The Week in brief
- DHL will break ground next month on a 19-acre, $22.5 million expansion to its hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The project will include expanding its parking apron and adding nine aircraft gates. The company has already spent $12.5 million on upgrades to its auto-sort system at the airport. The new construction is the second phase of this $40 million project, which started in October 2010. “As businesses increasingly go global to capitalize on emerging trends in international trade, the expansion at our CVG hub will position DHL to accommodate the growing needs of our importing and exporting customers,” said Ian Clough, CEO for DHL Express U.S. The airport handles 90 percent of DHL's U.S. volume.
- The Air Line Pilots Association is lobbying Congress for an expedient vote on the FAA reauthoriztion bill. The new bill should emphasize the importance of NextGen systems, the organization said in a news release. “The actions needed to modernize our airspace system are complicated and expensive, but, given the keen global competition and soaring demand that we know exist, they are an investment in the future that the United States cannot afford to delay,” said Lee Moak, ALPA’s president. “The urgent need to pursue modernization and the safety initiatives contained in the FAA reauthorization bill leave no doubt that Congress must immediately pass this critical legislation.”
- Kuehne + Nagel has signed on to manage its 88,300-square-foot warehouse in Vancouver, B.C., for BMW for the next three years. The company will be in charge of storage, put-away, receiving inbound goods, kit assembly, handling returns, and administrative and other support tasks. The new BMW Regional Distribution Centre can be expanded up to 108,000 square feet. The warehouse can also hold 32,000 SKUs in a three-story mezzanine.
- LAN Cargo has begun using Accenture as its new cargo reservation management system. The new system is part of the Accenture Freight and Logistics Software. According to an LAN Cargo press release, the new system has "the ability to run real-time operational checks that will reduce re-routing of shipments as more thorough capacity and restriction checks are done before accepting orders."
- Rock-It Cargo has purchased the assets of Core Logistics Corporation and B.E. Logistics, allowing the entertainment cargo freight forwader to expand its services. Rock-It Cargo will merge the two companies into its corporate expedited group, which focuses on shipping emergency freight around the world. "Core Logistics and B.E. Logistics are a natural extension of what we do best, and the synergy is unmistakable. We are very excited to expand our services into the demanding corporate and technology fields," said Michael Rasmussen, Rock-It's president and COO, in a statement.
- This summer, Pet Airways will offer service into Orlando, Fla., the tenth city serviced by the pet-only carrier, which launched operations in 2009. The carrier also services Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Omaha, Neb., Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale.