A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

If forecasting is the art of predicting what will be, and later explaining why it didn’t happen, then this may be as clear a glimpse of the future as we’re going to get. Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 2, 2018

FedEx advocates for NAFTA reform to facilitate cross-border e-commerce

With representatives from Mexico, Canada, and the United States currently meeting in Montreal for the sixth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reforms, major differences remain, and the March deadline is approaching fast. With its sprawling transnational network predicated on free trade, FedEx is following the developments closely, especially regarding […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

UPS and FedEx cheer Trump’s tax cuts for corporations

The country’s two major integrators have released statements praising U.S. President Donald Trump for signing last week’s tax reform bill into law, arguing that the sweeping reductions of corporate tax rates – from 35 percent to 21 percent – will help the American economy, and result in increased investments in transportation and logistics. David Abney, […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2017

Atlanta airport outage highlights need for tech adoption, IT firm says

The past weekend’s power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) was unavoidable for companies operating at the world’s busiest airport. But according to Intelenet Global Services CEO Bhupender Singh, the way carriers and other airport operators handle situations like the outage could be improved by more widespread adoption of emerging technologies in the airfreight […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 22, 2017

Automation must always come with a human touch

Technology’s imprint on our industry over the past 50 years has enabled profound automation advances that are likely to continue their march of progress over the decades to come. Whereas in the past we saw technology as a tool to accomplish a task, many now see automation as an end unto itself, but this may […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 7, 2017

BIFA urges investment in freight, logistics ahead of Brexit

To strengthen freight’s operating environment ahead of Brexit, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) called for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to do more for the United Kingdom’s freight and logistics sector in today’s new budget. “In his autumn statement this time last year, Mr. Hammond announced plans that financial support for U.K. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • November 22, 2017

UPS rallies behind U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill to slash corporate tax rate

UPS is publicly backing the latest version of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” calling the draft, “a critical step in finding compromise on a tax structure that has not been updated in more than 30 years.” The Senate version, released last week after multiple delays, features a 15-percent-point […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 13, 2017

Elbow room: Alerting governments about the airport space crunch

Airport consultants say that if you’ve seen one airport, you’ve seen… one airport. In other words, not all airports are alike, and each one possesses its unique challenges. But recently, during a regional outreach event sponsored by the Airforwarders Association and hosted by the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, audience members confronted a standard issue they […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 3, 2017

British forwarders demand ‘action, not words’ as Heathrow congestion worsens

Congestion at the Heathrow Airport’s cargo center has gotten so bad that local police are now turning away vehicles, prompting complaints from U.K.-based forwarders that they are “enduring misery on a daily basis,” according to Robert Keen, the British International Freight Association’s (BIFA) director general. In a letter published today on BIFA’s website, Keen said […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 2, 2017

DXC Technology: Using data to break cargo’s boom-and-bust cycle

The air cargo business never had a reputation as a technological pioneer, and years after most businesses have switched to APIs, holdouts in the business still use electronic data interchanges (EDIs), a technology first developed in 1948, to share data. But with rising demand for full visibility and the promise of e-commerce traffic, that disposition […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 11, 2017

Security question for forwarders heats up on Capitol Hill

Two certainties exist about Washington in the summer that are undeniable. First, the stifling July heat and humidity affecting our nation’s capital are legendary and second, lawmakers traditionally work at a heated pace to pass legislation in time for the August Congressional recess during which most, if not all, leave town for cooler climes. Part […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • September 1, 2017

ELEVATE panelist Dan Acosta on turning big data into intelligence [VIDEO]

Keeping pace with the digital transformation of logistics can be a challenge. Your clients want flexibility at lower costs and with more visibility, but innovation is risky and deploying new technology requires foresight. The second annual ELEVATE conference in Miami empowers you to make those decisions by consolidating the most innovative companies in the market, such […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 23, 2017

UPS, FedEx bury the hatchet to demand reform on Capitol Hill

UPS and FedEx bosses penned a joint call to action over the weekend, as promises made by the Trump administration to revitalize national infrastructure and reform the tax code languish in the proverbial “swamp” of Washington, D.C. In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, FedEx CEO Fred Smith and David Abney, chairman and […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 14, 2017

Air Canada’s Tim Strauss on the need for a common cargo language

Despite today’s climate of limited government and deregulation, there is at least one industry –airfreight forwarding – that may need regulations and standardization to ensure that it has a future, said Tim Strauss, the new vice president of cargo at Air Canada. While much of the industry is talking about the need for innovation, Strauss […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 7, 2017
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