Forwarding

Flower Power: Can standards bring order to the chaotic flower market?

Flower Power: Can standards bring order to the chaotic flower market?

May 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm 0 comments

In mid-April Conrad Archer, managing director of Panalpina Airflo, Kenya, was bracing himself for a sharp spike in traffic volume. The run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day had produced a surge of more than 30 percent above normal in flower volume, and projections for Mother’s Day pointed to a similarRead More

Greener Skies Ahead: How going green can help your bottom line

Greener Skies Ahead: How going green can help your bottom line

May 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm 0 comments

Last month, FedEx issued a report with much fanfare about the results of two initiatives that made them understandably proud. They had set baseline targets back in 2005 and were already close to hitting their goals. All told, the two initiatives saved FedEx a combined US$281 million dollars in costRead More

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Turkish Cargo’s new boss brings forwarders to the fore

May 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm 0 comments

No matter how much you might love your local coffee shop or pub, there’s invariably something that you would improve if you were running the show. Turhan Ozen has become that empowered customer. A former freight forwarder, he is now in the driver’s seat of one of the fastest growingRead More

CNS: Viva la tech revolution, for those who survive the disruption

CNS: Viva la tech revolution, for those who survive the disruption

May 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm 0 comments

ORLANDO — “We are not technical Neanderthals,” Brandon Fried, Executive Director, Airforwarders Association reminded the panel titled, “A Shipper’s Perspective of the US Air Cargo Industry and its Impact on their Value Chain” at this yesterday’s CNS Partnership conference session. The supply chain is still struggling to negotiate the complexityRead More

CNS: Are bellyholds on track for an e-commerce shakeup?

CNS: Are bellyholds on track for an e-commerce shakeup?

May 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm 0 comments

ORLANDO — Airbus and Boeing have notably different ideas about what sorts of aircraft will be plying the airways twenty years from now, and this “great freighter debate” hinges on what the broader economy will look like in 2035. The important questions are, what role will bellyhold capacity play inRead More

CNS Keynote: Petersen says cargo industry can be tamed by technology

CNS Keynote: Petersen says cargo industry can be tamed by technology

May 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm 0 comments

ORLANDO — If the airfreight industry’s troubles could be summed up in one phrase, it is that “airlines offer something nobody needs,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport, the rising, software-driven freight forwarder. Carriers, he elaborated, “move cargo from airport to airport, but every single piece of cargo must goRead More

Disruption, adaptation no stranger to forwarding business

Disruption, adaptation no stranger to forwarding business

May 2, 2017 at 5:21 pm 0 comments

Disruption is nothing new to the air forwarding industry, as I recently learned from a friend who just celebrated 50 years in the business. When asked about today’s disruptors, he chuckled and started rattling off a litany of examples. We now accept most of them as the norm, but whenRead More

What shippers really want: Airfreight’s true customers speak out

What shippers really want: Airfreight’s true customers speak out

May 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm 0 comments

Airport codes BCN and BQN are strikingly similar at first glance. But to a Spanish pharmaceutical manufacturer in Barcelona, located thousands of miles from a misdirected shipment of temperature-sensitive components languishing in a warehouse in Puerto Rico, that one letter represents millions of dollars per day. This scenario, and othersRead More