Delta Cargo said the new service will eliminate all paperwork at the dock door when units are loaned out and produce a digital uniform control receipt (UCR) that is emailed directly to the shipper. Customers also will receive customized push notifications with full tracking available on deltacargo.com in 2019.
“The extension of the tracking technology directly to our customers’ facilities will ensure visibility for the whole freight journey, creating a best-in-class shipping experience,” said Shawn Cole, Delta’s vice president of cargo. “This is a genuine innovation, and we are on track to launch in January 2019, with full visibility on deltacargo.com later that year, once the customer installations are complete.”
Since March 2018 Delta has deployed readers at 80 Delta and partner airline warehouse locations across six continents, including all U.S. hubs and major trucking stations with 70 locations remaining. Nearly 40 percent of the ULD fleet has been tagged with Bluetooth asset trackers.
By January, the tracking system will be available on nearly all of Delta’s ULDs, with customer reader installations anticipated to be completed soon after that, Delta said, adding that real-time ULD tracking information will allow its cargo control center to more accurately monitor and reroute shipments that are delayed due to irregular operations like inclement weather.