As the economy continues to improve, the overall thinking is that the air freight industry will benefit as it goes along for the ride with the rest of the global business sector. However, according to Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, the air cargo sector is actually playing a large part in driving the economy forward.
Such speculation is more than just positive thinking. According to AirCargoWorld, Herdman has the numbers to back it up.
"Air cargo is carrying about $6 trillion worth of goods, so air cargo's an integral part of the growth of the economy," he said. "I've no doubt that we'll see a resumption of growth in air cargo in line with the growth of the global economy."
In a recent trip to Washington, D.C. to join the discussion on air freight regulations, Herdman commented on many airlines' efforts to add new technologies to their business models. While such moves are to be expected of any company, he says that they're part of a larger movement in which companies are adapting to rising oil costs by attempting to lower their fuel dependence. So far, with solutions such as building customized aircraft – rather than adapting passenger models – air cargo companies are finding success.
One of the big changes in the industry, Herdman told the news source, involves companies turning toward paper logistics software solutions. With cargo spending far more time on the ground than in the air, he says that it's important that cargo facilities address ground delays by making the shipping process more efficient.
This is where solutions such as CargoSnapshot come in. By providing a faster, more accurate method to photograph and catalog proof of condition for shipments, CargoSnapshot helps logistics facilities process items faster in order to get them back in the air.