New air cargo platform CargoAi takes aim at digitalisation

By Damian Brett

The founders of recently launched air cargo platform CargoAI are hoping to capitalise on the industry’s ongoing digital drive.

The platform aims to simplify the booking process for freight forwarders and sales agents (GSAs) by making the implementation process easier.

The founders said that it offers several ways for forwarders and GSAs to connect with airlines, which sets it apart from its rivals.

The company explained that airlines can offer live space and rates on the platform by connecting with APIs, which can then be accessed by forwarders through the portal; or the forwarder can make a single request and then CargoAi sends the request to all airlines and gets back to the forwarders.

“Combining those two processes enable the forwarders to submit a quote or booking request to 100% of airlines which is unique on the market,” the company said.

Forwarders can also link their existing systems with CargoAI through APIs, removing the need to log into portal to access capacity and rates.

“CargoAi has the option to provide all their solutions (schedule, equate, eBook and track and trace) via modern APIs for integration to the freight forwarder TMS/software so their users can have access to the same functionalities but inside their existing TMS.

“Most small forwarders will prefer to use CargoAi’s beautiful and modern online platform but some of the big forwarders are looking for deeper integration with their TMS via APIs, so CargoAi propose both options.”

Matthieu Petot, chief executive and founder of CargoAI said: “Forget about the traditional airfreight software that takes years of implementation and training – we have taken our inspiration from the many modern applications that have been built recently and the SaaS model where training, support and the user journey is very intuitive.

“Through our experience in cargo, we saw that the buying and selling processes hadn’t moved forward. We brought together the best talents, we combined their skills to create an online platform considering the obstacles of digitalisation in our sector. We can then respond to the specific needs of air cargo stakeholders as closely as possible.”

The Singapore-headquartered CargoAI team includes a former solutions architect at Amazon and Microsoft, head of product & design at FCS Computer Systems, transformation leader at Air France-KLM and DB Schenker, and global head of business excellence at Dyson.

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