanted packages to retailers tomorrow, Jan. 5. The whole first week of the new year is shaping up to be […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 4, 2017

Deutsche Post DHL Group completes UK Mail acquisition

Deutsche Post DHL Group has completed the acquisition of UK Mail in a US$315.5 million bid to strengthen its presence in the U.K. e-commerce market. Both E.U. and U.K. regulatory bodies signed off on the deal in late 2016, and the companies have moved to cancel the listing of UK Mail Group plc shares, amend […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 3, 2017

Requiem for 2016: The top ten stories of the year from ACW

Everyone loves a good list. Science says so. We concur. Lists absolve us of the mental strain of retaining a glut of interconnected facts, which we must then assemble in a haze of holiday hangovers. Doing so is especially challenging when it involves super-exciting subjects like quarterly reports, mergers, logistics clusters and whatnot. Air Cargo […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 30, 2016

Counting down the final numbers in the ‘Year of Amazon’

In the last 12 months, we’ve written a lot about the Amazon juggernaut – and rightly so. From the Seattle-based e-tail pioneer’s filing for NVOCC status in January, to initial entry into the air fleet business in March, to the big reveal of its first Prime Air freighter in August, Amazon has been at the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 30, 2016

Hong Kong’s U-Freight: Industry only ‘scratched surface’ of e-commerce

After attending the recent Amazon Global Selling Expo in Hangzhou, China, Hong Kong-based logistics firm U-Freight Group said that the growth potential for global e-commerce is “far from exhausted,” even in well-established regions, such as the United States, Europe and Japan. U-Freight CEO Simon Wong added, however, that the air cargo industry will need “new […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 28, 2016

Amazon Prime breaks billion-item barrier this holiday season

Amazon shipped more than 1 billion items through its Amazon Prime membership program this holiday season, setting a company record and underscoring how powerful the e-tail juggernaut has become in the retail sector. The e-commerce giant also noted that more than 72 percent of its customers worldwide made their purchases through mobile devices. While online […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 27, 2016

UPS invests in reverse logistics startup Optoro as returns volume rises

The wrapping paper has been cleared away, Uncle Steve is on his seventh whisky and you are ensconced on the couch, half-buried under a pile of gifts that you’ll never use or wear. But your holiday work is still not done – it’s time for unwanted gift returns season. On Jan. 5, millions of consumers […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 27, 2016

Study raises concerns about Amazon’s impact on U.S. economy

Within five years, one-fifth of the US$3.6 trillion retail market in the United States will have shifted online, and Amazon is on track to capture two-thirds of that share, according to a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The organization’s assertion that “Amazon is a monopoly hiding in plain sight” is sure […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2016

Amazon awarded anti-hacking patent for delivery drones [VIDEO]

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, has always maintained that his business is a technology company first and a retailer second. As the e-retailer ramps up its pilotless drone delivery program, the company’s latest patent should assuage the concerns of critics that questioned the security of unmanned aerial deliveries. Amazon has now received a patent for technology […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 23, 2016

‘Amazon Go’ video hints at domination of brick-and-mortar universe [VIDEO]

The Amazon Go stores, debuting in Seattle in early 2017, are just the beginning, according to Nerdwriter, a blogger and film maker, who lays out a compelling case that Amazon is looking to mirror its cloud-computing web-services model in the brick-and-mortar realm. The cloud-computing model, which saw the e-retailer license technology that now generates billions […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 22, 2016
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