Skypooling, the first online platform for the global exchange of Unit Load Devices (ULDs), unveils its newly redesigned platform, with improvements to the platform based on a survey among nearly 50 airline users.
Skypooling’s entirely reworked version 2.0, which includes additional tools, was introduced at the recent ULD Care Annual Conference in Montreal.
Skypooling says this enables users of currently more than 50 airlines to quickly share containers and pallets used for airfreight and baggage to solve over- or understock situations.
The sharing principle, which is transferred to ULDs, allows better use of available ULD and aircraft capacities, avoid deadhead moves and storage of empty ULDs.
The entirely reworked surface is structured in a more user-friendly way and therefore simplifies the usage, the company says.
Apart from its new look, skypooling 2.0 incorporates new features, including an auto-matching function, which automatically matches airlines with similar over- and understock, thus saving time for manual searches.
In addition, skypooling says the communication area in the system has been expanded so that, in addition to inquiries and coordination, bookings can also be made directly on the platform. As part of the comprehensive update, all functions are now also available mobile via smartphone or tablet.
Christine Klemmer, general manager of skypooling, is convinced that the new system will significantly simplify the work of many ULD controllers and that it also holds a positive side-effect.
“In the future, there will be many more solutions to find on the platform that will make ULD sharing even more easy and comfortable,” Klemmer says. “Skypooling therefore will become an essential work tool for many ULD controllers and will help them to save time, effort and costs. Due to the avoidance of empty runs, the CO2 balance of the airlines will improve as well,” she adds.
In concrete terms, even one avoided empty intercontinental flight of a standard AKE container saves an average of 65 kilogrammes of CO2. The savings for a pallet stack is already around 3,000 kg.
Martin Kraemer, head of Marketing & PR for skypooling, also sees a lot of potential: “Skypooling’s new design and additional features are just the first step among many more to improve the platform and its services to become the leading place for ULD sharing.”