Mullins is a treasure.
Always at the forefront, though rarely in
the spotlight, Donna Mullins International Solutions is an independent
small company that in 2020 is a bulwark of the air cargo community at
ATL through its hands-on support for the Atlanta Air Cargo Association
and other local airport building efforts.
Donna, to put it straight, is always on
hand in her hometown to do good from her base just off the main runways
of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (HJIA) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Recently Donna’s company became the
Senior Consulting Firm in North America in the Air Cargo Community Systems
(ACS) initiative there.
Atlanta is now on the path of implementing
one of the first ACS in North America.
ATL ACS went live on November 14, 2019 with
Kale Logistics and the private sector.
“Embracing this concept, Atlanta logistics
is seeing benefits of the digital community,” Donna said.
Kale Goes Pay Cargo
Kale and PayCargo have entered into an agreement
to enhance the community system with payment processing via their payment
an example of how the ‘community’ fits together,” Donna
Man Air Cargo In Nashville
“The just concluded Air Forwarders
Association AirCargo 2020 gathering in Nashville was a very informative
three days, and as always, featured great sponsors,” Donna declared.
“It was loads of fun with fabulous
networking events, Lady Donna told FlyingTypers.
“Most favorite session was by the
NASA Kennedy Space Center Gateway Logistics Element Manager, Mark Wiese.
“Who among us really thought about
the fact NASA and logistics share a common element—we both move
cargo to people?
“Mark gave a great presentation on
how NASA needs commercialization to help achieve many of their goals.
“One exciting development ahead is
the Mission: SpaceX CRS-20 Cargo Mission to the International Space Station,”
and inspiring #aircargo2020 keynote by Mark Wiese,” agreed Michelle
Halkerston, (left) Owner, President & CEO at Hassett Express
“Mark touched on topics important
to every business— economic growth, innovation, and perhaps most
important . . . collaboration!” Michelle enthused.
Into The Air
“A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft
is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, delivering NASA science investigations,
supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station,” Donna
“The Women’s Networking Event,
‘How Companies Have Successfully Reduced Their Carbon Footprint,’
with moderators: Sandy Gregory, Flexport; Sasha Goodman, Rock-It Cargo
and Speakers: Susy Schöneberg, Flexport; Teresa Ehman, Air Canada
Cargo, didn’t stop with just how we impact the carbon footprint,
but how we impact the world by our actions.
“How helping our ‘neighbor’
is as important as helping our climate, was the takeaway here,”
Lithium Shipping Shocking
“Cyber and business risks continue
to be a topic of conversation and concern.
“The Lithium Battery session was extremely
informative and it just blows my mind how many people ship cargo, and
are not even aware of the hazards of that cargo.
“It also blows my mind at how many
do, and don’t properly declare it,” Donna said.
“These are lives we are talking about,”
Donna Mullins exclaimed.
“Michael Givens, (right) Aviation Dangerous Goods Safety Specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration
encouraged every logistics provider to educate their clients.
“There are upcoming changes to ICAO
Annex 6 and a new Chapter 15, a cargo safety component, will be added
and these changes will be effective November 5, 2020, we learned.
Detection Wins By A Nose
“K9’s are one of the best ways
to detect lithium batteries in a shipment,” Donna Mullins said.
“Speaking of educating your clients,
the Cargo Insurance: ‘Transferring the Risk’ session also
reminded us how important it is to educate shippers about insurance and
how you should always be offering it as a value-added service, and the
consequences if you don’t offer it.
Cargo Communities Time
“Airport Cargo Communities are the
big buzz right now as many airports are starting to adopt ‘digital
infrastructure’ solutions for the expedient, efficient, and effective
movement of air cargo.
“It was noted that the typical time
from point to point for air cargo is 96 hours . . . and about 80% of those
hours are on the ground, before loading on the plane at origin, and after
unloading from the plane at destination,” Donna said.
“The cargo community concept gives
visibility of cargo status to many stakeholders at the same time–airlines,
ground handlers, forwarders/brokers, and truckers can all see the status
of a shipment in advance of the shipment arriving at or being picked up
from the warehouse.
“Different links of the supply chain
such as ABI software, payment platforms, and TMS having EDI conversations
is what the cargo community is all about,” Donna Mullins concluded.”