Done Deal: FedEx buys TNT, hubs to remain open – for now

Today FedEx reached the end of its long road to the acquisition of TNT. It also started down the longer, and likely more rocky, road of making that acquisition work. In this analysis from our sister publication, Cargo Facts, David Harris describes how, in the near term, both brands, will remain and the three European […]

Getting I.T. Right: Don’t blame SAP

DHL’s New Forwarding Environment was based on an SAP system, but don’t point the finger at the Germany-based enterprise software giant. Other examples of successful SAP rollouts can be found in many systems – most recently at two Panalpina locations: Singapore and Switzerland. Beginning in December 2015, Panalpina began the rollout of its SAP Transportation […]

ASL finalizes purchase of TNT air operations

The first ripples of the FedEx/TNT deal are about to be felt in Europe with ASL Aviation Group’s announcement today that it has completed the purchase of the airline operations of TNT Express, which includes Belgian subsidiary TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas, based in Spain. ASL also signed a multi-year service agreement to […]

UPS prepares to launch on-demand 3D Printing network

In a move aimed at keeping both its brick-and-mortar stores and expedited delivery services relevant in an increasingly on-demand market, UPS announced plans to integrate 3D printing services into its global logistics network. Starting this summer, customers will be able to access and utilize 3D printers installed in more than 60 UPS Stores, with additional […]

Pilots flying for DHL’s network near unanimous in strike vote

After weeks of voting, the union representing nearly 2,000 American pilots who fly worldwide for carriers that operate DHL’s  network, released the results of a a strike authorization vote, showing 99 percent of the participating pilots voting in favor of a possible strike. According to the Teamsters Local 1224 union, 93 percent of their represented […]

DHL optimistic despite declining Q1 forwarding, airfreight results

While parent company Deutsche Post-DHL Group increased its first quarter earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) by 21.3 percent to €873 million, compared with the same period last year, its airfreight volumes slipped by 8.8 percent and its forwarding revenues fell by 12.2 percent in a challenging first quarter for the year. Despite the disappointing […]

UPS to double package processing capacity at San Antonio facility

Following similar investments on the U.S. West Coast, UPS announced plans to nearly double the footprint and make sorting technology upgrades at its San Antonio-based ground sorting facility. Craig Wiltz, president of UPS’ Red River District, said, “population and business growth throughout Texas” were the main drivers for the expansion project. When the project is […]

Pilots union dispute heats up with potential strike vote

On ongoing dispute between a prominent pilots’ union and five carriers that operate DHL’s North American network recently reached a new level as the union members have decided to vote to authorize a potential strike action over disagreement in contract negotiations. Over the next 10 days, nearly 2,000 pilots represented by the International Brotherhood of […]

UPS manages strong growth in Q1 2016

In spite of a reduction in revenue growth due to lower fuel surcharges and currency exchange rates, UPS reported strong growth in net income for the first quarter of 2016, rising 10.2 percent, compared to the previous Q1, to reach US$1.13 billion. Operating profit rose by 9 percent, year-over-year, to $1.82 billion for the same […]

Final hurdle cleared in FedEx/TNT deal

Like a trail of slowly falling dominoes, the regulatory clearance process for FedEx’s US$4.9 billion acquisition of TNT Express has moved from country-to-country, occasionally hitting minor setbacks, until today, when China’s Ministry of Commerce, the last remaining regulatory body to submit a decision, announced its full approval of the deal. “With the approval of the […]

Air Cargo World introduces Elevate 2016 conference in Miami

Big data, analytics, digitization and the rise of global e-commerce are changing the face of airfreight logistics forever. To help propel the airfreight industry forward, Air Cargo World is proud to announce the launch of Elevate 2016, the air cargo industry’s first event focused on innovation. Elevate 2016 will take place on October 10 at the Mandarin […]

Cainiao received US$1.5 billion in international funding since 2013

At least six groups injected an estimated US$1.54 billion into Alibaba’s logistics unit Cainiao during the company’s first round of external funding since it was founded in 2013. Charles Kauffman, of sister publication Cargo Facts provides details, which will also be discussed next week at Cargo Facts Asia 2016 in Hong Kong, where Steven Li, […]

Yamato, and to form cross-border partnership

A new partnership between China-based e-tailer,, and Japan-based package delivery company, Yamato Holdings, will soon enable cheaper and faster delivery of Japanese goods to Chinese consumers, according to a report from Nikkei. As the number-two player behind Alibaba, with an estimated 23.3 percent Chinese e-commerce market share, is racing to enhance its cross-border […]
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