“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: February 2019

Logistics Innovation News

Welcome to the February issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the last month.

Here is the list of topics in this issue:

Logistics of the Future: Best Air Cargo Startups

Best Air Cargo Startups

This article about the best air cargo startups is part of the “Logistics of the Future” series looking at the logistics startups today.

Air cargo: Don’t think of it as the “little brother” to passenger planes. While the industry may be in the shadow of passenger airlines or maritime logistics, the rapid rise of e-commerce has seen air cargo grow in size and importance over the past few years. The industry accounts for an average of 51.2 million tonnes being moved every year, and that number is only increasing.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air cargo demand grew by 3.5 percent in 2018 as measured by freight-tonne kilometers, and the IATA’s latest Business Confidence Survey said airlines expect freight volumes to continue increasing in 2019. Demand is such that Boeing is increasing the production of the Boeing 767 Freighter to three airplanes per month in 2020 – their third rate-hike on the model, which represents a doubling of production since 2016. Not only are traditional air cargo methods increasing, but NASA is also estimating that there will be 2.6 million commercial drones in the skies by 2020.

Air cargo is innovating and moving ahead rapidly, but it should be noted that it is still by far the most expensive method of shipping: Air cargo accounts for just 1 percent of global shipping by volume but 35 percent of it by cost. Startups in this space are always devising new ways to combat such costs and boost efficiency for the benefit of both the consumer and the logistics/transport company.

Logistics Startup of the Month: CargoX


Every month we select one logistics startup which represents a positive example of innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain and has the potential to alter the way the industry operates. This month, Transmetrics selected СargoX, an innovative Blockchain-based Bill of Lading solution, as the February “Logistics Startup of the Month” for its outstanding contribution to the development of smart, secure and digital logistics.

In order to learn more about the startup and what it does, we have talked with CargoX COO Igor Jakomin Ph.D. about the business and how Supply Chain and Logistics can be improved with Blockchain.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Sustainability in Last-Mile Delivery

Sustainability in Last-Mile Delivery

Modern technology and logistics infrastructure have made sending a package anywhere in the world easier than ever imagined. The most visible part of logistics – the last mile – is as important as ever, and yet it continues to be complicated.

In major cities, commonplace obstacles like road closures, construction, heavy traffic, and even parking restrictions make the last mile remarkably time- and energy-consuming. For example, London recently announced the expansion of its ultra-low emission zone, making the deployment of last-mile delivery vehicles even more complicated for logistics companies. On the other hand, in more remote areas, the infrastructure (or lack thereof) as well as a low volume of deliveries often render the logistics excessively inefficient.