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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2019

Digital forwarder Zencargo completes Series A funding round

London-based Zencargo, a digital freight forwarder, has completed Series A funding, in which it raised US$20 million to continue developing its software and prepare for the launch of its new supply chain analytics and insights group. Alex Hersham, co-founder and chief executive, said that “failing to digitize the supply chain is holding back global businesses,” […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 16, 2019

Freightos expands reach by acquiring India-based e-booking company

Hong Kong-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company Freightos has acquired Air Freight Bazaar India – an electronic freight booking service – in a move to expand the reach of its platform, WebCargo, into the Southeast Asian market.  “Our initial focus in India will be on further automation for local airfreight forwarders and collaborating [with Bazaar] on dynamic […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2019

WACO keynoter says forwarders must focus on digitalization rather than price

The global freight network for independent forwarders, known as WACO, met last week in Limassol, Cyprus, to discuss the state of the industry, where Lars Jensen, keynote speaker and CEO of Sea Intelligence Consulting, spoke about the perceived resistance from the forwarding community to digitalize, which the logistics community has been criticized for over the past […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 10, 2019

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 2, 2019

CCA to pilot data-sharing initiative for food shipments

The Cool Chain Association (CCA), a Netherlands-based nonprofit, said its members are piloting a data-sharing initiative to monitor food shipments over a three-month period to pinpoint where excursions in supply chains tend to occur. The goal of the pilot is to reduce the amount of waste in perishable supply chains. This spring, the pilot will […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 27, 2019

IATA partners with PayCargo for air cargo payment platform

PayCargo LLC, operator of a web-based payment platform for freight and logistics, is expanding a 2017 agreement with U.S.-based IATA subsidiary Cargo Network Services (CNS) to the global association. Under the expanded partnership, global air cargo customers will be able to make online payments and immediately access settlement data through the IATA-PayCargo System. A major […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • March 15, 2019

Digitalization trepidation: Turning words, worry into action

SINGAPORE — Much has been said this week about the sorry state of the air cargo industry’s alleged lack of digital savvy and reluctance to embrace new technology. For those fed up with such hand-wringing, the late-morning presentations in Wednesday’s Digital Cargo Track at the World Cargo Conference were a welcome tonic for air cargo professionals seeking […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2019

The invisible factor contributing to the pharma digitalization delay

SINGAPORE – Technology geared toward improving the transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo is better than ever. However, there was a consensus during yesterday’s pharma-focused panel discussion, “Discussing air freight operational challenges,” that there is still a long way to go before the industry catches up with the capabilities of today’s technology. A study from Aspen Global […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 13, 2019

de Juniac’s air cargo priorities for 2019: Trade, global standards, modernization

SINGAPORE — After acknowledging a rather sour start to the year for air cargo, IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac, in today’s opening address of the 13th World Cargo Symposium, called on governments and the air cargo industry to reverse this trend by focusing on three priorities to expand air cargo demand and maximize economic […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

Can integrated trade survive in these protectionist times?

SINGAPORE – At IATA's World Cargo Symposium (WCS), speaker Brian Pearce, chief economist at IATA, said at the “Enabling Global Trade” panel discussion that he thought the industry was “at a dangerous junction, because in many ways, I think the West is moving away from that model that is the integrated world that we were […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 12, 2019

Nallian to launch pharma track-and-trace app

Next week, Belgium-based IT company Nallian is launching a new track-and-trace platform that it calls the “Global Pharma Tracker,” during IATA’s upcoming World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Singapore, where it will present the new offering and share details of its early adopter program. “Users of the Global Pharma Tracker will leverage the benefits manifold: internally, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 8, 2019

Hermes to test pay-as-you-go cargo software with Icelandair Cargo

Hermes Logistics Technologies is planning to test a new iteration of its cargo management software, “Hermes NG,” in partnership with longtime client Icelandair Cargo. The cloud-based, artificial intelligence (A.I.)-enabled system incorporates a “pay-as-you-go” model comparable to that of apps like Airbnb and Uber, which tailors cost to frequency of transactions. “For a ground-handler to buy […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 7, 2019

Back to basics: Remembering the human side of automation

A review of a recently published investment firm survey on freight forwarder customer sentiment proved quite surprising – despite what the news tells us about “what customers want.” More than 1,500 shippers answered questions about their selection preferences and areas of concern when choosing major forwarder transportation providers. Because digitalization is a constant topic in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • March 5, 2019
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