Nexshore unveils customizable air cargo SaaS platform

Published: Thursday, March 11, 2021

TECHNOLOGY consultancy Nexshore, creator of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) ONE Record data-sharing solution, has unveiled a new bespoke, customizable air cargo software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, which streamlines messaging systems and substantially improves efficiency in the air cargo industry supply chain.

The ONE Record Nexshore SaaS replaces those unwieldy, antiquated classical methods of sharing airfreight data, such as the industry’s Cargo-Imp and XML legacy messaging systems, and promises to slash transmission costs, accelerate communication and enable the adoption of modern web standards – “that can help grow revenues and offer superior customer experiences,” a statement explains.

It focuses exclusively on the track-and-trace functionality of more than 90 airlines currently representing 80 per cent of the global air cargo volumes that flow between all major international airports. After capturing all relevant airfreight information, including track-and-trace data, it communicates the digital information quickly, securely and accurately, thereby bringing every stakeholder in the supply chain onto the same communication chain regardless of their size.

It analyses metrics such as delivery success rates, off-loading, re-bookings and provides daily and weekly reports containing a selection of those metrics which are then e-mailed to customers. “It is a powerful air cargo teambuilder,” the company insists. “Everyone in the supply chain gets clear communications on a live shipment from the time an airwaybill is created to the time it is delivered to the consignee.”

IATA’s ONE Record, which comes via a standardized and secured web application programming interface (API), proffers a single-record view of each individual airfreight shipment, and replaces those inefficient antiquated legacy systems with a smarter, unified digital air cargo ecosystem.

Last September, London’s Heathrow Airport reached a digitalization milestone with its first trial of the ONE Record server created by Nexshore enabling any user to communicate via a computer.

Pramod Rao, chief executive of Nexshore, outlines: “The ONE Record solution enables e-commerce service providers to process data at a pace needed to successfully communicate and fulfil orders for when you start receiving 8,000 to 10,000 house bills in a single master airwaybill, disseminating information transparently with cargo drivers coordinating cargo pick-ups, trucking times, whilst also alerting warehouses and customers on the status of each shipment.”

Nexshore unveils air cargo’s first all-embracing data-sharer
Monty Clark, president at Nexshore

The system has come just in time in the changing airfreight landscape. Newly-won e-commerce customers will quickly disappear from airfreight suppliers if they are not kept informed with the speed and accuracy they demand. “Adopting ONE Record by Nexshore provides that capability for businesses of all sizes,” Rao points out.

The ONE Record Nexshore SaaS is also available as a hybrid, which allows customers to fully integrate and customize their own individual air cargo systems and easily align them with the ONE Record specifications by IATA.

Monty Clark, president at Nexshore, asserts: “ONE Record is the most important technology development for the air cargo industry in decades. Sharing data on a modern web platform is the most powerful feature of Nexshore’s ONE Record.

“It allows anyone to effectively communicate with anyone else in the air cargo supply chain through an open-standard published by IATA by simply setting up an account. Once an account is set up, networking is as easy as sending connection requests to partners and accepting incoming connection requests.”

“The SaaS takes care of everything else by setting up communication channels in the background that allow you to instantly receive air cargo information so vital to your business. ONE Record is a truly disruptive technology,” Clark believes.