Disruption, adaptation no stranger to forwarding business

Disruption is nothing new to the air forwarding industry, as I recently learned from a friend who just celebrated 50 years in the business. When asked about today’s disruptors, he chuckled and started rattling off a litany of examples. We now accept most of them as the norm, but when they were first introduced, they […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 2, 2017

Automation cannot replace forwarder specialization

The forwarding industry is experiencing a significant amount of criticism these days for its apparent failure to jump on the digital transformation bandwagon. As the online ordering craze gives rise to global e-commerce, small- and large-volume shippers wonder if their forwarders can meet the challenges of shipping across borders, making rapid quotes, responding immediately, and […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 4, 2017

Those who ignore high-tech progress, prepare to get forked

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association American baseball star Yogi Berra once said that when you get to a fork in the road, take it. His quote recently came to mind while listening to speakers at the recent Air Cargo Forum, sponsored by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) in […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2016

A practical solution to an impractical screening problem

Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association. When it comes to the screening and inspection of cargo, U.S.-based airfreight forwarders have become experts on the topic and its challenges. Physically screening 100 percent of air cargo on passenger flights to and from all U.S. airports has been one of the most […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 5, 2016

Swan song for the first jumbo jet?

In remembrance of the late Boeing engineer Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” who passed away last week, columnist Brandon Fried shares his memories of the first time he spotted the world’s first jumbo jet, as a child, and how it profoundly affected him throughout his life. The first time I saw a Boeing […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • September 5, 2016

Committed to raising our collective Cargo iQ

Recently, while speaking at the World Cargo Symposium in Berlin, IATA’s CEO Tony Tyler called for a further transformation in the airfreight industry, saying that quality of service should be its priority. Indeed, industry performance has been lackluster over the past few years. As global recessionary pressures reduced yields, shippers began seeking the shelter of […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 3, 2016

Fried: Instead of banning batteries, let’s enforce our laws

About midnight on Feb. 7, 2006, the crew of UPS flight 1307 was alerted to a smoke indication in the cockpit as their DC-8 freighter was on its final approach to Philadelphia International Airport. The pilots immediately evacuated the airplane after landing, escaping with minor injuries as fire destroyed the plane and its cargo on […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 1, 2016

Staring down the oncoming Amazon freight train

2015 is shaping up to be a roller-coaster year for freight forwarder and carrier volumes. An air cargo surge caused by the West Coast port labor slowdown led to congestion-related challenges at major gateways throughout the United States. A strong U.S. dollar has since depressed export volumes, leading to bargain-basement rates for forwarders from both […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2015

The high costs of bargain hunting

I love a bargain as much as the next person. If there is a quarter to be saved by buying three cans of peas instead of one at the grocery store or driving an extra mile to save a nickel on a gallon of gas, I’m usually your man – until the bargain backfires­­. I […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • October 5, 2015

Ground to a halt: The third-party handling problem

While it is possible for a box to be flown from London to Chicago in only about eight hours, it can take another nine hours for a forwarder to actu­ally get his or her hands on it at O’Hare Airport. O’Hare is in the crosshairs right now, due to some nasty traffic backups, with two […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2015

Hard lessons from the West Coast port crisis

Forwarders’ Forum (from the print edition): When McDonald’s restaurants in Japan could no longer wait for French fries delayed by the West Coast port labor slowdown, the company turned to air cargo, shipping 2,600 tonnes from the United States to Japan. With that, the popular food chain joined other companies affected by the port congestion, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 16, 2015

TIACA remains vital to industry’s future

Seoul, South Korea, is a modern, vibrant city, and Airports Council Interna­tional has ranked Incheon Airport number one for the past seven years. Incheon is also home to one of the larg­est air cargo carriers in the world. Accordingly, Seoul was a natural choice for the recent 2014 International Air Cargo Forum of The Interna­tional […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • January 8, 2015

A regulatory overreach

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently proposed a regulation prohibiting coercion of commercial truck drivers, airfreight forwarders were initially inclined to accept the measure as a reasonable way to promote safety in the supply chain. At a time when several high-profile traffic accidents involving commercial trucks have raised public concerns about lengthy shifts […]
  • September 30, 2014

Learning to love co-creation

When you first hear it, “co-creation” sounds like another one of those mysterious Washington, D.C., words that don’t make sense to people outside the Beltway. But based on my experience representing the Airforwarders Association on the development of the Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) initiative, it appears the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency […]
  • Staff Reports
  • August 27, 2014
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