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SEKO Logistics joins the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance, performing sustainability goals

In order to accelerate its global decarbonization program and help clients achieve their own sustainability goals, SEKO Logistics has joined the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA). The Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA) is a buyer-supplier collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders and airlines to track and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air freight and promote responsible freight transport. Its reporting airlines are AirBridgeCargo Airlines, American Airlines, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Polar Air Cargo, SAS and United Airlines. SAFA’s membership also includes global shippers; H & M, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Louis Vuitton, LVMH Moet Hennessy, Mowi ASA, NIKE, and Puma. “We have a responsibility to join other global business leaders in this initiative because our industry must do more to protect our planet for future generations,” said James Gagne, President and CEO, SEKO Logistics, is adding, “This is not a cliché, it’s a reality. SAFA is a tangible opportunity for us to contribute to the positive decarbonisation work being undertaken by the aviation industry, airlines and companies like SEKO to make a positive difference. Companies which lack a sustainability strategy will see their growth threatened because clients will take their business elsewhere if their partners do not take this seriously. This is a collaborative effort in which we can do more and act faster by working together. Joining SAFA will enable us to help our clients achieve their own sustainability goals too, which is how it should be.”

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Hyderabad Airport partners with StaTwig to offer Blockchain based real-time tracking of vaccine shipments

GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) has announced a partnership with Singapore-based technology startup StaTwig to roll out a new technology based solution for tracking and monitoring of vaccine shipments handled at the airport’s cargo terminal. The MoU giving effect to the partnership was signed by Saurabh Kumar, CEO-GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo and Sid Chakravarthy and Nrupul Ponugoti, Co-Founders – StaTwig, at Hyderabad. Given its well-established position as the major Pharma hub of Indian air cargo and one of the primary gateways for vaccine exports from India, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo through this exclusive partnership will leverage the Next-Gen Blockchain technology to deliver enhanced Track and Trace Solution and real time monitoring of Vaccine shipments at GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo Terminal. The partnership brings together domain expertise of GMR Cargo and its time-tested relationships with vaccine exporters and Air Cargo trade with StaTwig’s Proven Blockchain platform to help this solution strengthen the supply chain of vaccine exports from India. The development assumes significance given Hyderabad’s position as one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers globally, with the region set to produce over 3.5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next couple of years to aid the global battle against the pandemic. Saurabh Kumar, CEO, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo says, “We are glad to announce this partnership for launch of VaccineLedger, a first-of-its-kind initiative in air cargo industry in India. This new technology product would enable us to deliver enhanced real-time visibility and status information on vaccine shipments to our customers. We are confident that the combination of GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo’s domain expertise in vaccine handling and StaTwig’s proven Blockchain technology based VaccineLedger platform will further strengthen the vaccine supply …

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Zipaworld invests in Radiant X-Ways Logistic to capture domestic market

Zipaworld has announced investing a stake in Radiant X-Ways Logistic; the amount has not been disclosed by either of the parties. This investment comes soon after the launch and implementation of Zipaworld’s Ocean Freight digital platform. The Board of Directors of Radiant X-Ways Logistic has nominated Dr Ambrish Kumar, the founder of Zipaworld, as the Chairman of Radiant. Shares his futuristic views Kumar states, “The investment in Radiant marks another milestone for us as we aimed at encompassing and connecting more than 26000 zip codes across India, to the global gateway digitally through the Zipaworld platform.” He also added that “Radiant will help us resolve the first and last mile connectivity concerns as the user will be able to book a cargo right from their door to the destination door from one single gateway, without having to go to multiple vendors”. Zipaworld is all set to break the stereotypes of the Indian logistics sector which is highly fragmented and disintegrated. Prabhakar Pandey, Managing Director, Radiant X-Ways Logistic, expresses his enthusiasm and thoughts stating, “We are keenly contemplating Zipaworld’s holding and backing in Radiant, mainly for digitizing and automating the whole domestic circuit that forms our expertise. Our valuable clients will be highly benefitted with the automation and the technological advancement. Zipaworld is providing Radiant with a gateway to cater to the international market for our year-old clients and that too from a single window gateway”. The assurance of Dr Ambrish Kumar towards the end of last year to transport goods to and from any part of the country and offering the manufacturers and exporters a global access is turning out to be a reality much ahead of the stipulated time. …

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IATA launches EPIC to enhance digital collaboration across air cargo

In order to support the digitization of the global air cargo supply chain, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the launch of the IATA Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform. EPIC simplifies the complex process of making digital connections across the air cargo value chain including enabling the efficient exchange of critical information such as messaging capabilities and identities. As the air cargo industry continues to digitalise, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and customs authorities need to be able to securely work together digitally. This is a considerable challenge as today more than 40,000 freight forwarders exchange messages with more than 450 airlines, and 23 third party messaging service providers. In the absence of a tool for companies to exchange the information needed to make these business links, the process of digitization is essentially manual, slow and unduly complex. “EPIC is a simple idea. It makes the information needed to do business across a digitized air cargo supply chain easily accessible. And in doing so, it will accelerate efficiency gains for air cargo. The timing of this initiative is important. COVID-19 has led to exponential growth of e-commerce and shippers are demanding quality services that only a digitized supply chain can provide,” said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo, Security. In addition to supporting business-to-business processes, the participation of customs organisations in EPIC also supports digital customs clearance processes. In particular this will help the efficient roll out of Advance Cargo Information (ACI) requirements, including Preloading Advance Cargo Information (PLACI) programs. Implementation notes: • When using EPIC, individual companies retain full control of their data with the flexibility to manage how they connect with …

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CEVA Logistics to manage in-factory logistics support for Collins Aerospace

In a further expansion of its global aerospace customer base, CEVA Logistics has been awarded a contract to manage in-factory logistics support for Collins Aerospace in Singapore. The two-year contract is based on solutions designed by CEVA that will be implemented at the customer’s Changi North site. Collins Aerospace – a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies – is one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products. It provides maintenance, repair, overhaul engineering, sales and support for its commercial and military customers across the Asia Pacific region. At the Changi North site, CEVA Logistics will provide a wide range of Contract Logistics services including inbound receiving to inventory, pick and kit, as well as outbound dispatch of overhaul aerospace parts. Picking and kitting will focus on three main areas: power and control, mechanical and interiors. These areas are responsible for electrical systems, engine control, air management systems, cargo and hoist systems, actuation and flight control, evacuation, portable water systems and lighting. All services will be provided by CEVA’s experienced aerospace employees who have diverse skills and extensive knowledge of in-factory logistics within the aerospace industry. Says Elaine Low, Regional Managing Director – Southeast Asia and Pacific, CEVA Logistics, “Our experienced team will drive service standards and greater efficiency to improve the Collins Aerospace’s operations. Our transparent working methods and wide-ranging experience across the aerospace sector have proven to be a winning solution for Collins Aerospace in Singapore. Continuous improvement is essential to the successful operation of any contract and that, alongside safety, is embedded in the CEVA Logistics culture.”

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aahaa Technologies launches DigiSell to accelerate digital transformation for SMEs

Enabling SMEs across sectors to take their B2B selling online, aaha Technologies has launched the latest version of DigiSell, a comprehensive, self-service platform which enables small and medium enterprises to create their own eCommerce store so that they can receive and process orders from B2B/B2B2B /D2C segments. With state-of-the art user controls and configurations – including dynamic B2B pricing, contracts, catalogue creation, ordering, tracking, inventory and stock management – the product is becoming a game changer for sectors as diverse as healthcare, food and agriculture, manufacturing, packaging, corporate gifting, apparel and construction, among others. Commenting on the launch of the product, Asokan Sattanathan, Founder & Chairman, aahaa Technologies said, “We are thrilled to be offering SMEs across a range of businesses the benefits of migrating their offline sales and distribution operations online. In the last year, the pandemic compelled many businesses to take various processes digital and there is no going back. DigiSell was created to enable SMEs in this mission and we remain committed to evolving in this domain.” DigiSell is an ideal solution for businesses to enhance distribution efficiency and grow their B2B sales. With its advanced technology, it has the potential to free up the sales team from managing cumbersome processes, present and promote products in the form of an e-Catalogue with client-specific dynamic pricing capabilities. It also helps businesses expand to new geographies and add new products and maintain a single system for all customer orders in both B2B and B2C sectors. Additionally, this platform empowers their clients to initiate ordering of contracted goods from anywhere, anytime, get real-time updates on deliveries and gain insights on product mix & sales trends dynamically. In terms of technology, …

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Aeroterm opens 50,000 sq ft multi-tenant airside cargo facility at CVG

Aeroterm, an owner and developer of on-airport cargo facilities, has announced the completion of a new Class A, 50,400 square-foot, airside cargo facility at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The building can accommodate cargo, ground support equipment and other terminal support users, such as flight kitchens and commissaries. The LEED certified facility at CVG is designed to meet the additional capacity needs at the airport as the demand for shipping grows. Tenants of the new facility will benefit from the expansion, as will the CVG airport. The newly enlarged facility offers flexibility to expand by 120,000 square feet in future phases, 6,000 square feet of available space, 24′-0″ clear height, insulated precast walls with structural steel framing, interior and exterior LED light fixtures, direct access to aircraft apron and ground support equipment-rated (GSE) concrete tie-in for GSE storage and freight staging and itegrated airport security system. “There has been a strong increase in cargo volumes and GSE support needs at CVG Airport in recent years and this expansion project is a direct response to that increasing demand,” said Alexi Lachambre, Vice President of Investments & Development, Aeroterm, in adding, “It was a privilege to work on this project and we look forward to our continued partnership with CVG to support their growing needs.” The new Aeroterm facility is among other large supply chain facilities at CVG including a DHL global hub and Amazon’s new Prime Air cargo hub which will be completed in 2025. In addition to this project at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Aeroterm is currently working on air cargo development at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Miami International Airport, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the latest phase of an …

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Antonov & Chapman move 370 tonnes of machinery parts from Australia to Brazil

Antonov Airlines has safely moved 370 tonnes of new machinery parts on three AN-124 flights to a mine in Brazil from Australia in time to keep work at the plant going. Antonov’s load planning engineers designed tailored frames to carry two of the pieces of equipment. The cargo was loaded and unloaded using Antonov’s in-house engineering solutions for the oversized project cargoes. The flights, chartered by Chapman Freeborn, made a number of technical stops because of the total weight of the cargo, as well as COVID-19 restrictions for crew rest at the airports on the route. “The timeline was challenging – initially our flight plan was six days in total, however we needed to change this to nine days after assessing the load,” said Chapman Freeborn cargo broker, Ana Bocchini, in adding, “In the end it came together with some meticulous planning and by changing some legs of the journey to avoid delays and closed runways.” Volodymyr Goncharov, Commercial Executive at Antonov Airlines added, “This was a challenging project, which we had to complete to a tight deadline. Using three AN-124 aircraft to airlift these special project cargoes allowed us to perform the programme of round-the-world flights successfully. The flights were a success because of well-coordinated efforts and good communication between the teams at Antonov Airlines and Chapman Freeborn.” Rapid COVID-19 tests were conducted during each 14-hour rest window prior to the next leg of the flight being cleared. Cargo included a giant drill shaft and a transport cradle, which was required for upgrading machinery at the final destination with minimal down-time affecting operations.

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CargoAi launches CO2 emission calculation features, allowing forwarders to choose routes and airlines based on carbon impact

CargoAi has announced to launch new features to allow freight forwarder to assess and reduce the CO2 emissions generated by their business activities. With the new features offered from CargoAi, freight forwarders can now choose routes and airlines based on their carbon impact and calculate the CO2 emitted from each shipment. Monthly CO2 emissions reports are also available to allow clients to analyse their own impact and monitor improvements. As powerful decision-making and CO2 emission calculation tools, these features are highly sought after by clients at a time when sustainability is playing an increasingly significant role in air cargo. Also, the free universal Track and Trace system enable any freight forwarder to track their shipment instead of checking with each airline and calculate at the same time the CO2 emission of the shipment. Finally, the monthly emissions report means forwarders can analyse their carbon impact and monitor improvements. “Cargo stakeholders have really become aware of sustainability, and carbon impact is a recurring topic in discussions with our clients. Through these new features, we wanted to highlight the efforts that airlines are making to reduce their emissions by allowing forwarders to choose their carriers on that basis. It was essential for us to take a position on this issue and to innovate, because it’s also another way of thinking about air cargo differently,” said Matthieu Petot, CEO of CargoAi. Several months of development work went into building this complex calculation system, with impartiality the primary goal. As a result, CO2 emissions calculations for all airlines are based on the IATA RP1678 methodology, which is approved by the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC). The European standard DIN EN 16258 can also be …

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Honeywell partners with FarEye to help enterprises better track and monitor operations

With supply chains becoming more dependent on mobile workers to meet productivity goals, Honeywell has partnered with FarEye, a low-code SaaS platform, to provide its intelligent delivery management platform to Honeywell mobile computer users. FarEye allows mobile workers with devices to manage, visually track and monitor delivery logistics operations. The company works with major retailers, carriers and consumers around the world to provide higher control on their delivery operations and provide a superior experience to end customers. Kushal Nahata, CEO & Co-Founder, FarEye said, “Indeed a milestone for both the teams who are on a journey to empower shippers and carriers to deliver better. As customers transform their businesses to keep pace with today’s ever-changing business climate, FarEye enables the customers to scale their delivery operations & create value. Together, we have been able to make a positive impact on businesses with the disruptive power of Honeywell technologies and FarEye’s intelligent delivery management platform which is built to solve the complex challenges that cost the supply chain and logistics industry trillions of dollars.” With the combined capabilities, Honeywell and FarEye aim to provide greater visibility of logistics operations through centralizing data that is usually scattered throughout the organization. This will help customers to achieve greater transparency enabling them to move from reacting to situations to real-time problem solving with end-to-end operational visibility. Honeywell also recently recognised FarEye as its ISV Partner of the year.

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