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    • What is Air Freight Consolidation
      What is consolidation or what is consolidated freight? Shipments or consignments from several shippers booked under a single master air way bill goes by the name of consolidation of freight consolidation. The freight forwarders call this as consol. Shipments from each shipper travel under individual house air way bills (also called house bills). Air cargo consolidation bookings are usually for flights leaving on the weekend.  If the amount of freight expected is very large, bookings are done for the middle of the week. Such consolidations are called midweek-consol (consol is the short form for consolidation and is often used in the freight forwarding industry). Freight consolidation saves cost and helps airlines to plan freight movements.It helps businesses to grow by giving them an opportunity to move goods in a cheaper and effective way.
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    • Finnair Cargo picks Air Logistics Group as GSSA for China
      Finnair Cargo has appointed Air Logistics China as its general sales and service agent (GSSA) in Mainland China.

      The Air Logistics Group company started working with Finnair Cargo in Nanjing on 1 August, and the agreement in Guangzhou, Xi’an and Chongqing will be effective from 1 September.

      Finnair Cargo sales director for Asia, Tomi Asikainen says: “We are very excited about our new co-operation in mainland China with Air Logistics Group. Finnair Cargo continues to develop its presence and services in Mainland China and in Asia, and Air Logistics Group have a strong team and resources which are being made available to our clientele there.”

      The airline has also appointed Global Aviation Services as its GSSA in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

      The agreement is in place for Global Aviation Services to provide cargo sales, marketing, customer service, administration and operational support in the two countries.

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    • 3 Blockchain Applications To Watch In Logistics
      The word “visibility” is commonly used in the supply chain world, and a lot of software companies are already addressing it. But it’s also one of the most targeted needs in blockchain logistics applications, along with traceability. They’re words that blockchain companies are touting as they begin rolling out pilots.

      The supply chain is ripe for blockchain, a decentralized digital ledger which tracks information in protected blocks. An average shipment can move between 30 different organizations, with more than 200 communications during its route. Given a supply chain’s complexity and that many of the involved companies don’t have compatible software, delays along the chain are common, and it may be difficult to know the location’s holdup.

      “I see blockchain as a game changer,” Brian Reed, a supply chain and blockchain consultant told Supply Chain Dive.

      From the biggest noise perspective, “IBM is enabling the largest amount of action,” Reed said. And it’s not being done alone — each initiative has a partner. IBM has over 400 blockchain projects using Hyperledger Fabric. This year, IBM is making news with a Maersk collaboration, developing a global trade platform for the shipping ecosystem.

      From end-to-end visibility throughout the supply chain to specific functions, these three blockchain applications, along with IBM, are looking to address the logistics issues.


      The big idea
      Like the IBM/Maersk collaboration, ShipChain wants end-to-end visibility, theirs on one platform and including all shipping modalities. “Not everybody is tracking the package from the manufacturer to the customer’s front door. Different companies are focused on solving different problems,” said Cherie Aimée, ShipChain’s director of communications. ShipChain’s Track and Trace product executes smart contracts between shippers and carriers.
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    • Yusen Logistics launches express air cargo service in Guangzhou, China
      Aug 17, 2018: In a recent move in July, Yusen Logistics (China) has launched an emergency arrangement service targeting air freight cargo arriving in Guangzhou, China. After arriving at Guangzhou airport, cargo will be collected from airport terminal within 6 hours as a minimum lead-time so as to provide customers swift import service.

      Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is one of the three largest airports in China, ranking after Shanghai and Beijing. In April 2018, Guangzhou Terminal 2 started operation. And it is expected to be a hub linking various areas of China with different regions in the world.

      “With volume handling capacity increase hugely in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, it usually takes at least one day after arrival at the local airport to collect consolidated cargo. To achieve special requests for urgent cargoes, we established a special team in Guangzhou and launched an emergency order service that gives priority to import declarations. This will enable us to pick up cargo from the terminal within six hours after cargo arrival at Guangzhou airport,” stated Yusen Logistics through a statement.

      Going forward, Yusen Logistics will continue to provide bespoke supply chain logistics.

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    • Forwarders set to reap the rewards as Lufthansa and AF-KLM go digital
      Forwarders are set to benefit as the air cargo industry slowly – but surely – moves towards digitisation.

      Yesterday, Lufthansa Cargo, one of the more technologically innovative carriers, announced a partnership with booking platform Freightos.

      This means forwarders will be able to view, instantly, a contracted price online and secure the capacity via connectivity between the carrier’s application programming interface and Freightos’ WebCargo product.

      The service, which is expected to cut transit time and cost, is first being rolled out in Europe, but will be expanded globally in the coming months.

      Röhlig Logistics joined the pilot programme earlier this year and said it was a useful tool.

      “The new functionality enables rapid quoting and booking of our shipments. Röhlig Logistics customers benefit through improved information flow and handling of their consignments. We are happy that we joined the pilot and look forward to extending this service further within our network.”

      Lufthansa Cargo said it was prioritising technology initiatives.

      “Through Lufthansa Cargo web service, we are driving the digitisation of our industry to offer our customers and partners a convenient and fast digital interface to our products and services,” said CEO Peter Gerber.

      Freightos WebCargo enables real-time pricing, capacity and e-booking for airlines that have the necessary digital capabilities. If capacity is unavailable, the system also supports manual online ad hoc pricing. Together, this means faster air freight, claimed Freightos.

      “Everyone’s talking about air cargo digitisation, but for most it’s just talk,” said Zvi Schrieber, CEO. “It’s fantastic to partner with a forward-looking airline like Lufthansa Cargo for this quantum leap in cargo booking.

      “The result of on-demand booking is that goods will move faster, with up to a day shaved off transit time, and tens of dollars saved per shipment.”

      Lufthansa is not the only carrier hoping to woo customers with technology. Air France-KLM Cargo has announced that pharmaceutical customers can now get quotations, book and receive information throughout the shipment process with its digital platform, myCargo.

      While the platform is already available for general cargo, it has been developed to help pharmaceutical customers track the current temperature of a shipment, the battery level in dry ice units and the voltage in active containers at ‘contact points’ in the airlines’ two hubs, as well as origin and destination.

      The airline said it would also “roll out an important tool to make our capabilities more visible for customers by the end of the year”.

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