Descartes Systems Group, InfoSky Form Alliance

Descartes Systems Group, InfoSky Form Alliance

Descartes Systems Group and InfoSky have formed an alliance to streamline logistics messaging for the Chinese air cargo industry.

The alliance between Descartes, a software-as-a-service solutions provider, and InfoSky, a division of China TravelSky Holding Co. that provides applications and IT services for China’s Civil Aviation Administration, federates the two organizations’ respective networks to connect freight forwarders, group handling agents and air carriers on Descartes’ Global Logistics Network with the similar China-based community using InfoSky’s Cargo Community System.

“The alliance with Descartes is a natural extension to our business as we share a common vision to help standardize communications, automate processes and improve efficiencies across the air freight industry,” said Aiguo Li, general manager at InfoSky, in a written statement. “Federating with Descartes GLN provides our customers proven and reliable electronic access to members of the air cargo community in over 160 countries.”

“We've seen increasing demand in China for connectivity to a broader community of global air carriers,” added Robert Beauchemin, executive vice president of sales and alliances at Descartes. “By federating with InfoSky, our customers now have improved electronic access to one of the most active regions for air freight in the world.”

Separately, the Beijing-based Air China Cargo has transitioned to the Unisys Logistics Management System delivered by Unisys client TravelSky as a SaaS model. Air China Cargo is also using TravelSky’s new booking and shipment management portal, China Cargo Sky Portal, that is based on the Unisys Cargo Portal Services software. The two portals share the same core software.

Air China is the first TravelSky client airline to sign up for the new SaaS cargo services. Unisys provided implementation, business process engineering and training services, and TravelSky managed the localization and integration of systems such as the Air China Cargo flight operation system and Chinese Customs.

“The software-as-a-service model enabled us to quickly transition to the Unisys cargo system in just six months,” said Raymond So, vice president operation and services at Air China Cargo, in a published remark. “This helped minimize implementation costs and allowed us to start using the new logistics solutions sooner.”