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Air cargo soars on the strength of e-commerce

Crews help load parcels for delivery on SF airlines
Crews help load parcels for delivery on SF airlines. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Goods once transported by land and sea are now being loaded onto airplanes, as e-commerce companies and manufacturers are increasingly expected to meet shorter delivery windows, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The global demand for shipping larger goods via air cargo (like manufacturing and automotive parts) is creating competition for companies and motivating them to ship everyday items as quickly as possible.