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“Freightcamp 2016” in Abu Dhabi: ‘Networking Conference’ for freight forwarders brings Pangea and Connecta members together to expand base

freightcamp2016groupPangea Logistics Network’s annual conference in 2016 was extended to include members of sister network Connecta Airfreight Network, for the first time. Under its new “Freightcamp” identity, the event resulted in inter-network collaboration.

“Freightcamp 2016” was attended by over 120 representatives of the two networks’ freight forwarder members, now collectively known as Pangea Group. The 2016 event took place in Abu Dhabi; previous conferences were held in Barcelona (2012), Bangkok (2013), Kuala Lumpur (2014) and Barcelona (2015).

The 3-day Freightcamp programme included over 1500 one-to-one, 30-minute meetings between members, to discuss and further collaboration opportunities. All meetings were arranged through an automated online meeting scheduler, and supported by additional networking events.

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Sarah Bidmead

“For the first time, Freightcamp gave members the opportunity to connect not just within their own network, but across the two networks. A survey of delegates found that 86 per cent felt combining the two organisations in a single event had been beneficial,” said Sarah Bidmead, Pangea/Connecta Network Manager.

As a follow-up to the joint meeting, Pangea Group is now granting members of both networks access to the consolidated membership, which now totals over 300 companies.

“Despite the tough industry climate, 2016 was an excellent year for both networks and for their members. Many more companies joined us in 2016; the attention we continue to devote to our network support systems, as well as our incentive scheme which rewards reciprocal sales activity, have clearly added substantially to our appeal,” added Sarah.

According to the sources from the organizers, a major focus of Freightcamp 2016 was technological challenges facing the freight industry. Pangea  Group showcased its new strategic partnership agreement with CHAMP Forwarding Systems, which gives Pangea and Connecta members access to CHAMP’s web-based freight forwarding system, Logitude. “This enables members to manage quotes, shipments, bookings and consolidations more efficiently and cost-effectively, without major financial outlay,” the sources maintained. Logitude also supports the IATA e-AWB and e-freight initiatives, facilitating electronic data interchange with some 100 airlines.

Freightcamp also saw the roll-out of IMC (Internal Messages Centre), which provides secure and efficient messaging and communication between members, using self-created conversation group rooms with powerful invitation, sharing and collaboration tools.

 

freightcamp-awards2016During Freightcamp 2016, members received awards for Most Active Partner (F.J. Tytherleigh Logistics, Australia; Rapid Freight & Logistics Systems, Kuwait; and Transvalair, UK), Best Service Partner (In Time Wholesale Express, UK) and Partner of the Year (Blue Freight Service, Germany). The awards were based on the winners’ business contributions, as well as the nominations of their fellow members.

 

About Pangea Logistics Network:

Pangea Logistics Network was launched in December 2010, and comprises strong, well-established air- and ocean freight forwarders and consolidators. It now has 180 members operating from 400 bases in 95 countries, collectively handling over 1.5 million bookings per annum.

The Pangea sources maintained that  Pangea members benefit from a financial incentive program covering all shipments routed between members, supported by a centralised payment protection system. They also have access to CHAMP’s web-based freight forwarding system, Logitude, which enables them to manage quotes, shipments, bookings and consolidations more efficiently and cost-effectively, without major financial outlay. Logitude supports the IATA e-AWB and e-freight initiatives, facilitating electronic data interchange with some 100 airlines.

About Connecta:

Connecta Airfreight Network was launched in 2015 for IATA certified airfreight forwarders with a proven track record in air cargo. Connecta’s aim is to form an airfreight community, for sharing specialized resources and strengthening collective buying power with airlines and other suppliers. Connecta already has 110 members operating from 80 airports in 50 countries.

According to Connecta sources, Connecta members benefit from a financial incentive program covering all shipments routed between members, supported by a centralised payment protection system. They also have access to CHAMP’s web-based freight forwarding system, Logitude, which enables them to manage quotes, shipments, bookings and consolidations more efficiently and cost-effectively, without major financial outlay. Logitude supports the IATA e-AWB and e-freight initiatives, facilitating electronic data interchange with some 100 airlines.

 

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