Magnate Worldwide sells PTL ground logistics company

International logistics company Magnate Worldwide sold Premium Transportation Logistics (PTL), a ground logistics company, to the trucking company’s senior management team last week.  “We became sort of an inconsequential part of [Magnate’s] story so it made more sense for us to spin off,” PTL President Jeff Curry told Air Cargo World, pointing out that the larger […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 9, 2019

Increased wait times at U.S.-Mexico border may compel modal shift to air

Last week, the United States President Donald Trump suggested the potential complete closing of the U.S.-Mexico border. This rhetoric exacerbates uncertainty among shipping companies involved in cross-border freight movements, after the issue had previously been considered largely resolved with the creation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace NAFTA. To address the new uncertainty, logistics companies, such as U.S.-based C.H. Robinson, are advising consideration of alternate modes of […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 9, 2019

Truck driver shortage souring the American sweet tooth

One of my vices is a fondness for Hershey’s chocolate. This preference is not to say that I avoid products made by other chocolatiers, but when faced with the choice of several brands, Hershey’s milk chocolate is usually the preferred indulgence to my palate. The preference has always been favorable to my wallet, as well, […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 5, 2018

Working Overtime: How air cargo is adapting to ACAS, ELD rules

It’s the second day of the two-to-three business days your customer was told to expect to wait for the critical machine parts delivery. You’d promised the factory owner that the parts that would keep the production line running would arrive by Monday, and now you’re starting to sweat a little. You’re based in Germany and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

Freight management app ‘Kangaruu’ launches service

Another freight management startup, called Kangaruu, has entered the digitalization landscape, releasing its logistics management platform for shippers and brokers in the trucking industry. This year, we’ve seen airlines, logistics companies and tech start-ups try their hand at creating digital platforms through which industry members can communicate, with the goal of reducing or eliminating the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 19, 2018

Trucking woes may be a window of opportunity for airfreight

After several years of tepid industry performance, the American freight forwarder is finally reaping the benefits of sustained global economic growth. Driven, in part, by e-commerce-related activity, the industry sees volumes continuing to grow throughout the upcoming year. But with this kind fortune comes the challenge of tight truck capacity constraints, making it difficult for […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • May 7, 2018

XPO Logistics continues growth in Q1 2018

The e-commerce boom, paired with a blockbuster intermodal contract, led XPO Logistics to release robust financial results for the first quarter of 2018. However, the fact that profits for the previous Q1 were modest, by comparison, also helped. Bradley Jacobs, chairman and CEO of XPO Logistics, said that e-commerce growth translated into strong last-mile and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 3, 2018

FRA to require ground handlers to reserve slots via digital platform

Fraport joined the movement of digitalization last week, releasing new slot booking requirements for ground-handling companies that operate at Frankfurt Airport (FRA). The new truck slot-allocation system will require companies to book slots online using the airport’s Fair@Link door management platform, starting on May 15. Fraport’s own ground handler, Frankfurt Cargo Services (FCS), worked with […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 30, 2018

What will ELDs do to the noble profession of truck driving?

One of the biggest thrills I remember when I was a kid was leaning against the back-seat rear window of my father’s Pontiac Bonneville and gesturing to oncoming truckers to blow their air horns. Once heard, the glee throughout the car was contagious, not only because of the rig’s loud roar but also the impressive […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 2, 2018

A glimpse into the future of forwarding – through a cloudy crystal

If forecasting is the art of predicting what will be, and later explaining why it didn’t happen, then this may be as clear a glimpse of the future as we’re going to get. Freight transportation performance last year turned out to be one of the best in almost a decade, resulting from many factors, including […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • February 2, 2018

3 Execs to Watch: Nick Bulcao takes control of the next flight out

“One of the main reasons I started Airspace was because drivers are the face of the company, and in the past, they have gotten the least amount of respect,” said Nick Bulcao, CEO of Airspace Technologies. Bulcao wanted to change that. For-hire drivers at companies like Uber often complain about poor working conditions and low […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 30, 2017

German online forwarder expands Cargonexx platform in Europe

Online freight platform Cargonexx, which launched late 2016 in Germany, has expanded to Austria and Denmark, following a successful pilot program in Poland. With more than 3,000 transport companies from Germany and Poland already on board, Cargonexx has set its sights on the Netherlands and eventually plans to cover most of Europe. The online platform […]
  • Lewis King
  • May 31, 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

DHL launches virtual freight marketplace CILLOX

DHL announced the market launch of CILLOX, the online platform that matches full truck load (FTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments with available transportation providers. The news comes just two months after the express, transport and logistics arm of Deutsche Post DHL Group bought the platform, which has the ability to lock in rates in less […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 19, 2017
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