Will the air cargo industry hire Alexa?

With the release of a new “Cargo Trace skill” that can be taught to Amazon’s interactive app, Alexa, Luxembourg-based CHAMP Cargosystems is adding voice-controlled track-and-trace capabilities to its Traxon air cargo shipment tracking platform. Stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain will be able to track the status of air cargo shipments moving on dozens […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 17, 2017

Forwarders see higher volumes in Q4, but not all see higher profits

Today our sister publication, Cargo Facts reports: Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina, two of the world’s largest forwarders and logistics services providers, are headquartered in Switzerland, but while their head offices may be close, their fourth-quarter results are far apart. Despite both carriers reporting significant increases in airfreight volumes, year-over-year, in the fourth quarter of 2016, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 3, 2017

Crossing the Line: Will cross-border regulations trip up China?

Powdered milk is a phenomenally popular product in China. Numerous scandals involving contaminated domestic milk, a shortage of dairy cows and a general admiration for imported products have made milk powder a commonly found commodity in the e-shopping carts of Chinese consumers. In fact, for one Australian milk cooperative, China has been seen as the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2016

Brussels Airport forges new cargo community organization

Brussels Airport, still recovering from last month’s terrorist bombings at its passenger terminal, has strengthened its cargo operations with a new cargo community organization, called “Air Cargo Belgium.” The new entity, launched April 18, groups all companies under the less formal “BRUcargo” platform, along with any related stakeholders or official organizations, to create a more […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 20, 2016

Logistics startup Fleet raises US$4 million in seed funding

Fleet, described as an “online marketplace for international logistics,” has raised US$4 million in a seed funding round, led by Hunt Technology Ventures, LP. Designed as an online platform from which freight forwarders can showcase their services, Fleet enables potential customers to connect with forwarders and offers them sales and marketing assistance. Fleet also offers […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 14, 2016

Weighty issues looming on the high seas

The regulations for container ships, in most cases, have little to do with the business of air cargo. But the fate of at least one vessel, the MOL Comfort, one of the largest container ships ever lost at sea, could have implications on air cargo handlers, especially this summer, when new rules will kick in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 4, 2016

World ACD: Top forwarders lose market share in 2015

While worldwide air cargo volume increased by about 2 percent in 2015, the latest figures from WorldACD Market Data said the top 20 freight forwarders lost some market share for the year, dropping from 44.5 percent to 43 percent in terms of revenue, and from 43 to 42 percent in terms of volume. The Amsterdam-based […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 17, 2016

IATA, FIATA near agreement on agency modernization

As the end of 2015 draws closer, so too do the two major air cargo associations regarding a solution to an impasse over how to modernize the cargo agent-carrier relationship. The main sticking point between the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés (FIATA), representing forwarders, is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 24, 2015

Final week for submissions to ACW’s Airfreight Directory

Air Cargo World‘s annual Worldwide Airfreight Directory is now entering its final week to accept submissions. To ensure that your air cargo business is included in this comprehensive reference tool, be sure to add your listing before the cut-off date of Monday, Nov. 9. Whether you’re a first-time entrant or are returning to the Directory to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 2, 2015

Time running out to join ACW’s Airfreight Directory

Each December, we at Air Cargo World present our annual Worldwide Airfreight Directory. To ensure that your business is included in this comprehensive reference tool that is used by our readers all year long, be sure to add your listing before the cut-off date of Monday, Nov. 9. Whether you’re a first-time entrant or are […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 21, 2015

The Break-in: Entering the Chinese market

The No. 877 bus ride from Beijing to Badaling, the Great Wall of China’s most popular tourist site, is about 50 miles long and normally takes an hour on the Badaling Expressway. As the bus pulled out of the station near Denshengmen Bus Station, in the northern part of Beijing last April, there was little […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 29, 2015

‘Mystery shopped’ forwarders reveal lack of tech-savvy

How in touch are you with your customers online? Before you answer, check out this customer service project conducted by freight sales software firm Freightos. The rather dismal results are further evidence that the logistics industry has yet to keep pace with the online world. In the experiment, set up like a “mystery shopping” experiment, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 12, 2015