Cargo’s Crystal Ball: The power of machine learning

Most shippers were caught off-guard last August when the world’s seventh-largest container line suddenly went into receivership. An estimated US$14 billion in cargo was left in limbo after two-thirds of South Korea-based Hanjin’s fleet – some 93 vessels – were seized, stranded or denied entry into ports. Shippers immediately opened their contingency playbooks and began […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 5, 2017

Birth of a Niche: How small freighters can create big cargo opportunities

Bob Convey had just finished booking two more orders for Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI)’s CRJ200 freighter conversion when Air Cargo World rang to talk about the aircraft conversion house’s   come-from-behind success story. “We always launch these programs based on a combination of gut feeling and industry knowledge and research,” the senior vice president of sales […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 3, 2017

Upset the Shopping Cart: Can forwarders survive Chinese e-commerce?

Shelly Lu oversees logistics for a medium-sized Chinese biochemical company that produces some 5,000 tonnes of powder and liquid chemicals each year. “Due to the price-sensitivity of the commodities we manufacture, we ship most of our products by ocean freight,” she explained. But, as is the case with much of the cargo moving by air, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 2, 2017

The Freight 50: The world’s top carriers return to cargo growth

In an industry as cyclical as the airfreight sector, good news is usually followed by a period of mild trepidation. “If demand is up one month, surely it will fall the next months,” goes the general wisdom of veteran air carrier executives who know how the airfreight rollercoaster works. So, after the bump in airfreight […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 1, 2017

The Freight 50: A strong finish to 2016

A strong finish In some ways, 2016 came in like a lamb for the airfreight industry and went out like a lion – one whose roar can still be heard today as the surge in demand carried well into 2017. IATA’s WATS report noted that the particularly strong peak season in 2016 “coincided with a […]
  • Staff Reports
  • July 25, 2017

That Sinking Feeling: Keeping shippers from running back to seafreight

With any broken relationship – whether it’s a romantic tryst or a freight consignment – there’s always the danger of the “rebound effect.” “Unrewarding rebound relationships can actually lead people to feel more attached to their ex-partners, rather than less,” warned Samantha Joel, assistant professor at the University of Utah Psychology Department. With time, she […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2017

New Kids on the Blockchain: Perishables and the need for transparency

Think about the last three seafood dinners you’ve had. Let’s say you ate fresh Coho salmon flown in from the Pacific Northwest, perhaps some tasty red snapper sourced from the Gulf of Mexico and some ahi tuna from Japan. Chances are, however, that one of those meals was mislabeled, and you actually ate some kind […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 5, 2017

The DFW Difference: How the Texas hub became a gateway to Latin America

John Ackerman was reviewing the freight numbers prior to an airport board meeting, but something about the numbers looked fishy. “The increase in cargo volumes was just too high,” recalled Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)’s executive vice president for global strategy and development. But after the number crunchers had revisited the data, they confirmed that […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 3, 2017

When pigs (and horses) fly: Demand rises for live animal transport

On April 20 of this year, a special passenger arrived on a United flight from London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare. He was in good health and spirits the last time someone had checked on him a few hours before wheels up. But when it came time for him to change planes on the second leg […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 6, 2017

Bridges to Breakthroughs: How free trade can survive in a protectionist world

A war on the Korean peninsula would be unthinkable for global supply chains. “If Korea is hit by a missile,” Soo Kyoum Kim, of IDC Research told Bloomberg, “all electronics production will stop.” South Korea’s semiconductor manufacturers supply two-thirds of the world’s electronic memory chips, and it was the country’s indispensability to the global economy […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 5, 2017

The Power 25: How the world’s top forwarders are facing the future

(Charles Kauffman and Lewis King also contributed to this article.) If 2015 was called the “year of the merger,” with the wave of consolidations across the airfreight industry, 2016 could be the year of deja vu. We have seen these companies before – well, almost all. While there has been some churn in this year’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 1, 2017

The Power 25: How long can the good times last?

EARLY RISERS For this year’s Power 25, the positive trends outweighed the bad. Last year, we at Air Cargo World predicted DSV, following its completed absorption of UTi, would be a fast riser – and rise it did, leaping up seven spots on the Power 25 list, from No. 16 to No. 9. Now that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 27, 2017

Flower Power: Can standards bring order to the chaotic flower market?

In mid-April Conrad Archer, managing director of Panalpina Airflo, Kenya, was bracing himself for a sharp spike in traffic volume. The run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day had produced a surge of more than 30 percent above normal in flower volume, and projections for Mother’s Day pointed to a similar spike – which translates into […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • May 8, 2017

Greener Skies Ahead: How going green can help your bottom line

Last month, FedEx issued a report with much fanfare about the results of two initiatives that made them understandably proud. They had set baseline targets back in 2005 and were already close to hitting their goals. All told, the two initiatives saved FedEx a combined US$281 million dollars in cost savings in fiscal 2016 alone. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2017
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