Western Global teams up with Hactl for ground handling on L.A.-to-Hong Kong service

On Wednesday, Florida-based cargo carrier Western Global Airlines launched a new partnership with Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), which will provide ground handling services for the carrier’s Los Angeles-to-Hong Kong route, in partnership with U.S.-based forwarder Flexport. “Working with Hong Kong’s leading freighter handler, Hactl, will help ensure that we can provide our […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 11, 2018

Growing Accustomed: Customs platforms give edge to smaller forwarders

Sometimes the smallest things can have the greatest impact. Take customs clearance, for example, in the air cargo handling process. Carlos Jaramillo, president of Miami-based freight forwarder Marca Global Logistics, recalls a shipment of cargo earlier this year coming from the Far East into Miami to be trans-shipped to Chile, but was held up briefly […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2018

China’s SF Express invests heavily in Flexport’s air cargo expansion

Flexport, the San Francisco-based online forwarder, has focused mostly on moving seafreight since it’s launch in 2013, but its portfolio may soon be expanding significantly into the air sector following last week’s announcement of a US$100 million investment in the company by China’s express carrier SF Express. Flexport told Air Cargo World that it would […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2018

Flexport is CHAMP Cargosystems’ cargoJSON API launch customer

Flexport has adopted CHAMP Cargosystems’ Traxon cargoHUB platform, which transmits, converts and distributes air freight messaging, for electronic data interchange, and has also started using CHAMP’s premium tracking service. The integration of the platforms means that Flexport is the first customer to use CHAMP’s new cargoJSON data-interchange format, a language-independent data format that is fully interoperable […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 11, 2017

Logistics Reinvented: 3 air cargo executives to watch in 2018

At times like these, with air cargo demand flying high and e-commerce growing with no end in sight, it might be tempting for some logistics companies to ease up on the gas and enjoy coasting while the momentum is strong. Not so for the three air cargo executives profiled here. Though they vary widely in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 6, 2017

3 Execs to Watch: Neel Jones Shah sees cargo from both sides now

After scanning the highlights of Neel Jones Shah’s CV – vice president of sales and marketing for United; chief cargo officer at Delta; a seat on Amerijet’s board – one would hardly consider him a driving force behind the reinvention of freight forwarding. However, in the last 10 months of 2017, this career cargo carrier […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 30, 2017

Flexport prepares first charter flight with Atlas

It’s been only two and a half years since Flexport began operations as an online forwarder, but they have already reached a major milestone by chartering a 747 freighter flight from Hong Kong (HKG) to Los Angeles (LAX). Since we are in mid-November, Flexport is also getting a taste of life for forwarders at peak […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 17, 2017

Today is last chance to vote for Air Cargo World’s Executive of the Year Award

Have you made your voice heard? Today, Oct. 25, will be your last chance to choose which of our finalists should be named  Air Cargo World‘s Air Cargo Executive of the Year. The winner of the annual honor, celebrating the highest achievement in the air cargo industry, will be profiled on the cover of the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 25, 2017

Time to vote for ACW’s Air Cargo Executive of the Year nominees

As the end of the year approaches, we at Air Cargo World are reaching out to readers to vote for our annual Air Cargo Executive of the Year award, celebrating the highest achievement in the air cargo industry. The 2017 Air Cargo Executive of the Year will be named and profiled on the cover of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 19, 2017

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

CNS Keynote: Petersen says cargo industry can be tamed by technology

ORLANDO — If the airfreight industry’s troubles could be summed up in one phrase, it is that “airlines offer something nobody needs,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of Flexport, the rising, software-driven freight forwarder. Carriers, he elaborated, “move cargo from airport to airport, but every single piece of cargo must go door to door.” During his […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2017

Autonomous Tech: How the supply chain is going hands-free

On a gray, blustery, early-April day this year, a convoy of about a dozen 18-wheel, long-haul trucks pulled into a port facility in Rotterdam and parked in neat rows. It’s a seemingly unremarkable event that happens thousands of times a day at the bustling Dutch seaport, yet these particular trucks were greeted with a gaggle […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 3, 2016

Getting I.T. Right: What forwarders can learn from DHL’s struggle

No one ever said it would be easy. But few people thought it would be so hard. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, had finally determined that it was going to get rid of “Logis,” its legacy IT system that dated back as far as 30 years, patched together from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 2, 2016

Alibaba vs. Amazon: How e-commerce giants are reinventing forwarding

Last September, Mike Maynard, an airport planner for Cincinnati-based engineering firm CDM Smith, was checking out the flight activity at nearby Wilmington Airpark (ILN) in Ohio, when he noticed something odd. As a former network analyst at DHL, Maynard had a habit of reviewing innovative routes, and this one, in particular, jumped out at him. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 1, 2016