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With increased e-commerce volumes expected
to remain steady, Swissport anticipates its cargo
portfolio will continue to grow.
In July,
launched a
pilot program
with an
vehicle at its
cargo center
at Frankfurt
to Europe. Because fresh flowers are delicate,
Swissport leveraged its processes
for shipping pharmaceuticals to ensure
the flowers were stored at a consistent
temperature to increase it shelf life after
it arrived in Amsterdam from Nairobi.
Consistent processes among SwisLinking
all the stakeholders in the
chain allows players in the cargo industry
to work toward the greater good,
Goovaerts explains. He says it makes the
airport more attractive and allows all the
logistical stakeholders to work toward a
common goal.
" We want to play a driving role to do
this, " Goovaerts says.
Goovaerts' role as cargo chair at Swissport
is intended to aid these efforts. In
this position, he works with Swissport's
global cargo teams to identify successful
processes and replicate them elsewhere.
" We have different knowledge bases.
There's a knowledge base about forwarding
and general sales agents, " he says.
" There are subject matter experts about
operational delivery, another subject
matter expert about digitalization and
innovation and other subject matter
experts about commercial.
" Through these subject matter experts,
we can offer solutions to an airline at
multiple stations. "
For example, Swissport recently established
a fresh flower corridor from Africa
sport's cargo divisions and individual
locations also benefit employees. Goovaerts
notes the same cargo management
systems are used at each station,
which allows new products to be implemented
globally and allows current
employees to seamlessly move from
one station to another as they advance
their career.
Environmental Initiatives
As Swissport grows its cargo business,
company officials have an eye on sustainability,
At the global level, Nadia Kaddouri
was hired as the company's chief strategy
and sustainability officer. Within
the cargo business, specifically, Goovaerts
says every new cargo warehouse
that Swissport operates will utilize
solar panels. At existing warehouses,
Swissport is entering discussions with
the property owners to have solar
panels installed.
" I think it's a win-win. Because what
we see by putting in these solar panels
is you reduce your electricity bill as well.
It's good for the environment and it's
also good for our costs, " Goovaerts says.
The company is also investing in electric
forklifts and recently introduced an
electrically powered automated guided
vehicle at its Frankfurt location to
reduce emissions.
" In the warehouses, we are very, very
green, " Goovaerts says. " On the airside,
we are moving fast also to battery-driven
equipment wherever we can. There, we
need also the airports to join us because
they need to provide charging ports. But
it's moving fast and we're 100 percent
committed to following that track. "
On the airside, Swissport is converting
baggage and cargo tractors to electric
drivelines, according to Goovaerts. He
also notes new GSE technology, like collision
avoidance technology, is making
cargo handling operations safer and
more efficient.
What's more, he says the cargo handling
industry is gaining efficiencies
by eliminating pencil-and-paper tasks
and making those processes electronic.
This also helps with sustainability goals
because there is less waste.
What's Next
Swissport intends to continue its
cargo expansion.
After entering the Australian market
in 2018 with ground handling services,
Swissport officials see an opportunity to
expand organically by introducing cargo
handling products to that region.
According to Goovaerts, Swissport's
cargo business also has opportunities to
grow in Asia as well as the United States.
Goovaerts adds that complex
cargo hub operations are a specialty
of Swissport, so expanding its cargo
business in those locations is also an
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of september2022

Editor's Note: Support for SAF
Business Buzz
Flying Warp Speed Towards a Digital Transformation
Safety Management Systems 101
The Appeal of Equipment Pooling
Common Fueling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Swissport's Concept for Cargo Handling
Desert Jet's Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
Deicing from a Distance
Product Hangar
Celebrating 30 Years: A New State of Mind
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september2022 - Editor's Note: Support for SAF
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september2022 - Business Buzz
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september2022 - Flying Warp Speed Towards a Digital Transformation
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september2022 - Safety Management Systems 101
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september2022 - The Appeal of Equipment Pooling
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september2022 - Common Fueling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
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september2022 - Swissport's Concept for Cargo Handling
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september2022 - Desert Jet's Newest Palm Springs Facility Sets the Bar High
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september2022 - Deicing from a Distance
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september2022 - Product Hangar
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september2022 - Celebrating 30 Years: A New State of Mind
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