Kale unveils India’s first one-stop e-booking platform to ease cargo booking

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April 02, 2018: In order to ease booking process for the air cargo stakeholders, IT solutions provider, Kale Logistics Solutions, recently launched India’s first comprehensive online platform, ‘RIGEL’. 

The one-stop e-booking platform ‘RIGEL’ is India’s first comprehensive online platform, which is aimed to improve and ease cargo rates discovery and booking procedures for the air cargo industry. 

Currently, the air cargo industry is highly dependent on manual and cumbersome processes, hence there was a need to digitise airline routes and schedules. Absence of a single online source to provide information pertaining to availability of cargo routes, and the corresponding reservation rates to exporters, freight forwarders and custom brokers has made the process tedious and prone to malpractices. 

With Kale’s online e-Booking platform, routes, rates and schedules for cargo booking are readily accessible through the system, thereby benefitting the concerned stakeholders. It also ensures that compliances for further processing of the shipment are met at the point of booking. This booking data is reusable for further shipment processing by way of connecting to other stakeholders like Airports and Airlines. 

The platform is equipped with comprehensive modules for RFQ and Quote Management, multi-channel booking with EDI communication with airlines, GST invoicing, e-payment gateway, tracking and reporting for all stakeholders. 

A pilot run of this platform was recently completed with a leading exporter, one of the largest freight forwarding/customs broking organisations, and a leading airline to ascertain the usability and functionality of the platform.

Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India said: “Platforms such as RIGEL have become a necessity in today’s trade ecosystem. It’s a new era of IT-solution to a complex age-old problem. Trade facilitation initiatives like RIGEL will provide the much necessary digital support to drive ease of business. Its potential reach is multimodal. Moreover, it also brings stakeholders, including shippers from the hinterlands of India, under a single platform, thus allowing an opportunity to discuss and find constructive solutions for the furtherance of the industry, along with necessary compliance being met. RIGEL reaffirms the role of technology in streamlining and improving the air cargo trade scenario.”

Vineet Malhotra, director, Kale Logistics Solutions said: “We are confident that just like our other trade facilitation platforms, RIGEL too will revolutionise the traditional functions of air cargo industry. We are expecting that the current manual processes of booking, followed by the air cargo industry will soon become obsolete. Our comprehensive offering through this product will benefit exporters, freight forwarders and custom brokers and airlines.”

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