Air Cargo Europe: Pharma and new business models

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If the two air cargo europe sessions were not enough, there will also be discussions focusing on pharmaceuticals and new business models.

Pharma has been a hot growth sector for the air cargo industry in recent years, and with it significant drives to improve quality and an increasing number of companies undergoing International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV Pharma certification.

The industry will get to talk about it in the session ‘Pharma logistics in the airfreight industry’ at 12.00h on 10 May. The session will see Seabury Consulting commercial director, Dirk de Rooij providing a keynote address while IAG Cargo global head of pharmaceuticals and life sciences, Alan Dorling will explain current and future supply chains from an airline perspective.

Research by logistics consultancy firm, Miebach says pharmaceutical manufacturers are placing more importance on supply chain management and logistics, with end-to-end supply chain visibility and optimising distribution networks are the top trends.

A panel consisting of Turkish Airlines chief cargo officer, Turhan Ozen, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol head of cargo, Jonas van Stekelenburg, Panalpina global head of healthcare, Andreas Sahli and dnata senior vice president UAE, Bernd Struck will discuss what the industry can and is doing to tackle challenges including the increasing number of refrigerated and frozen products and serialisation of product codes.

IATA will also be hosting a discussion in Hall B2 Forum IV (West), ‘Innovation in the air cargo industry: making cargo talk!’ at 12.00h on 11 May.

The keynote speech will be delivered by IATA head of transformation, Celine Horcade, who will also be moderating the session, discussing how to embrace technology including track & track at piece level, sensors & data loggers, RFID, Li-fi and other wireless technologies.

Jettainer senior IT manager & ISO, Dr Gert Pfeifer will deliver a presentation on ‘Big Data and ULD Management’, followed by CHAMP Core cargo director, Shahzad Aslam talking about ‘Smart Machines’, followed by IBS Software Services vice president and global head of cargo business, Ashok Rajan talking about ‘Internet of Things Applied to Air Cargo’.

IATA says it is time for air cargo and air mail to embrace the internet of things to remain competitive and address customer expectations.