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WFS, Avinor abruptly cancel plans for Oslo Airport seafood center

Last summer, ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) had agreed with Avinor AS, Norway’s state-owned operator of Oslo Airport (OSL), that it would create a new cool chain seafood cargo center at OSL that would handle up to 250,000 tonnes of seafood per year. Yesterday, however, WFS and Avinor said the plans for the new facility have been canceled.  “Avinor AS […]

IAG Cargo revenues dip in Q1, despite rise in traffic

Like many carriers this year, U.K.-based IAG Cargo said its first-quarter 2019 revenues declined year-over-year, falling to €275 million during the period March 31 for a 2.5% loss, compared to Q1 of 2018, at a constant exchange rate. However, its cargo traffic increased by 2.6% to 1.39 billion cargo tonne kilometers (CTK), thanks to a […]

Operating profits rise for DP-DHL Group’s Q1, but airfreight volumes drop

While Deutsche Post-DHL Group (DP-DHL) saw revenues and operating profits rise in the first quarter of 2019, compared with Q1 the year prior, the Global Forwarding, Freight (GFF), division reported airfreight volumes down by 3.9% for the period ending March 31, the fifth-straight quarter that saw volume reduction in the division. For the quarter, DP-DHL […]

PSA, SATS sign MOU to enhance sea-air connectivity in Singapore

In an effort to encourage closer cooperation between air and ocean modes, port operator PSA International Pte Ltd. and ground handler SATS Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to provide cargo shippers and logistics service providers with better connectivity in the bustling hub of Singapore. The MOU was facilitated by the government agency […]

Hawaiian renews SmartKargo contract for five years

Hawaiian Airlines said it has renewed its five-year contract with cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm SmartKargo to manage the carrier’s airfreight business. Hawaiian was the first U.S.-based carrier to adopt the SmartKargo cloud platform in 2014, and later implemented the company’s Go Live service in 2015. “As a result, our team was able to further digitize […]

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]

Cargolux’s ‘Mimmo’ Ceci calls for increased digitalization

Last summer, Luxembourgian all-cargo carrier Cargolux made a significant internal move, bringing Domenico “Mimmo” Ceci from senior vice president of commercial planning over to executive vice president of sales and marketing, where he will be in charge of the further digitalization and automation of processes at Cargolux. With more than 30 years of experience at […]

CNS 2019: CIFFA’s Snowden explains 5 C’s of change in farewell address

MIAMI – In her more than 40 years of active service in the freight forwarding business, Ruth Snowden has seen her share of changes in the industry – many of them hard-fought and slow to emerge. As she prepares to step down from her current role as executive director of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association […]

Air France-KLM reports ‘slowdown’ in Q1 cargo volume

Citing an economic slowdown, as well as “political uncertainties and trade disputes,” Air France-KLM said today that the resulting pressure on airfreight rates caused a 4% unit revenue drop in its first-quarter results. Due to the sluggish economy, airfreight tonnage was essentially flat, at 270,000 tonnes, for the three-month period ending March 31 “Several network […]

WorldACD shows 3.1% decline in volumes for March

Following the deep declines in air cargo volumes at the start of the year, March volumes rose by 25% compared to February, but it was not enough to avoid a 3.1% overall drop in first-quarter volumes, compared to the previous year, reported market analysis firm WorldACD. A total of 23 of the 36 geographical markets […]

C.H. Robinson reveals mixed Q1 results on lower air income, volume

Reflecting an uncertain market for air cargo and forwarding activities, U.S.-based forwarder C.H. Robinson Worldwide released first-quarter results with some strong revenue figures, along with some lackluster activity in its airfreight sector. For the three-month period ended March 31, C.H. Robinson reported an 8.4% rise in net revenues to US$678.8 million, compared to the same […]

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]
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