WCS 2016: Lufthansa CEO calls on governments to improve air cargo

BERLIN — Air cargo has an image problem. That was the central message from Peter Gerber, the CEO of Lufthansa Cargo. In cargo transport, a small percentage of overall volume is carried by air, but that cargo is also a high percentage of value of all cargo transported. During remarks yesterday at the 2016 World Cargo […]

Deutsche Post DHL Group looks forward to 2016

After a tumultuous year that included a €336 million write down for a failed IT system rollout, the Deutsche Post DHL Group is moving full-steam ahead with greater confidence in 2016. Consolidated EBIT for the full year 2015 was €2.41 billion, almost exactly the group’s target of €2.40 billion for the year, but less than […]

Northern Aviation Services chooses Unisys

After conducting a four-year search and testing many IT systems, Anchorage-based Northern Aviation Services has selected cloud-based Unisys software systems to replace its legacy software. Northern Aviation Services is the parent company of Anchorage’s Northern Air Cargo and Aloha Air Cargo, based in Honolulu. Dave Squier, vice president of operations for Northern Aviation Services said […]

Amazon takes the plunge into air cargo

It’s happened. In what could be a nightmare scenario for express air carriers, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Amazon have inked a deal whereby ATSG will now operate an air transport network for the online retailer in the United States. The agreement, with Amazon Fulfillment Services, an affiliate of Amazon.com, includes the leasing of […]

Profits improve for K+N on strength of airfreight

Like its fellow Swiss-based rival Panalpina, freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel ended up with a tidy profit at the end of 2015, in spite of a stagnant cargo market. But unlike Panalpina, which saw a 2.5 percent decline in air cargo volume, K+N’s success came largely from a 4.7 percent increase in airfreight demand top […]

Panalpina sees small profit amid 2015’s soft market

Although global freight forwarder and logistics company Panalpina suffered a drop in revenue, from $6.73 billion to US$5.88 billion in 2015, the Swiss company’s EBIT moved edged up from $117.1 billion to $117.6 billion at the close of last year, while net profit rose slightly to $88.5 billion from $86.79 billion in 2014. These results […]

Yusen sees opportunity with Hitech acquisition

Japan-based freight forwarder Yusen Logistics has acquired Australian sensitive-freight specialist Hitech Asia-Pacific for an undisclosed sum. This move will assist Yusen in its quest to diversify into the high-technology industry, where Hitech already has a presence. Some of Hitech’s customers include Canon, Siemens, GE, Philips and Device Technologies, which will now be served by Yusen. […]

Appel adamant in support of DHL-GF division

If there were still any doubts about the veracity of the rumors last month that Deutsche Post was considering selling its underperforming DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) division, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, did his best to put the notion to rest yesterday at the Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference, held in Long Beach, […]

Alibaba vs. Amazon: How e-commerce giants are reinventing forwarding

Last September, Mike Maynard, an airport planner for Cincinnati-based engineering firm CDM Smith, was checking out the flight activity at nearby Wilmington Airpark (ILN) in Ohio, when he noticed something odd. As a former network analyst at DHL, Maynard had a habit of reviewing innovative routes, and this one, in particular, jumped out at him. […]

Cainiao, by the numbers

Just about every number associated with Alibaba’s Cainiao network is staggering. Here are just a few of the eye-poppers: 217 – Countries expected to be involved in its e-commerce cross-border network 1,800 – Distribution centers across China 3,000 – Foreign and domestic logistics partners in China Smart Logistics network 176,000 – Cainiao delivery stations across […]

Pilots, shippers at odds over ICAO’s battery ban

Various aviation groups are still reacting to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) decision to temporarily ban the carriage of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft until a new packaging standard can be reached. The controversial issue has placed some groups in opposite camps. For instance, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), applauded […]

Oman Air chooses SmartKargo for IT services

Soon after announcing an expansion of its route-sharing agreement with Cargolux, Muscat-based Oman Air has signed on with SmartKargo, providers of cloud-based IT software, for management of the carrier’s sales and operations. The contract is scheduled to begin in June, SmartKargo said. Mahfood Al Harthy, chief officer of sales for Oman Air, said the carrier’s […]

Logwin opens 19th operation in Germany

Worldwide logistics company Logwin opened an air and ocean office in Mannheim, making this the company’s 19th office in Germany, following the opening of offices in Erfurt and Leipzig last year. “The main reason for opening the new office was to be close to our air and ocean customers” said Stefan Schwind, head of Logwin […]

Swiss WorldCargo beefs up e-AWB effort

Swiss WorldCargo is taking the lead in IATA’s e-AWB 360 campaign to speed up process implementation of switching to electronic air waybills (e-AWB) to all destinations and customers at numerous airports using the “single process” concept. Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) became the first such “e-airport” on Jan. 1, later joined by Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) […]
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