Cracking the Customs Code: Can customs clearance ever be automated?

Imagine you’re a forwarder handling the logistics needs of an up-and-coming e-tailer in the Latin American market, that sources goods from China. Your client is intent on offering customers the same delivery windows as the Amazons and the Alibabas of the world: less than 72 hours between the time a customer places the order on […]

JAS forwarding to use cargo.one to digitally book capacity

U.S.-based JAS Forwarding joined the ranks of forwarders utilizing Berlin-based cargo.one’s freight booking platform, which allows users to view and book airlines’ available freight capacity instantaneously via a digital app. Gordon Reinke, airfreight director  of JAS Forwarding’sa German operations, said that JAS engaged in a collaborative process with cargo.one, in which it tested use of […]

Oman Air Cargo digitalizes communications with CHAMP

Oman Air Cargo is the latest carrier to jump onboard the digitalization train by offering its customers electronic access to its capacity via Traxon cargoHUB, a digital messaging platform for carriers and forwarders from U.S.-based IT firm CHAMP. The platform is compatible with IATA’s electronic air waybill (e-AWB) initiative, called e-Freight, which aims to replace […]

Dachser expands relationship with cargo.one

Logistics firm Dachser and Berlin-based software-as-as-service (SaaS) provider cargo.one are expanding their partnership to enable Dachser’s airfreight employees to search for, compare, book and confirm cargo capacity across multiple airlines. Online platforms like cargo.one digitalize the traditionally e-mail- and telephone-based process of booking airfreight capacity, enabling forwarders to receive immediate booking confirmation. “Some solutions promise […]

Delta Cargo launches self-service e-AWB kiosks

Today Delta Cargo debuted its new self-service kiosks, operational in Atlanta and Boston, for use of electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) for its domestic network. This marks another step in the carrier’s path toward digitalization, following the company’s launch earlier this month to allow access to its full suite of services online, which include a sort […]

Southwest Cargo set to begin international shipments in May

AUSTIN, TEXAS—Southwest Airlines is getting serious about cargo, with today’s announcement that, following the rollout of its new Southwest Cargo Suite (SCS) point-of-sale system in March, Southwest Airlines Cargo will begin international cargo shipments to destinations in Mexico in May. The carrier will kick off its shipments to Mexico, with destinations including Mexico City, Cancun, […]

Building a better hamburger: The importance of consistent quality

Hamburgers are great, either cooked on the home grill or savored in the finest of gourmet restaurants. Every so often, if in a rush, nothing is more pleasing than a straightforward and cheap one from a fast-food chain. The quality, so to speak, is always intact as these burger chains maintain a consistent and agreed-upon […]

e-AWB penetration rate dips as shippers call for more digitization

While the newly formed Shippers’ Advisory Committee, created last year by the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), today released a position paper calling for greater transparency and digitization of the global supply chain, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently reported that the penetration rate for its electronic air waybill (e-AWB) initiative dipped from 49.2 […]

Joost van Doesburg: A voice for shippers moves on

If you’ve been to an air cargo logistics conference in the last seven years and you heard a Dutch-accented voice from a tall, dapper gentleman asking probing questions about why the industry is so woefully behind regarding data transparency, then you’ve probably become acquainted with Joost van Doesburg (pictured), the airfreight policy advisor representing EVO […]

Staring down the oncoming Amazon freight train

2015 is shaping up to be a roller-coaster year for freight forwarder and carrier volumes. An air cargo surge caused by the West Coast port labor slowdown led to congestion-related challenges at major gateways throughout the United States. A strong U.S. dollar has since depressed export volumes, leading to bargain-basement rates for forwarders from both […]

A local focus can reveal universal truths

The common phrase “all politics is local” describes the principle that political success is directly tied to politicians’ ability to understand and influence the issues of their local constituents. Politicians must appeal to seemingly mundane and simple concerns of those who elect them because personal issues, rather than big and intangible ideas, are what voters […]

E-air waybill penetration creeps up – ever so slowly

Unless a huge shift occurs, it would appear by IATA’s latest numbers on electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) that the goal of 45 percent penetration by year’s end isn’t going to become a reality.  The good news is that, for the most part, the numbers have crept up every month by a slight margin. Overall, e-AWB […]