IATA: Demand growth slows in May, as protectionist policies loom

May reports from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and WorldACD show that the 2017 heyday of double-digit growth rates in the global air freight market are officially returning to normal levels. The organization said freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) increased by a moderate 4.2 percent, year-over-year, for the month of May. The figure is an […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 6, 2018

May airfreight demand growth slows

With the release of WorldACD’s air cargo performance results for May, the slowdown from last year’s consistent double-digit increases is undeniable. Although volumes are still increasing year-over-year, the increases are significantly less than those seen during 2017. Air cargo volumes worldwide increased by 2.6 percent y-o-y in May, down from the nearly 15 percent y-o-y […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 2, 2018

IATA expects slower growth with uptick in protectionism

In its second-quarter Cargo Chartbook, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicted a likely slowdown ahead for airfreight traffic, as traffic in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) rose by a slower 4 percent, year-over-year, during the three months ended April. The positive air freight performance during 2017 was supported by overall strength in world trade demand […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 28, 2018

XPO Logistics, Nestlé to build ‘digital warehouse’ in the U.K.

XPO Logistics is partnering with food and drink company Nestlé to create a 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Leicestershire, U.K. The warehouse, scheduled for completion in 2020, is being billed as a “digital warehouse of the future,” and will serve as a testing environment for new XPO technology before it is released globally. The facility will […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 18, 2018

Poland’s demand for air cargo forwarding projected to grow

Market analysis firm Ken Research published a 100-page outlook report this week on the state of the Polish freight forwarding sector, suggesting that the country will experience strong growth between now and 2022. According to the report, freight forwarding is the largest revenue contributor in Poland’s logistics industry. According to the report, Poland’s major trading […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 18, 2018

Volume growth at Pactl raises expectations

Over the past decade, Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) has grown in importance in the air freight universe to the point that it is now the second busiest airport in the world for international cargo, behind only Hong Kong (HKG), and the third busiest for total cargo, lagging only Hong Kong and Memphis (MEM). Pactl, […]
  • David Harris
  • May 7, 2018

IAG Cargo Q1 gets boost from India, pharma demand

U.K.-based IAG Cargo reported a 10.9 percent increase in commercial revenues over the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017. CEO Lynne Embleton attributed IAG Cargo’s success to a buoyant market across Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions, and India particularly, as well as growing demand for its pharmaceutical transportation program, Constant […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 4, 2018

Virgin Atlantic Cargo gains pharma authorization at Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Cargo received a wholesale distribution authorization (WDA) from the United Kingdom’s government for the carrier’s global headquarters operations and its new “Pharma Zone” at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR). The WDA designation was developed by the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), alongside the European regulator for medicines, the European Medicines Agency […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 2, 2018

E-commerce turns up the heat on fulfillment companies

The e-commerce boom in the United States has already irrevocably changed the traditional dynamics between supply chain members, but we are still far from seeing how these dynamics will re-form – if ever – after the dust settles, according to an in-depth report released last week from third party logistics (3PL) research organization Armstrong & […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

Lufthansa Group leads European carriers in Q1 traffic growth

The Lufthansa Group released solid results for the first quarter of 2018, reporting cargo traffic up 4.9 percent year-over-year to 2.14 billion revenue tonne kilometers. This is down from last year’s first-quarter growth of 6.3 percent, but very much in line with worldwide trends, and a much better result than its big European competitors Air-France-KLM […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 27, 2018

DHL CEO Appel says ‘Protectionism is the wrong path’

Deutsche Post-DHL Group CEO Frank Appel joined industry leaders in denouncing the economic policy of protectionism in a speech delivered at the company’s annual general meeting this week, calling it “the wrong path, no matter where it is or what form it takes.” Many industry members – including CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, and the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 24, 2018

Agility launches online forwarding platform for SME shippers

Kuwait-based Agility Logistics, a digitalization early-adopter in the logistics space, is introducing another major innovation in its logistics services with the launch of its online forwarding platform, called Shipa Freight. Shipa Freight is fully integrated with Agility’s logistics network and “allows users to complete a shipment completely online,” according to Shipa Freight CEO Toby Edwards. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 17, 2018

DHL GF targets startups with Berlin helpdesk

With the proliferation of startups in today’s increasingly digital economy, DHL Global Forwarding, the ocean- and air-forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL, launched a Berlin helpdesk intended specifically to help its startup and entrepreneur customers. The Start-Up Helpdesk, which offers logistics and supply chain services and advice, “acts as a link between companies going global […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 16, 2018

DHL expands U.S. footprint alongside global trade growth

DHL has been expanding its locations around the world to keep up with growing e-commerce and international trade demand, and its most recent expansion in southern California has doubled its intake capacity in Ontario, California. Shipments DHL processes in Ontario focus on international trade and e-commerce, and include documents, small parcels and palletized freight. The […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 13, 2018
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