FedEx opens long-delayed Shanghai Pudong facility to streamline customs

FedEx has finally opened its US$100 million, 134,000-square-meter Shanghai Pudong International Airport hub. Originally slated to open in early 2017, the Shanghai Hub is now the largest of its kind at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, featuring FedEx’s most advanced sortation technology and temperature-controlled storage, ranging from -22°C to 25°C. When FedEx first unveiled the plans […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 8, 2018

Phoenix airport creates ‘SkyBridge Arizona’ hub for U.S., Mexico customs

In a bid to better facilitate cross-border e-commerce, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced plans to create “SkyBridge Arizona” to house customs operations for the United States and Mexico at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). The formation of SkyBridge Arizona includes historic agreements between U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mexico’s Administracion General de Aduanas and AZA, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 8, 2018

Rise in ‘on demand’ delivery sends e-tailers scrambling for warehouse space

E-commerce was supposed to bypass the need for expensive downtown storefronts, but rising demand for two-day shipping has turned the tables, with warehousing space in or near cities – close enough to deploy last-mile deliveries – currently costing, on average, more than US$250,000 per acre, up 25 percent from 2016 to 2017. On the national […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 5, 2018

Amazon’s holiday season victory lap continues, Prime ships 5 billion packages

The Tweeter in Chief’s opprobrium notwithstanding, Amazon.com continues its victory lap after completing – with no major disruptions or delays – a record-breaking holiday shopping season that saw the Seattle-based retailer ship more than 5 billion items via its Prime membership service in 2017. That’s a massive uptick from the 1 billion items that Amazon.com […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 3, 2018

Cross-border e-commerce resolution gains corporate approval

Hong Kong-based logistics firm U-Freight Group expressed approval of the “Luxor Resolution” on e-commerce, recently adopted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) Policy Commission to help customs and other government agencies understand and address challenges that emerge with increasing e-commerce activity. The resolution, named for the Egyptian city where it was adopted during the WCO […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 3, 2018

4 months in, Delta plans to expand new Cargo Control Center

Four months ago, Delta Cargo launched its Cargo Control Center (CCC), which the Atlanta-based carrier said would provide, “proactive communication and support” in the event that flights are delayed or cancelled. Air Cargo World stopped by the carrier’s Atlanta headquarters to catch up on the latest developments. In the short time it has been operational, […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 2, 2018

Top 10 Air Cargo World stories of 2017

We at Air Cargo World thank you for your loyal readership during this surprisingly busy 2017 and wish you continued success in the coming new year. But before we turn the calendar to 2018, we thought we’d take one last look back at this year – our 75th continuous year in publishing – and find […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 29, 2017

E-commerce triggers a tsunami of returns this holiday season

Returns are the unsung antiheroes of the e-commerce saga, but this holiday season, they’re getting their moment in the spotlight, because it turns out that for all the advantages of shopping online, nothing beats the old-fashioned dressing room. “E-commerce’s painless return policies are duping us,” wrote Slate.com’s Inkoo Kang. “And I’m fine with it.” Simply […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 28, 2017

InBin is latest delivery security product designed to deter ‘porch pirates’ [VIDEO]

This year, it wasn’t just the Grinch, and it wasn’t just Whoville. Across America, Christmas gifts were plundered from the front porches of millions of e-commerce customers, adding up to millions of dollars in theft. A survey by a California-based home security company, called Ring, found nearly 20 percent of homes reported stolen packages in […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 28, 2017

Even freighters are being sold online this holiday season

E-commerce has indeed transformed the airfreight market, leading to robust activity last week in advance of the Christmas holiday. What may be less known is that aircraft transactions are becoming part of the online shopping experience. Last Thursday, the China-based e-commerce platform Taobao, owned by Alibaba, successfully auctioned off a 747-400ERF for US$23.3 million — […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 27, 2017

Is Home Depot about to make a bid for XPO Logistics?

XPO Logistics stock shot up in the wake of reports last week that Home Depot was considering an acquisition bid for the U.S.-based logistics and transport company. With XPO already a major logistics partner for Amazon.com’s push into online furniture sales and delivery, a Home Depot acquisition could have wide ranging e-commerce implications, including keeping […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2017

New International Bonded Couriers facility targets cross-border e-commerce

International Bonded Couriers (IBC) announced the opening of its fourth Express Consignment Clearance Facility (ECCF) at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD), with the international logistics company saying that the expansion will streamline the duty-free import of e-commerce parcels and other time-sensitive shipments. IBC specializes in Section 321 shipments, the designation for goods clearing U.S. Customs and […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 22, 2017

SEKO introduces ‘Airfreight + Final Mile’ service in North America

SEKO Logistics announced a new airfreight home delivery service – known as Airfreight + Final Mile – to support e-commerce retailers and customers in North America. The service underwent trials in Texas and California, and is currently being utilized in the southeastern United States by an electronics retailer. The new product is aimed especially at […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 21, 2017
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