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

Alibaba expects record volumes for latest ‘Single’s Day’ e-commerce event

China’s Alibaba revealed a preview of the promotions planned for Single’s Day on Nov. 11, the largest one-day retail event in the world, which requires a similarly massive logistics effort. Alibaba expects more than 100 million customers to participate in the sales day, which will include more than 140,000 brands total and more than 60,000 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 20, 2017

Morgan Stanley: Latest SpaceX rocket could disrupt parcel service industry

Morgan Stanley has caught the Elon Musk hype, specifically, for a 150-ton payload SpaceX rocket destined for Mars, that could also be used to transport cargo from point A to B here on earth. Last week, analysts with the New York-based financial services firm said that the parcel service industry in particular, “could see a […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 17, 2017

FedEx chooses project44 to connect shippers with truckers, 3PLs

FedEx has started using application programming interfaces (API) from logistics software provider project44, to connect its less-than-truckload (LTL) division to shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs). The deal means that project44 subscribers now have access to real-time data from the largest LTL trucking operation in the country, which, in turn, means increased rate quote accuracy, […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 16, 2017

E-commerce disruption of air cargo only in its opening act, Unisys says

We are only seeing the opening act of the e-commerce effect, according to logistics IT company Unisys. A report released by the company this week claims that the global air cargo industry will transform by 2020 through “even smarter” warehouses, as companies across the supply chain rush to capitalize on the e-commerce boom. One novel […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 13, 2017

Alibaba plans $15 billion investment for tech R&D at DAMO Academy

Following in the footsteps of technology giants, including IBM and Microsoft, China’s Alibaba will create a research and development program, called DAMO Academy, through an investment of US$15 billion over the next three years. DAMO Academy will include eight research bases in seven cities across the world. At the Computing Conference 2017 in Hangzhou today, […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 11, 2017

Air cargo messaging standard gets closer with IATA-WCO collaboration

As any world traveler knows, situations can get confusing when the parties involved don’t share a common language. The same holds true in air cargo when it comes to digitizing across platforms, and industry organizations are taking steps to overcome the cargo language barrier. To that end, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Cargo-XML messaging […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 10, 2017

Embleton seeks to steady helm after IAG Cargo’s CEO upheaval

Normally, when a division goes through three CEOs in the span of two years, it’s a red flag that danger is on the horizon. This was the environment faced by Lynne Embleton in early April, when IAG Group appointed her as the new head of IAG Cargo after she had been the managing director of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 9, 2017

3PL revenues on track to hit $1.1 trillion by 2022

A report released by Armstrong & Associates shows e-commerce and outsourcing fueling demand for third-party logistics (3PL) services, driving 3PL revenues to over US$1.1 Trillion by 2022. In 2016, the global 3PL market reached $802 billion. Armstrong & Associates research found that global logistics costs were $8.2 trillion in 2016, with the firm predicting that […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 6, 2017

Infrastructure issue bridges gap between forwarders, integrators

A decade-old major highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis still serves as a deadly reminder of the price our nation pays for lack of transportation infrastructure investment. The incident, which happened without warning over the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007, took the lives of 13 people and injured 145 more during the evening rush-hour commute. […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 6, 2017

CFS: FedEx e-commerce services form bulwark against Amazon’s market hegemony [VIDEO]

MIAMI — With FedEx’s chief of marketing and communications officer Rajesh Subramaniam on stage here at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium, the audience had the opportunity to catch up on developments at the rapidly growing integrator. Subramaniam talked about everything from the company’s active role in the national discourse surrounding free trade, to the implications […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 5, 2017
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