Cargo Chat: Has RFID’s time finally arrived at cargo facilities?

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is hardly a cutting-edge technology. The system of scanning and identifying objects through the use of radio waves has roots that reach back to World War II. Since then, it’s been used in countless tracking systems to monitor the movement of trucks and goods. In the air cargo world, adoption of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 8, 2016

Asia-Europe cargo alliances appearing around every corner

Carrier alliances are rapidly becoming the way for forwarders in Asia to move their airfreight to overseas destinations. Following All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) alignment with Lufthansa, the Japanese carrier is about to embark on a second joint venture, this one across the Pacific with United Airlines. Germany- based Lufthansa, meanwhile, has set the wheels in […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • July 6, 2016

Etihad Cargo offers freight discounts to fly cars

When the weather becomes unbearably hot in the Gulf, the world’s most expensive luxury cars, bearing Arabic-language license plates, start appearing in front of luxury stores in London and other major European cities. For these jetsetters with a penchant for navigating foreign motorways in their favorite luxury cars, relief is now in sight. Etihad Cargo […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2016

Logistics Launchpads: Tech accelerators foster air cargo innovation

When Bay Area serial entrepreneur Vijay Harrell hit upon the idea for OneClickShip, an online portal that allows small businesses to control most of their supply chain management needs, he knew he had a winner on his hands. But he also knew that he didn’t know nearly enough about the freight business to strike out […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 5, 2016

e-AWB penetration resumes growth in May

Following March’s surprising drop off in electronic air waybill (e-AWB) usage, May marked the second month of steady gains. Figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show that global e-AWB penetration in May reached a new high of 39 percent, up from 38.3 percent in April. In May 2016, e-AWB volume reached 571,171 tonnes […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 4, 2016

Track & Trace: Conflicting requirements for serialization

Part of what makes serialization complicated is the lack of harmonized requirements. At the macro level, serialization guidelines are not standardized from country to country. In fact, serialization requirements can vary dramatically from company to company, raising a host of questions that must be considered well in advance of item-level serialization implementation. Lucy Deus, head […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 3, 2016

Bijaoui resigns abruptly from WFS

Two days after the airfreight industry was surprised by Dirk Reich’s decision to leave Cargolux, another shock was felt today from the ground-handling side, as Olivier Bijaoui, president and CEO of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has abruptly left the company less than a year after WFS was purchased by Platinum Equity. Platinum did not provide […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 1, 2016

WorldACD: May another disappointment for air cargo

Air cargo volumes grew by an anemic 0.5 percent in May 2016, measured against the previous year’s May figures, according to WorldACD (see chart above). In a report released this week, the market data company noted significant diversity in performance, with the origin North America market tumbling 4 percent, year-over-year, while the Middle East/South Asia […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 1, 2016

UPS expanding field-stocking locations to Europe

UPS announced plans yesterday to expand the number of its medical device field-stocking locations (FSLs) in Europe. UPS FSLs were first developed in the United States to ensure that medical device manufacturers deliver their products to more than 80 percent of U.S. hospital beds within four hours. The facilities are strategically located to reduce transit […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 1, 2016

Logistics Launchpads: Welcome, Logistics Class of 2016

The startups selected in the accelerator programs under Lufthansa/RocketSpace and EPIcenter represent a range of emerging industry tech sectors, and will have a chance to validate their products through pilot testing with multiple global corporations. The chosen startup firms in both programs are: EPICENTER LOGISTICS INNOVATION ACCELERATOR (Mar. 23-Aug. 11, in Memphis) NovoNav – Provides […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 30, 2016

New cold-storage facility authorized for Kabul Airport

Authorization has been granted for the construction of a cold-storage facility for agricultural products at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, according to a report in the Wadsam Afghan Business News. The paper cited Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) Shah Mahmood Habibi as saying that the new facility would have […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 29, 2016

German air cargo restrictions another setback for Bangladesh [updated]

Germany is now the third country, after Australia and the U.K., to restrict direct cargo flights from Bangladesh due to security concerns. The decision was made by the LBA, Germany’s civil aviation authority, and was taken “because of information provided by our law enforcement authority and intelligence services.” Shipments from Bangladesh to Germany, the LBA […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 28, 2016

BIFA to Cameron: Stop delaying Heathrow expansion decision

Brexit or no Brexit, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has had enough. In an urgent message to the British government, BIFA said Prime Minister David Cameron’s administration, before it steps down in September, must stop delaying and move forward with the recommendations made by the Airports Commission by building more capacity at Heathrow Airport. […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2016

Signs of post-Brexit turbulence ahead for U.K. airfreight

Shortly after the last votes were counted last Thursday, favoring the U.K.’s exit from the European Union by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent, a slew of graphs appeared online parsing out the nuances of the complicated event. Examined in conjunction, the numbers uncovered some startling trends – most of them troubling for […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 27, 2016
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