The Last Shall Be First: South American e-commerce’s last-mile boom

If ever there was a country that encapsulates the extremes of modern society, it could be the South American country of Brazil. By far the largest of the nations on the continent, it is also the wealthiest, but also has some of the largest, most densely populated slums, located not far from enormous villas and […]

The Power 25: Top forwarders face turbulent headwinds

With the continued stagnation in airfreight growth noted in the first quarter of 2019, global freight forwarders may be forgiven for waxing nostalgic for the heady days of early 2018, when the e-commerce surge was expected to keep the 2017 peak season going all year long. Sadly, those days were short-lived and, a full year […]

Last-mile? There’s an app for that

The competition to take on last-mile demand is heating up everywhere in the South American market, especially in the dense urban areas where B2C shows the most potential. Several “Uber-like” on-demand startups have been searching for ways to compete with the likes of Amazon, eBay, MercadoLibre and other e-commerce giants, and have been attracting the […]

The Power 25: Forwarders to watch through 2019

DSV-Panalpina (future No. 3) – For the rest of this year and into 2020, all eyes in the forwarding world are going to be focused on the new DSV-Panalpina entity, which was decided in early 2019 and will be formalized by the third quarter. In its annual report for 2018, DSV said its earnings before […]

Power 25 Charts: 2018’s largest forwarders by airfreight metric tonnes

About the Power 25 The Power 25 list was compiled with the cooperation of Armstrong & Associates, Inc., a U.S.-based supply chain consulting firm, which ranked the 25 largest forwarders, based on their 2018 air tonnage. Revenue information and international air tonnage figures for 2018 are either reported by the companies or estimated by Armstrong […]

The Power 25: Forwarders are rising fast, but keep those seatbelts fastened

Fastest Risers In the lower-middle of the Power 25 pack, the movement was more volatile, especially with the Asian forwarders making impressive leaps in activity. China’s Apex Logistics International, for example, outpaced all other forwarders with a 42% increase in revenues ($1.35 billion) and a 34.4% rise in air tonnage (430,000) to sprint five spots […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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