WFS signs three-year handling contract with Qantas at DFW

Today, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) inked a three-year ground handling deal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for Australia-based carrier Qantas Airways. The agreement extends WFS’s relationship with Qantas, for which it already provides cargo handling services at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The new agreement stipulates WFS will conduct ground handling services for the carrier’s passenger operations, as well as cargo […]

Pushed to the limits: As Beijing and Chengdu prepare to become multi-airport cities, where will the cargo flow?

Growing pains In Nanjing, Thursday is the best day to eat at Mrs. Huang’s Yunannese cuisine restaurant. Why? Because it is the day that long dou, or dragon bean, shipments from China’s central Kunming province arrive in Nanjing, which is located in the eastern province of Jiangsu. According to Mrs. Huang, she and her husband could not serve certain traditional dishes […]

Pilot Freight sets record for revenues in 2018

U.S.-based Pilot Freight Services took in a record-high US$800 million in revenue for 2018, an increase of 24.8 percent over the previous year, which the logistics firm attributed to a “broadened selection of e-commerce products” and an “expansion of global capabilities.” The chief event of the year for Pilot was the company was the July […]

IATA Air Cargo Innovation Award finalists focus on ULD tech

For the third year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the names of three finalists for the organization’s Air Cargo Innovation Awards. This time, all three focus on the same piece of equipment in the supply chain: the ubiquitous unit load device (ULD). IATA’s judges winnowed down the short list of finalists from […]

Freighter and facility expansions at Leipzig pick up

Over the last week, several freight and facility expansion announcements at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) in Germany by AeroLogic, CargoLogic Germany and DHL Express suggest the airport is a growing hotspot for cargo in Europe. Lufthansa Cargo will soon take delivery of two 777F aircraft, which will be operated by AeroLogic, the LEJ-based 50/50 joint venture […]

Chengdu is newest site for SF Express hub

SF Express plans to develop a cargo hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), following the Dec. 25 signing of a joint venture agreement between SF Express’ parent company SF Holdings, the Chengdu Municipal Government and Sichuan Airport Group, according to the municipal government. Once operational, the hub will operate as a multi-modal gateway to […]

Swissport revamps regional management structure

Zurich-based cargo handler Swissport will consolidate its management structure from nine to three regions, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The three new positions will cover the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), APAC (Asia-Pacific) and Americas regions. The three new regional heads will report directly to Swissport’s CEO and president, Eric Born, replacing the current position […]

Six companies merge to form largest privately owned logistics firm in U.K.

This week, six United Kingdom-based logistics companies have joined up to create the largest privately owned logistics conglomerate in the country, to be called “EV Cargo.” According to Ecommerce News Europe, a Hong Kong-based private-equity investment firm EmergeVest – which has been expanding its foothold in the logistics industry -- is the force behind the […]

CEVA Logistics sends successful ‘TIR’ truck from China to Europe

The original “Silk Road” between China and Europe is hardly a new form of overland travel, but CEVA Logistics Greater China is reconsidering the ancient trade route as an alternate mode of long-haul cargo transport that may be competitive to rail, ocean and even airfreight. On Monday, CEVA completed a trial run of its first […]

British forwarders see demand increase during usually slow time of year

The United Kingdom-based logistics community is experiencing the first subtle waves of the disruptions to the supply chain sure to come with Brexit, according to one regional forwarder Davies Turner. The company said it is experiencing an unseasonal bloat in demand for warehousing capacity for early 2019 – which is normally a slow period following […]

CEVA board rejects takeover bid from DSV as ‘inadequate’

Yesterday, after Danish logistics firm DSV made an unsolicited, non-binding acquisition bid to CEVA Logistics AG, the CEVA board of directors unanimously rejected the offer of roughly US$28 per share in cash, saying that the bid – totaling about $1.5 billion – was “not in the best interest of the company and its shareholders.” The […]

Peli BioThermal launches hubs in Basel, Berlin

Pelican Products’ subsidiary, Peli BioThermal, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of temperature-control packaging, has expanded its Western European presence of service centers, network stations and drop points, with the opening of two service centers: one in Basel, Switzerland, and one in Berlin. The company opened up similar facilities in Frankfurt in August, and Tokyo last spring. It […]

Bourque Logistics to release Shipper BI big data tool

Texas-based logistics software and service provider Bourque Logistics is releasing “Shipper BI,” a new big data tool, this fall. Using cloud-based dashboards, the multi-modal tool covers truck, rail and intermodal shipping for domestic and international operations. The tool aggregates data related to fleets, shipments, freight costs and equipment maintenance, allowing logistics providers to generate reports […]
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