Panalpina forwarding and logistics group has announced that is has quit the Cargo 2000 interest group that consists of several airlines and forwarding companies. According to Panalpina's announcement, over the past year Cargo 2000 has been concentrating on developing a comprehensive technical solution. Panalpina, however, said it saw no progress being made about optimising handling procedures with the bar-coding project or with electronic data interchange.
According to Robert Frei, chief operating officer and director of Panalpina's Air Division, Panalpina has taken an active role in the workshops right from the beginning and still supports both the agreed standards and the Master Operating Plan (MOP), which is the description of the redefined handling processes. "That's why we now plan to implement elements of the MOP. Such as Route Planning and Shipment Flow Control, in partnership with selected airlines at our own swift pace."
Frei stressed that Panalpina would itself be assuming responsibility for monitoring the standards苛a task that does not require the involvement of a costly commercial organisation. The choice of partner companies hinges on such quality criteria as optimising handling processes and electronic information exchange.
Frei emphasised the importance of Cargo 200 and pointed out that it has given the industry valuable know-how on gaining competitive edge over the integrators. Together with strong partners, Frei said that Panalpina now wants to implement the experience it has gained quickly and un-bureaucratically.
Meanwhile, Panalpina has acquired Avalog AG, a Swiss logistics information technology firm, from SAirGroup, the parent company of airline Swissair. Based in Glattbrugg, near Zurich, Avalog supplies logistics consulting and management services. Its activities include developing information technology products.
Avalog's role within the group is to design and implement new logistics and supply chain management solutions. Marco Blum will remain Avalog's managing director following the acquisition.