As the air cargo sector slowly but surely emerges from its prolonged slump, industry leading publication, Payload Asia, continues with its highly successful Payload Asia Conference which it initiated in 2012.
What more can be done to sustain growth
The continued positive growth of air freight into 2017 provides a great impetus to the air cargo industry. Air cargo had a good start to 2017, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). There was a steady rise in new export orders and shipment of silicon materials typically used in high-value consumer electronics. Demand is outpacing capacity growth and this is positive for yields.
Moving forward, is this growth going to spill over to 2018? What more need to be done to sustain this growth? What are the challenges and how to overcome them? Also, should governments take a more active role to support the vital function aviation plays in connecting people and commerce around the globe?
The importance of digitization in the supply chain network
Digitization can transform the supply chain: more connected, efficient, agile, and customer-focused. Where is the air cargo industry in this technology curve? What are the benefits? What are the solutions out in the market that can help the air cargo industry to embark on this path to digitization?
The traditional supply chain is a series of largely discrete and distinct silo functions. Digitization brings down those walls, and the chain becomes a completely integrated ecosystem that is fully transparent to all the players involved.
Digitization will enable companies to react to disruptions in the supply chain, and even anticipate them, by fully modeling the network, creating what-if scenarios. Users are also able to optimize work flow by adjusting the supply chain in real time as conditions change.
How to use it to drive profits
Big data is a term that describes the large volume of data that is generated by businesses on a day-to-day basis. What businesses do with the data is a matter of importance. Analytics can be used to analyze big data for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic business moves. What is the current status of the air cargo industry in the use of big data analytics? How to use it to improve bottom line?
Airlines can increase customer satisfaction and operational efficiency with big data. Find out how big data can help in overcoming the industry’s current challenges. Therefore in doing so, big data analytics offer the chance to airlines to have meaningful insight into their customers, operations, networks and revenue, and helping to generate greater profitability.
Operational excellence in air cargo ground handling
What to consider when choosing an outsourced partner? What are the success factors that lead to a profitable and mutually beneficial partnership? Many airlines subcontract ground handling to airports, handling agents or even to another airline. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), estimates indicate airlines outsource more than 70 percent of the ground handling that takes place at the world’s airports.
Ground handling addresses the many service requirements of an airliner between the time it arrives at a terminal gate and the time it departs on its next flight. Flight safety, safe ground operations and security are paramount. Speed, efficiency, and accuracy are important in ground handling services in order to minimize the turnaround time.
Ways of future-proofing the cargo terminal
By some industry projections, the air freight market is growing at an annual growth rate of around six percent until 2030. Greater mobility requires greater capacity at the air cargo terminal. Find out what technologies can help to transform the cargo terminal.
Industrialization and globalization have created an enormous need for freight transport. The world’s cargo terminal infrastructure is under pressure and must be improved in order to handle the projected growth. There will be discussions on the trends of the future, different issues to consider when looking at the future cargo terminal and also exploration on whether automation and robotics are the keys. What role does the cool chain plays? We will also discuss on the importance of IATA CEIV Pharma certification.
The use of drones in air cargo
Unmanned aerial vehicles, airships and drones have the potential to immensely impact the air cargo industry. The obvious area for use will be for e-commerce. Drones can also make express delivery of perishable goods, urgent-transport items like vaccines, drugs, medicines, laboratory tests and others. Also, the opportunities for drone deliveries in large cities with problematic ground transport are equally immense.
They have the potential to provide access to remote areas where road and air infrastructure either doesn’t exist, and for humanitarian reliefs in disaster areas. They could also provide a viable option in dangerous areas, such a conflict zones, where human operators may have traditionally been at risk.
Will drones compete with traditional air freight? When can we see a widespread use? Will drones allow shippers to become the movers of cargo, setting up their own intercontinental distribution network from production through to the end user?
Current status of the lithium battery debate
In the context of Southeast Asia, what is the current status of the lithium battery transport? Take a look into the reality against regulatory requirements and the key issues involved. We will get to know the perspectives from shippers, forwarders, postal authorities, ground handlers and carriers. With the boom in e-commerce, this is another area that will have an impact on the situation.
*Conference topics are subject to changes without prior notice