Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

Tech, trade, talent, transportation to dominate 2019, says DHL’s Sureddin

Toward the end of 2018, DHL Supply Chain said it was going to invest US$300 million into the acceleration of the development of cutting-edge technologies, such as robotics, at the majority of its North American facilities. Some of the technologies discussed include blockchain and the platooning of vehicles, among many others, but the integrator also […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 7, 2019

Is it the role of the airport help train and recruit workers for sustained cargo growth?

Air cargo industry stakeholders are no strangers to the difficulties involved in recruiting skilled labor to fill warehousing and ground handling vacancies at growing airports. But does responsibility fall on the airport, or the individual stakeholders in need of labor? A number of airports, such as Liège Airport (LGG) and Istanbul New Airport (ISL), are […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 20, 2019

BIFA to launch networking group for young forwarders in U.K.

In an effort to encourage more young professionals to join the freight forwarding profession in the United Kingdom, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said it will create a new networking group, the BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN), on March 6 to represent people who have recently joined the industry. Initially, the goal for YFN […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 19, 2019

TSA approves of canine security group for air cargo screening

After several months’ work with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a U.S.-based security group called the Cargo Screening K9 Alliance (CSK9), said on Feb. 1 that it has been approved by the federal government to begin using trained dogs to provide screening services at airline and freight forwarder facilities nationwide. The green light from TSA came […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 4, 2019

The top 10 most-read Air Cargo World articles in 2018

With 2019 just a few days away, we at Air Cargo World would like to pause to reflect on this mostly positive but tumultuous year in air cargo – a year of airfreight traffic booms, labor concerns and a strong peak season, tempered by the chill winds of global protectionism and looming Brexit worries for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 28, 2018

BIFA welcomes funding for increased U.K. customs training

British forwarders have been on edge for months as the coming Brexit deal creates more uncertainty in the European cargo business every day. But regardless of how the separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union works out, one area of the business that many agree needs strengthening is customs brokerage, which is the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 19, 2018

Truck driver shortage souring the American sweet tooth

One of my vices is a fondness for Hershey’s chocolate. This preference is not to say that I avoid products made by other chocolatiers, but when faced with the choice of several brands, Hershey’s milk chocolate is usually the preferred indulgence to my palate. The preference has always been favorable to my wallet, as well, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 5, 2018

Promising young BIFA forwarders feted at Virgin Atlantic

Who says young people aren’t interested in the forwarding business? Earlier today, the three finalists of the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) “Young Freight Forwarder of the Year” contest were given a tour of Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s U.K. facility during Familiarization Day at the British carrier. In the event, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo since […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 28, 2018

Atlas pilots protest airline’s relationship with Amazon Air

Yesterday, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ (AAWH) pilots – who fly for Amazon Air under a contract between the two companies – demonstrated outside of Amazon headquarters’ in Seattle, just outside of Air Cargo World’s offices. Teamsters Local 1224, which represents the airline’s pilots, maintains that the carrier does not have a sufficient body of pilots […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 23, 2018

UPS, Teamsters agree on tentative contract for mechanics

The Teamsters Local Union No. 2727 has come to a tentative contract agreement with UPS that will make 1,300 UPS aircraft mechanics the “highest paid aviation mechanics” in the United States, a statement from the Teamsters said. Upon ratification, employees will receive an immediate 16 percent pay increase as well as retroactive pay for all […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

Southern Air pilots’ union ratifies agreement

The agreement between Atlas Air Worldwide and the union representing the pilots that fly for its subsidiary – Southern Air, the all-cargo carrier for DHL – has been ratified after a long push that dates back to 2012 from pilots to increase pay rates to the same wage scales as their counterparts at parent company […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 13, 2018

Southern Air pilots reach tentative agreement with Atlas Worldwide

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (AAWW), has reached an agreement between the union representing pilots who fly for subsidiary carrier, Southern Air, over “interim enhancements” to the pilots’ collective bargaining agreement. According to AAWW, the interim agreement would “increase pay rates for Southern Air pilots to the same wage scales as provided to pilots of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 18, 2018

Emirates seeks to recruit U.S.-based pilots due to shortage

Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s largest cargo carriers, is responding to the ongoing shortage of qualified pilots with a new strategy – last week, releasing a tour schedule through the United States, calling it the “Emirates Pilot Roadshow” in hopes of recruiting pilots in person to be based out of the airline’s hub in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 12, 2018
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