Riege Software and CCS Italy have joined in a business venture promoting a new initiative to assist SMEs participation in Cargo iQ, the industry interest group focused on quality standards.
Cargo iQ operates as a not-for-profit membership group supported by IATA and composed of over 80 major airlines, freight forwarders, ground-handling agents, trucking companies and IT solution providers globally. Its mission is creating and implementing quality standards for the worldwide air cargo industry.
“With Cargo iQ SME, we provide a turn-key solution for independent freight forwarders to benefit from shipment planning and control through shared Route Maps and operational visibility for various milestones along the shipment lifecycle,” says Chris Davies, manager Product and Technology, at Cargo iQ.
Like Riege, CCS Italy has worked closely with Cargo iQ on this issue and so in early 2017 Gianni Mauri, director Business Processes Air Cargo at CCS Italy, contacted Riege about possible cooperation.
CCS Italy was searching for a reseller CDMP-F (Cargo iQ Data Management Platform for Forwarders) platform that could speed up the development of Innovative solutions tailored to the SME forwarders market.
In November 2017, CCS Italy and Riege agreed to cooperate. “It was our intention to offer Cargo iQ services to SMEs for affordable fees, but at the highest possible technological level,” says Gianni Mauri who was leading the screening process at CCS Italy.
“We contacted a number of established and well-known players in the industry, viewing them as potential partners, but rather soon we came to the conclusion that Riege and their CDMP platform would be the best choice – for us, and for our customers”, Mauri adds.
Riege Software was ready to make the necessary investment with Christian Riege, SVP Software Development, explaining the company’s perspective: “Whatever we do, we put focus on scalability – in all aspects – to serve customers from the smallest to the largest, and delivering the same high technological level to all. Our acclaimed TMS Scope is proof of this.
“The opportunity to expand this approach the Cargo iQ initiative focused on SMEs was the stimulus for the inevitable investments and additional work we undertook. We had to build, to align, to register and to setup at several sites in order to fulfill the numerous special requirements. Thanks to our experience and our skilled colleagues it was rather more routine than a challenge – with the awesome outcome facilitating SMEs access to Cargo iQ.”
The conditions are laid to provide Cargo iQ on a much broader basis. Martin Skopp, product manager Cargo iQ at Riege Software, is positive that the new product will appeal to customers and provide absolute satisfaction: “Riege has been certified for Cargo iQ – formerly Cargo 2000 – since 2009. Our expertise in reliable messaging is unquestionable, even the biggest players in the market make use of our capabilities. Both, forwarders and airlines. The cooperation with CCS Italy deploys our know-how to the benefit of SMEs who have played a central roll in Riege’s activities since the launch of Scope in 2008.”
A pilot phase is ongoing and involved parties are getting consistently closer to market readiness. The Cargo iQ management team is on-board together with several carriers on the airline side, the two companies note.