JD.com considers launching ‘Fed-Ex style’ parcel delivery

Beijing-based online retailer JD.com said it is considering incorporating a “FedEx style” parcel delivery service that would allow businesses and individuals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to send parcels to locations in China using the firm’s app for same- or next-day delivery, Reuters reported. JD’s fellow e-commerce juggernauts Alibaba and Amazon have also been investing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 19, 2018

TACF18: Cargo drones loom large over Toronto show [VIDEOS]

TORONTO – Amid all the talk of digitalization, blockchain and cargo communities at this year’s Air Cargo Forum, the session that earned the biggest buzz this week was the “Unmanned Freight Aircraft” panel. Rather than the small quad-copter demonstration projects seen over the last few years, the manufacturers showcased here are working on prototypes for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2018

TACF18: ANA Cargo, CargoXS join Cargo iQ

TORONTO – Tokyo-based ANA Cargo and Netherlands-based IT company CargoXS have joined Cargo iQ, the IATA interest group created to implement quality standards for the air cargo industry. The organization’s executive director Ariaen Zimmerman released the news today during a panel at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum. Hiroshi Sugiguchi, executive vice president of global marketing at ANA Cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 18, 2018

TACF18: In the weeds over blockchain use in air cargo

TORONTO – Yesterday, it became legal to buy and sell marijuana for recreational purposes all across this vast country. While the Canadian airwaves were filled with pundits spouting opinions about how to manage this new commodity, at least one speaker at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum seemed to have one answer to the weed question: Blockchain. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2018

DB Schenker to automate warehouses with robotics

Logistics company DB Schenker is collaborating with IAM Robotics to implement artificial intelligence-based robots into its warehouses. The German company said the A.I.-based innovation will serve as a foundational platform as it aims to optimize its international network of warehouses with such technology advances over the next five to 10 years. Technology companies like Pennsylvania-based […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 17, 2018

Liège Airport adopts Nallian cloud platform

Under a new partnership between Liège Airport (LGG) and Belgium-based Nallian, LGG will adopt Nallian’s Air Cargo suite, which will allow stakeholders at LGG to operate in an integrated way through data sharing on a secure cloud platform. Liège will start off by utilizing slot booking, export VAT recovery, freight consolidation, e-commerce declaration, cargo performance […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 17, 2018

GEODIS to hold ‘hackathon’ in November

Logistics company GEODIS will host its first “hackathon” in which artificial intelligence (A.I.) experts, IT-professionals and data forecasting experts will compete in competitions that test their optimization skills – one challenge specific to warehouse optimization, the other to human and material resources. The company has said it intends to invest more in innovation and the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 15, 2018

Delta Cargo launches Bluetooth-based ULD tracking services

Delta Cargo is extending its track-and-trace unit load device (ULD) services outside of the physical bounds of airports, enabling customers to now track their cargo from warehouse to final destination with Bluetooth technology. The extension of service will also mean that the need for paper-based processing at the dock door, where units are loaned out, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 10, 2018

United Cargo approves CSAFE’s RAP containers

United Cargo has approved the use of CSafe’s RAP containers for its fleet – another addition to its growing list of approved containers, which already includes CSafe’s RKN container and unaffiliated temperature-controlled container company ThermoSafe. The CSafe RAP uses a compressor-driven cooling and heating system to maintain user-defined payload temperatures in the -30°C to +54°C […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 9, 2018

Jettainer, CORE enter strategic partnership for Bluetooth-enabled ULDs

ULD management company Jettainer has entered into a strategic partnership with CORE Transport Technologies – a logistics data utilization company – to develop containers and pallets that can be tracked by Bluetooth-enabled devices. CORE Transport’s Bluetooth tags, which can be added to ULDs without any additional certifications, are automatically recognized by receptors at airports, making […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 9, 2018

UPS’ Cindy Miller on the redefinition of ‘customer experience’ in forwarding

There was a time not long ago when the shipment of goods across an international border was considered a matter of grave, time-consuming importance that may take days to resolve. With e-commerce, those days are gone forever as customer expectations are continuing to be more demanding. The concept of waiting the traditional “five to seven business […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 4, 2018

XPO Logistics incorporates ‘smart robots’ into N. American, European networks

XPO Logistics is incorporating 5,000 “smart robots” – autonomous vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence (A.I.) – throughout its North American and European logistics networks in a new partnership with Singapore-based robotics manufacturer, GreyOrange Pte. Ltd. The autonomous robots are part of a modular “goods-to-person system” that includes mobile storage racks, fulfillment stations and collaboration with […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 3, 2018

Hellmann Logistics to launch track-and-trace system

Germany-based 3PL Hellmann Logistics has entered a partnership with London-based “internet of things” (IoT) company, Hanhaa, to provide real-time tracking services for its customers, encompassing its global supply chain with the tech company’s tracking product, ParceLive. Hardware installed within shipments collects data – such as location, temperature and humidity – of a package, which are […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 3, 2018

Cathay Pacific, Unilode complete test of new ULD system

Swiss Unit load device (ULD) supplier Unilode and customer Cathay Pacific completed the latest in a series of low-energy  Bluetooth-enabled data track-and-trace  trials, for ULDs onboard  Cathay flights between Hong Kong and Melbourne. The completion of the trial marks the “world’s first deployment of Bluetooth low energy version 5 technology,” which uses considerably less power […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 1, 2018
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