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FedEx to merge specialty logistics, e-commerce into its forwarding arm

FedEx announced yesterday that, starting March 1, 2018, it will begin merging its speciality logistics and e-commerce services into a new structure, under the company’s freight forwarding arm, FedEx Trade Networks, Inc. The reorganization puts the muscle of FedEx’s entire network behind the company’s global e-commerce services portfolio, which the integrator

Winter storm in U.S. causes widespread freight disruption at FedEx’s Memphis hub

A cold front moving east across the American Midwest region caused extensive flight disruption at FedEx’s Memphis International Airport (MEM). The airport is FedEx Express’ global hub, and the “substantial flight and sort disruptions” experienced will have widespread implications on express logistics. FedEx said that “potential delays are possible for package

IATA confirms healthy airfreight growth for November

Cargo Plane The results are in for November and, as expected, IATA reported that growth in the airfreight industry picked up substantially with the move into peak season, with freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) increasing by 8.8 percent, year-over-year, for the month. While growth remains healthy, and November significantly outperformed October’s still-impressive 5.9

Air Cargo: Ethiopian Airlines to lease first 2 AEI 737-800 P2F freighters from GECAS

Ethiopian Airlines' 737-800 freighter Ethiopian Cargo, the cargo division of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, will lease the first two 737-800 freighters converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), from aviation leasing and financing company GECAS. The first delivery is set for June 2018, followed by a second in January 2019. The initial two

Japan Airlines in talks third-party freighters to bring back freight capacity

Japan Airlines (JAL) is in talks with unnamed third-party operators to bring back freight capacity that had been lost when it suspended freighter operations in 2010, said Hiroo Iwakoshi, the carrier’s executive officer for cargo and mail. Imagine your Ad placed here The Japanese government has signed off on JAL’s use of cargo charters, but

FedEx opens long-delayed Shanghai Pudong facility to streamline customs

FedEx new Shanghai Pudong Hub, courtesy of FedEx. January 8, 2018 Shanghai (ACW) - FedEx has finally opened its US$100 million, 134,000-square-meter Shanghai Pudong International Airport hub. Originally slated to open in early 2017, the Shanghai Hub is now the largest of its kind at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, featuring FedEx’s most

Commentary: Negotiating the best ocean freight rates for 2018

Maersk-Line-shipping-container-vessel-at-dockside   Choosing between direct relationships with carriers and using a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) to negotiate rates on your behalf is just one of the many issues shippers face heading into the 2018 contract bidding season on the transpacific. A big question each year for shippers needing to transport goods from