Kale’s new cen­tre of in­no­va­tion

With an ini­tial seed in­vest­ment of US$ 25,000, this Cen­tre of In­no­va­tion is an out­come of the Kale’s Air Cargo Thought Lead­er­ship Sum­mit -Clear View 2017 that took place in Athens, Greece, ear­lier in July.

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The Clear View sum­mit en­deav­ours to en­sure that a col­lec­tive voice of the in­dus­try gets col­lated and the in­dus­try it­self can as­sem­ble a char­ter for en­abling pos­si­ble re­al­is­tic strate­gies and vi­able so­lu­tions to the is­sues discussed dur­ing the sum­mit. With an in­ten­tion to take this en­deav­our a step fur­ther, Kale has de­cided to in­vest an amount of US $25,000 to­wards set­ting up a ‘Cen­tre of In­no­va­tion in IT for Air Cargo’ to pro­vide a plat­form to build, dis­cuss and make dia­logues a re­al­ity. The ob­jec­tive of the cen­tre is to ground groom the air cargo in­dus­try in adopt­ing in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy for an ag­ile, ef­fec­tive and equipped busi­ness. The sum­mit had en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pa­tion from IATA, lead­ing air­lines, cargo han­dlers, in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions, reg­u­la­tors and prom­i­nent in­dus­try con­sul­tants from North Amer­ica, Europe, Africa and Asia. Clear View de­buted in Fe­bru­ary 2016 at Dubai.

The Clear View sum­mit is an in­ter­ac­tive plat­form to dis­cuss in­dus­try is­sues in a round ta­ble for­mat and this year, the ses­sion re­volved around; In­no­va­tion in the Air cargo do­main, Mea­sur­ing Per­for­mance for Trans­for­ma­tion, e-com­merce and its im­pli­ca­tions on Air Cargo busi­ness and Dig­i­tal Dis­rup­tion. Del­e­gates present at the sum­mit, de­bated on the modal shifts that are be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in the Air Cargo in­dus­try to com­pre­hend threats and op­por­tu­ni­ties as­so­ci­ated with it. The key point of dis­cus­sion was the im­pact of boom­ing eCom­merce in­dus­try on the cargo sec­tor. Is­sues like, achiev­ing global reach, en­sur­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of tech­nol­ogy in process and op­er­a­tions, en­sur­ing cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion and loy­alty, re­duc­ing turn­around time and in­tro­duc­ing con­cepts like ‘In­ter­net of Things’ and recog­nis­ing KPIs were discussed in course of the sum­mit.

Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA), said, “The big­gest chal­lenge that the in­dus­try is fac­ing now is the chal­lenge of avoid­ing get­ting too re­laxed, too lethar­gic about the cur­rent in­crease in vol­umes. Last 9-12 months have been fan­tas­tic in terms of in­creased vol­ume. We need to in­no­vate be­cause one of the big­gest risks we got is stag­na­tion. Events such as Clear View and any other fo­rum where the sup­ply change part­ners come to­gether, chal­lenge each other which is crit­i­cal, de­bate the is­sues and for­mu­late an ac­tion plan for the fu­ture, which is ab­so­lutely vi­tal for the in­dus­try.”

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Vipul Jain, Chair­man, Kale Lo­gis­tics said, “The lo­gis­tics in­dus­try has un­der­gone se­vere trans­for­ma­tion in the last year. Glob­al­i­sa­tion, digi­ti­sa­tion, in­no­va­tion, e-com­merce and the grow­ing im­por­tance of cus­tomer cen­tric ap­proach are some pa­ram­e­ters that have led the in­dus­try to un­dergo a par­a­digm shift. The ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive of this sum­mit is to gain in­dus­try in­sights to cre­ate a sus­tain­able model with cog­nizance of the present and fu­ture busi­ness trends.”

Kale is the provider of ERP sys­tems that help sev­eral lo­gis­tics play­ers au­to­mate their in­ter­nal busi­ness. Its mul­ti­modal cargo com­mu­nity sys­tems help in sup­ply chain dig­i­tally.

Last 9-12 months have been fan­tas­tic in terms of in­creased vol­ume. We need to in­no­vate be­cause one of the big­gest risks we got is stag­na­tion

Glyn Hughes Global Head of Cargo, IATA

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