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Cargo handler Worldwide Flight Services has been piloting a truck slot booking system at its New York JFK facility in conjunction with IT provider Kale Info Solutions.
Around 50 organisations and more than 160 individual users, including truckers and ground handling operatives, were enrolled onto the pilot test, which began in December 2021.
Kale Info Solutions, the US subsidiary of global IT provider Kale Logistics Solutions, said that the trial had reduced truck wait times by up to 66% for exports and 48% for imports.
“Truck congestion is becoming a major challenge in North American airports and ports, and JFK, being a significant one, requires a smart system to handle cargo movement seamlessly,” said Amar More, chief executive of Kale Logistics Solutions.
“We have helped several airport and port communities across the world in overcoming such challenges and are excited to work with WFS and the JFK cargo community in changing the way cargo is picked up and delivered in New York forever through this initiative.”
The pilot included integration of Kale’s ACS truck and slot management module with WFS’ warehouse management system, ePic.
“At WFS at we are looking at digital transformation of our processes that can enable us to handle cargo more efficiently and address the root causes of congestion,” said Rinzing Wangyal, vice president, Worldwide Flight Services.
“We have created a digital infrastructure with an integrated system and the results of the pilot are very encouraging.
“Looking at the benefits delivered by the pilot phase and encouraging feedback from the cargo community, we will soon be rolling this out across all our facilities in JFK and other stations in North America.”