10 fresh faces in air cargo in 2017

Along with a resurgence in confidence in airfreight, the first half of 2017 has seen an unusually high number of personnel changes and promotions among the executive ranks of air carriers and other logistics firms, while some of the industry’s legends have decided to step down. While this is hardly a comprehensive list, Air Cargo […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 29, 2017

Greener Skies Ahead: How going green can help your bottom line

Last month, FedEx issued a report with much fanfare about the results of two initiatives that made them understandably proud. They had set baseline targets back in 2005 and were already close to hitting their goals. All told, the two initiatives saved FedEx a combined US$281 million dollars in cost savings in fiscal 2016 alone. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2017

FedEx pushes Trump, U.S. Senate to embrace forward-looking infrastructure [VIDEO]

FedEx has emerged as a vocal, and at times controversial, advocate for global business in recent months. This time around, the company is holding the Trump administration to its promises to improve infrastructure. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, FedEx Freight CEO Michael L. Ducker lobbied for a modern infrastructure network, to […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 6, 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

UPS ranked most valuable logistics brands in 2017

Each year UK-based valuation and strategy consultancy, Brand Finance appraises the brand values of the world’s leading logistics companies. Once again, UPS seized the top position by a long-shot, with a brand value of US$22 billion. FedEX took second place with its brand valued at $17 billion—up 31% from 2016 following its acquisition of TNT […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 12, 2017

Economic realities slow U.S. aviation ambitions in Cuba

Following an epidemic of delays and capacity reductions by American carriers, FedEx has filed for a six-month extension to inaugurate U.S.- Cuba scheduled, all-cargo air services. The Memphis-based integrator cited “inextricable dynamics, such as securing and establishing business relationships with Cuban service providers, in relation to air operations support services, customs clearance, and ground/delivery operations.” […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 6, 2017

IATA: New Trade Facilitation Agreement a shot in the arm for global trade

A trade agreement promoting faster, cheaper and easier trade that entered into force this week is “great news for airlines, which deliver about a third of the goods traded across borders by value,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which passed Wednesday, follows the ratification of the […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 23, 2017

FedEx’s Smith calls for action to defend global trade, save jobs

Soon after making a TV appearance to criticize the Trump administration’s pull-out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, FedEx CEO and founder Fred Smith stepped up his efforts to stave off a costly trade war by creating an online portal to encourage citizens to defend global trade and potentially save millions of jobs that depend on it. […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2017

Fred Smith delivers TPP eulogy on Fox Business

FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith went on Fox Business yesterday to counter the White House’s negative narrative on the already moribund Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and also presented evidence for the positive role of free trade in the U.S. economy. “Trade is what made America great,” Smith told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “About 40 […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2017

FedEx, Walgreens thwart ‘porch pirates’ with 8,000 more secure locations

As concerns over a rise in express package thefts, FedEx and Walgreens pharmacies have inked a long-term deal to install 8,000 secure pickup/dropoff locations in pharmacies across the United States. Starting this spring, a small-scale rollout will begin, and FedEx expects to have the program available at “thousands of Walgreens locations later this calendar year […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2017

FedEx’s Smith defends trade, blasts Trump’s protectionist rhetoric

While FedEx founder and chairman, Fred Smith, generally supported the direction President-elect Donald Trump is taking with his pledges to improve the nation’s infrastructure and reduce the national debt, he was deeply critical of Trump’s repeated statements against global trade during his campaign and called for the new President to drop his protectionist rhetoric. During […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 28, 2016

UPS invests in reverse logistics startup Optoro as returns volume rises

The wrapping paper has been cleared away, Uncle Steve is on his seventh whisky and you are ensconced on the couch, half-buried under a pile of gifts that you’ll never use or wear. But your holiday work is still not done – it’s time for unwanted gift returns season. On Jan. 5, millions of consumers […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 27, 2016

Restructuring, investments at FedEx catch analysts unaware in Q2

FedEx’s second fiscal-quarter operating income increase of 3 percent underperformed analysts’ expectations as they failed to account for the integrator’s US$2 billion investment into sorting hubs and distribution centers, and automation of ground operations to accommodate growing e-commerce shipments. The Ground and Freight divisions saw operating income fall by 12 and 13 percent, respectively, to […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 21, 2016

AAWW union warns of pilot shortage as judge imposes ABX injunction

Soon after a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction last week to extend a ban on work stoppages by pilots at carrier ABX Air, the union representing the pilots flying for other carriers owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) said they have too few pilots to meet the long-term demands for its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 12, 2016
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