AG Cargo has shared the findings from a global survey of more than 400 freight

forwarders in 47 countries on perceptions of the air cargo industry this year. The report, Cargo Next, identifies the key trends and expectations of freight forwarders within the next 12 months. The findings indicate that freight forwarders are optimistic about the direction of the industry. Key findings include: 70 per cent of freight forwarders surveyed are

expecting the rate of technological change to increase in the year ahead, in comparison to one year ago, and 81 per cent of forwarders believe technological innovation will have a positive impact on their business. 55 per cent of survey participants identified

increased automation and digitalisation as the most important trends in the air freight industry in the near future, followed by the growth of e- commerce (41 per cent). Trade tensions came up

third in importance for freight forwarders, with 29 per cent of survey respondents listing trade tensions dampening growth as a very significant or significant trend. The most significant challenge identified by

freight forwarders is talent attraction and retention, with 79 per cent of respondents identifying talent as either a very significant or significant challenge. Enikö Matanov, director of Strategy & Revenue

Optimisation, IAG Cargo, said: “We are hugely encouraged by the global appetite of freight forwarders to implement real change in the fields of digitalisation and automation. The scope for digitalisation and automation to transform the cargo industry is huge. We are dedicated to bringing advancements from within and outside the air cargo industry to continually improve and deliver the best service for our customers. “Our work in this area has accelerated

significantly in recently years. We are working

with start-ups from the Hangar 51 accelerator programme, trialling new technologies and investing in innovation to improve the way we work. We have further developed our APIs, enabling real-time information on rates, available capacities, and routing options via e- booking platforms, customer booking systems, and, providing a one-stop shop for freight forwarders.” The survey respondents offered a global view

with 42 per cent from Europe, 19 per cent from the Americas, 35 per cent from Asia and four per cent from the rest of the world. Responses also reflect the differences in view depending on company size, with 67 per cent of participants coming from businesses with less than 200 employees and 33w from larger players. The full survey results, with perspectives from leaders in the industry, are available on next


he IMHX 2019 Future Skills Theatre agenda is now live and features a line-up of

notable logistics leaders who will share their thoughts on how school leavers and graduates can be encouraged to pursue a career in supply chain management. In addition to a series of presentations and panel discussions, delegates will hear from two rising stars of the logistics sector, Tienne Oates and Harry Underwood, who will describe their journeys from entry level to the senior roles they now hold within Wincanton and Dachser respectively. Apprenticeships, employee engagement, up-

skilling and talent retention within logistics are among the interesting range of topics up for discussion, with expert speakers confirmed from companies including Bis Henderson, Abbey Logistics, Career Ready and Talent In Logistics.

One of the speakers, Bethany Fovargue,

operations manager at NOVUS, comments: “The logistics market has become increasingly concerned about attracting suitably skilled workers to cater for the future of the profession. By 2020, 50 per cent of the global workforce will be so-called Millennials so it is essential that employers in the industry understand what attracts and retains this demographic. She adds: “The Future Skills Theatre is where

employers will find information on how to attract new, young talent into their workforce, learn what skills will be needed by the next generation of logistics operators and get insights into what they can do to equip employees with the skills they need to keep up with our industry's extraordinary pace of change.” The Skills Zone is one of a number of

dedicated feature areas within IMHX 2019. Others include a Centre Stage Theatre and a brand-new Forklift Truck Demonstration Zone and Logistics Solutions Forum. Rob Fisher, IMHX 2019 event director,

comments: “As well as being able to see the technical innovations being shown by over 400 exhibiting companies, visitors to IMHX 2019 will have the chance to both attend and participate in a diverse series of presentations, seminars and panel debates – all absolutely free of charge – ensuring that their time at the show is very well spent.” IMHX 2019 takes place at the NEC,

Birmingham, on 24 – 27 September 2019.

To secure a free visitor pass that allows access to all areas of the show on any of the opening dates, visit


ritain’s logistics businesses and international supply chain managers are

being urged to recognise the change of Government policy and accelerate their preparations for a No Deal Brexit by FTA, the business group which represents the sector. The advice comes after the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, who has made clear his intention to leave the EU without a deal on 31 October 2019 if a new withdrawal agreement cannot be reached with Brussels. “Logistics businesses need to take the

prospect of a No Deal Brexit seriously,” says James Hookham, FTA’s deputy CEO and head of Brexit readiness, “and speed up any preparations which can be made. While there are still areas of uncertainty for those tasked with moving goods and services between the UK and Europe, most of the requirements that will kick in in the event of No Deal have now been published and are freely available. “In the run up to the March 29 Brexit, FTA

lobbied the UK and the EU to obtain important temporary easements and contingency measures which will assist the industry to keep our trading links open. However, many of these will expire, or are due to lapse shortly after the new 31 October Brexit deadline, and FTA is urging the new ministerial line ups to prioritise extending or re-establishing the necessary measures to ensure that trade can continue to flow freely to and from British industry.” FTA has written to Michael Gove MP, the new

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and responsible for co-ordinating No Deal preparations, to urge rapid completion of the outstanding procedures and extension of the concessions. FTA also urged high level co- ordination with the logistics sector to protect the economic health of the UK and the welfare of consumers. “But while these discussions are ongoing with government, exporters, importers, freight forwarders and logistics operators in the UK and


those working internationally should be taking steps to understand what they may have to do, how it should be done and who they need to deal with to keep their operations flowing. “The UK’s supply chains are highly

interconnected and complex and need to be protected if Britain is to keep trading efficiently with its biggest export markets in Europe. We would still much rather the UK leaves the EU with an Agreement that assures the continuity of frictionless trade but if this is not possible, then as an industry we will need to be ready for the challenging and complicated task of navigating the requirements that will apply.” Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading,

directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc.


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