NCA says it will be at least ‘more than another week’ before 747-Fs are back in the sky

Today, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) released a statement saying its 747 freighter fleet will remain on the ground for another week, following last week’s news that the carrier would undergo an immediate government audit, pausing its 11 freighters from running services on its trans-Pacific routes due to the discovery of discrepancies in the airline’s maintenance […]

XPO Logistics, Nestlé to build ‘digital warehouse’ in the U.K.

XPO Logistics is partnering with food and drink company Nestlé to create a 638,000-square-foot distribution center in Leicestershire, U.K. The warehouse, scheduled for completion in 2020, is being billed as a “digital warehouse of the future,” and will serve as a testing environment for new XPO technology before it is released globally. The facility will […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • June 18, 2018

Maintenance record issues ground entire Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet

Due to an “inappropriate maintenance record” that was discovered on Saturday, Japan-based carrier Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) decided to ground its entire fleet of eleven 747 freighter aircraft on Sunday, June 17. The grounding is expected to last “about one week” while Japanese aviation officials conduct a safety audit, according to an official statement on […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 18, 2018

Alaska Air Cargo looks to reduce wait times with self-service delivery kiosks

Alaska Air Cargo has quietly been testing app-based tablets at its Seattle cargo hub that allow customers to print cargo receipts, and head straight to the warehouse for cargo retrieval, without the need to wait in line. Reminiscent of a self-service passenger kiosk that retrieves a boarding pass with an alpha-numeric record locator, Alaska’s cargo […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 15, 2018

Tigers Logistics expands Shanghai presence, citing e-commerce boom

With e-commerce giant Alibaba’s logistics network Cainiao continually expanding its network in response to a booming demand for e-commerce, affiliated logistics companies are being pushed to up their game, as well. Hong Kong-based logistics firm Tigers acquired a two-warehouse site in Shanghai this week that will increase its capacity by 34 percent. Tigers cited growing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 15, 2018

Private equity firm Naxicap buys GSSA European Cargo Services

The investment firm Naxicap Partners acquired European Cargo Services (ECS) – a general sales and services agent (GSSA)  representing carriers in 47 countries – in a mid-June deal facilitated by Paris-based financial investment house, Ardian. In recent years, ECS has demonstrated its focus on expanding its international presence, acquiring Hong Kong-based services company AVS in 2016 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 15, 2018

BRU integrates blockchain into digital BRUcloud service

Yesterday, Brussels Airport (BRU) launched its first blockchain-enabled application, which will work in conjunction with its cloud-based data management platform, BRUcloud, that was rolled out in January of this year. The addition of blockchain technology to the app will centralize client communication, replacing individual “system-to-system connections with all different partners,” said Sara Van Gelder, cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 14, 2018

LATAM Cargo begins end-to-end digitalization of its systems

Today, LATAM Cargo launched a project to replace its current cargo management systems that will enable customers to manage end-to-end processes, including tracking, booking, claims and rates through a digital portal. The Chilean carrier has employed Indian IT company Wipro to implement its existing operations management software, CROAMIS – a process that will be completed […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 14, 2018

Panalpina acquires Argentine logistics network for perishables

Yesterday, Swiss forwarder Panalpina released news of a new deal to acquire Argentine logistics company Newport Cargo S.A. in a move that will bolster its orientation toward the growing Latin American perishables market. Newport Cargo handles 24,000 tonnes of freight exports per year, consisting mainly of U.S.-bound fish and berries. Following the merger, the cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 14, 2018

U.S. imposes long-awaited advance screening rules for inbound air cargo

After nearly eight years of starts, stops and delays, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finally implemented its much-debated Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) program, requiring all carriers of commercial cargo to report electronic airfreight data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before the cargo is loaded onto aircraft bound for the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 13, 2018

Cainiao adds Dubai to growing hub network, parterning with Emirates SkyCargo

Cainiao, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has partnered with yet another cargo carrier – Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo – as it continues the expansion of its international logistics network to add another six global hubs in cities around the world. On June 6, the company announced that it will invest $1.5 billion to build […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 13, 2018

DHL Express launches ‘Where Everything Clicks’ program to seek more e-commerce

While demand for fast and free-shipping e-commerce services is higher than ever on the consumer side, the puzzle of making that expectation a reality (and still reaping a decent profit) is one that logistics leaders are still scratching their heads over. Today, DHL Express released results from a study on the purchasing habits of online […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 13, 2018

Emirates seeks to recruit U.S.-based pilots due to shortage

Emirates Airlines, one of the world’s largest cargo carriers, is responding to the ongoing shortage of qualified pilots with a new strategy – last week, releasing a tour schedule through the United States, calling it the “Emirates Pilot Roadshow” in hopes of recruiting pilots in person to be based out of the airline’s hub in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 12, 2018

Ford, Postmates partner in autonomous vehicle experiment

Ford and app-based delivery startup Postmates are partnering in a project to see how businesses and consumers interact with self-driving delivery cars – although, for now, there will be drivers behind the tinted windows. The goal is to “test different methods for efficient deliveries,” as autonomous vehicle technology becomes a realistic possibility for use of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 12, 2018

Emirates increases frequency between Dubai, Angola

Emirates Airlines has added two weekly flights between Dubai and Luanda, the capital of Angola, increasing its service between the two destinations to five times per week, starting July 1, and then ramping up to daily service, starting in winter. The carrier will employ a 777-300ER aircraft on the route, which will provide 23 tonnes […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 12, 2018
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