Synergizing Air Cargo Operations Efficiency through Effective Implementation of Logistical Processes
Author(s):
Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh
Keywords:
Airline warehousing, supply chain management, information technology, cargo inventory, cargo tracking system, bar-coding system, manpower utilization and productivity
Abstract
With the airline’s cargo business doubling up in the last couple of years, the organization is laying special emphasis on its cargo segment. In the present scenario, the business competition between airlines‟ is very high and all the time it has been found that there is a dearth of passenger load compared to the cargo load, where proper servicing from the warehouse to accommodate cargo management is poor. The present compensation charges that Jet Airways has to bear on an yearly basis is around Rs. 30 lakhs. By improving the warehouse efficiency, it is aimed that the discrepancies of offloading can be plugged and an approximate Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh can be saved. It is expected that the present unsystematic operations of warehouse can be structured effectively, improvement in the work efficiency can be achieved by avoiding the offloading, the yearly compensation loss can be stopped resulting in further business enhancement. To gauge the loopholes in the present operational system, a detailed analysis of International Cargo and domestic cargo was undertaken and the stage-wise “CRITICAL PROBLEMATIC AREAS of the cargo warehousing functions were identified, with the purpose to solve the said problems on the basis of proposed recommendations. Based on the analysis of CPAs, the outcome of demand analysis was realized by virtue of repositioning the cargo inventory vis-à-vis service. It was found out that in some of the flights maximum off loadings takes place regularly and in some group of flights there is maximum space wastage on regular basis which ultimately results in loss of business for the airline. A automated tracking system is recommended whereby it is proposed to develop an integrated online software system enabling the agencies involved to have a direct access with each other, resulting in a transparent interchange of data and knowledge on exact status of cargo at each stage, thereby locating its traceability. The success of this tracking system is largely dependent on the Bar-Coding System of the Inventory software. The proposed results of implementing revised tracking s
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Unique Paper ID: 154267

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 10

Page(s): 388 - 395
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