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 […]

Committed to raising our collective Cargo iQ

Recently, while speaking at the World Cargo Symposium in Berlin, IATA’s CEO Tony Tyler called for a further transformation in the airfreight industry, saying that quality of service should be its priority. Indeed, industry performance has been lackluster over the past few years. As global recessionary pressures reduced yields, shippers began seeking the shelter of […]

3D Printing: Prisoners of ‘the cube’

In his keynote speech at a 3D Printing Conference held during the last International Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Carl Bass, CEO of computer-aided-design giant Autodesk, was uncharacteristically muted in his outlook on the 3D printing craze his company practically invented. The problem with the slow development of 3D printing, also known as “additive […]

Astral Aviation plans entry into drone business

Currently known best for the company’s scheduled and charter cargo operations, Kenya-based Astral Aviation is preparing for entry into the drone delivery business as early as next year, according to local sources.  Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral’s CEO, confirmed that his company has set aside US$500,000 to launch humanitarian-related drone services – that is, if Kenya’s Civil […]

Lufthansa Cargo, RocketSpace embrace tech startup advancement

In a bid to give the air cargo industry a much needed shove into the 21st century, Lufthansa Cargo has teamed up with San Francisco-based business incubator firm RocketSpace to take part in the “Logistics Tech Accelerator” program. Launched in 2011 by RocketSpace, the program helps foster innovative technology startups in the airfreight logistics sector. […]

DHL scans ‘Trends Radar’ report for logistics advancements

Do “self-learning machines” and “bionic enhancements” fill you with wonder about the future of logistics or just cause anxiety headaches? Fortunately, we’ll all have several more years to decide how we feel about these technologies and others listed in DHL’s third annual “Logistics Trend Radar” report. The sentient machines and bionics, DHL said will take […]

How IT will drive e-commerce logistics in India and beyond

The numbers are in “holy *$#%” territory. “The numbers” are for e-commerce sales in China, and they are astounding. In the first two months of 2016, China’s online retail sales hit US$98.2 billion, an increase of 27 percent over the previous year. That puts it on pace to hit around $590 billion for the full 2016. In comparison, […]

Volga-Dnepr forms cargo partnership with Sheremetyevo Airport

In a bid to strengthen their long-standing cooperation, Volga-Dnepr Group and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) have signed a joint agreement to facilitate the development of modern cargo infrastructure at the airport and to encourage greater airfreight business throughout Russia. Under the agreement, the air carriers and SVO will cooperate to a greater extent with […]

DHL opens urban logistics center in Singapore

To prepare for an expected increase in pharmaceutical and high-tech air cargo traffic in the Southeast Asian region, DHL Supply Chain has opened a new logistics center in Singapore that the company said will improve the efficiency of its current operations by 20 percent. The design, DHL said, will be considered a model for its […]

DHL Global Forwarding, Kewill release customs brokerage system

As the import-export industry prepares for the coming Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) being set up by the end of this year by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as the new “single window” through which international trade will be processed, DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) has introduced its new U.S. Customs brokerage management system, in conjunction with […]

Air Cargo World introduces Elevate 2016 conference in Miami

Big data, analytics, digitization and the rise of global e-commerce are changing the face of airfreight logistics forever. To help propel the airfreight industry forward, Air Cargo World is proud to announce the launch of Elevate 2016, the air cargo industry’s first event focused on innovation. Elevate 2016 will take place on October 10 at the Mandarin […]

Will this be the first cargo airship on the market?

Last Friday, we talked about rocket launches as possibly becoming an air/space cargo vehicle of the future. For our fun Friday post this week, we look back to one of the oldest forms of air travel — lighter-than-air craft — as our cool vehicle of tomorrow. After working for 20 years on a number of […]

Logistics startup Fleet raises US$4 million in seed funding

Fleet, described as an “online marketplace for international logistics,” has raised US$4 million in a seed funding round, led by Hunt Technology Ventures, LP. Designed as an online platform from which freight forwarders can showcase their services, Fleet enables potential customers to connect with forwarders and offers them sales and marketing assistance. Fleet also offers […]

CNS 2016: What experiences are your customers having?

NASHVILLE — The score so far: Consistency and predictability are better than faster speed. Associations work well with each other, but there’s room for improvement. Electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) are worth the trouble it takes to switch over from paper. And forwarders are actually the segment that’s getting the most out of e-AWBs at the […]
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