Helsinki Airport aims for drone cooperation with Skyports trials [VIDEO]

While unauthorized drone operations near London Gatwick Airport (LGW) led the United Kingdom to tighten restrictions on near-airport operations earlier this year, Finland’s Helsinki Airport (HEL) is taking a more cooperative approach that could help launch urban drone deliveries. This week, U.K.-based drone infrastructure firm Skyports successfully completed urban environment drone delivery trials at HEL. […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 22, 2019

Cargo-partner turns 25, set to move into ‘BUD Cargo City’ this year

Vienna-based logistics provider cargo-partner, which is celebrating it 25th year in service in Hungary, said it will become one of the first tenants in the “BUD Cargo City” project at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport (BUD) before the end of this year. Construction on the planned three-story facility began in in January of this year and […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 21, 2019

Increased forwarding volumes, oil prices helped Bolloré see growth in 2018

French logistics conglomerate Bolloré continued to grow through the end 2018, due mostly to a 9 percent increase in its Transportation and Logistics (T&L) division. Sea- and airfreight volumes both rose in 2018, especially in Bolloré’s African operations, and also in its oil-and-gas logistics activities, which grew in revenues by 25 percent, “thanks to higher […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 20, 2019

Rhenus acquires Canadian 3PL Rodair

This week, the Germany-based logistics conglomerate, the Rhenus Group, acquired a Toronto-based 3PL, the Rodair Group, to expand its North American presence. Rodair has sites in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver, offering freight forwarding, project logistics, courier, warehousing, distribution, e-commerce solutions and customs clearance services. The group services a range of industries, including fashion, retail, automotive, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 19, 2019

Air France-KLM first carrier group to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck system

SINGAPORE — Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. Of the more than 1.5 million shipments moved by the Franco-Dutch carrier each year, 173,000 fall under the category of dangerous goods, such as caustic chemicals, flammable materials or lithium batteries, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 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

DB Schenker to launch ORD-SYD freighter service

International logistics company DB Schenker has added a weekly 777 freighter service from Chicago (ORD) to Sydney (SYD) to its service portfolio. The company said the service will address demand for time-sensitive shipments of automotive, industrial and healthcare industry products, as well as heavy and outsized goods. Starting March 11, the direct service will depart […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 6, 2019

Back to basics: Remembering the human side of automation

A review of a recently published investment firm survey on freight forwarder customer sentiment proved quite surprising – despite what the news tells us about “what customers want.” More than 1,500 shippers answered questions about their selection preferences and areas of concern when choosing major forwarder transportation providers. Because digitalization is a constant topic in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • 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

C.H. Robinson expands network with acquisition of Spanish Space Cargo Group

Yesterday, U.S.-based forwarder C.H. Robinson inked an agreement for the purchase of The Space Cargo Group, based in Spain, for US$48 million in a move that will further expand its international network, especially in Spain and Latin America. Like C.H. Robinson, Space Cargo Group provides ocean and airfreight forwarding, customs brokerage and other logistics services. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 1, 2019

Panalpina’s mediocre 2018 results reflect a challenging Q4 for air segment

A day after Kuehne + Nagel released its fourth-quarter and full-year figures for 2018, the “other” giant Swiss forwarder, Panalpina, did the same, underpinning a unifying theme that the last quarter of 2018 was a challenge for most of the international logistics community. Panalpina reported that its airfreight volumes grew by 5 percent, year-over-year, during […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 28, 2019

One month before Brexit: Dachser says prepare for ‘hard’ times

With just a month to go before the March 29 deadline for the United Kingdom’s pullout from the European Union, and no kind of customs deal in place for a smooth transition, several logistics companies are attempting to step in with their own plans to avoid the expected Brexit chaos. One of the latest is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 28, 2019

Strong start to 2018 masks K+N’s weak Q4 results

Swiss forwarding giant Kuehne + Nagel just released its annual results, which show respectable growth in volume and profit looking at the year as whole, but a less fortunate story during the fourth quarter, in which airfreight volume declined 1.5 percent, year-over-year, to 441,000 tonnes and operating profit from airfreight stayed flat, at about US$19 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 27, 2019

CEVA reduces debt, confirms drop in net earnings for Q4

Earlier this month, when Swiss 3PL CEVA Logistics released its preliminary results for 2018, it touted its reduction in debt and its potential growth prospects for 2019. Today, as it released its official fourth-quarter and full-year performance figures, CEVA official retained their optimism, but, like several other logistics firms, reported double-digit losses on fourth-quarter earnings […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 27, 2019
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