E-commerce disruption of air cargo only in its opening act, Unisys says

We are only seeing the opening act of the e-commerce effect, according to logistics IT company Unisys. A report released by the company this week claims that the global air cargo industry will transform by 2020 through “even smarter” warehouses, as companies across the supply chain rush to capitalize on the e-commerce boom. One novel […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 13, 2017

ELEVATE 2017 Preview: Robotics are the future of air freight [VIDEO]

With the second annual ELEVATE 2017 conference just weeks away (October 2), we’re in close contact with our speakers, making sure that our panels cover the latest trends and developments in the logistics industry. Our opening panel is one that you won’t want to miss. It features industry experts discussing “Using Next-Gen Technology to Solve […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 12, 2017

Natilus releases pictures of near-complete cargo drone prototype

Cargo delivery drone startup Natilus has released pictures of a prototype vehicle that the company hopes will eventually conduct 30-hour test runs, carrying up to 315 kilograms of cargo, between Los Angeles and Hawaii. “Seeing is believing, especially for the freight world,” said CEO Aleksey Matyushev. “There’s a lot of doubt that a small team […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 30, 2017

WCS 2017: Get ready for air cargo disruption on the Horizon

ABU DHABI, UAE — For most of the last 50 years, the symbol of a successful “future” has been the long-promised, never-realized flying car. While most of us have long ago given up dreams of seeing these hybrids take to the air in real life, that is exactly the catalyst that has driven entrepreneur Svilen […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 13, 2017

How to find the right team to foster logistics innovation

MIAMI – When it comes to innovation in the airfreight industry, there are technological advances and there are process improvements. Both are equally important to the bottom line of a logistics firm, but they must have the right team in place to ensure that the benefits are sustainable, according to last week’s ELEVATE 2016 panel […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 17, 2016

Svilen Rangelov of Dronamics on new air cargo potential [VIDEO]

A panel at the inaugural ELEVATE conference, held in Miami this week talked about innovation in air cargo and drones were raised as one factor that could cut costs and improve coverage. We caught up with Svilen Rangelov of Bulgaria-based Dronamics to hear his thoughts on drones and to talk about what his company is doing […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 13, 2016

Autonomous Tech: How the supply chain is going hands-free

On a gray, blustery, early-April day this year, a convoy of about a dozen 18-wheel, long-haul trucks pulled into a port facility in Rotterdam and parked in neat rows. It’s a seemingly unremarkable event that happens thousands of times a day at the bustling Dutch seaport, yet these particular trucks were greeted with a gaggle […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 3, 2016

Mercedes-Benz, Matternet enter last-mile ‘van + drone’ delivery race [VIDEO]

The competition for low-cost last-mile solutions just heated up with the announcement by Daimler AG today that it is partnering with U.S.-based drone startup Matternet to develop drones for its delivery vans. The German auto giant will invest US$562.75 million over the next five years designing electric, networked van-drone-hybrid combos. The announcement comes less than […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 7, 2016

7-Eleven and Flirtey make milestone Slurpee delivery

Here’s something to cool off Americans on a scorching weekend across most of the United States: 7-Eleven’s ubiquitous Slurpees – which melt frustratingly fast – could be delivered to customers by drones following the successful autonomous delivery by the convenience store chain and Flirtey, a leading independent drone delivery service. The “milestone delivery,” as the […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 22, 2016

AirMap, Lufthansa Systems partner to enhance drone safety

As the skies grow increasingly congested and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers continue to advance drone technology for potential commercial uses, ensuring safety has become an increasingly difficult challenge in the industry. These conditions prompted AirMap, a provider of airspace information and services for UAVs, and international airline IT provider Lufthansa Systems to partner in […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 21, 2016

Flirting with disaster: ship-to-shore drone delivery

Independent drone delivery service Flirtey and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine chose New Jersey as the location to conduct the first U.S. test of ship-to-shore drone delivery on June 23. This isn’t the first time Flirtey has made headlines. Last year, their drone made the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery to a health […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 10, 2016

WCS 2016: Saving lives with the help of Matternet cargo drones

BERLIN – On the final day of the World Cargo Symposium, the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the industry was a hot topic, especially following a morning presentation by Matternet, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of drones that are currently being uded to deliver life-saving drugs to remote field clinics in Malawi. In the […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 18, 2016

2016: The near-future of European cargo?

After a long and winding 2015, which was generally a downbeat time for the European airfreight community, many logistics professionals are looking ahead for signs to offer hope for a brighter inbound year. At the moment, the planned FedEx purchase of TNT seems to be the deal that has the most people in the industry […]
  • Roger Turney
  • December 7, 2015

Could this be Amazon’s drone of the future?

Amazon is excited, even if the U.S. government is, so far, unmoved. Last weekend, just in time for Cyber Monday, the e-retailer released this video below of a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, which could be part of its future delivery system to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. In […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 4, 2015
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