JD Logistics launches domestic rail freight pilot program

Yesterday we reported that JD.com, Inc. was selling a 19.6% share in its subsidiary JD Logistics, in a deal valued at US $2.5 billion. You can read about that here. In the post, we questioned if the new capital would enable JD to follow Amazon’s lead and build its own air network. Although a crystal […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 15, 2018

Amazon edges closer to becoming an integrator

In recent years, Seattle-based e-tailer Amazon has doubled-down on the expansion of its supply chain and fulfillment infrastructure, launching a dedicated freighter network, and enlarging the reach of its own-operated last-mile delivery services to include some 37 US cities. Many in the air freight industry have long believed that it would only be a matter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 9, 2018

New-build 767 freighters for SF Express? And who else?

Cargo Facts has learned that the long-rumored negotiations between China-based SF Express and Boeing regarding an order for new-build 767-300Fs may have finally borne fruit, with SF placing a five-unit order. SF Airlines, the air arm of SF Express, has made no secret of its plans to expand its widebody fleet, and has so far […]
  • David Harris
  • February 9, 2018

ATSG reaches tentative agreement with pilots’ union ALPA

We who live in Seattle became used to seeing uniformed pilots picketing Amazon’s headquarters. They carried signs with slogans based on the theme that delivery of merchandise ordered from the internet giant was being compromised by the refusal of the airlines that fly for Amazon to offer fair contracts to their pilots. For their part, […]
  • David Harris
  • February 6, 2018

UPS to reinvest $12 billion

There was considerable news coming out of UPS’ Atlanta headquarters yesterday – and, for the most part, it’s coming up roses for the global integrator, starting with last December’s tax cut legislation, which, combined with increased demand for its services, translated into strong overall and division revenues in the fourth quarter. But UPS’ decision to […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 2, 2018

UPS firms up options for fourteen 747F-8Fs, orders four 767Fs

Concurrent with the release of its 4Q17 earnings, Atlanta-based UPS announced two major deals with Boeing for new-build freighters. First, the company doubled-down on its commitment to large widebody freighters by converting existing options for fourteen 747-8Fs into firm orders.  Separately, the global logistics giant placed an order for four 767-300Fs, adding that like the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 1, 2018

Boeing unveils its answer to last-mile deliveries with UAV prototype [VIDEO]

This week, Boeing unveiled and completed initial flight tests of its fully-functional unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype; the first of its kind for the aerospace goliath. Although analysts have long predicted that drones were on course to transform the logistics sector, the larger issue has been receiving operational clearance from regulators. Boeing’s experience in […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 12, 2018

Driven by e-commerce, 2017’s peak arrived earlier, lasted longer

The growth of e-commerce around peak shopping season is no longer a new story, but 2017’s peak season did raise some eyebrows for getting off to an unusually early start, with sales from 1 November to 22 November up 17.9%, year-over-year in the United States, according to Internet Retailer’s report on the peak shopping season. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 2, 2018
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