Crossing the Line: Will cross-border regulations trip up China?

Powdered milk is a phenomenally popular product in China. Numerous scandals involving contaminated domestic milk, a shortage of dairy cows and a general admiration for imported products have made milk powder a commonly found commodity in the e-shopping carts of Chinese consumers. In fact, for one Australian milk cooperative, China has been seen as the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 1, 2016

The Race for Track & Trace: Are 3PLs ready for serialization?

Few activities require a greater degree of blind faith than swallowing a pill. The tiny capsules can be lifesavers, but there are few outward signs that indicate whether they are legitimate. Imagine being prescribed Heparin, a proven blood thinner, only to find out after the onset of a blood clot that the drug was an […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 8, 2016

Beyond Baku: Cargo carriers reach past the Caspian

If the Azerbaijani government had its way, the capital city of Baku might be called a “second Dubai.” Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) – located on the Absheron Peninsula and surrounded on three sides by the inland Caspian Sea – has one of the largest and newest cargo terminals in the Commonwealth of Independent States […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • July 7, 2016

Track & Trace: Conflicting requirements for serialization

Part of what makes serialization complicated is the lack of harmonized requirements. At the macro level, serialization guidelines are not standardized from country to country. In fact, serialization requirements can vary dramatically from company to company, raising a host of questions that must be considered well in advance of item-level serialization implementation. Lucy Deus, head […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 3, 2016

The Power 25: Top forwarders grow through acquisition

What’s in a number? For businesses, numbers can provide a fairly accurate picture of the health of a company. In our “Power 25” list of the top global airfreight forwarders, Air Cargo World uses numbers to track the rise and fall of the major players in the market. But numbers only tell part of the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 8, 2016

Rickenbacker Revival: How an all-cargo airport found a new spark

For most dedicated cargo airports, their charm has also been their own curse – they look good on paper, but often have trouble succeeding in the real world. By eliminating the clutter of passenger operations to focus specifically on the needs of airfreight, all-cargo airports have been marketed for decades in the United States as […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2016

Getting I.T. Right: What forwarders can learn from DHL’s struggle

No one ever said it would be easy. But few people thought it would be so hard. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, had finally determined that it was going to get rid of “Logis,” its legacy IT system that dated back as far as 30 years, patched together from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 2, 2016

The Power 2015: Stability at the top

Stability at the top For the top four forwarders on the Power 25 list, ranked by tonnage, there was seemingly little change. DHL’s Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions led the field, yet again, by a wide margin, with 2.11 million tonnes of air cargo shipped during 2015. However, the leader hardly had an easy […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 26, 2016

Frankfurt Airport builds on momentum

The introduction of a curfew that banned freighter flights during the night could not knock Frankfurt airport off its perch as Europe’s top gateway for air cargo, despite dire warnings that this would cripple the airport and send cargo to other European hubs. Nor can a decline in in cargo traffic, it seems. Frankfurt’s throughput […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • May 5, 2016

3D Printing & Cargo: Threat or opportunity?

Many people still think of 3D printing (3DP) as a toy for the “maker” geeks crowd. Today, that toy status of 3DP is official. Mattel recently introduced a 3D printer for kids called the ThingMaker, which runs on cuttingedge 3D design and printing technology from Autodesk, the same company that brought the world AutoCAD. The […]
  • Michael Moore
  • May 4, 2016

Perishables bear fruit: Why air cargo shouldn’t fear modal shift

The flat peach – also called a Saturn peach or a doughnut peach for its toroid shape – is high in potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and has become a popular health snack in many parts of the world. In 2015, flat peach production spiked, reaching more than 200 percent of the average volume […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2016

The Iranian Conundrum: How sanctions removal affects global logistics

The Parisian Azadi Hotel was recently the voted the most popular hotel in Iran. The award, which the hotel touts, was based on an “extensive poll” by the Islamic Parliament of Iran, which the hotel calls “one of the most authoritative institutions in Iran.” The hotel boasts views of the mountains ringing Tehran. It is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 6, 2016

Airlink’s ongoing humanitarian relief missions

The crucial role airlift plays in expedited delivery is not limited to global trade, but is also of great significance to humanitarian relief.  Air Cargo World’s publisher, Royal Media, has, for some time, supported the efforts of Airlink, a leading rapid-response relief organization that links commercial and charter airlines within its network to pre-qualified nonprofits […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 5, 2016

Shifting Sun: Japanese forwarders, carriers broaden their horizons

After U.S. and Japanese officials agreed in mid-February to add new landing and take-off slots at Tokyo Haneda Airport that will allow daytime flights to the United States for the first time, passenger carriers were practically licking their lips. Because of this agreement, Japanese and U.S. airlines will soon get five new slots each at […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • April 4, 2016
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