It takes two to tango and Lufthansa Cargo continues to enter into the dance for better connectivity and cleaner skies together with its customers. This week, two press releases were sent out.
The first announced an API (Application Programming Interface) connection between DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo, giving all DB Schenker stations worldwide a simple, fully transparent, and real-time overview of immediately bookable rates and routings in their own TMS (Transport Management System). Up to 40 routes per product are displayed via Lufthansa Cargo's free (for customers and partners) smartBooking API, along with the corresponding best prices directly in the customer’s own booking system – a service that is accessible and bookable 24/7.
Benefits of API
The benefits? Speed, ease of use, reduction of resources, as well as error elimination since there is no longer any need for duplicate data entry. Initially, the interface is being used to book standard products such as General Cargo (td.Pro and td.Flash). Special products may come at a later stage.
Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, said: “At Lufthansa Cargo, we rely on digital solutions that offer our customers clear added value - be it in search and booking processes or the management of the same. smartBooking is one such solution: Current offer data is transmitted quickly, seamlessly, and transparently in this way, in line with our customer's respective needs. The fact that our long-standing Global Partner DB Schenker is now successfully connected to Lufthansa Cargo via this API link, is something we are very pleased about and motivates us to continuously develop our digital services and solutions.”
Asok Kumar, EVP Global Air Freight at DB Schenker, commented: “The long-standing cooperation and trust between Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker was key for the implementation of the API interface. Direct access to Lufthansa Cargo‘s dynamic pricing from our inhouse Transport Management System will boost the user experience. Our customers will benefit from the additional efficiency.”
Cleaner skies with SAF
The second release announced the signing of a SAF agreement between the airline and the global Japanese logistics company, Nippon Express Europe, in a joint effort to reduce CO₂ emissions. In Nippon Express Group’s case, this particular contract will enable emissions savings of around 3,150 tons within one year, in line with its goal of a 50% reduction in SCOPE 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 (reference 2013). The Japanese company aims for a 30% (350,000 tons) reduction already by the end of this year, 2023. In MAY23, Nippon Express Holdings, Inc. submitted a Letter of Commitment to be certified as a Science Based Targets (SBT) company, embarking on a plan to achieve a carbon neutral society by 2050.
Only together can we succeed
Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, appreciated the long-standing partnership, declaring: “Every player in the logistics industry has a model here, and only together can we succeed in making our business more environmentally friendly along the entire supply chain. The more Sustainable Aviation Fuel is used in the transportation of goods by air freight, the more likely we are to succeed in moving away from fossil fuels, making the entire air freight industry more sustainable.”
Shinichi Kakiyama, Managing Director of Nippon Express Europe, commented: “We, at the Nippon Express Group, remain mindful of the environmental effect of the increasing demand for air freight. We fully acknowledge this reality, and we must move quickly to take action to slow global warming. This agreement to advocate using SAF represents a step in the right direction on the way to a greener future. Together with Lufthansa Cargo, we are honored to embark on this journey to meet our sustainability goals and fulfil our ongoing commitment to combat climate change.”
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