Provider of cloud-based air cargo solutions to the global air cargo industry SmartKargo has joined the cross-stakeholder organization Cargo iQ.


SmartKargo — which offers a suite of scalable applications including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), a booking portal, and its end-to-end e-commerce shipping solution for global airlines — joins Cargo iQ as part of its efforts to enhance its offerings to the air cargo industry.


"Establishing consistent quality management standards requires transparency and collaboration among supply chain partners who bring a variety of perspectives to the conversation," said Milind Tavshikar, chief executive officer (CEO), SmartKargo. "Together, we can ensure that standards of quality management evolve steadily in this industry that is so important to the world."


End-to-end integrated logistics


In its statement, the firms noted that following exponential growth in global e-commerce sales, SmartKargo saw an opportunity for airlines to adopt end-to-end integrated logistics for e-commerce parcel shipments, from online transactions to delivery to the customer's door.  


It then launched a customizable e-commerce solution that can be bolted on to existing air cargo management systems, enabling airlines to expand their markets and earn higher rates versus traditional cargo.  


Airlines in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Norway are among the early adopters and have significantly grown their cargo revenues by shipping e-commerce products on passenger aircraft.


"The SmartKargo team will bring a valuable perspective and important sector expertise to Cargo iQ's ever-growing taskforce," said Lothar Moehle, executive director, Cargo iQ.


"Diversity in specialisms among our members is key to ensuring our work brings benefits to the quality of the entire logistics chain. In joining the Cargo iQ community, SmartKargo has shown its commitment to our shared vision to improve standardization in the air cargo supply chain, in particular by assisting our industry and our members with their digitalization strategies and implementations," Moehle added.