U.K. customs to launch ‘Fallback’ platform to protect against cyberattacks

After a slew of cyberattacks and IT failures slammed the air cargo sector this week, an electronic fallback system that keeps customs operations ticking along the U.K.’s border has met government approval and is now ready to go live. Developed by British Telecom (BT) and CCS-UK, a trade body made up of representatives from the […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 30, 2017

Second ‘cohort’ of startups offer demos at RocketSpace, Kaleido accelerator

The 10 startup companies taking part in the second Logistics Tech Accelerator Program, hosted by Kaleido Logistics and the RocketSpace co-working firm, took part in the project’s Demonstration Day yesterday, showcasing the work they have done building their logistics-related business over the last several months. Also known as “Cohort II,” the companies include Equivvy, IAM […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 29, 2017

Alibaba-Lazada deal pumps another US$1 billion into S.E. Asian e-commerce

Alibaba Group will invest an additional US$1 billion in Lazada Group, increasing its stake in the Singapore-based e-commerce retailer to 83 percent, in a bid to capture more business in Southeast Asian markets. The latest transaction increases Alibaba’s investment in Lazada to over $2 billion. Lazada’s well-developed warehouse and delivery business allows Alibaba to expand […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 29, 2017

Cyberattacks snarl TNT Express inter-continental services

The multiple waves of cyberattacks that infected corporate and governmental servers across the globe in the last couple of days have reached the freight logistics industry. Earlier today, FedEx reported that worldwide operations for its subsidiary, TNT Express, have been “significantly affected due to the infiltration of an information system virus.” FedEx has not yet […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 28, 2017

DHL opens life-sciences facility at Dublin Airport

In response to Ireland’s growing “bio boom,” DHL Supply Chain opened a 3,700-square-meter, pharmaceutical-grade facility today on the island nation. Located near the Dublin Airport, the facility is the 43rd Life Sciences Center of Excellence in DHL’s global pharmaceutical supply chain network. The temperature-controlled, end-to-end supply chain services include storage, pick-and-pack services, and inventory control. […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 28, 2017

Patent for hive-like urban drone warehouse hints at Amazon’s e-commerce strategy

A patent application for an urban drone delivery warehouse filed by Amazon.com provides a glimpse at the e-commerce giant’s potential plans for large-scale drone delivery, and it has set the logistics industry abuzz with last-mile speculation. In addition to looking like a beehive, the latest concept drawn up by Amazon’s engineers also emulates the hive’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2017

CEVA expands China-to-Germany rail service with faster northern route

In a move to shave up to two days off the average transit time along the growing Asia-Europe rail market, CEVA Logistics launched a China-to-Germany rail service that takes a more northerly route than other routings. Starting in in southern China’s Guangdong province and ending in Hamburg, Germany, the station-to-station transit takes 17-19 days. The […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 26, 2017

Kuehne + Nagel break ground on Swiss pharma handling facility

With chemicals and pharmaceuticals currently driving the Swiss export economy, following an export slump in 2015, Kuehne + Nagel has responded by breaking ground last week on a 16,300-square-meter “Pharma Hub Switzerland.” The Swiss logistics company said the new capacity will strengthen its position in the country’s pharma and healthcare industry. Pharma Hub will be […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 26, 2017

CEVA Logistics expands into Myanmar

Supply chain management company CEVA Logistics has opened an office in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. With the country courting international investment, regions like the Thilawa Special Economic Zone outside Yangon are drawing in companies looking for low cost alternatives to China. CEVA has been operational in Myanmar for five years now, represented by a […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 23, 2017

Half-billion-dollar deal signals birth of new dirigibles era

When 17th century futurists imagined skylines teeming with dirigibles, they might have actually been on to something. But rather than ladies in hoop skirts pedaling across the Manhattan skyline on hybrid bicycle/balloon contraptions, the new Era of Airships 2.0 may look more like the one envisioned by Lockheed Martin, moving cargo instead of people. With […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 23, 2017

Blockade backlash: Qatar to ‘expedite’ launch of new routes as Doha airfreight surges

Qatar Airways will “expedite” the launch of new routes in response to the ongoing blockade by Saudi Arabia and other Arabian Gulf and North African countries, the carrier’s CEO, Akbar al Baker, told Bloomberg earlier this week. The airline upped the ante today, announcing that it was moving to buy up stakes in American Airlines, […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 22, 2017

GECAS doubles its stake in the 737-800 freighter conversions

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) demonstrated its confidence in the 737-800 freighter today by announcing plans to convert 30 more if its passenger Boeing 737-800s into freighters. The order, announced during the Paris Air Show, more than doubles GECAS’ current investment into the freighter type, which includes the 25 aircraft GECAS already has on order […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2017

Teknowlogi launches AI decision-making platform for logistics industry

Logistics technology provider Teknowlogi launched its Logistics Expert System (LES), a logistics supply chain analytics platform, that uses artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making technology that has already been deployed in medical diagnosis and stock trading. The U.S.-based company’s LES is a software as a service (SaaS) that combines transportation management systems (TMS), mobile intelligence, integration intelligence, […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2017

DHL Supply Chain to take over MRO logistics for Etihad Airways Engineering

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firm Etihad Airways Engineering said it plans to outsource all its logistics functions to DHL Supply Chain, the Abu Dhabi-based engineering arm of Etihad Airways announced yesterday.  In a letter of intent signed by the two companies, DHL Supply Chain will assume management of the MRO’s stores, local transport […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2017
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