Cargo Insights: Forwarders prove flexibility can overcome disruption

Like many travelers, I have become a rideshare convert from traditional taxicab transportation. The reasons for the switch range from increased ease and reliability for booking early rides, more competitive pricing, and my kids teaching me how to master the app on my mobile phone. But despite these benefits and my newfound preference, I still […]

The China-Russia connection: E-commerce demand supports a booming trade lane

Chinese express carriers have been making waves in the air cargo business for some time now, rapidly building up their freighter operations and innovating domestic express operations. Still, despite being the base for two of the world’s largest e-commerce companies – JD.com, which is often compared to Amazon for the high degree of control it […]

Cargo couture: selecting tailored, wearable tech for your collection

Models strut down the catwalk as fashion giants look on – viewers take note of the product’s material, fit and whether the item is “Prêt-à-Porter,” or ready to wear. Keep in mind, this show is only one of a slew of stakeholders in haute couture have attended worldwide and now they must select pieces from […]

Agile forwarding: How top forwarders innovate in the Middle East

Even in 2017, when air cargo operators saw double-digit gains in year-over-year traffic, growth in the Middle East was comparatively slow. The region’s geographic location had long made it a hub for trade between the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, and likewise positioned major gulf carriers like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines high in […]

Cargo Insights: Air cargo gains a seat at the security table

Passing through any TSA passenger airport screening checkpoint in the summer can be as unpleasant as getting your driver’s license renewed or receiving dental work – you never know how long the process will take or how much pain will be involved. Most frequent fliers have begrudgingly accepted that the often-tedious process of airport security […]

Cargo Insights: How to regulate the ‘Wild West’ of e-commerce?

Anyone who watched the television show “Gunsmoke” knows that the American “Wild West” could be a dangerous place where notorious outlaws preyed on small towns to enrich themselves at the expense of others. Law enforcement was present but, in many cases, spread thin so the local sheriff would usually form a group of willing and […]

The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

The Freight 50: 2018’s top carriers standing strong in the face of headwinds

Signs of a slowdown in global trade and airfreight demand had already begun to surface last year, and in 2019 have materialized into a challenging global economic environment. This year’s headwinds, however, did not come as a major surprise to the industry, where leaders had warned of the eventual consequences of erecting trade barriers and […]

A new Teutonic order: how reimagination guides German innovations in air cargo

Did you know that the success of the Germanic Teutonic Order in the 13th and 14th centuries relied heavily on the innovative adoption and application of horses, crossbows, and brick and mortar? Beyond integrating horses and crossbows into their military combat strategies, which gave them an advantage over various populations, they also constructed brick and […]

Cathay Pacific develops solution for lithium-ion batteries on freighters

Standalone lithium-ion batteries can once again be carried by Cathay Pacific Cargo on its freighter aircraft, after the carrier developed and introduced a fire-containment bag. Shipments of standalone lithium-ion batteries are a significant driver of freighter traffic, especially given the growth of e-commerce and personal electronic devices. Under a provision adopted by the ICAO Council in February 2016, lithium-ion […]

Cargo Insights: Forwarders face stiff tech, regulatory and economic headwinds

Extinction is often triggered by a change in environmental conditions, which causes species with insufficient adaptive characteristics to perish. Forwarders continue to face a complex environment of changing regulatory requirements, shifts in trade, competitive technology demands and stiff economic headwinds. The challenging nature of the business has left many experts wondering if forwarders can adapt, […]

Tripping over tariffs

Temporary disruptor, or catalyst for supply chain revolution? An effortless downswing launches a ball up into the sky where it bisects an incoming China Southern 747 freighter making its final approach toward the nearby airport’s eastern runway. Unbeknownst to the golfer, a footwear executive in town for an urgent supply chain meeting, she has more […]
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