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Stress on seamless cargo handling



IT provider’s slot and dock management module of its Air Cargo Community System foer reducing truck wait time by up to 66% for pilot participants at Worldwide Flight Services at JFK Airport, New York. For imports, the wait time has reduced by as much as 48%, says Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions.

Kale Info Solutions (Kale), the US subsidiary of global IT provider Kale Logistics Solutions, has successfully piloted its truck slot and dock management system with leading ground handler Worldwide Flight Services, Inc (WFS) at John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York, US. Around 50 organizations and over 160 individual users, including truckers and ground handling operatives, were enrolled onto the pilot test, which began in December 2021.

“Truck congestion is a challenge in North American airports and ports. JFK being a significant one requires a smart system to handle cargo movement seamlessly,” said Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions, who will be speaking on the ‘Shaping the Future panel’ at the TIACA Executive Summit in San Francisco on 22 March, 2022.

“Having helped several airport and port communities across the world in overcoming such challenges, we are excited to work with WFS and the JFK cargo community in changing the way cargo has picked up and delivered in New York forever through this initiative,” he said. The service will assist the Artificial Intelligence-based module, part of Kale’s Airport Cargo Community System (ACS), in reducing truck wait times by 66 per cent for exports and 48 per cent for imports.

The pilot included integration of Kale’s ACS truck and slot management module with WFS’ state of the art warehouse management system, ePic, to create a digital transformation of export and import processes. The cargo community at JFK is pleased with the results of the pilot as companies have benefited from significant trade visibility and transparency with cargo movement, thereby improving their internal efficiency. The system addresses the causes of congestion such as bunching of truck traffic, lack of information for operational planning to handlers, paperwork at the airport, and visibility of airport operations to the stakeholders.

“At WFS we are looking at digital transformation of our processes that can enable us to handle cargo efficiently and address the root causes of congestion,” said Rinzing Wangyal, VP, WFS. “We have created a digital infra with an integrated system and the pilot’s results are encouraging.

Donna Mullins, Vice President, Kale Info Solutions, said, “The WFS is looking to improve the processes with congestion at JFK. All the stakeholders at the airport can see how community platforms work and make their jobs easier. We are working with several airports in North America on alleviating the pains related to supply chain disruptions. We will soon be rolling this out across all our facilities in JFK and other stations in the North America.”

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