Digital freight forwarder Zencargo raises US$4 million

London-based digital freight forwarder Zencargo today announced the completion of its “seed plus” round of funding, led by LocalGlobe, with participation from Samos Investments and Picus Capital, bringing total funds raised to more than US$4 million for the startup. Zencargo said the money will go toward accelerating its product development process and expand its presence […]

IATA expands CEIV certification program with live-animal version

Today, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new certification program called CEIV-Live Animals, that provides an industry standard for the safe handling of animals being transported in the cargo hold of aircraft. The launch is an expansion of IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) program that ensures compliance to handling […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 5, 2018

AirBridgeCargo moves 15 tonnes of pharma

Moscow-based carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) transported 19 va-Q-tec brand temperature-controlled containers containing pharmaceuticals for German logistics company Biotech & Pharma – a feat which the carrier says is a new record for ABC. In Frankfurt, ABC’s crew loaded the 15 tonnes of cargo into a 747-8 freighter, while being supervised by a team of specialists trained […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 5, 2018

Airlink positioning for ‘new heights’ with Smith named CEO

The Board of Trustees for the humanitarian aid group Airlink said this week that they are marking the “next chapter” of their organization by naming Steven J. Smith (left) as their new president and CEO and adding Jon Sharp (below), president and CEO of Engine Lease Finance (ELF), to its 15-member Board of Trustees. According to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 5, 2018

How will the airfreight ‘wild card’ be played in 2018?

Based on the latest combined January and February results from WorldACD and IATA, 2018 clearly got off to a strong start in terms of cargo demand. But the real question is: Now what? Except the 2018 version of “now what” also includes a new wild card. Any speculation about the future involves taking stock in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

Industry mourns death of former Hactl CEO, Mark Whitehead

The airfreight industry is still reeling from the news yesterday that Mark Whitehead, the recently retired CEO of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. (Hactl), passed away in his sleep while he was competing in an ocean yacht race, which was one of his lifelong passions. Mark joined Hactl in 2010 and, under his leadership, “the company […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 4, 2018

Cargobase, Honeywell offer software solutions on the cargo market

Every week, we see another company debut its own cloud-based software or app that aims to address the industry’s call to digitize. After years of idle discussion about digitalization in logistics, it is evident that industry leaders are finally answering the call to implement their own paperless processes. Just this week, alone, we’ve witnessed an […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2018

Pelican BioThermal to open Tokyo facility

Minnesota-based temperature-control packaging company Pelican BioThermal plans to open a new location in Tokyo on May 11. The facility will serve as a refurbishment and repair center for its reusable parcel shipping containers, as well as a “network station” for the company’s service Crēdo on Demand, which rents out their temperature-controlled pallets to customers. The […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2018

DHL débuts e-commerce platform, expands presence in Europe

DHL is further investing in a future dominated by e-commerce, today releasing a digital platform for its e-commerce customers that will allow easy access to the company’s distribution network from a single source. The service underpins the company’s parallel goal of meeting demand for faster shipping, an effort it also intends to address by increasing […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 3, 2018

ACE Awards 2018: Specializing in Excellence

It can be said now that 2017 was one of the longest periods of sustained growth for air cargo demand. The 9.2 percent average rise in total freight tonne kilometers worldwide, according to IATA, was the greatest surge since the brief post-recession correction in 2010 and has been credited with raising the fortunes of virtually […]
  • Staff Reports
  • April 3, 2018

FedEx rolls out ‘Purple Runway’ training program in face of pilot shortage

Yesterday, a new development was made in the ongoing pilot shortage saga, as FedEx announced a new training program, named Purple Runway, which will recruit pilots in training from universities and aviation colleges. The move was made to ensure the carrier’s continued leading status in a market in which qualified pilots are increasingly scarce. You […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 3, 2018

AirBridgeCargo adds scheduled service at Rickenbacker Airport

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is the latest airline to add scheduled service at U.S.-based  Rickenbacker Airport (LCK) in Columbus. ABC will operate the scheduled flights aboard its fleet of 747 freighters, with its first flight scheduled to arrive at the cargo-centric airport on April 5. The scheduled service calls for the flights to continue on […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 3, 2018

WorldACD reports slower volume growth for February

Despite earlier reports from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) and others that Chinese New Year had little effect on February numbers, WorldACD noted a slowdown in growth for February, with year-over-year volumes increasing by a lower 4.4 percent – well below the 8.5 percent growth the market data group recorded for January. Worldwide […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 3, 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

Logistics startup Shyp shuts down, citing expansion problems

With so much excitement in the rapidly innovating logistics sector, not every startup that emerges can ultimately meet the sector’s challenges. Most recently, Kevin Gibbon, CEO of ship-on-demand start-up Shyp, announced last week that the company had ended operations. Launched in 2014 in San Francisco, Shyp attracted substantial investor interest, to the tune of US$62.1 […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 2, 2018
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