STAT Trade Times May 2014
The cover story of the May issue of The STAT Trade Times looks at the express sector of the air cargo industry. Ian Martin Jones looks at some of the innovations introduced by the express integrators and asks to what extent could the integrators be described as role models for airlines? In the regional report it is North America that gets the attention. Surya Kannoth takes a close look at what cargo-focussed gateways in North America have to offer for the air cargo industry. In the industry report, Namrata More writes about the GSA market and how the business of general sales service agents (GSSA) is evolving from a mere sales representative to holistic solutions providers. Japan is the country in focus in this issue. Japan, according to Surya’s report, has evolved into an economic heavyweight and created a highly developed logistics system despite challenging geographic conditions in the past five decades.
In the city report Reji John writes about Miami. How the city that once used to be a town of tourists and retirees has now become a hemispheric crossroads for trade, travel and communications in the modern era by its bilingual immigrants. In the leaders speak Nabil Sultan of Emirates SkyCargo shares his thoughts about the opportunities the carrier would have by moving its cargo operations to DWC. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has posted a good first quarter performance in 2014 and it expects to maintain growth consistently. While Air France KLM-Martinair Cargo is restructuring its freighter business, the airline is optimistic about growth and it’s hoping to return to profitability by 2016.
In cruise tourism, Reji writes about how the global cruise industry has adeptly managed the economic crisis of the past and it is on course to growth largely because of innovative offerings by cruise operators. In the shipping section, Surya turns her attention to green ports and how important it is for the shipping industry to align itself with the demands of environmentally sustainable business models.