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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 8, 2018

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

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, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 20, 2018

Alaska Air Cargo looks to reduce wait times with self-service delivery kiosks

Alaska Air Cargo has quietly been testing app-based tablets at its Seattle cargo hub that allow customers to print cargo receipts, and head straight to the warehouse for cargo retrieval, without the need to wait in line. Reminiscent of a self-service passenger kiosk that retrieves a boarding pass with an alpha-numeric record locator, Alaska’s cargo […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 15, 2018

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 6, 2018

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 […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 29, 2017

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 17, 2017

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 30, 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

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

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 17, 2017

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. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 6, 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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 17, 2016

Effective strategies for pursuing airport innovation [VIDEO]

At this year's ELEVATE conference in Miami, Mark Thorpe, Chief Development Officer, Ontario International Airport spoke on a panel dedicated to advanced route development strategies. Through his vast airport experience, Thorpe has developed a few achievable, and cost-effective strategies airports can adopt to make their cargo divisions more innovative. He shares them here: Please login to […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 12, 2016
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