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The weekly newspaper for air cargo professionals No. 1,036

17 June 2019

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Air Canada to market DDC’s drone delivery services

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ir Canada has entered into a sales agency agreement with Toronto-based Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) to market its services. Under the terms of the agreement, Air Canada Cargo will act as a sales agent of DDC for the purpose of marketing and pursuing sales of drone delivery services across Canada on routes where it has sought and received regulatory approval. DDC will benefit from Air Canada Cargo’s expertise and ability to develop, promote and sell services through its marketing sales technology channels in Canada. Tim Strauss, vice president of cargo

at Air Canada and independent member of the DDC advisory board says: “We believe drone technology has the potential to offer the cargo community cost-effective solutions to complex issues related to supply chain distribution in non-traditional markets, including remote communities in Canada. “It is another way Air Canada Cargo is innovating and engaging with new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and digital technologies, which are transforming the cargo landscape.” DDC has also made changes to its management team, with Michael Zahra taking up the role of CEO. Former CEO Tony Di Benedetto is now in charge of business strategy.

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INSIDE AMS-ATL TRADE CORRIDOR

AMSTERDAM Airport Schiphol is collaborating with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta to promote trade and investment between Atlanta and ... PAGE 2

HANGAR 51 OPEN FOR ENTRIES

IAG Cargo is seeking applications for the 2019 International Airlines Group (IAG) Hangar 51 global innovation programme ... PAGE 6 FINDMYULD APP LAUNCHED

FedEx ends domestic Amazon.com contract

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edEx Express has not renewed its domestic contract with Amazon.com, saying it wishes to focus on serving the broader e-commerce market. In a statement on its website, FedEx says the decision “does not impact any existing contracts between Amazon. com and other FedEx business units or relating to international services”. FedEx says Amazon.com is not one of its largest customers, saying that business with the online retailer rep-

resented less than 1.3% of FedEx’s revenue for the 12-month period ending 31 December 2018. FedEx also says there is significant demand and opportunity for e-commerce growth, which is expected to double from 50 million to 100 million packages a day in the US by 2026. The company says: “FedEx has already built out the network and capacity to serve thousands of retailers in the e-commerce space. We are excited about the future of e-commerce and our role as a leader in it.”

ACL Airshop has introduced an industry first, a mobile app called FindMyULD to enhance data requirements in air cargo transactions ... PAGE 7

IS 3D PRINTING A THREAT?

3D printing is one of the most talked about technological developments in the air cargo sector, with much of the discussions driven by ... PAGE 14

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msterdam Airport Schiphol is collaborating with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to promote trade and investment between Atlanta and the Netherlands. The memorandum of understanding will enable an exchange of data between Schiphol and Atlanta to facilitate end-toend planning and capacity optimisation, extend the benefits of the AMS Cargo Community System to Atlanta, and boost trade flows. Bart Pouwels, head of cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol says: “This collaborative agreement will enable us to promote the benefits of strengthening the Netherlands as a gateway to Europe, and Atlanta Airport as a gateway to the Atlantic, the Midwest, and the South of the USA.” From September this year and throughout 2020, the airports will work on the formation of the Atlanta Cargo Network, with the aim to increase exports from Atlanta to Amsterdam of agricultural and manufacturing goods produced in Georgia. Elliott Paige, director of air service development at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport says: “This collaboration will allow us to create a mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationship with Schiphol and, by extension, the Netherlands, a nation

that has well over a thousand years of history in successful trade experience.” The agreement will connect key cargo operators and logistics providers at Schiphol and Atlanta, and will be supported by Cargonaut, which operates Schiphol’s Cargo Community Information Platform. Nanne Onland, chief executive officer of Cargonaut says: “By working together, we create an internationally connected hub, ensuring a fast and efficient flow of goods by sharing data, optimising processes, and collaborating with our partners based upon agreements.” Atlanta is working with Kale Logistics Solutions to create a next generation of airport cargo community system. Amar More, director of Kale Logistics Solutions says: “The next gen platform goes beyond the traditional message exchange systems and aims to integrate the whole air freight supply chain from exporter to importer, thereby creating efficiency, transparency, and security in the supply chain.”

e-Cargoware expands its innovation team

DIGITAL cargo platform e-Cargoware has expanded its innovation team by cementing a collaborative and advisory role with Steve Hill through his consulting business, Top Tier Associates. Hill is a regular contributor in industry initiatives including IATA ONE Record and eCargo groups, and UN/CEFACT Transportation and Logistics Group. Ramesh Darbha, CEO of e-Cargoware said: “Our industry is going through a major digital push and securing Steve’s services is a major win for us. Working with me and the team, Steve will focus on strengthening our innovation team in his role as head of innovation and help enhance our ‘Digital First’ airfreight product portfolio.” Hill noted: “Our industry is rapidly transforming, and I am delighted to support the e-Cargoware board with their expansion plans to deliver innovative digital solutions that meet the inevitable transformational change brought about by business and technical innovation. I see a real desire for change with all stakeholders, including airlines, handlers and GSSAs who are willing to embrace innovation.”

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argo carriers, such as Finnair Cargo, will be operating the Airbus A350 eXtraWideBody (XWB) and filling its bellyhold, with freight for extra revenue on longhaul routes. The wings for the first Airbus A350-1000 variant have begun the process of assembly at Airbus’ Broughton UK factory.

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ACWBITES ACHIM Martinka will take over as vice president Germany at Lufthansa Cargo, succeeding J. Florian Pfaff who is now vice president Asia Pacific. Since 2017, Martinka has been responsible for the One Cargo project, aimed at strengthening the cooperation between Swiss WorldCargo and Lufthansa Cargo. WESTJET has renewed its ULD management partnership with Jettainer for another five years, extending the contract two years before expiring. The Canadian airline has grown significantly since the partnership started in 2015, and the number of containers and pallets being controlled has increased from around 350 to 2,000 units. CSAFE Global has appointed Seth Hertel as chief commercial officer. Prior to joining CSafe, Hertel served as the global head of sales for the pharmaceutical business unit at Roquette.

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WFS fills Atlanta sized network gap WORLDWIDE Flight Services (WFS) has won the tender to operate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Cargo Building C. The cargo handling agent is taking a long-term lease on the new facility, the most modern cargo terminal in Atlanta, as part of a multi-million dollar investment to bring its service, safety and security programmes to support the airport’s cargo growth. Mike Simpson, executive vice president Americas at WFS says that Atlanta has been a significant gap in the company’s North American network. He says: “We have been very attracted to Atlanta for some time and are excited by what we can do to support the airport’s long-term growth, most notably by bring-

ing our best-in-class global safety and security standards to the market.” Elliott Paige, airport director – air service development at Hartsfield Jackson says: “With more airlines recognising the outstanding opportunities we offer, WFS will play an important role in Atlanta’s future growth by further enhancing our reputation as a first class, and safe and secure, cargo hub.” WFS will commence operations in Cargo Building C in late 2019 and will announce its launch customers shortly. The 11,100 sq m warehouse in the airport’s South Cargo Area will incorporate freighter ramp handling facilities and a

container bypass handling system. To support temperature-controlled products, it will also house 230 sq m of dedicated cooling facilities capable of storing 140 skids plus ULD containers. WFS is also starting the process of becoming the first cargo handling partner in Atlanta to achieve Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification.

Emirates upgrades pharma services EMIRATES SkyCargo has upgraded its pharma capabilities with a new facility in Chicago, pharma corridors and GDP recertification in Dubai. The Chicago facility is dedicated solely to pharmaceutical shipments, spread over 1,000 square metres with scope for additional expansion. Developed in partnership with ground handling company Maestro, the facility has a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per annum for pharma shipments. Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice president for Emirates SkyCargo says: “Emirates SkyCargo is committed to the safe and secure transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. Having a dedicated facility for pharma at one of our busiest stations for pharma in our network is a big boost to our pharma handling credentials and capability.” The pharma corridor network has been expanded from 12 global stations to 20, working with ground handling partners and other

stakeholders to ensure high standards of operations for pharmaceuticals. Emirates SkyCargo’s pharma operations have been recertified as compliant with GDP guidelines, including the trucking operations between Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central. The airline first received the certificate in 2016, which was revalidated each year, and in 2019 the carrier went through a rigorous audit by Bureau Veritas where facilities and processes were evaluated from the ground up.

LUFTHANSA Cargo is offering customers wide-ranging, digital cargo acceptance and delivery services as part of its eFreight initiative. The airline says time can be saved through using self-service terminals and related apps for mobile devices as well as the digital transfer of shipment data and status updates between Lufthansa and the customer. Before delivery, the PreCheck service verifies the completeness and consistency of the data, boosting data quality, reducing corrections during cargo acceptance and prevent returns. Dr Jan-Wilhelm Breithaupt, vice president global handling management at Lufthansa

Cargo says: “We are delighted to have again created genuine added value for our customers with our new digital services. We are striding into the digital future of the air cargo industry with our customers – with offerings that are faster, simpler and less error-prone.” After the PreCheck, customers receive an electronic shipment status update and get the green light in real time to deliver or collect their goods, eliminating waiting times for truck drivers and allowing customers to deploy trucks more efficiently. On arrival, drivers can check in at a self-service terminal and get their ramp assignment.

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At the end of the programme, successful applicants will showcase their achievements at a Demo Day before an audience of IAG’s senior management team and investors in January 2020. Carly Morris, head of innovation at IAG Cargo says: “We are looking forward to working alongside the next generation of disruptive start-up companies to optimise the way we operate and deliver an even better service to our customers.” Applicants can apply through www.hangar51.com/apply and have until midnight on 2 August to apply. Candidates will be invited to pitch their ideas on 3 September with the programme starting on 30 September.

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EFL starts Pittsburgh charter flights EFL has launched a weekly charter flight to Pittsburgh International Airport to move cargo from Asia, using a Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 Freighter. The service offers customers a transit time of 72 hours to get cargo from Asia and move it out the same day to regional distribution centres and retail stores in the USA. The global logistics provider says global brands can consolidate cargo from multiple sourcing markets, enabling them to improve efficiency on just-in-time inventory models. The weekly Pittsburgh flight follows the huband-spoke model, and collaborating with Qatar Airways Cargo enables EFL offices in the Far East and Indian Sub-continent to access capacity without interruption. S. Senthilnathan, group CEO of EFL says: “At a time when most in the industry are being cau-

IAG Cargo is seeking applications for the 2019 International Airlines Group (IAG) Hangar 51 global innovation programme. Start-ups of all sizes and growth stages are invited to apply to join the accelerator programme, which aims to transform the aviation industry. Successful applicants will be offered 10 weeks working alongside IAG businesses as well as mentoring from senior leadership and experts from the group. IAG Cargo is looking for applicants with ideas or products to revolutionise cargo services including advanced technologies to improve asset tracking and supply chain visibility, optimising capacity using machine learning AI, and developing efficiencies using autonomous vehicles, robotics or blockchain.

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IATA CEIV Pharma for Rome Fiumicino ROME Fiumicino Airport has become the first airport in Italy to earn IATA CEIV Pharma certification through a community approach with supply chain partners. The certificate was introduced to prevent temperature variations of pharmaceutical products during air transport for patient safety and to reduce losses caused by logistics issues. Cargo at Fiumicino grew 11% in 2018 reaching 200,000 tonnes, with a significant portion including pharmaceuticals travelling primarily to and from North America but also the Far East and South America. Fausto Palombelli, chief commercial officer

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of Fiumicino’s operator, Aeroporti di Roma says: “This certification is a testament to the commitment and the proactive role of Aeroporti di Roma in the economic development of the supply chain.” Sergio Fernandez, regional director Europe, airport, passenger, cargo and security says: “Having Rome Fiumicino Airport, one of the region’s major pharma hubs, achieve CEIV Pharma Certification is a significant boost for meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardisation and transparency across the supply chain in the region. We congratulate Fiumicino on their achievement.”


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ACL Airshop launches FindMyULD app

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Second cargo city in Leipzig

ACWBITES AMERICAN Airlines Cargo has added new flights to Germany with Dallas/Fort Worth – Munich launching on 6 June using a Boeing 787-8, and Philadelphia – Berlin services starting on 7 June using a Boeing 767-300. This summer, the airline will also launch Philadelphia – Bologna flights, and services from Miami to Cordoba in Argentina.

ACL says that by combining proprietary ULD Control logistics management programs with Bluetooth and barcoding, it found a game-changing tipping point with the ability to tie ULD serial numbers to tagging device serial numbers. Wes Tucker, executive vice president of ACL Airshop says: “That was our ‘Ah-Ha Moment.’ Suddenly, as we keep rolling out ULD tags and readers in an ever-growing Internet of Things, we can help airlines achieve the speed, service, and accuracy that their shippers and other end-customers expect in the high-speed world of E-Commerce. Or as we now call it, M-Commerce. The M stands for Mobile.”

KENYA Airways has appointed cargo GSAs and warehousing partners for flights to Geneva and Rome that started on 13 June. GACSA is the GSA in Geneva, with Swissport providing warehousing services. In Rome, IAS Air Cargo is the GSA and XPH operates the warehouse. PELI BioThermal has opened a network station and service centre in Mexico City, Mexico. The network station will service, refurbish, repair and condition reusable Credo on Demand shippers.

THE supervisory board of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen has unanimously cleared the way for investments including a second cargo city in the northern part of Leipzig/Halle Airport. The shareholders agreed to investments in apron areas, logistics and office buildings in the northern and southern parts of Leipzig/Halle as well as cargo city, investing around €500 million over the coming years. Taken together with the expansion of the DHL hub, which was announced with DHL during the autumn of last year, is the largest investment package for the airport since the 1990s. The airport company will bear the responsibility for the investments. Dr Matthias Hass, Saxony finance minister who represents the Free State of Saxony as the main shareholder says: “Leipzig/Halle Airport is developing very well. It and its surrounding area are the major job creator for the region. We’re continuing to invest in the future of the airport to continue growth in the long term.” Götz Ahmelmann, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen says: “I’m delighted that the shareholders are supporting our course with such commitment. We can now continue to expand our excellent market position for cargo. Leipzig/Halle Airport is already the fifth-largest freight hub in Europe and the second-largest in Germany. And this growth is continuing: we were able to set a new record with freight volumes totalling 110,419 tonnes as recently as March 2019.”

Unilode renews with TUI

UNILODE Aviation Solutions has renewed its ULD supply and management agreement with TUI Group airlines for another 10 years. Gunther Hofman, director of ground operations at TUI Aviation says Unilode has successfully handled the challenges that come with its airline operations, including significant differences in summer and winter schedules. Hofman says: “We have discussed with Unilode how we could further enhance operational efficiencies and decrease our costs, building on the close collaboration we have established over the years.”

Agraflug accused of HazMat breach AGRARFLUG Helilift is facing a $97,500 fine from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for alleged Hazardous Materials Regulations violations. The FAA alleges that the Ahlen, Germany-based company offered a helicopter containing 300 gallons of flammable aviation fuel to Cargolux Airlines International for shipment from Humble, Texas to Ahlen on 30 March 2017. On 31 March, Cargolux discovered fuel leaking from the helicopter at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, UK. Agrarflug are alleged to have failed to drain and securely close the fuel tank and the helicopter was not in the proper condition for shipment. The FAA also alleges that Agrarflug failed to provide emergency response information and required documents describing the shipment.

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SIMON WATSON & ED GILLETT ACW: Describe your life using film titles.

ACW: We have heard that every commercial pilot has a secret yearning to fly a Spitfire. Is this true in your case?

Watson: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Harry Potter and Air Plane Gillett: Up!

Simon Watson: Whilst it is true the Spitfire would be an incredible machine to fly I have always wanted to fly Concorde. Unfortunately I think I was 15 years too late for that. Ed Gillett: Yes, but I would choose Concorde over a Spitfire any day!

ACW: What is your favourite drink?

ACW: What is the largest aircraft you have taken the controls of?

Watson: The Airbus A321 in real life and the 747 in the simulator. Gillett: Airbus 321 with 235 passengers.

ACW: We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning £10 million. What would you do?

Watson: I would put some money towards my own plane, with the rest going into the business and getting myself onto the property ladder. Gillett: I would put £9.9 million into CharterSync and use the remainder to buy an Aston Martin!

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It never happened for Simon or Ed. The cockpit of Concorde.

ACW: What was the last gift you gave someone?

Watson: This would be a Mother’s Day card and chocolates to my mum. Gillett: Easter eggs for my niece and nephew at Easter!

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Watson: Espresso Martini Gillett: Rivella for my inner Swiss side, and a Negroni on the weekend. ACW: If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?

Watson: An owl, they are nocturnal, and I am definitely a night owl when it comes to work or staying up. I never have been a morning person. Gillett: Alpine Chough – As my favourite hobby is to fly over the mountains!


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In a break with our long-established tradition, we have asked two airfreight professionals who have launched CharterSync, a new online booking platform to share their thoughts. Both are professional, commercial pilots in their spare time. Ed arriving for his interview with ACW ACW: Which two organisations outside your own do you know the most people at and why?

Watson: This would be both of the airlines I have worked at to date. You never fly with the same crew and so you end up with a lot of acquaintances but never many good friends as you don’t have enough time to get to know each other that well. Gillett: Arsenal football club – passionate supporter! Airline – all though I fly with someone different every day ACW: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone?

Played’ list on Spotify to the office speakers?

Watson: Of course, although I have quite a wide variety of music taste so be prepared… Gillett: Yes, if people don’t mind a bit of deep house! ACW: When you are making a mug of tea, is it milk in first or tea in first?

Watson: I don’t drink tea; I’m a big coffee fiend though. Gillett: Who puts in milk first?!?!

ACW: When you are indulging in a scone with jam and cream, does the cream or jam get spread first?

Watson: Cream comes first. Gillett: Surely cream on one half / jam on the other half & sandwich together! ACW: What would your autobiography be called? Watson: Defying Gravity Gillett: ‘Ed in the Clouds.

Watson: I’m very big on staying fit and healthy. I always try to go to the gym at least 3 times a week. Gillett: My great-grandfather provided the R&D facilities for Sir Frank Whittle to develop the jet engine.

ACW: If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim?

Watson: Jurassic Park… the score is incredible, and I love John Williams as a composer. Gillett: The Bible! ACW: You’re on death row, what would your last meal be?

Watson: Crispy duck and pancakes. Gillett: Starter: Melanzane alla parmigiana/ Main: Steak & Chips with béarnaise sauce / Dessert: Chocolate fondant ACW: Would you let ACW hook up your ‘Recently

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he four-day biennial air cargo Europe (ACE) event, staged as part of the multimodal ‘transport logistic’ event at Messe München earlier this month, attracted some 200 exhibitors with products and services in the fields of freight transport, logistics, e-commerce, material flow, telematics and aviation. The fair was filled with dozens of informative panels and numerous specialist lectures and many networking opportunities. The overall transport logistic event, which is the world’s largest, saw record attendance from June 4 to 7, 2019. Top topics discussed included the trade war between the USA and China and the short-

Von Boxberg: airfreight is a volatile business

age of drivers and pilots. The New Silk Road was discussed and the topic of artificial intelligence was raised in many areas. “There were 2,374 exhibitors, an

increase of 10% and around 64,000 visitors, an increase of 5%,” said Stefan Rummel, managing director of Messe München. The trade fair has grown by one hall to ten halls and has once again become significantly more international, an increase of 3% to 56% for exhibitors and also by 3% to 47% for visitors. The major challenges facing the industry were discussed at the opening in a high-profile round panel discussion. “We need to make the growing traffic flows more efficient and affordable as well as environmentally and climate-friendly,” German federal minister of transport Andreas Scheuer stated. In reference to the global economy,

Dr Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, expressed restrained optimism, “even though current relations between governments in the US and China are not conducive at the moment. Goods find their way despite customs disputes.” The situation is currently also challenging for airfreight, “which is a very volatile business. We have to be open to options and think in the long term,” Dorothea von Boxberg stated, managing director product and sales at Lufthansa Cargo

Trio of notables

In terms of the airfreight section, three notable events shaped this year’s ACE in ways the show has not seen before. An expansion into a second hall, B2, showed the growing attraction of the event to airlines and industry executives since the last event was staged in 2017. Secondly, the event was the venue for a TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association) board meeting which saw members expressing gratitude for almost two years’ leadership by the outgoing board chairman Sebastiaan Scholte. This was followed by the election of a new top team for the association: Steven Polmans of Brussels Airport and Sanjeev Gadhia of Astral Aviation who will start on 1 July and will lead the association for the next two years. The third notable was the announcement of the NexGenLeaders competition staged by Paris-based ECS Group, which results were announced at the show. Around 30,000 visitors came from abroad to transport logistics. The exhibition covered ten halls and an outdoor area, totaling 125,000 sq m of exhibition space, both inside and outside the main halls. The top ten exhibitor countries after Germany were: the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Poland, China, Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. New exhibitors included airfreight forwarder Fercam and Neutral Air Partner. IN THE HEADLINES: ACW Daily News staff are captured hard at work in the ACW stand’s Work Hub as they put together the next Daily News edition. Pictured left is Design & production manager Alex Brown, centre is editor James Graham and right is deputy editor James Muir

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#NexGenLeaders Challenge winners take to the stage

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en finalists of Paris-based ECS Group’s # N ex G e n L e a d e r s Challenge were present at the ACW World Air Cargo Awards (WACA) gala dinner to hear which groups had picked up one of the challenges three coveted awards. During a break in the ACW WACA evening, CEO Adrien Thominet took to the stage to introduce a short film and announce the challenge and reveal the winners. GSSA ECS Group launched the challenge to help regenerate the industry by giving startups, students and its own employees the chance to showcase their talent. Among those invited to enter were experts in digitalisation, a process pro, an IT genius, a big data fanatic, an exceptional communicator, a creator of

tools, an inventor of services and a fervent defender of the environment. Entrants were whittled down to the final ten, who were judged by a Grand Jury of industry talent and experience. Norman Bamford, AZura International director, was on the jury.

And the winners are....

Employees Category: Cargo Assistant Jonatan Jimenez Aceituno A tool that offers information and assistance and performs a range of tasks, it is created for forwarders and GSAs. Students Category: Augmented by DCK Rutger Smulders Volumetric dimensions can be scanned, pallet optimisation can be performed and warehouse employees can easily be instructed via real-time work instructions and handling manuals. Startup Category: Clive - The Selfie app Niall van de Wouw Every Wednesday, the Selfie App provides cargo airlines with detailed load factor analyses for the previous week. These timely analyses are based on flights’ freight volume and weight. The service was launched on May 29.

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irgin Atlantic Cargo’s digital transformation will be powered by the implementation of Accenture’s Freight & Logistics Software 8.0 platform. The cloud-enabled, end-to-end cargo management software suite will replace Virgin’s 10-year-old Voyager operating system when the first phase goes live in early 2020. Once fully operational, Virgin’s customers’ systems will be able to connect directly through APIs and connect with the airline’s web platform for pricing, bookings, allocations and operations, while live chat and Chatbots will offer 24/7 interaction. AFLS 8.0 will enable automation and self-service, better decision making, realtime visibility, simplification of processes,

data warehousing and integration with other Virgin systems. Suzy Wardle, head of digital and distribution at Virgin Atlantic Cargo says: “We are making this significant investment in a new cargo management system and digital infrastructure because the way customers want to interact with us, and their expectations, are changing as new technologies emerge in the cargo space.” Saying that the airline needs a far-reaching digital programme to modernise and future-proof the business, managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo Dominic Kennedy says: “We are looking forward to

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Sonntag to replace Hernig JETTAINER will change its management, with Carsten Hernig moving over to Lufthansa Cargo after five years at the top. On 1 July, Thomas Sonntag will take over as managing director of the outsourced unit load device management company. Hernig will take up the role as head of region Latin America and Caribbean at Lufthansa Cargo based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Harald Gloy, chief operations officer at Lufthansa Cargo and member of Jettainer’s Advisory Board says: “We would like to thank Carsten Hernig for his successful work and are delighted that he will remain within the Lufthansa family.” Speaking about Sonntag’s arrival, Gloy says: “As a proven supply chain expert and experienced manager, Thomas Sonntag will continue to drive Jettainer’s success story forward.”

having real-time intelligence to make the most informed business decisions. The AFLS 8.0 platform is going to accelerate our digital transformation and give customers even more reasons to choose to work with Virgin Atlantic.”

cargo.one signs up first freighter airline

AIRBRIDGECARGO Airlines and CargoLogicAir have entered into a global partnership with booking platform cargo.one, the first cargo airlines to make capacity available for digital booking with instant confirmation. Through the partnership, the two airlines will be able to market their global capacity to cargo.one’s growing customer base of hundreds of freight forwarding companies digitally. Robert van de Weg, vice president sales and marketing for Volga-Dnepr Group says: “Offering our capacities on cargo.one enables us to meet customers’ growing demand for digital solutions and to give forwarders of all sizes access to our large global freighter network.” David Kerr, CEO of CargoLogicAir adds: “Being capable now to better reach small and medium-sized forwarders through cargo. one will also help us increase our short-term capacity sales and thus our load factors, to grow even more sustainably.” Moritz Claussen, managing director and founder of cargo.one says the airlines are “spearheading innovation” by becoming more digital and customer-centric. He says: “They are now able to access the untapped market of smaller and medium-sized forwarders that were previously not able to book with them. This will help them to further up their sales and load factors across their networks.” The plan is to offer AirBridgeCargo and CargoLogicAir’s capacity later this summer after completion of the integration of the carriers’ in-house systems with cargo.one.

IAG partners with WebCargo

WEBCARGO by Freightos has become the first live user of IAG Cargo’s digital API, providing instant access to rates, route availability and the platform to make and manage bookings. Customers are able to access new functionalities through the WebCargo platform, with eBookings being made via the platform in seconds meaning time savings for freight forwarders and faster shipments for end customers.

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Idea to optimise capacity wins think-a-thon

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he think-a-thon made a return in Munich, with the winning group of students presenting an idea to make better use of loading space capacities. Around 30 students supported by professors and industry experts studied questions surrounding the improvements through automation based on real-time and historical data and which new business models are promising. Four groups presented their ideas to the expert audience. Approaches included an innovative platform for generating valuable information from raw data for companies along the supply chain, and the use of automated robots for delivery over the last mile. Applications of blockchain for safer supply chains were presented. The winning idea came from the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences to help make better use of loading space capacities by means of automated capacity optimisation. The team, HSA_ops Research Group for Optimized Value Creation says: “It was a great challenge to work on this topic in such a short time. But we were able to profit a lot from the input of the companies and in the end we succeeded in combining the differ-

ent ideas into one concept. And of course it was fun, too.” Martin Kraemer, head of marketing and PR of Jettainer says: “Bringing together academic expertise and practical know-how in this very dynamic way is enormously valuable for everyone involved. The students are a key to success because they search for approaches beyond the boundaries of individual companies and within the entire logistics chain and thus develop new solutions for our industry. The successful continuation of the think-a-thon in Munich makes us very proud as initiators.” The students of the Augsburg University of Applied Science, the Technical University Darmstadt and the Technical University of Munich as well as international students from the Erasmus program were divided into groups, each independently dealing with a given topic. They were assisted and supported by Fraport, DAKOSY and DoKaSch as well as other logistics experts. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure was the patron of the think-a-thon. Dr Robert Schönberger, exhibition group director for the transport logistic cluster at Messe München says: “With the

think-a-thon, transport logistic has integrated the innovation format in Munich for the first time since its launch in Shanghai a year ago. The positive feedback from all participants confirms that the opportunity for creative exchange with universities and colleges and their students is an additional enrichment for transport logistic.”

BE-GATE speeds up e-commerce

THE BE-GATE customs platform has been launched to accelerate and increase efficiency of customs clearance for cross-border e-commerce in Belgium. The platform was developed on the initiative of the Belgian Customs and Excise Department and is supported by the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge, and the airports of Brussels and Liege. It is designed to process large amounts of data and guarantees rapid clearance of customs applications, with a high number of arrival notifications being transmitted simultaneously via an official customs approved form. For shipments of less than €22, the form serves as a declaration of release for consumption, and for all other shipments a declaration in the Belgian customs software paperless solution is required. Retailers automatically receive information for shipments that have been selected for customs control, and all other shipments are released immediately. Werner Rens, head of marketing department at Belgium Customs and Excise says: “With BE-GATE, we have developed an efficient and effective e-commerce tool that prevents delays in the supply chain due to lack of transparency and communication. A win-win solution that also facilitates our work as a customs authority.” Steven Verhasselt, vice president commercial at Liege Airport says: “Liege Airport started as a pioneer in full cargo airports about 20 years ago hosting TNT’s global air hub. Since then many years of growth have led us to become Europe’s 7th biggest cargo airport connected to 12 Chinese cities by air and by rail. The express expertise is now fully deployed to accommodate large e-commerce flows and we expect BE-GATE to further optimise flows at Liege Airport.” Steven Polmans, director cargo and logistics at Brussels Airport adds: “With our ongoing expansion and new warehouses under construction, we are ready for the growing business of e-commerce. BE-GATE will help us to be an even more attractive entry point for e-commerce thanks to its facilitation and transparency.”

IAG Cargo has invested heavily in developing APIs that can be integrated directly into customer systems, allowing customers the choice to book via IAGCargo.com or their own system. Manel Galindo, CEO of WebCargo by Freightos says that having built up a network of 1,400 logistics providers, he is “thrilled” that IAG Cargo is joining the network. He says: “IAG Cargo is a digital trendsetter and we’re excited to partner with them to bring air cargo online, beginning with seamless price, rate, and eBooking connectivity.”

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3D printing: A threat to air cargo? By Alex Veitch, Head of Multimodal Policy, Freight Transport Association (FTA)

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D printing is one of the most talked about technological developments in the air cargo sector, with much of the discussion driven by disagreements on its potential impact. For example, McKinsey & Company predicts it will trigger a small decrease in air cargo volume of 2-4% in the coming years; however, PwC estimates it will lead to a decrease of 41%. In the view of FTA, the organisation representing the logistics sector, the more modest impact quoted by McKinsey & Company seems more likely; here is why. Firstly, there are many products which simply cannot be created using 3-D printing technology. This makes sense intuitively; it is not possible

(yet) to 3D print flowers from Columbia, green beans from Kenya, replicate authentic fine jewellery, print out radioactive surgical products and many other staples of the air cargo customer base. Secondly, many leaders within the community see 3D printing as very different from the traditional manufacturing model of large-scale printing facilities producing high quantities of goods.

Instead, 3D printing is often viewed as part of an artisanal, ‘maker’, movement, where startups use the technology to produce real-life prototypes to take to investors. The nature of the 3D printing movement will play a large role in determining the impact it has on air cargo volumes. Finally, component parts – often seen to be a major growth area for 3D printing – are not being used by aircraft OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) on a large-scale basis; most specialist providers use the process only for finishing certain components. The all-important safety rules for components make quality assurance and robust design and testing paramount, which is a challenge to a distributed

production model; the cost and time required to redesign parts also remains a barrier. If the future of 3D printing continues along its current trajectory then the air cargo sector has little to worry about, in the view of FTA; shippers will not be able to head to their local 3D megastore and pick up their bespoke products by the tonne – at least not anytime soon. Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc.

Ticking time bomb of UK logistics’ skills deficit * Only 8% of UK young people see logistics as an attractive career option. * 42% don’t even know what logistics is. * Image problem and lack of awareness to blame, say experts.

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new report by the UK’s Talent in Logistics reveals the logistics sector has a significant recruitment problem, which could potentially cause the “nation to grind to a halt”. Only 8% of young people consider the sector to be an attractive career option and an “astounding” 42% do not know what logistics is. With only 9% of the current workforce being under 25, while 45% are over 45, “time is running out for the sector before it experiences a devastating skills deficit.” Nearly 500 students and teachers who attended the recent WorldSkills UK Live exhibition took part in the Talent in Logistics research, which also revealed significant concerns around diversity, career opportunities and salary. The research inspired production of the ‘Changing Perceptions: Attracting Young Talent Into Logistics’ whitepaper, which highlights the extent of the crisis and addresses the imminent skills shortage, while providing actionable insights to help business leaders attract and retain millennials. A quarter (26%) of the young people quizzed by Talent in Logistics said they do not believe there is gender diversity within the logistics sector. Only 18% have been spoken to at school or Sixth Form about logistics as a career path. What’s more, most are unaware of the range of roles available within logistics, which can range from facilities managers and data analysts to freight co-ordinators and materials planners. “The perception of logistics is arguably the biggest problem facing the sector when trying to recruit new talent,” says Ruth Edwards, business manager of Talent in Logistics, which is dedicated to the recruitment, development, engagement and retention of the 2.5 million-plus people working in the UK logistics sector.

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“As an organisation we want to promote the importance of recruiting talent from groups that are currently under-represented in the logistics industry,” she continues. “It’s only by future-proofing the nation’s currently thriving logistics sector that we can keep the UK moving,” she concludes. While driver shortages and skills gaps are already taking their toll, the biggest hurdle is the sector’s ageing population and the lack of millennials coming forward up through the ranks to replace them.

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It is hoped the Talent in Logistics report will help raise awareness of the need to safeguard against the impending skills deficit, by exploring the reasons millennials so rarely consider logistics as a career and recommending effective recruitment strategies to help businesses attract and retain them. Edwards added: “We are calling upon the sector and the education system to play their part in ensuring young people are aware of the many amazing opportunities and career paths available within logistics.


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