E-commerce, express traffic continue to outpace general cargo growth in Q1

With first-quarter volume figures coming in for many airports around the world, we noticed two, in particular, stood out from the crowd: Leipzig Halle Airport (LEJ) in Eastern Germany, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) in the United States. Both of these mid-sized airports reported volumes up – way up – in Q1, reaching 12.3 percent and 34.1 percent […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 23, 2018

DHL Express expands NYC e-commerce capacity to handle demand

To keep up with the rapid demand for e-commerce services in the greater New York City area, DHL Express has opened two new facilities in the region – one in Long Island City (LIC), in the borough of Queens, and the other in the Times Square section of Midtown Manhattan. DHL invested more than US$10 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 20, 2018

Could Amazon be headed… to the Amazon?

For many years, the country of Brazil has been a conundrum. With more than 200 million people, this South American country has been blessed with enormous natural resources and the 8th-largest gross domestic product in the world (nearly US$3.4 trillion), yet has been rocked by continuous political scandals, military coups and corruption that have prevented […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 20, 2018

SEKO expands ‘white glove’ e-commerce delivery services

SEKO Logistics is expanding its special-care e-commerce delivery services – a.k.a. the “white glove” treatment – to include installation and setup of bulkier items that are traditionally bought in-store, such as furniture and fitness equipment, which consumers are now increasingly purchasing online. The services will also include the syncing of smart devices with the new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2018

U-Freight America expands West Coast presence

U-Freight America, the San Francisco arm of Chinese logistics company U-Freight, is opening an 80,000-square-foot facility in Industry, California – 20 miles east of Los Angeles – which will expand its capacity for its Asia-Pacific clients. Rick Keller, chief executive of U-Freight America, says the facility is in the “perfect location from which to offer […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2018

DHL expands U.S. footprint alongside global trade growth

DHL has been expanding its locations around the world to keep up with growing e-commerce and international trade demand, and its most recent expansion in southern California has doubled its intake capacity in Ontario, California. Shipments DHL processes in Ontario focus on international trade and e-commerce, and include documents, small parcels and palletized freight. The […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 13, 2018

Alibaba’s Ma cautions against U.S.-China trade war

Stakeholders in the air cargo industry have been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric since before he took office in 2017. Yesterday, Alibaba chairman Jack Ma added to the chorus of disapproval as he discouraged pursuit of a trade war between China and the United States, while embracing “American-led globalization.” Ma’s commentary on […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 12, 2018

E-commerce is taking over the retail world, UPS says

Today UPS published its annual “Global Pulse of the Online Shopper” study that shows consumer behavior in the realm of e-commerce is shifting. The study, which surveyed consumers from the United States, Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, suggested that consumers from all over the world are purchasing from sellers outside of their residing countries […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2018

How will the airfreight ‘wild card’ be played in 2018?

Based on the latest combined January and February results from WorldACD and IATA, 2018 clearly got off to a strong start in terms of cargo demand. But the real question is: Now what? Except the 2018 version of “now what” also includes a new wild card. Any speculation about the future involves taking stock in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

Freightos survey says forwarders are running out of time to modernize

Freight forwarders have come a long way toward adopting digital processes over the last three years in anticipation of the e-commerce revolution, but time is rapidly running out for the laggards that have not yet embraced digitalization. A recent study conducted by Forrester Research for online logistics firm Freightos said some forwarders may be out […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 30, 2018

Top 10 things overheard in Dallas at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium

IATA’s World Cargo Symposium 2018 is now history, but between the 13 separate, concurrent tracks and all the networking that was done by more than 1,100 delegates in Dallas a couple weeks ago, chances are there were several words of wisdom you may have missed, even if you had attended every day. As a refresher […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 28, 2018

Trump’s tax cuts gave FedEx huge boost in Q3 net income

Benefiting greatly from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) championed by President Trump and passed in the U.S. Congress last year, FedEx Corp. reported a whopping 269 percent rise in quarterly net income, worth more than US$2 billion, said the Memphis-based integrator as it released its third-quarter figures for the 2017 fiscal year. The re-measurement of FedEx’s tax […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 21, 2018

Alibaba doubles down on investing in Lazada Group

In a move that is sure to have air cargo repercussions in the near future, the owners of China’s Alibaba e-commerce marketplace have sent a message to rival Amazon by doubling its initial US$2 billion investment in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group to $4 billion. In addition, Alibaba co-founder Lucy Peng was named as […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 19, 2018
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