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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 3, 2018

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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 30, 2018

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 10, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 23, 2017

CFS: Dwindling 767 conversion feedstock could mean Airbus conversions for Atlas Air

MIAMI — With the feedstock for 767 freighter conversions dwindling, Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) CEO and president Bill Flynn said the carrier is looking to Airbus’ A330-300 to pick up the slack. “At some point we simply run out of 767 candidates for conversion,” Flynn told the audience here at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium. […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 3, 2017’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’s logistics outlay impacts pretty much every other company that participates in […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 14, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 8, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 6, 2017

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 15, 2017

UPS building $200 million facility, adds Saturday delivery to meet e-commerce demand

UPS announced today plans to build a US$200 million package operations facility in Arlington, Texas, just one day after it confirmed that it’s pilot Saturday-pickup project would be expanded nationwide through 2018. These developments point to an ongoing pivot towards more extensive and faster coverage by UPS in the context of growing e-commerce demand. “This […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 4, 2017

Chinese cross-border e-commerce purchases to skyrocket in 2016

More than 15 percent of Chinese will purchase e-commerce goods from abroad this year, according to a recent eMarketer report. These 181.2 million e-commerce customers will represent a 41.6 percent increase over 2015, when 128 million Chinese engaged in cross-border online purchases. Companies such as Alibaba, which has a significant stake in the regional online […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 28, 2016

Atlas accelerating pivot from heavy freight to express

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) is pivoting towards e-commerce and express shipments to take advantage of high-growth markets, said CEO William Flynn at the company’s investor meeting yesterday. And while Atlas already has a reputation as one of the more dynamic cargo airlines, the announcement accelerates its move away from heavy freight and towards more […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 17, 2016

New cargo terminal at Mumbai to meet e-commerce growth

Air cargo volumes at Mumbai International Airport Ltd. (MIAL) are on the rise, and a new domestic air cargo terminal that opened earlier this week is expected to allow the airport to capture a larger portion of India’s booming e-commerce market. The new, 60,000-square-foot facility will contribute an additional 300,000 metric tonnes of capacity and […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 9, 2016
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