UPS teams with Matternet to deliver medical samples via drone

In what UPS is calling the first revenue drone service in the United States, the integrator said today that it has collaborated with California-based drone technology firm Matternet to send the first of many daily scheduled daily flights of medical samples via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a North Carolina hospital client. With clearance by […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 26, 2019

UPS partners with blockchain company Inxception to launch B2B app

UPS and San Francisco-based technology company Inxeption are partnering to develop a blockchain-based platform for business-to-business (B2B) merchants, called “Inxeption Zippy.” The companies’ joint statement cited data from market research company Forrester that said the B2B e-commerce market is projected to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2023, but added that many B2B merchants have been slow […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 21, 2019

Carriers add charters for Valentine’s Day flower demand surge

It’s T-minus 3 days until Valentine’s Day, and the international logistics industry is gearing up for the seasonal spike in demand for the perishable currency of the Hallmark holiday. You guessed it – flowers. Many carriers working within networks that encompass major exporting regions of roses and tropical buds – e.g. East Africa and South […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 11, 2019

Amazon tacitly admits in 10-K that integrators are now competitors

As Amazon continues its meteoric rise into the e-commerce stratosphere, the company’s relationship with the well-established integrators, like FedEx, UPS and DHL, have been relatively cordial, as Amazon has long relied on the express companies’ vast networks of last-mile options to deliver goods in a timely fashion. However, according to the latest annual Form 10-K […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2019

UPS sees growth from e-commerce, life sciences as net income decreases

Today, in UPS’ earnings call for 2018 results, the company reported a 2 percent decline in total net income from about US$4.9 to $4.8 billion between 2017 and 2018. Looking specifically at the fourth quarter – not accounting for adjustments – net income decreased 59 percent from $1.1 billion to $453 million, year-over-year. However, adjusted […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 31, 2019

The top 10 most-read Air Cargo World articles in 2018

With 2019 just a few days away, we at Air Cargo World would like to pause to reflect on this mostly positive but tumultuous year in air cargo – a year of airfreight traffic booms, labor concerns and a strong peak season, tempered by the chill winds of global protectionism and looming Brexit worries for […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 28, 2018

New airport cluster emerges in Inland Empire

In the coming year, industry experts should keep their eye on southern California’s emerging airport cluster in the Inland Empire, as integrators increase their presence in the region. The So Cal cluster formerly comprised of Los Angeles (LAX), Ontario International (ONT) and San Diego International (SAN) airports. Now, San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) and March Air […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 20, 2018

UPS upgrades route-optimization software with ‘UPSNav’

UPS is investing in its IT efforts with the expansion of its internal tool, “UPSNav,” following a testing phase implemented earlier this fall with 5,000 of its delivery drivers. The company said the software optimizes delivery times better than its previous version of its system, called ORION; with the upgrade, drivers will be given more […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 4, 2018

Early 2018 holiday shopping breaks peak season records

Following on the heels of China’s 11.11 shopping holiday, numbers are out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American shoppers kicked off the start of the shopping season in the United States, spending US$24.2 billion shopping online — 23 percent more than what they spent over the same five days in 2017. American consumers spent […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 30, 2018

Top 4 programs aimed at retaining cargo pilots

  In recent years, the aviation and logistics industries have become increasingly concerned about a scarcity of one of the major ingredients that oils the flow of the supply chain, the essential human resource fueling international transportation of goods: the pilots themselves. The growing shortage is being caused by a combination of factors. One major […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 27, 2018

Bridges Worldwide introduces new Mediterranean routes from Cologne

Today, British networks solutions provider Bridges Worldwide launched a new intra-European route linking Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) with Malta and Larnaca, Cyprus. The new route has five flights per week and will be flown by a 737-400F owned by Spanish cargo specialist Swiftair, with cargo capacity of 20 tonnes per flight. The route is the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • October 31, 2018

Supply Chain & Freight segment drives Q3 growth for UPS

Today, in UPS’ earnings call for its third-quarter 2018, the company reported consolidated net income of US$1.5 billion – a 19.8 percent increase from the same period last year, driven by growth in its Supply Chain and Freight segment. Operating profit (EBIT) specific to Supply Chain and Freight was up 24.1 percent to $242 million, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 24, 2018

UPS’ Cindy Miller on the redefinition of ‘customer experience’ in forwarding

There was a time not long ago when the shipment of goods across an international border was considered a matter of grave, time-consuming importance that may take days to resolve. With e-commerce, those days are gone forever as customer expectations are continuing to be more demanding. The concept of waiting the traditional “five to seven business […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 4, 2018
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