Cargolux’s ‘Mimmo’ Ceci calls for increased digitalization

Last summer, Luxembourgian all-cargo carrier Cargolux made a significant internal move, bringing Domenico “Mimmo” Ceci from senior vice president of commercial planning over to executive vice president of sales and marketing, where he will be in charge of the further digitalization and automation of processes at Cargolux. With more than 30 years of experience at […]

Finnair’s Fredrik Wildtgrube sees a bright digital future ahead for cargo

Last month, Finnair Cargo announced a new partnership to market its belly capacity on the increasingly popular cargo management app, cargo.one, which is already used by industry giants like Dachser and Lufthansa Cargo. Finnair has been pushing for new technology to streamline the cargo process for years, but the carrier is hardly a newcomer to […]

Tech, trade, talent, transportation to dominate 2019, says DHL’s Sureddin

Toward the end of 2018, DHL Supply Chain said it was going to invest US$300 million into the acceleration of the development of cutting-edge technologies, such as robotics, at the majority of its North American facilities. Some of the technologies discussed include blockchain and the platooning of vehicles, among many others, but the integrator also […]

CHAMP’s Matt Woolmer on bringing digitalization to SME forwarders

In January, Oman Air Cargo became the latest carrier to jump onboard the digitalization train by offering its customers electronic access to its capacity via Traxon cargoHUB, a digital messaging platform for carriers and forwarders from Luxembourg-based IT firm CHAMP Cargosystems. The platform is compatible with IATA’s electronic air waybill (e-AWB) initiative, called e-Freight, which […]

DFW’s John Ackerman on strengthening inter-airport connections

At this year's TIACA Air Cargo Forum, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) signed a memorandum of understanding with Groupe ADP, the operator of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and others, to “develop air cargo strategies” and improve the movement of airfreight between the two global hubs. Under the agreement, DFW and CDG pledged to […]

Schiphol’s Pouwels does more with less in Amsterdam community

Throughout 2018, the dominant story about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has been the shortage of freighter slots, due to a 500,000 “aircraft movements” limit set by the Dutch government. As a result, one prominent carrier, AirBridgeCargo, shifted its European hub from AMS to nearby Liège Airport. As this issue was going to press, the local […]

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 […]

CHAMP’s Emanuel Hille on operational headaches ACAS may bring

After years of discussion and delays, the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program was finally launched in June, requiring carriers entering the United States to provide all information about the cargo – including the air waybill number, shipper and consignee names and addresses, a description of the cargo, quantity and weight – to U.S. Customs […]

AirBridgeCargo’s Lazarev: At right place, right time for further growth

Since joining the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2013, in the position of operations director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Sergey Lazarev has overseen a period of rapid growth for the Russian all-cargo carrier. Two years later after joining the carrier, he was appointed general director of ABC, which had been aggressively pursuing long-haul cargo routes and achieving […]

WFS’ John Batten on ‘future-proofing’ cargo terminals to meet e-commerce needs

For decades, ground handlers operated in the shadows. However, with the growing importance of pharmaceuticals-handling standards and demands for greater visibility, that’s changing. With a whole new breed of shippers using air cargo for cross-border e-commerce, there’s something different about this latest rise in demand. With airfreight scrambling to establish itself as a crucial part […]
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