CargoCloud to clear the air at Heathrow

08 / 05 / 2017

A new load consolidation app, part of the new Heathrow CargoCloud, could help Heathrow trucking companies and freight forwarders reduce their emissions.

Claimed as the first of its kind, it allows cargo operators to consolidate loads coming into and out of the airport to improve efficiency and reduce the number of trucks and emissions on airport roads.

Companies subscribing to Heathrow CargoCloud will be able to exchange and share information about spare capacity on their vehicles, or ask for help on a load they need transported. The app matches them and they then contact each other offline to ddiscuss the opportunity.  

Introducing the new app at Air Cargo World Munich, Heathrow head of cargo, Nick Platts, said:  “Operating a cleaner, leaner and more efficient freight operation is an essential part of delivering on our ambition to be the best airport in Europe for cargo. CargoCloud offers benefits to the whole industry. For our cargo partners it allows them to reduce their costs, our local communities will experience less congestion and improved air quality, and Heathrow will build on its strength as an airport of choice for cargo.”

Jean Verheyen, chief executive of Heathrow’s tech partner Nallian, added that the vision was for “seamless collaboration between all cargo actors around the airport, by installing an open community platform that helps these companies to easily collaborate through a pool of shared data. Today, this vision is made concrete through the new tool to reduce emissions and traffic congestions. Tomorrow, shared data can be used to further synchronise cross-company processes, allowing clusters of independent companies to achieve efficiency that are historically reserved to fully integrated players only.”

Chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding Benelux Luc  Jacobs, CEO concluded: “As a driver of innovation in our industry, we fully support initiatives that allow us to do our job a little bit better every day. We are big supporters of cloud based community systems because when done well, they have the potential to enable substantial efficiencies and eliminate waste in the supply chain at the same time.”