DoKaSch Temperature Solutions strengthens presence in Japan: DoKaSch Temperature Solutions continues to expand its business in Asia. With the dedicated subsidiary DoKaSch Temperature Solutions K.K. in Tokyo and a new service station at Narita International Airport, customers in Japan now have optimal access to the “Opticooler” – high-quality and reliable temperature-controlled packaging-solution by DoKaSch Temperature Solutions. Japan is considered an important production and export centre for pharmaceuticals in the Asian-Pacific region as well as worldwide. Especially in terms of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines, the demand for pharmaceutical cold chain capacity is increasing. Narita International Airport has one of the largest temperature-controlled storage facilities for airports in Japan, the Cargo Climate Control Terminal (CCC). The airport handles half of all pharmaceutical trade in Japan, making it one of the most important hubs for both import and export. With its office in Tokyo and the new depot at Narita International Airport, DoKaSch Temperature Solutions is strengthening its network in the region and worldwide. In this way, the solution provider for temperature-controlled packaging contributes to a reliable cold chain for highly sensitive pharmaceutical products, especially during the pandemic. The capacities of RKN and RAP Opticooler at Narita Station can be increased at any time and immediately so that the required number of containers is available for each flight. Back in July, for example, DoKaSch Temperature Solutions K.K. provided Opticoolers for a large-scale and very important transport operation of vaccines.
Cool Chain Association welcomes Challenge Group: Challenge Group is the latest temperature-sensitive supply chain specialist to join the Cool Chain Association (CCA) as part of its growing membership. Global air cargo group Challenge’s six companies include cargo airlines, handlers, and logistics services, and its subsidiary carrier CAL Cargo Airlines is a leading carrier of perishables on the Israel to Europe trade lane. It has a portfolio of temperature-controlled products covering perishables and pharmaceuticals and holds the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV) certification for its two airlines, CAL Cargo Airlines and Challenge Airlines, as well as for Challenge Handling in Liège, Belgium. Challenge Group will join the CCA’s newly developed Technical Committee, with the aim of supporting tangible projects and initiatives to drive improvements in the cool supply chain. CAL Cargo Airlines, part of the Challenge Group, was founded in 1976 to service growing export demands of perishable goods out of Tel Aviv, Israel, and has remained committed to delivering quality services for temperature-controlled products, as well as growing its portfolio.
Cathay Pacific Cargo launches new cargo-booking platform: Cathay Pacific Cargo is launching Click & Ship, its new digital booking platform, progressively across its network. Click & Ship promises booking transparency and speed, day and night. Customers in the Middle East, particularly in UAE and Bahrain can view prices and capacity, and book cargo with instant confirmation in just three steps through the intuitive booking interface. Digitalisation and automation are central to Cathay Pacific Cargo’s vision to become the world’s most customer-centric air cargo service brand. Click & Ship is the latest digital innovation along this journey. While Click & Ship will only be available for registered customers in the first instance, the underlying digital foundations will enable other users to access Cathay Pacific Cargo’s pricing via third-party platforms and pave the way for a transition to dynamic pricing in future.
Singapore Airlines and WiseTech Global enter partnership: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and WiseTech Global, provider of leading logistics execution platform CargoWise, have partnered to provide a direct exchange of eBookings between their systems, adding significant value to many forwarders across the globe. The integration is the first of its kind for SIA and through the use of custom APIs, allows CargoWise customers, including some of the world’s largest freight forwarders, direct access to SIA to book and modify shipments in real-time from within the CargoWise platform. Chin Yau Seng, senior vice president Cargo, said: “At Singapore Airlines, we are committed to the continued digitalisation of all areas of our business. Our partnership with WiseTech Global will result in the integration of our eBooking systems, enabling customers to book airfreight directly with SIA via the CargoWise online platform. This is one of the many steps that we are taking to provide a more seamless experience for our cargo customers.” Scott McCorquodale, chief automation officer, Air Cargo at WiseTech Global, said: “Continued constrained air cargo capacity and fluctuating rates means the fundamental process of moving a piece of cargo from A to B by air is more complex than ever before. Freight forwarders continue to experience pressure to provide their customers with transparency at every stage of the process. The host-to-host integration of eBookings between CargoWise and Singapore Airlines is vital to creating a seamless, transparent and real-time experience for our forwarder customers.”
Kale Logistics to provide e-delivery for Thailand: Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) has collaborated with TIFFA EDI Services to provide the CODEX Electronic Delivery Order (e-DO) service to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (Thailand) to digitally enable all stakeholders. Developed in partnership with TIFFA, the CODEX e-DO services enable freight forwarders, shipping lines, custom brokers, importers, and terminal operators to exchange and receive delivery order documents digitally instead of in paper form. The CODEX e-DO platform allows multiple stakeholders to perform their business activities via a digital interface, enabling stakeholders to place an e-DO request to the shipping line. All the details of the e-DO are retrieved from the manifest file, which is provided in EDI format by the shipping line in advance to minimise data entry, with most steps automated, from request to issue of the delivery order. The new contract with TIFFA and MSC (Thailand), the world’s second largest container shipping line, was signed on 15th November and will serve to strengthen Kale’s foothold in Thailand. The CODEX e-DO will digitalise and streamline all business processes in goods exchange for MSC (Thailand), increasing the efficiency of document management and enabling work from anywhere, thanks to the cloud-based technology and a mobile version of the application. When the terminal releases the cargo in their application, the e-DO automatically updates through Web API, with electronic goods release certificates and status updates available 24 hours a day.