Author: Aravind

When electronic data interchange (EDI) was introduced half a century ago, it rang in an era of business automation. Two decades later, in the eighties, standards began to converge towards the UN/EDIFACT standard, which set the foundations for global data exchange between businesses. Today, 95% of documents exchanged electronically in air freight use a “dialect” of EDI called Cargo IMP (interchange...

“Unique Labour dynamics” in the air cargo industry is turning to be a burning issue for entire supply chain. With unemployment benefit schemes being a disincentive for some staff to return to the workforce, the air cargo sector is at crossroads.  According to industry estimates, staff shortage at the peak of COVID-19 lockdown was 30 percent. Since last year the entire...

Freight Forwarders play a crucial role in the entire logistics industry. The role of Freight Forwarders in the modern world is simple but significant. Apart from arranging carriers to move cargo forward, they have a strategic advisory role in terms of documentation, planning, providing local services and execution of cargo movement. Complex, demanding, and the most competitive business scenario in the...

Since the advent of the pandemic, the demand for air cargo bookings online have been on the rise quite exponentially and so is the need to negotiate on the pricing through online modes. While Shippers and Freight Forwarders negotiate in person for quotations, nowadays, requesting quotation is performed online with technology intervention. Certain IT solutions exists that allows the stakeholders to...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Freight Forwarders and Exporters often see Airport as a blackhole. Yes, once cargo enters the airport precinct, these stakeholders would hardly get any visibility on the shipment. But the stakeholders on the air side too face challenges such as redundant data entries, revenue leakage and regulatory delays. Due to such issues, shipments either...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The maritime supply chain is critical to America’s economy and national security, and that point could not be more evident than it is today. Sometimes it takes a major disruption to highlight vulnerabilities. In the recent times, the maritime ecosystem in the USA has seen discord between shipping lines and exporters. Major disruption in...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Trends that Prove Sustainability in Air Cargo is Happening Realtime The outcry on sustainability and sustainable practices are soaring these days. At least in Air Cargo has seen a major transformation in terms of adopting sustainable practices. According to IATA, 2.5 million lives are saved each year with vaccine shipments sent worldwide (excluding COVID-19). Each...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Philippines is among the most key trade areas in the world owing to its presence in the South China Sea. The country is a hub for electronics, minerals, and petroleum products. Yes, similar to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, India and Thailand, Philippines too is a busy hub of export import activities in the...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] While the entire world is beginning to see a deluge alike last year, a complete lockdown may not be happening as the supply chain is still active. Unfortunately, other challenges are looming. Since the beginning of 2021, there has been a significant increase in imports and exports. Imports alone in North American ports...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Truth is always bitter and in case of the logistics customers – shippers – are continually seeking ways to do cost cutting out of the supply chain in order to improve their operational performance - particularly when it comes to inventory and transportation. As a logistics provider, this means Freight Forwarders can either enter...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] International shipping requires a unified, global approach to facilitation in case it wants to thrive in this highly competitive landscape. This need led to the foundation of an international treaty called the FAL Convention, active since 1967 but kept continually amended and updated by Governments at the FAL Committee of IMO – which...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Truck congestion is a big problem behind the scenes at some major US airports, especially in North America, because of the existing inefficiencies present as a result of poor coordination and infrastructure. North America faces the major challenge of truck congestion since most of the counties here have more than 60% of truck...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Import activities in the west coast of North America is surging as it used to be in the pre-pandemic scenario. If the statistics are to be believed, analysts estimate a significant volume surge of 160 percent in imports compared to the year ago period. Staples and consumer durables are among the most sought-after...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The pandemic has taught the importance of digitization to the world undoubtedly. Why? The rate of digitization in the maritime sector has grown significantly since the outbreak. Now, the regulatory bodies such as International Maritime Organization (IMO) and others are pushing for technology adoption to ensure the essential supply lines across the globe...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Video doorbells, smart thermostats, virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Home are just a few examples of how the Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted consumers’ lives. As logistics companies and businesses leverage this technology, the possibilities seem practically endless, with DHL and Cisco estimating an impact of more than $1.9 trillion...

The day has arrived. You have been dreaming about New Zealand for years, and now it is finally time to experience its beauty. Prior to crossing the Pacific, one has to make an international connection at San Francisco. Approaching the gate at your home airport, luggage in tow, you hit a massive crowd of travellers waiting for your flight and the...

The worst of times sometimes brings out the best in all of us. The Logistics Industry is an apt example of this. From transporting hand sanitizers, PPEs and masks to offering warehouse space for use as field hospitals, the industry is responding to a variety of needs arising from COVID-19. The logistics COVID warriors have been on the ground zero...