Nina Chamlou

DHL expands last-mile e-commerce network to Bangkok

Today, DHL released plans to expand its urban last-mile delivery service, “DHL Parcel Metro,” beyond the U.S., to now include the greater Bangkok area. The company’s e-commerce division launched the Parcel Metro program in March, offering shippers same-day or one-day delivery for parcels up to 20 kilograms in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles – […]

IAG Cargo launches customer service center for ‘Critical’ clients

U.K.-based IAG Cargo has introduced a dedicated customer service element to its “Critical” product – which was launched in 2016 to cater to forwarders and shippers that deal with last-minute and out-of-hours bookings. Since its debut, the carrier has recorded 5,500 bookings. Last July, it expanded Critical to encompass to temperature-sensitive cargo, in a move […]

Emirates SkyCargo doubles its seasonal mango volume

Emirates SkyCargo more than doubled the volume of mangoes it carried in May compared to the same period last year, transporting 1,130 tonnes of the Indian export out of its hub in Mumbai to destinations in the Middle East, the U.K., the U.S., Canada and Europe on its freighters and in its passenger planes’ belly […]

Thar she blows! Airbus unveils first BelugaXL

If the nickname “Beluga” was not enough to conjure images of whales in the sky, employees at Airbus have made the connection even more obvious with the latest livery on its new A330-200F BelugaXL aircraft. The cetacean grin was favored by 40 percent of the Airbus employees in a company-wide contest to create a new […]

Emirates SkyCargo adds Chile to its Latin American network

Yesterday, Emirates SkyCargo added Santiago to its airfreight network, making it the carrier’s sixth South American destination, following Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Viracopos, Buenos Aires and Ciudad del Este. The 777-200LR service will launch July 5, offering 15 tonnes of capacity between Chile, China, Russia and the Middle East, via the carrier’s hub in […]

DHL breaks ground on Hanover transshipment facility

DHL Freight broke ground on its 8,300-square-meter Langenhagen transshipment facility, near Hanover, which will serve as a hub for organizing and consolidating cargo for the company’s European client network. The logistics giant released plans of its intent to build the facility in fall of last year as part of its “Freight 2020” initiative. The company […]

Gebrüder Weiss plans to enhance Chinese presence ‘significantly’

Austrian 3PL Gebrüder Weiss, which already operates thirteen 50,000 square-foot warehouses in China, said it plans to increase its Chinese presence. The company said it will expand its storage facilities “significantly” in the next five years at several commercial hubs, addressing increasing demand for the transportation of furniture, fashion and automotive goods between Europe and […]

XPO Logistics uses ‘augmented reality’ to shrink final-mile returns

Today, 3PL company XPO Logistics said it plans to implement an “augmented reality” feature into its existing “Ship XPO” e-commerce platform for final-mile delivery, which will allow shoppers to use their smartphones to visualize big-ticket items, like sofas, beds and appliances, in their own homes, before purchase. Augmented reality technology has been popularized in the […]

ACS expands Frankfurt office to handle increased time-critical services

United Kingdom-based Air Charter Service (ACS) has moved its Germany-based offices to a larger location near Frankfurt Airport two years ahead of schedule, said the company’s time critical manager, Oliver Weigelt. The move was prompted to accommodate ACS’ expanding on-board courier services (OBC) team to handle time-critical deliveries. “Last year our contract numbers grew by […]

ABC launches twice-weekly Budapest cargo service

Russian all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is launching a twice-weekly frequency on Tuesdays and Saturdays to Budapest on its 747-F aircraft, which will accommodate up to 139 tonnes of capacity per flight for traffic between Eastern and Central Europe. “Its advantageous central location in Europe makes Budapest Airport a perfect location for carriers operating between […]

Heathrow runway expansion wins majority Parliament vote amid opposition

Today, industry members with a stake in the battle for the expansion of London Heathrow Airport (LHR) have cause to celebrate following news of the U.K.’s House of Commons majority vote on the project, forecasted to cost £14 billion and see completion in 2026. However, the controversy around the decision has not died down. Groups […]

AAPA reports stable May growth, warns of protectionist policies’ effect on demand

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) today reported a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase in its member carriers’ cargo traffic to 6.13 billion FTKs. The AAPA said the growth was driven by generally solid economic growth across the Asia-Pacific region, combined with stronger demand for manufactured goods. The May growth is slightly lower than the […]

Panalpina launches ‘digital hub’ technology arm in Zurich

This week, Swiss forwarder Panalpina debuted its “Panalpina Digital Hub,” the new Zurich-based technology-focused arm of its business that will focus on exploring cutting-edge systems, such as the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain, with the intent of forming strategic partnerships with European start-ups to integrate these technologies. “We, like many of […]

Evidence of capacity squeeze as NCA freighter audit continues

Nippon Cargo Airlines’ (NCA) fleet of eleven 747Fs has now been grounded for more than a week as government authorities continue to audit the carrier’s maintenance records. With the sudden loss of capacity ex-Asia, forwarders and shippers active in the market are starting to feel the capacity squeeze, particularly as it translates into higher rates. A […]
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