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   Vol. 22 No. 14
Sunday April 30, 2023



     In airports and airfreight, harmony in procedures and collaboration are essential to establish a reasonable level of quality in service and ensure the respect for the environment our day and age require.
     Bob Rogers VP & Treasurer says, “here at ULD CARE we get elated when we have a glimpse of such harmony.
     “The recent coverage of ULD matters in FlyingTypers was certainly music to our ears!
     “And a very big vote of thanks to Marco Sorgetti for this extensive coverage of ULD, a subject that all too often remains firmly in the closet.
     “ULD Care fully concurs with Andre Majeres statement that ULD are aircraft parts, and require the same degree of care and attention as any other part, this is a drum that ULD CARE and IATA have been banging for many years with, sad to say, limited results.
     “But on top of the overriding issue of flight safety – and never forget that there have been two major fatal accidents directly resulting from substandard use of ULD in aircraft loading – ULD CARE has also identified a number of other very significant issues, and I would like to list these in the space we were granted by FlyingTypers,” Rogers added.


     “This is a topic on everyone’s lips these days. Now actually the ULD OEM’s have done a remarkable job reducing the tare weight of containers, pallets and net by 40-50% in the past 15-20 years, delivering significant fuel burn reductions to the airlines and consequent benefit to the environment and air quality. But when it comes to the “on the ground side” it is not such a pretty sight, as the waste around ULD operations is extraordinary. We can start with annual repair costs estimated to exceed USD$300 million, and let us be clear, this is almost entirely the result of improper handling of what are lightweight aircraft parts. And then there are cargo nets, so often treated as “throw away” items in the general humdrum of cargo ops and all too often ending up dumped in a corner or cut with knives or driven over by a forklift, eventually ending a shortened lifecycle in landfill (at the owners’ expense) . . . And please don’t even get me started on cargo straps, again certified aircraft parts (TSO C172), yet likely to make just a couple of trips before ending up in a heap somewhere, an estimated 2.5 million such straps are made every year, consuming around 22 Km of webbing and over 2,000 tons of steel, year after year after year! Many sustainability improvements require investment to yield savings, but around ULD it is actually just a matter of reducing waste, with a bit of effort from all parties.”


     “Over the past 4-5 years there has been much talk about “Smart ULD” and indeed there have been some significant innovations. But unfortunately we see very little change to the way the movement of ULD into an “off airport” situation is managed and monitored. ULD CARE’s analysis leads us to believe that some 200,000 PMC make an off-airport move every month of the year, a practice that is of huge benefit to all stakeholders in the air cargo industry. Yet, when it comes to the ULD this practice leaves a great deal to be desired, with a very large number of these off-airport moves not being reported in an accurate and timely manner to their airline owners, which are often half way around the world. ULD CARE estimates that around 8-10% of the global PMC fleet is “off the radar” and overdue for return to their owner at any point in time. There is actually an IATA standard document to record such transfers, RP 1654, the ULD Control Receipt, which is the aviation equivalent of the maritime industry’s Equipment Interchange Receipt. However, as a result of legacy IT and messaging protocols, the UCR process frequently fails to deliver the required efficiency and is long overdue for digitalization. ULD CARE is now well advanced on a project to utilize modern IT such as App’s, hand held POS units and API’s to move this five-decades old process into the 21st century.”


     “One party’s efficiency should not be at the expense of the other party and this is certainly true when it comes to ULD’s. Unfortunately, it may seem efficient to conduct cargo operations using inappropriate facilities and practices ignoring the inevitable collateral damage to the ULD. With a few notable exceptions, ULD operations are often carried out in very “unfriendly” environments and almost always against the clock, with a very extensive use of forklifts. The key to improving matters here lies in establishing an industrywide awareness of the importance of knowing the difference between the right and the wrong way when it comes to working with ULD’s, and in this regard ULD CARE puts significant efforts and resources into delivering a portfolio of solutions through its website (www.uldcare.com). More often than it is actually perceived, the method in compliance is also more efficient in the end.
     “To wrap up, ULD are the oil that lubricates the gears of air cargo: no ULD = no cargo!
     “Just as an engine will seize up if its oil is allowed to deteriorate or be contaminated, so the air cargo industry will seize up without the proper degree of attention to the wellbeing of the ULD upon which it depends. If you wish to fly and do not wish to use care for your ULD’s you must make sure that you are a bird, in all other circumstances ULD CARE is a must!”
Bob Rogers

Chuckles For April 30, 2023

Amar More

     Amar More, CEO and Co-Founder of Kale Logistics Solutions in Istanbul at The International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Cargo Symposium last week is a newer face on the air cargo circuit but in real terms he has been in the forefront of modernization and streamlining of air cargo operations in the U.S., especially recently as Kale Atlanta transformed the way to keep cargo moving a few years back.
     More didn't just mail it in after Atlanta was transformed; he moved his young family to the U.S. where he is about changing the way cargo does business at gateways everywhere.
     More is the real deal when it comes to change but really even More so.
     His experience speaks volumes about Kale’s community and enterprise solutions that serve air cargo stations around the world.
     “Air Cargo, in the past, has been marred with inefficiencies, paperwork, and opaqueness in the supply chain,” Amar More said.
     “An average air cargo shipment has 30 types of documents and over 124 copies of paper and is supposed to stay on the ground for about 85% of the total transportation time for paperwork.
     “With the advent of next-generation Airport Cargo Community Systems, when the data is stored in the cloud and accessed by other supply chain participants, the need for this vast amount of paper will go away.
     “By reusing the exact data for different types of information exchange, the need for duplicate work and chances for costly mistakes are drastically reduced.      “Scheduling trucks to the Airport; based on the Airport’s warehouse capacities and slots and doing the paperwork in advance before cargo reaches the Airport will further reduce the dwell times and make the Airports more efficient in cargo handling.
     “Airports that have successfully implemented these systems have significantly increased the throughput of cargo within the existing facilities, thereby obviating the need to keep creating more physical infrastructure. In Kale’s estimates, the Air Cargo Community Systems can unlock a value of at least over $9Bn annually and save around 120,000 trees annually, contributing to the environment.
     “Sustainability is the need of the hour. It’s no longer essential but indispensable.
     “We in the airfreight industry have a collective responsibility to our customers, employees and future generations to develop solutions which create a positive impact on people and the planet in ways that enhance business success which, in turn will lead to enhanced global prosperity.
     “We see the winds of digitization blowing fast in our industry. Air Cargo’s progress in digitization will be accelerated and we will be creating new benchmarks for other modes to follow.”

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Al Kalmbach 

     If Al Kalmbach, the air cargo guy for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) were any happier with what he discovered at LogiPharma, the world's biggest Life Sciences show last week in Lyon, France, he might qualify in air cargo as the most happy fella!
     “Sensational Show,” Al declared!
     “Great meetings with freight forwarders, airlines and pharmaceutical companies, getting the word out that DFW Cargo increases flow of time and temperature sensitive Pharma Cargo," Al declared.
     “I can report good attendance at the LogiPharma Master Works Sessions.
     “Appreciate opportunity for DFW Cargo being heard as part of a most important panel getting down to business of progress and future Digitization of Cargo.
     “The DFW Cargo Cloud and other initiatives we are delivering today at DFW were also recognized.”
     Al Kalmbach was situate all last week at LogiPharma Centre de Congrès de Lyon, France.
     “Call me Al, we have some great ideas and are ready to do business.”

LogiPharma Lyon

     LogiPharma in Lyon France at Palais des congrès de Lyon on April 25-27 was slick well-organized and interesting, full of heavy duty business, and lots of people and action at a great venue.
     If you want to know where many of the airlines that are out looking for business and new horizons post COVID were, many were discovering that it was good to be there, Pierre!
     LogiPharma in Lyon for Pharma was a "Quinella," a word that race track aficionado's use to describe gaining better odds of winning.
     This was the world's largest life sciences event with leaders in supply chain, operations, logistics, distribution and digital transformation, in attendance.
     With a jam-packed, three-day program that blasted off on April 25th with DHL serving breakfast, the action after the opening ceremony was an immediate “Keynote Discussion” with five Pharma luminaries, including morning host DHL.
“Driving Agility and Resilience: How can you derive actionable insights from your end-to-end suppliers to maximize adaptability and secure your global supply chain networks?”
     Some smart thoughts got the once over in short order as the panel’s five top executives shared getting down to business during an enthusiastic 40 minute opening session.
Shabbir Dahod      Day One at LogiPharma continued with wall-to-wall sessions.
     The lead off digital transformation presentation feature Shabbir Dahod, President & CEO of Tracelink,
     The program at LogiPharma on Tuesday and Wednesday was sessions heavy and quite diverse with glimpses of the future, with one presentation previewing what pharma packaging is likely to look like in the future.
     You might imagine after a fabulous day at the event on Monday April 25, a hamburger and a movie in your room while sorting out a ton of input and contact cards might have been just the ticket.
     Well, the organizers thought about that one as well and declared that night a Movie Night in the Exhibition Hall serving up a reception of mini-hamburgers while screening the movie "Grease" and adult beverages, shaken not stirred while the film Casino Royale with James Bond set a mood too cool for school.
     FedEx sponsored a wine tasting and others served cheese and crackers (this is France after all) and this first day, a Gellato stand licked the afternoon energy lull before the "Movies Drinks Reception” kicked off at 6:15.
     Looking ahead and waiting in the wings . . . LogiPharma USA October 04-06, 2023 opens at Westin Copley Place, in Boston MA.
     Your move . . .

Muncih and LAX

     While last week was a good time for greet and gather and if you were lucky, you might even have rubbed elbows with the airline cargo chieftains at IATA’s Annual Air Cargo Meeting now branded IATA World Cargo Symposium going on all this week at Istanbul. Elsewhere the air cargo event calendar moves into overdrive with a couple of headlining events.
     Just as the Bavarian Germans venture out in the fields at the crack of dawn with flashlights and sticks poking around in the ground looking for the fabulous “Spargel,” in that great short-lived season of white asparagus deliciousness, May 9-12 Air Cargo Europe also gets underway at the big and often overwhelming Messe Munchen Convention Center. A day pass costs 26 Euro, get some walking shoes and don’t miss the Spargel-Fest that goes on until early June or as long as the “Queen of Vegetables” holds out.
     A May” Best Bet” close to home in the U.S. with “world class” connotations takes place in Los Angeles May 11 from 1 until 2 pm as the Los Angeles Air Cargo Club hosts Air Cargo Day.
Yasmene Abel     A big crowd of locals and drop ins from everywhere is expected at the Proud Bird venue located right off the LAX main runway. Celebrate the gathering that offers all ample opportunity to network and compare notes.
     Free Admission for Attendees. For more information contact: Yasmene Abdel (414) 243-3418
     Kudos to Yasmene and the entire Los Angeles Air Cargo Association welcoming airlines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, trucking firms, cargo handling services and other air cargo related industries. Members have opportunities to participate in monthly meetings with speakers that promote discussions and educational programs relating to the transportation industry and related fields.

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