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Cross-Border e-Commerce Drives Airfreight Demand

By all accounts it appears a renaissance is underway in the global airfreight market. IATA’s 2017 data through April indicates a simple average freight tonne kilometer (FTK) growth of over 9.0% while available freight tonne kilometer (AFTK) average growth of just shy of 3.0%. With May data due soon, Cargo Facts anticipates double digit growth. […]

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2016 US Freight Year in Review

Mixed news for the 2016 US freight market for most of the year; however, the year looks to end on a positive note for many modes of transport. The economy continued to gain momentum as the contentious US presidential election was finally settled in November. Through November, East Coast ports benefited from the expanded Panama […]

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Is Global Air Freight on the Mend?

Are we finally seeing improving air freight conditions? It’s possible, somewhat, as IATA and World ACD reported strong September year-over-year gains for the market with IATA noting 6.1% increase in freight tonne kilometers (FTK) and World ACD reporting a 1.4% increase month-over-month worldwide yield, expressed in USD for the month. According to IATA, September’s FTK […]

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Amazon’s Air Freight Aspirations

“…it would be a daunting task requiring tens of billions in capital and years to build sufficient scale and density to replicate existing networks like FedEx.” – President of FedEx Services Meet Amazon’s ‘Prime Air’. After investments in fulfillment and sortation facilities, trailers, IT and the hiring of industry expertise and know-how, Amazon added another […]

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Not as Simple as Shifting Volumes from Air to Ocean

According to the CPB World Trade Monitor, in terms of value, total 2015 international trade declined   by 13.8%, the biggest drop since 2009. Falling fuel and commodity prices were the major culprits for this drop. Despite the decline in terms of value, trade volumes grew 2.5% indicating global trade still is expanding, albeit at a […]

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Amazon – Friend or Foe?

With 2015 net sales of $107.0 billion, up 20.2% year-over-year, Amazon is definitely a force to be reckoned with as it continues to innovate and expand its popular Amazon Prime subscription service. But with this impressive growth comes costs and Amazon’s costs are growing at a rapid clip. Fulfillment costs in 2015 increased year-over-year 24.6% […]

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Amazon takes to the Sky

Recent rumors suggest Amazon is now getting into the air cargo business. According to unconfirmed reports, Amazon has been testing flights out from Wilmington, Ohio since at least November. Operated by subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group, there have been a total of 217 flights from November 1 to December 17, 2015. The flights have […]

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Is Georgia part of your supply chain?

It just may be that the US state of Georgia is part of your supply chain and you may not even be aware of it – and that’s ok with the state’s economic development department. Logistics is a strategic focus and not just within the confines of the state’s boundaries but on the global stage. […]

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High oil prices may dampen continued US economic growth

Ti’s latest Global Logistics Monitor notes US economic growth continued throughout the first quarter despite rising oil prices – however, this may not continue if oil prices continue to rise. Signs of a strengthening US economic was evident throughout the first quarter of 2012 – including declines in unemployment, rising US consumer confidence and increasing manufacturing […]

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What does an AMR Bankruptcy mean for American Air Cargo?

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For a second time, AMR, parent company of American Airlines, was forced to declare bankruptcy. Rising oil prices and other operational costs are forcing another shake-out within the airline industry. This past week, three possible buyers for the beleaguered company emerged: Delta Airlines, US Airways and TPG Capital. All three companies have separately hired advisors […]

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