The airfreight sector is increasingly moving toward digitization. Use of paper is gradually giving way to technology in areas such as billing, issuing shipping documents, communication with customers or exchanging logistic messages. Little by little, all these processes are becoming electronic. However, on the majority of occasions only big businesses manage to make this technological leap forward.
How does it affect small airlines and freight forwarders? These stakeholders account for tons of paper wasted each year. But in addition, we must bear in mind that the airfreight sector can only be entirely paperless if the technology reaches out to all companies: both large and small. To achieve this objective, EDICOM has developed the Viewer solution.
This is an alternative to the advanced EDICOMAir platform, automated and aimed at large corporations. In contrast, Viewer operates as an EDI web application. Operation is immediate and low-cost, as only minimal implementation is required. The only thing users need to be able to exchange e-documents securely with customers and suppliers is an Internet connection.
Viewer is a manual solution, but it has systems for generation on the basis of other messages which automate part of the document creation processes. Through it, small airlines and freight forwarders can issue e-invoices, air cargo manifests, house and master air waybills (e-AWB), communication with customs and other EDI messages, without limitations. The platform can receive freight status updates (FSU) from message recipients. It is fully compatible with the IMP and Cargo-XML standards regulated by the IATA.
Users already see EDICOMAir Viewer as an automatic waybill shortcut system.
Ultimately, Viewer is a solution to extend electronic communications to 100% of companies in the airfreight sector.