Wisskirchen to use topsystem ECHOS at Cologne cargo centre

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Topsystem Systemhaus has won a contract to supply Wisskirchen Handling Services with its Electronic Cargo Handling & Operations System (ECHOS) at the cargo centre of Cologne/Bonn Airport.

Wisskirchen will be using the system from June 2018 at the multifunctional cargo centre in Cologne, where it combines the functions of an airfreight handling terminal and forwarding hub under one roof.

The end-to-end solution supports all stages of airfreight handling workflow and covers the entire chain of processes between airside and landside and back, including the management of inbound and outbound cargo, with all information sent in real time via ECHOS.

Document handling staff are notified in the event of discrepancies and using ECHOS, employees are able to monitor and manage stock movement within the cargo processing area on mobile devices, while also going through checklists for the handling of hazardous goods.

Featuring an integrated resource planning and management programme, the software optimises the deployment of staff, based on the data analysed, and the airfreight handling system captures all the processes digitally with no paper needed.

Wisskirchen managing director, Oliver Hellwig says: “Wisskirchen opted for ECHOS in a bid to improve client connectivity, make our quality more measurable and verifiable, and enhance efficiency through increasing automation and eliminating the use of paper.”

Wisskirchen will also be using the system’s mobile app, mECHOS at the Cologne cargo centre to guide employees every step of the way, providing instructions on what to do next, storage locations, build-up and other tasks to be performed.

Topsystem says mECHOS will allow Wisskirchen staff to go about their work without the need for paper documents.

It will also support the use of measurement peripherals as the app covers all warehouse areas, and employees will be able to focus on their main tasks, helping reduce error rates in the warehouse.