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MNX Global Logistics acquires Melbourne-based Logical Freight Solutions

Responding to growing demand for healthcare-oriented logistics, MNX Global Logistics has acquired Logical Freight Solutions (LFS), a Melbourne-based logistics solutions provider that specializes in healthcare logistics. “This is our biggest acquisition to date,” said Ken Ying, MNX Global’s global director of marketing. Ying told Air Cargo World the deal would increase healthcare’s share of the […]

Swissport’s Frankfurt outpost earns CEIV Pharma certification

Swissport Cargo Services Frankfurt is the latest outpost to earn IATA’s CEIV-Pharma certification, following “investments into infrastructure, equipment and training.” The global ground handler – which also recently acquired Aerocare, the largest ground handler in Australia and New Zealand – said that the certification followed development of a dedicated product line for the handling of […]

New SF Express verification service tackles China’s widespread counterfeiting

Chinese logistics service provider SF Express has launched its “SF Certified International Shipping” (SF CIS) verification service, featuring visual branding that verifies that packages are being handled by SF Express, from their origin overseas to the end recipient in China. Launched in response to China’s lax intellectual property standards and widespread counterfeiting, David William Adams, […]

UPS inks its largest investment in renewable natural gas to date

In June, UPS announced its ambitious new sustainability goals, including a 12 percent reduction of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations by 2025. Shortly thereafter, UPS announced a US$90 million investment in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure. Now, the Atlanta-based integrator is heading into the year’s end inking an agreement with Big […]

Airlander 10 breaks free of moorings, damaging craft, delaying project

The storied Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV) Airlander 10, affectionately known as “the flying butt,” seems to have run into another snag after a famously heavy landing last year caused significant damage to the aircraft. This time around, the aircraft broke free of its mooring, triggering a safety system that ripped open the aircraft’s hull, causing […]

Locus Robotics secures Series B funding in face of ‘significant labor challenges’

Autonomous-robot manufacturer Locus Robotics has secured US$25 million in Series B funding, led by Scale Venture Partners, as demand for robotics in e-commerce fulfillment grows and competition to lower fulfillment costs heats up. Locus Robotics said it plans to use the Series B proceeds to fund product development and go-to-market activities, as well as to […]

Alibaba pumps billions more dollars into China’s brick-and-mortar market [VIDEO]

Is Alibaba taking a page out of Amazon.com’s playbook? Alibaba Group announced this morning that it will acquire a 36.2 percent stake in Chinese supermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group for US$2.88 billion, an investment that “further underscores its commitment to ‘new retail,’” according to a company statement. The investment gives Alibaba a strategic foothold […]

EMO Trans opens Vietnam outpost as China manufacturing moves south of the border

As manufacturers shift operations from China to Vietnam in search of lower labor costs, logistics operations are following suit. New York-based EMO Trans joined the ranks of forwarders setting up shop in the country, opening its doors this week at a facility near Ho Chi Minh Airport, in the country’s southern region. EMO Trans president […]

Lufthansa Cargo, Fraport Ground Services renew contract through 2025

Lufthansa Cargo AG and Fraport AG Ground Services have signed a contract to extend their ground-handling partnership at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) for eight more years. The agreement, extending from January 2018 to December 2025, covers aircraft ground handling – particularly the loading and unloading of Lufthansa Cargo’s freighter aircraft. Transportation of cargo to and from […]

Shopify, UPS cut deal to lower rates for online retailers

Christmas is coming early for smaller retailers looking to boost online sales. A UPS-Shopify rate deal puts smaller retailers one step closer to competing with Amazon.com’s extensive logistics advantage, by offering lower rates usually reserved for larger customers. Shopify now features a UPS-hosted dashboard on its platform. Henceforth, the hundreds of thousands of small U.S.-based […]

CEVA pushes deeper into the pharmaceutical logistics industry

CEVA Logistics has opened a refurbished, 132,000-square-foot facility at Redditch, in the U.K., bolstering CEVAs footprint in the pharmaceutical logistics industry. The move coincided with a new five-year warehousing agreement with Nutricia – a major British provider of medical nutrition. “In order to provide logistics service to the healthcare market, you must meet strict regulations […]

LATAM ends streak of 19 consecutive quarterly revenue losses with Q3 spike

The good news is finally in for LATAM Cargo, which overturned a spate of poor quarterly performance to post cargo revenues up 2.5 percent to US$272.2 million for the third quarter – the first year-on-year quarterly increase since Q2 2013. Cargo traffic, measured in revenue tonne kilometers (RTKs), grew 3.5 percent over the quarter. The […]

Switzerland’s floating exchange rate drives up cross-border e-commerce

Switzerland is a microcosm of cross-border e-commerce, with its multi-cultural population (German, French, and Italian speaking), non-European Union customs and taxes and unique payment preferences – all wrapped up in a country that’s smaller than most U.S. states. But it’s complexity and small size hasn’t prevented the Central European country from developing one of the […]

Etihad Cargo launches third U.S. all-cargo route to Miami

Miami International Airport (MIA) now has two all-cargo routes to the Middle East, following the launch of weekly 777-200F service via Etihad Cargo. The new scheduled freighter flights make a stop in Columbus, Ohio, before continuing to Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi. The route launch makes MIA Etihad Cargo’s third U.S. cargo route and its […]
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