TACF18: In the weeds over blockchain use in air cargo

TORONTO – Yesterday, it became legal to buy and sell marijuana for recreational purposes all across this vast country. While the Canadian airwaves were filled with pundits spouting opinions about how to manage this new commodity, at least one speaker at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum seemed to have one answer to the weed question: Blockchain. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 18, 2018

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2018

Keeping Track & Trace: Technology types

The existence of several types of wireless track-and-trace systems suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to locating global air cargo shipments. While the science behind how they work can get technical very quickly, here is a quick guide to the most common tech on the market – or will soon be emerging: Radio frequency […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 28, 2018

Footing the bill: Who’s going to pay for our pricey standards?

BUDAPEST – Without unifying standards, airfreight will remain fragmented, leaving carriers, forwarders, ground handlers and everyone in between vulnerable to disruption – and shelling out big bucks to navigating multiple communications and tracking standards, according to speakers here at this year’s Air Cargo Handling Conference. “If we really want to move the industry forward, IATA […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 21, 2017

Warehouse 4.0: Smart tech brings transparency to global supply chain

Under bright fluorescent lights, only a slight whirring sound could be heard as the Swift robot turned a corner and glided down the neatly arranged aisle, packed 10 feet high with drug store items. Having sensed the correct spot, Swift – a white pillar on hidden wheels and a single quadruple-articulated mechanical arm – stopped […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 1, 2017

Cargo Chat: Has RFID’s time finally arrived at cargo facilities?

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is hardly a cutting-edge technology. The system of scanning and identifying objects through the use of radio waves has roots that reach back to World War II. Since then, it’s been used in countless tracking systems to monitor the movement of trucks and goods. In the air cargo world, adoption of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 8, 2016