Asian Cities Lead Cargo Portal Services Bookings; Tokyo Is Top Location but Shanghai is Catching Up, Notes Unisys
BLUE BELL, Pa., April 28, 2006 – Unisys today announced that air cargo electronic business continues to grow very rapidly around the world, with growth primarily in Asia. Since 2004, Tokyo has been the top location for bookings on Unisys-operated Cargo Portal Services (CPS), a leading electronic booking and shipment management service for the air cargo industry.
In mid-2005, Tokyo broke the threshold of 1,000 confirmed new bookings made through the service in one week and throughout 2006 it has averaged over that level on a weekly basis. While Tokyo remains the top station for CPS bookings, Shanghai has been catching up and is close to breaking through the level of 1,000 confirmed new bookings per week.
These two top Asian cities demonstrate the global appeal of CPS, despite the fact that the service doesn’t currently include the flag carrier of those countries. It also illustrates the pattern of adoption of CPS eBusiness, which is greatest in Asia, followed by North America.
“All across Asia, we have been impressed with how our customers have quickly and thoroughly embraced e-booking,” said Jim Friedel, president, Northwest Airlines Cargo on behalf of all the CPS carriers. “We thank our Tokyo-based customers for leading the charge, and we look forward to seeing other stations passing the 1,000-weekly-bookings milestone level.”
Christopher Shawdon, Unisys vice president Logistics Solutions, added that “CPS continues to grow very rapidly with the number of confirmed bookings up more than 35% in the last four months"
About Cargo Portal Services
CPS is an electronic booking and Cargo 2000-accredited shipment management service for the air cargo industry. It was designed in cooperation with major carriers and forwarders, and is operated by Unisys. CPS serves the global cargo networks of Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, KLM, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines. American Airlines and Continental airlines are in the process of going live on the service. Access to CPS is free for forwarders, both through the public Internet (www.CargoPortalServices.com) and through secure system-to-system connections. It currently serves more than 4,700 branch offices of 2,400 forwarding companies in 85 countries.
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