Could politics cool the hot market for air freight ?

Almost unanimously at airports around the world, 2017 cargo volumes are showing significant growth over 2016. Amsterdam (AMS), and Brussels (BRU), are no exceptions, having recently reported cargo volumes up 8.3% and 12.9% y-o-y, for the eight-month period through August 2017. Neither airport is uncorking the champagne just yet, however, as cargo operations at both […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • September 12, 2017

Chengdu launches air cargo development scheme

With air freight demand expected to soar across west and central China, cargo carriers and forwarders have a choice when it comes to selecting sites to develop their regional hubs. Although geography and infrastructure are among the top considerations, government subsidies and preferential policies are two factors which absolutely must be considered in China’s case. Many […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 20, 2017

Cainiao and SF come to blows over data control

Last Thursday, SF Express’ daily parcel volumes reportedly fell by one million units after a spat with Alibaba-affiliated Cainiao resulted in SF becoming temporarily de-listed as a service provider option within Cainiao’s logistics platform. This time around, the operational disruptions were short-lived. Following mediation by China’s Postal Bureau, the two companies resumed business as normal […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 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

Expeditors 1Q17: Volume and revenue rise as net income drops

Although Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., transported significantly more air and ocean freight during 1Q17, compared to 1Q16, Expeditors’ operating margin (operating income as a percentage of net revenue) fell below the company’s 30% benchmark, to 28%. Of course, most companies would kill for a 28% margin, but for Expeditors, falling below 30% is a […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 2, 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

Forwarders direct investments toward the Netherlands in January 17

DSV begins operating Primark’s new Netherlands logistics center. Denmark-headquartered 3PL, DSV has started operating Ireland-based fast-fashion retailer Primark’s newly-opened logistics center in the Netherlands. The 65,000-square-meter warehouse located in Roosendaal, runs on Primark’s Warehouse Management System, and processes outbound carton and garment-on-hanger orders to supply Primark stores across France and Italy. Crane Logistics opens new […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 2, 2017

DFW’s new cargo strategy paying off

Smack in the heart of Shanghai’s former French Concession, at the crossroads of Wulumuqi Road and Wuyuan Road, lies an unassuming store fronting a large sign that reads, “Avocado Lady.” Curious visitors to Shanghai are often intrigued by the shop’s name, and venture inside to see if there is indeed a lady offering avocados for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 29, 2016