Unisys offers piece level tracking for air cargo

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IT company Unisys Corporation has launched a new software functionally that allows airline to track shipment status and location at a piece level.

The software firm said that the new piece-level tracking functionality will improve supply chain visibility for indvidual items, something that is becoming increasingly important as online shopping becomes an increasingly important part of the air cargo industry.

Rodney Melton, senior director, industry and client management, Unisys, said: “With the growth of e-commerce and the increased quantities of special cargo flown, online retailers and shoppers want to know where their individual cargo pieces are at all points of the supply chain – starting with the freight forwarder and continuing all the way through to when it is delivered to the consignee – as opposed to just the larger shipment of which the individual pieces are a part.

“This new capability is also critical to suppliers that need information at an individual piece level for more effective planning and storage, as well as for improved visibility so that they can take the appropriate actions to ensure compliance with local customs and regulations. This is especially critical for high-priority and/or perishable cargo such as pharmaceuticals, live animals and food.”

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