WFS’ John Batten on ‘future-proofing’ cargo terminals to meet e-commerce needs

For decades, ground handlers operated in the shadows. However, with the growing importance of pharmaceuticals-handling standards and demands for greater visibility, that’s changing. With a whole new breed of shippers using air cargo for cross-border e-commerce, there’s something different about this latest rise in demand. With airfreight scrambling to establish itself as a crucial part […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

Agility signs on to Maersk-IBM blockchain project

Kuwaiti 3PL Agility Logistics has signed on as the first freight forwarder to collaborate with Maersk and IBM on a project that uses blockchain to manage and track container shipments. As the forwarding partner in the project, Agility said it will “identify events associated with individual shipments and to share and receive information about them […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

GECAS to offer Telair’s e-commerce-friendly loading system on 737-800 freighter conversions

Aviation lessor GECAS said that it will offer Telair’s recently approved Flexible Loading System (FLS) to GECAS’ 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo (baggage, mail and parcel freight) in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags. That sort of […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

Westward Ho: How a new Chinese cargo carrier can revive an ancient Silk Road outpost

For centuries, the fabled Silk Road that wended its way between China and Europe brought together fragmented caravans of traveling merchants, facilitating the exchange of goods from geographically disparate regions of the world – much like a modern express carrier does today. Brilliantly colored Parthian tapestries and other luxury goods were transported across the relentless […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 5, 2018

UPS launches longest-ever scheduled flight from Louisville to Dubai, using 747-8F [VIDEO]

At approximately 12,400 kilometers, UPS’ new Louisville-Dubai route is the longest regularly-scheduled flight UPS has ever operated, thanks to its fleet of new long-range 747-8 freighters. The daily nonstop flight, from UPS’ global air hub in Louisville, U.S., to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will cut time-in-transit from North and South America to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

Time is running out for shippers as Chinese New Year looms

With less than two weeks left until the Chinese New Year shuts down logistics operations across the world’s largest cargo market, online freight platform Freightos is warning shippers to move quickly or risk costly delays. “International freight movements out of China will be disrupted for a good 3-4 days each side of February 16,” Freightos […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

ATSG reaches tentative agreement with pilots

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) announced late last week that its subsidiary, Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI), has reached a tentative agreement to amend the collective bargaining agreement with its more than 220 pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Terms of the tentative amended agreement were not disclosed, but […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

Southwest Cargo Suite to launch in March

The airfreight sector, long known for lagging other industries in implementing advancements, is finally making moves to catch up with the technological times, carrier by carrier. One recent example is Southwest Cargo, which announced its planned implementation of a new point-of-sale system, called Southwest Cargo Suite (SCS), schedule to launch on March 25. The biggest […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 2, 2018

American Airlines Cargo announces multi-year iCargo implementation

American Airlines Cargo announced its biggest investment to date, a multi-year rollout of iCargo, a next-generation cargo management system that the carrier says will, “transform the company’s technology across the entire American Airlines Cargo footprint.” iCargo’s software appears to be compatible with all the latest airfreight technology developments, gaining customers, such as Lufthansa Cargo, Turkish […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2018

A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

If forecasting is the art of predicting what will be, and later explaining why it didn’t happen, then this may be as clear a glimpse of the future as we’re going to get. Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 2, 2018

Michael White appointed president of Cargo Network Services (CNS)

IATA subsidiary Cargo Network Services (CNS) has appointed Michael White as the organization’s new president, taking over from Lionel van der Walt, who left CNS earlier this year. White is an industry veteran with nearly four decades of experience in the air transport industry. He joined CNS in 2008, serving most recently as CNS’ vice […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

CEVA expands in Spain with new multi-user warehouse

Supply chain management company CEVA Logistics opened its third multi-user warehouse, in Alovera, Spain, northeast of Madrid. So far, one customer is already operating from the new site, CEVA said today. The warehouse is located near two major motorways in the area and includes 400 square meters of office facilities and nearly 16.000 square meters […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 1, 2018

UPS to reinvest tax cuts, buy more freighters with multi-billion-dollar plan

There’s a slew of major, but closely related, news stories coming out of UPS’ Atlanta headquarters today – and, for the most part, it’s coming up roses for the global integrator, starting with last December’s tax cut legislation, which translated into strong overall and division revenues in the fourth quarter. But UPS’s decision to reinvest […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

Perishables Power Play: How forwarders are adapting to e-commerce disruption

Less than three hours after the chartered 747-8 freighter, named “The Spirit of Panalpina,” touched down at the U.K.’s Stansted Airport, the last load of frozen guacamole was in the hands of the customer in Braintree, Essex. The pale-green concoction of fresh mashed avocados, tomatoes, onions, garlic and other spices was chilled to precisely -18°C, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 1, 2018
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