CHAMP’s Emanuel Hille on operational headaches ACAS may bring

After years of discussion and delays, the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program was finally launched in June, requiring carriers entering the United States to provide all information about the cargo – including the air waybill number, shipper and consignee names and addresses, a description of the cargo, quantity and weight – to U.S. Customs […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 5, 2018

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2018

Industry consensus: A.I. has greater short-term ROI than blockchain

A study from the supply chain and logistics intelligence organization eyefortransport (EFT) shows that industry professionals perceive artificial intelligence (A.I.) as a better investment than blockchain. When asked to choose among the options of A.I., robotic process automation (RPA), internet of things (IoT) or blockchain, A.I. was the most popular choice among respondents – 33 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 29, 2018

Delta Cargo launches self-service e-AWB kiosks

Today Delta Cargo debuted its new self-service kiosks, operational in Atlanta and Boston, for use of electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) for its domestic network. This marks another step in the carrier’s path toward digitalization, following the company’s launch earlier this month to allow access to its full suite of services online, which include a sort […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 28, 2018

Keeping Track & Trace: Technology types

The existence of several types of wireless track-and-trace systems suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to locating global air cargo shipments. While the science behind how they work can get technical very quickly, here is a quick guide to the most common tech on the market – or will soon be emerging: Radio frequency […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 28, 2018

United Technologies buys analytics firm Predikto

Many companies in the airfreight world are trying to figure out a way to incorporate predictive software into their operations. While most of these plans are only in their early conceptual stages, there may be some movement soon in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market with the purchase of startup Predikto buy United Technologies […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 21, 2018

ABC transports its 500th aircraft engine in 2018 [VIDEO]

In only the eighth month of the year, Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has transported its 500th aircraft engine in 2018. The milestone, which has been reached earlier in the year than ever before at ABC, represents a 50 percent, year-over-year, increase in the carrier’s jet-engine transport traffic. Vasily Zhukov, global director of heavy and outsized […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 21, 2018

Vuzix smart glasses now support live tech-support software

New York-based Vuzix, a developer of “smart glasses” hardware and accompanying apps, has partnered with augmented reality (AR) SaaS company TechSight to offer an AR tech-support service for warehouse technicians. The hands-free AR service, which is beginning to be used in some e-commerce warehouses and distribution centers, enables tech teams to view exactly what warehouse […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 17, 2018

Hermes Logistics chosen by Chilean ground handler for cargo management services

Chile-based ground handling agent UASL has acquired the services of U.K.-based SaaS logistics company Hermes Logistics Technologies to maximize air cargo handling and documentation processes at Santiago Airport. The company released news this week of the coming update of its cloud-based cargo management platform. The most recent version, Hermes 5 (H5), which launched last April at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 17, 2018

Pelican BioThermal opens Frankfurt facility

Minnesota-based, temperature-controlled packing company Pelican BioThermal has opened a new facility in Frankfurt, expanding the service network of its “Crēdo on Demand” program, which offers its reusable parcel shipping containers to shippers on a rental basis. The new location will be in close proximity to Frankfurt Airport (FRA), making the company’s line of temperature-controlled packaging […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 14, 2018

Is your website ready for automated shipping portals?

Many of us started our careers in freight forwarding learning how to use the Telex machine to send alerts to destination cities, requiring the typing of shipment information into an awkward device that produced a yellow tape that ultimately transmitted the data. The process was tedious by today’s standards, but when it was combined with […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 10, 2018

TLX Cargo releases thermal cover with phase-change material

United Kingdom-based TLX Cargo has launched a new cargo cover that it said is the first on the market to incorporate phase-change material (PCM), a substance that absorbs and releases thermal energy to help protect cargo containers from temperature incursions. Innovations like the TLX PCM, based on the same thermal cooling systems used on engines […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 6, 2018

XPO Logistics reports 178 percent increase in net income in Q2

Today, XPO Logistics hosted its interim earnings call for the three months ended June 30 – reporting an overall net income increase of 178 percent to US$159 million, compared to the same period last year. The company said second-quarter growth was led by continued “demand for e-commerce logistics globally, as well as by the consumer-packaged […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 2, 2018

Delta Cargo makes all services available online

Delta Cargo today joined the ranks of carriers and logistics players making traditionally phone- and paper-based services fully bookable online. The airline said it has made its entire portfolio of services available digitally and improved its tracking tools and flight search features for forwarders. The airline joins major carriers in the push toward digitalization, including […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 2, 2018
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