Consultant Insight: FedEx falls hard in its latest earnings report

FedEx reported a surprising fiscal second-quarter decline in revenue and operating income during Tuesday’s earnings call in which CEO Fred Smith described the quarter (period ending November 30) as an anomaly. Smith reminded those on the call of the shorter holiday season that required planning and expenses to handle volumes that would fall during the […]

Consultant Insight: Amazon’s logistics network gets the holiday hiccups

Amazon began the holiday season strong by announcing that Cyber Monday was its single biggest shopping day in the company’s history, based on the number of items ordered worldwide. Meanwhile, company leadership stressed the focus on catering to increasing e-commerce sales, with Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke saying, “We’re focused on making this holiday season […]

Air cargo’s peak season – promising or a bust?

A year that started with great uncertainty will likely end the same. As we head into the traditional peak season, the world is faced with increasing trade barriers and weakening demand for goods. Global manufacturing activity is hovering dangerously close to contraction for many countries and for some countries, including the United States, contraction has […]

Outlook is positive for African air cargo carriers as trade with China grows

African carriers have been a shining star in an otherwise dismal global airfreight market. Year-to-date through July, freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) are up 4.9% year-over-year while capacity is up 13.6%. This region has been on an upward but erratic path in recent years with much of the growth attributed to its trade relations with Asia-Pacific. […]

UPS moves to promote Foreign Trade Zone opportunities in a world of uncertainty

International trade is becoming increasingly complicated thanks to tariffs, trade agreements and political maneuvering such as Brexit. Having a logistics partner to guide companies through such uncertainties is certainly beneficial as complexity increases. To that end, in a well-timed move, UPS recently announced the incorporation of foreign trade zone (FTZ) capabilities within its customs brokerage, […]

Air cargo delivering in times of crisis

In times of natural disasters, air cargo is often the only way to respond quickly enough to move food, first aid supplies and other necessities into hard hit areas. Drones are also being utilized to assess damage, for search and rescue operations and to drop small packages of food, water and medicines into hard-to-reach areas. […]

Roberson joins as CFC senior consultant, ACW columnist

Airfreight logistics professional and analyst Cathy Roberson has joined Air Cargo World as a regular weekly columnist and Cargo Facts Consulting as a senior consultant, effective Aug. 1. Roberson founded the logistics-focused market research firm Logistics Trends & Insights, based in Atlanta, in 2015. She previously worked for UPS as part of the team responsible […]