Schiphol rides out slot shortage to handle 1.75 million tonnes in 2017

Freighter slot space has been infamously tight at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Cargo in recent months, but the handling facility still reported an increase of 5.4 percent in 2017 airfreight volumes. The airport said that strong demand in the Far East for European goods boosted total cargo figures to 1.75 million tonnes. While annual imports from Asia […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 23, 2018

DHL launches Global Trade Barometer, calls for 3 more months of trade growth

Few logistics companies have access to the volume of trade data that DHL commands on a daily basis. Starting this year, the global integrator is crunching that data into its just-released “Global Trade Barometer,” a quarterly measure of economic growth based on import and export data for a number of intermediate and early-cycle commodities that […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 22, 2018

UPS, FedEx suffered high late-delivery rates during 2017 holiday season

If your delivery arrived late this holiday season, you aren’t alone. A post-holiday analysis of deliveries performed by LateShipment.com found that both UPS and FedEx struggled to process record-high delivery volumes. The shipment-tracking company’s CEO Sriram Sridhar said that, when it came to ground shipments, both UPS and FedEx, “had alarmingly high late delivery rates […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 19, 2018

JD.com’s autonomous delivery bots hit Tianjin’s ‘smart city’ streets today

Autonomous delivery vehicles from Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com hit the streets of Tianjin this morning, in support of the Chinese city’s “smart city initiative.” And while it’s just JD.com’s wheeled autonomous delivery vehicles (pictured below) at this stage, the Chinese retailer says it will soon start testing its own robots and flying drones as well. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 18, 2018

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport within striking range of ‘million-tonne-club’

Ground hasn’t even been broken for Amazon’s US$1.5 billion hub, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) cargo volumes are already surging, with a 27 percent increase over 2016, pushing the Midwest airport’s cargo volumes up to 907,184 tonnes. The year ended strong, with CVG’s December cargo traffic up 34 percent, year-over-year, to 99,228 tonnes. Candace […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 18, 2018

Air China Cargo deal expands JD.com’s sprawling cold-chain network

A partnership between Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com and Air China Cargo that was announced this week extends the reach of JD.com’s cold-chain network to key markets around the world, connecting Chinese consumers with fresh food producers around the world, with airfreight speed and connectivity. The deal ties Air China Cargo’s global network to JD.com’s cold-chain […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 18, 2018

Amazon adds 210 acres to future Cincinnati airport hub

Amazon’s senior vice president of operations, Dave Clark, announced last week that the Seattle-based retailer had just added a parcel of land to the site of its future air operations hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG), following last year’s plans to invest US$1.5 billion into the project. “Amazon Air [is] getting ready for take-off […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 17, 2018

JD.com invests in Vietnamese e-commerce platform Tiki

Beijing-based JD.com – China’s largest e-commerce company by revenue – is expanding its Southeast Asia footprint with an investment in Vietnam e-commerce platform Tiki. JD.com said today it signed the share subscription agreement in Tiki’s recent financing round. Once the round closes, JD.com will be one of Tiki’s largest shareholders, and will partner with the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 16, 2018

FedEx to merge specialty logistics, e-commerce into its forwarding arm

FedEx announced this morning that, starting March 1, 2018, it will begin merging its specialty logistics and e-commerce services into a new structure, under the company’s freight forwarding arm, FedEx Trade Networks, Inc. The reorganization puts the muscle of FedEx’s entire network behind the company’s global e-commerce services portfolio, which the integrator called, “an important […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 16, 2018

Crane’s Pete Mento returns to keynote at AirCargo 2018

The annual AirCargo 2018 Conference, which has been moved back to its early year position on the calendar (Feb. 18-20) in Austin, Texas, will feature the ever-popular Pete Mento of Crane Worldwide (pictured) as this year’s keynote speaker. Mento’s background as an air forwarder, customs broker and noted futurist means that while most people are […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 15, 2018

What do the Sam’s Club closures tell us about Walmart’s e-commerce strategy?

It’s easy to become inured to the pace at which e-commerce is transforming our economy. But news from Air Cargo World’s own backyard – that Walmart subsidiary Sam’s Club announced that it was closing three locations in the Seattle area as part of a 63-store retrenchment across the U.S. – was an especially prescient reminder […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 15, 2018

Alibaba fires back after receiving ‘Notorious Markets’ designation from U.S. Gov.

After finding itself once again on The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2017 “Notorious Markets” list for alleged violations of intellectual property (IP) rights, China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba, fired back today, countering that it was “doing more to protect brands and rights holders than any e-commerce company in the world.” Responding […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2018

Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market [VIDEO]

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2018

Online sales drive record holiday volumes at GEODIS

GEODIS is the latest logistics company to announce record volumes following last year’s e-commerce fueled global shopping spree. The company’s U.S. division said that it handled 2.3 million orders between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a 14 percent increase over 2016’s orders. Paris-based GEODIS said that that the four-day Thanksgiving shopping holiday in the United […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 11, 2018
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