BDP International introduces ‘Smart Tracking’ through Amazon’s Alexa

In response to customers’ increased use of – some might say “unhealthy obsession with” – virtual assistant technologies, global logistics firm BDP International today began offering shipment tracking services using Amazon’s voice-automated “Alexa” technology. Philadelphia-based BDP International said it is the first freight forwarder to offer Alexa-accessible international tracking services. The new international tracking service […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 8, 2018

B&H Worldwide opens new Singapore FSL for FL Technics

Responding to increasing demand for inventory in Asia, aerospace logistics firm B&H Worldwide is opening a new forward stocking location (FSL) on behalf of FL Technics at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). B&H has built up its Singapore location as a strategic hub for its Asian operations. The B&H location, within SIN’s Airport Logistics Park of […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 8, 2018

Schiphol’s Pouwels does more with less in Amsterdam community

Throughout 2018, the dominant story about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has been the shortage of freighter slots, due to a 500,000 “aircraft movements” limit set by the Dutch government. As a result, one prominent carrier, AirBridgeCargo, shifted its European hub from AMS to nearby Liège Airport. As this issue was going to press, the local […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 6, 2018

Working Overtime: How air cargo is adapting to ACAS, ELD rules

It’s the second day of the two-to-three business days your customer was told to expect to wait for the critical machine parts delivery. You’d promised the factory owner that the parts that would keep the production line running would arrive by Monday, and now you’re starting to sweat a little. You’re based in Germany and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

Amid political chaos, some hope from above for cargo security

Despite the political discord in Washington, D.C., aviation stakeholders need only look up to the sky for some bipartisan relief as the U.S. Congress passed legislation for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years. Every few years, Congress is required to enact legislation that sets the FAA’s funding levels and policy […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 2, 2018

Top 50 Cargo Airports: Faster, Higher, Stronger

In 1894, a French aristocrat and historian named Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, was seeking a motto for the creation of the modern Olympic Games, which would recreate the ancient Greek athletic contests and expand them to the rest of the world. With help from his friend, Henri Didion, a Dominican […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 1, 2018

IATA moves to e-AWB effective Jan. 1

Following years of encouragement and industry incentives, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today that the electronic air waybill (e-AWB) will become the default contract of carriage for all air cargo shipments on enabled trade lanes, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The new default strives to make e-AWBs the norm, and paper AWBs the exception. […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 1, 2018

Qatar Airways Cargo digitalizes mail system

This week, Qatar Airways Cargo joined the ranks of logistics industry members investing in the digitalization of processes, rolling out its paper-free mail management system service at more than 50 stations throughout its network. The carrier contracted the services of Canadian logistics software-as-a-service company, Descartes, which works with air and ground carriers to replace paper-based […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 30, 2018

Cainiao prepares for global 11.11 event with charter flights, new technology

Cainiao, the logistics unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing to go global for the biggest online shopping event of the year, “11.11” which falls on Nov. 11. In preparation for an influx of orders from international customers Cainiao says it positioned 1,000 ocean containers full of goods in international markets and will charter […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 30, 2018

U.S. Air Force considers adding military cargo space route

There are new cargo routes, and then there are the out-of-this-world ideas. A recent proposal being considered by the U.S. Air Force definitely fits in the latter category. “Think about this: 30 minutes, 150 metric tonnes, less than the cost of a C-5 [military aircraft],” said Gen. Carlton Everhart, the Air Force’s mobility commander, who […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 29, 2018

Fraport and Lufthansa co-test remote-controlled aircraft tug at FRA

Fraport AG and Lufthansa are working together to co-test the Mototok Spacer 8600, an innovative, remote-controlled aircraft tug. Fraport Ground Services at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) operates the Mototok Spacer 8600 remote-controlled electric tug vehicle, while Lufthansa supplies aircraft for the pushback, a procedure during which the e-tug pushes the aircraft backwards out of its parking […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 26, 2018

Top 4 observations from TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum

Last week, TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto concluded with about 4,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors in attendance after three days of what many agreed was a productive three days of meetings, networking and sharing of ideas about air cargo’s future. During that time, several announcements were made, such as the signing of a memorandum […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 23, 2018

French retailer to launch food blockchain

The multinational France-based supermarket chain Carrefour said it plans to launch “Europe’s first food blockchain,” in collaboration with IBM, by incorporating blockchain technology into eight of its product lines by the end of 2018, making it easier to monitor their respective supply chains. The move is an extension of Carrefour’s existing service, which allows customers […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 22, 2018

JD.com expands reusable packaging program

E-tailers have long been criticized for using too much packaging materials in their shipments to customers. Now, at least one China-based e-commerce giant is attempting to address the issue. JD’s “green boxes,” made of recycled plastic materials, can be used about 10 times for small- and medium-sized parcel orders. The reusable box is optional for […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 22, 2018
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