Monday, July 15, 2024

E-commerce takes cargo market to new heights

In the wake of a transformative year, the air cargo market has experienced a fundamental shift towards e-commerce, fuelling a surge in airfreight rates. The increased demand for international air cargo transportation, mainly from Hong Kong and China, has played a critical role in the industry’s recovery post-COVID. READ: Hong Kong’s digital revolution The surge […]

“E-commerce giants are crushing small businesses”

Gently co-founder Elian Pres-Gurwits has warned that existing logistics infrastructure is seriously harming small businesses and needs urgent reform.   The former Glossybox President’s intervention follows recent findings, revealing that the past two years saw the greatest number of US small business applications on record, according to Census Bureau data. This was largely fueled by the […]

GEODIS MyParcel announces new air zone skip service to simplify shipping from US to Canada

GEODIS has announced it has expanded its GEODIS MyParcel product, the company’s direct-to-customer cross-border delivery offering, with a new Air Zone Skip Service from the United States (US) to Canada. First launched in 2020, GEODIS MyParcel is a small parcel delivery service from the US to 26 European continental countries, the UK and Canada. GEODIS […]

Sustainability an important consideration in e-commerce purchasing

New research commissioned by FedEx Express shows that small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs) that embraced e-commerce during the COVID pandemic are underestimating the importance consumers now place on sustainability in their purchase decision-making. Seventy five percent of SMEs surveyed said their customers are more interested in receiving their goods as quickly as possible rather than in […]

China’s e-commerce boom drives country’s growth

Arguable the epicentre of one of the first waves of globalisation, linking markets from East to West, Central Asia has a long and storied history of trade. In China, this dates back to, at least, the country’s Han Dynasty in 206 BCE, with the country’s original Silk Road forging trade networks across Central Asian nations […]

Lockdown-induced e-commerce shift here to stay for supply chains

More than a third of businesses believe that the move to online shopping seen during the COVID-19 pandemic is now a permanent shift, according to new research from international supply chain and logistics consultancy SCALA. From surveying business leaders across the grocery and homeware industries, 36% of companies believe that e-Commerce will now remain at the […]

FedEx Express launches FICP

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has announced the launch of FedEx International Connect Plus (FICP), a new FedEx Express International, day-definite, e-Commerce shipping service that combines competitive speed with attractive prices, in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.  The launch of FICP further enhances FedEx e-Commerce capabilities as businesses are […]

“Southeast Asia is definitely a rising star in the eCommerce sector”

“Southeast Asia is definitely a rising star in the eCommerce sector” says Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific. ACW: In what ways has DHL had to ramp up operations to deal with the e-Commerce boom in Southeast Asia region? Ken Lee: In April, we announced the expansion of our Asia Pacific air network capacity […]

Menzies invests in JFreight

John Menzies has announced that it has agreed a £3.4m investment to acquire a minority equity stake, by way of a joint venture, in Guangzhou JFreight Aviation Logistics Supply Chain Co. The joint venture will see Menzies manage and operate a new cargo terminal at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China, one of the world’s […]

dnata and Kale Logistics solutions develop e-Commerce platform

dnata has partnered with Kale Logistics Solutions to develop a next-generation e-Commerce platform for the cargo community in the UAE. The partnership will see the two companies take dnata’s existing platform, CALOGI to a new level to provide best-in-class, one-stop services, including appointment and customs services management, to customers through advanced digital solutions. dnata launched […]

E-commerce to be handled digitally at Leipzig/Halle

E-commerce shipments arriving at Leipzig/Halle Airport are now being handled entirely digitally through Zodiak customs software developed by Dakosy. The Atlas Customs approved software is being used at Germany’s second-largest airfreight hub by ground handling service provider PortGround, a wholly-owned subsidiary of airport operator Mitteldeutsche Flughafen. About 70 cargo aircraft land in Leipzig/Halle a day, […]

Default method of communication remains elusive

At its simplest, e-Commerce needs e-Freight to exist. Online orders from foreign customers, international trade that skips borders, have all rapidly grown in many markets. All players in the global e-Commerce supply chains face strict regulations, especially for dangerous goods cargo. Accompanying information to the shipment has to be shared with all parties involved in […]

UPS gears up for pharma and e-commerce boom

UPS will invest heavily in the e-commerce and life science sectors as it sets out plans transform its business by 2022. The company is focusing on four strategic areas, consisting of continued expansion of high-growth international markets connecting domestic and export customers to its global market; profitable expansion from B2B and B2C e-commerce as US […]

FIA 2018: DHL Express orders 14 Boeing 777 Freighters

Boeing has kicked off the Farnborough Airshow by signing a deal to supply DHL Express with 14 Boeing 777 Freighters, with the option for an additional seven. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2019, and DHL says that while the aircraft will not increase capacity, they will significantly reduce costs, increase efficiency and […]

E-commerce is not the only driver of growth

So what is driving all this demand? With so much talk in the industry revolving around e-commerce, one could be forgiven for thinking this was the sole driver of air cargo at the moment, writes Donald Urquhart. “It has had a tremendous impact, and consumer demand for instant gratification for delivery coupled with a need […]

CEVA Logistics picks Niels Weithe as global head of eCommerce

CEVA Logistics enters Leaders Quadrant in Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant

CEVA Logistics has appointed Niels Weithe to the newly created role of global head of eCommerce, reporting directly to chief operating officer of contract logistics, Brett Bissell. He joins CEVA from Arvato where he was president of its consumer products division and brings more than 25 years experience of the fast-growing market segment to his […]

Budapest handles record cargo volumes and looks to the USA

Budapest Airport has handled record cargo volumes and is preparing for further growth helped by new flights to the USA. The Hungarian hub handled 127,145 tonnes of cargo in 2017, up 13.4 per cent on the previous year and 39.1 per cent on 2015, with imports making up 47.8 per cent of volumes and exports […]

SEKO picks Richard for the new role of VP global airfreight

Shawn Richard has been chosen for the newly created role at SEKO Logistics of vice president global airfreight, taking responsibility for international air procurement and maximising SEKO’s air utilisation. He joins with 30 years of logistics industry experience and brings extensive knowledge of carrier management, procurement and cross border e-commerce, which now accounts for 50 […]

Airfreight capacity in Europe hits its limit

Airfreight in Europe has hit capacity for the first time in at least ten years and it has seen some shippers paying sky-high air rates to get their shipment loaded, according to the Freightos International Freight Index. Freightos Webcargo chief executive officer, Manel Galindo says: “While ocean freight rates are still tanking, airfreight is at […]

FedEx all set for a hectic Christmas driven by e-commerce

FedEx says it will be a busy Christmas period and notes the rapid growth of e-commerce will drive volume over the 2017 season. The express freight firm explains it expects to see between 380-400million packages pass through its global network between Black Friday (24 November) to Christmas Eve. It also predicts three Mondays over the […]

Budapest aims to become the hub for air cargo from China

Budapest Airport is aiming to become the air cargo hub for goods arriving from China, having signed a cooperation agreement with two major logistics companies. The airport signed the agreement with China’s STO Express and European 3PL company, EKOL, which has a strong presence in Hungary at the annual conference of the “16+1 cooperation” initiative, […]

IAG: huge demand for capacity in run up to Black Friday

IAG Cargo says it has seen the highest ever demand for airfreight capacity across its network in the lead up to ‘Black Friday’ especially on its Hong Kong and Indian routes. The shopping event takes place today, the day after Thanksgiving Day in the US and sees consumers come out in their droves to take […]

ACA: Industry must adapt to changes to avoid extinction

The rise of e-commerce is rapidly changing the logistics industry, but is continuing to provide challenges that must be overcome, reports James Muir from Miami. In the first session of the Air & Sea Cargo Americas conference on 1 November titled ‘Trade trends in the Americas’, SeaLand chief executive officer (CEO), Craig Mygatt; Estafeta international […]

Brussels Airlines Cargo seeing strong demand across Africa

Africa is a key region for Brussels Airlines Cargo and a major growth market for the belly carrier, writes Justin Burns. The airline operates a fleet of six Airbus A330s daily to Africa offering an average capacity per flight of 10 tonnes to Africa and 12 tonnes out. It serves 17 sub-Saharan Africa routes in […]

Flexport to charter own weekly freighter from HK to LAX

The growth in e-commerce and lack of capacity out of Hong Kong (HK) has led to Flexport to charter its own freighter flights from HK to Los Angeles. The growing freight forwarder say to ease the air cargo capacity shortages, the first of the these flights is a Boeing 747-400 departing on Sunday, 19 November. […]

Cathay Pacific continues to post tonnage growth

Cathay Pacific Airways grew its cargo tonnage and freight figures in October compared to the same month in 2016. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried 180,706 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 4.8 per cent compared to the same month last year. The cargo and mail load factor rose by 1.2 percentage […]

Perishables traffic drives Christchurch Airport tonnage

Trade officials at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand are forecasting a strong peak season this year as tonnage continues to grow. The gateway handled more than 30,000 tonnes in the year ending 30 June 2017 – a five per cent rise on the previous 12 months, but in the last quarter tonnage was up 15 […]

Global e-commerce forecasted to double in next five years

Global e-commerce is forecasted to increase 19 per cent per year over the next five years, from $1.9 trillion in 2016 to $4.5 trillion in 2021, according to the annual E-Commerce Revolution Report released today by Air Cargo Management Group (ACMG). The air cargo and freighter aircraft consultancy’s senior director, Alan Hedge says: “E-commerce has disrupted […]

Moscow’s air cargo market primed for further expansion

The last year or two has been turbulent in Moscow due to the impact of European Union sanctions and the Ukraine conflict hitting Russia, but the capital’s airfreight market is well and truly back on track. In the first seven months of the year, the Airport Council International Europe reports Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport handled […]

Multi-pronged strategy for Thai as it looks to develop business

Thai Airways (TG) International is pressing on with multi-pronged plans to further develop its cargo operations, senior officials have said, writes Michael Mackey. The strategy starts from the ground up, Thai’s managing director of cargo and mail department, Dumrungchai Sawangcharoen (pictured above) told reporters on the inaugural flight of Thai’s new Airbus A350-XWB from Toulouse. The […]