CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 8, 2019

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 8, 2019

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2019

CNS 2019: CIFFA’s Snowden explains 5 C’s of change in farewell address

MIAMI – In her more than 40 years of active service in the freight forwarding business, Ruth Snowden has seen her share of changes in the industry – many of them hard-fought and slow to emerge. As she prepares to step down from her current role as executive director of Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2019

CNS 2019: The future of air cargo lives in a college dorm

MIAMI – Digital disruption. Technological innovations. Automation optimization. These are hot topics in the world of air cargo – but at the end of the day, leaders in the industry will remind you that all these advancements are meaningless without one vital factor: the human element. While data and technology may drive the industry to […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 7, 2019

Return to Sender: Is Europe’s cross-border e-commerce boom about to fizzle?

The engines of an ASL Airlines Belgium 747 freighter are cooling down on the tarmac at Liege Airport (LGG), where the aircraft is resting after an 11-hour flight from Ürümqi Diwopu Airport (URC) in China’s far-western Xinjiang province. A crew of neon-vested ground handlers quickly whisk a mix of pallets and containers off the massive […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 6, 2019

CNS 2019: PayCargo appoints new Americas president, CEO

MIAMI – At the Cargo Network Services (CNS) Partnership Conference 2019 yesterday, PayCargo LLC, operator of a web-based payment platform for freight and logistics, announced the appointment of Lionel van der Walt as its President and CEO, the Americas. Prior to joining PayCargo, van der Walt served in a variety of positions, including CEO and EVP at IIBEC, president at CNS, Area Head of the Caribbean at […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 6, 2019

Boeing refines large-cargo drone, commences outdoor tests

After a number of adjustments to the initial design of Boeing’s 227-kilogram capacity cargo drone, Boeing has commenced outdoor testing in environments that more closely mimic real-world conditions. The refreshed drone left the confines of the lab where it was developed and completed a series of outdoor maneuvers such as take-off, hovering, forward flying and […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 6, 2019

The Air Cargo Caucus: Our friend in Washington

It’s no secret that air cargo remains a challenging and competitive market. In an industry faced with disruptors and increasing supply chain demands, agility is essential to maintain airfreight’s speed and commercial advantage. Several members of the U.S. Congress who seem to understand this value are now formally coming together on Capitol Hill to spread […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 2, 2019

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 1, 2019

Bolloré to begin global rollout of CargoWise One platform

In a strategic agreement with logistics firm WiseTech Global, French forwarder Bolloré Logistics, said this week it will begin the rollout of the CargoWise One integrated logistics solutions platform on a global scale, starting in May. Currently used in more than 130 countries, CargoWise One is a transportation management system (TMS) that enables customers to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 26, 2019

Google spinoff’s drone delivery business first to get FAA approval [VIDEO]

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers. The subsidiary, Wing Aviation LLC, now has the same certifications that smaller airlines receive from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • April 24, 2019

WebCargo, Air France-KLM bring dynamic pricing to air cargo

In a bid to speed up the process of booking freight and broaden the use of dynamic pricing in the industry, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has partnered with Freightos to use the WebCargo airfreight booking platform, which provides forwarders with live rates and capacity availability updates. After completing pilot projects with forwarder Panalpina last month, using […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 23, 2019

NASA launches ‘time-critical’ cargo to ISS in latest record-setting Antares launch [VIDEO]

Over the last 20 years, many unmanned cargo capsules have been launched to the International Space Station in low-earth orbit, but this may be the first “express” launch, using Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. When the NG-11 Cygnus cargo spacecraft (pictured at right) lifted off yesterday afternoon, from NASA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 18, 2019
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