Panalpina identifies applications of blockchain technology, begins pilot projects

According to Panalpina, blockchain technology has so far not yet reached its full potential, with almost 90% of all supply chain related projects remaining in the proof-of-concept stage until 2020. The company, which joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in May 2018, also said that blockchain tends to suffer from a lack of trust […]

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 […]

B&H Worldwide opens new Singapore FSL for FL Technics

Responding to increasing demand for inventory in Asia, aerospace logistics firm B&H Worldwide is opening a new forward stocking location (FSL) on behalf of FL Technics at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). B&H has built up its Singapore location as a strategic hub for its Asian operations. The B&H location, within SIN’s Airport Logistics Park of […]

British forwarding group calls for stricter evaluation of security procedures

With news of cyber-attacks and other security breaches on the rise in the logistics world, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), a trade group representing U.K.-based freight forwarders, warned its members to review cyber-security policies in a statement released yesterday. Robert Keen, director general of the association, said, “BIFA takes advice from various experts on […]

Southwest Cargo commences ops at CVG

  Earlier this week, Southwest Cargo opened its newest cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG). Like Southwest’s entire U.S. domestic network, the carrier’s cargo division will manage the bellyspace capacity on flights moving through CVG. Initially, eight daily nonstop flights will serve CVG, with five to Chicago’s Midway (MDW), and three to Baltimore’s BWI. […]

Will the air cargo industry hire Alexa?

With the release of a new “Cargo Trace skill” that can be taught to Amazon’s interactive app, Alexa, Luxembourg-based CHAMP Cargosystems is adding voice-controlled track-and-trace capabilities to its Traxon air cargo shipment tracking platform. Stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain will be able to track the status of air cargo shipments moving on dozens […]

IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging integrated into ASYCUDA World standard

The long, steady march of digitization in the air cargo world took another step forward this month with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) agreement to integrate IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard into ASYCUDA World, the UNCTAD automated customs management system used by 90 countries worldwide […]

Jettainer, Lufthansa developing ‘digital’ ULDs to increase transparency

Jettainer and IT specialists at Lufthansa Industry Solutions are working to develop a digital container that can “measure temperature changes, shocks and other external factors independently and provide information about its state.” Both partners are subsidiaries of the Lufthansa Group, and Jettainer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Cargo AG. The containers under development […]

C2K to begin revision of door-to-door standards

More than 60 technical and operational managers took part in a meeting of C2K’s (Cargo 2000) technical working group last week as part of a drive to implement new quality standards for the air cargo industry. The group met in Vienna, Austria, to finalize C2K’s revised airport-to-airport specification and kick-start a revision of its door-to-door […]

DHL GF reconsiders IT system amid first-half losses

The troubles for forwarding giant DHL Global Forwarding continued this week as is its parent company said it is reconsidering the full deployment of it much-talked-about New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT system, which has been suspended since May. The news came as DHL GF released its second quarter results that showed a 7.2 percent decline […]