FedEx to develop autonomous same-day delivery robots

FedEx is investing in the future of robotics and artificial intelligence in logistics with the development of its own autonomous delivery vehicle, the “FedEx SameDay Bot,” for last-mile deliveries of goods ranging from hardware products to pizzas. The integrator’s initiative named retailers AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart as future recipients of the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 1, 2019

FedEx to modernize and expand hubs at MEM, IND

FedEx recently released its “2018 Annual report” and filed several permit applications announcing plans to modernize and expand its FedEx Express hubs at Memphis (MEM) and Indianapolis (IND) international airports. The company reported expected capital expenditures for 2019 at approximately US$5.6 billion, to include FedEx Express investments in aircraft fleet modernization and the Memphis and […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 31, 2018

The top 10 most-read Air Cargo World articles in 2018

With 2019 just a few days away, we at Air Cargo World would like to pause to reflect on this mostly positive but tumultuous year in air cargo – a year of airfreight traffic booms, labor concerns and a strong peak season, tempered by the chill winds of global protectionism and looming Brexit worries for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 28, 2018

New airport cluster emerges in Inland Empire

In the coming year, industry experts should keep their eye on southern California’s emerging airport cluster in the Inland Empire, as integrators increase their presence in the region. The So Cal cluster formerly comprised of Los Angeles (LAX), Ontario International (ONT) and San Diego International (SAN) airports. Now, San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) and March Air […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 20, 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

FedEx anticipates record-breaking peak season, warns of trade tensions

During FedEx’s FY Q1 2019 earnings call yesterday, CEO Fred Smith said the company is anticipating record-breaking volume during this year’s peak season. The positive news follows the company’s announcement last week that it will expand its U.S. ground operations to six days a week in response increased demand for e-commerce – this, despite current […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 18, 2018

FAA changes flight-hour policy for pilots in training, challenges lie ahead

Last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made changes to the “Omnibus” final training rule, and will now allow pilots pursuing their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certifications to count second-in-command (SIC) hours toward the 1,500-hour in-flight requirement.  Until this point, only passenger-flying trainees were allowed to apply their SIC hours toward their ATP certs. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 5, 2018

Demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, Italy could mean logistics delays

Concurrent labor actions and protests from various logistics sectors’ unions could potentially send ripples through the supply chain in coming weeks, as the trucking strike continues in Brazil, and Canadian Pacific Railways and FedEx experience their own protests from employees. While Brazil’s economy has shown signs of picking up in the first quarter of 2018, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 30, 2018

E-commerce turns up the heat on fulfillment companies

The e-commerce boom in the United States has already irrevocably changed the traditional dynamics between supply chain members, but we are still far from seeing how these dynamics will re-form – if ever – after the dust settles, according to an in-depth report released last week from third party logistics (3PL) research organization Armstrong & […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 1, 2018

Logistics tech provider project44 hits US$48 million in funding

Logistics software provider project44 raised an additional US$35 million in funding to bring its total funding to $48 million. The company will use the funds to expand into ocean shipping and international markets. The goal of project44 is “to power true supply chain visibility, and in turn deliver a faster and more reliable global shipping […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 19, 2018