Hermes to test pay-as-you-go cargo software with Icelandair Cargo

Hermes Logistics Technologies is planning to test a new iteration of its cargo management software, “Hermes NG,” in partnership with longtime client Icelandair Cargo. The cloud-based, artificial intelligence (A.I.)-enabled system incorporates a “pay-as-you-go” model comparable to that of apps like Airbnb and Uber, which tailors cost to frequency of transactions. “For a ground-handler to buy […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 7, 2019

Back to basics: Remembering the human side of automation

A review of a recently published investment firm survey on freight forwarder customer sentiment proved quite surprising – despite what the news tells us about “what customers want.” More than 1,500 shippers answered questions about their selection preferences and areas of concern when choosing major forwarder transportation providers. Because digitalization is a constant topic in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 5, 2019

SEKO launches returns-focused logistics platform

SEKO Logistics has launched a new cloud-based platform that moves to optimize its reverse-logistics process and provide increased visibility of shipments on the returns side of the supply chain with a digital platform. The new service, called “OmniReturns,” will provide a platform for retailers, e-tailers and consumers to track the return cycle, from label creation […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 5, 2019

Cracking the Customs Code: Can customs clearance ever be automated?

Imagine you’re a forwarder handling the logistics needs of an up-and-coming e-tailer in the Latin American market, that sources goods from China. Your client is intent on offering customers the same delivery windows as the Amazons and the Alibabas of the world: less than 72 hours between the time a customer places the order on […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 4, 2019

FedEx to develop autonomous same-day delivery robots

FedEx is investing in the future of robotics and artificial intelligence in logistics with the development of its own autonomous delivery vehicle, the “FedEx SameDay Bot,” for last-mile deliveries of goods ranging from hardware products to pizzas. The integrator’s initiative named retailers AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart as future recipients of the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 1, 2019

Emirates optimizes DXB-KBL route capacity with new strategy

For some routes, the appearance of clouds can determine how much cargo you can fly. That had been the case for Dubai-based Emirates Airlines for its flights to Kabul International Airport (KBL). However, by finding a way around its previous safety procedure of returning to Dubai (DXB) to temporarily offload cargo in the event of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 26, 2019

Kerry Logistics adopts smart sensors throughout supply chain

Hong Kong-based Kerry Logistics is upping its digitalization game with the introduction of smart sensors compatible for cargo across all modes of transportation that provide real-time data on location, temperature, pressure, tilt, shock and humidity to stakeholders across the supply chain. Through customizable alerts or via the company’s “KerrierVISION” visibility portal, both consignees and shippers […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 25, 2019

CargoSteps launches accelerator for cargo startups

Frankfurt-based freight management software company CargoSteps is launching an accelerator that will provide six slots for interested startups, with the goal of creating a forum for the exchange of ideas between young logistics companies, according to Station. The "Startup LAB," to be located on famous Kaisserstrasse street near Frankfurt Airport (FRA), will give selected cargo-industry startups […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 22, 2019

Flexport lands billion-dollar investment from SoftBank

It’s getting harder to call Flexport a scrappy little logistics tech startup from San Francisco. Today, the five-year-old full-service online forwarder raised US$1 billion in a funding round, led by Silicon Valley’s SoftBank Vision Fund, bring its total valuation to $3.2 billion. With a “B.” Other investors in the round were Founders Fund, DST Global, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 21, 2019

Freightos’ connectivity study: Only a handful of air carriers make the grade

In its latest benchmarking study of air cargo carriers’ “digital maturity,” or their ability to connect with their customers through digital applications, Freightos said the industry has made great strides in its digitalization efforts, but it lags far behind the progress made in oceanfreight and is limited to only a handful of large carriers. The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 21, 2019

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 20, 2019

Aerolíneas Argentinas, SmartKargo to partner for door-to-door e-commerce service

Combination carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas is partnering with IT company SmartKargo to develop what Máximo Amadeo, commercial director of Aerolíneas Argentinas, calls “a real 24-hour, door-to-door service across the country” for e-commerce delivery. The digital offering can be likened to apps like Uber, in that independent couriers will be able to elect to participate in the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 19, 2019

A380 fades as Boeing celebrates the 747’s Golden Anniversary [VIDEO]

It’s been a bittersweet week for the jumbo-jet industry. Soon after Boeing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its iconic 747, Airbus announced that production of its ambitious, double-decker passenger behemoth, the A380, will be halted in 2021, due to a sharp decline in new orders. The A380’s largest customer, Emirates, said it will slash its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 15, 2019

WFS to build new pharma facility in Copenhagen

Paris-based cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) announced its plans to build a new pharmaceutical facility at Copenhagen Airport (CPH). Construction of the facility will begin in April.
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • February 13, 2019
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