Dnata implements First In First Out

Cargo handler says system improves space utilisation in warehouses and accelerates cargo throughput.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 6, 2006

Dnata Cargo has adopted the FIFO (First In First Out) concept at its Dubai International Airport terminals. The FIFO process was introduced by Dnata in an effort to improve space utilisation in its warehouses and accelerate cargo throughput. Dnata says the system is primarily being used by airlines that have cargo loaded in advance into containers or pallets for later dispatch, according to space availability. Those using the process include Thai Airways, Virgin Nigeria, Aer Lingus, British Airways and Kuwait Airways. “Our FIFO process essentially bypasses the storage component, and has proved to be an effective tool for meeting ever-increasing volumes and providing better customer service,” said Joseph Dias, Dnata cargo warehouse operations manager. “It helps reduce warehouse congestion because shipments accepted at the dock are screened up on acceptance in the presence of shippers, and moved immediately to a sterile area for loading. This benefit is compounded by seamless build-up process and swift dispatch of units.” FIFO was put in place in June 2006, and since then a monthly average of 780 tonnes of cargo have been handled by the process. N. Ramesh, senior cargo officer, Kuwait Airways, said: “We find Dnata’s FIFO process most appropriate to our operations since our fleet capacity follows a regular pattern with flexible configurations. It is particularly valuable when we receive information about last minute additional capacity on our services, which we can fill quickly because our units are already loaded with cargo and readily available in the warehouse.” Korakot Chatasingha, general manager Thai Airways, UAE & Middle East, said: “We have seen increases in our load factors due to the FIFO process. We congratulate Dnata for this excellent innovation which is another example of its service offerings benefiting airlines and cargo carriers in Dubai.” Dnata Cargo serves 100 airlines and 1,000 cargo agents in Dubai. Its cargo terminals are the Main Cargo Terminal (MCT), Freezone Logistics Centre (FLC), Express Handling Centre (EHC) and the Freezone Air Cargo Terminal (FACT) at Jebel Ali Freezone.

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