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   Vol. 17 No. 81
Friday November 30, 2018

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Will Pharma.Aero Fulfill Expectations
Frank Van Gelder     In a world where the new grows old rather quickly, the emergence of the Belgium-based Pharma.Aero as an umbrella organization for the hottest sector in the air cargo business has gained a flurry of attention.
     The Pharma.Aero flurry begins with an invitation from the organization’s website, as Secretary General Frank Van Gelder declares:
     “Everybody is welcome to come to join Pharma.Aero.
     “The more airports and airlines join globally, the better. It will reinforce the value of becoming a leading standard for the industry, and eventually representing reference articles and white papers, with the only goal to improve life science airfreight shipments.
     “We offer three different levels of membership, include a slate of virtual meetings, and intend to build Pharma.Aero based on content, not organization size.”
     Pretty refreshing, innovative stuff, we say.
     Undoubtedly others have drawn the same conclusion, as Pharma.Aero boasts thirty-seven members in less than two years of existence, including airports like five star Miami International and hometown gateway Brussels, plus DHL and some others.
     The rub, we note, after having met the smart and very well-spoken Frank Van Gelder at TIACA Toronto, is, in preparing this story, checking notes, and then taking a cursory look at the Pharma.Aero website.
     The web platform is bright and lively with lots of stories of the need and success of Pharma.Aero as an entity.
     Much is made of the string of industry events (including TIACA) that Pharma.Aero has attended, plus the MOU Pharma.Aero signed with IATA recently.
     But that is where it ends.
     We clicked the “Events” tab on the Pharma.Aero website on November 28, and the website looked dated.
     We clicked the Pharma.Aero “News” page and the aforementioned articles that run the gamut from outlook to self-congratulatory are easily accessed.
     Alarming to us as newshawks is the lack of new additions or posts to the Pharma.Aero website since late August or early September 2018.
     Did we miss something?
     For an industry that craves information, “nothing news” for more than 90 days on the website of an organization out to change things in a pharma cargo industry that demands a weathered eye raises at least one question:
     Where can we discover meetings and goings on in 2019 that will help us enhance understanding and expand Pharma offerings?
     Sure, there are other questions, but why not keep this simple and basic.
     Pharma.Aero as a self-advertised “virtual organization” could make it easier to achieve its stated lofty goals by opening up a steady, reliable, updated web stream daily, weekly, or even monthly.
     Pharma.Aero is a good idea.
     Their founding members are all first class operations and some very smart dedicated people.
But while out to do good, you should practice what you preach, Pharma.Aero, and keep hope alive by maintaining an updated information stream for the great unwashed.
     Just like shipping, success or failure is often met in large part by paying close attention to the details.

Ruth Snowden Steps Down

     Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) Executive Director Ruth Snowden, who stepped up to the challenge a decade ago as a pioneering woman in transportation, revealed at TIACA Toronto that she will step down from full time employment at the association by mid-2019.
     “The Executive Committee of the board has already met and succession planning is well underway, a process where I am fully engaged,” Ruth declared
     “It was an item in Linkedin last January announcing my 10th anniversary at CIFFA that made me stop for a moment and look up,” said Snowden.
     “When I joined the association in 2008 I promised myself that it would be for only five years.
     “Imagine my surprise when I realized that ten years had flown by.
     “We delivered a fantastic CIFFA 70th Anniversary Conference alongside the 29th TIACA here in Toronto so I waited to make this announcement post conference(s) so as to not overshadow those events,” she continued.

CIFFA Strong

     “CIFFA 2018 features a strong management team at the association, all working on the same objectives, with the endorsement of a supportive board.
     “We now look to 2019.
     “The future for CIFFA and for me couldn’t look any better,” lovely Ruth smiled.

Swiss WorldCargo and Hirano Logistics
Tango Tomonari
  Swiss WorldCargo began promoting its Boeing 777-300ER livery, branding a truck operated by Road Feeder Service (RFS) provider Hirano Logistics.
  “We are very proud of our collaboration in successfully developing and launching this initiative,” said Tango Tomonari, Head of Swiss WorldCargo Japan.
  Swiss WorldCargo actually operates a daily Airbus A340-300 flight from Zurich to Tokyo Narita Airport.

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Christmas at the air cargo clubs

     Here’s some party news as our industry takes a deep breath, with 2018 almost in the rearview mirror. Stay tuned, and send in your event information, and we will do our best to talk about it.
     Getting off to a roaring start this past Thursday in Melbourne was the Cargo Club of Australia Christmas Party held at the “Deluxe Rooftop Bar” in Moonee Ponds.
     Figures that this group would lead the party parade.
     After all CCA held its Winter Party this past July (when it is cold down under) at a place called Cleo’s Cocktail Lounge which, among other things, features a ceiling with 25,000 Swarovski crystals.
     “Our Christmas event saw all net proceeds going to charity,” reports Michael Fisicaro, CCA spokesman.
     The shindig got underway just after work at 5:30PM, so that everyone had an opportunity to come along and enjoy the fun.
     “A Christmas Party is a great way to unwind after a big year and whilst we are still in peak season, it’s a good way to burn off some of the steam that our clients put on us at this demanding time of the year.
     “We featured sponsors of course but the accent is on networking and all of the money raised goes to helping people out in our industry or other charitable organizations.
     Formerly known as the Air Cargo Club of Australia, which was founded in 1967 and set up by airline & airfreight forwarder employees, the group rebranded the organization as Cargo Club Australia (CCA) in 2016 to incorporate all members of the supply chain.
     “CCA now includes airlines, CTO’s, air & sea freight forwarders, customs brokers, transport operators (wharf & LCL cartage, couriers & interstate carriers), shipping lines, stevedores, NVOCC’s, 3PL warehouse operators, unpack & packing depots, industry specific IT & recruitment companies.
     CCA holds regular business & social networking events throughout the year. “We are a non-for profit organization and the money we raise from our functions go to charitable causes.”
     For more on the club, click here.

There’s A Party Going On

Hope Chavez     Down Atlanta way ‘tis the season,” after all, as the Atlanta Air Cargo Association (AACA) Merry Christmas Luncheon is set for Tuesday December 18, 2018 from 12 until 2 pm at the Holiday Inn, 1380 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30344.
     “Everyone is invited to this special occasion with plenty of food and drink at the member price of $45.00,” said Lori Solomon, AACA Secretary (PHL Truck Lines). lori@phltrucklines.
     “We are asking everyone to also bring an unwrapped toy for children 3-12 years of age to be donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital,” said Hope Chavez, (left) AACA President (Atlanta Customs Brokers).
     “Santa will be in evidence visiting all the good girls and boys,” Hope assures.
     For more click here.

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