Flexport lands billion-dollar investment from SoftBank

It’s getting harder to call Flexport a scrappy little logistics tech startup from San Francisco. Today, the five-year-old full-service online forwarder raised US$1 billion in a funding round, led by Silicon Valley’s SoftBank Vision Fund, bring its total valuation to $3.2 billion. With a “B.” Other investors in the round were Founders Fund, DST Global, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 21, 2019

Following the Pack: Reassessing often-overlooked cool-chain packaging

On Dec. 13, Southwest Airlines flight 3606 was 35,000 feet above Idaho en route from Seattle to Dallas when the captain announced to passengers that the plane was turning around and heading back to SeaTac – a measure that is only taken in the most critical of circumstances. In fact, the incident made headlines on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

DHL Global Forwarding to open humanitarian logistics hub in Dubai [VIDEO]

DHL Global Forwarding is creating a new center focused specifically on logistics for humanitarian crises around the world. The Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics is to be located in Dubai, strategically positioned between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The facility is also in relative proximity to the already existing International Humanitarian City – a major […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 6, 2019

Air Cargo Executive of the Year: Giving back is the better part of valor

One aspect of the director job at Amazon Air that Sarah Rhoads said she enjoys the most is being able to use the wide-ranging logistics network to help out communities and those less fortunate than herself. For instance, in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 25, 2018

Giving thanks for Airlink’s help during natural disasters

Today and tomorrow, Air Cargo World will be closed in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. But while many U.S. companies have shut down to let their teams celebrate with their families, one aviation-related organization is still working tirelessly to provide aid and comfort to victims of natural disasters across the globe. During this start of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 22, 2018

ACS aids Indonesian earthquake

As the death toll from the 7.5-magnitude Indonesian earthquake and resulting tsunami on Sept. 28  climbs over the 2,000 mark, the coastal communities on the coast of Sulawesi are continuing the process of repair with the help of airborne relief efforts, like that of United Kingdom-based Air Charter Service (ACS). ACS said that, so far, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 26, 2018

TACF18: Cargo drones loom large over Toronto show [VIDEOS]

TORONTO – Amid all the talk of digitalization, blockchain and cargo communities at this year’s Air Cargo Forum, the session that earned the biggest buzz this week was the “Unmanned Freight Aircraft” panel. Rather than the small quad-copter demonstration projects seen over the last few years, the manufacturers showcased here are working on prototypes for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2018

Hurricane Michael disrupts traffic across U.S. Southeast

In a region still soggy from the historic floods from Hurricane Florence last month, airlines, airports and logistics companies across the Southeastern United States are busy handling the delays, closures and power outages that followed yesterday’s landfall of Hurricane Michael in the Florida panhandle. The strong Category 4 hurricane slammed into Florida’s Gulf Coast southeast […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 11, 2018

Air cargo industry responds with aid for Indonesian tsunami [VIDEO]

  As the death toll continues to rise past 1,500 people following the devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last Friday, the air cargo industry is responding with aid and personnel that are being sent to the hardest-hit area near the city of Palu and also to a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 5, 2018

DHL flies medicine via fixed-wing drone to Lake Victoria island [VIDEO]

DHL has completed testing of “Deliver Future,” its pilot project to transport medicine using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Ukerewe Island in East Africa’s Lake Victoria. Over a six-month period, the fixed-wing “DHL Parcelcopter 4.0” (pictured), which utilizes German drone manufacturer Wingcopter’s tilt-rotor technology, successfully flew a 37-mile route to an Ukerewe Island in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 4, 2018

DHL, United Nations implement airport preparedness program at SJJ

While the state of North Carolina struggles to reconnect flooded supply chains in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s Sept.14 landfall, the United States is not alone in its resolve to better prepare for large-scale weather disasters. Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are teaming up to prepare Sarajevo International Airport […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 24, 2018

Florence stalls in U.S. mid-Atlantic coast, causing greater local flooding

The 100-mile-per-hour winds have begun to subside as the Category 1 Hurricane Florence slowly crossed the North Carolina coast this afternoon, but the enormous rainfall the stalled system has dumped on the area remains the top logistics concern, as widespread coastal flooding (see map above) and a 10-foot-high storm surge have left at least 30,000 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 14, 2018

American logistics companies brace for Florence supply chain disruptions

While Hurricane Florence appears to have weakened overnight to a Category 2 storm, it has maintained its vast size and slowed its forward momentum this morning, making the risk of serious supply chain  disruption even worse as it makes landfall later today in the Carolinas, bringing expected storm surges topping 10 feet along with rain […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 13, 2018

Berlin 1948/49: The airlift to end all wars – and launch an industry

“Rugged,” said one airman of the rest of the crew involved in the largest air rescue operation in history. “Rugged as a sunovabitch.” These were the words relayed to American air cargo professionals in the seminal 1949 series of articles penned by Richard Malkin, the legendary original managing editor of Air Transportation magazine, which decades […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 11, 2018
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