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News / We have to figure out how to process air cargo the same way as a holiday suitcase

first_img In the final article of his two-part series, Stan Wraight asks how the airfreight industry can work towards the 48-hour cut in transit times, an initiative launched by IATA in March.So can IATA make this happen, or can it at least push in the right direction? Do IATA members really take its initiatives and wishes into account when cargo is internally discussed, strategies set, product portfolios created, budgets for processes get approved, investments calculated?Take a bird’s eye view of that 6.5-day process IATA would like to change, and look carefully at the middle part. That still consists of a six, eight or even 12-hour air journey from some point in the origin process to some point at destination. That air journey is today bookended by enormous investments in infrastructure which is purpose-designed to handle air cargo that moves like molasses in January.How important is that phrase “dwell time” to designers and consultants? It is really important, because the carriers or independent companies operating that middle part of the 6.5-day process are reluctant owners of an outdated transport module that costs hundreds of millions of dollars or euros or renminbi on some expensive airport property to build or lease.To think that we need buildings and equipment of this magnitude for “dwell time”, to stop and go million ton-plus flows of air cargo each month, all because the airport is some sort of barrier in the end-to-end flow is ridiculous. This is not only ludicrous but adds a financial burden on air cargo no one should accept nor even attempt to justify. This is where the time can be saved.Imagine a Boeing 777 passenger flight between two countries. It leaves with half its belly capacity carrying passenger baggage and the other half carrying cargo. Within an hour or so of its arrival, the passenger bags have been processed, first by the airline, then the airport, then the regulatory agencies and lastly by the passenger, or on to another flight.Meanwhile, with luck, the freight will have left the ramp, been accepted into an imperfect assembly line process, ready to disappear for whatever the engineers say is the ‘minimum dwell time’. And of course all the while, data systems are busily trying to communicate with each other to determine where the actual paperwork is, without which no one can do anything.So is it a legitimate question or not? If airlines and airports can figure out a way to process millions of passenger bags, including regulatory functions, in an hour or so, why can’t we handle air cargo (which consists primarily of boxes and crates of roughly the same cube as baggage) with some of the same efficiencies? What will it take?First shippers and logistics companies should be accountable for the end-to-end physical and information process, including the burden of paper; second, carriers – IATA’s domain – need to focus on how to limit pre-flight, in-transit and post-flight ‘dwell’ to exactly what they need to perform the air transport piece. Anything beyond that ought to be someone else’s responsibility, or at the very least, a big revenue producer to underwrite those huge infrastructure investments needed to do the job with maximum efficiency and speed. How can you develop a proper product portfolio without this?Lastly, regulatory facilitation. If a passenger, or in most cases an express or courier company, can move his or her bag or consignment through those same processes with speed and precision, surely the incredibly valuable content of scheduled air cargo can get be treated with almost the same respect as dirty underwear (or clean if it’s the beginning of a trip), or that of an integrator willing and able to pay for IT systems and preferred customs facilitation in his facility.The system can be changed. The industry just needs collective willpower to do so. And then air cargo will be able to offer shippers the premium fast-track service that air transport uniquely can provide.Part One of the series is here. By Stan Wraight, executive director of SASI 16/06/2014last_img read more

MBTA seeks cost certainty with Keolis commuter rail contract extension

first_imgUSA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal & Management Control Board has approved an extension of Keolis’ contract to operate commuter rail services.The eight-year contract began on July 1 2014, with two two-year options for extension, both of which will now be exercised to take the contract through to June 30 2026. MBTA has the ability to opt out of the extended contract after optional year three (2025).The extensions will provide MBTA with time to develop a ‘transformational’ successor contract, with procurement expected to get underway in 2025 so a new contract can be awarded by January 2026, with a transition period of least six months.‘Our main goals are to provide continuity and the best possible service for our commuter rail customers, as well as provide adequate time to plan for a future transformational procurement’, said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak on June 15.The contract includes a fixed price for a specified level of service, with penalties related to on-time performance and passenger comfort.The extension takes into account cost growth with inflation rates reflecting current railway industry relevant cost increases. It also include incentive payments for on-time performance, train crew staffing, and seating capacity, which are worth a potential total of $5m/year in 2021-26.Measures to address fare evasion include the continuation of a revenue share agreement and the installation of automated fare gates. There will also be investments in MBTA infrastructure and assets, with incentives to accelerate capital investments and increase availability and reliability.Keolis Commuter Services CEO & General Manager David Scorey said the extension ‘balances taxpayer and passenger needs as it keeps costs low while also enhancing the passenger experience, including a focus on providing more capacity, further increasing on-time performance and accelerating capital delivery.’MBTA is to pilot a Five-day Flex Pass on its mTicket product from July 1, offering five days of travel within a 30-day period. ‘Travel patterns are changing and many employers are exploring new ways of working like staggered schedules and telework policies’, MBTA said. Its new fare product aims to serve passengers whose commutes may change following the pandemic.last_img read more

The Seattle Seahawks Are Now Underdogs To Make The Playoffs

What opponent would you least want to see on your favorite NFL team’s schedule? Most of you, I’d guess, would want to avoid Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. But after that?The Seattle Seahawks, despite their 3-3 record, remain a perfectly reasonable answer to this question. When our NFL Elo ratings come out later this week, they’ll have Seattle in third place — just slightly behind New England (and further behind Denver) and just slightly ahead of Dallas, Indianapolis and San Francisco. You could argue these cases — are you more afraid of the Seahawks defense or Colts quarterback Andrew Luck? Are you sure you’d rather play Seattle than Denver when the Seahawks already beat the Broncos this season — and demolished them in last year’s Super Bowl?It’s not as though Seattle’s season has been a disaster. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents by 18 points against a very tough schedule. Jeff Sagarin’s ratings at USA Today have them as the third-best team in football based solely on their performance this year.Our Elo ratings carry over performance from previous seasons, which helps Seattle some. This usually yields more reliable estimates of team strength, especially early in the season (six games is a small sample size). You could argue against accounting for prior years’ performance when a team is old or when its roster had turned over substantially. But Seattle’s hasn’t. It has brought its core back from last year, when it was the third-youngest team in football. Quarterback Russell Wilson is just 25, an age when most QBs are still improving.Nonetheless, the Elo ratings have the Seahawks as underdogs to make the playoffs. In the simulations we ran after Sunday night’s games, Seattle made the playoffs just 46 percent of the time.The Seahawks are harmed by playing in the NFL’s toughest division, in a deep conference and against a very tough schedule. A league-average team playing Seattle’s schedule this year would be expected to go 7-9 based on each opponent’s Elo ratings, so the schedule costs the Seahawks about one win.Seattle will also need to finish with an 11-5 record or better to be assured of making the playoffs. In simulations where Seattle finished 9-7 — its most likely record according to Elo — it made the playoffs just 23 percent of time, well below the historical average for 9-7 teams of about 50 percent.Nor may a 10-6 record be good enough. In our simulations, Seattle won the NFC West only 27 percent of the time with that record. More often, a 10-6 Seattle team made the playoffs as a wild card. But the NFC playoff picture is crowded. Seattle would have to compete for two wild card slots along with whichever team finishes second in the NFC East (probably Philadelphia or Dallas), whichever team finishes second in the NFC North (probably Detroit or Green Bay) and whichever other NFC West team (San Francisco or Arizona) also misses out on the division title.And while an 11-5 record was almost always good enough for Seattle to make the postseason, it only earned the Seahawks a division title 60 percent of the time. That means they’d start their playoffs on the road — depriving them of the benefit of the NFL’s biggest home-field advantage.Perhaps the Seahawks don’t have much right to complain — it was only four seasons ago when they made the playoffs as a 7-9 team in an awful NFC West. But the trend toward smaller divisions in sports makes odd outcomes like this more likely. If Seattle makes the playoffs, it will certainly have earned it. read more

Former Buckeye Jack Tatum suffers fatal heart attack

Former Ohio State defensive back Jack Tatum died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 61.Tatum, known for his intimidating, hard-hitting style of play, which earned him the nickname “The Assassin,” starred in the Buckeye secondary from 1968-1970.“We have lost one of our greatest Buckeyes,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said in a statement. “When you think of Ohio State defense, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Tatum. His loss touches every era of Ohio State players and fans.”As a senior, Tatum earned the honor of the national Defensive Player of the Year. He was a three-year starter and a two-time All-American.He was a first-round draft choice by the Oakland Raiders in 1971. He won a Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1976 and was named to three Pro Bowls.Tatum’s punishing blow to New England Patriot Darryl Stingley in a 1978 preseason game severed a pair of the wide receiver’s vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed. Stingley died in 2007 from after-effects of the hit. Tatum was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. read more

Pulis disappointed after the first leg home loss

first_imgMiddlesbrough faced Aston Villa in the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals and they were beaten at the home ground 1-0 – and Tony Pulis admitted that there is a difficult task ahead of them now.Mile Jedinak scored a vital winner for Aston Villa and as the home side weren’t able to respond properly, Tony Pulis will have to prepare his side for an extremely difficult away fixture as they are trailing right now.The former West Brom coach spoke about his feelings after this game as he said, according to Birmingham Mail:“We’re disappointed. I thought we did enough not to lose the game today.”“The set play is a disappointment; we’re disappointed to lose off that. Villa are in the ascendancy in the tie, we can’t hide that fact. We’re going to Villa Park in front of a full house.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“There’s still a game to play and anything can happen.”“There were times today where Adama Traore had good patches and good spells. He’s a terrific player and he’s got a terrific talent and on his day he can do things.”“We had other players who played well today and that (Hutton’s man-marking) is due to Adama’s rise to fame more than anything.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – Voting has been launched and Miss Teen Universe TCI Malique Ferette is hoping for our support. Look for Miss Teen Universe Official page on Facebook; hunt down Malique and give her your ‘like’ – the contestants are listed in alphabetical order, by country. Up to news time, only 27 of us had liked Malique’s profile and yet, she is well ahead of countries like The Bahamas and Canada. Again find it on Miss Teen Universe Official on Facebook. The pageant is set for Guatemala in February. Related Items:facebook, Malique ferrette, Miss teen tci, miss teen universe Haiti Tech Summit draws over 500 participants, high profile Silicon Valley reps Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contest Recommended for you Amber Hall gets Miss Congeniality at Teen Universe pageant Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Troopers Report Few Arrests Over Halloween Weekend

first_imgThe Troopers conducted its special DUI overtime enforcement patrols for the Halloween weekend from October 31 through November 1. According to Troopers they issued; 5 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 1 felony DUI Arrests, 1 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license, and 7 REDDIs reported with 0 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI. Of the 30 citations issued, 7 were issued for speeding, and 1 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations. Troopers also responded to 10 damage only crashes, 2 injury crashes, and 0 fatal collisions.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers reported only a handful of DUI arrests over the Halloween weekend; and one felony violation. Funding for the high visibility enforcement was provided partially by grant sources distributed through the Alaska Highway Safety Office.last_img read more