Wallenborn facilitates messaging thanks to EDIfly
Wallenborn, one of Europe’s largest Road Feeder Service operators for air cargo, has just taken another step to consolidate its mission “to be the most trusted provider of specialized transportation services in Europe.” The Luxembourg company has opted to embed EDIfly into its advanced transport management system to ensure fast, secure EDI messaging with its airline customers and ground handling partners. Luxembourg-based Innovative Software SARL created the software in collaboration with Cargolux International Airlines back in 2012. It offers free, unlimited, encrypted messaging which seeks the fastest internet connection route within seconds and confirms via a digital signature, that the message has been received. Users report up to 75% cost savings compared to conventional messaging platforms. “To underpin Wallenborn’s customer-centric approach, two leading all-cargo airlines head-quartered in Europe will immediately benefit from EDIfly’s automatic routing capability enabling free and unrestricted exchanges with their global ground handling partners,” the press release explains.
Jason Breakwell, Director Commercial at Wallenborn, explains “We saw the need to invest in this advanced technique to provide our international customer base with a low-cost transmission mode, automatically diverting messages from costly legacy providers. It allows airlines to work completely without a connection to legacy providers, while relying on the global IATA messaging standards including end-to-end encryption - avoiding unsecured email for mission-critical communication. In addition, the implementation was completely seamless and didn’t require training for any of our operational staff.”
Ingo Roessler, Chief Commercial Officer of Innovative Software SARL, adds “Our team is thrilled to onboard a leading European Road Feeder Provider of airlines to our EDIfly community messaging technology. The implementation of EDIfly is extremely simple for our customers as EDIfly relies on the same addresses as already in use by legacy aviation messaging providers such as SITA, ARINC, CargoCommunity-Systems.”
Sovereign appoints its first People & Culture Head
In appointing Norbert Kireth to its Board as Head of People & Culture, Sovereign is taking a future-oriented step to best manage its steadily increasing number of employees across Germany and at its international locations. The seasoned HR executive who originally graduated in economics, has a broad background covering industries such as mechanical engineering, telecommunications, IT, media, consumer goods, and automotive, and has held various positions in human resources both in Germany and overseas, in growth-oriented companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Ferrero, Sky, Veon, and Oerlikon. Logistics is a new challenge, however. Kireth took up his role on 01FEB22 and has this to say about his new function, responsible for supporting the group’s continuous growth: “I am very excited to accompany people in this fast-growing company, to inspire them to make the necessary changes and to further develop the company culture, structure and processes. Together, we will consistently implement our goal of business excellence.”
He describes himself as a “Visionary Digital Evangelist with real business acumen, passionate about unleashing the potential of individuals and organizations when transforming their business model. Proven track record in translating business strategy into a value contributing HR agenda, both in dynamic high growth scenarios and turnaround situations with restructuring and transition initiatives. Agile strategist, creative problem solver and critical thinker. Trusted sparring partner and coach for senior management. Hands on, result and data oriented with great communication skills. Energetic and positive thinker.”
Sounds like Sovereign has found a good match.
cargo.one welcomes Singapore Airlines Cargo and VP Asia on board
With Singapore Airlines Cargo as its latest airline partner, and with the appointment of Fabrice Godeau as Vice President Airlines, Asia Pacific, cargo.one is consolidating a strong foothold in Asia. Fabrice Godeau, who has 25 years of experience working with airlines and airports across Asia on technology transformations, is responsible for steering cargo.one’s digital business growth in the region. He says: “I am thrilled to come onboard cargo.one to help supercharge the future of air cargo and particularly in the Asia Pacific region. With an expert team dedicated to driving airline digital sales growth, we will be supporting Singapore Airlines Cargo and other airlines in the region - creating a new stream of revenues and enhancing service delivery through digital distribution.”
Freight forwarders can look forward to accessing Singapore Airlines Cargo's capacity via cargo.one from JUL22. In the meantime, the two companies are working together tailor cargo.one's technology to the airline's exact needs. Singapore Airlines Cargo will enjoy the transparency offered by cargo.one360’s real time data feeds, market insights and benchmarks, to analyze market requirements and improve its revenue management and pricing.
Chin Yau Seng, Senior Vice President Cargo, Singapore Airlines, comments: “At Singapore Airlines, we are committed to the continued digitalization of all areas of our business. Through our partnership with cargo.one, we have the ability to offer our customers an enhanced online booking experience with greater speed, flexibility, and convenience. This is one of many steps that we are taking to provide a more seamless experience for our cargo customers.”
Moritz Claussen, Founder & Co-CEO of cargo.one, says: “We are proud to partner with Singapore Airlines Cargo globally and bring its excellent cargo services to cargo.one users. Both companies share a strong motivation to continually raise standards and efficiencies in all aspects of cargo booking." "Among many aspects, Singapore Airlines Cargo brings to the table invaluable Asia market insights.”
It’s a long and stony road to flying paperfree
Lufthansa Cargo announced this week that, from 27MAR22, it will be flying paper-free when it comes to Air Waybills “on feasible lanes” (routes “for which the regulatory basis for the use of eAWBs is in place”). The message “100% paperless”, implies that all lanes have been classed as feasible. The airline offers a mandatory “paper-to-eAWB” digitizing service for those paper AWBs still being delivered by forwarders whose infrastructures are not yet capable of pure digital interfacing. Yet, it also states that it will reproduce any AWBs “if local regulations in a country require the presentation of a paper AWB.” and that this “will accompany the shipment on the fligh.” The ultimate aim is to achieve 100% eAWB by the end of this year, and greatly reduce the weight and waste of paper, while at the same time speeding up data flow.
“Over the past few years, we have driven many digitization initiatives in the air cargo industry. In fact, eliminating paper AWBs in the future could be one of the most important steps. A majority of our customers already use eAWB exclusively. With the new service, we can now easily take all customers with us on our digitization journey and enable them to take the step towards paperless transports as well,” explains Ashwin Bhat, Chief Commercial Officer at Lufthansa Cargo.
“Our goal is to make communication with our customers easier, faster, and better with the help of our digital services. We have implemented the eAWB process as an industry standard of IATA continuously and worldwide at Lufthansa Cargo since 2014. A five-year data quality initiative that effectively de-cluttered the data interface between customers and Lufthansa Cargo was an important cornerstone that enabled sustainable eAWB penetration and consistent top positions in global rankings,” said Dr. Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt, Vice President Global Fulfillment Management Lufthansa Cargo.
It is a long, slow process. The first eAWB – a Hellmann Worldwide Logistics shipment - was handled by Lufthansa Cargo at Chek Lap Kok Airport in Hongkong (HKG) on 29APR13. Almost 10 years on, a great many more customers have switched to eAWB, but there is still a great deal of paper in the cargo industry.
HLT brings Business Intelligence into Air Cargo Management
It was still in its infancy, when CFG interview Hermes Logistics Technologies back in 2020, but now Version Two of the company’s Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Lakes solution is already ready to go live with a number of its customers as key cargo hubs, the press release states. Available “as part of its Software as a Service (SaaS) suite of applications that sit within the Hermes New Generation (NG) ecosystem”, will be available to all customers once they are brought into the cloud over the course of this year. Offered on a pay-as-you-go basis, the software provide dashboards which can be customized to suit, and which use real-time information from cloud-based Data Lakes such as operational, messaging, KPI, accounting data, operations, tonnage, SLA compliance (with Cargo iQ milestones and beyond), door and truck processing, finance, warehousing, and service delivery issues, and present them in a clear and simple manner to enable fast and founded business decisions.
Simon Elmore, Chief Operations Officer (COO), HLT, explained: “In version two of the Hermes NG BI and Data Lakes solution, we have greatly increased the depth of our pre-modelled data, enabling customers to use a drag-and-drop function to custom-build their own dashboards. It is incredibly satisfying to see NG BI providing deep insight into key business problems in real time and with minimal effort from the customer. With this product, Hermes is offering the best data lake BI solution on the market.”
Yuval Baruch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), HLT, illustrated: “When trying to train models for predictive purposes, we found the data modelling was not at the level needed for these models to deliver true value. The reporting capabilities of this solution is the first step towards the required modelling to enable the true value of artificial intelligence to be realized. The incredible modelling behind NG BI and the simple and friendly way that data-turned-into-events can be analyzed will enable our customers to have a better understanding of their business and to improve decision making that will lead to operational efficiencies.”
DHL GF adds capacity in Brussels
On 17FEB22, DHL Global Forwarding opened a new 7,000 m² facility at Brucargo. The new complex is not an addition to the company’s present complex at the Brucargo West zone, but a refurbished building at complex 701 with airside access. According to the company, this tarmac access was imperative for the expansion, which was due to increasing volume.
In the first phase, the building will accommodate both import and export cargo, with a focus on import for the time being. On-tarmac handling is performed by the colleagues of DHL Aviation. DHL GF’s main hub in Brussels remains the 23,000 m² Brucargo 830 complex, which was opened in January 2013.
The new warehouse has been completely designed for the quick and safe building of ULDs, which will put the focus on speeding up the transfer of consignments from and to the aircraft. According to the company, this will lead to an even better air cargo service for its customers.
“The growing cargo volumes at Brussels Airport and the strategic importance of the Brussels air cargo hub within the DHL Global Forwarding network, enable us to invest in this additional facility,” says Luc Jacobs, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Belgium and Luxembourg. “We are proud, not only of our existing infrastructure at Brucargo, but also of the new advantages this strategic location near the airside can offer to our activities and our customers. We are committed to their needs for a quick and reliable air cargo chain in these turbulent times.”
ACD declares smart data essential for air cargo
Air freight transportation is not limited to aircraft and airports. It is a close, synchronized interplay between freight forwarders, handlers, and airlines to keep supply chains running. Intelligent IT systems and smart data applications increasingly bring efficiency to the monitoring, analysis, and control of the various interfaces between all the air freight players. Aircargo Club Deutschland (ACD)’s Lothar Möhle, Managing Director of Cargo iQ, explained how this is bringing air cargo regulations and processes that have been established for decades into the digital age.
The advocacy group, which is sponsored by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), observed that the corona pandemic is speeding up that adoption of digital processes in air cargo. Because it provides metrics and quality management systems, as well as certifications and audits, Cargo iQ has comprehensive insight into and analyses of the entire ground and air supply chains – starting at the point of pickup from the shipper and ending at the last mile at the consignee. This data comes from more than 80 members of Cargo iQ, amongst them: airlines, handlers, freight forwarders and IT service providers.
Digitized supply chains create transparency and improve coordination between all players. Especially in times of crisis, these Big Data applications allow cooperating air cargo companies to coordinate and quickly manage disruptions or capacity bottlenecks.
Lothar Möhle stated: “We see an ever-increasing need for real-life data. In the past, some participants had no particular interest in sharing data. This is currently changing to the opposite: above all, forwarders are showing more and more interest in the airlines' data.” Cargo iQ's Master Operating Plan (MOP) shows that the ongoing rapid development of IT systems can harmonize perfectly with proven airfreight structures. Since its introduction in the late 1990s, the organization has kept the comprehensive process and analysis template up to date with further developments in IT technology.
“Smart data applications have become essential for the air cargo industry. We welcome impetus for the digitalization of air cargo, such as the provision of seven million euros in September 2021 by the German Federal Ministry of Transport. However, such funding should not be limited to the major commercial airports. There is also a great deal of potential in the deregulation of approval processes for IT systems. Here, first and foremost, the authorities are called upon,” Prof. Christopher Stoller, President of the Aircargo Club Deutschland, commented.
Singapore gets access to SAF through Shell
Shell is the first SAF-supplier in Singapore, the company announced this week. In line with its goal of globally producing 2 million tons of SAF a year by 2025, it has outlined plans for a biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore, which will be able to produce 550,000 tons of low-carbon fuels a year, including SAF. The SAF will be supplied by Shell Aviation, as part of Shell Aviation’s SAF supply agreement with Neste, the Finnish producer of SAF. Due to be combined with up to 50% conventional jet fuel, pure SAF can reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 80%.
Jan Toschka, Global President, Shell Aviation, said: “We want to become a sustainability leader in this important market. Alongside investing in our capabilities to produce SAF, we are also focused on developing the regional infrastructure needed to get the fuel to our customers at their key locations. Through leveraging our extensive refueling network, I am proud that we are helping our customers to decarbonize by becoming the first supplier of SAF in Singapore.”
Lee Seow Hiang, CEO, Changi Airport Group (CAG), remarked that “Aircraft emissions and airport activities contribute to an airport’s carbon footprint. Changi Airport believes that SAF is one of the keys to unlock the future to a more sustainable air travel industry. We are committed to working actively with airlines, industry players and government agencies on the adoption of SAF with the goal of advancing Changi Airport as a sustainable aviation hub.”
Ng Chin Hwee, CEO, SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC), said: “We welcome Shell’s announcement to blend SAF in the Asia Pacific region. Together with Shell and like-minded companies in the aviation value chain, SIAEC supports the aviation industry towards its net zero carbon emissions goal. In this regard, we are one of the first maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service providers to successfully conduct a trial using blended SAF to perform engine tests at our engine test facility. The success of the trial marks SIAEC’s capability and operational readiness to offer sustainability-centric services to our customers.”
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