On Air with Air Cargo World: Key trends in North American cargo facility development

The real estate arm of U.S.-based Aviation Facilities Company Management (AFCO) secured upwards of $36 million in financing for a new air cargo facility at Baltimore International Airport (BWI). The entire project will include construction of a 200,000-square-foot air cargo facility and a 450,000-square-foot aircraft parking apron, both set to be completed this month.  In this […]

Dakosy e-commerce customs software enters ground handling use at LEJ 

Today, Hamburg-based software company Dakosy announced that ground handling service provider PortGround GmbH, a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flugahfen AG, is now leveraging its e-commerce customs software for its operations at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ).   With the new software, ZODIAK, PortGround GmbH seeks to simplify workflows for customs clearance through handling e-commerce shipments arriving at the airport through digital and automated processes. The software is approved for all ATLAS Customs (automated […]

Does increase in FedEx 2020 shipping rates prelude strategy shift? 

FedEx announced new shipping rates for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight will come into effect Jan. 6, 2020.  The new rates will include increases in surcharges and fees for FedEx’s U.S. Express Package Services, U.S. Ground Services, International Express Package Services, International Ground Services, U.S. Express Freight Services, International Express Freight Services, as well as an […]

Amazon signs lease on multi-story urban fulfillment center near Seattle [VIDEO]

Continuing its endeavor to expedite fulfillment, Amazon has leased nearly 500,000 square feet (46,000 square meters) of space in a multi-story logistics center in urban Seattle.   Although vertical logistics centers are common in land-constrained regions in Asia and Europe, most similar buildings in North America are built out rather than up. Completed in 2018, the Georgetown Crossroads facility is the first building of its […]

DHL Supply Chain invests in automated technology to combat e-commerce challenges

If you haven’t heard yet, e-commerce is having a significant impact on supply chains worldwide, especially during the current peak-season ramp-up. According to DHL, automation, in the form of robotics, artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and other technologies, can be the solution to handling the increase in volume. DHL Supply Chain, a division of  Deutsche Post […]

Early 2018 holiday shopping breaks peak season records

Following on the heels of China’s 11.11 shopping holiday, numbers are out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American shoppers kicked off the start of the shopping season in the United States, spending US$24.2 billion shopping online — 23 percent more than what they spent over the same five days in 2017. American consumers spent […]

DHL customers prefer root canals to late shipments

In DHL’s 2017 Holiday Survey, 27 percent of the integrator’s customers surveyed said that they would “rather get a root canal than have personal holiday shipments come late,” which suggests that some 27 percent of customers haven’t yet experienced the skull-splitting agony of the dentists’ drill burrowing into their molars. Regardless, there’s a lot of […]

Canada Post, Purolator strengthen Cargojet partnership with early contract extension

Purolator and Canada Post, part of a conglomeration known as the Canada Post Group of Companies (CPGOC), have announced an early extension to a 2014 air cargo contract with Cargojet, now running through 2025, that outlines the cargo carrier’s service obligations to the Canadian shipping company, in the context of growing e-commerce volumes and other […]

Amazon.com’s Bezos to be inducted into Logistics Hall of Fame

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will be inducted into the Logistics Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, in recognition of his company’s outsized role in shaping modern e-commerce logistics. Bezos’ ever-present online bookstore is now the largest online retailer in the United States, and Amazon.com’s logistics outlay impacts pretty much every other company that participates in […]

Demand for airfreight depresses margins at DHL Global Forwarding

Business is booming, but contracted rates are lagging, according to the latest second-quarter numbers at DHL’s forwarding arm. Sustained – and unexpected – demand for airfreight squeezed Q2 2017 profits at DHL Global Forwarding division, as shipping costs moved closer to rates that were locked in well in advance. However, across DHL’s  International Parcel, eCommerce […]

Freightos envisions e-commerce market dominated by Amazon, Alibaba

Amazon is on track to command 50 percent of the global e-commerce market by 2021, says Hong Kong-based freight marketplace company Freightos, however wielding that sort of clout in the grocery space, will prove more challenging. “Despite the acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon still lacks the refrigerated equivalent of the nationwide domestic warehouse space it […]

GEODIS sees supply chain as ‘strategic hub’ of companies’ activities

MUNICH — The recently released GEODIS 2017 Supply Chain Worldwide Survey (SCWS) underscored the evolution of supply chains, from the simple delivery of products to “a crucial lever for business performance.” Trends such as e-commerce require more specialization than ever, which, in turn, drives complexity According to the survey, 74 percent of firms use four […]
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