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Page 4 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC MAR-APR , 2019 Cool Chain Association launches a perishables data sharing initiative A DATA-sharing initiative is under way to monitor perishable ship- ments on trade lanes from Latin America to Europe, and from the USA to the Middle East. Cool Chain Association (CCA) members are participating in a bid to improve supply chain man- agement and reduce food loss. The pilot involves tracking ship- ments of commodities such as avocados and berries from grow- er to consignee, with all members of the supply chain sharing data to identify ‘temperature excursions’ and ‘pinch points’ and working together to find solutions. The data will be analysed and the results made available to the industry to demonstrate how col- laboration can tangibly improve the cool supply chain. Initial results will be discussed at the CCA’s Global Perishables event at Fresh Park Venlo, The Netherlands, 14-15 May 2019. “As we move along the supply chain, we will use the information in a proactive way so that every- one within the value chain can ad- just their procedures to improve the cool chain together,” said Eric Mauroux, global head of Perisha- bles at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and the CCA treasurer. “We all have pieces of informa- tion but there is no platform so far for sharing - yet data sharing not only helps us improve but also helps cre- ate value.” Growers and importers also are taking part to track the consignments. “The data sharing will be based on informa- tion from recorders in the ship- ments and we will have full cov- erage from the producer to the importer so that we can reconcile the temperature curve with the time line of handling,” said Mauroux. Three month study “You can spend hours writing process- es, but when it comes to making it happen on the ground, the best way to assess if it is working is looking at time, temperature, and tolerance. “Moving forward, we can test and suggest the plat- forms on which data is shared.” The shipments will be mon- itored over a period of three months to give a sizeable body of data, which will be analysed to provide ideas for collaborative work flows to improve the cool chain. The CCA is focused on reducing wastage and improving the quali- ty, efficiency and value of the tem- perature sensitive supply chain and has already worked on templates for global standards and certification projects for both perishables and pharmaceuticals. “With a third of the world’s food going to waste, it is important that from grower to consum- er, we all contribute to taking action,” said Stav- ros Evangelakakis, global product manager, Healthcare and Perishables, Cargolux. “The freight industry can do its part, ensuring proper handling, and respecting temperature during storage, build up, and trans- portation. “We can create value and have an impact on shelf life.” The CCA holds two events a year, one focused on perishables, which this year takes place in the Netherlands, and one on pharma- ceuticals, which this year takes place in Paris, France, 24-25 Sep- tember. To attend the events or joining the Cool Chain Association, visit http://coolchain.org/ Eric Mauroux AOG-247 warehouse contract for B&H AEROSPACE logistics company B&H Worldwide has signed a mul- ti-year deal to provide aircraft and engine components supplier AOG-247 with warehouse and inventory management services at both London Heathrow and Frankfurt. Under the terms of the con- tact B&H will provide full inventory management at both locations including complete consignment handling and access to the B&H FirstTrac online portal.