Can Air Cargo Supply Chain Members Come Together To Deal With Pressing Industry Matters Without A Major SHOCK and AWE!
The World is changing rather fast around us with Smartphones everywhere;
- Driverless Cars / Trucks (Smart Cars / Trucks) are fast approaching;
- Smart Homes are in the near future;
- e-Tailers are growing around the world;
- The Internet of Things – IoT is burgeoning
- 3D / 4D Printing is here to stay
- Cloud/Client Architecture has already arrived
- Virtual & Augmented Reality in its infancy but growing fast and
- Wearables & Drones are buzzing on our hands and the air.
Whilst some of these changes may not necessarily impact the air cargo industry to any significant extent yet, some and many of them will do significantly in the near future. The key question is, what are we doing to ensure that we have an air cargo industry that continues to thrive and survives the pending onslaught and impact. Some of this impact may be short term but most of them will have a longer term negative effect if we do not band together, start talking, trusting each other and move fast on programs to ensure survival.
Where do we start? Let’s start with the basics:
Removing paper from the way we do business – eAWB to start with, then move towards e-freight. Airlines and forwarders MUST come together and sincerely agree on a way forward. We cannot afford to bang heads against each other anymore. The Master Air waybill – MAWB and House Air waybill – HAWB are one of the two key documents that are controlled by both partners and we have Cloud based services providing complete integration for global commerce & supply chain data in a very cost effective manner. We MUST start building the air cargo business in a connected world.
EU Customs is preparing for air cargo paperless transactions in the near future. How ready are we for this without meeting the basics of eAWB and HAWB? Let’s start talking seriously, laying aside historical differences to address the future. IATA – CNS / FIATA – TIACA / GACAG / GSF are we ready?