Kale Logistics Solutions’ US subsidiary, Kale Info Solutions has piloted a truck slot and dock management system with ground handler Worldwide Flight Services at New York JFK Airport. The Artificial Intelligence-based module, part of Kale’s Airport Cargo Community System (ACS), has reduced truck wait times by up to 66% for exports and 48% for imports, it says.
Around 50 organizations and more than 160 individual users, including truckers and ground handling operatives, were enrolled in the pilot test, which began in December 2021.
Kale Logistics Solutions chief executive, Amar More, said: “Truck congestion is becoming a major challenge in North American airports and ports, and JFK, being a significant one, requires a smart system to handle cargo movement seamlessly. We have helped several airport and port communities across the world in overcoming such challenges and are excited to work with WFS and the JFK cargo community in changing the way cargo is picked up and delivered in New York forever through this initiative.”
The pilot included integration of Kale’s ACS truck and slot management module with WFS’ warehouse management system, ePic.
The system addresses the causes of congestion such as bunching of truck traffic, lack of information for operational planning to handlers, paperwork at the airport and visibility of airport operations to stakeholders.
WFS vice-president, Rinzing Wangyal (pictured) added: “We have created a digital infrastructure with an integrated system and the results of the pilot are very encouraging. Looking at the benefits delivered by the pilot phase and encouraging feedback from the cargo community, we will soon be rolling this out across all our facilities in JFK and other stations in North America.”
Kale helped set up the first air cargo community system in the US at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2020 and has since continued to drive ACS adoption at airports in the region and across the globe.