Logistics information technology solutions provider Descartes Systems has extended its relationship with IAG Cargo to include air cargo booking through Descartes' cloud-based Global Freight Exchange (GF-X) Private Label solution.
Descartes' solution will support iagcargo.com, the carrier's free electronic booking portal for freight forwarders.
Descartes' GF-X allows air carriers to distribute real-time product, routing, capacity and rate information to their forwarders worldwide. Forwarders can access carrier information, make electronic bookings and track shipments via a Web browser at any time.
“The Descartes GF-X Private Label service is a unique way for carriers to deploy a robust electronic bookings channel without the higher costs and risks associated with in-house development, in a way that utilizes existing processes and interfaces to the Descartes GF-X Exchange,” the company said.
"We've been a long-time customer of Descartes, using the company's air messaging and GF-X solution," said Angel Cabeza, head of distribution and IT platform at IAG Cargo. "Extending our relationship to include a private-label portal is a logical extension for IAG Cargo. It will help us support our existing network of large freight forwarders and will also be highly beneficial in helping us target the SME market, which we see as being of great value over the coming years."
IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. In April 2012, IAG completed the purchase of bmi, including bmi Cargo. In 2012, the carrier had turnover of 1.2 billion euros. - Eric Johnson