JD.com readies drones, data, crowdsourcing apps for Singles Day surge

The e-commerce event known as “Singles Day” in China has broken commercial records ever since online retailers in the world’s largest e-commerce market started selling retail therapy to the country’s single – and eventually partnered – population. Last year, Alibaba sold more than US$1 billion worth of goods in the first five minutes of sales. […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 6, 2017

FedEx braces for unprecedented holiday volumes as e-commerce sales surge

FedEx expects to handle between 380 million and 400 million packages this holiday season, positioning the Memphis-based integrator at the epicenter of yet another record-breaking holiday season in 2017. Citing “changing market dynamics related to the growth of e-commerce,” FedEx said it expects the highest surges in demand to occur on Mondays, more than doubling […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 3, 2017

Former IATA cargo boss Vertannes joins airfreight IT pioneer e-Cargoware

TIACA Hall-of-Famer and airfreight veteran Des Vertannes has signed on as non-executive chairman for airfreight IT firm e-Cargoware, establishing IATA’s former head of cargo in the boardroom of a company whose stated mission is to, “disrupt the cargo Industry and replace legacy solutions.” Vertannes’ new role allows him to continue promoting IATA’s crusade against legacy […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 3, 2017

The Plum Blossom Soars: How Taiwan’s largest cargo carrier makes freighters work

On the tail of every China Airlines aircraft, blazoned across the vertical stabilizer, there is an image of the iconic pink and white plum blossom. The flower is symbolic not only as the official flower of Taiwan, where China Airlines is based. It is also revered for its robustness and ability to endure harsh winter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 2, 2017

Ready for Takeoff: The world’s top 50 cargo airports prepare for e-commerce

The previous year was not expected to be a particularly promising one in terms of air cargo at the world’s airports. The industry had just been through about 15 years of steady, but modest growth, in the range of 3 to 4 percent each year. With the specter of the Brexit and a rise in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 1, 2017

UPS to expand in Colorado with package facility in time for peak

UPS is expanding in the Denver region again, with the construction of a US$90 million package distribution facility that the company says will be operational this year, in time for the holiday shipping season. Kenneth Cherry, president of the UPS Desert Mountain district, said that the expansion was required to meet the, “rapid expansion of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 1, 2017

5 most anticipated airport cargo capacity expansions

As demand continues to increase for air cargo and e-commerce, the world’s airports are preparing to expand where possible to handle the expected load. Here is a list of some of the most eagerly awaited airport projects that will help expand global airfreight capacity.   1) Chicago, U.S. — DHL’s Global Gateway Facility Just last […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 31, 2017

E-commerce logistics startup ShipBob expands into Dallas region with new warehouse

E-commerce fulfillment startup ShipBob announced the opening of its newest warehouse in Dallas, the company’s first in the Southern United States, and the first since announcing a Series B investment of US$17.5 million, led by investment firm Bain Capital Ventures. ShipBob CEO Dhruv Saxena said that, “with so many e-commerce companies in the region, we’re […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 31, 2017

DHL adds global gateway facility to O’Hare cargo development

DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.” The new […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

Liège rolls out the red carpet for freighters, while competitors cut slots

Liège Airport is investing more than €20 million into new warehouses and cargo handling facilities, opening its doors to the cargo business during a time when other regional airports are struggling with overcapacity and limited cargo slots. Over the course of the next year, Liège plans to add nearly 20,000 square feet of cargo facilities, […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 30, 2017

Silk Way West to operate with ACL Airshop’s ULD tracking tech

After less than one month on the market, ACL Airshop’s real-time Bluetooth-enabled ULD tracking technology is already translating into more cargo business, as carriers take steps to eliminate so-called “black spots” from the airfreight supply chain. “Improved ULD logistics has become one of our strategic focuses, as it directly contributes to the bottom line, while […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 24, 2017

New Bluetooth transmitter provides package-level visibility

Logistics and asset monitoring company RoamBee says that visibility, down to the package-level, and end-to-end asset management are now possible with “BeeBeacon,” its mobile monitoring technology that was launched today. RoamBee’s CEO Sanjay Sharma told Air Cargo World that the device was already in use by a major Mexican beer manufacturer that shipped up to […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 24, 2017

Latest FedEx acquisition part of ongoing bid for e-commerce market [VIDEO]

FedEx has acquired Northwest Research, along with the latter’s capabilities to “resolve at-risk shipments” that the integrator hopes will improve its customer experience. Based out of Salt Lake City, Northwest Research is an inventory research and management company, and the latest in a string of FedEx acquisitions that bolster its e-commerce logistics capabilities. With Amazon.com […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 23, 2017

Canada Post, Purolator strengthen Cargojet partnership with early contract extension

Purolator and Canada Post, part of a conglomeration known as the Canada Post Group of Companies (CPGOC), have announced an early extension to a 2014 air cargo contract with Cargojet, now running through 2025, that outlines the cargo carrier’s service obligations to the Canadian shipping company, in the context of growing e-commerce volumes and other […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 23, 2017
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