Staff Reports

Stifel reports confidence among forwarders declines

Across all modes, the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index saw the largest one-month decline to date. The overall index fell 4.8 percent sequentially and 13.1 percent year-on-year to a reading of 51.5 – its lowest level since June 2013.  Airfreight volumes continued to slow with current tonnage growth in three out of four major European trade […]

A whale of an aircraft passes milestone

The new Airbus Beluga program, called Beluga XL, which is the development of a transport aircraft with 30 percent more capacity than the previous version of the Beluga which was based on the A300-600, has passed a crucial milestone. The concept phase, also called “design freeze” at aircraft level has successfully passed muster, and now […]

DB Schenker and GLS expand each other’s offerings

Forwarder DB Schenker and parcel service provider, GLS, have agreed to a partnership that will expand both companies’ services to their customers. Schenker Logistics will offer a Europe-wide parcel service and GLS will expand into freight service. GLS, which is active in Europe, will deliver parcels for Schenker while Schenker Logistics will handle partial-load pallets […]

Centrolene launches forwarder network

Centrolene Network, a membership-based organization, has introduced its network, allowing freight forwarders to go from being local to global. The network is built around a technology platform called the Centrolene C-Suite, which includes the C-Tower which allows forwarder’s customers to access alerts, analytics and reports they need to manage their supply chains; the C-Link, a […]

TNT beefs up service to Nordics

TNT has expanded its coverage to the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland reaching 15 percent more postal codes and 34 percent more businesses in the region by noon the next business day. Companies shipping to or from the Nordics will have more delivery options for their urgent parcels and freight. The integrator […]

AMTES granted maintenance contract on An-124s

AMTES, a subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Technics subgroup, was issued a part 145 certificate by the Interstate Aviation Committee, which extends its maintenance and repair (MRO) capabilities for the An-124 freighters. The certificate allows AMTES to complete service on An-124s. As a result, AMTES now holds all of the necessary certificates for An-124 maintenance in its […]

Pelican, Zuelling partner for cold chain packaging

Pelican BioThermal plans to grow in Asia by partnering with Zuelling Pharma in Vietnam. Zuelling will be using Pelican’s reusable passive thermal packaging line, called Credo and the Credo cube, for shipping parcels. For the transport of pharmaceutical products, the company will utilize Credo Xtreme for bulk shipments, ProMed and DuraCube. Pelican said the benefit […]

Kerry Logistics puts ‘butler’ robots to work

Six fully automated and programmed robotic “butlers” are busy scurrying around Kerry Logistics’ Product Customization and Consolidation Centre in Hong Kong to speed up the fulfillment of e-commerce orders. Real-time sales orders are transmitted to the robots, then the warehouse management system indicates the item to be picked up by using a lighting system in […]

Tomorrow, the world: Part II

Previously, we began a three-part look at Alibaba, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, and the way in which its approach to the logistics of online shopping – particularly the development of a neutral “open logistics platform” – has changed the package-delivery industry in China, and will soon spread that change worldwide.You can read Part I […]

Global campaign launched to stop cargo theft

TAPA, the Transported Asset Protection Association, is starting a campaign to double the amount of TAPA-certified warehouses to more than 2,000 in Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region in the next three years to curb cargo theft. Additionally, the organization wants more trucking companies to be in compliance with its security standards. Established in […]

Peak season: And so it begins…

UPS said it is planning to hire between 90,000 to 95,000 seasonal employees in the United States to help the integrator get through the extremely busy holiday season. Volume is expected to increase in November and not taper off until January 2016. “We have initial volume forecasts from our customers and are starting the hiring […]

AirBridgeCargo continues double-digit surge

Continuing 11 straight years of consecutive growth, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has had a 17 percent year-on-year rise in tonnage for the first eight months of 2015. By the end of August, the all-cargo carrier had transported 300,000 tonnes of cargo across its global network. By expanding into new markets, the carrier […]

Air France-KLM signs JV with China Southern

Rapidly growing China Southern Airlines and ailing Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo, have signed a partnership agreement to create a more extensive global cargo network. Air France KLM will serve the main cities in Australia and supply main-deck capacity to Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh from China Southern’s hub in Guangzhou. AF-KLM’s hubs at Paris Charles De Gaulle and […]

Volga-Dnepr delivers 11-ton pump

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered an 11-ton oil-and-gas pump right to the door of a customer in the town of Farab, Turkmenistan. The pump was transported from Maastricht Airport in the Netherlands for the airline’s customer, Agility Projects Rotterdam. It was packed inside a two-ton wooden crate to protect it throughout its journey on board one […]
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