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6th e-Cargo Conference Success

Over 200 participants met in Geneva, Switzerland from the 19-20 September for the 6th IATA e-Cargo Conference.

Better collaboration to shape tomorrow

Following the opening by Mr Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, the keynote address was by Mr Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO and IATA Cargo Committee Chairman. He highlighted the key role that air cargo is playing in globalization and the criticality of a speedy and efficient supply chain induced by fast-growing global e-commerce. The next industrial revolution is reshaping our world with the internet of everything (IoT), unlocking new business opportunities while improving industry efficiency. Mr Gerber called for better collaboration amongst all supply chain participants to successfully transform the industry and shape the future of air cargo.

What happened at the e-Cargo Conference?

During the two-days (e-Cargo Conference agenda), delegates had lively discussions on the challenges faced in digitalizing the industry but recognized the need for a digital and collaborative ecosystem. Experts from technology companies joined in and shared thought-provoking case studies such as the concept of Internet of Logistics, the application of the blockchain technology to the air cargo industry and the interactive cargo.

Delegates expressed a great interest in these topics, in particular, the concept of data sharing platform which will enable a fully digital process. This interest confirms the industry vision which was presented by the IATA e-Cargo Working Group (e-CWG), and the IATA Digital Cargo strategy presented by Henk Mulder, IATA’s new Head of Digital Cargo who urged the industry to look beyond peer-to-peer messaging and develop connectivity standards for air cargo data sharing.

This year the delegates also got the opportunity to share an awareness session on cybersecurity: Cyber threats are not a matter of if it happens to you but rather a matter of when it will. The industry needs to ensure readiness including robust risk assessment and action plans. 

Actively engage and pursue digital cargo

As a conclusion, the delegates and speakers committed to actively engage and pursue the goal of the industry digitalization and IATA will start to work on the new digital cargo strategy, enabling to transform the industry and shape tomorrow.


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