FedEx pilot detained in China for item found in luggage

(Bloomberg) —A FedEx Corp. pilot was temporarily detained in southeastern China after authorities found hundreds of air-gun pellets in his luggage prior to boarding a commercial flight to Hong Kong, marking the delivery firm’s latest setback in the country. The pilot, who was held in the city of Guangzhou, was later released on bail and […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • September 20, 2019

Amazon bulks up its delivery network with huge electric vehicle order

Amazon placed an order for 100,000 electric delivery vehicles, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, announced on Twitter today. The vans, from Rivian Automotive, are expected to begin delivering packages in 2021. https://twitter.com/davehclark/status/1174697626685661186?s=20 The move is not altogether surprising, as Amazon earlier this year led a $700 million equity investment in Rivian […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 19, 2019

Amazon cozies up to postal operators, Cargo Facts Consulting finds

Amazon has inked major agreements with at least 12 postal operators globally to fulfill its growing shipping demands, finds a new report this week from Cargo Facts Consulting. E-commerce traffic has been good for volume and revenue growth in parcel business units for the world’s largest postal companies. Likewise, when sourcing delivery capacity for its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 17, 2019

Does increase in FedEx 2020 shipping rates prelude strategy shift? 

FedEx announced new shipping rates for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will come into effect Jan. 6, 2020.  The new rates will include increases in surcharges and fees for FedEx’s U.S. Express Package Services, U.S. Ground Services, International Express Package Services, International Ground Services, U.S. Express Freight Services, International Express Freight Services, as well as an […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 17, 2019

Amazon Air launches daily service to ATL

Daily Amazon Air flights to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) began last week on Sept. 12, ATL confirmed to Air Cargo World. The inaugural service was operated by ABX Air, a subsidiary carrier of Air Transport Services Group, using a 767-200 freighter. Amazon Air flights also began operating at St. Louis Airport (STL) last week, while […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 16, 2019

CargoLogic Germany cleared for take off with AOC

Leipzig (LEJ)-based CargoLogic Germany (CLG) was issued an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), the German civil aviation authority. With an AOC in hand, the carrier expects to start flying “imminently,” CargoLogic Germany told Cargo Facts. Initially, CLG will operate a pair of 737-400 SFs that were redelivered to the carrier earlier this year, on-lease from Vx […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 16, 2019

Amazon’s Dallas-area regional hub ready for October opening

Amazon announced today that its Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW) will open in October. The new hub, which was announced last December, is designed as a build-to-suit facility and is intended to support the carrier’s “larger-scale regional needs,” such as sortation operations and multiple flights a day.   The facility is the “first airport […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 12, 2019

Amazon signs lease on multi-story urban fulfillment center near Seattle [VIDEO]

Continuing its endeavor to expedite fulfillment, Amazon has leased nearly 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of space in a multi-story logistics center in urban Seattle.   Although vertical logistics centers are common in land-constrained regions in Asia and Europe, most similar buildings in North America are built out rather than up. Completed in 2018, the Georgetown Crossroads facility is the first building of its […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 10, 2019

Azul Cargo taps into Chinese e-commerce with Blue Box China service to Brazil

Azul Cargo is continuing its recent foray into e-commerce, and yesterday announced the launch of its Blue Box China service. With this service the carrier will support the speedy shipment of goods bought on Chinese online stores to consumers’ homes in Brazil.  When purchasing items on Chinese online stores, customers must request the product be delivered to Azul […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 6, 2019

YTO Cargo Airlines follows perishable flows to Pakistan with new freighter flights

YTO Cargo Airlines has launched a route connecting Kunming (KMG), located in China’s southwest Yunnan province, to Karachi (KHI) in Pakistan with the support of Yunnan Airport Group (YAG), the airport operator that manages KMG. The route is being launched to support both regional trade from Yunnan to Pakistan and as a channel to Southeast […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • September 3, 2019

Mercado Libre and Azul Cargo Express partner to expand 24-hour deliveries in Brazil

Today, Azul Cargo Express announced a new partnership with Argentine e-tailer Mercardo Libre. As part of the agreement, Mercado Libre will utilize Azul’s air network exclusively in Brazil, to facilitate 24-hour e-commerce deliveries throughout the country. Although the two companies just started working together earlier this year, business from Mercado Libre already accounts for 10% […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 29, 2019

Cargojet signs strategic agreement granting Amazon voting shares 

Cargojet announced today that it signed a strategic agreement with Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, an affiliate of Amazon.com.ca Inc., as a key carrier for Amazon’s middle-mile transportation in Canada. The new agreement also grants the e-commerce giant the opportunity to buy a stake in the carrier.  The news follows Cargojet’s recent handling of record volumes in support of […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 23, 2019

Cargo Insights: How to regulate the ‘Wild West’ of e-commerce?

Anyone who watched the television show “Gunsmoke” knows that the American “Wild West” could be a dangerous place where notorious outlaws preyed on small towns to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Law enforcement was present but, in many cases, spread thin so the local sheriff would usually form a group of willing and […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 21, 2019
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