WebCargo, a Freightos Group company, and IBS Software have announced an industry-first partnership empowering air carriers to become fully digital with an off-the-shelf solution.

This move represents two air cargo leaders co-operating to help airlines digitise faster by removing the barrier of expensive and lengthy internal developments.

With the vast majority of bookings in the industry still being made offline, rate management and distribution are essential aspects of a truly digital air cargo experience - and are absolutely critical to keep supply chains moving smoothly during the COVID-19 pandemic. IBS Software iCargo platform is used by over 30 airlines, including American Airlines, Etihad Cargo, IAG Cargo and Korean Air. Integrating with WebCargo provides every airline working with IBS a solution to offer real-time eBookings to WebCargo customers.

WebCargo is used on a daily basis for air freight quoting by 18,000 unique monthly user logins across 1,900 forwarders, who collectively run nearly a million air searches every month. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world; building agile businesses with digitisation at their core is now critical to ensure that supply chains continue to run effectively, especially during crises. With air cargo at the heart of making this happen, only real-time distribution and pricing can help airlines rapidly balance supply and demand in real-time.

“The digital evolution across the air freight industry is gaining significant momentum and at IBS Software we are convinced that over the next few years it will transform the way we do business. Digitalisation in the sales and quotation function facilitated through digital sales channels will bring in greater transparency, improve responsiveness and bring better value to the end customer. We are delighted to partner with innovative providers such as WebCargo to make such capabilities easily accessible to our airline customers,” said Ashok Rajan, SVP & Head of Cargo & Logistics, IBS Software.