The Dutch independent, third-party logistics provider, Best Global Logistics, has adopted Riege Software’s latest innovation: the Direct Airline Booking API, enabling direct bookings with the pilot partners Air France, KLM, and Martinair Cargo.
The new API allows for seamless booking operations in conjunction with Riege's forwarding software Scope. It is an integrated solution and removes the problem of having to change systems during
the booking process. Riege is proud to announce its implementation as another achievement in its “One System. One Record” strategy to have Scope become the Digital Standard in logistics.
First paid, first served
Since BGL proactively requested the integration, they are also the first to apply it. Michel Loots, CEO at BGL, elaborates: “It was our intention to benefit from this solution, the sooner the better, but we also had the ambition to be the first ones owning this API as an early adopter as well as a driver of future-oriented technology”. In fact, BGL is one of two customers who invested in developing the API in collaboration with Riege. Fast Forward Freight (FFF) is the other customer and is will follow suit after a pilot period.
The new API Scope allows users to directly send booking requests to Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. It shows flights and dynamic prices in real time, and the booking can be made directly within Scope, eliminating the extra step of going via webportals or having to use the phone. “Technically, it is all about a real-time match between capacity and demand. In practice, it is about saving time and money by avoiding phone calls and system changes. Literally a significant win for us and our customers which simultaneously makes us stronger in a very competitive market. The money we invested together with FFF is well spent, and the ROI is calculated for within one year,” Michel Loots highlights the economic aspect.
The start of a worldwide solution
Henk Boorsma, Managing Director and co-owner of Riege Software in the Netherlands is proud of the collaboration which enabled rapid development of the software: “You rarely find companies co-investing in technological progress these days. With partners like BGL and FFF, Riege is blessed in the best meaning of the word. Together we set the foundation for a ground-breaking solution that will later be available for all Scope users worldwide. And of course, it is not limited to Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo. All airlines are most welcome to join this community, gaining new customers with impressive volumes of freight.” Over the past 12 months, Scope users have already generated an impressive 65,995 unique AWBs on Air France KLM Martinair Cargo alone.
His sentiments are echoed by Riege Software’s CEO, Dr. Tobias Riege: ”I am glad and honored to represent a company which not only can trust in the capabilities and loyalty of its employees, but also in the allegiance of its customers many of whom have proven more than once that real partnership goes beyond purely factual business relationships. That's priceless. I wish to express my thankfulness specifically to Michel Loots of BGL and Marc Terpstra of FFF. When we say that Scope is the future of digital logistics, guys like them are the driving force.”
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