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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • JUNE-JULY 2017 • Page 13 comment by Jack Handley Logwin opens Perth facility LOGISTICS company Logwin has opened a facility in Perth, Western Australia. The 1200 sqm facility in Kewdale provides storage for pallets in high bay racking locations, has an ample bulk goods area, is fully bonded and is controlled by the company’s global state-of-the-art Warehouse Management System (WMS). The operation is paperless using hand- held devices exchanging data with the WMS in real-time. Industry should take a leaf from B2C’s standards THE INDUSTRY faces constant demands to rein- vent itself, but is it possible some in it are consid- ering the ‘wrong’ targets? Take the past 10 years’ focus on just three aspects of the industry: e-freight, Cargo IQ and temperature-sensitive/perishable goods. All three have seen huge steps taken by the industry including airlines, forwarders, Customs, ocean shippers and other stakeholders including IATA to ensure less paperwork and better stand- ards/quality controls. Now consider those gains in the light of new and looming USA security screening rules, EU and other countries’ (export freight) blacklists, plus countries applying sales tax to individual im- ported small-value pieces (e-commerce) and in- creasingly, we’re looking at a world where every item is screened at least once before it is loaded on a plane, truck or ship. And where produced- at-source Customs and other paperwork have to meet the demands - including tax collection rules - of all the destination and any trans-shipment countries involved. The net effect? Higher costs, longer delivery times, more physical handling of items. Yet some in industry today seem to think they should differentiate themselves by offering shippers a choice of price/delivery performance levels. It mirrors the ‘first and second class’ letter concept, but is it where the industry wants to go? And is it what shippers and their customers want? As a customer, when I contract with Amazon (for example) I’m paying for both an item and its delivery. I don’t want to know the logistical chal- lenges Amazon faces. And by and large, because its standard delivery service is fast, I don’t want to know that Amazon could make it even faster if I paid for the privilege. For industry, forwarders and their airline part- ners surely it would be better to ensure their customers receive the best-quality-possible/fast- est service - all the time. Differentiating on price/speed of delivery (or any of the wrinkles that go with it) seems to me to be counter-productive in a world where speed to market in the B2C sphere sets such high expectations. - JH Emirates in show jump program EMIRATES SkyCargo recently transported some of the world’s best show-jumping horses across three continents in the space of a month. The horses were transported from Liege in Belgium to compete in the first three legs of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Mexico City, Miami and Shanghai. The carrier flew 10 dedicated freighter flights each carrying 25 horse stalls to transport the horses and their grooms. It worked closely with Peden Bloodstock, a horse transport specialist, to manage the logistics. Some 93 horses were transported in two flights from Liege to Mexico City for the first segment of the journey. The horses, each weighing between 600-650 kgs, were transported in B777F freighters along with 11 accompanying grooms and about 30 tonnes of equipment. The flights lasted close to 12 hours and the horses arrived at their destination a few days ahead of the start of the championships. For the next stop in the itinerary, the air cargo carrier transported 96 horses and 27 grooms in three separate flights from Liege to Shanghai and back. The carrier regularly transports champion horses for leading equestrian competitions around the world.