ABC and Sky Fresh sign deal to digitise sensitive shipments

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AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines has signed a service level agreement with Sky Fresh to adopt digital procedures for transporting time and temperature sensitive shipments.

The main point of the cooperation is related to cargo acceptance checklists, to replace the traditionally paper-based systems that were filled in manually in the course of the transportation process.

Sky Fresh provides an online web platform to centralise data from all acceptance checklists, with the possibility of monitoring freight movements for time and temperature sensitive shipments at each step of the transportation and sending automated notifications to all supply chain stakeholders.

Users will be able to complete the checklists via a mobile application on their smartphone or tablet, available either on App Store or Google Play, with all corresponding real-time data is visible on the Sky Fresh Web platform, accessible in any browser.

ABC global director of pharma, Fedor Novikov says: “We foresee it propelling the quality of our abcPharma product, bringing it to the next level by eliminating the potential of human error. With environmental considerations high on the agenda of our company, we will contribute by decreasing the number of paper documents and using digitalisation instead.”

“It will definitely make the whole process of transportation more transparent, customised and accurate.”

Sky Fresh business development manager, Fen Lasseel says: “For the first time, Sky Fresh® will closely cooperate with ABC. Together, we want to create a digital mindset in the air freight industry, not only through efficiency gains but also by providing real-time data to support strategic decisions and proof of the excellence of ABC.”

ABC and Sky Fresh say the agreement has “countless benefits” offering a high level of customisation, transparency of operations, traceability, efficiency and the possibility to take corrective and preventive action if needed.

ABC recorded its highest-ever growth in the volumes of pharmaceuticals carried, rising 153 per cent in the first 10 months of 2017.

The airline achieved IATA CEIV Pharma certification at the end of 2016, Envirotainer QEP accreditation for certain online stations in 2017, and is training a pool of home-grown specialists in time and temperature sensitive cargo solutions.