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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

Swamp draining can lead to unintended consequences

Swamp draining can lead to unintended consequences

March 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm 0 comments

The new U.S. President’s promise to “drain the swamp” is a euphemism for clearing out the layers of federal bureaucracy found in Washington, D.C. Given that the city itself was built in a fairly swampy geographic region, where city developers faced the challenge of eradicating mosquitoes from the moisture-laden landRead More

Forwarders’ Forum: Taming the Trump roller-coaster

Forwarders’ Forum: Taming the Trump roller-coaster

February 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm 0 comments

As a roller-coaster climbs the steep track to its crest and subsequent stomach-dropping plunge, my eyes always fixate on that sign near the seat that says, “Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times.” Good advice not only for fun park rides but also when encountering unpredictableRead More

The shock of the new

The shock of the new

February 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm 0 comments

As we age, it’s common to feel indifferent toward the new year. Once you’ve seen 40, 50 or 60 years go by, the need for champagne, confetti and Guy Lombardo music can seem like overkill. As U2’s Bono memorably sang more than 30 years ago, “Nothing changes on New Year’sRead More

Where We Went Wrong – Part 1: The e-commerce revolution

Where We Went Wrong – Part 1: The e-commerce revolution

February 3, 2017 at 6:54 pm 1 comment

Here’s an open secret: physical “brick and mortar” shops are closing as multitudes of shoppers flock to online retail sites, such as Amazon and Alibaba. In the stores that still remain, many of the consumers are “just looking,” but will make their purchases later on the web. Unlike general airRead More