SATS, TUMCREATE team up to create AI-powered robotic air cargo system 

Today, Singapore-based ground handler SATS and Singaporean research platform TUMCREATE jointly announced that they are working together to explore commercialization opportunities for their artificial intelligence (AI) powered robotic air cargo system, SPEEDCARGO. SPEEDCARGO will help digitalize air cargo handling by taking over laborious processes, the companies said.   SPEEDCARGO is a system comprised of three of the companies’ […]

UPS invests in TuSimple autonomous driving company 

UPS’ venture capital arm, UPS Ventures, made a minority stake investment in autonomous driving developer TuSimple, UPS announced today. With this investment, the companies are working together to test self-driving tractor trailers in Arizona.   UPS and TuSimple initiated self-driving tests in May 2019 on a route between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. During the tests, UPS provides truckloads of […]

A new Teutonic order: how reimagination guides German innovations in air cargo

Did you know that the success of the Germanic Teutonic Order in the 13th and 14th centuries relied heavily on the innovative adoption and application of horses, crossbows, and brick and mortar? Beyond integrating horses and crossbows into their military combat strategies, which gave them an advantage over various populations, they also constructed brick and […]

CSafe opens cool-container service center near Amsterdam 

Today, U.S.-based CSafe Global expanded its footprint in Europe with the announcement it had opened a new service center in Hoofddorp, Netherlands.   The new facility is located 9 minutes by road from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) and is designed to service inbound and outbound traffic of the company’s active temperature-controlled container models, CSafe RKN and CSafe RAP, used by carriers at the airport.   CSafe’s RAP […]

DB Schenker unveils connect 4.0 shipping platform in the U.S. 

Today, DB Schenker announced the launch of its new, digital “connect 4.0” shipping portal in the United States.  The connect 4.0 platform expands on the capabilities of DB Schenker’s current online platform, eSchenker, and now allows shippers to receive quotes for air or ocean shipments, and to book and track these shipments from pickup to delivery at all times. The new portal […]

UPS reports Q2 growth on strong Next Day Air demand, announces new services and drone application 

Today, UPS reported second-quarter 2019 net income was up slightly by 1.0% year-over-year to $1.70 billion, on revenues that were up by 3.4% at $18.1 billion. Operating profit for the quarter grew 6.3% to $1.23 billion, as the company leveraged rising demand for U.S. Next Day Air service and cost management strategies in its International Package and Supply Chain and Freight segments.  The company also […]

PayCargo files lawsuit against competitor CargoSprint 

Logistics payment platform PayCargo LLC filed for damages against competitor CargoSprint and CargoSprint’s founder and CEO Joshua Wolf in a Georgia federal court on July 19, alleging that the company was engaging in “anticompetitive conduct.”  PayCargo alleged in the suit that CargoSprint used its status as a PayCargo customer to “obtain and unlawfully leverage PayCargo’s confidential information and trade secrets” and is attempting to “replicate PayCargo’s software and related systems functions,” in addition to illegally requiring CargoSprint’s SprintPass customers to exclusively use CargoSprint’s SprintPay.   […]

DHL Supply Chain launches smart warehouse in Singapore

DHL Supply Chain recently launched a smart warehouse for international food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak in Singapore. The warehouse integrates internet of things (IoT) technology with data analytics to constantly monitor and maintain the conditions of perishable goods.   The combination of big data and IoT technology allows Tetra Pak to troubleshoot problems in real time. For instance, warehouse supervisors […]

United Cargo, Freightos team up on booking portal 

Today, United Cargo announced that it will be working with WebCargo by Freightos, a freight sales digitization platform, to develop an online booking portal.  The portal – which will support customers’ ability to book online, view prices, and see real-time updates on United’s cargo network – will be the first in a series of digital upgrades that the carrier plans to implement. Further details are yet to be announced.  Digitization has been a […]

Accenture launches cloud-based connectivity platform 

Today, Accenture announced the launch of its new cloud-based platform, Accenture’s Freight and Logistics Software (AFLS) Exchange, that allows for integration of air cargo carriers’ operations with those of their partners’ networks.  AFLS Exchange gives carriers real-time visibility across their partner and joint venture networks. Carriers can leverage the platform for route enquiries, capacity availability checks and bookings. According to Accenture, the platform is […]

Norwegian airport operator Avinor commits $1 million to biomass fuel

Avinor, the state-owned operator of Oslo Airport (OSL), Stavanger Airport (SVG) and other Norwegian airports, agreed to spend US$1 million on biomass fuel from Quantafuel, a manufacturer that converts plastics and now wood waste into jet fuel.   “[The] end game and goal is to produce jet fuel from biomass,” Quantafuel Chief Executive Kjetil Bøhn told Air Cargo World. The biomass fuel, which isn’t ready for the market yet, […]

United Cargo adds temperature-controlled SkyCell containers

U.S.-based United Cargo signed a lease with SkyCell, the temperature-controlled container manufacturer and lessor, earlier this week to enhance its TempControl pharmaceutical services. Demand for United Cargo’s TempControl services is “increasing rapidly,” President of United Cargo Jan Krems said in a press release, adding that  SkyCell containers will help the carrier offer “extremely precise, long-duration […]

AirBridgeCargo opts for SkyCell passive pharma containers

In a sign of anticipated growth in its pharma vertical, Russian carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is expanding its partnership with temperature-controlled container manufacturer and lessor SkyCell, the two parties announced today in a joint release. AirBridgeCargo said its passive pharmaceuticals shipments increased two-fold in the first quarter of 2019, to around 3,500 tonnes year-on-year, boosting demand […]

TPS Logistics, Airspace Experience Technologies collaborate on eVTOL for logistics [VIDEO]

Michigan-based logistics company TPS Logistics signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with aviation technology start-up Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX) to work together on introducing electric vertical take-off and landing, wing-lifted (eVTOL) aircraft into the logistics market, ASX announced in a press release yesterday. “TPS Logistics will help ASX determine routes, what kind of cargo the […]
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