Collective voice speaks loudly

A friend met me for lunch after spending the morning visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill to see if he could change a few minds about a proposed piece of legislation that would negatively affect his business. He appeared tired and I could sense lingering doubt on his part about the effectiveness of the day’s efforts. […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • July 29, 2014

Every dog has its day

Ever since the 9/11 Commission mandated that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration screen 100 percent of all cargo on passenger flights, the air cargo industry has worked diligently to meet the government’s security objectives by spreading the screening responsibility down the supply chain. As an example of what has been done, in the wake of […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 24, 2014

Highway repairs will keep air cargo moving

Anyone struggling to understand just how bad our winter was this year in the U.S.’s capital need only go as far as the local tire store. Thanks to the thousands of potholes caused by the extreme cold, two of my car tires were damaged beyond repair and needed replacement. Upon arriving at my local tire […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 28, 2014

Comeback likely if industry embraces change

As a Washington Redskins football fan, I am accustomed to feelings of despair as my favorite team continues its mediocre performance for yet another year. Gone are the halcyon days of the ‘80s when victories were frequent and as commonplace as radio stations playing the team’s traditional “Hail to the Redskins” fight song. Yet despite […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 29, 2014

Taking a lesson from supermarkets

My grandparents used to tell me about an earlier time when preparing for a meal involved visits to several shops to assemble the necessary ingredients. While the dairy delivered milk and butter to one’s door, meats were purchased at a butcher shop and produce was sold at a stand or small neighborhood place where the […]
  • March 26, 2014

Free trade benefits airfreight

With more than 80 percent of global purchasing power situated abroad, international trade is vitally important not only to our own industry, but to the U.S. economy as a whole. To those of us who move freight across borders, the value of international trade agreements – which eliminate artificial barriers to trade such as tariffs, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 26, 2014

Uncapping new technologies can benefit air cargo

We usually spend New Year’s Eve at home with my wife falling asleep well before the ball in New York City’s Times Square drops at midnight. So I was amazed when she accepted an invitation to a neighborhood party to ring in 2014. She decided her job was to make a dish for the potluck […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • January 31, 2014

The shutdown, shippers and sleepy truckers

Freight and the Recent Government Shutdown My morning commute is roughly a seven-mile journey that takes 45 minutes in typical Washington, D.C., bumper-to-bumper traffic. The trip tends to vary based on the number of backups caused by motorcades whisking high-ranking government officials to work. There is normally some blessed relief to this during the Christmas […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • November 26, 2013

Pharma’s cargo opportunities

A recent article in an online industry publication discusses how the air cargo industry has become unreliable and is losing pharmaceutical traffic to ocean transport. The publication cites an analysis indicating that airfreight’s share of global pharmaceutical transport has plummeted from 17 percent in 2000 to just 11 percent today. It calls for the air […]
  • November 18, 2013

Remembering unsung cargo heroes

We lost two unsung heroes this summer who each made significant contributions to the air cargo and logistics industry.  While there are many hard-working, intelligent and energetic people who toil tirelessly to advance our business, Chris Battle and Jock Menzies are worth mentioning. Chris Battle Chris passed away in August after a four-year battle with […]
  • September 30, 2013

Fishing in the same pond

I knew my car was dirty when I saw the words “wash me” scrawled across the rear window, and so it was time to visit my favorite neighborhood car wash. As the mechanized scrubbers cleansed away the road grime, it was time to get reacquainted with the manager by apologizing for skipping my routine visits, […]
  • August 28, 2013

Pushing freight agenda before the government

We know that federal advisory committees are nothing new to Washington, but two focused on freight is unusual. Both have the ear of Congress and the Obama administration. The big question is whether or not they will listen. In the spirit of full disclosure, it is important to note that I’m appointed to the Department […]
  • July 30, 2013

Don’t get left behind in the E-freight rush

I was vehemently against the purchase of a new family computer. After all, our old desktop had performed so well and reliably that I simply ignored its growing obsolescence. What could not be ignored were my kids’ constant requests and pleas for a new, state-of-the-art machine capable of running modern programs and yes, all of […]
  • July 1, 2013

Industry should focus on E-freight solutions

At a recent major air cargo industry conference airline executives claimed that forwarders would lose business if they failed to adapt to E-freight. The E-freight initiative, which is sponsored by the International Air Transport Assocation, is a program that aims to build a paperless, end-to-end transportation process for air cargo. It involves the entire air cargo supply […]
  • June 3, 2013
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