Panalpina re-opens in Houston after Harvey

Third-party logistics provider Panalpina resumed its Houston operations at 8 a.m. this morning in local time, after Tropical Storm Harvey caused massive flooding across the city. Panalpina’s Houston facilities escaped the flooding and currently have full power, the company said in an announcement. Panalpina’s employees in the region are accounted for, and the company announced […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 31, 2017

Air logistics firms prepare for Houston recovery as floods continue

While the misery continues along the Texas/Louisiana coast as the lingering Tropical Storm Harvey continues dumping record-breaking rains on the already saturated region, carriers and logistics firms are planning how the Houston area can resume operations amid the growing catastrophe. In a short statement released this morning from Panalpina, the Swiss forwarding giant said its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 29, 2017

Unexpected eats: Panalpina’s top 5 fastest-growing perishables markets

Feeling hungry? Care for some Scottish soft-shelled crabs? Perhaps followed by fresh Serbian raspberries for dessert? According to third-party logistics giant Panalpina, these somewhat unusual pairings of cuisine and country of origin are becoming increasingly popular as the world’s appetite grows for fresh (not frozen), exotic international fare. From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, the Swiss forwarder […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 29, 2017

Panalpina juices organic perishables business with Certysis license

The fresh avocados that Panalpina ships to Euorpean grocers just got a little greener. The Swiss forwarder’s hub at Luxembourg Airport (LUX) has been officially licensed by bio-certification group Certysis to ship organic fruits and vegetables. Panalpina is now the only licensed 3PL to handle organic produce at LUX. Luxembourg has now been to Panalpina’s […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 23, 2017

Demand for airfreight depresses margins at DHL Global Forwarding

Business is booming, but contracted rates are lagging, according to the latest second-quarter numbers at DHL’s forwarding arm. Sustained – and unexpected – demand for airfreight squeezed Q2 2017 profits at DHL Global Forwarding division, as shipping costs moved closer to rates that were locked in well in advance. However, across DHL’s  International Parcel, eCommerce […]
  • Lewis King
  • August 8, 2017

Panalpina scores five-year Iraqi gas project contract

After several years of enduring a slump in oil-and-gas-related cargo, Swiss logistics company Panalpina was awarded a long-term contract by an undisclosed company to manage transportation and logistics for a gas project in Iraq. The contract will run for at least five years and involve 1,800 40-foot equivalent units (FEUs) of less-than-container load oceanfreight as […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 8, 2017

Panalpina warns shippers to book now to offset early peak-season congestion

Panalpina is warning shippers to book early to avoid higher rates and delays, as the Swiss forwarding and logistics company moves to accommodate an early peak season. This year’s Far East peak season is expected to start earlier than the global peak, and may be even stronger than the already robust 2016 season. On the […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 27, 2017

Profits fall at Panalpina as shippers balk at higher rates

Panalpina did its best to present its lackluster second-quarter results as upbeat, but the Swiss logistics company is running up against shipper’s reluctance to pay higher rates, which pushing down yields. The company reported first-half gross profit down 9 percent, at US$707 million. Citing higher freight rates and ongoing margin pressure as evidence of a […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 20, 2017

Bridges to Breakthroughs: How free trade can survive in a protectionist world

A war on the Korean peninsula would be unthinkable for global supply chains. “If Korea is hit by a missile,” Soo Kyoum Kim, of IDC Research told Bloomberg, “all electronics production will stop.” South Korea’s semiconductor manufacturers supply two-thirds of the world’s electronic memory chips, and it was the country’s indispensability to the global economy […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 5, 2017

The Power 25: How long can the good times last?

EARLY RISERS For this year’s Power 25, the positive trends outweighed the bad. Last year, we at Air Cargo World predicted DSV, following its completed absorption of UTi, would be a fast riser – and rise it did, leaping up seven spots on the Power 25 list, from No. 16 to No. 9. Now that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 27, 2017

The Power 25 List for 2017

The Power 25 list was compiled with the cooperation of Armstrong & Associates, Inc., a U.S.-based supply chain consulting firm, which ranked the 25 largest forwarders, based on their 2016 air tonnage. Revenue information and tonnage figures for 2016 are either reported by the companies or estimated by Armstrong & Associates. The Power 25: Rank […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 27, 2017

Greener Skies Ahead: How going green can help your bottom line

Last month, FedEx issued a report with much fanfare about the results of two initiatives that made them understandably proud. They had set baseline targets back in 2005 and were already close to hitting their goals. All told, the two initiatives saved FedEx a combined US$281 million dollars in cost savings in fiscal 2016 alone. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2017

Panalpina implements new WMS in half of its warehouses

Panalpina has implemented a single warehouse management system (WMS), known as JDA, across 50 of its logistics facilities around the world, representing about half of its warehouses worldwide. Two weeks ago, the 50th site, in Lyon, France, went live with the JDA WMS. Shortly before that, JDA was implemented at two facilities in the United […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 17, 2017

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]
  • Ian Putzger
  • February 9, 2017
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