Lewis King

Uncertain Certification: Do CEIV-Pharma standards really help?

At an airfreight conference held last fall in Budapest, Marcel Fujike, senior vice president of products and services, global air logistics, for Kuehne + Nagel, commented during a post-roundtable Q&A session about the effectiveness of the growing CEIV standard for pharmaceutical handling. At one point, he remarked, “If we really want to move the industry […]

In Safe Hands: A behind-the-scenes look at cargo security audits

Elad Gadot doesn’t smoke, but he stood drinking coffee from a paper cup outside the security corridor – the last place for warehouse workers to grab a smoke before heading back inside. All around him, old ladies were doing booming business hawking cigarettes and drinks to the workers at Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport […]

In Safe Hands: Some quick safety audit definitions

ACC3 – stands for “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport.” This designation is required in order for these carriers to fly cargo into or through the European Union. ACC3 ensures that companies are complying with terror-related security procedures. There’s a lot of overlap between cargo theft and […]

DHL targets e-commerce with ‘virtual delivery network’ service

Responding to demand for faster, more personalized service from customers, DHL has launched DHL Parcel Metro in the U.S., which the express company says is a fast and flexible service for online retailers that meets consumers’ increasing demand for same-day and next-day delivery. “E-tailers today recognize more and more that the customer experience – and […]

Swiss Post pedals its way to green last mile deliveries

The logistics industry has danced around its profoundly detrimental impact on the planet’s ecosystem ever since environmental consciousness became a corporate buzzword. That’s why it’s always refreshing to hear about developments such as Swiss Post’s acquisition of a 51 percent stake in the start-up “notime” – a technology company providing bicycle courier services. While Swiss […]

Cargo crime wave driving logistics companies into TAPA’s arms

The growing threat of cargo crime across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has led to a record take-up of the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) supply chain security standards. TAPA says demand for its Facility Security Requirements (FSR) certifications rose 16.6 percent, while the number of companies with its Trucking Security Requirements […]

Walmart launches US-wide bid for online grocery delivery market

Selecting the right cucumber is a nail-biter under the best of circumstances, and such circumstances don’t often exist, we now know through *extensive research. Most retailers simply mound up a few dozen of these unfortunate tubular gourds in open coolers, and then price them so low that anyone inclined towards salad grabs a few. “Why […]

US Customs finally tackles cross border e-commerce

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, has woken up to the same issue that many in the air freight and express industry woke up to several years ago: e-commerce has gone cross-border. That is, instead of imports to the US consisting mostly of big shipments […]

WCS 2018: Dnata goes all-in on iCargo terminal operation software

DALLAS — Dnata has inked a deal with IT solutions provider IBS Software to implement its iCargo terminal operation suite across the Dubai-based ground handler’s stations around the world, dnata announced at the IATA World Cargo Symposium here. Dnata says that it is the first ground handler to launch a global roll-out of iCargo and […]

Budapest eyes larger regional freight role after record 2017

Hungary’s largest airport is establishing itself as a regional air freight hub, handling 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017. Starting this year, two carriers plan to operate flights to the U.S. from Budapest Airport (BUD), and next year, the airport will open a 20,000 square meter freight center that will expand BUD’s cargo handling capacity […]

DHL and Accenture trial blockchain-based pharma security program

DHL released a report in cooperation with Accenture that outlines blockchain’s “profound impact” on the logistics industry. However, the partners said that the industry will need to improve its collaboration before blockchain goes mainstream. The two companies have also built a working prototype, which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer, preventing […]

SEKO Logistics makes major push into Mexico logistics market

SEKO Logistics opened the first of 20 warehouses that it plans to open across Mexico in a bid to capture a share of the country’s automotive, retail and aerospace business. The Itasca, Illinois-based logistics company called the development a “watershed moment” that spoke to its international aspirations. The first 10,000-square-meter warehouse opened its doors yesterday, […]

E-commerce and cross-border underpin 2017 gains at DHL

The Deutsche Post DHL Group’s emphasis on cross-border package shipment and e-commerce seems to be paying off, with a 7.2 percent increase in FY2017 operating profits, at €3.74 billion. The group’s Post, E-commerce, and Parcel (PeP) division posted the largest profits, contributing €1.5 billion to the total haul. Group revenue was up by 5.4 percent […]

Delta to offer ULD Bluetooth tracking across global network

Delta is rolling out tracking devices for its ULDs making it the first U.S. passenger airline to provide, real-time tracking for unit load devices (ULDs). The tracking technology allows Delta to track shipments down to the ULD-level, which gives customers increased visibility into their shipments. For decades, ULDs were an afterthought, however as demand for […]
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