The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 1, 2019

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2019

Shanghai, Emirates Top 2019 ACE Awards

Correction: When this story first ran in April 2019, finalist carrier Turkish Airlines was misidentified as being in the “Up to 999,999 Tonnes” annual throughput category as a winner of a Certificate of Excellence for its 101-point ACE score. In fact, Turkish Airlines handled more than 1.4 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, so it should have been placed […]
  • Caryn Livingston & Randy Woods
  • April 3, 2019

A new model for complementary airport systems in Beijing and Chengdu

A new model for complementary airport systems  Air cargo logistics providers operating in major Chinese cities aren’t strangers to running cargo operations through multiple airports in Chinese cities. However, the development of the “one city, two airports” complementary airport model in Beijing and Chengdu will vary from those formerly established in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River city-clusters. The difference is this – formerly, […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 12, 2019

Pushed to the limits: As Beijing and Chengdu prepare to become multi-airport cities, where will the cargo flow?

Growing pains In Nanjing, Thursday is the best day to eat at Mrs. Huang’s Yunannese cuisine restaurant. Why? Because it is the day that long dou, or dragon bean, shipments from China’s central Kunming province arrive in Nanjing, which is located in the eastern province of Jiangsu. According to Mrs. Huang, she and her husband could not serve certain traditional dishes […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 11, 2019

A Nose for Cargo: Canine screening may become cargo security’s best friend

  They have become such a common sight in airports, we hardly even notice them anymore. Four-legged sentinels named “Oz” or “Champ” or “Scout” have been walking the terminals in airports throughout the world, using their astounding sense of smell to determine whether any passenger has been anywhere near even the faintest traces of explosive […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 6, 2019

Crew Recording on Doomed Amazon Jet Reflects `Loss of Control’

Recorded conversations by pilots on a cargo jet carrying packages for Amazon.com Inc. that crashed last month near Houston reveal they began losing control of the aircraft about 18 seconds before it slammed into a shallow bay, investigators said Tuesday. The communications captured on the cockpit sound recorder were “consistent with a loss of control […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • March 5, 2019

Cracking the Customs Code: Can customs clearance ever be automated?

Imagine you’re a forwarder handling the logistics needs of an up-and-coming e-tailer in the Latin American market, that sources goods from China. Your client is intent on offering customers the same delivery windows as the Amazons and the Alibabas of the world: less than 72 hours between the time a customer places the order on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 4, 2019

CAL Cargo targets seafood exports with Oslo flights

Beginning tomorrow, Israel-based CAL Cargo Air Lines will double its capacity ex-Oslo Airport (OSL) with the addition of a second scheduled weekly 747-400 freighter service between OSL and Tel Aviv (TLV). CAL had previously operated one weekly service on Tuesdays, and the new Friday service is expected to add 3,500 tonnes of capacity per year for seafood […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 1, 2019

JD Logistics’ President of International Logistics to speak at Cargo Facts Asia

Stard Huang, president of international business at JD Logistics – the integrated supply chain management arm of Beijing-based JD.com – has joined the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 speaker faculty. During a Fireside Chat, Stard will discuss how consumer e-commerce demands are evolving, and the implications for cross-border e-commerce supply chains and their reliance on air freight.
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 22, 2019

FAA bumps Vietnam to Category 1 safety rating, direct flights to follow

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Vietnam a “Category 1” safety rating as defined by the regulatory body’s International Safety Assessment (IASA) program. The new rating will enable airlines based in Vietnam to establish direct service to the United States which, will soon boost belly cargo capacity moving out of one of the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 15, 2019

Following the Pack: Reassessing often-overlooked cool-chain packaging

On Dec. 13, Southwest Airlines flight 3606 was 35,000 feet above Idaho en route from Seattle to Dallas when the captain announced to passengers that the plane was turning around and heading back to SeaTac – a measure that is only taken in the most critical of circumstances. In fact, the incident made headlines on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

Africa’s ‘Moon Shot’: Preparing for an African air cargo renaissance

Built more than 60 years ago, Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is hardly a cutting-edge example of a modern, global air cargo hub. While there have been some recent expansions to its cool-chain handling facilities, NBO’s connectivity to the rest of the world is relatively modest. Still, Kenya’s largest airport has ardent fans. “Jomo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 4, 2019

Freighter movements fall at AMS, while Kalitta Air files complaint over slot allocation

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) reported a 2.5% decline in freight volumes and 10.4% drop in full freighter movements year-over-year for 2018, as freighter traffic at the airport has been challenged since 2017, when AMS began enforcing a rule requiring operators to keep to scheduled operational time “slots” 80% of the time or risk losing them.
  • Caryn Livingston
  • January 31, 2019
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