Articles by: Charles Kauffman

Will the air cargo industry hire Alexa?

Will the air cargo industry hire Alexa?

March 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm 0 comments

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 airRead More

WCS 2017: Schiphol to combat temperature excursions with new warning system

WCS 2017: Schiphol to combat temperature excursions with new warning system

March 14, 2017 at 5:41 pm 0 comments

ABU DHABI, UAE–During a CEIV Pharma workshop held at IATA’s 11th annual World Cargo Symposium, speakers praised the air cargo industry for rapidly improving the reliability of the pharma supply-chain; but still, with more than US$34.1 billion in annual losses due to temperature excursions, and with allegations that nearly 25Read More

AirBridgeCargo demonstrating the nose-loading capabilities of its 747-8F.

AirBridgeCargo charter flights up a whooping 47 percent in 2016

March 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm 0 comments

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo is known for its rapidly growing scheduled freighter business, but in parallel, the carrier’s charter business is also booming. Looking back on 2016, ABC says the number of charter flights it operated last year was up 47 percent year-over-year, compared to 2015. Cargo charters are often the onlyRead More

UPS ranked most valuable logistics brands in 2017

UPS ranked most valuable logistics brands in 2017

March 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm 0 comments

Each year UK-based valuation and strategy consultancy, Brand Finance appraises the brand values of the world’s leading logistics companies. Once again, UPS seized the top position by a long-shot, with a brand value of US$22 billion. FedEX took second place with its brand valued at $17 billion—up 31% from 2016Read More

E.U. Court sides with UPS in blocked TNT deal

E.U. Court sides with UPS in blocked TNT deal

March 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm 0 comments

Earlier this week, a Luxembourg-based General Court annulled a European Union decision made back in 2013, to block Atlanta-based UPS’ proposed US$7 billion takeover of Dutch package delivery company, TNT Express. Even though the decision will not revise history, since TNT has already been acquired by FedEx Corp., the rulingRead More

Seasonal flower shipments provide a second peak-season for Air France-KLM

Seasonal flower shipments provide a second peak-season for Air France-KLM

March 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm 0 comments

Despite cuts to scheduled main-deck capacity between Nairobi and Amsterdam, Air France-KLM-Martinair said it maintained its dominant position in the transport of fresh-cut flowers out of popular gateways like Nairobi, Quito and Bogota. For the past five weeks, weekly average volumes have hovered around 1,000 tonnes, down only slightly fromRead More

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

March 3, 2017 at 6:00 am 0 comments

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, inRead More

In Good Time: From the first to the last mile

In Good Time: From the first to the last mile

February 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm 0 comments

In recent years, forwarders and express providers have found innovative ways to consolidate and move shipments within the bellies of passenger aircraft. Rarely, however, have these urgent shipments been routed through an airline’s baggage system. A potentially revolutionary service, known as “12Send,” may be the first to tap into thisRead More