Santa’s logistics elves make major moves to get presents out

With sleigh bells ringing and parcels scanning, the holiday season has Santa’s logistics helpers planning. As the holidays approach, air cargo and logistics are seeing their seasonal boost in volumes when consumer buying habits pick up for the holidays. To avoid the logistics debacle of yuletide past that left some customers gift-less and upset, integrators […]

Icelandair to handle all FedEx shipments to and from Iceland

Icelandair Cargo signed a three-year deal with FedEx to handle all FedEx and TNT shipments to and from Iceland, the carrier said in a statement on Friday. The deal will go into effect in early 2020. The three-year agreement will support U.S.-based FedEx in its goal of expanding operations in Iceland, the statement said. Meanwhile, […]

Amazon is its own biggest mailman, shipping 3.5 billion parcels

(Bloomberg)–As Amazon.com Inc. works to speed orders to customer doorsteps before Christmas, the e-commerce giant is touting an accomplishment that would have seemed absurd just a few years ago: Amazon is now its own biggest carrier. In the U.S., delivery contractors and on-demand workers now account for a majority of deliveries to customers, an Amazon […]

Consultant Insight: FedEx falls hard in its latest earnings report

FedEx reported a surprising fiscal second-quarter decline in revenue and operating income during Tuesday’s earnings call in which CEO Fred Smith described the quarter (period ending November 30) as an anomaly. Smith reminded those on the call of the shorter holiday season that required planning and expenses to handle volumes that would fall during the […]

FedEx Ground nixed as shipping option for Amazon’s Prime sellers

Effective Wednesday at 2 PM EST, third-party sellers fulfilling Amazon Prime orders will no longer be able to ship Prime orders through FedEx Ground or FedEx Home, according to a copy of the seller communications from Amazon reviewed by Air Cargo World. Earlier this year, FedEx severed ties with Amazon from both its Express unit […]

FedEx opens expanded pharma center in Tokyo

The renovation of the TNT Life Science Center in Tokyo has been completed, FedEx said in a statement on Monday. The newly expanded center will provide better logistics services for pharma products used in clinical trials. The larger, more technologically advanced center will allow for shipments by overseas pharmaceutical customers of investigational medication product in […]

Consultant Insight: Amazon’s logistics network gets the holiday hiccups

Amazon began the holiday season strong by announcing that Cyber Monday was its single biggest shopping day in the company’s history, based on the number of items ordered worldwide. Meanwhile, company leadership stressed the focus on catering to increasing e-commerce sales, with Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke saying, “We’re focused on making this holiday season […]

FedEx, UPS and Amazon prepare for short holiday season’s mad dash

Ready or not, this week marks the traditional beginning of the holiday season, which will be a huge test for the last mile with a shorter holiday season – 26 days compared to 32 days last year – and forecasted record volumes. FedEx expects to move a record 33 million packages this Cyber Monday and […]

Top 40 Cargo Airports: More movements among the leaders

Still growing – Top 5 airports for growth Among those airports contributing to volatility in airport cargo tonnage during 2018 are four of the five airports reporting the most substantial growth in tonnage during the year. There were no changes in rank for the five airports with the largest handles during 2018 – all major […]

Air cargo’s peak season – promising or a bust?

A year that started with great uncertainty will likely end the same. As we head into the traditional peak season, the world is faced with increasing trade barriers and weakening demand for goods. Global manufacturing activity is hovering dangerously close to contraction for many countries and for some countries, including the United States, contraction has […]

Alphabet’s Wing plans drone drug-store deliveries within a month

(Bloomberg) —One of the nation’s largest drug store chains and a shipping service giant are joining forces, with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing to begin a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service in October. Walgreens, FedEx Corp. and Wing, an offshoot of Google that was the first U.S. drone operator to receive partial certification as an airline, will begin the exploratory […]

UPS CEO says growth is steady in Amazon age, even as FedEx reels

(Bloomberg) —Not that long ago, Wall Street fretted that tradition-bound United Parcel Service Inc. would lag nimble FedEx Corp., with its fully automated package-sorting hubs, in the race to cash in from surging shipments tied to e-commerce. It hasn’t turned out that way. A $20 billion investment spree detailed by UPS Chief Executive Officer David […]
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