Delivered as promised? We think not.

Much has been said about the business of the integrators as the general air cargo industry psychoanalyses itself trying to figure out what happened to its once lucrative business.


Delivered as promised? We think not.


Much has been said about the business of the integrators as the general air cargo industry psychoanalyses itself trying to figure out what happened to its once lucrative business. Modal change to ocean freight, yes indeed part of the equation, but as was so poignantly highlighted by FedEx chairman Fred Smith at last year’s Los Angeles World Cargo Symposium, its modal change to the integrators that the mainstream industry should most be worried about.

Why? Because after four decades, the mainstream air cargo market has not only not made progress on speed, it’s actually gotten worse – sliding from three days nearly 40 years ago to six or more days on average currently. Compare that to the integrators door-to-door delivery in much less time with a high degree of transparency to boot.

This topic was again at the forefront of discussions at the recent Air Cargo Handling Conference in Milan last month on how the handling part of the business could help do its part in remedying this nagging problem. Payload too was there to cover the event, but alas, a key part of our presence – hardcopies of our magazine – were strangely absent. And this, our dear friends is the impetus behind this month’s Belly Ache!