Uli Ogiermann seizes opportunity from Qatar blockade crisis

Call it Uli’s “swan song.” On June 5, a Saudi-lead blockade threw Qatari businesses into turmoil, snarling supply chains and sending panicked residents flocking to grocery stores to snatch up dwindling supplies. Five months later, those same stores are brimming with produce, and Qatar’s national economy is humming along. But that outcome wasn’t always certain, […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 9, 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

DXC Technology: Using data to break cargo’s boom-and-bust cycle

The air cargo business never had a reputation as a technological pioneer, and years after most businesses have switched to APIs, holdouts in the business still use electronic data interchanges (EDIs), a technology first developed in 1948, to share data. But with rising demand for full visibility and the promise of e-commerce traffic, that disposition […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 11, 2017

Air Canada’s Tim Strauss on the need for a common cargo language

Despite today’s climate of limited government and deregulation, there is at least one industry –airfreight forwarding – that may need regulations and standardization to ensure that it has a future, said Tim Strauss, the new vice president of cargo at Air Canada. While much of the industry is talking about the need for innovation, Strauss […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 7, 2017

Kerry Logistics’ Blank brings Europe, China a bit closer

With its extensive infrastructure and footprint in the world’s biggest e-commerce market, China, Kerry Logistics is intimately involved in directing and processing the growing volumes of goods circulating the globe. In Europe, the company is working to grow its footprint, but the market is mature, necessitating an ambitious mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy. In Munich, […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 7, 2017

Silk Way’s Kamran Gasimov opens door to further U.S. expansion

Earlier this fall, Silk Way West Airlines, the scheduled-service subsidiary of the Silk Way Group, launched twice-weekly flights from its home base in Baku, Azerbaijan, directly to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Although the carrier has been operating similar scheduled flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) with its 747-8F for nearly […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 8, 2016

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

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 years and is […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 4, 2016

Kintetsu’s Torii pumps up the volume on air cargo

In June, Nobutoshi Torii assumed the role of president and CEO of Japanese forwarder Kintetsu World Express, Inc. (KWE). As a 34-year veteran of KWE, Torii has held numerous roles at the company, beginning in sales for the export airfreight forwarding office in Nagoya, and most recently serving as president, CEO and general manager of […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 10, 2016