Chicago Rockford adds cargo community system as volumes surge

By Damian Brett

Amar More, Kale Info Solutions (L) and Zach Oakley, Chicago Rockford. Source: Kale

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) will implement Kale Info Solutions’ (Kale) Airport Cargo Community System (ACS) as it looks to automate processes and meet growth.

The system will allow cargo handlers to receive real-time updates on estimated cargo arrival times, while it will also offer advance slot booking that will allow trucking companies and ground handlers to coordinate landside freight movements.

RFD said the implementation of the systems comes on the back of rapid growth in cargo volumes.

“RFD has seen annual air cargo throughput triple over the last five years, with a 25% increase in volumes recorded in 2021, and the airport has increasingly become an important Midwest hub for e-commerce and international trade,” the airport said.

Mike Dunn, executive director, RFD, said: “As the fastest growing cargo airport on the planet, we’ve partnered with Kale to provide the RFD cargo community with the most efficient, transparent cargo IT platform in the marketplace.

“Kale will allow us to further streamline the digitisation and movement of cargo at RFD today and to keep up with the demands of our growing cargo operations in the future.”

The system also includes a mobile app that will allow truck slots to be booked and adjusted.

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