Aircargopedia Newsblast: June 2021!
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17th June 2021  

Dear Air Cargo Professional:

Discover five ways Artificial Intelligence is transforming logistics by Pat from SUNTEC.

Know more about fusing Operations with Strategy in this article by Peter Canellis, Professor of Management, Vaughn College.

In more World Air Cargo news, Emirates SkyCargo expands pharma cool chain infrastructure in Dubai, enhancing vaccine transport capabilities.

dnata partners with Kale Logistics to develop next-generation e-commerce platform for the cargo community in Dubai. Liege Airport and Saudia Cargo sign a commercial partnership until 2023
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Artificial Intelligence is transforming logistics: Five Ways

AI unlocks the true potential of Big Data in Logistics
Logistics companies receive a possibility to make clear predictions and optimize their performance using the power of Big Data. The high volume of structured and unstructured data is generated by supply chains daily. Big Data enables companies not only to exploit this information but also to adopt advanced predictive analytics and increased automation which drives strategic decisions. A well-known example of UPS has proved that proper logistics data analysis can save time, costs, and exclude safety risks. After data examination, the company revealed that trucks that turned left were stuck in the traffic what cost the company more fuel, time, and increased the number of delays. Now UPS tracks go straight or turn right in 90% of cases what saves the company 10m gallons of fuel and boost its delivery rate to 350,000 more packages annually.

Usage of robotics can substitute workforce in Logistics
Artificial intelligence in Logistics also stands as a great benefit for the physical aspect of working. Robots can locate, move, sort, and track inventory augmenting the capabilities of the modern workforce. The Finnish company ZenRobotics has been developing intelligent robotic waste sorting systems since 2011. The engine ingests real-time data from three different cameras and sensor types and is trained to identify a wide variety of logos and labels. Such an implementation of machine learning in Logistics, allows the company to sort 4,000 unstructured recyclable items per hour.

AI boosts logistic automation of warehouse management and optimizes supply chain planning
Warehouse management can be also optimized by conducting accurate calculations of the number of items that need to be moved on a certain date and the amount of equipment needed to handle the process. With the help of machine learning in logistics, it is possible to spend less time establishing more detailed stock movement predictive analytics and increase the overall productivity of pick-and-pack processes. Logistic automation systems can also vastly improve the speed and accuracy of the communication process. The elements are enabled to conduct a dialogue with each other embracing system monitoring and control which ensures efficient warehouse management and provides the supply chains with contextual intelligence that allows making effective planning decisions based on the range of factors like the demand, possible transportation issues, and factory production planning.

AI in Logistics promotes autonomous vehicles
The popularity of autonomous vehicles is rising with breakneck speed. And one of the reasons for this is the contribution the artificial intelligence makes to outperform human driving capabilities. AI allows the vehicle to perceive and predict the changes in its environment with the help of sensing technologies that perform together to produce a three-dimensional map of the vehicle’s environment including traffic signals and laws, interpreting road signs, identifying obstacles, etc. Without a possibility to hard program a vehicle to react to every possible scenario, the capabilities of vehicles should be constantly improved with the help of AI as they enter the new surroundings.

Traditional auto industry behemoths have embraced AI as a component of their development strategy, whereas, relatively new entrants like Tesla, Google, and others are actively using their own patent AI and manufacturing techniques to develop autonomous vehicles.

Customer experience
Most of the customers have just two touch points with logistic companies: checkout with an online retailer and receiving delivery or returning the item. While concerning businesses, the touch points are multiple: long-term contracts, operation of global supply chains, service level agreements, etc. AI in logistics can increase customer loyalty and retention through personalization of these touch points. One of the examples is a voice-based service that was adopted by DHL Parcel in 2017. Their customers became able to ask Amazon’s Alexa the shipment information about their parcels.

Logistics data analysis has the potential to take customer experience to the next level, delivering goods before they have even ordered them. Drawing predictions from logistical data services, analyzing browsing and purchase history, weather data, and social media chatters, companies can predict the next order a customer will make. Not to mention, demand prediction and shortening delivery time.

Wrap up
AI has already left the cinema and became an ordinary part of our everyday lives and most of the businesses. Though the future of artificial intelligence in Logistics is promising, some logistic networks have already shifted to a proactive and predictive paradigm and logistic automation with our help. And we strongly believe that the 21st century is the best time for “AI spring”.

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We’re All Strategists Now!
An unprecedented confluence of events is fusing Operations with Strategy

As we emerge from the shocks of the Pandemic, we are greeted by what we knew to be simmering geopolitical upheavals now coming to a head. Clogged supply chains reacting to pent-up demand for all manner of goods were expected to cause some temporary inflation, but huge government stimulus payments, designed to staunch the bleeding of a battered world economy, threaten to increase and sustain that inflation.

As anyone reading this knows, making sense out of all this and fashioning appropriate responses are no mean feats! Indeed, right now, survival is a major accomplishment.

Many will think that, well, we all must learn to be more “agile”. Fair enough, but what exactly (or even approximately) does that mean!! For me, it means recognizing that we must work harder than ever to get closer to the “sense and respond” ideal of well-oiled supply chains shrinking the time to deliver the right products at the right place, time, and price.

This will require tight coupling between Operations and Strategy to roll out multiple options for supply chain configuration and reconfiguration. “Make versus Buy” decisions will be made with ever greater inputs from Procurement as it continues to be a major link between Strategy and Operations.

It’s complicated! A recent study by McKinsey provided some sobering facts about supply chain complexity that are summarized in the table immediately below:

Supply Chain Complexity

Orchestrating this symphony, across time and geography, in response to the forces of nature and world politics is our challenge. We’re all strategists now. If we aren’t we need to learn - fast!!

Peter Canellis

Peter Canellis
Professor of Management
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

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Emirates SkyCargo expands pharma cool chain infrastructure in Dubai, enhancing vaccine transport capabilities

Dubai, UAE, 08 June 2021

Emirates SkyCargo is further strengthening its temperature sensitive pharma and vaccine handling capabilities in Dubai with the extension of its fully automated cool room with 94 airline pallet positions at its EU GDP certified dedicated pharma facility at Dubai International Airport.

The extended cool room will provide an additional 2600 square metres of temperature controlled environment (2-25 degrees Celsius) for the storage and handling of vaccines and other pharmaceuticals at Emirates SkyCargo’s purpose built GDP certified facility, reinforcing the carrier’s position as an industry leader for the air transportation of pharmaceuticals and providing additional capacity at its Dubai hub to meet the growing demand for transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. The new extension can hold an estimated 60-90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at one time.


Transportation of COVID-19 vaccines

Emirates SkyCargo continues to play a leading role in the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccines having transported over 75 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on more than 250 flights to over 60 destinations since late 2020.

"Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have flown over 350 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, delivering much needed support to communities that are still heavily impacted by the current wave of the pandemic. However, we are always looking ahead and we anticipate that there will be an increase in demand to transport vaccines to developing nations during the second half of the year. Already, we have seen a ramping up of COVID-19 vaccine volumes that were transported over the last few weeks in line with increased manufacturing. We expect to reach the 100 million doses milestone well before the end of this month," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

"The last six months have been a valuable and mutual learning experience for Emirates SkyCargo and as well for pharmaceutical manufacturers and our logistics partners. We have been able to apply these learnings to make the process of vaccine transportation faster and more efficient, providing a valuable boost to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine transportation, as well as for other temperature sensitive pharma products in the future" added Sultan.

Emirates SkyCargo was one of the first air cargo carriers to begin extensive preparations during the early stages of the pandemic for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. In October 2020, the carrier announced the setting up of a dedicated GDP certified airside hub in Dubai for transporting COVID-19 vaccines. The carrier has over 20,000 sq metres of EU GDP certified cool chain infrastructure for storing and handling COVID-19 vaccines in Dubai. Emirates SkyCargo also has more than 50 cool dollies dedicated for pharmaceuticals at its hub protecting temperature sensitive shipments such as vaccines during transit between the aircraft and the cargo terminal.

In January 2020, Emirates SkyCargo joined hands with DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance aimed at rapidly transporting COVID-19 vaccines through Dubai to developing countries. This was shortly followed up in February 2020 with an MoU with UNICEF to expedite the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, Emirates SkyCargo has transported thousands of tonnes of other essential commodities such as PPE, pharmaceuticals and related supplies on its flights. The carrier recently set up a humanitarian airbridge initiative to transport urgent COVID-19 relief items to India. Under the initiative, the air cargo is offering any available cargo capacity on its flights from Dubai to nine destinations in India, free of charge for NGOs for transporting medical and relief items.

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dnata partners with Kale Logistics to develop next-generation e-commerce platform for the cargo community in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 7 June 2021

dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, has partnered with Kale Logistics Solutions to develop a next-generation e-commerce platform for the cargo community in the UAE. The partnership will see the two companies take dnata’s existing platform, CALOGI to a new level to provide best-in-class, one-stop services, including appointment and customs services management, to customers through advanced digital solutions.

dnata launched CALOGI as a game-changer e-commerce platform in 2008 in Dubai. It offers a comprehensive, highly integrated, cost-effective trading platform to air cargo supply chain stakeholders, including general sales agents, airlines, forwarders, third-party logistics providers and ground handlers. Built mainly for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), CALOGI enables the cargo community to seamlessly trade in a paper-free environment.

dnata’s next-generation community platform will deliver additional benefits for the cargo community. It will connect partners with their customers and authorities on one platform, sharing information in real time among all users. Customers will be able to integrate the platform into existing workflows through APIs (application programming interface) and take advantage of all innovative functions while interfacing with their own system. The platform will also help customers simplify existing processes quickly and efficiently, without investing in multiple systems.


Bernd Leo Struck, dnata’s Senior Vice President for UAE Cargo and DWC Airline Services, said: "We constantly invest in digital solutions to improve customer experience and deliver world-class value for our partners. Our new e-commerce platform will help our supply chain partners and customers in Dubai optimise their operations and reduce costs through improved processes and enhanced visibility into their businesses. It also paves the way for a more sustainable business model, promoting paperless and cashless trade through collaboration and automation. We look forward to working with Kale on this exciting project."

Amar More, CEO of Kale Logistics Solutions, said: "We are very proud to collaborate with dnata in creating the next generation community e-commerce platform in Dubai. dnata and Dubai set a very high benchmark for the logistics industry, and we are happy to contribute to the growth of cargo in the region. We are confident that with our proven platform and with dnata's partnership and experience, the Dubai cargo community will benefit immensely through the platform."

Over the past few years, dnata has significantly invested in cutting-edge technologies to deliver best-in-class services for customers. As part of its digital transformation, the company has revisited all of its processes and support functions to standardise and simplify services and provide the highest possible level of accuracy and transparency to customers at all stations.

Most recently, dnata has launched a smart, just-in-time freight handling platform across its Dubai operations. A cloud-based platform, Appointment and Dock Management (ADM) ensures improved planning, efficient processing and end-to-end transparency of the entire cargo journey, delivering significant benefits for all freight forwarders. The platform, which seamlessly integrates into CALOGI, will reduce the average freight handling time at dnata’s cargo terminals by more than 60 percent to an average of 30 minutes.

As one of the world's leading cargo service providers, dnata handles 700,000 metric tons of cargo per year at the two Dubai airport airports, Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).

South African Airways
Liege Airport and Saudia Cargo sign a commercial partnership until 2023

Liege Airport, June 3rd 2021

Saudi Cargo will increase cargo flights to and from the Belgian Airport which, in turn, will be connected to Saudia Cargo’s vast global network.

Saudia Cargo is the air freight company of Saudi Arabian Airlines based in Jeddah with numerous operations in Europe. The company enjoys a solid reputation and is part of the world’s largest air cargo alliance, Skyteam cargo. Saudia Cargo is famous for its premium air cargo shipping services of all types of cargo such as pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, live animals and many more.

To boost Cargo activities and operational flexibility, Saudia Cargo has chosen Liege Airport as an additional airport in Europe for its regular cargo operations as well as for Charter flights.

Commenting on the signing, CEO of Liege Airport, Frédéric Jacquet said: “This contract cements the role Liege Airport plays in the center of global logistics. Saudia Cargo has been operating with us since last year with intensified connections to/from the US, Africa and the Middle East. This leading air cargo company has signed a partnership with Alibaba Group’s logistic arm, Cainiao, and our airport will remain a crossroad for world trade operations. We look forward to establishing a strong relationship with such a reputable airline.”

Hassan Zaki Al-Dessi, Saudia Cargo’s Executive Director Operations Performance said: “This partnership aligns perfectly with the airline’s business goals, and we are thrilled to extend our commercial partnership to further strengthen our position in the European arena and highlight Liege Airport’s strong presence in the global logistic network”.

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