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   Vol. 19 No. 39
Tuesday May 12, 2020
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Jo Frigger
     While everybody is masking up to go outside, elsewhere others are attempting to unmask just what our transportation world might look like in the future. One determined freight forwarder, EMO Trans Chairman Joachim “Jo” Frigger, insists that “keeping it simple is how logistics works best.”
     “While we grieve for everyone that has suffered during the past months and look ahead to an end to this current situation, my view is that transportation is the oldest profession in the world, ever since Eve delivered an apple to Adam, has always worked best by keeping things simple.
     “Air cargo moved up to the main deck of passenger planes as ‘Cargo In Cabin’ (CIC) may be an exotic experience for some, but the reality is that cargo really doesn’t care where it rides,” Jo observed.
     According to Joachim Frigger, if air cargo could talk it might reveal its own reality and that might sound something like this:
     “Put me any place I fit on an aircraft, an ocean container ship, a truck, a bicycle or a mule!”
     “Just make sure I arrive safely, on time, and with everyone along the logistics chain plugged in along the way, sharing up-to-date information of what to expect!”

Intelligence Gained by Experience

     “Right now,” Jo gently advises, “we must have patience and utilize intelligence guided by experience.
     “So follow the rules, wear your mask, have some patience and foresight and eventually things will turn around,” Jo advises.
     Jo also confides that he doesn’t quite get it about ‘social distancing.’
     “That new catch-phrase born during the pandemic might be more correctly described as ‘physical distancing,’” Jo said.
     “‘Social distancing’ seems like a contradiction in terms.
     “It is certain that we will see some change, but in my experience, change is always the constant.”
     “At EMO Trans Global Logistics, we have grown organically and built our business carefully for over half a century, brick-by-brick, so we are solid and positioned to handle any situation moving forward on land, sea, or air.
     “We are staying within our plan by keeping it simple and staying in constant contact with our service partners.
     “Our team is intact and working from home as they do yeoman work, ensuring that we maintain the key ingredient—reliability.
     “I am on the phone and in electronic meeting rooms as we adjust to a new way of doing business for this time.
     “My thanks and appreciation to our global team to keep the shipments moving and our customers happy.
     “From home I do occasionally enjoy a short trip to the local butcher shop early in the morning, before it gets busy,” Jo admitted.
     “It’s always rewarding to make the best of the wurst,” Joachim Frigger assures.

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Haiti Arendi and Erik Byman

Sometimes you can uncover exceptional air cargo work just walking up and down the cargo area.
     In the go-go, high-tech, and very beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia, resides Ospentos Oy, a company founded in Helsinki in 1986.
     Ospentos handles air cargo related business throughout Finland, the Baltic States, Belorussia, and Ukraine.
     The company principals and great old friends Erik Byman and Haiti Arendi, both members of the board, share some thoughts of how they are coping as they guide their very high-tech but always human company through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Value Proposition in 2020

     “We believe,” the duo proclaimed, “that what our service partners value most is being able to rely on our services during difficult times.
     “For sure we have adjusted the frequencies and schedule, but we have not gone along with the ‘pandemic surcharges.’
     “As most of the airlines have stopped altogether to operate, or drastically reduced their service, there are really some challenges to find a routing combined with a sensible rate.”
     Making no excuses, these guys share how leveraging experience with technology delivers results.
     “Right now, our business model day to day necessarily tends to go outside the ‘Excel World!’
     “Some good old-fashioned freight forwarding is really required. We are constantly thinking outside the box or even more likely, expanding solutions with no box at all!”

Technologies & Human Handhelds

     “What Ospentos benefits from today is that technology has jumped to a much higher level than during previous crises.
     “When we were active in freight forwarding there was telex, fax, landlines, copying machines, and tons of paper.
     “Now for example we can operate remotely, from anywhere, which includes sitting with a laptop at a weekend house close to nature.
     “Business is as usual . . . almost.
     “We also realize that working remotely is possible only when you can perform all operations at home as you do in the office.
     “Ospentos software enables even cargo terminal back-office to work remotely at home. Only physical handlers are needed on site, and they just feed the data to back-office from handhelds and back.
     “Looking at tomorrow as the pandemic crisis eventually recedes, we probably will revert in some manner and go back to the older business model, but there are surely going to be some changes.”

Hub From Skype Cargo

     Here in Tallinn, where Skype is located, Erik and Haiti tip their hats to the Ospentos team.
     “There are no office hours… they are online not 24/7, but close to 20/7, chatting in a Skype group to exchange information.
     “Shout out as well to our frontline people in the warehouse who are all out working when needed to handle PPE flights.”

Need To Advance Further

     “Crisis and demand usually spurs a need for invention and innovation.
     “Of course, we have digitalized all our activities in the past, so there is not so much to innovate internally.
     “But it’s time we think to take a broader view and participate in industry innovation initiatives, like IATA One Record or eCMR, to name a few.”

Cargo Lanes Open Everywhere

     “Fortunately,” Erik and Haiti said, “borders throughout our service area are open for cargo movements without restriction.
     “Closures of countries did spread some false rumors to the world, that borders were closed for cargo as well.
     “This is something we have had to deal with during this time when business as usual is at times quite unusual.”
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Cathy Roberson

Libby the catCathy Roberson spent a decade at UPS as a marketing analyst before venturing out to found Logistics Trends & Insights, which provides industry updates and analysis, reports, white papers, and consulting.
     Here she shares a view of working from home near Atlanta, Georgia, her passion for logistics, and also offers a glimpse of her co-worker, Libby.

     “We’re doing OK here.
     “I work mainly from the home so the stay-at-home mandate was easy for me.
     “But, not being able to go to restaurants, hike in the mountains, or visit in-person with friends has all taken some getting use to.
     “However, food delivery services, video chats, and yard work have certainly helped.”

Up In The Morning

     “I start my days early, usually by 5:00 am at the latest, checking emails, social media, and news websites for industry updates.
     “I then spend an hour or two either working on the m&a database and logistics portal that are available on my website, or on our latest report.
     “This quarter, we’re working on a global pharma/life sciences supply chain report.
     “The rest of the day is busy with client work and calls, conference and/or video.
     “Of course, throw in a house chore or two along with a walk or bike ride and that’s about it for a typical day here.”

Shares Some Style

     “Just staying busy and not trying to get too bogged down in all the news.”

The Books Read You

     “I have a stack of books that seems to grow faster than my ability to read them, but right now I’m reading a biography of John Marshall, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Adds Some Music

     “Depending on my mood, some days I’m listening to classical music, other days I’m listening to a mix of music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. REM, The Black Keys and Stevie Ray Vaughn are usually on my playlists.”

Surprises In 2020

     “How quickly everything shut down. [I was surprised by] the suddenness in the decline in passenger air traffic, but at the same time the quickness of airlines stepping up and working with international organizations, governments, and hospitals to transport much needed medical goods.
     “I think a number of airlines have shown how adaptable they are, and a willingness to work with competitors as well as collaborating with a variety of stakeholders including the shipper, logistics providers, and other transport carriers to create unique solutions quickly.”

Demand The Future?

     “Demand for airfreight will continue over the next few months as countries begin to restart economies. Some inventory replenishment will be needed for manufacturers however, how much will depend on the health of economies and any possible volume loss to other modes of transport such as ocean and rail.
     “E-commerce volumes will continue to be a positive for air cargo providers.
     “We could see even higher e-commerce volumes as we emerge from the pandemic due to many people who had to stay at home who became accustomed to ordering various items online.”

Whats Going On

A380 Freighters
     Lufthansa Technik is busy reconfiguring an expanding menu of aircraft turned into freighters, including a scheme for a possible Airbus A380 to-cargo modification.
     With every A380 in the world grounded, with its almost miniscule cargo lifting capacity, the word that the world’s biggest passenger carrier might find a second life as a freighter could be an “Oh my God!” moment for some, but surely better than a punch in the nose indeed.
     What’s more, not only will modification comply with regulatory exemptions during the coronavirus crisis, Lufthansa Technik said that making the conversion permanent is no big deal.
     Back in the day, A380 pure freighters were supposed to go to Emirates, FedEx, and UPS, but by 2005 orders for more that two dozen of the freighter variant were cancelled.

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