Hitting the wall: Tariffs may bring a premature end to the cargo boom

Air cargo volumes over the past year achieved levels not seen in more than a decade as surging global economies fueled demand and reinvigorated the need for speed. Retailers and manufacturers seem to have been the prime users as increased business brought about by the e-commerce megatrend created the need for fast product delivery. Now, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 5, 2018

What will ELDs do to the noble profession of truck driving?

One of the biggest thrills I remember when I was a kid was leaning against the back-seat rear window of my father’s Pontiac Bonneville and gesturing to oncoming truckers to blow their air horns. Once heard, the glee throughout the car was contagious, not only because of the rig’s loud roar but also the impressive […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 2, 2018

A ‘New NAFTA’ could lead to angry Canadian neighbors

To most Americans, Canadians are perceived to be chronically polite and kind. But recently, a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission defeating the Trump administration’s attempt to impose duties of almost 300 percent on imported jets made by a Canadian manufacturer may be the cause for some uncharacteristic celebratory behavior. The decision may have […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 2, 2018

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

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

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

Infrastructure issue bridges gap between forwarders, integrators

A decade-old major highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis still serves as a deadly reminder of the price our nation pays for lack of transportation infrastructure investment. The incident, which happened without warning over the Mississippi River on Aug. 1, 2007, took the lives of 13 people and injured 145 more during the evening rush-hour commute. […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 6, 2017

E-commerce adaptation should be evolutionary, not revolutionary

No matter how much we tried to be cool kids in junior high school, there was always a group of cooler kids that the rest of us emulated. They wore the latest fashions, used modern language and smoked when or where no one else could do so. At that stage of life, if the cool […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 4, 2017

AFA to press Homeland Security for e-commerce security updates

U.S. Government regulations for air cargo are outdated, thwarting cross-border and domestic e-commerce shipments and undercutting security, just as demand is pushing up airfreight markets. This focus on the importance of updated standards will be the theme for today’s testimony (see it live here) by Airforwarders Association (AfA) director Brandon Fried, as he addresses the […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 25, 2017

That Sinking Feeling: Keeping shippers from running back to seafreight

With any broken relationship – whether it’s a romantic tryst or a freight consignment – there’s always the danger of the “rebound effect.” “Unrewarding rebound relationships can actually lead people to feel more attached to their ex-partners, rather than less,” warned Samantha Joel, assistant professor at the University of Utah Psychology Department. With time, she […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2017

The nose knows: Why we need more canine detection for cargo

Our family St. Bernard, Lacey, is one of the friendliest dogs you will ever come across, despite her impressive size and physical strength. She loves people and has a keen sense of smell, especially for food. Her excellent olfactory sense makes Lacey the best detector of the errant morsels that find their way from the […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • July 4, 2017

Building a better hamburger: The importance of consistent quality

Hamburgers are great, either cooked on the home grill or savored in the finest of gourmet restaurants. Every so often, if in a rush, nothing is more pleasing than a straightforward and cheap one from a fast-food chain. The quality, so to speak, is always intact as these burger chains maintain a consistent and agreed-upon […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 2, 2017

CNS: Viva la tech revolution, for those who survive the disruption

ORLANDO — “We are not technical Neanderthals,” Brandon Fried, Executive Director, Airforwarders Association reminded the panel titled, “A Shipper’s Perspective of the US Air Cargo Industry and its Impact on their Value Chain” at this yesterday’s CNS Partnership conference session. The supply chain is still struggling to negotiate the complexity of freight forwarding, while providing […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 3, 2017

Disruption, adaptation no stranger to forwarding business

Disruption is nothing new to the air forwarding industry, as I recently learned from a friend who just celebrated 50 years in the business. When asked about today’s disruptors, he chuckled and started rattling off a litany of examples. We now accept most of them as the norm, but when they were first introduced, they […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 2, 2017
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