On 06OCT22, it was party time over at Air Cargo Belgium (ACB), which was celebrating both its 6th anniversary as well as the launch of the Digital Green Lane Dashboard. Chairman David Bellon looked back as well as forwards.
“ACB’s kindergarten days are over, and we will have to bring it to the next level. My hopes are in consolidating the efforts made by all of you and continuing our digital journey,” Mr Bellon said.
06OCT22 also brought the launch of the Digital Green Lane Dashboard. “It allows companies to measure their own performance within the Digital Green Lane, and compare it to the average performance in the market, without getting an insight in the performance of their competitors,” explains Mr Bellon.
ACB’s Project Coordinator, Elise Van Bastelaere, gave an overview of Brussels Airport’s BruCure task force, set up to streamline the Covid 19 vaccines logistics. Driven by 6 partners (Brussels Airport, ACB, the Province of Flemish Brabant, forwarders, handlers, and airlines), the task force brings together 42 members that flew 1.4 billion vaccines to 120 different countries.
So far, 18 participating companies were given the BruCure label, which will also be used for the logistics of other products. BruCure has led to an expansion of the airport’s dedicated pharma logistics warehousing capacity by 40% to 35,000 m².
The highlight of the evening was, of course, the ACB Award ceremony, the third of its kind. Despite the fact that the Brussels Airport Awards (DHL's double win at BRU) also honor the performance of the cargo operators, Air Cargo Belgium’s ceremony has an approach of its own, says the organization’s Director, Geert Keirens. “The ACB Awards do not depart from ‘the best so and so’. We mainly honor companies providing added value to the community, endorsing the story of the ACB community in the best way.”
Six awards were given to companies, another four to so-called ‘ambassadors’. Competing with Lufthansa Cargo and Swiss World Cargo, Qatar Air Cargo was selected for the ACB Airline of the Year Award. The choice was motivated by the airline’s contribution in the steering groups e-commerce and pharma, as well as its openness to innovation and its outstanding performance in the Digital Green Lane.
Ziegler won the ACB Freight Forwarder of the Year Award, beating IFA Skyfast and Kuehne+Nagel. The company invested a lot in HR Training and was the first user of the Acceptance & Delivery app. Aviapartner won in the Ground Handling category beating Swissport Cargo Services and dnata, for its commitment to e-commerce, customs, and live animals.
Ahead of the Curve
Ahead of the Curve is an award given to companies excelling within the ACB community. Competing were Naxco Belgium, Gosselin Logistics, and Rhenus Logistics, with Gosselin winning. “We feel very flattered,” said the company’s Senior Forwarder Export, Farid Bouzalmat. “On the other hand, we also made the efforts, but it is a fine recognition all the same.”
Honoring a company that is deeply involved in all of ACB’s projects and activities, the High Flyer Award was presented to dnata, for participating in all the levels of the ACB organization. Expeditors took home the BruCure Award, for being the most involved and omnipotent within the project.
The Ambassador awards are considered very important, as they are given to people who act as intermediaries, providing objective, solidly argued feedback. One of those people is Steven Verbelen, Process & Project Manager and Training Coordinator at Swissport Cargo Services.
“This is a surprise, even if I have been involved in digitization for over 15 years,” he said. “It is an appreciation for what I have been doing all this time.”
The other Ambassador Awards were given to Aviapartner’s Paul Van den Bulck, IFA Skyfast’s Jeff Segers, and the Province of Flemish Brabant’s Policy Officer Innovation, Pierre Faché, respectively.
Marcel Schoeters in Brussels
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