In Good Time: Cut it close, pay a price

From aerospace and energy to manufacturing, the need for mission-critical shipment delivery to avoid line-down situations is a booming market, said Ingo-Alexander Rahn, global head of air freight for DHL-GF. SameDay Speedline provides guaranteed priority lift, 24/7/365, along with monitoring and customized solutions as the key planks of the new offering, he said. In light […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • February 25, 2017

Volumes surge as net income drops in Expeditors’ 4Q16

Our sister publication, Cargo Facts takes a look at US-based forwarder and logistics services provider Expeditors  International of Washington, Inc’s 4Q16 results. Despite significantly higher air and ocean freight during 4Q16, compared to 4Q15, net income was down 3.4% y-o-y, to $111 million. For more, see: Expeditors handles record volumes in 4Q16, as margins take a hit
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 22, 2017

Purolator responds to ‘Amazon effect’ with 2- to 5-day deliveries

Canadian cross-border logistics provider Purolator International has rolled out PuroPost Plus, faster service for its ecommerce shipping solution PuroPost. The new product guarantees delivery in two to five days to any residential address in Canada.  John Costanzo, president of Purolator International, explained that, with B2C commerce making up nearly half of the company’s shipments, many […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 21, 2017

Panalpina implements new WMS in half of its warehouses

Panalpina has implemented a single warehouse management system (WMS), known as JDA, across 50 of its logistics facilities around the world, representing about half of its warehouses worldwide. Two weeks ago, the 50th site, in Lyon, France, went live with the JDA WMS. Shortly before that, JDA was implemented at two facilities in the United […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 17, 2017

DB Schenker makes deeper digital investment in uShip

Nine months after purchasing the exclusive European rights to uShip’s transportation management software (TMS), DB Schenker has increased its commitment by investing US$25 million into the U.S.-based online shipping marketplace. The investment is “the largest equity interest in a digital company to date,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker AG. “It shows how serious we […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 15, 2017

New office in Australia underscores Alibaba’s regional ambitions

Chinese e-retailer Alibaba Group has opened a new base in Australia, with Alibaba Group executive chairman Jack Ma on hand to open the new office in Melbourne. The office will serve as headquarters for Alibaba’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. Last year, Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Group’s cloud-computing subsidiary, opened a data center in Sydney […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 15, 2017

CEVA expands partnership with Mercedes-Benz in Brazil

CEVA Logistics has renewed its existing business partnership and extended elements of its contract with German auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz in Brazil. Under the renewed contract, in-house logistics services at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, will be renewed for an additional three years. This contract encompasses materials handling, line feeding and external […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 10, 2017

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • February 9, 2017

Forwarders’ Forum: Taming the Trump roller-coaster

As a roller-coaster climbs the steep track to its crest and subsequent stomach-dropping plunge, my eyes always fixate on that sign near the seat that says, “Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times.” Good advice not only for fun park rides but also when encountering unpredictable situations, such as the recent […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 8, 2017

Cloud Competing: Small forwarders embrace virtual IT to survive

It’s late afternoon on a Thursday and the weather report keeps getting angrier. Wind speeds are increasing, the rain is pounding the doors of your distribution center and there’s talk of a storm surge to come when the eyewall makes landfall in a few hours. Just another typical early autumn day for a 3PL in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2017

IATA’s Cargo iQ teams up with iRIX, Information Builders for Smart Data

IATA’s Cargo iQ announced that it is teaming up with iRIX Software Engineering and Information Builders on its Smart Data program. The collaboration covers the second part of a three-stage project, which Cargo iQ said will, “generate a broader scope of measurements, more information on specific milestones, and self-service member access to the group’s reporting […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2017

The shock of the new

As we age, it’s common to feel indifferent toward the new year. Once you’ve seen 40, 50 or 60 years go by, the need for champagne, confetti and Guy Lombardo music can seem like overkill. As U2’s Bono memorably sang more than 30 years ago, “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.’ Not so for 2017. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 6, 2017

Where We Went Wrong – Part 1: The e-commerce revolution

Here’s an open secret: physical “brick and mortar” shops are closing as multitudes of shoppers flock to online retail sites, such as Amazon and Alibaba. In the stores that still remain, many of the consumers are “just looking,” but will make their purchases later on the web. Unlike general air cargo, which will likely clock […]
  • Stan Wraight
  • February 3, 2017

Made in Vietnam: Emerging logistics giant isn’t slowing down post-TPP

Electronics manufacturers in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam had been ramping up capacity since 2008, when the country joined 11 other nations in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The free-trade agreement would be the largest ever conceived and promised to promote economic growth and launch Vietnam as a regional manufacturing and export […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2017
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