The KLM Cargo Compliance Knowledge Centre (CKC) has developed a unique app that can be used for co-loading segregation checks (e.g. for dangerous goods), based on International Air Transport Association (IATA) norms. Subsequently, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) is the first airline to start using this ‘Cargo Toolbox’ app and plans to make it available to all others in the air freight sector free of charge.
AFKLMP is not only setting trends in awareness but also pioneering tools needed to address key compliance and safety themes in the airfreight industry. The company specifically designed the ‘Cargo Toolbox’ app for airfreight employees worldwide, whose duties include segregating cargo.
Based on the app-within-an-app approach, KLM Cargo’s CKC previously launched the ‘Mr Beam’ app, a handy tool for pallet builders worldwide. The Cargo Toolbox app also includes the co-loading instructions app, which makes use of machine learning (ML) to ensure that the app becomes increasingly adept at recognising symbols, as it is used more frequently.
“In this way, KLM Cargo hopes to improve safety throughout the cargo chain, addressing key compliance and safety themes. This can only be achieved together with the entire cargo community, which means handling companies as well airlines. It doesn’t matter who you work for,” said Kester Meijer, Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety at KLM Cargo.
“We believe it is important to get knowledge out onto the work floor as quickly and clearly as possible, without having to consult manuals that are often heavy and complex. The manuals containing relevant information aren’t always in easy reach, which is why we came up with the app,” added Meijer
“There are already plans to expand ‘Cargo Toolbox’. We want to create a lost-and-found app next year. If you encounter a package drifting around, simply scan the barcode sticker and get the information you need,” expressed Meijer.