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Change is in the air

Logistics companies are facing an era of unprecedented change as digitisation, operating models and customer expectations evolve. Keith Mwanalushi looks at some recent developments
A report by PwC has indicated that the transportation and logistics industry is currently confronting immense change; and like all change, this brings both risk and opportunity. New technology, new market entrants, new customer expectations, and new business models are just some of the issues to contend with.
Clearly, the e-commerce boom is driving up freight movements globally, and this is evidenced by the key players and how they are engaging. In September, SEKO Logistics announced it had acquired a majority stake in its strategic partner Omni-Channel Logistics to solidify and grow its e-commerce and technology solutions.
At the time of the announcement, Mark White, SEKO Logistics’ Chief Commercial Officer said it was a significant investment for SEKO Logistics. “As we continue to invest in market expansion focusing on cross-border e-commerce and returns, the big winners will be our clients as we continue to push shipping and technology boundaries to a new level for retailers.”
In 2014 SEKO Logistics had also acquired an equity stake in full service e-commerce agency, Red Hot Penny, in the company’s move to provide a complete solution for growing retailers. In Austria, cargo-partner is a privately owned full-range info-logistics provider offering a comprehensive portfolio of air, sea, land transport and warehousing solutions.
Christina Kalløkken, Director Corporate Communications and Marketing recalls when the company started out as an air freight specialist with only five people based at Vienna Airport in 1983. “Back then, we were called air-cargo partner,” states Kalløkken.
“However, we soon began to expand our expertise to sea freight, road transport and logistics. Today, cargo-partner offers integrated supply chain and info-logistics solutions for our clients all around the world. Kalløkken says customers can choose between economy, priority and emergency service levels to find the optimal solution for their cost and speed requirements.
In 2018, cargo-partner Group celebrated its 35th anniversary. Looking back, Kalløkken feels content with what has been achieved in these three and a half decades. “We grew from a small air freight specialist in Vienna to an international all-round logistics provider by gradually and organically expanding our expertise and global representation. First, we branched out to Central and Eastern Europe, then Western Europe and the US, then the Asia-Pacific region and India. Today, we have more than 130 offices in 29 countries.” >>

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