Updated Cargobase’s app features 3PL matching algorithm

Singapore-based freight management app, Cargobase, updated its services yesterday, launching what it calls the first “curated multi-freight mode marketplace,” an extension of its existing app, which serves as a platform for shippers and 3PLs to communicate. Cargobase expanded its spot-buying software in April, a service it called “On the Go,” which widened its audience to […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 20, 2018

Freight management app ‘Kangaruu’ launches service

Another freight management startup, called Kangaruu, has entered the digitalization landscape, releasing its logistics management platform for shippers and brokers in the trucking industry. This year, we’ve seen airlines, logistics companies and tech start-ups try their hand at creating digital platforms through which industry members can communicate, with the goal of reducing or eliminating the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 19, 2018

Investment firm acquires WFS in new deal

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is being acquired by Cerberus Capital Management, the self-entitled “world’s largest air cargo handler,” based out of Paris, with a presence in 198 major airports in 22 countries. WFS is “positioned to benefit from attractive long-term industry growth,” said Cerberus’ head of global private equity and senior managing director, Brett Ingersoll. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 19, 2018

Google makes major e-commerce investment in China’s JD.com

In its latest foray into the e-commerce logistics world, Google has invested US$550 million in Beijing-based JD.com, giving the Silicon Valley giant greater access to services for global markets, including Southeast Asia, the United States, and Europe. The partnership is illustrative of both a growing focus on cross-border e-commerce, and the tendency of dominant e-tailers in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 18, 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

Panalpina acquires Argentine logistics network for perishables

Yesterday, Swiss forwarder Panalpina released news of a new deal to acquire Argentine logistics company Newport Cargo S.A. in a move that will bolster its orientation toward the growing Latin American perishables market. Newport Cargo handles 24,000 tonnes of freight exports per year, consisting mainly of U.S.-bound fish and berries. Following the merger, the cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 14, 2018

DHL Express launches ‘Where Everything Clicks’ program to seek more e-commerce

While demand for fast and free-shipping e-commerce services is higher than ever on the consumer side, the puzzle of making that expectation a reality (and still reaping a decent profit) is one that logistics leaders are still scratching their heads over. Today, DHL Express released results from a study on the purchasing habits of online […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 13, 2018

Ford, Postmates partner in autonomous vehicle experiment

Ford and app-based delivery startup Postmates are partnering in a project to see how businesses and consumers interact with self-driving delivery cars – although, for now, there will be drivers behind the tinted windows. The goal is to “test different methods for efficient deliveries,” as autonomous vehicle technology becomes a realistic possibility for use of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 12, 2018

Kerry Logistics launches new rail services to Caucasus region

Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics continues to invest in the “One Belt, One Road” initiative that promotes trade between Europe and China by releasing plans to launch a new 18- to 20-day railway service. The 3PL also said it is planning an alternative 12- to 14-day trucking service that will connect China to the Caucasus region, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 11, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Veterans of veterinary service

Since the earliest days of the air cargo industry, the transport of animals has evolved right along with the precious-but-nonliving goods secured in the cargo holds. In most of the issues of Air Transportation magazine, which later became today’s Air Cargo World, there is at least one mention of an exotic animal hitching a ride, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 8, 2018

AirBridgeCargo’s Lazarev: At right place, right time for further growth

Since joining the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2013, in the position of operations director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Sergey Lazarev has overseen a period of rapid growth for the Russian all-cargo carrier. Two years later after joining the carrier, he was appointed general director of ABC, which had been aggressively pursuing long-haul cargo routes and achieving […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2018

Heeding the Call of Shippers: What 3PLs must know to survive the e-commerce revolution

A happy couple is about to move into their first house. All the furniture, clothes and kitchenware items have been sent to the new residence, but there is one crucial, final element still missing: The king-size brass bed that has been ordered through Macy’s and is set to arrive on Friday, just before move-in day. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 6, 2018

Lightweight alternative to wooden pallet completes testing

This week, start-up NextPallet completed testing of its new lightweight shipping pallets that are about 10 to 20 pounds lighter than traditional wooden alternatives. The company hired Chicago-based Gaynes Labs to test the strength and validity of the product, results showing it could withstand loads of 20,000 pounds without sustaining any visible damage. “Air cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 6, 2018

Study shows gender wage gaps still wide in supply chain industry

While more women are entering into management positions in the supply chain management field, recent studies show that there is still a significant gap in wages between genders fulfilling equivalent roles, reported the Wall Street Journal, and the higher up a position’s ranking within a company, the wider the gap becomes. According to a study […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 5, 2018
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