Air Freight and Technology

The past few years we have had a huge surge in instant access technology including apps for smart phones, ipads and 4G networks that have pushed us further into the information age. The airline industry in particular has many times been ahead of the curve when it comes to using technology. Airlines were among the first businesses to use the internet to further increase their market shares.  Not only did they establish their schedules and services online, but they set up their systems to accept flight bookings online as well. Now with apps created for just about anything you may want, airlines have opened their business information to apps that can track air freight shipments in real time. 

This type of instant access to information can open up a world of possibilities for tracking cargo. Not only will people be able to see where their cargo is instantly, but they will be able to plan accordingly and make supply chains more efficient. This can help freight forwarders and trucking companies as well give that they are the ones moving cargo around after arrival. This not only makes a smoother transition but it makes the supply chain more transparent which can be good for customers, and sometimes harder for service providers. Service providers will no longer have a cushion of time to work with as customers place more demands on their speed to market.

Fortunately with more transparency on arrivals, there is more honesty between partners which can make things less complicated when there is a real issue to contend with. Shippers will become more educated in their shipments and will not be able to put such pressured time constraints on service providers. All in all these types of changes in technology can be a great way to move forward in international commerce. It may take time, but eventually there could be full transparency in the air freight industry