C.H. Robinson’s Short navigates turbulent global trade climate

Having a protectionist stance in 2017 seems to be the equivalent of the “tough on crime” rhetoric that ushered so many American politicians into power in the 1990s. And, just as the United States had to learn that crime was better rectified through education and economic opportunity, America’s economy is better served through trade and […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 10, 2017

Where We Went Wrong – Part 2: A matter of trust, urgency, transparency

The e-commerce revolution has, obviously, created great opportunities for the traditional air cargo industry, but it has also created challenges. It has exposed problems that were often hinted at in the past, but which, in an era when demand growth seemed never-ending, were never adequately addressed. Historically, carriers invested heavily in freighter aircraft to provide […]
  • Stan Wraight
  • April 7, 2017

FedEx pushes Trump, U.S. Senate to embrace forward-looking infrastructure [VIDEO]

FedEx has emerged as a vocal, and at times controversial, advocate for global business in recent months. This time around, the company is holding the Trump administration to its promises to improve infrastructure. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, FedEx Freight CEO Michael L. Ducker lobbied for a modern infrastructure network, to […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 6, 2017

Automation cannot replace forwarder specialization

The forwarding industry is experiencing a significant amount of criticism these days for its apparent failure to jump on the digital transformation bandwagon. As the online ordering craze gives rise to global e-commerce, small- and large-volume shippers wonder if their forwarders can meet the challenges of shipping across borders, making rapid quotes, responding immediately, and […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 4, 2017

You’re (not yet) hired: Airforwarders press Trump for new TSA admin

The efficient and safe movement of air cargo hinges on President Trump’s timely nomination of a new head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Airforwarders Association (AfA) said last week, stating that “political leadership of agency is essential to air transportation safety.” The White House has, so far, failed to confirm a new administrator, […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 20, 2017

Cargo Chat: Cloud-based Globatom to enhance, not disrupt, forwarding world

Cloud-based technology and online freight platforms are becoming a routine part of the airfreight and forwarding world – but not everyone is eager to get on board, as evidenced by a few traditional forwarders that have made little progress with online freight booking platforms. But as supply chains become more agile and near-sourcing becomes more […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 9, 2017

The cargo automation odyssey

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that…” Spoken nearly 50 years ago by the HAL 9000 computer in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” those words are still some of the most chilling in 20th century cinema. At that moment, when HAL refused an order to “open the pod bay doors,” leaving astronaut […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 6, 2017

Swamp draining can lead to unintended consequences

The new U.S. President’s promise to “drain the swamp” is a euphemism for clearing out the layers of federal bureaucracy found in Washington, D.C. Given that the city itself was built in a fairly swampy geographic region, where city developers faced the challenge of eradicating mosquitoes from the moisture-laden land in the region, many see […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 3, 2017

Forwarders’ Forum: Taming the Trump roller-coaster

As a roller-coaster climbs the steep track to its crest and subsequent stomach-dropping plunge, my eyes always fixate on that sign near the seat that says, “Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times.” Good advice not only for fun park rides but also when encountering unpredictable situations, such as the recent […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 8, 2017

The shock of the new

As we age, it’s common to feel indifferent toward the new year. Once you’ve seen 40, 50 or 60 years go by, the need for champagne, confetti and Guy Lombardo music can seem like overkill. As U2’s Bono memorably sang more than 30 years ago, “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.’ Not so for 2017. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 6, 2017

Where We Went Wrong – Part 1: The e-commerce revolution

Here’s an open secret: physical “brick and mortar” shops are closing as multitudes of shoppers flock to online retail sites, such as Amazon and Alibaba. In the stores that still remain, many of the consumers are “just looking,” but will make their purchases later on the web. Unlike general air cargo, which will likely clock […]
  • Stan Wraight
  • February 3, 2017

FedEx’s Smith calls for action to defend global trade, save jobs

Soon after making a TV appearance to criticize the Trump administration’s pull-out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, FedEx CEO and founder Fred Smith stepped up his efforts to stave off a costly trade war by creating an online portal to encourage citizens to defend global trade and potentially save millions of jobs that depend on it. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2017

Fred Smith delivers TPP eulogy on Fox Business

FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith went on Fox Business yesterday to counter the White House’s negative narrative on the already moribund Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and also presented evidence for the positive role of free trade in the U.S. economy. “Trade is what made America great,” Smith told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “About 40 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2017

Come a long way: 75 years of good, bad, ugly air cargo ads

The calendar has finally turned over to 2017, and so begins Air Cargo World’s celebration of our long history – 75 years, in fact. Beginning in October 1942, when U.S. forces were battling in Guadalcanal and the Soviets began to turn the tide against Hitler in Stalingrad, founder John F. Budd began publication of Air […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 2, 2017
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