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LATAM × VALENTINE’S

LATAM Cargo, the leader in air cargo transportation to, from, and within Latin America, today announced, more than 210 LATAM Cargo Boeing 767-300 freighters took off from Colombia and Ecuador, carrying 12,600 tons of flowers for the 2020 Valentine’s Day season. Together with Mother’s Day, this represents the peak of the fresh flower export activity. This year’s figure represents a growth of 45% compared to last year.

The increase is the result of the company’s strategy implemented in 2019, which created a permanent and stable increase of operations in Colombia and Ecuador. This year, roses, mixed bouquets and carnations were the stars of the flower season which started the week of January 14 and ended on February 10. Colombia and Ecuador were the main producers, and their flowers were shipped to the United States, the Netherlands and China, among other destinations.

“In 2019 we decided to expand our cargo operations in Colombia and Ecuador to offer our customers enhanced frequency and capacity options,” said Felipe Caballero, LATAM Cargo Senior Revenue Manager for South America. “For the company, these Valentine’s Day figures are proof that our customers understand and value our commitment and effort to provide permanent and stable solutions for their shipments.”

Chrysanthemums, iris, gypsophila and greenery were also big hits this season, mostly coming from Bogota and Medellin in Colombia and from Quito in Ecuador, and heading  to markets in North America, Europe, Oceania, South America and Asia. This connectivity was made possible thanks to the more than 145 destinations that make up LATAM Cargo’s network, linking Latin America to the rest of the world.

More frequencies and destinations

In Colombia, the company operated 110 flights after adding 38 new frequencies to its normal operation during this period, and in Ecuador it operated 100 flights, with 58 frequencies more than the regular operation during these four weeks.

In all, the operation was 2.2 times larger than an ordinary week in Colombia and 3.5 times larger in Ecuador, totaling 6,600 tons of flowers transported from Colombia and 6,000 tons from Ecuador.

The main consumer of fresh flowers was the United States, with 90% of all flowers transported by the company (11,300 tons). Demand went up 65% compared to a regular period and 45% compared to Valentine’s Day 2019.

Miami played a major role as one of the world’s largest distribution hubs and home to LATAM Airlines Group cargo operations base.

Other importing markets include the Netherlands with 850 tons (7%), and to a lesser extent, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing (China), Madrid (Spain) and Sydney (Australia). Flowers were also flown into New York (USA), Santiago (Chile), and New Zealand, among other destinations.

“LATAM Cargo successfully completed a highly complex operation to maintain the freshness and shelflife of our customers’ flowers. This positive result comes at the same time as we introduce to the market our new perishable care, FRESH, which seeks to safeguard the freshness and shelflife of perishable products,” said Cristina Oñate, VP of Marketing and Product Development for LATAM Cargo. “FRESH is our stable and scalable approach to meeting this challenge, and offers a global standard of cold chain management for perishables across our LATAM network.”

LATAM Cargo in Colombia

At the end of 2019, LATAM Cargo launched an expansion plan in Colombia that saw a gradual increase in frequencies to strengthen its presence in that market, and enhance the country’s export and import role.

Currently LATAM Cargo, has nearly tripled its export offerings between Bogota and Miami, going from 6 to 15 weekly flights. In Medellin, the company maintains its presence with six-per-week frequencies to Miami.

On the import side, LATAM Cargo opened the Miami–Cali route with two weekly frequencies, which will provide a greater flow of cargo from North America and offer a new gateway to Colombia. The company will also soon announce the start of operation of a new route from USA to Colombia, in addition to Bogotá and Cali, to continue exploring new destinations in the Latin American country.

The Best Products To Sell From Your Home

Looking to earn some extra cash? One of the best ways to do this in today’s day and age is to sell items online from your home by setting up your own e-commerce company. This can be relatively straightforward to do as the entire operation can be run from your own home and in many cases you do not even need to store the goods at your house. The key to success will be picking the right items to sell – in addition to being in demand, these should also be ones that are cheap to source, easy to store and simple to deliver. Here are a few good options.

Jewelry

Jewelry is always in demand, and people often prefer to buy from independent and small suppliers so that they can find unique, eye-catching designs at affordable prices. Whether you are making the jewelry yourself or sourcing it from elsewhere, this can be very easy to sell online, and it is always in demand. Just make sure that you include high-quality photographs and product descriptions with each piece so that the consumer has a clear idea of what to expect.

Cosmetics

Similarly, cosmetics and beauty products are always in demand with people constantly on the lookout for hidden gems from smaller suppliers. Cosmetics can also be simple to store, package and ship and there are also many companies that allow you to sell on their behalf which can be an effective way to sell in-demand products.

Socks

The sock industry is experiencing a huge boom right now, and it is expected to exceed $11 billion by 2023. In particular, colorful designs and unique patterns are proving to be highly popular so look to source wholesale socks, and you could start running a lucrative business. Additionally, they are perfect for home businesses because are lightweight and you can order in bulk to allow for an increased average order value with product bundling.

Baked Goods

Thanks to shows like The Great British Bakeoff there has been a surge in demand for baked goods in recent times. You can capitalize this by baking your own goods and selling them both directly from your home and online. This can be an excellent business to run from home, but you will need to make sure that you have thought about how to ensure freshness when shipping baked goods.

Smartphone Accessories

Seeing as they play such a key part in modern day life for people of all ages, it is no surprise that smartphone accessories are exploding in popularity in 2018. What’s more, they are also very cheap to source and easy to store, so they are ideal for businesses that are run from home.

Selling products online from your home can be a terrific source of income whether it is your sole source of income or a way to earn on the side. The above are all good options for products to sell from your home as they are in demand, easy to keep around the home and simply to ship.

The Rise of Logistics in 2018

In recent years, the logistics industry has seen significant growth. Advancements in technology have pushed the sector forward, making it one of the most in-demand industries in the world.

All logistics sectors are experiencing continued growth, with new trends constantly being introduced to keep consumers and businesses happy. Here, we’ll look at the rise of logistics in 2018 and the key trends to be aware of.

e-Commerce has revolutionised logistics industry

There’s no denying the main contributor to the rise in logistics in 2018 is e-commerce. The rise in e-retailers has led to a boom in digital shopping. This has in turn, increased demand for logistics, with companies striving to keep up with demand.

It isn’t just the actual need for logistics which has seen a dramatic increase in demand. There’s also been pressure placed upon logistics providers to offer a faster, more reliable and high-tech service. Online business is booming, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Variable shipping options

One of the key logistics trends for 2018, is variable shipping options. While it’s true consumers now expect faster delivery, what they also want is variable shipping options.

It’s all well and good offering free next or same day delivery. However, not all of your customers are going to want their items the same or next day. Therefore, to keep everyone happy, you need to ensure you’re providing numerous options, allowing the customer to choose the most convenient option for them.

It’s a good idea to start looking for courier companies which give you numerous options. Sites such as Parcel2Go.com, can help you narrow down your search.

Shipper 3PL relationships play a key role in future of logistics

Although the rise in logistics in 2018 is most certainly positive, it does pose some challenges for providers. 3PL’s are fast growing in demand, meaning logistics professionals now need to work on improving their 3PL relationships.

Shippers and logistics companies need to start seeing each other more as partners, in order to improve the customer experience. Logistics companies will also likely start to offer more unique services to stay ahead.

Overall, the logistics industry remains one of the fastest growing industries in the globe. With each passing year, it’s only set to become even more integral to our daily lives. However, with a dramatic rise in demand, comes a lot of potential challenges both logistics providers and businesses need to prepare for.