7 ways cross-border e-commerce is reshaping air freight logistics today

For the past two years, “cross-border e-commerce” has been the buzz-phrase of the air freight and express industry. And it’s only natural that our industry would jump on it – no other mode of transportation is better suited to ensure expedited deliveries for parcels with origins far-removed from their final destination. But, hype aside, what has […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 5, 2017

Breaking news: UPS and SF Holdings to establish JV

On Friday morning (Beijing Standard Time), SF Holdings, the parent company of China-based SF Express and SF Airlines, and US-based express giant UPS announced plans to enter into a joint venture, in which the two companies will use their respective assets and expertise to “collaborate to develop and provide international delivery services.” The venture (subject to regulatory […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 25, 2017

In a surprise move, Heathrow begins to develop cargo community

Today, Heathrow Airport took a major step towards developing an airport cargo community with the introduction of the ‘Heahtrow CargoCloud’.  Next month, the airport will test the waters for cargo community participation by piloting a load consolidation app developed by Belgium-based data sharing platform, Nallian (which also powers Brussels Airport’s BRUCloud and Port of Antwerp’s […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 25, 2017

Cargolux partners with Emirates — what about China?

Today, at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, Europe’s largest all-cargo carrier, Cargolux, and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo announced an MoU for an expansive “strategic operational partnership”. The deal between the all-cargo and combination carriers includes reciprocal block space and interline agreements, joint handling at each other’s major hubs (Dubai and Luxembourg), and, for Emirates, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 9, 2017

China’s B2B express volume to grow dramatically

SHANGHAI – The freighter fleets of China’s express companies are growing rapidly as an increasing proportion of retail spending moves online—but that’s only half the reason express companies are adding airfreight capacity as quickly as possible. Yesterday at Cargo Facts Asia 2017 in Shanghai, Peter Huang, director of corporate planning at SF Airlines, said that the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 27, 2017

Hong Kong Air Cargo receives AOC

It’s not every day a Hong Kong-based startup receives an Air Operator’s Certificate, in fact, it has been about twelve years since the last new-issue permit. Today, that changed when Hong Kong Air Cargo, a spin-off from combination carrier, Hong Kong Airlines was granted an AOC. More details are expected following a grand opening ceremony […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 21, 2017

Alibaba and K+N sign logistics MoU

Today, the world’s second largest air freight forwarder by volume, Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel, signed an MoU to offer outbound logistics services to shippers listed on China’s largest business-to-business platform, Alibaba.com. The MoU will expand the scope of a pilot program launched last year which integrated the forwarder’s “KN FreightNet” digital shipment manager with Alibaba.com. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 12, 2017

Where have all the pilots gone

In the last two years, the mood in the air freight industry has become increasingly optimistic. Shippers have stopped hating us, modal shift has reversed, demand growth has returned… So no more worries, right? Well, maybe there is something to worry about. We may have happy customers and full planes, but who is going to […]
  • David Harris
  • April 7, 2017
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