Virgin Hyperloop One to represent U.S. in World’s Fair 2020

California-based Virgin Hyperloop One – a frontrunner in the development of “vactrain rail transportation” – has been chosen by the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States at the next World’s Fair, known as “Expo 2020,” to be held in Dubai opening on October 20, 2020. The futuristic, high-speed, low-friction trains, which are […]

BDP International introduces ‘Smart Tracking’ through Amazon’s Alexa

In response to customers’ increased use of – some might say “unhealthy obsession with” – virtual assistant technologies, global logistics firm BDP International today began offering shipment tracking services using Amazon’s voice-automated “Alexa” technology. Philadelphia-based BDP International said it is the first freight forwarder to offer Alexa-accessible international tracking services. The new international tracking service […]

Panalpina launches ‘digital hub’ technology arm in Zurich

This week, Swiss forwarder Panalpina debuted its “Panalpina Digital Hub,” the new Zurich-based technology-focused arm of its business that will focus on exploring cutting-edge systems, such as the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain, with the intent of forming strategic partnerships with European start-ups to integrate these technologies. “We, like many of […]

IAG Cargo to host competition for startups to secure investors

IAG Cargo, the cargo arm of International Airlines Group, is accepting applications for its third iteration of its 10-week long “Hangar 51 Travel Tech Accelerator” program, to be held in London. The mentorship for logistics startups offers a chance to win a “multimillion pound” investment for their business idea at the end of the program, […]

Lightweight alternative to wooden pallet completes testing

This week, start-up NextPallet completed testing of its new lightweight shipping pallets that are about 10 to 20 pounds lighter than traditional wooden alternatives. The company hired Chicago-based Gaynes Labs to test the strength and validity of the product, results showing it could withstand loads of 20,000 pounds without sustaining any visible damage. “Air cargo […]

Real-life Tetris: Computer game tech shakes up DHL’s logistics ops

Anyone who has loaded a truck knows that the process is basically an analog version of Tetris, and with more sweating and swearing. But 33 years after Russian game designer Alexey Pajitnov released the tile-matching puzzle video game, the two have finally become twain, thanks to some innovative thinking on the part of DHL and […]

Southwest Airlines to sponsor ELEVATE 2017

Air Cargo World is pleased to announce that Southwest Airlines is a sponsor of this year’s ELEVATE 2017 Conference, Oct. 2 at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach hotel, in Miami. ELEVATE, presented by Air Cargo World, is the leading event on digital innovation in air logistics. Southwest, which won Air Cargo World’s Platinum Award for Air Cargo […]

New Kids on the Blockchain: Effect on perishables market

Trust innovation or perish One of the more obvious types of cargo to be helped by blockchain will be temperature-sensitive cargo, such as food, flowers and pharmaceuticals, which must be kept at an optimal cool-chain degree range while traveling through some of the hottest and coldest places on earth. Tracy Kuhrt, a community architect at […]

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 […]

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 […]

IATA releases nominees for annual Cargo Innovation Awards

After honoring a successful group of cutting-edge cargo entrepreneurs and established firms in 2015, IATA has revived its Cargo Innovation Awards program for 2017 and released the names of five finalists for this year’s award. The second edition of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards received 46 entries from across the industry from small start-up […]

The shock of the new

As we age, it’s common to feel indifferent toward the new year. Once you’ve seen 40, 50 or 60 years go by, the need for champagne, confetti and Guy Lombardo music can seem like overkill. As U2’s Bono memorably sang more than 30 years ago, “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.’ Not so for 2017. […]

How to find the right team to foster logistics innovation

Photo: Gort Productions MIAMI – When it comes to innovation in the airfreight industry, there are technological advances and there are process improvements. Both are equally important to the bottom line of a logistics firm, but they must have the right team in place to ensure that the benefits are sustainable, according to last week’s […]
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