Are you smart enough to build a robot?

The robots are taking over, at least if DHL has its way. And the nerds. The integrator’s “Robotics Challenge” is aimed at creating new self-driving delivery robots and sustainable logistics models to reduce the airfreight industry’s environmental footprint. On the robotics side, the aim is to develop prototypes for a “self-driving delivery cart that can […]

Delta Cargo enhances pharma handling at Rio de Janiero

Rio de Janiero is now a Delta Cargo Variation Pharma 4 station, making it the first in Latin America. Effective June 13, the Rio de Janeiro Galeão International Airport (GIG) became one of only 49 airports around the world certified to handle Variation Pharma products, and one of a select 16 that can handle pharmaceuticals […]

MASkargo migrates to the cloud

MASkargo has switched over to the cloud-based Unisys Logistics Management System for its domestic and international cargo operations. Using a cloud-based delivery model allowed MASkargo, the cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, to transition faster than through a traditional software environment. The new software allows shippers to respond to volume peaks and is adaptable to changing […]

Flirting with disaster: ship-to-shore drone delivery

Independent drone delivery service Flirtey and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine chose New Jersey as the location to conduct the first U.S. test of ship-to-shore drone delivery on June 23. This isn’t the first time Flirtey has made headlines. Last year, their drone made the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery to a health […]

New ‘Carbon Calculator’ keeps track of cargo transport emissions

The air cargo industry has long been sensitive to the high amount of carbon emissions, DHL has created an application that can help customers track the size of the carbon footprint left behind with every shipment. With the introduction of the free “Carbon Calculator,” DHL customers can see the amount of emissions created by their […]

DHL to shoot the moon

The moon may soon have a postal address if an ambitious marriage of logistics knowhow and cutting-edge science is successful. Deutsche Post DHL has signed on as the “official logistics provider” for Astrobotic’s first mission to the moon. The mail and logistics company is responsible for logistics services for Astrobotic’s spacecraft and its customer payloads. […]

Getting I.T. Right: What forwarders can learn from DHL’s struggle

No one ever said it would be easy. But few people thought it would be so hard. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, had finally determined that it was going to get rid of “Logis,” its legacy IT system that dated back as far as 30 years, patched together from […]

Li to fly: Lithium-ion batteries back on A350-900

Following extensive safety reviews precipitated by lithium ion battery fires that grounded the 787-8 in 2013, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will now allow the batteries back on board the A350-900 for use as a backup power source. Airbus maintains that its own lithium-ion architecture is different from that used by Boeing. Gordon McConnell, the […]

New report touts potential of Southeast Asia’s e-commerce

Although a new study by Google and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek projects the  Southeast Asian e-commerce market to reach US$200 billion by 2025, the region’s air cargo capabilities remain underdeveloped, according to Cainiao, the logistics unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. This week’s Temasek-Google report underscores just how important the market will become in […]

Getting I.T. Right: Don’t blame SAP

DHL’s New Forwarding Environment was based on an SAP system, but don’t point the finger at the Germany-based enterprise software giant. Other examples of successful SAP rollouts can be found in many systems – most recently at two Panalpina locations: Singapore and Switzerland. Beginning in December 2015, Panalpina began the rollout of its SAP Transportation […]

DHL ‘Parcelcopter 3.0’ gets James Bond treatment in Bavaria [VIDEO]

If it’s Friday, it must be time for another drone video on ACW… OK, we admit that we have a weakness for these little unmanned gadgets, but this particular system, created by Germany-based Deutsche Post DHL, is a far cry from the spindly, insect-like “Parcelcopter” we featured back in September 2014. This is “Parcelcopter 3.0,” […]

Trax’s J. Scott Nelson on Amazon and ‘big data’ accuracy

This year will be the scene of a major showdown over the issue of “big data,” as companies such as Amazon make their moves into the logistics sector. To keep up, integrators, shippers and carriers are seeking a deeper understanding of the enormous amounts of information they collect – UPS currently stores about 16 petabytes […]

Frankfurt Airport builds on momentum

The introduction of a curfew that banned freighter flights during the night could not knock Frankfurt airport off its perch as Europe’s top gateway for air cargo, despite dire warnings that this would cripple the airport and send cargo to other European hubs. Nor can a decline in in cargo traffic, it seems. Frankfurt’s throughput […]

3D Printing & Cargo: Threat or opportunity?

Many people still think of 3D printing (3DP) as a toy for the “maker” geeks crowd. Today, that toy status of 3DP is official. Mattel recently introduced a 3D printer for kids called the ThingMaker, which runs on cuttingedge 3D design and printing technology from Autodesk, the same company that brought the world AutoCAD. The […]
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