Into & Out of Africa: Links to China are rewriting the rules of African airfreight

Mere hours after being offloaded from an inbound flight originating at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport (CAN), a case of cell phones has already been processed through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s (NBO) new express center. They now sit at the edge of an off-airport warehouse, waiting for pickup to continue their journey over land. In the […]
  • Molly Thompson
  • October 3, 2018

Shifting Trade Winds: How trends, tariffs and tech create new cargo routes

As the peak season kicks into high gear, the freighters line up on the apron to be loaded with the newest basketball shoes, electronics and toys for the fourth quarter holiday rush. Nearby, companies such as Intel, Foxconn, LG, Samsung, Nike, Adidas and Puma have been pumping out products at full capacity for months. Now, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 1, 2018

The World of E-Commerce: Taking advantage of retail’s online revolution

Buzzword or not, the “e-commerce revolution” has reshaped not only the air cargo logistics chain but the overall retail market, on a global scale. With the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon in the United States, and Alibaba and JD.com in China, the need for e-commerce shipments to move across the globe in only […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 10, 2018

Fashion Forward: How the promise of A.I. will disrupt the apparel industry

Picture this. You receive a calendar notification on your phone. It’s that networking event you RSVP’d to a few months back. Crap, it’s next week, you think to yourself. You had envisioned shaking hands with your future contacts while wearing a sharp blazer and a fresh pair of slacks and your old standby ensemble, which […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 6, 2018

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2018

The Freight 50: Turbulence ahead for the top cargo carriers?

When economic indicators are grim and airfreight businesses are looking for a turnaround, it’s easier to spot the positive signs of hope in the industry. But when the outlook has been rosy – like it has been for much of the last 18 months for air cargo – carriers may have a tougher time preparing […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 8, 2018

The Malay Connection: Is Kuala Lumpur the next e-commerce gateway to China?

At an abandoned house on the outskirts of Georgetown in the Malaysian State of Penang, a man and his wife stand crouched over a box of seemingly random electronic components. Inside the carton is a set of specialized audio “tweeters” the pair plans to install throughout their dilapidated ancestral home in hopes of attracting a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 7, 2018

Farnborough Airshow order recap

Both Airbus and Boeing fared well at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, with Boeing announcing 673 orders and commitments during the show, and Airbus announcing 93 firm orders and 338 MoUs during last week’s show. For an in-depth look at orders by customer, and aircraft type,  here’s an analysis from our sister publication, Cargo Facts:  Farnborough 2018: widebody […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 26, 2018

Changes in Latitude: Latin America’s economy reverses years of cargo stagnation

Ten pallets of papayas are sitting in an industrial-sized refrigerator in one of the cool-chain facilities at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG), awaiting the green light from customs to be loaded onto the belly of a Los Angeles-bound widebody. Upon arrival in LAX, the prized fruits will be offloaded and transferred to another aircraft, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 5, 2018

Uncertain Certification: Do CEIV-Pharma standards really help?

At an airfreight conference held last fall in Budapest, Marcel Fujike, senior vice president of products and services, global air logistics, for Kuehne + Nagel, commented during a post-roundtable Q&A session about the effectiveness of the growing CEIV standard for pharmaceutical handling. At one point, he remarked, “If we really want to move the industry […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 2, 2018

Heeding the Call of Shippers: What 3PLs must know to survive the e-commerce revolution

A happy couple is about to move into their first house. All the furniture, clothes and kitchenware items have been sent to the new residence, but there is one crucial, final element still missing: The king-size brass bed that has been ordered through Macy’s and is set to arrive on Friday, just before move-in day. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 6, 2018

The Power 25: On the rise with the world’s top forwarders

It’s amazing what a little extra business can do. About 18 months ago, there was a lot of hand-wringing about the sorry state of the freight forwarding industry. They were far behind on the technology adoption curve; Amazon was coming along to disintermediate everyone in the logistics business and overcapacity was slowly bleeding the carriers […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 4, 2018

Power 25: Stability at the top, churn at the bottom

Stability at the top As expected, DHL Supply Chain and Global Forwarding stands alone and almost untouchable at the top of the pyramid, with nearly 2.25 million tonnes handled in 2017. Kuehne + Nagel was a distant second, but it still managed to increase its throughput by 20 percent, to 1.57 million tonnes. “Overall, you’ve […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 24, 2018

Many Paths Forward: Which Chinese carrier has the right e-commerce strategy?

A single brown box is plopped down on the doorstep of family home in a rural town in the southwest Chinese province of Sichuan. The driver, who owns a two-van operation distributing packages to area residents, is now on his way to deliver his next package in the adjacent village. It’s a five-and-a-half-hour drive to […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 3, 2018
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