Executives to Watch: Ogiermann strives for Qatar’s transparency

Ulrich Ogiermann As head of cargo for Qatar Airways, Uli Ogiermann is quite familiar with rapid growth. The ascent of Qatar’s cargo arm under his leadership has been nothing short of meteoric, with the combination carrier rising from thirteenth place two years ago, to third place in 2016, in terms of cargo volumes carried. However, […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 1, 2016

No one-size-fits-all solutions for e-commerce

The ritual of buying a sturdy pair of new dress shoes recently reminded me of those trips to the shoe store during my childhood. Such excursions had the distinct purpose of making an investment that could last into the next year or shoe size, whichever came first. Those visits were serious business, involving multiple stacks […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • June 8, 2016

Getting I.T. Right: What forwarders can learn from DHL’s struggle

No one ever said it would be easy. But few people thought it would be so hard. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, the logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL, had finally determined that it was going to get rid of “Logis,” its legacy IT system that dated back as far as 30 years, patched together from […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 2, 2016

Getting I.T. Right: Don’t blame SAP

DHL’s New Forwarding Environment was based on an SAP system, but don’t point the finger at the Germany-based enterprise software giant. Other examples of successful SAP rollouts can be found in many systems – most recently at two Panalpina locations: Singapore and Switzerland. Beginning in December 2015, Panalpina began the rollout of its SAP Transportation […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 25, 2016

DHL Global Forwarding, Kewill release customs brokerage system

As the import-export industry prepares for the coming Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) being set up by the end of this year by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as the new “single window” through which international trade will be processed, DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) has introduced its new U.S. Customs brokerage management system, in conjunction with […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 19, 2016

Air Cargo World introduces Elevate 2016 conference in Miami

Big data, analytics, digitization and the rise of global e-commerce are changing the face of airfreight logistics forever. To help propel the airfreight industry forward, Air Cargo World is proud to announce the launch of Elevate 2016, the air cargo industry’s first event focused on innovation. Elevate 2016 will take place on October 10 at the Mandarin […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 18, 2016

Deutsche Post DHL Group looks forward to 2016

After a tumultuous year that included a €336 million write down for a failed IT system rollout, the Deutsche Post DHL Group is moving full-steam ahead with greater confidence in 2016. Consolidated EBIT for the full year 2015 was €2.41 billion, almost exactly the group’s target of €2.40 billion for the year, but less than […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 12, 2016

Panalpina sees small profit amid 2015’s soft market

Although global freight forwarder and logistics company Panalpina suffered a drop in revenue, from $6.73 billion to US$5.88 billion in 2015, the Swiss company’s EBIT moved edged up from $117.1 billion to $117.6 billion at the close of last year, while net profit rose slightly to $88.5 billion from $86.79 billion in 2014. These results […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 4, 2016

Appel adamant in support of DHL-GF division

If there were still any doubts about the veracity of the rumors last month that Deutsche Post was considering selling its underperforming DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) division, Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, did his best to put the notion to rest yesterday at the Trans-Pacific Maritime (TPM) Conference, held in Long Beach, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 2, 2016

Oman Air chooses SmartKargo for IT services

Soon after announcing an expansion of its route-sharing agreement with Cargolux, Muscat-based Oman Air has signed on with SmartKargo, providers of cloud-based IT software, for management of the carrier’s sales and operations. The contract is scheduled to begin in June, SmartKargo said. Mahfood Al Harthy, chief officer of sales for Oman Air, said the carrier’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 24, 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

DHL Global Forwarding pulls plug on IT system

What began as a €750 million project to modernize the world’s largest forwarding operation and make a splash in the logistics IT market ended ignobly last week as Deutsche Post-DHL announced that its troubled New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT system will be completely scrapped, with an expected write-down of €345 million in the company’s first […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 2, 2015
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