August 29, 2019: Kuehne Nagel and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) have partnered to improve integration of their electronic booking processes. In a proof of concept that was recently brought to conclusion, the two companies enabled total host-to-host connection through an application programming interface (API) allowing for a system-based, the integrated and interactive match between available capacity and demand.

It is for the first time that an airfreight carrier and a global logistics provider create a direct system-to-system connection that transforms manual quotation and capacity booking process into a digital automated solution, fostering collaborative relationships and next-generation supply chain practice. Customers will benefit from a seamless experience with both companies' full digital offering, including ad hoc quotations, capacity availability inquiries, dynamic pricing, and real-time e-booking functionalities. Following the successful proof of concept, both companies have agreed to further develop the solution and to start the roll-out in Europe and South Asia Pacific.

Yngve Ruud, member of the managing board of Kuehne Nagel, responsible for airfreight, said, The successful conclusion of our proof of concept with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a further step forward in eTouch, Kuehne Nagel's digital transformation process and initiative to offer a seamless digital customer journey."

Marcel de Nooijer, EVP Air France-KLM Cargo and managing director of Martinair, added, "At Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, we keep innovating to provide connected and tailored solutions to our business customers around the world. In this context, enriching Kuehne Nagel's in-house systems with our digital services is another step towards the digitisation of our industry."

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