Supply Chain

New scheme prevents perishables from spoiling

It is an economic scandal. According to data provided by the World Bank and other sources, roughly 30% of all agricultural products spoil between field and shelf (see here). However, a brand-new study shows that perishables can be kept...

The ever-present AWB in air cargo

Air Waybills (AWBs) have been around since 1929, ensuring that all the details pertaining to any one air cargo shipment are documented as a legal contract between the respective transporting parties. Though meanwhile largely transacted on a digital basis,...

Life Science Industry – a look beyond the horizon

At the Nordic Air Cargo Symposium in Stockholm, Frank Van Gelder (FVG) gave around 140 participants a look through the keyhole at future trends in the life science landscape.*** Frank is Secretary of the association Pharma.Aero, guest lecturer at...

E-Commerce is going through the roof in the ME

DHL Global Forwarding speaks of an ‘explosion’ of e-commerce in the Middle East, setting new records, year after year, in the region spanning from the Lebanon to Oman, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In 2025, it will surpass the...

The Temu tsunami

For months, small consignments from the online marketplace Temu have been flooding the EU and North America, with rapidly growing volumes. The next candidate is Africa, where Temu wants to use a large distribution center in Addis Ababa to...

Ardian sells Staci to bpost

Belgian postal service provider bpostgroup has acquired Staci (100%), a fulfilment and logistics services specialist registered in the Parisian suburb, Pontoise. Seller is French private investment house Ardian that purchased Staci in 2019, together with some other minor stakeholders....

China invests heavily in drone industry

Drones can be used in multiple ways, for both civilian and military purposes. The latter is demonstrated day after day by Russia's war against Ukraine. China has now announced its intention to provide the equivalent of USD 70 billion...

ULD manager ACL Airshop wants to up its market share

ACL Airshop gained a new CEO on 01 March 2024. Bernhard Kindelbacher, a former Lufthansa Cargo executive, took over the top leadership at ACL Airshop, following Steve Townes’ nine-year tenure. ACL Airshop provides a customer-centric variety of ULD services...

DP announces “Game Over” for domestic mail flights

63 years ago, on 01SEP1961, and at the instigation of the German government, Deutsche Post (DP) launched an overnight airmail network in Germany. Lufthansa B737 quick change passenger aircraft were deployed. Their seats were removed at night to accommodate...

PRIOjet to redefine Emergency Logistics processes

The startup offers the market a new approach to coping with the challenges of this demanding and ultra rapid market segment. Its key tool is a neutral, cloud-based software to perfect its customers’ emergency logistics orders executed by on-board...

DHL declines Schenker takeover

Just last week, Kuehne + Nagel made it clear that the agent opted against submitting an offer to purchase DB Schenker. Now the DP-DHL Group has followed suit. CFO Melanie Kreis made it clear in the group's earnings call...

Germany okays fully automated drone flights – it’s a first

Since last week, drones with a maximum weight of 25 kg have been flying on defined air routes over municipalities in western Germany. It is a breakthrough for aerial supplies operated above highly populated areas. To start with, 20...

Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year: a sugar kick for air cargo?

Well, the past week was likely spent wining and dining either in romantic pairs or welcoming in the Year of the Dragon – all depending on where you are in the world and where your personal or cultural interests...

Fruit Logistica 2024 – Summary

It was a three-day mega event, praised by many and statistically proven by impressive figures. More than 66,000 visitors alongside a further 24,000+ exhibitor staff and 450 media representatives took part in the trade show. 2,770 exhibitors presented their...

Fruit Logistica – Part 2: Fresh products must be fresh, says Kuehne + Nagel

Or else they taste like soup without salt. The Switzerland-headquartered logistics giant claims to be the global market leader in perishable transports, in both air and ocean. The product range comprises of fruit, vegetables, flowers, seafood, dairy, and meet....

Fruit Logistica – bigger than ever

The world's largest trade fair for fruit, vegetables and agricultural products will open its doors in Berlin from 07-09FEB24 and a new record number of participants is on the horizon. A total of 2,750 exhibitors from 94 countries have...

UPS is cutting back

The U.S. integrator confirmed earlier announced plans to ax 12,000 jobs. This is due to significant volume declines in the transportation of consumer goods in 2023 and a gloomy outlook for the coming months. The mass layoffs come only...

Danzas: an era ends – after 210 years

Danzas, a once widespread name in the global transport industry, will henceforth only exist in history books. The last offshoot, Danzas AEI Emirates, has now been completely taken over by DHL. All branches in Dubai and the Emirates, 20...

Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk join forces

The two shipping lines have entered into an operational partnership called ‘Gemini Cooperation,’ which will officially begin in February 2025. Both players expect their long-term cooperation to result in higher transport quality, greater reliability of transport operations, and a...

Italian Post and Railway face privatization

The rightwing Meloni government which took power in OCT22, intends to privatize key Italian service providers. This would be a breach of her program presented during the electoral campaign. In Meloni’s appearances and speeches, the party leader of the...

Ex Oriente Lux

Translated, the ancient Latin catchphrase means that the light comes from the East. In relation to aviation, the East stands for a new dynamic since the forces in international aviation are shifting. In this case, from West to East.This...

Air and sea: a tale of two modes

Air cargo will always be a lot more expensive than sea transport so, supported by sustainability demands, shippers will weigh their options. At TIACA’s Executive Summit in Brussels last week the issue did not go untouched. Do we see...
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