Agile forwarding: How top forwarders innovate in the Middle East

Even in 2017, when air cargo operators saw double-digit gains in year-over-year traffic, growth in the Middle East was comparatively slow. The region’s geographic location had long made it a hub for trade between the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, and likewise positioned major gulf carriers like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines high in […]

UK retailers expect overseas demand spike this summer, says Royal Mail

This summer, 66% of SME retailers in the United Kingdom expect an increase in sales, and 39% expect to see an increase in overseas sales, according to a June report from the U.K.’s Royal Mail postal service.   The retailers surveyed reported that increased demand for summer goods will push the anticipated spike, thanks to warmer weather and vacation season. Almost three-quarters of retailers surveyed […]

Agility launches online forwarding platform for SME shippers

Kuwait-based Agility Logistics, a digitalization early-adopter in the logistics space, is introducing another major innovation in its logistics services with the launch of its online forwarding platform, called Shipa Freight. Shipa Freight is fully integrated with Agility’s logistics network and “allows users to complete a shipment completely online,” according to Shipa Freight CEO Toby Edwards. […]

Shopify, UPS cut deal to lower rates for online retailers

Christmas is coming early for smaller retailers looking to boost online sales. A UPS-Shopify rate deal puts smaller retailers one step closer to competing with Amazon.com’s extensive logistics advantage, by offering lower rates usually reserved for larger customers. Shopify now features a UPS-hosted dashboard on its platform. Henceforth, the hundreds of thousands of small U.S.-based […]

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 […]

First steps to a better last mile for e-commerce

The annual barbeque was only days away when Miriam looked out of the kitchen window of the two-story Duluth duplex she and her husband Mark lived in and realized that their lawn furniture had been ruined by last year’s unusually severe Minnesota winter. Miriam flipped open her laptop and rushed to avert a seating crisis. […]