Singapore Airlines, Cainiao partner to expedite cross-border shipments

Today Hangzhou-based Cainiao Network Technology Co., Ltd., the smart logistics subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, inked a strategic partnership with Singapore Airlines to leverage the airline’s network to expedite cross-border e-commerce deliveries. The partnership represents one of a number of agreements between Singapore Airlines and Alibaba Group affiliates to cooperate on a number […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2018

DHL eCommerce enabling next-day B2C food deliveries in Thailand

DHL eCommerce and Thai egg producer Kasemchaifood have partnered to deliver farm-fresh eggs sold through online channels directly to consumers, within 24 hours. Before taking to the internet, Kasemchaifood relied primarily on a wholesale business model with a lengthier supply chain to distribute its eggs. Under the traditional business-to-business supply chain model, it would take […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 22, 2018

Panalpina warns of potential ground-handling gridlock during peak

While most of the focus in previous peak air cargo seasons was based on finding enough capacity before the busy end-of-year shopping spree, Panalpina said there is another threat lurking this fall at overcrowded cargo-hub airports. After reporting the handling of just under 1 million tonnes of airfreight in 2017, a new record for the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 21, 2018

UPS grows alternate delivery location offerings with Taiwan ‘e-lockers’

UPS is expanding delivery options for e-commerce shipments in Taiwan with the addition of more than 850 “e-lockers” as alternate delivery locations (ALDs). UPS is working with Palmbox and Chunghwa Post, via its iBox lockers, for e-commerce deliveries in Taiwan. Once Taiwanese customers receive deliveries from international retailers at an e-locker, UPS will notify the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 20, 2018

Pilot Freight expects 30 percent growth in 2018 ‘heavy-and-hard-to-handle’ e-commerce

Pilot Freight Services released its Q2 2018 results in which it projects its “heavy and hard-to-handle” (H3D) e-commerce business will grow 30 percent by year-end. In terms of traffic, the company has moved about 24,000 tonnes of freight so far this year, which it said is a “12 percent increase over last quarter.” John Hill, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 10, 2018

Is your website ready for automated shipping portals?

Many of us started our careers in freight forwarding learning how to use the Telex machine to send alerts to destination cities, requiring the typing of shipment information into an awkward device that produced a yellow tape that ultimately transmitted the data. The process was tedious by today’s standards, but when it was combined with […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 10, 2018

Cargo Chat: Azul’s Frota on Brazilian carrier’s ‘box-retail’ strategy

As the demand for north-south e-commerce in the Americas heats up with the recent recovery of the Brazilian economy, Azul Cargo Express, the cargo division of carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, has begun utilizing the belly capacity on Azul’s 800 daily flights to 103 airports in the Americas to deliver small parcels. In May, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 9, 2018

Expeditors reports Q2 growth in airfreight sector

Seattle-based freight forwarder Expeditors International of Washington today reported a stong performance in its airfreight services in its the second quarter of 2018, but said oceanfreight struggled due to pricing issues. “We continued to add profitable growth from new and existing customers during the quarter, particularly in air and some of our differentiated, best-in-class services, such […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 7, 2018

DP-DHL Group reports troubles in Post-eCommerce-Parcel sector in second quarter

While Deutsche Post-DHL Group posted operating profit (EBIT) gains in the Express, Global Forwarding and Freight, and Supply Chain segments, a year-over-year decrease of 58.5 percent in second quarter EBIT for the Post-eCommerce-Parcel (PeP) division weighed on the Group’s overall EBIT for the quarter, which declined by 11.2 percent, y-o-y, to €747 million. The Group’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 7, 2018

The Malay Connection: Is Kuala Lumpur the next e-commerce gateway to China?

At an abandoned house on the outskirts of Georgetown in the Malaysian State of Penang, a man and his wife stand crouched over a box of seemingly random electronic components. Inside the carton is a set of specialized audio “tweeters” the pair plans to install throughout their dilapidated ancestral home in hopes of attracting a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 7, 2018

Freightos, Lufthansa Cargo collaborate on instant ‘e-booking’ of air cargo

In an effort to hasten the digitalization of the airfreight industry, online cargo marketplace Freightos has teamed up with Lufthansa Cargo to create a new online portal through which forwarders can compare rates and book air cargo space nearly instantly. By combining Freightos WebCargo and Lufthansa Cargo’s application programming interface (API) services, enabling forwarders to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 23, 2018

ODW opens high-tech Columbus logistics facility

Columbus-based 3PL ODW Logistics is opening a 200,000-square-foot logistics center, located 30 minutes from Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), bolstering its foothold in the Ohio e-commerce hub. ODW says the facility’s services will be “fully customized for each shipper,” offering bar-code scanning, static and in-motion scales, dimensioning systems, label print and application capability, sortation services, and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 18, 2018

Alaska Air’s Berry on ‘monumental’ expansion of domestic cargo frontiers

Seattle-based Alaska Air Cargo is often thought of for its unique, but vital, role in bridging air cargo flows between the state of Alaska, and the contiguous U.S. – a role that facilitates summer salmon barbecues in the Midwest, and stocks supermarket shelves throughout the state of Alaska. But this year, the carrier has taken […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 11, 2018

Alibaba, Bolloré to partner in series of high-tech joint endeavors

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Paris-based Bolloré logistics have entered an agreement to share their best-practices and respective market knowledge, and potentially cooperate on projects in autonomous driving, cloud computing, and the creation of data management software. Cainiao, Alibaba’s logistics network; Alibaba Cloud, its computing arm; and Bolloré Logistics’ battery-making division, Blue Solutions, are among […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 10, 2018
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