Altitude Angel to become strategic data partner for new Dronecloud [VIDEO]

While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are still awaiting the regulations that will unleash their full potential, one aviation tech firm in the United Kingdom is building the massive cloud-based data services that will be needed to control the complexity of future drone activities. The company, Altitude Angel, said today that it will become the geodata […]

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]

Automation, capacity, economic woes top supply chain trends report

With the continuing rise of e-commerce demand despite lackluster economic growth, supply chain professionals are most concerned about lack of capacity and rising costs in e-commerce, according to research firm EyeForTransport (EFT), which released its “Supply Chain Hot Trends 2019” report this week. Based on a global survey of 765 supply chain professionals, including retailers, […]

Virgin Atlantic Cargo doubles service to India with new Mumbai route

After a four-year hiatus, Virgin Atlantic Cargo said it will resume daily service to the fast-growing cargo market of Mumbai from London Heathrow (LHR) in October of this year, following the temporary suspension of India’s Jet Airways operations. With a first flight scheduled for Oct. 27, the U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic said the 787-9 aircraft will […]

Development efforts pay off as Xi’an welcomes first fifth-freedom flights by Korean Air 

On May 12, Xi’an International Airport (XIY) welcomed its first fifth-freedom right air traffic route, operated by Korean Air via Seoul (ICN)-Xi’an (XIY)-Hanoi (HAN) using a 777 freighter. The route launch supports various facets of Chinese regional and national aims to develop aviation hubs in line with international network expansion to meet evolving demand in China.  

Return to Sender: Is Europe’s cross-border e-commerce boom about to fizzle?

The engines of an ASL Airlines Belgium 747 freighter are cooling down on the tarmac at Liege Airport (LGG), where the aircraft is resting after an 11-hour flight from Ürümqi Diwopu Airport (URC) in China’s far-western Xinjiang province. A crew of neon-vested ground handlers quickly whisk a mix of pallets and containers off the massive […]

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]

Turkish Cargo adds Porto to freighter network

This week, Turkish Cargo added a Porto (OPO) stop to a weekly flight previously operating as a round-trip service between Istanbul (IST) and Madrid (MAD) on Sundays. Recent refinements to Turkish Cargo’s medium-widebody network, like the Porto stop, which is served with an A330-200F, shed some light on the interplay between passenger bellies and the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 10, 2019

FedEx Express launches Asia-Pacific pharma cold-chain product

FedEx Express has launched a temperature-controlled cold chain shipping solution for the Asia-Pacific region to address growing demand from customers in the healthcare industry. The company is now offering the “Medpak VI°C” reusable thermal packaging solution to customers in Japan, Korea and Singapore on a one-way rental basis. The packaging comes with vacuum-insulated panels and […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 10, 2019

TIACA, Magaya Corp. announce IT partnership

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and logistics software provider Magaya Corp. have partnered together to make Magaya software available to TIACA members. Magaya’s software offers inventory visibility, online tracking, air waybills, bill of lading templates, international shipping documentation and other features for freight forwarders, importers and exporters, and warehouse and distribution centers. The new […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • May 10, 2019

PSA, SATS sign MOU to enhance sea-air connectivity in Singapore

In an effort to encourage closer cooperation between air and ocean modes, port operator PSA International Pte Ltd. and ground handler SATS Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to provide cargo shippers and logistics service providers with better connectivity in the bustling hub of Singapore. The MOU was facilitated by the government agency […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 9, 2019

Hawaiian renews SmartKargo contract for five years

Hawaiian Airlines said it has renewed its five-year contract with cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm SmartKargo to manage the carrier’s airfreight business. Hawaiian was the first U.S.-based carrier to adopt the SmartKargo cloud platform in 2014, and later implemented the company’s Go Live service in 2015. “As a result, our team was able to further digitize […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 9, 2019

Etihad Cargo adds Singapore to 777F network

Beginning today, Etihad Cargo (EY) will connect its Abu Dhabi (AUH) hub with a weekly 777F flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN). Flights will depart Abu Dhabi every Thursday and will stop in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) on the return. The new service is the latest in a recent string of network tweaks that […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 9, 2019

Amazon to break ground on CVG hub next week

Amazon will break ground on its new Amazon Air cargo hub at Cincinnati/North Kentucky International Airport (CVG) on May 14, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed today. Amazon’s $1.5 billion CVG cargo hub will be located on a 1,100-acre plot of land, similar in size to other global hubs for major integrators, such as FedEx’s 900-acre Memphis […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 9, 2019

Dachser inaugurates automotive facility in Atlanta

Dachser USA has added an automotive competence center to its U.S. regional headquarters in Atlanta to provide dedicated customer service teams capable of addressing logistics issues unique to the automotive industry. The project was launched in February 2019 and follows the German forwarder’s foray into the automotive-dominant Detroit market, and complements a similar facility in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • May 9, 2019

Adidas to use more airfreight in 2019 due to ‘supply chain shortages’

It may be Nike that owns the Air brand of sports shoes, but its Germany-based rival, Adidas, may be catching a lot more “air” in the form of airfreight shipments in the next fiscal quarter, due to supply chain shortages that began in Q1 and could possibly affect sales figures for the rest of the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 8, 2019

Dangerous goods, other specialty cargo business grows at PACTL

During a panel discussion on specialty cargo handling at Cargo Facts Asia in Shanghai last month, Christian Haug, Vice President, Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL), said that dangerous goods (DG) handling at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) is becoming a bigger business, having grown to represent about 3% of its cargo handle. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 8, 2019

CNS 2019: Unilode rolling out tracking tags to collect real-time ULD data

MIAMI – In an ongoing project to make unit load devices (ULDs) more useful for the track-and-trace demands of e-commerce, Don Jacobs, chief commercial officer and managing director for Unilode’s Americas segment, said yesterday at the CNS Partnership Conference that it has begun rolling out a new Bluetooth-equipped tag to provide real-time data to mobile […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 8, 2019

CNS 2019: Despite improved DG handling, manufacturing standards still lag

MIAMI – At the CNS 2019 Partnership Conference yesterday, Jonathan Pai, technical solutions engineer, Smiths Detection, advocated for more rigid manufacturing standards for lithium batteries during his presentation titled, “Deep learning algorithm and lithium battery detection.”   Despite IATA’s efforts to alert carriers to DG shipments so they can be handled properly, risk remains from shipper and manufacturer negligence. “Manufacturing standards especially, can represent a significant […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 8, 2019

CNS 2019: E-commerce places historic, unexpected pressures on U.S Customs

MIAMI – This year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency celebrates its 230th year since its founding in the earliest days of the Republic, in 1789. Thomas Overacker, executive director of cargo and conveyance security for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, said yesterday during the CNS Partnership Conference that this year may be […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2019

Cargolux’s ‘Mimmo’ Ceci calls for increased digitalization

Last summer, Luxembourgian all-cargo carrier Cargolux made a significant internal move, bringing Domenico “Mimmo” Ceci from senior vice president of commercial planning over to executive vice president of sales and marketing, where he will be in charge of the further digitalization and automation of processes at Cargolux. With more than 30 years of experience at […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 7, 2019
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