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The role of airfreight in the future of logistics

Explore threats and opportunities in a data-driven world with expanding trade routes.

Yatish Desai

Yatish Desai

Principal, Advisory, Supply Chain & Operations, KPMG US

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The global airfreight industry has historically been reliant on shipments that are high in value, relatively small in size, time-sensitive or highly perishable, or that are needed for essential functions. Today’s improved logistics capabilities at many companies are reducing the incidence and volume of freight that has to be moved by air as a “last chance” at making delivery. At the same time, however, the volume of airfreight is increasing as a result of more trade between parts of the world not connected by strong or timely traditional supply chain links.

To adapt to rapidly evolving trade, KPMG recommends that shippers and carriers stay abreast of trends, maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and deploy a target operating model based on business needs.

In this paper, we report on trends that affect how to operate profitably as logistics change:

  • expectations for ultra-fast delivery
  • new cargo categories
  • geopolitical challenges
  • fleet mix ratios
  • the secondhand market for cargo conversion
  • operating costs
  • security and regulatory concerns.
The role of airfreight in the future of logistics
Explore threats and opportunities in a data-driven world with expanding trade routes.