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   Vol. 20 No. 25
Thursday July 1, 2021

FIATA PayCargo In Mega Deal
PayCargo teams up with FIATA in a landmark global agreement impacting the largest organized group of freight forwarders in the world.

     PayCargo has developed a tailored solution, called Freight-Pay, which will allow members of The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) to instantly make and receive payments between themselves, while also benefitting from reduced transaction costs and heightened security features.
     FIATA was founded in Vienna 95 years ago on August 1, 1926 and is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the world with 109 Association Members and more than 5,500 Individual Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide.

Lionel van der WaltFreight-Pay Helps Forwarders Grow

     FIATA members worldwide can now register on the platform free of charge to make and receive payments globally.
     “We have worked with FIATA to develop a cost-effective, custom online payment platform to ensure their members have access to, and can benefit from, the ongoing digitalization of the freight payment industry,” Lionel van der Walt, (left) Global Chief Commercial Officer, PayCargo said.
     “Freight-Pay simplifies transactions and reduces costs in a secure environment, supporting FIATA members to grow their business and improve efficiency and customer service delivery,” Lionel van der Walt declared.
     Freight-Pay is end-to-end encrypted and allows FIATA members to create an account, send and receive money to and from other members worldwide, and provides them with instant visibility and access to transaction data.

Stephane GraberThe FIATA PayCargo Partnership

     “Freight-Pay is meant to simplify the freight forwarder’s day-to-day business and we are excited to introduce this new tool to our members,” said Dr. Stephane Graber, (right) FIATA Director General.
     “As we dive deeper into the digital world, we must continue to equip our members with hands-on resources that make their daily practice easier.
     “That’s why we collaborated with PayCargo to develop the Freight-Pay solution, so that FIATA members can have an efficient and secure platform to transfer money among themselves at a reduced cost.”

PayCargo Excellence

     PayCargo has a track record of teaming up with like-minded associations and companies to develop tailored solutions.
     In April, PayCargo worked with Air Cargo Netherlands to simplify the payment and collection of the Association’s membership and delegate transactions.
     In June, PayCargo secured a Series B investment of USD$125 million with global private equity firm Insight Partners which will be used to further develop digital payment tools and services for platform users.

The Humble Green Giant

      Despite their remarkable success in the financial services quarter PayCargo remains, what can rightfully be described, as a humble organization with a caring approach.
      Here Lionel shares his thoughts on the company’s role in the transportation industry.
      “Most people think of PayCargo in simple terms as an online payment platform, which is absolutely correct.
      “However, the role we play transforming industry payments facilitates trade, economic growth and sustainability.
      “By accelerating payments PayCargo also impacts the flow of goods and trade, which drives economies.
      “These efficiencies influence terminal congestion and emissions, and ultimately play a role in bringing sustainability through our new technologies and financial programs.
      “As example of sustainability, imagine the volume of outdated labor-intensive, paper-based processes that the PayCargo offering eliminates?
      “PayCargo believes that corporate social responsibility is an essential part of the logistics industry's future.
      “We will continue to call for better understanding of these values through advanced implementation of our payment programs and also through our participation in industry events and encounters moving forward,” Lionel van der Walt told Flying Typers.
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Jason Berry

Word up from Jason Berry, Air Canada Vice President of Cargo that the airline in a standout move was breaking away from every other North American combination carrier by adding all cargo B767 freighters to the fleet as fast as the carrier can convert them, quickens the heart of every true air cargo executive.
     Imagination, commitment and a roadmap for change are the watchwords at Air Canada Cargo.
     As 2021 continues and the world emerges from the COVID-19 hangover, the carrier is a global standout, having launched more that 9,000 cargo flights during the pandemic that in no small measure has driven change and broadened thinking about the future of air cargo at Air Canada.
     Berry, who exudes an energetic youthful vigor, in fact, has more than 25 years of cargo experience in the aviation industry, having held leadership roles in commercial and operational capacities at Alaska Airlines, Cargolux Airlines, Menzies Aviation and McGee Air Services.
     He learned air cargo from the ground up entering the industry in 1995 as a warehouse agent at Cargolux.
     But Jason was a quick read at the carrier, moving on to leadership positions in operations.
     Berry joined Alaska Airlines in 2013 and that move accelerated his career into the stratosphere as Managing Director, Cargo before his next move to President of McGee Air Services, a wholly owned ground handling subsidiary of Alaska Airlines.
     So now with its first freighter due to arrive sometime early in Q4 of 2021, we thought the man carrying the responsibility to make the future Air Canada Cargo plan work might share some insights and industry views, as his mighty all-cargo fleet is building.
     Sometimes you might view a story like this as “a view from the top,” but wait a minute.
      Here we have an executive who is also a proven handling specialist, so in a switcheroo of sorts we asked some basic human questions and were pleased that      Jason without blinking joined us and offered a view of air cargo from the ground up.

What is the best story you have experienced or have heard during the past fourteen year and a half months during the pandemic?
JB:  There have been so many, it’s difficult to choose! Soon after I started at Air Canada, on February 12, our 5,000th cargo-only flight landed in Shanghai with a full load of live lobster. AC2283 left Toronto with a total of nearly 34,000 kilos of freight on board, all the more memorable because it was Lunar New Year, and Canadian lobsters arrived just in time for celebrations. That flight stands out because Air Canada only started operating cargo-only flights at the start of the pandemic, and here we had hit the 5,000th one already. There was also a particular significance in that handling large shipments of live lobster is a complex, sensitive operation. These were loaded in Halifax, Nova Scotia on a cargo-only flight and flown to Toronto to connect with the flight to PVG. Our teams in Halifax and Toronto did an exceptional job—the tremendous skill and effort that they put in to every one of these flights, from the moment that we first connect with the customer to the day of the operation, is remarkable.
     Additionally, PVG played a critical role at the start of the pandemic, as we transported PPE and medical supplies on cargo-only fights from there at a time when air capacity had been hit hard, and there was a dire need for the supplies. Since the very early stages of the pandemic, the dedication of our team in Asia, particularly PVG, went beyond expectations, adapting to our schedule and the increased number of cargo-only flights out of this region.
     It’s very fitting that we celebrated the 5,000 cargo-only flight by landing in PVG, on New Year’s Day, with a belly full of Canadian lobster. The return flight departed the next day carrying face masks for redistribution in various Canadian cities.
What as a professional transportation executive are you most proud of during this time?
     Similar to other significant events such as 9/11 or the financial crisis, the speed at which the pandemic changed our business only reinforced the importance of remaining laser-focused on doing everything possible to support our people and the communities we serve by keeping them safe and providing continued access to essential goods via air. The collaboration and creativity across branches has been one of the most defining moments for Air Canada and key for our ability carry through with our mission amidst the distractions of COVID-19.

Jason BerryFT:  What are you most looking forward to doing both business and personally as restrictions ease and COVID finally recedes?
JB:  Having joined Air Canada in the midst of the pandemic, I’ve been extremely limited in my ability to visit our teams. I’m most looking forward to getting out and traveling to see our employees and the customers that support us across the globe.

FT:   When do you expect that will be?
JB:  I’m hopeful that some level of business travel will begin now and through the remainder of the year.

FT:   How have you changed? Look at your life before, during and after the pandemic professionally?
JB:  Watching global aviation brought to its knees was a humbling experience. We were powerless to much of what was transpiring around us. The pandemic has been a test of resilience and a reminder that we must focus on what we can control.

FT:   Are you at all or just a bit fatigued of zoom, webinar and other web-driven contact? Or will you make that medium a go to form of contact and communication? If answering yes how much face to face? Or wait and see how you feel?
JB:  Web-based conference calls have become the standard form of communication during lockdown. There are things to be learned from the “virtual” experience and it has proven to been a powerful tool to connect continents, however, in my opinion it can never fully replace in-person meetings and the connections those interactions create. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues and business partners face-to-face again soon.

FT:   In all your contact and communications what has happened or have you experienced that impacted and impressed you the most?
JB:  We often talk about forging partnerships in our business and how critical good communication is. The most impressive and impactful experience has been watching partnerships springing to life in new ways we may have never imagined, delivering vaccines, life-saving equipment, and PPE to those in need across the globe.

FT:   Although your freighter announcement is big news, (congratulations) . . . how else will Air Canada Cargo emerge during the rest of 2021?
JB:  We’re thrilled to be sharing the news of our new freighter routes, however we must keep our eye on the ball and continue to support our customers through the entirety of this complex business cycle. We still have a job to do and it requires a full effort from our entire team to help keep the tenuous supply chain intact.

FT:   Can you feel the respect and encouragement for cargo based on performance? Name the highs of course but also what can we all do better?
JB:  I’ve been passionate about air cargo my whole life, so it’s incredible to see our industry be recognized on a global stage and viewed in this new light. That being said, I look forward to the day when our colleagues on the passenger side of the house are back to full force—that will mean our world is regaining balance and we can hopefully say the worst is finally behind us. We have learned many impactful lessons during COVID. As proud as I am for what air cargo has meant to the industry, it is a small story in the grand scheme of things. We’ve witnessed nations come together to battle a pandemic, social injustices openly addressed and concrete actions around equality are being raised. We still have a lot of work to do, but this is what’s most encouraging from my perspective.

FT:   What has air cargo shown during the pandemic and should there be an industry wide campaign to advance air cargo to targeted industries or some other form of coordinated effort led by FIATA, IATA, CNS or even alliance partners? If so what would be the message?
JB:  Air cargo is and will remain a key piece of the supply chain puzzle. The symbiotic relationship between passenger belly space and main deck freighter capacity cannot be underestimated. There is a place for both today and into the future. The key will be to find ways to best leverage these modes to efficiently and effectively support the logistics supply chain. This includes delivering on global initiatives such as digitalization that improve the speed of our business.

FT:   Is Air Canada participating in any trade shows during 2021? Which ones?
JB:  We are working with our regional sales teams to see whether we will participate in tradeshows as they come up.

FT:   Finally what would you tell a young man or woman entering air cargo right now, knowing what has happened during the past 14 months, in addition to your career experience?
JB:  Air cargo is not for the faint of heart and this year is no exception, yet it can be some of the most rewarding work you will ever have the opportunity to be a part of. While it may not be directly visible, the freight in our warehouses and on our aircraft have a face and a name that depend on us to deliver. Being a vital part of the world’s supply chain provides you with the opportunity to touch endless people’s lives where no day is the same.

Chuckles for July 3, 2014

Pumping TrafficSWISS to slash fleet 15%, workforce by 20% as business is expected to be about half this summer what it was during summer of 2019 . . . Airbus delivered 50 aircraft in May. Boeing delivered 17 during May, including 10 737 MAX . . . USA domestic load factor is about 87% and that number nearly equals pre-pandemic levels and has had some serious impact on cargo lift with people scrambling for space to cover commitments . . . FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce collaboration that has been ongoing for more than 25 years, with their first MoU signed in 2006. The collaboration includes the engagement of all actors in safety and security-related topics, the digitalization of the supply chain, the improvement and reinforcement of operational efficiency, and regulatory and policy developments impacting the supply chain worldwide . . . Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner entered service last Friday June 25th Doha –Milan joining Qatar Airways’ fleet of 53 Airbus A350 and 37 Boeing 787s. Having grounded its fleet of A380s the airline continues to invest in twin-engine aircraft. Additionally on the boards for the stretch B787-9 service are fights via hub Doha to Athens, Barcelona, Dammam, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur and Madrid. QR also announced a codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines, the newest member of oneworld, strengthening its position as the ideal choice for international passengers travelling to and from the United States . . . Although price of kero has spiked recently to 185 cents/gal that cost is still about 10 cents below 2019 levels . . . While the urge to merge with others at a trade show somewhere persists high fever good to consider most European nations vaccination levels are at about 30%, hardly enough to be herd or heard as the case may be . . . By the numbers Airport Council International (ACI) reports for the first quarter 2021cargo traffic across its member European airports rose 10.6% to pre-pandemic 2019. . . SAL Saudi Logistics Services appoints Hesham bin Abdulla Alhussayen as acting Chief Executive Officer. Upon his appointment Hesham bin Abdulla Alhussayen said “I am grateful to the Board for entrusting me with this great leadership responsibility. SAL is moving ahead with our vision to be the logistics partner of choice in a dynamic and globally connected Saudi Arabia as per Vision 2030.”. . .
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Baseball and July 4
Gerritt Cole
     We’ve reached a fork in the road in New York City, as July 2021 finds some folks venturing out to dine once again and gather in the parks
     The summer will not be denied as the most famous sports address in the world—Yankee Stadium in the Bronx—switched on the bright lights this year for a full season.
     So far we have not seen our team climb to the top of the American League East but as it is said, “It ain’t over until it’s over!”
Emily Arend at Yankee Stadium      Having baseball back feels like a blessing at this time after all the lockdowns, terrible loss of life and scares of a new strain.
     Now once again in 2021 we can think about the Boys of Summer. We can think about the game.
     We realize that many of our readers around the world may not follow baseball and certainly U.S. football carries a much bigger audience.
     Of course “football” to almost everyone in this world is also the word for soccer.
     To be clear we love them all.
     Here we share some words about U.S. baseball.
George Carlin     The late, great George Carlin defined why baseball is so special:
     “Baseball is different from any other sport, very different.
     “For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs.
     “In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball.
     “In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he's out; sometimes unintentionally, he's out.
     “Also, in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball, and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.
     “In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager.
     “And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do.
     "In baseball the object is to go home!
     “And to be safe!
     “I hope I'll be safe at home!
     “Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror.
     “Baseball has no time limit:
     “We don't know when it's gonna end - might have extra innings.”

Baseball Versus Football

     George Carlin hits the “home run” here:
“In football you wear a helmet.
     “In baseball you wear a cap.
     “Football is concerned with downs - what down is it?
     “Baseball is concerned with ups - Who's up?
     “In football you receive a penalty.
     “In baseball you make an error.
     “In football the specialist comes in to kick.
     “In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.
     “Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.
     “Baseball has the sacrifice."

Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

     Walt Whitman, an American poet, essayist, journalist and humanist in his 1855 book of poems, titled "Leaves of Grass" said this about baseball:
     “I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game.
     “It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”

      Now let the fabled words echo through the land.
     Happy Fourth. Play Ball 2021!

Editor's Note:  This one is for Emily. Youngest daughter Emily Parker (pictured above) enthuses,I'm so pumped for baseball to be back."

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