Friday, September 9, 2011

Cargo Partners Start e freight Academy

Air Logistics Community Forges Ahead with Documentation System
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – A group of companies in the country’s supply chain have banded together to further promote the e freight system we wrote about when it was shown to a Russian delegation in June. Now the, a collaboration between Schiphol Cargo, Air Cargo Netherlands and other supply chain partners within the Amsterdam airports cargo community, will be extended throughout Schiphol utilising the newly launched eFreight Online Academy.

The Academy is an innovative web-based learning tool that has been created and is being further developed by STOAS, one of the Netherlands’ foremost e-learning organisations to spread knowledge about eFreight throughout the Dutch air cargo community. Access to the Academy simply requires a PC with internet connection, sound and Flash player installed. All visitors must register to obtain a login code, in line with Dutch law.

The Academy content currently includes instructional videos on its use, and two learning modules (First steps in electronic messaging, and eFreight: what it is). There is also an online forum where users can start discussion threads, post questions and ideas, and receive comments and feedback from eFreight experts and other members of the community. The Academy’s content will be progressively expanded.

Schiphol Cargo’s Director of Business Development, Saskia van Pelt commented:

“We are actively promoting the use of eFreight at Schiphol using a variety of methods. We believe the forum facility in the eFreight Academy will prove to be one of its most important elements, providing community members with a simple way of improving their subject knowledge.

“The forum will also enable the efreight@nl team to refine their future activities, by developing a better understanding of what the market thinks of the eFreight concept, and what concerns may exist about its implementation.”

Schiphol is becoming a bit of a centre for innovative on line products, last month we covered the launch of Smartgate – the Game, an interactive learning game for wannabe freight forwarders and the brainchild of Schiphol Cargo, Air Cargo Netherlands and Dutch Customs