DHL unveils robotic tech as part of Chicago innovation center launch [VIDEO]

Today marked the grand opening of DHL’s 28,000-square-foot Americas innovation center in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The center will benefit from its proximity to American technology start-up regions, such as Silicon Valley. The Americas center is the third in DHL’s portfolio after the initial center in Cologne, Germany, and the Asia-Pacific center in Singapore. Chicago […]

DHL, Komatsu sign import agreement for shipments into Australia, New Zealand 

Japanese construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu has signed a new multi-year agreement with DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding, in which DHL will import Komatsu’s goods into Australia and New Zealand. The companies anticipate more than a million kilograms of products will be shipped annually into the countries as a result of the agreement.  Under the […]

Atlas Air, ABX, Southern Air pilots protest at CVG

Aug. 20, 2019: This story has been updated to include comment from Atlas Air.  Tomorrow, pilots flying for Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air, which operate on behalf of Amazon Air and DHL, will protest at Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which is the largest hub for these carriers. Pilots are protesting stalled contract negotiations […]

DHL doubles Connecticut service center capacity with $4 million investment 

DHL completed a US$4 million expansion and upgrade of its service center operations in Hartford, Conn., the company announced yesterday. The move is intended to accommodate growing cross-border e-commerce trade.  With the investment made earlier this year, DHL added 16,000 square feet of warehousing space to bring the facility’s total space to 38,000 square feet. With this expansion, the […]

The Freight 50: Sharpest climbs and falls among carriers

As noted in this year's Freight 50 feature, DHL reported the strongest y-o-y growth during 2018. The second-fastest grower on the list, Vietnam Airlines, made its first appearance on the Freight 50 list at the No. 46 spot thanks to year-over-year growth of 170.2% during 2018. Although many Chinese carriers have struggled to maintain growth […]

Forwarders’ focus turns to margins in the uncertain global environment

Now that the major freight forwarders have reported their earnings for the first half of 2019, a look at the market finds one of lower airfreight volumes and positive oceanfreight volumes. However, the lesson learned from years past was that volumes do not always equate to profit. Today, the focus is on profits. Simple common […]

DP-DHL Group’s Q2 operating profit up, despite persistent drop in airfreight volumes 

While Deutsche Post-DHL Group reported an increase in its overall revenue and operating profits for the second quarter of 2019, compared with Q218, the company’s Global Forwarding, Freight (GFF) division saw airfreight volumes decline by 5.8% year-over-year for Q2 to 888,000 tonnes. For the first half of 2019 ending June 30, GFF saw a decrease in volumes by 4.9% compared to the same period the […]

US-China trade tariffs hit Hong Kong’s local airfreight market 

DHL Hong Kong Air Trade Leading Index’s (DTI) latest quarterly report indicates that ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China are also negatively impacting Hong Kong’s air imports and exports.  The DTI quarterly report, commissioned by DHL Hong Kong and conducted independently by the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), assesses air traders’ forward-looking business outlook for air import […]

Deutsche Post DHL, Austrian Post ink last-mile parcel delivery agreement

Today, Deutsche Post DHL Group announced it signed an agreement with Austrian Post to facilitate last-mile parcel delivery for cross-border shipments in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.   Under the agreement, Austrian Post subsidiary In Time will deliver parcels sent by DHL customers to Slovakia. Meanwhile, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Czech subsidiary, PPL CZ, will deliver parcels sent by […]

United Cargo, Freightos team up on booking portal 

Today, United Cargo announced that it will be working with WebCargo by Freightos, a freight sales digitization platform, to develop an online booking portal.  The portal – which will support customers’ ability to book online, view prices, and see real-time updates on United’s cargo network – will be the first in a series of digital upgrades that the carrier plans to implement. Further details are yet to be announced.  Digitization has been a […]

DHL report urges businesses to fully implement e-commerce strategies

Today, DHL released its report on “The E-Commerce Supply Chain: Overcoming Growing Pains,” calling on businesses to “urgently” solve their e-commerce supply chain challenges. In the report, DHL found that a majority of companies have failed to fully implement an e-commerce strategy, despite recognizing its importance.   According to DHL, the evolving demands of e-commerce will compel over 50% […]

Atlas Air chief Flynn retires, with Dietrich to take the helm in 2020 

President and Chief Executive Officer William Flynn at Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings will step back to chairman of the board at the end of this year, Atlas announced today. The current EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Atlas, John Dietrich, is set to take Flynn’s place as president effective immediately. He’ll also take over as CEO when Flynn […]
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