‘Ware-bnb’: The rise of on-demand distro

With its dark, gloomy winters, Seattle is a good place to run a wine accessories store, especially during the holiday season. A few years ago, a wine-themed company called True Fabrications was doing well in Seattle – so well, in fact, that it was running out of space to store its inventory. The owners figured […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 6, 2017

Expeditors launches sensor-based logistics company Cargo Signal

In another sign of the need for forwarders to add value to their logistics services, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., is leveraging its third-party offerings into a new subsidiary, called Cargo Signal. The new company will provide sensor-based logistics services previously available only on shipments with Expeditors on shipments with the Seattle-based company and with […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 6, 2017

Cargo’s Crystal Ball: The power of machine learning

Most shippers were caught off-guard last August when the world’s seventh-largest container line suddenly went into receivership. An estimated US$14 billion in cargo was left in limbo after two-thirds of South Korea-based Hanjin’s fleet – some 93 vessels – were seized, stranded or denied entry into ports. Shippers immediately opened their contingency playbooks and began […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 5, 2017

DHL, VW launch Berlin pilot for in-car deliveries

While people themselves may be hard to track down sometimes, DHL Parcel figured that cars will always be easy to track. That’s one reason why to the express giant has expanded its Berlin-based delivery program that allows customers to use vehicle trunks as mobile addresses for delivery of DHL parcels. German car manufacturer Volkswagen, which […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 5, 2017

West Atlantic leaves paper behind for electronic ‘Toughpad’

Swedish airline West Atlantic is aiming to cut down on physical paperwork carried on flights by digitizing with the introduction of Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-G1 on its flights, according to a statement from Panasonic System Communications Company Europe. Replacing physical paperwork with digital operations is environmentally friendly and saves time for the carrier’s flight crews, but […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 5, 2017

CHAMP’s Traxon CDMP gets ‘Flight View’ feature upgrade

Luxembourg-based cargo IT service provider CHAMP Cargosystems is making it easier to track the progress of airfreight movements by adding a new “Flight View” feature to its Traxon CDMP tool. Traxon CDMP (for Cargo Data Management Portal) is designed to measure performance across the supply chain, identifying areas for improvement and meeting quality standards of […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 4, 2017

Deliv expansion to nearly double its same-day delivery footprint

California-based delivery start-up Deliv announced it would expand from 19 to 33 major markets for its same-day delivery service, nearly doubling its reach across 23 states and in more than 1,400 cities. The expansion of same-day delivery services is necessary as retailers move to compete with Amazon’s Prime Now service, said Deliv CEO and founder […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 1, 2017

Commercial drone deliveries go live in Reykjavik, Iceland [VIDEO]

AHA, an online food and retail purveyor in Reykjavik Iceland, has launched what could be the first fully operational on-demand drone delivery service in an urban area. While other retailers such are experimenting with delivery options, AHA says that drone deliveries are now integrated into its delivery network, and that it expects to increase the […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 31, 2017

DHL launches Saloodo digital platform in the U.K.

Deutsche Post DHL’s digital freight platform Saloodo expanded into the United Kingdom, marking another step forward in the freight forwarding industry’s march into the technology age – as well as another step towards the eventual Brexit. The new launch offers transport services within the U.K., and between the U.K. and the European Union. The online […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 31, 2017

Are drone deliveries the glue of Amazon, Whole Foods merger?

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has, so far, produced discounted avocados. But, with US$13.7 billion on the line, we’re anticipating a lot more from the Seattle-based e-commerce giant, and much of that speculation has focused on how the two companies will merge/leverage their respective logistics strengths, and how that might impact future e-commerce logistics. Austin-based […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 30, 2017

Blockchain pilot program mitigates risk of data loss from cyberattacks

This summer’s cyberattacks wrought havoc across maritime supply chains as malware destroyed or corrupted critical data that underpins global shipping operations. However, a successful pilot program by logistics technology company Marine Transport International (MTI) has proven that blockchain technology can offset security risks and prevent future disruption. “A blockchain-enabled supply chain is highly resilient to […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 30, 2017

Real-life Tetris: Computer game tech shakes up DHL’s logistics ops

Anyone who has loaded a truck knows that the process is basically an analog version of Tetris, and with more sweating and swearing. But 33 years after Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov released the tile-matching puzzle video game, the two have finally become twain, thanks to some innovative thinking on the part of DHL and […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 29, 2017

Envirotainer adds RAP e2 stations in Italy, Puerto Rico

Growing pharmaceutical transport demand has spurred recent temperature-controlled shipment expansions through the logistics industry, and Envirotainer is moving to keep up. The company, which provides specialized cold-chain containers for transport of pharma products, announced the addition of new RAP e2 active container stations at airports in Italy and Puerto Rico. The new Italy station will […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 29, 2017

‘Must pass’ FAA reauthorization bill opens doors for commercial drones

Pretty soon, it might be time to start taking drone delivery seriously – at least in the United States. The bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 now requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a delivery air carrier certificate that would allow for package deliveries by drones. Considered a “must pass” […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 24, 2017
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