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.
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