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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

C.H. Robinson’s Short navigates turbulent global trade climate

C.H. Robinson’s Short navigates turbulent global trade climate

April 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm 0 comments

Having a protectionist stance in 2017 seems to be the equivalent of the “tough on crime” rhetoric that ushered so many American politicians into power in the 1990s. And, just as the United States had to learn that crime was better rectified through education and economic opportunity, America’s economy isRead More

Where We Went Wrong – Part 2: A matter of trust, urgency, transparency

Where We Went Wrong – Part 2: A matter of trust, urgency, transparency

April 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm 0 comments

The e-commerce revolution has, obviously, created great opportunities for the traditional air cargo industry, but it has also created challenges. It has exposed problems that were often hinted at in the past, but which, in an era when demand growth seemed never-ending, were never adequately addressed. Historically, carriers invested heavilyRead More

FedEx pushes Trump, U.S. Senate to embrace forward-looking infrastructure [VIDEO]

FedEx pushes Trump, U.S. Senate to embrace forward-looking infrastructure [VIDEO]

April 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm 0 comments

FedEx has emerged as a vocal, and at times controversial, advocate for global business in recent months. This time around, the company is holding the Trump administration to its promises to improve infrastructure. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, FedEx Freight CEO Michael L. Ducker lobbied forRead More

Automation cannot replace forwarder specialization

Automation cannot replace forwarder specialization

April 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm 0 comments

The forwarding industry is experiencing a significant amount of criticism these days for its apparent failure to jump on the digital transformation bandwagon. As the online ordering craze gives rise to global e-commerce, small- and large-volume shippers wonder if their forwarders can meet the challenges of shipping across borders, makingRead More

You’re (not yet) hired: Airforwarders press Trump for new TSA admin

You’re (not yet) hired: Airforwarders press Trump for new TSA admin

March 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm 0 comments

The efficient and safe movement of air cargo hinges on President Trump’s timely nomination of a new head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Airforwarders Association (AfA) said last week, stating that “political leadership of agency is essential to air transportation safety.” The White House has, so far, failedRead More

Cargo Chat: Cloud-based Globatom to enhance, not disrupt, forwarding world

Cargo Chat: Cloud-based Globatom to enhance, not disrupt, forwarding world

March 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm 0 comments

Cloud-based technology and online freight platforms are becoming a routine part of the airfreight and forwarding world – but not everyone is eager to get on board, as evidenced by a few traditional forwarders that have made little progress with online freight booking platforms. But as supply chains become moreRead More

The cargo automation odyssey

The cargo automation odyssey

March 6, 2017 at 6:32 pm 0 comments

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that…” Spoken nearly 50 years ago by the HAL 9000 computer in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” those words are still some of the most chilling in 20th century cinema. At that moment, when HAL refused an order to “open theRead More