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At the end of 2020, it became evident that some entities always have the well-beings of their employees at the core of their business models — and there are those which harbour an entirely different view

A COMPANY’s output is only as good as the staff it hires, trains, respects and protects. Aircargoeye.com editor Thelma Etim, reveals how two randomly chosen air cargo businesses have been prioritising the welfare of their employees around the world and throughout the pandemic.

Her research shows that the impact the global health pandemic is having on businesses and personnel across the entire air cargo supply chain could not be more starkly polarised. …


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Cargo.One managing director Moritz Claussen, along with his fellow two co-founders Oliver T Neumann, also a managing director, and Mike Rötgers, who is the company’s chief technology officer

SADLY, it has taken a global health pandemic to inspire air cargo industry digitalisation.

COVID-19 has inadvertently helped the airfreight industry reach a major turning point that airline association IATA has been championing for years: dragging a reluctant airfreight industry kicking and screaming into the digital age.

Shippers’ unequivocal demands for greater accessibility, transparency, efficiency and speed — especially noticeable qualities amidst the health crisis and with the general switch to e-commerce trading — has forced a remarkable air cargo industry volte-face move away from antiquated, legacy, manual, paper-based processes.

With their eye on enhanced profitably, some airfreight companies have now shrewdly turned to a group of dynamic digital disruptors to transform their transactions…


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AIR CARGO digital disruptors IBS Software and CargoAi have joined forces to augment the revenue of airlines and forwarders by creating a simple means to view accessibility to all carriers’ flight schedules and their cargo capacity — and then to easily and swiftly make online bookings.

The IBS iCargo single integrated platform manages all aspects of an airline’s cargo business, in a sweeping range of service modules that includes sales, airline operations, Customs clearances, mail, unit load device (ULD) usage, cashiering, claims, cargo and mail revenue accounting, as well as online portal services, data warehousing and business intelligence.

Singapore Airlines…


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COVID-19 has ignited the widespread digitalisation of the global air cargo industry — and digital disruptors intent on ousting the industry’s old paper-based processes have suddenly become attractive investment propositions.

This explains why cloud-based, contactless freight payments platform PayCargo has become the latest business celebrating a major investment, to the tune of US$35 million, led by global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners.

In a similar development in July, Germany-based disruptor Cargo.One revealed it had raised $18.6 million investment capital to expand its digital air cargo e-bookings platform to North American and Asian markets.

The news of PayCargo’s…


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The three co-founders of Cargo.One Oliver T Neumann, Moritz Claussen and Mike Rötgers are long-standing friends and business partners

DIGITAL disruptor Cargo.One has taken a step closer to realising its ambition of building a global e-transactions system for the airfreight industry, after raising US$18.6 million investment capital to expand to North America and Asia, writes Thelma Etim.

The company’s digital e-booking platform recognises that the airfreight industry is unlike any other business sector — because of its unwieldy complexity and fragmentation, with disparate national bodies, agencies and many other entities operating along a multitude of global supply chains — sometimes in silos with minimal transparency — utilising manual, error-strewn paper processes.

Until now, digitalisation in air cargo has been…


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AIR CARGO containers outsource specialist Unilode Aviation Solutions (UAS) is to install its Bluetooth technology ULD tracking devices at all of the global warehouses operated by Menzies Aviation, a provider of passenger, ramp and cargo ground handling services.

Menzies’ network of warehouses currently handles several thousand ULDs each day.

Across the world, ground handlers have traditionally suffered from the inconvenience and inefficiencies of ‘lost’ ULDs at on-airport and off-airport warehouses, especially with a range of numerous airline and forwarder clients concurrently sharing the same facility.

Containers ‘gone missing’ inside large ground handling complexes will be a thing of the past…


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A chart showing air cargo volumes in August collated by business analysis software company CLIVE Data Services

GLOBAL air cargo is incrementally ‘narrowing the gap’ to its 2019 performance figures — unlike its passenger counterpart which is much slower to lift itself out of the Coronavirus mire, writes Thelma Etim.

Air cargo’s gradual ascent to pre-COVID-19 market conditions is continuing across the industry, reveals the latest data collected by analysts. This is spawning new attitudes and observations about the airfreight business whereby some airlines can now be described as those that also carry passengers.

For the fourth consecutive month, August’s volume and yield data, collated by business analysis software company CLIVE Data Services and air cargo pricing…


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The Aerosmena cargo airship

AIRSHIPS provoke mixed reactions. They either conjure up images of flying saucers, not unlike those portrayed in 1960s and 1970s sci-fi movies about aliens from outer space, or cause one to tremble with fear about horrific death by fire and catastrophe, writes Thelma Etim, editor of aircargoeye.com

Yet, when French engineer and inventor Henri Giffard built the world’s first airship, little did he know that he was sparking a race to create a dirigible that could one day be a reliable form of mass air transport.

Then, in the 1900s, Germany’s Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin continued Giffard’s pursuit of excellence…


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The Indian e-commerce market could be worth US$200 billion by 2026

DIGITALISATION is not only transforming the way business is conducted in India, but it is also the engine behind the second most populous country’s soaring electronics and apparel e-commerce sales.

The Indian e-commerce market could be worth US$200 billion by 2026, from $38.5 billion in 2017, according to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust established by the government’s department of commerce, ministry of commerce and industry to promote business and raise awareness about Indian products.

Rising smartphone penetration, the launch of 4G mobile networks and increasing consumer wealth are fuelling this growth in the sector. Between April and June…


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The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is a description coined by Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum who used it to describe how technology is disrupting the way the world operates

AS disruptive technologies revolutionise global and regional supply chains by eradicating inefficient, costly processes whilst bringing in shared data transparency, selecting those that best complement a business has become a new challenge in itself for chief executives.

“In logistics, as in many other sectors, the number of potentially disruptive innovations has become daunting,” observes Tarek Sultan Al Essa ( below, left), chief executive and vice-chairman of global logistics company Agility.

Al Essa, who took part in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) latest annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland this month, believes supply chain businesses that ship goods should be already conducting…

Thelma Etim

I am the editor of air cargo industry news website aircargoeye.com, an alternative news and comment outlet for the global airfreight business.

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