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

Study raises concerns about Amazon’s impact on U.S. economy

Within five years, one-fifth of the US$3.6 trillion retail market in the United States will have shifted online, and Amazon is on track to capture two-thirds of that share, according to a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The organization’s assertion that “Amazon is a monopoly hiding in plain sight” is sure […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 26, 2016

Those who ignore high-tech progress, prepare to get forked

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association American baseball star Yogi Berra once said that when you get to a fork in the road, take it. His quote recently came to mind while listening to speakers at the recent Air Cargo Forum, sponsored by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2016

Lufthansa makes new offer on sixth day of pilot strike

A 4.4 percent increase in remuneration for Lufthansa pilots is the latest attempt by the German carrier to end a pilot strike that is costing the company an estimated €15 million per day. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union representing the pilots said it is considering the deal, but its spokesman Ingolf Schumacher demanded to know […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2016

Freightos CEO joins industry voices defending international trade

Nullifying the Trans Pacific Partnership would be an “inauguration gift to China at the expense of rapidly developing countries like Vietnam,” said Freightos CEO, Zvi Schreiber. He joins a growing list of industry leaders voicing concern that scuttling the deal would put the U.S. at a disadvantage, while empowering China, in direct contradiction to president […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 25, 2016

FedEx Freight boss urges Trump to reconsider trade agreement benefits

Michael Ducker, president and CEO of FedEx Freight Michael Ducker, president and CEO of FedEx Freight, joined a chorus of logistics and transportation interests calling for President-elect Donald Trump to honor America’s commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and bolster extant trade ties.  “Trade agreements are the solution, not the problem," Ducker told the 2016 […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 18, 2016

International trade interests brace for Trump presidency

Global markets are in turmoil as President-elect Donald Trump readies his transition team and, presumably, advances what is expected to be and agenda hostile to free trade. Meanwhile, the air cargo community is rushing to build bridges with free-trade factions within the new regime, such as Vice President-elect Michael Pence, who has a strong pro-free […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 2016

Cargo Chat: Cargolux makes Puerto Rico pharma service ‘official’

Stavros Evangelakakis, Cargolux Early last month, Cargolux launched a new weekly route from its home base in Luxembourg directly to Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. That may not seem like a logical cargo route, considering that the American commonwealth in the Caribbean has been enduring a crippling recession for the last two […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 4, 2016

ACAS: Running out of time to reach the finish line

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to four terms as President of the United States, but he never got the chance to see the finish line of his last administration – or glimpse his true legacy. While his untimely death a month before the fall […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 31, 2016
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