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Page 8 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC MAR-APR , 2019 Forwarders told to ‘embrace digitisation’ or be left behind in race for best practice FREIGHT forwarders need to embrace digitisation or they’ll be left behind, according to Lars Jensen, founder of Sea Intelligence Consulting. Speaking at the WACO System recent annual general meeting (AGM) in Limassol, Cyprus, Jensen told mem- bers: “Digitisation is something that should be em- braced and that you cannot ignore. If you don’t jump on the train, you’ll end up under it. “From my experience in the industry, digitisation is not what determines profitability, it is the people that do that.” The expense and technicality of digitisation are often highlighted as obstacles by freight forwarders, but smaller businesses are more likely to benefit because digitisation boosts efficiency in targeted, niche areas that freight forwarders normally specialise in. “There is a general feeling in the freight forwarding market that the transparency that digitisation brings will lead to a race to the bottom as companies compete to lower their pric- es,” said Jensen. “But research by Sea Intelli- gence Consult- ing in 2018 found that 49 per cent of cargo owners did not go for the cheapest offer at the time of booking, meaning there is plenty of space to develop brand and service strength instead of focusing on price.” WACO’s AGM this year attracted 115 delegates from 99 countries and provided networking opportunities for members. Lars Jensen TIACA agm set for Budapest TIACA will host its Executive Summit and annual general meeting (agm) in Budapest, Hungary 19-21 November 2019. Host Budapest Airport will stage an opening ceremony for its new dedicated freight centre, called BUD Cargo City, during the event, inviting delegates, customers, and suppliers to tour the facility, fol- lowed by a gala dinner at its historic Terminal One building. TIACA’s Hall of Fame winner will be announced during the dinner. uberchat... The famous flying piano AS PR initiatives went, it was brilliant. A piano that came out from England on the First Fleet? The world media loved it. The piano belonged to surgeon George Worgan. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and it was discovered languish- ing in a laundry. It was restored by a collector and later donated to Edith Cowan University in Perth. This year the uni decided to send it back to Britain for refurbishment, a job undertaken by Emirates SkyCargo. A reception was held at Australia House. Trouble is, another collector has now put his hand up, saying he has the real First Fleet piano. All involved say it will be difficult to prove anything con- clusively. Edith Cowan says it still believes it has the real one but welcomes robust debate and everyone is agreed both pianos have claims to the ‘historic’ tag. Out of the desert, a second life ONE of the nicest things about the aircraft parked up at ASP in the clear Red Centre air is that, unlike those sprawling aircraft graveyards in the US, most of the metal is headed for a second life. Recently an ex-Air NZ B767-319ER flew out for Tel Aviv and P2F conversion. Back in January a sister ship, which had gone to Tel Aviv mid last year, began freight operations in its new configuration for Air Transport Services Group whose several operational components fly a mega fleet of B767s. Other ex-NZ B767-300s are flying for Icelandair in original passen- ger format, also hauling belly-hold cargo. KGB in Alaska ONCE upon a time you wouldn’t have caught an American naming anything KGB. But the Alaska De- partment of Transport & Public Facilities – the folk who run one of the world’s most active and profita- ble air cargo hubs at Anchorage International – are not at all embarrassed about listing KGB as an asset. In this case the acronym stands for Knik-Goose Bay which is a sizable road reconstruction project. Very sizable: Upwards of US$150 million, largely be- cause of umpteen property acquisitions and tricky utility relocations. Maybe Moscow would be willing to contribute something for old times’ sake?