ACCF: courage and collaboration the keys to successful digitisation
05 / 09 / 2018
Digitisation of the supply chain was a common thread throughout the recent Air Cargo Conference held in Frankfurt.
The event, hosted by Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, the Fraunhofer Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik, the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FUAS)and the Hochschule RheinMain, brought together scientists and members of the airfreight industry to exchange ideas and find innovative ways to take the industry forward – together.
“Scientific research projects show that digitisation works. Company founders bring a breath of fresh air,” said FUAS professor Kai-Oliver Schocke.
The conference included presentations from several start-ups, with concepts ranging from a new airfreight booking platform to analysis of work processes to drone technology.
Traditional players also showcased their own projects; examples include the development of cross-border e-commerce shipments, the introduction of a ramp control system at Frankfurt Cargo City Süd and the use of autonomous cargo trailers.
Schocke noted that digitisation is “becoming tangible” for companies, and highlighted the importance of keeping employees informed, up to date with training and involved in the process of change in order for it to be successful.
“We need more courage to digitise, but for that we need to get our colleagues involved early on,” agreed Joachim von Winning, managing director of Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, underlining the need for common concepts across the industry to facilitate progress.
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