Blockchain-based app can hold supply chain partners accountable for container damage

Logistics services provider TCompanies’ newest venture, Photo Equipment Interchange Receipt (PEIR), is an app for logistics companies that aims to digitalize the process of recording damage to containers and trailers. The PEIR app’s interface allows those handling freight at transition points in the supply chain to snap photos of the state of the container or […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 16, 2018

A peek behind the curtain at Prime Air [VIDEO]

It’s been almost two years since “Amazon One,” the first Prime Air 767 freighter took to the skies for Amazon’s carrier, “Prime Air,” operated on a CMI basis by Air Transport Services Group and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. Today, Amazon’s freighter network has expanded to a total of 33 aircraft – all the same 767F model. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 11, 2018

CNS 2018: Autonomous vehicles may be inevitable, but will they be embraced?

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – The mention of autonomous vehicles tends to conjure images of flying drones and quadcopters. But Dan Murray, vice president of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), said that the vehicle that will have a far more immediate and lasting impact on cargo will be autonomous trucks, although it may be some […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 11, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Data sharing – from floppy disks to Facebook risks

Last month, the U.S. Senate spent two days grilling Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about the abuse of personal data submitted by its customers, which may have been used to help sway the 2016 Presidential election. Today’s emphasis on the integrity of personal data made us nostalgic for a time not long ago, when the internet […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 10, 2018

Unisys’ new A.I. software to be used by U.S. Customs

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has chosen third-party software and IT company Unisys Corp. to “develop, operate and manage systems used for risk assessments” of both people and cargo entering the United States, in accordance with CBP’s Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate (TASPD). The system’s objective is to prevent clearance delays and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 9, 2018

CNS 2018: Identifying threats, vulnerabilities of today’s supply chain

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – Yesterday, Pauline Leary (pictured) of Smiths Detection gave a presentation here at the CNS Partnership Conference on the industry’s latest innovations in threat detection at ports and borders, an aviation industry phenomenon that was catapulted into the mainstream by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Terrorist activity, while rare (as far as […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 8, 2018

Trucking woes may be a window of opportunity for airfreight

After several years of tepid industry performance, the American freight forwarder is finally reaping the benefits of sustained global economic growth. Driven, in part, by e-commerce-related activity, the industry sees volumes continuing to grow throughout the upcoming year. But with this kind fortune comes the challenge of tight truck capacity constraints, making it difficult for […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2018

Growing Accustomed: Customs platforms give edge to smaller forwarders

Sometimes the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Take customs clearance, for example, in the air cargo handling process. Carlos Jaramillo, president of Miami-based freight forwarder Marca Global Logistics, recalls a shipment of cargo earlier this year coming from the Far East into Miami to be trans-shipped to Chile, but was held up briefly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2018

Chain.io moves forward with blockchain-based data management service

On Monday, software service provider Chain.io announced it was bringing fellow Philadelphia-based logistics company BDP International on board to develop a blockchain-backed supply-chain management database, called Vault. The service will store supply-chain compliance records with the higher level of security associated with the encrypted network known as blockchain, which has been used in the financial […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 2, 2018

Alibaba launches blockchain initiative to track food delivery

Despite the continued buzz around the potential for blockchain technology to enhance data security in the supply chain, the airfreight industry has seen a slow start to creating tangible application. But this week, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is putting its word into action by premiering its own blockchain-encrypted platform, the Food Trust Framework. Through the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

Hyperloop technology surges forward via Cargospeed partnership

On Sunday, DP World and Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One launched their partnership, DP World Cargospeed – a venture intended to spearhead the development of hyperloop technology in the Middle East for the transportation of cargo. The high-speed, low-friction trains still very much in the conceptual stage at DP World Cargospeed will run above ground […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 30, 2018

Pilot Freight implements Amber Road’s On-Demand Export service

To help assess whether shippers have been cleared by security officials to conduct international trade, transportation and logistics firm Pilot Freight Services has signed on with Amber Road’s Export On-Demand service, which automatically determined whether a shipper has been cleared by the restricted party screening (RPS) process. Amber Road, a provider of global trade management […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 24, 2018

Lufthansa Technik tests out use of drones for safety checks

Digitization concepts like the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) software, and drone technology were arguably the most talked about up-and-coming trends in supply chain management in 2017. In the first quarter of this year, we still haven’t seen many commercial uses in the cargo world, but we may soon begin to see uses […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 23, 2018
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