Can STOP Act help reduce drug trafficking via USPS loophole?

Forwarders and carriers in the United States are already taking part in the air cargo advance screening (ACAS) program to help prevent explosives and illegal drug from entering the country via the cargo supply chain. But what is being done about narcotics being sent via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) which still handles the lion’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 10, 2019

U-Freight, Easyship expand fulfillment partnership

The U-Freight Group and Hong Kong-based e-commerce shipping platform Easyship are extending their relationship to provide a more consolidated fulfillment service for e-commerce merchants Under the agreement, U-Freight will now incorporate its warehousing locations in Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States into the partnership. “In regards to cross-border e-commerce business, last year was […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 1, 2019

Tigers Logistics to expand digitalized services with quote-generating startup

Hong Kong-based Tigers Logistics is increasing its digital services, signing on as the launch customer for a U.S.-based tech startup, Doozee, which generates instant freight rate quotes. Doozee developed the cloud-based system to work specifically with postal operators, and will allow forwarders’ customers to access live quotes for the final mile of e-commerce shipments’ delivery. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 28, 2019

CCA to pilot data-sharing initiative for food shipments

The Cool Chain Association (CCA), a Netherlands-based nonprofit, said its members are piloting a data-sharing initiative to monitor food shipments over a three-month period to pinpoint where excursions in supply chains tend to occur. The goal of the pilot is to reduce the amount of waste in perishable supply chains. This spring, the pilot will […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 27, 2019

UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 26, 2019

Helsinki Airport aims for drone cooperation with Skyports trials [VIDEO]

While unauthorized drone operations near London Gatwick Airport (LGW) led the United Kingdom to tighten restrictions on near-airport operations earlier this year, Finland’s Helsinki Airport (HEL) is taking a more cooperative approach that could help launch urban drone deliveries. This week, U.K.-based drone infrastructure firm Skyports successfully completed urban environment drone delivery trials at HEL. […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 22, 2019

UPS partners with blockchain company Inxception to launch B2B app

UPS and San Francisco-based technology company Inxeption are partnering to develop a blockchain-based platform for business-to-business (B2B) merchants, called “Inxeption Zippy.” The companies’ joint statement cited data from market research company Forrester that said the B2B e-commerce market is projected to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2023, but added that many B2B merchants have been slow […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 21, 2019

Cargolux leases Thermosafe’s PharmaPort containers

Luxembourg-based Cargolux is bolstering its cold-chain capabilities in a new deal with temperature-controlled packaging company Thermosafe for use its PharmaPort container – an active bulk shipping container with data-collection enablement – across its international network. Cargolux is a prominent international carrier of pharmaceuticals and the first airline ever to obtain its Good Distribution Practice (GPD) […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 21, 2019

Unilode boxes up IATA’s Innovation Award at WCS [VIDEO]

After a full week of meetings and panel discussion about innovations in the air cargo arena – many of which focused on the management and tracking of unit load devices (ULDs) – IATA’s 13th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) ended with the announcement that ULD management firm, Unilode Aviation Solutions, was named the winner of this […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 18, 2019

IATA partners with PayCargo for air cargo payment platform

PayCargo LLC, operator of a web-based payment platform for freight and logistics, is expanding a 2017 agreement with U.S.-based IATA subsidiary Cargo Network Services (CNS) to the global association. Under the expanded partnership, global air cargo customers will be able to make online payments and immediately access settlement data through the IATA-PayCargo System. A major […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 15, 2019

CCN, Microsoft launch blockchain air cargo billing, costing and reconciliation system

Singapore-based logistics company Cargo Community Network (CCN) and Microsoft launched a blockchain-based billing, costing and reconciliation system for air cargo at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium in Singapore this week. The blockchain-based system, developed on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, is designed to minimize billing discrepancies, accelerate billing reconciliation and provide […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 14, 2019

Air France-KLM first carrier group to adopt IATA’s DG AutoCheck system

SINGAPORE — Air France-KLM Cargo has become the first carrier group to adopt IATA’s Dangerous Goods AutoCheck system for the acceptance of dangerous-goods shipments. Of the more than 1.5 million shipments moved by the Franco-Dutch carrier each year, 173,000 fall under the category of dangerous goods, such as caustic chemicals, flammable materials or lithium batteries, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

Standards needed to protect booming Asian pharma market

SINGAPORE — While much of the air cargo market has had its hiccups so far this year, one constant has been the strong outlook for the Asian pharmaceuticals market, which is expected to grow 8.3 percent by 2021 — that is, if the air cargo business can keep it well protected and cool enough in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 13, 2019
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