It’s the last mile, stupid!

NEW YORK CITY -- Last mile deliveries can make or break a retailer, and often, are the most critical step in e-commerce, especially for customers who require “white glove” services, which are in-home deliveries and instillation services, usually of larger furniture or electronics purchases. But for all that gravity, “customers are thinking about the party […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 16, 2017

Frankfurt-based startup CargoSteps wins Frankfurt Founders Award

Frankfurt-based freight management startup CargoSteps walked away with this year’s Frankfurt Founders Award, with their online freight management platform that simplifies logistics processes and makes them “more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly,” said Frankfurt Mayor Peter Feldman. “The Frankfurt-based startup makes a decisive contribution to changing the transport and logistics industry.” The award is an […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 15, 2017

SkyCargo adds SkyCell, va-Q-tec to its temperature-controlled offer

Emirates SkyCargo has inked container-rental service agreements with SkyCell and va-Q-tec, adding to the range of cool-chain container options available to its pharma customers. SkyCell’s temperature-controlled containers are designed to maintain products for several days at +2°C to +8°C and +15°C to +25°C, even under extreme ambient temperatures ranging from -35°C to +65°C. The containers […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 15, 2017

GEODIS sees supply chain as ‘strategic hub’ of companies’ activities

MUNICH — The recently released GEODIS 2017 Supply Chain Worldwide Survey (SCWS) underscored the evolution of supply chains, from the simple delivery of products to “a crucial lever for business performance.” Trends such as e-commerce require more specialization than ever, which, in turn, drives complexity According to the survey, 74 percent of firms use four […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 15, 2017

Divide keeps widening between tech-savvy and traditional forwarders

The gap between the top-performing airfreight forwarders and those at the bottom, in terms of profit margins, appears to be growing wider, and may continue doing so for the next few years, according to results of a recent poll by Descartes Software and the U.S. Airforwarders Association (AfA). In this year’s annual “Forwarder & Broker […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 12, 2017

Silk Way West Airlines goes for CHAMP load planning software

Baku-based Silk Way West Airlines has opted to use Weight & Balance load-planning software, developed by Luxembourg-based cargo IT solutions provider, CHAMP Cargosystems. Load planners at Silk Way West will soon use the program to optimize the speed and accuracy of building balanced loads for its fleet of 747Fs. The new agreement is an extension […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 12, 2017

Airlander 10 returns to the skies!

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles resumed test flights of its Airlander 10 hybrid airship this week, after a nine-month hiatus. The program suffered a setback last year after the test aircraft took a nosedive while attempting to land. Although nobody was hurt during the crash, and much of the ship remained intact, the test unit sustained […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 12, 2017

Schiphol successfully tests automatic compliance analysis

MUNICH – Initial testing of an online compliance checking system that reduces delays by pinpointing mistakes on airway bills has successfully concluded. The system was developed as part of Schiphol’s Smart Cargo Mainport Program, and speeds up cargo flows by detecting data errors in air waybills. “The Compliance Checker reduces delays in the supply chain […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 10, 2017

Jettainer, Etihad renew partnership to launch new smart ULDs

When Jettainer releases its new generation of “smart ULD” containers, they will fly first on Etihad Airways, according to a renewed five-year partnership the two companies made formal today. Between now and 2021, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and ULD servicing firm Jettainer will continue their existing cooperation agreement, in which Jettainer will manage Ethad’s fleet of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 9, 2017

Booming Asia rail trade prompts DHL to open Stuttgart center

If air carriers and forwarders weren’t yet concerned about competition from Eurasian rail cargo connections, they may be after today, when DHL Global Forwarding opened a new “China Rail Competence Center” Germany to better coordinate door-to-door services to customers via rail and truck. Rail freight traffic between Germany and China has increased 10 times in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 8, 2017

EASA proposes regulations for safe drone operation in Europe

The everyday use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial operations took a small step forward today, as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a proposal to regulate the operation of small drones. The proposed framework, EASA said, balances safety with keeping the industry agile and growing. At the same time, the agency said […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 5, 2017

Greener Skies Ahead: How going green can help your bottom line

Last month, FedEx issued a report with much fanfare about the results of two initiatives that made them understandably proud. They had set baseline targets back in 2005 and were already close to hitting their goals. All told, the two initiatives saved FedEx a combined US$281 million dollars in cost savings in fiscal 2016 alone. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2017

CNS: What can airfreight learn from the marijuana industry?

ORLANDO – It turns out that the air cargo industry has a lot to learn from the marijuana industry, based on the government’s success at tracking the pot supply chain from cultivation to final sale. In a panel discussion at yesterday’s CNS Partnership conference, delegates learned that regulators have been tracking the production of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 3, 2017

CNS: Viva la tech revolution, for those who survive the disruption

ORLANDO — “We are not technical Neanderthals,” Brandon Fried, Executive Director, Airforwarders Association reminded the panel titled, “A Shipper’s Perspective of the US Air Cargo Industry and its Impact on their Value Chain” at this yesterday’s CNS Partnership conference session. The supply chain is still struggling to negotiate the complexity of freight forwarding, while providing […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 3, 2017
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