ACL Airshop has introduced an industry first, a mobile app called FindMyULD to enhance data requirements in air cargo transactions.
From location and status accuracy to barcoding and Bluetooth scanning and tracking, FindMyULD pulls together all of ACL Airshop’s ULD management services in one seamless tool.
Jos Jacobsen, chief technology officer and managing director Europe and global leasing at ACL Airshop says streamlining and accelerating the traditional ULD management experience is the company’s goal.
He says: “This technology-driven approach lets us advance our leasing model beyond the cumbersome pooling model, for example, and offer outright better value through efficiency across our global network for our 200-plus airlines customers. This tailored and uncomplicated approach lets the airline keep its own assets, not clumped into a giant amorphous pile of ULDs scattered around.”
Jacobsen adds that real-time ULD Control reporting comes with Bluetooth tracking, and the three operations centres in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York form the digital nervous system for its offering.
He says: “FindMyULDnow even further redefines the meaning of fast, accurate customer service. We measure our responsiveness to customers in minutes or hours, not the more-typical days or weeks that bulkier, sluggish business models present.”
ACL says that by combining proprietary ULD Control logistics management programs with Bluetooth and barcoding, it found a game-changing tipping point with the ability to tie ULD serial numbers to tagging device serial numbers.
Wes Tucker, executive vice president of ACL Airshop says: “That was our ‘Ah-Ha Moment.’ Suddenly, as we keep rolling out ULD tags and readers in an ever-growing Internet of Things, we can help airlines achieve the speed, service, and accuracy that their shippers and other end-customers expect in the high-speed world of E-Commerce. Or as we now call it, M-Commerce. The M stands for Mobile.”