XPO Logistics uses ‘augmented reality’ to shrink final-mile returns

Today, 3PL company XPO Logistics said it plans to implement an “augmented reality” feature into its existing “Ship XPO” e-commerce platform for final-mile delivery, which will allow shoppers to use their smartphones to visualize big-ticket items, like sofas, beds and appliances, in their own homes, before purchase. Augmented reality technology has been popularized in the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 27, 2018

ACS expands Frankfurt office to handle increased time-critical services

United Kingdom-based Air Charter Service (ACS) has moved its Germany-based offices to a larger location near Frankfurt Airport two years ahead of schedule, said the company’s time critical manager, Oliver Weigelt. The move was prompted to accommodate ACS’ expanding on-board courier services (OBC) team to handle time-critical deliveries. “Last year our contract numbers grew by […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 27, 2018

ABC launches twice-weekly Budapest cargo service

Russian all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is launching a twice-weekly frequency on Tuesdays and Saturdays to Budapest on its 747-F aircraft, which will accommodate up to 139 tonnes of capacity per flight for traffic between Eastern and Central Europe. “Its advantageous central location in Europe makes Budapest Airport a perfect location for carriers operating between […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 27, 2018

Heathrow runway expansion wins majority Parliament vote amid opposition

Today, industry members with a stake in the battle for the expansion of London Heathrow Airport (LHR) have cause to celebrate following news of the U.K.’s House of Commons majority vote on the project, forecasted to cost £14 billion and see completion in 2026. However, the controversy around the decision has not died down. Groups […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

AAPA reports stable May growth, warns of protectionist policies’ effect on demand

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today reported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase in its member carriers’ cargo traffic to 6.13 billion FTKs. The AAPA said the growth was driven by generally solid economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region, combined with stronger demand for manufactured goods. The May growth is slightly lower than the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

Panalpina launches ‘digital hub’ technology arm in Zurich

This week, Swiss forwarder Panalpina debuted its “Panalpina Digital Hub,” the new Zurich-based technology-focused arm of its business that will focus on exploring cutting-edge systems, such as the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain, with the intent of forming strategic partnerships with European start-ups to integrate these technologies. “We, like many of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

Evidence of capacity squeeze as NCA freighter audit continues

Nippon Cargo Airlines’ (NCA) fleet of eleven 747Fs has now been grounded for more than a week as government authorities continue to audit the carrier’s maintenance records. With the sudden loss of capacity ex-Asia, forwarders and shippers active in the market are starting to feel the capacity squeeze, particularly as it translates into higher rates. A […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 25, 2018

Austrian company begins construction on logistics facility in Carinthia

Today, Austrian 3PL Gebrüder Weiss has begun construction on its 9,000-square-meter logistics facility in Maria Saal – a town in Austria’s southernmost province of Carinthia – citing an increased demand for its final-mile services and need for greater warehouse capacity as catalysts for the project. The company handles air, land and seafreight – handling 320,000 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 25, 2018

DHL adding e-commerce operation to existing Aussie facility

The increase in e-commerce exports from Australia has prompted DHL to add an e-commerce-specific distribution center to its already-existing 16,700-square-meter Melbourne cargo facility, operated by DHL’s Global Forwarding division. The co-located operation are situated in the Melbourne suburb of Tullamarine. The new addition, operated by DHL’s eCommerce division, will mostly handle exports up to 2 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 25, 2018

NCA says it will be at least ‘more than another week’ before 747-Fs are back in the sky

Today, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) released a statement saying its 747 freighter fleet will remain on the ground for another week, following last week’s news that the carrier would undergo an immediate government audit, pausing its 11 freighters from running services on its trans-Pacific routes due to the discovery of discrepancies in the airline’s maintenance […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 22, 2018

Alibaba plans massive 3-year expansion of Rural Taobao network

In an effort to cover more of the smaller towns across the vast expanses of Western China, Alibaba Group said it plans to widen the reach of its “Rural Taobao” project to include 1,000 counties and 150,000 villages across China in the next three years. Launched in 2014, Rural Taobao is the company’s program to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 22, 2018

IoT firm Roambee secures investment from Indonesia’s MDI Ventures

Santa Clara-based internet of things (IoT) company Roambee has received a US$2 million investment from MDI Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Telkom Indonesia. The deal will give Roambee access to the Indonesian logistics market, which is projected to grow to $240 billion by 2021. The Roambee asset monitoring system uses Bluetooth, wi-fi and Global […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 22, 2018

Trade War Fallout: 5 ways the Trump tariffs could impact air cargo

In trade wars, there tend to many casualties and few winners. But in the current politically charged climate, a trade war is now a reality, as the United States decided in March to adopt an aggressive protectionist policy to correct what the Trump administration believes is a crippling trade deficit between the U.S. and several […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 21, 2018
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