Automation, capacity, economic woes top supply chain trends report

With the continuing rise of e-commerce demand despite lackluster economic growth, supply chain professionals are most concerned about lack of capacity and rising costs in e-commerce, according to research firm EyeForTransport (EFT), which released its “Supply Chain Hot Trends 2019” report this week. Based on a global survey of 765 supply chain professionals, including retailers, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 23, 2019

Flying taxi startups using European technology to debut in Asia

The world’s first passenger-drone services may debut in Asia -- but the technology behind these flying taxis will be largely European. Volocopter GmbH of Germany said Thursday it will open a landing facility in Singapore later this year for trial flights, while Austria’s FACC AG is working to produce hundreds of passenger drones for Chinese partner EHang Inc.by the […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • May 23, 2019

DHL’s ‘smart glasses’ tool to be expanded to express division

After nearly five years of pilot testing, DHL Supply Chain said it is expanding the deployment of its “smart glasses” vision picking tool across a wider range of warehouses operated by Deutsche Post DHL Group, including the hubs that serve DHL Express. With its head-up display of digital packaging information that can be seen instantly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 21, 2019

SF’s A.R. tool boxes up cargo in the blink of an eye [VIDEO]

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could look at an object that needed to be shipped overnight and could see the dimensions instantly in front of you before you boxed it up? Last week, a video was posted on the website of China’s SF Express, showing how SF Technology’s Vision Team has made that dream […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 17, 2019

DHL Express, EHang launch smart drone in Guangzhou

Cargo drones may not yet be regulated enough to be unleashed into the skies of major airfreight hubs, but major integrators, such as DHL Express, have be partnering with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers to create increasingly intelligent, reliable and customizable drone systems when the time comes. The latest demonstration took place today in Guangzhou, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 16, 2019

Descartes strengthens tracking capabilities with CORE acquisition

Descartes Systems Group has strengthened its cargo-tracking capabilities by acquiring CORE Transport Technologies, a New Zealand based company which provides airlines and ground handlers with electronic applications to help track cargo, mail and unit load devices (ULDs). According to Descartes, it acquired CORE for an upfront cash payment of US$21.0 million, plus potential performance-based consideration. […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 16, 2019

Pilot food transport study reveals greater need for cool-chain transparency

A recent pilot study tracking the quality of temperature-sensitive food on a long-haul flight found that 40% of food transported around the world — via air, ocean and land — requires refrigeration and 20% of food loss is caused by a breakdown in the cool chain, according to officials for food waste tracking app Too Good To Go, which identifies users who can buy leftover food from retailers.  The […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 15, 2019

TIACA, Magaya Corp. announce IT partnership

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and logistics software provider Magaya Corp. have partnered together to make Magaya software available to TIACA members. Magaya’s software offers inventory visibility, online tracking, air waybills, bill of lading templates, international shipping documentation and other features for freight forwarders, importers and exporters, and warehouse and distribution centers. The new […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 10, 2019

Hawaiian renews SmartKargo contract for five years

Hawaiian Airlines said it has renewed its five-year contract with cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm SmartKargo to manage the carrier’s airfreight business. Hawaiian was the first U.S.-based carrier to adopt the SmartKargo cloud platform in 2014, and later implemented the company’s Go Live service in 2015. “As a result, our team was able to further digitize […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 9, 2019

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
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