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Delta tags to keep tabs on ULDs

[ October 9, 2018   //   ]

Following the introduction earlier in the year of real-time tracking for unit load devices (ULDs), Delta Cargo is now extended the service to cargo businesses based off airport. The carrier says it will eliminate all paperwork at the dock door when units are loaned out with a digital Uniform Control Receipt (UCR) emailed directly to the shipper. In addition, customers will receive customized push notifications with full tracking available on in 2019.

Delta is one of the first major airlines to test Bluetooth tracking technology and since March 2018 has deployed readers at 80 out of 150 Delta and partner airline warehouse locations across six continents, including all US hubs and major trucking stations. Nearly 40% of the ULD fleet has been tagged with Bluetooth asset trackers and by January 2019 the tracking system will be available on nearly all of Delta’s ULDs with customer reader installations anticipated to be completed soon after that.  Real-time ULD tracking information will allow Delta’s Cargo Control Center to more accurately monitor and reroute shipments that are delayed due to events such as inclement weather.

Delta has also invested in a Cargo Control Center for 24/7 proactive shipment monitoring and IATA’s CEIV Pharma certification.