Liege Airport signs Qatar Airways, Alibaba Cloud, Orange Belgium partnerships

At a cargo event that took place this week at Liege Airport (LGG) in Belgium, the airport signed three agreements further bolstering its rapidly growing air cargo operations. The partnerships are between the airport and Qatar Airways Cargo, technology subsidiary Alibaba Cloud and telecommunications company Orange Belgium, respectively. LGG’s agreement with Qatar Airways Cargo is […]

DHL unveils robotic tech as part of Chicago innovation center launch [VIDEO]

Today marked the grand opening of DHL’s 28,000-square-foot Americas innovation center in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The center will benefit from its proximity to American technology start-up regions, such as Silicon Valley. The Americas center is the third in DHL’s portfolio after the initial center in Cologne, Germany, and the Asia-Pacific center in Singapore. Chicago […]

SF’s A.R. tool boxes up cargo in the blink of an eye [VIDEO]

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could look at an object that needed to be shipped overnight and could see the dimensions instantly in front of you before you boxed it up? Last week, a video was posted on the website of China’s SF Express, showing how SF Technology’s Vision Team has made that dream […]

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]

Horizon Forum seeks the right questions to be asked in pursuit of innovation

SINGAPORE — At this year’s “Horizon: The Air Cargo Innovation Forum” workshop, held on Monday, the star of the show was, of course, ULDs. It wouldn’t be the 13th World Cargo Symposium without a major mention of ULD technology, after all (check here for a report on the IATA Innovations Award finalists). But thinking outside the […]

JD Logistics uses robots for last-mile delivery in new smart service centers [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is forwarding an artificial intelligence (A.I.)-enabled future in logistics the launch of two “smart” delivery stations in Changsha and Hohhot, which utilize robots and facial recognition software – and cuteness, let’s admit – to complete last-mile deliveries. The golf cart-sized autonomous vehicles, complete with a front screen display that suggests cartoon […]

GEODIS to hold ‘hackathon’ in November

Logistics company GEODIS will host its first “hackathon” in which artificial intelligence (A.I.) experts, IT-professionals and data forecasting experts will compete in competitions that test their optimization skills – one challenge specific to warehouse optimization, the other to human and material resources. The company has said it intends to invest more in innovation and the […]

UPS’ Cindy Miller on the redefinition of ‘customer experience’ in forwarding

There was a time not long ago when the shipment of goods across an international border was considered a matter of grave, time-consuming importance that may take days to resolve. With e-commerce, those days are gone forever as customer expectations are continuing to be more demanding. The concept of waiting the traditional “five to seven business […]

XPO Logistics incorporates ‘smart robots’ into N. American, European networks

XPO Logistics is incorporating 5,000 “smart robots” – autonomous vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence (A.I.) – throughout its North American and European logistics networks in a new partnership with Singapore-based robotics manufacturer, GreyOrange Pte. Ltd. The autonomous robots are part of a modular “goods-to-person system” that includes mobile storage racks, fulfillment stations and collaboration with […]

Fashion Forward: How the promise of A.I. will disrupt the apparel industry

Picture this. You receive a calendar notification on your phone. It’s that networking event you RSVP’d to a few months back. Crap, it’s next week, you think to yourself. You had envisioned shaking hands with your future contacts while wearing a sharp blazer and a fresh pair of slacks and your old standby ensemble, which […]

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]

Industry consensus: A.I. has greater short-term ROI than blockchain

A study from the supply chain and logistics intelligence organization eyefortransport (EFT) shows that industry professionals perceive artificial intelligence (A.I.) as a better investment than blockchain. When asked to choose among the options of A.I., robotic process automation (RPA), internet of things (IoT) or blockchain, A.I. was the most popular choice among respondents – 33 […]

XPO Logistics reports 178 percent increase in net income in Q2

Today, XPO Logistics hosted its interim earnings call for the three months ended June 30 – reporting an overall net income increase of 178 percent to US$159 million, compared to the same period last year. The company said second-quarter growth was led by continued “demand for e-commerce logistics globally, as well as by the consumer-packaged […]

Panalpina launches ‘digital hub’ technology arm in Zurich

This week, Swiss forwarder Panalpina debuted its “Panalpina Digital Hub,” the new Zurich-based technology-focused arm of its business that will focus on exploring cutting-edge systems, such as the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain, with the intent of forming strategic partnerships with European start-ups to integrate these technologies. “We, like many of […]
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