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Topic: Cargo

Adaptability, Speed, and Partnerships: The Keys to Air Cargo Success

The air cargo industry as a whole is set to undergo significant changes in the near future. The shift in the business environment will require shippers to use increasingly automatized systems, integrate production networks more deeply, use advanced algorithms to determine predictive air shipping routes, and utilize new delivery methods.

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Topics: Aviation, Cargo

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The Rise of Air Cargo Communities

Demand for special cargo—like oversized items, dangerous goods, pharmaceuticals, live animals, and other time/temperature sensitive items—is on the rise. For air cargo carriers, this trend presents both challenges and opportunities.

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Topics: Aviation, Cargo

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Machine Learning in Air Cargo: 3 Potential Applications

Let’s imagine an air cargo warehouse that runs on its own with minimal human monitoring. Stock inputs would be captured with drone-fitted cameras and machine learning algorithms. Having this type of “smart-warehouse” isn’t that far off in future. We are on the verge of using the next evolution of artificial intelligence for air cargo supply chain management. Machine learning will enable the intelligent value chain. Read on to learn more about machine learning and the implications it has for the air cargo industry.

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Topics: Aviation, Cargo

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Customer Spotlight: 3 Ways Swiss WorldCargo is Driving Innovation Through Agility

The emergence and rapid rise of e-commerce has brought with it a surge in demand for big data and logistics. In October 2016, the freight tonne (FTK) terms for air cargo traffic grew by 8.2%. This was the highest increase recorded since February 2015, when the closure of West Coast US seaports gave the industry a boost.

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Topics: Aviation, Cargo

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The Race is On: The Air Cargo Industry's Game of Drones

In December 2013, Jeff Bezos appeared on 60 Minutes and made a promise that not only sparked a lot of interest but was also deemed by many as a mere publicity stunt to get Amazon on the mouths and minds of Christmas shoppers: deliveries by drone. “I know it looks like science fiction. It’s not,” he assured.

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Topics: Aviation, Cargo

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How They See It: 4 Things Air Cargo Leaders Are Saying About Innovation

Air cargo carriers are operating in an industry that transports $6.8 trillion worth of goods annually. Competition is fierce, margins are slim, and there’s no time to wait for change. The industry needs to make that change happen now.

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