Who flies farther? Express companies or Santa?

It’s a question that has puzzled forwarders, logistics companies and airfreight shippers for decades. Companies like UPS and FedEx travel billions of miles to delivery express packages worldwide over the peak holiday season, but Santa Claus is somehow able to get the same job done in a single night, delivering not just door-to-door, but workshop-to-tree […]

Troubled TNT to strengthen pharma, road networks

After reporting a €47 million operating income loss for the third quarter, compared to a €3 million profit for last year’s Q3, Dutch express delivery firm TNT Express NV said it will roll out a new platform allowing pharmaceutical customers to track their sensitive shipments from end to end throughout the process. During Monday’s earnings […]

UPS, FedEx urge retail sanity at peak season

Following last holiday season’s nightmare, which ended with 2 million express parcels being delivered after their guaranteed arrival date of Dec. 24, the two largest express companies, UPS and Fedex Express, are asking the nation’s retailers to hold “last-minute” sales earlier in the month and not promise so much overnight delivery just before the Christmas […]
  • October 10, 2014

Integrators flesh out China

After a lengthy wait, the road is finally open for FedEx and UPS to mount domestic express deliveries in China. The authorities in Beijing granted both companies licenses to run domestic operations without having to work with a Chinese joint venture partner. The authorization brings an end to a five-year wait since legislation introduced in […]
  • September 30, 2014

FAA cracks down on three airlines for alleged cargo violations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed fines totaling US$430,000 on five companies – British Airways, FedEx, American Eagle Airlines, and two unnamed non-airline companies – for alleged violations of safety regulations regarding the transport of hazardous materials. The largest single fine in the FAA announcement was US$195,000 against British Airways for asking its partner, American […]
  • September 23, 2014

Remote shipper serves global electronics industry

Thief River Falls, Minn., is more than a little off the proverbial beaten path, sequestered in the northwest corner of the state about 70 miles south of the Canadian border. It is home to about 8,500 people and the headquarters of a well-known snowmobile builder, Arctic Cat. What may come as a surprise to most […]

FedEx blames winter storms in Q3 report

FedEx Corp. reported revenue of US$11.3 billion (8.2 billion euros) for the third quarter, up 3 percent from the same period in 2013.  Unusually severe winter storms throughout the quarter disrupted operations, decreasing shipping volume and increasing costs, and affected year-over-year operating income by an estimated US$125 million (90.7 million euros).  “Historically severe winter weather […]
  • March 24, 2014

FedEx CEO: Beware of protectionism

FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Fred Smith sounded the alarm during the WCS Opening Plenary regarding what he views as the culprit for the slow growth of global trade: rising protectionism.  In a speech similar to one he delivered at the Journal of Commerce’s Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference last week, Smith urged attendees to urge their […]

FedEx founder condemns increased trade barriers

Fred Smith, president, founder and CEO of FedEx, condemned what he said is an increase in trade barriers since the recession in 2008-2009. Smith gave the keynote address at the Journal of Commerce‘s 14th annual TPM Conference in Long Island, Calif., a conference for the trans-Pacific and global container shipping industry.  
  • March 6, 2014

Chattanooga enjoys cargo boom

Major economic developments projects in the Chattanooga, Tenn., region have cargo booming at the city’s Metropolitan Airport. Total cargo at the airport was up nearly 20 percent in 2013. That followed a phenomenal 2012 when cargo rose nearly 125 percent. Cargo was up 70 percent in 2011. Chattanooga is by no means a major air […]

Future or fantasy? Cargo industry reacts to Amazon’s drones

If Amazon proves right, the overheard whir of a drone carrying a watch, toy or pair of shoes could someday become commonplace. The Internet has been aflutter ever since Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ announcement that drones will someday deliver packages – but the viability of the idea and its effect on air cargo remain in […]
  • December 9, 2013

Is ‘slow-steaming’ a trend?

Are carriers effectively adopting a strategy of “slow-steaming” to combat the downturn in traffic and to keep their depleted freighter fleets in business? Ironically, the shift by shippers from air to seafreight is probably exacerbating the apparent phenomenon. It was the major container shipping lines, particularly on routes from Asia to Europe, which first introduced […]
  • May 2, 2013
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