Bolloré to begin global rollout of CargoWise One platform

In a strategic agreement with logistics firm WiseTech Global, French forwarder Bolloré Logistics, said this week it will begin the rollout of the CargoWise One integrated logistics solutions platform on a global scale, starting in May. Currently used in more than 130 countries, CargoWise One is a transportation management system (TMS) that enables customers to […]

UPS upgrades route-optimization software with ‘UPSNav’

UPS is investing in its IT efforts with the expansion of its internal tool, “UPSNav,” following a testing phase implemented earlier this fall with 5,000 of its delivery drivers. The company said the software optimizes delivery times better than its previous version of its system, called ORION; with the upgrade, drivers will be given more […]

National Airlines chooses Descartes to streamline mail operation

Regional U.S.-based cargo carrier National Airlines said it has chosen the “vMail” platform, by Canadian logistics IT firm Descartes Systems Group, to track its mail transportation activities worldwide. Ryan Dereska, National’s business development manager for government and defense, said that vMail can provide customers “real-time access to shipment and delivery status, the ability to view […]

Bourque Logistics to release Shipper BI big data tool

Texas-based logistics software and service provider Bourque Logistics is releasing “Shipper BI,” a new big data tool, this fall. Using cloud-based dashboards, the multi-modal tool covers truck, rail and intermodal shipping for domestic and international operations. The tool aggregates data related to fleets, shipments, freight costs and equipment maintenance, allowing logistics providers to generate reports […]

The World of E-Commerce: Taking advantage of retail’s online revolution

Buzzword or not, the “e-commerce revolution” has reshaped not only the air cargo logistics chain but the overall retail market, on a global scale. With the rise of e-commerce giants such as Amazon in the United States, and Alibaba and JD.com in China, the need for e-commerce shipments to move across the globe in only […]

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]

Cargo growth continues for Fraport airports in January

The first month of 2018 shows promising growth in cargo throughput for many of Fraport’s airports – this in the wake of Fraport and IT service provider Dakosy’s announcement of an endeavor to implement a fully digital cargo portal at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). FRA, Fraport’s biggest subsidiary, announced a modest increase of 1.3 percent in […]

Automation must always come with a human touch

Technology’s imprint on our industry over the past 50 years has enabled profound automation advances that are likely to continue their march of progress over the decades to come. Whereas in the past we saw technology as a tool to accomplish a task, many now see automation as an end unto itself, but this may […]

Dubai-based cargo handlers complete blockchain technology test with IBM

Dubai-based ground handler dnata, and a consortium of supply chain firms, has successfully completed a proof-of-concept test for a logistics platform that tracks supply chain transactions using hyper-secure blockchain technology. According to stakeholders in the project, the new system can eliminate redundant data and improve visibility and transparency. In a joint partnership, dnata, Emirates Innovation […]

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 […]

Cargo Chat: Cloud-based Globatom to enhance, not disrupt, forwarding world

Cloud-based technology and online freight platforms are becoming a routine part of the airfreight and forwarding world – but not everyone is eager to get on board, as evidenced by a few traditional forwarders that have made little progress with online freight booking platforms. But as supply chains become more agile and near-sourcing becomes more […]

Cloud Competing: Small forwarders embrace virtual IT to survive

It’s late afternoon on a Thursday and the weather report keeps getting angrier. Wind speeds are increasing, the rain is pounding the doors of your distribution center and there’s talk of a storm surge to come when the eyewall makes landfall in a few hours. Just another typical early autumn day for a 3PL in […]

Where We Went Wrong – Part 1: The e-commerce revolution

Here’s an open secret: physical “brick and mortar” shops are closing as multitudes of shoppers flock to online retail sites, such as Amazon and Alibaba. In the stores that still remain, many of the consumers are “just looking,” but will make their purchases later on the web. Unlike general air cargo, which will likely clock […]

Freightos study: Will forwarders and IT ever get along?

The freight business is moving online, but not everyone is eager to get on board. The most recent annual “State of Online Logistics Sales 2016 Mystery Shopping Survey,” conducted by Freightos, found that large forwarders have made surprisingly little progress with their online freight booking platforms. “I think it’s time for this industry to catch […]
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