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 […]

From freight to plate

More seafood than ever is being flown by air, setting new standards for speed A tongue-in-cheek saying you’re likely to hear within months of joining the air cargo industry is that if cargo is flying, someone, somewhere has made a mistake. As a mode of transportation, air transport is more expensive than road, rail or […]

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 […]
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