Prime Air pilots picket Amazon board meeting in Seattle

[UPDATED] Pilots that fly for Amazon.com’s Prime Air picketed the e-commerce giant’s annual shareholders meeting, held today in Seattle. The pilots, who fly for Atlas Air World Wide (AAWW), picketed outside the venue to pressure Amazon leadership to reverse the high attrition rate that Atlas Communications Committee chairman Michael Griffith attributed to, “low wages and […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 23, 2017

UPS dismisses threat of mechanics’ strike

UPS has called the threat of a strike by the union representing its aircraft mechanics a “union tactic designed to pressure talks,” according to Mike Mangeot, UPS Airlines strategic communications director, in response to yesterday’s coverage of the ongoing labor negotiations. “UPS continues to negotiate in good faith for an agreement that’s good for them, […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 2, 2017

UPS air maintenance union threatens to strike

The union representing 1,200 UPS air maintenance workers is taking advantage of a shareholder meeting this week to pressure the board for a resolution to a three-year contract dispute, and threatening to move ahead with plans to strike if that fails. “We’re not willing to back off of this and we will strike over it,” […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 1, 2017

GEODIS tests motion controlled lifting machinery [VIDEO]

The concept that made Nintendo Wii a household name is making its way into the logistics business, with the ‘Com’hand’ system, which offers “intuitive control capabilities for lifting and handling machinery.” GEODIS is now testing the controllers at a manufacturing site of Saint-Gobain. The system was developed by Siatech, with initial testing starting in November […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 27, 2017

Cathay Pacific appoints new director of cargo

James Ginns will be taking over from Simon Large as Cathay Pacific’s director of cargo. Simon Large, Cathay’s the director of cargo, will be taking over as customer director on the passenger side of the business. Ginns is currently director of service delivery at Cathay Pacific. The transition is expected to take place on June […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 27, 2017

Shakeup at Virgin Atlantic as cargo boss Lloyd plans to step down

After a 30-year tenure, Virgin Atlantic’s senior vice president of cargo, John Lloyd, decided he will step down from the position this September. The veteran airfreight boss said he is resigning to pursue other, yet unspecified endeavors. “We will certainly be sad to see John go,” read a statement from Virgin Atlantic. “One of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 24, 2017

Dispatchers, Atlas Air Worldwide ratify new bargaining agreement

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and its dispatchers have ratified a collective bargaining agreement, covering two subsidiary carriers, Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide. The four-year contract extension includes pay increases, as well as benefits associated with the dispatcher’s relocation to the company’s operating hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), as part of Amazon’s […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 19, 2017

Atlas Air reaches tentative deal with dispatchers union over Amazon’s CVG move

Dispatchers working for carriers Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide are set to receive a four-year extension on their contract, including pay increases and relocation benefits, after its operations move to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) as part of Amazon’s planned relocation to CVG from Wilmington. Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) reached the tentative […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 7, 2017

Where have all the pilots gone? How a looming shortage may curtail e-commerce

Bug smashers, nearjets, flippers, junkstreams. To most pilots, these names conjure memories of their first jobs in the business, flying small aircraft for regional carriers, often carrying cargo. “It’s real flying, the sort that puts hair on your chest,” a seasoned American pilot named Dover explained. “There’s nothing glamorous about it. You are the dispatcher, […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 5, 2017

Pilots protest in front of White House against DHL’s cost cutting measures

Pilots for five U.S. based airlines that are subcontracted to carry cargo for DHL plan to protest outside the White House today, in hopes that President Trump will prevent DHL from applying pressure that “skirts U.S. laws designed to protect American airlines against foreign influence,” the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224 said. The union’s complaints […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 5, 2017

DHL Supply Chain prepping life-science network for robotics

Your next pharmaceutical order may be sent to you without ever being touched by human hands – provided it comes from a warehouse taking part in a new DHL Supply Chain robotics pilot project in the United States. DHL said it will start testing “collaborative, autonomous robotics” within its life-sciences sector at a facility in […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 5, 2017

UPS building $200 million facility, adds Saturday delivery to meet e-commerce demand

UPS announced today plans to build a US$200 million package operations facility in Arlington, Texas, just one day after it confirmed that it’s pilot Saturday-pickup project would be expanded nationwide through 2018. These developments point to an ongoing pivot towards more extensive and faster coverage by UPS in the context of growing e-commerce demand. “This […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 4, 2017

Turvo launches collaborative supply chain management platform

Turvo, a logistics startup has launched a “collaborative logistics” platform that allows shippers, brokers and carriers to communicate and manage shipments in real-time, across the entire supply chain. The company also announced it has raised $25 million in Series A financing. The platform allows shippers can manage loads, and eventually, it will offer inventory management. […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 29, 2017

Alibaba expected to fuel nearly a third of China’s digital economy jobs

A report out by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) claims that, on its current trajectory, Alibaba could be responsible for some 112 million jobs out of an eye-watering 415 million total jobs available in China’s digital economy in 2035. “If Alibaba’s emerging businesses, such as cloud computing and digital entertainment, play a strong future role […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 28, 2017
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