Comeback likely if industry embraces change

As a Washington Redskins football fan, I am accustomed to feelings of despair as my favorite team continues its mediocre performance for yet another year. Gone are the halcyon days of the ‘80s when victories were frequent and as commonplace as radio stations playing the team’s traditional “Hail to the Redskins” fight song. Yet despite […]

Taking a lesson from supermarkets

My grandparents used to tell me about an earlier time when preparing for a meal involved visits to several shops to assemble the necessary ingredients. While the dairy delivered milk and butter to one’s door, meats were purchased at a butcher shop and produce was sold at a stand or small neighborhood place where the […]
  • March 26, 2014

Free trade benefits airfreight

With more than 80 percent of global purchasing power situated abroad, international trade is vitally important not only to our own industry, but to the U.S. economy as a whole. To those of us who move freight across borders, the value of international trade agreements – which eliminate artificial barriers to trade such as tariffs, […]

Uncapping new technologies can benefit air cargo

We usually spend New Year’s Eve at home with my wife falling asleep well before the ball in New York City’s Times Square drops at midnight. So I was amazed when she accepted an invitation to a neighborhood party to ring in 2014. She decided her job was to make a dish for the potluck […]

Airforwarders Association membership swells

The growth in the number of freight forwarding companies joining the U.S. Airforwarders Association has reached unprecedented levels, with the organization’s membership rolls expanding by nearly 25 percent over the past year. More than half of the increase in the association’s regular membership, which is comprised of freight forwarding companies that focus on air cargo, […]

Future or fantasy? Cargo industry reacts to Amazon’s drones

If Amazon proves right, the overheard whir of a drone carrying a watch, toy or pair of shoes could someday become commonplace. The Internet has been aflutter ever since CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement that drones will someday deliver packages – but the viability of the idea and its effect on air cargo remain in […]
  • December 9, 2013

The shutdown, shippers and sleepy truckers

Freight and the Recent Government Shutdown My morning commute is roughly a seven-mile journey that takes 45 minutes in typical Washington, D.C., bumper-to-bumper traffic. The trip tends to vary based on the number of backups caused by motorcades whisking high-ranking government officials to work. There is normally some blessed relief to this during the Christmas […]

Pharma’s cargo opportunities

A recent article in an online industry publication discusses how the air cargo industry has become unreliable and is losing pharmaceutical traffic to ocean transport. The publication cites an analysis indicating that airfreight’s share of global pharmaceutical transport has plummeted from 17 percent in 2000 to just 11 percent today. It calls for the air […]
  • November 18, 2013

Remembering unsung cargo heroes

We lost two unsung heroes this summer who each made significant contributions to the air cargo and logistics industry.  While there are many hard-working, intelligent and energetic people who toil tirelessly to advance our business, Chris Battle and Jock Menzies are worth mentioning. Chris Battle Chris passed away in August after a four-year battle with […]
  • September 30, 2013

Forwarders find patent pit perilous

U.S. President Barack Obama and Brandon Fried are worried about the same problem. “This has been a frustrating experience for me personally,” Fried, executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association, says. “Over a five-year period, in fits and starts, I’ve had members come to me, usually completely panicked.” In the past five years, 20 freight […]
  • September 30, 2013

Fishing in the same pond

I knew my car was dirty when I saw the words “wash me” scrawled across the rear window, and so it was time to visit my favorite neighborhood car wash. As the mechanized scrubbers cleansed away the road grime, it was time to get reacquainted with the manager by apologizing for skipping my routine visits, […]
  • August 28, 2013

Pushing freight agenda before the government

We know that federal advisory committees are nothing new to Washington, but two focused on freight is unusual. Both have the ear of Congress and the Obama administration. The big question is whether or not they will listen. In the spirit of full disclosure, it is important to note that I’m appointed to the Department […]
  • July 30, 2013

Don’t get left behind in the E-freight rush

I was vehemently against the purchase of a new family computer. After all, our old desktop had performed so well and reliably that I simply ignored its growing obsolescence. What could not be ignored were my kids’ constant requests and pleas for a new, state-of-the-art machine capable of running modern programs and yes, all of […]
  • July 1, 2013

Simplifying the business

Widespread adoption of E-freight, or E-commerce, or whatever term is used, continues to be viewed as the air cargo industry’s best hope for long-term relevance. It certainly has gotten its share of plenary time during this spring’s circuit of cargo conferences. If passion among industry association leaders counts for anything, the movement has a good […]
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