Cargo Insights: Forwarders face stiff tech, regulatory and economic headwinds

Extinction is often triggered by a change in environmental conditions, which causes species with insufficient adaptive characteristics to perish. Forwarders continue to face a complex environment of changing regulatory requirements, shifts in trade, competitive technology demands and stiff economic headwinds. The challenging nature of the business has left many experts wondering if forwarders can adapt, […]

The Air Cargo Caucus: Our friend in Washington

It’s no secret that air cargo remains a challenging and competitive market. In an industry faced with disruptors and increasing supply chain demands, agility is essential to maintain airfreight’s speed and commercial advantage. Several members of the U.S. Congress who seem to understand this value are now formally coming together on Capitol Hill to spread […]

Government shutdown? We’ve got you covered

The U.S. government shutdown that occurred at the start of this year affected more than 800,000 federal workers throughout the country and lasted longer than any other in history. Workers at the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), serving as the primary guardians of our nation’s aviation security system, were forced to work without pay while […]

Back to basics: Remembering the human side of automation

A review of a recently published investment firm survey on freight forwarder customer sentiment proved quite surprising – despite what the news tells us about “what customers want.” More than 1,500 shippers answered questions about their selection preferences and areas of concern when choosing major forwarder transportation providers. Because digitalization is a constant topic in […]

This year, I resolve to put infrastructure ahead of technology

Recent statistics indicate that only 9 percent of New Year’s resolutions made are ever kept for more than a few weeks. At the beginning of each year, many of us promise to eat less, get more exercise, increase charitable contributions or find other creative ways to improve ourselves in hopes of a brighter future. Personally, […]

Truck driver shortage souring the American sweet tooth

One of my vices is a fondness for Hershey’s chocolate. This preference is not to say that I avoid products made by other chocolatiers, but when faced with the choice of several brands, Hershey’s milk chocolate is usually the preferred indulgence to my palate. The preference has always been favorable to my wallet, as well, […]

Amid political chaos, some hope from above for cargo security

Despite the political discord in Washington, D.C., aviation stakeholders need only look up to the sky for some bipartisan relief as the U.S. Congress passed legislation for funding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next five years. Every few years, Congress is required to enact legislation that sets the FAA’s funding levels and policy […]

Risk-based rules can end the absurdity of fishy air cargo regulation

There are many regulations in our country bordering on the absurd. For example, catching a fish with your bare hands in Indiana is illegal. Eating dead frogs in California is punishable by a fine. And, if one is so inclined to hire someone to point out the sights in our nation’s capital, that tour guide […]

How to avoid future ACAS monkey business

I once had a neighbor who, when confronted with a challenge outside of his control, would always say, “Not my circus, not my monkeys” – a fun and cryptic way to describe a situation that was not his problem. This idiom came to mind as some forwarders expressed a similar sentiment in response to the […]

Are security measures neutralizing airfreight’s chief asset?

“We live and die by the clock. We never turn our back on it – never allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time,” says Chuck Noland, a time-obsessed efficiency expert for FedEx, in the opening sequence of the hit Robert Zemeckis movie “Cast Away.” He speaks to a group of trainees at the […]

Hitting the wall: Tariffs may bring a premature end to the cargo boom

Air cargo volumes over the past year achieved levels not seen in more than a decade as surging global economies fueled demand and reinvigorated the need for speed. Retailers and manufacturers seem to have been the prime users as increased business brought about by the e-commerce megatrend created the need for fast product delivery. Now, […]

What will ELDs do to the noble profession of truck driving?

One of the biggest thrills I remember when I was a kid was leaning against the back-seat rear window of my father’s Pontiac Bonneville and gesturing to oncoming truckers to blow their air horns. Once heard, the glee throughout the car was contagious, not only because of the rig’s loud roar but also the impressive […]

A ‘New NAFTA’ could lead to angry Canadian neighbors

To most Americans, Canadians are perceived to be chronically polite and kind. But recently, a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission defeating the Trump administration’s attempt to impose duties of almost 300 percent on imported jets made by a Canadian manufacturer may be the cause for some uncharacteristic celebratory behavior. The decision may have […]

A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

If forecasting is the art of predicting what will be, and later explaining why it didn’t happen, then this may be as clear a glimpse of the future as we’re going to get. Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including […]
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