Alibaba expects record volumes for latest ‘Single’s Day’ e-commerce event

China’s Alibaba revealed a preview of the promotions planned for Single’s Day on Nov. 11, the largest one-day retail event in the world, which requires a similarly massive logistics effort. Alibaba expects more than 100 million customers to participate in the sales day, which will include more than 140,000 brands total and more than 60,000 […]

CFS: Precision Conversions names Vallair as A321 conversion launch customer

MIAMI — 321 Precision Conversions named Vallair Solutions as the launch customer for its Airbus A321-200 passenger-to-freighter conversion program here at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium (CFS). With more than 1,400 A321 aircraft produced to date, the conversion program has what Precision is calling an “unprecedented feedstock for future conversion candidates.” The announcement — which […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 3, 2017

CFS: Dwindling 767 conversion feedstock could mean Airbus conversions for Atlas Air

MIAMI — With the feedstock for 767 freighter conversions dwindling, Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW) CEO and president Bill Flynn said the carrier is looking to Airbus’ A330-300 to pick up the slack. “At some point we simply run out of 767 candidates for conversion,” Flynn told the audience here at this year’s Cargo Facts Symposium. […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 3, 2017

ELEVATE: Freightos announces talks with major carriers to expand dynamic pricing

MIAMI — Decades after dynamic pricing reached the passenger side of aviation, online freight pricing platform Freightos and Air France-KLM (AF-KLM) are offering the service to shippers. At this year’s ELEVATE conference, Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber announced that his company was in talks with other carriers to expand the pricing model, with the industry poised […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 3, 2017

ELEVATE: Can supply chains stay competitive without data sharing?

MIAMI – At the 2017 ELEVATE Conference yesterday, panelists agreed on the importance of sharing airfreight data to making the entire cargo journey visible to the customers and remaining competitive with large, innovative players like Amazon and Alibaba. But the larger question remains: What will motivate airport communities to share data? “When we established the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 3, 2017

ELEVATE: Cargo42 wins second straight DEMOvation Challenge

MIAMI – For the second consecutive year, startup Cargo42 took home the top prize yesterday for the DEMOvation Challenge at the ELEVATE 2017 Conference. The online platform, based here in Miami, is designed for trucking companies to reduce idle time and capacity, and to provide greater transparency for shippers through real-time tracking. The runner-up to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 3, 2017

ELEVATE: E-commerce logistics innovation captures smaller seller market

MIAMI – The big e-commerce players like Amazon and Alibaba tend to dominate the conversation surrounding e-commerce’s impact on cargo volume growth, but panelists at yesterday’s 2017 ELEVATE cargo conference said “one-on-one” relationships with smaller e-commerce businesses offer big opportunities for forwarders. Robert Imbriani, executive vice president, international, with Team Worldwide, told conference attendees that […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 3, 2017

ELEVATE panelists: To get on board with ‘big data,’ start with ‘low-hanging fruit’

MIAMI – With massive data collection becoming more standardized in the shipping industry, the question of how to make sense of collected data and use it to improve business performance is where big data comes in, said panelists at today’s ELEVATE 2017 conference. Most big players in the industry already have their own operational systems […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • October 2, 2017

Air Cargo World Celebrates its 75th birthday

That a magazine has maintained unbroken publication for three-quarters of a century is, in itself, a remarkable achievement. But for a business publication to last that long, covering an industry that basically did not exist when it was conceived, is more than just remarkable; it makes the Air Cargo World journey truly unique in the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 2, 2017

Air Cargo World celebrates 75th Anniversary, new look for website

Air Cargo World is proud to announce its 75th  year as the leading source for air logistics news. Not only does this milestone mark a major achievement for the publication itself, but also for the history of business journalism. Since being founded as Air Transportation in 1942, the world’s first air cargo magazine has maintained an […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 2, 2017

Top 5 perishables with the fastest-growing demand for air cargo

During the current period of robust demand for air cargo services, one of the hottest types of commodities sold have come in the form of perishable goods. The exotic nature of some foods, plus a critically short shelf life, has made them the darlings of the airfreight world. The intense appetite for these goods has […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 30, 2017

AA Cargo jumps into action to mitigate post-hurricane humanitarian disaster

The first American Airlines Cargo relief flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, touched down yesterday at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), carrying volunteers and more than 10,000 pounds relief supplies. “We have many more planned for today through the weekend as part of our Operation #PuertoRicoStrong,” wrote AA Cargo’s president, Rick Elieson. In a […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 29, 2017

Mercedes Benz, drone-maker Matternet tackle last-mile delivery demo

The live demonstration this week of an e-commerce delivery by a drone reinforced the potential of drones to streamline last-mile deliveries – the final frontier of e-commerce logistics. At the livestreaming of the delivery, the consortium behind the project, announced a three-week trial of a same-day drone delivery service. Using QR codes, the test drone […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 29, 2017

Panalpina acquisition spree adds German cool chain company

Panalpina’s recent acquisition spree picked up pace this week with a second trophy added on Sept. 28, this time in Germany, where the Switzerland-based logistics company agreed to buy Germany-based Cool Chain Group (CCG), from its parent company, Rungis Express. With CCG added to the roster, Panalpina will gain an experienced team of employees and […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 29, 2017

FedEx locked in bureaucratic battle to operate daily flights to Havana

FedEx is defending its application to operate daily cargo flights between Miami (MIA) and Cuba’s Jose Marti Airport (HAV). The Tennessee-based integrator filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Tuesday, Sept. 26, countering arguments by carriers like JetBlue, which claimed that “FedEx has not adequately demonstrated how its service proposal would generate superior […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 28, 2017
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