Go for IT with Kale in air cargo sector
Kale’s solutions provide state-of-the-art technology for modernisation and streamlining of air cargo operations that could be an answer to the challenges faced by global airports. Amar More talked in detail about this in an exclusive interview with APACE DIGITAL CARGO.
How has been the scenario of air cargo sector? What are the challenges and opportunities?
Air Cargo Industry in India is at an interesting juncture. Moreover, 2019 has been quite eventful year for Logistics industry. It has been granted ‘infrastructure’ status at the Union Budget. The domestic airfreight demand is expected to touch 1.1 million tonne by the fiscal 2025. The new national Air Cargo policy seeks to make India among the top five airfreight markets by 2025, besides creating air transport shipment hubs at all major airports over the next six years.
The growth story of Indian e-commerce during the last five years is nothing short of a fairy tale. Along with its sprawling success, e-commerce has also immensely boosted the prospects of air cargo sector. Other opportunities include pharma and biotech goods, the demand of which has doubled in the last decade. India is one of the mainregions of Pharma manufacturers for theEU and US markets, Air Cargo can capitalise this opportunity by delivering fast and reliableservice with temperaturecontrolled solutions.
The challenges are around lack of digitisation, shipment delays due to information non-availability, higher costs and dwell times, lack of transparency and visibility.
How has been your company contributing to the air cargo sector? What are the expansion plans?
Kale Logistics Solutions’ suite of air freight software solutions to address the challenges of Air Cargo stakeholders have stemmed from working alongside leading airports around the world and gaining in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities that define the Air Cargo domain. Kale’s solutions provide state-of-the-art technology for modernisation and streamlining of Air Cargo operations that could be an answer to the challenges faced by global airports. Our Air Cargo Community System addresses the challenges like truck congestion at the Airport, modernises Airports, helps comply with regulations and converts them into Air Cargo Hubs.
We also take pride in helping India rank 6th in e-AWB adoption globally (from a distant 130).
We have partnered with world’s largest airport in Atlanta and Atlanta air freight community to develop North America’s first the first Airport Cargo Community System. This is a matter of immense pride not just for us but also for India.
How such ACAAI conventions are helpful for the growth of the sector? What are your expectations from this year’s convention?
Conventions like ACAAI are the industry voice. This is a forum where the entire Logistics community participates to share knowledge, best practices, collaborate to solve industry challenges and drive innovation.
This year we expect the convention to drive some initiatives around community collaboration and push digitisation to improve operational and business efficiency. With the theme End-to-End Logistics –The way forward, we anticipate the entire industry participates in resolving issues to bring down the cost of air cargo in India and improve logistics connectivity with intermodal hubs.