Revolutionizing Air Cargo: ACFI unveils prestigious ‘Innovatopia’ awards

The Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI) has launched its groundbreaking ‘Air Cargo Awards 2023-24’ on November 15, 2023, with the goal of acknowledging and honoring innovative initiatives, ideas, and solutions that address challenges within the air cargo supply chain and logistics industry. These awards aim to inspire and recognize innovative thinking and research in the air cargo logistics sector.

ACFI, representing all stakeholders in the air cargo industry, proudly serves as the leading advocate for the Indian air cargo logistics sector, committed to its comprehensive growth and development. The primary objective of these awards is to support and promote innovative concepts, research endeavors, and studies within the air cargo logistics domain, with the overarching aim of enhancing and fostering its progress. Through these Awards, ACFI aspires to contribute to the advancement of the Air Cargo logistics industry and the economy at large.

The ‘Knowledge & Research Task Pillar’ of ACFI, led by Mr. Keku Bomi Gazder, has formulated the structure of the Awards. Five categories have been created based on innovation and utopian perfection, introducing the term ‘INNOVATOPIA’ before each category’s title to establish their unique identity.

CATEGORY – 1: Innovatopia Award for Enhanced Customer Experience

Present an innovative idea or concept to enhance Customer Experience by improving quality, visibility, simplifying processes, and modernizing systems in the air cargo industry.

CATEGORY – 2: Innovatopia Award in Competitiveness

Propose an innovative idea or concept to enhance competitiveness by optimizing costs, improving efficiency, and enhancing capacity utilization in the air cargo industry through out-of-the-box solutions.

CATEGORY – 3: Innovatopia Award in Air Cargo Safety & Security

Introduce an innovative idea or concept to improve safety and security in Air Cargo through the latest technological advancements in the industry.

CATEGORY – 4: Innovatopia Award in Digitization

Put forth an innovative idea or concept to expedite digitization in the Air Cargo industry.

CATEGORY – 5: Innovatopia Award Sustainability & Go Green efforts

Suggest an innovative idea or concept to address sustainability challenges and contribute to any “Go Green” project in the Air Cargo industry.

Nominations for various award categories will be exclusively accepted through online submissions. The nomination window is open from November 15, 2023, to January 15, 2024.

The final winners will be determined by a distinguished ‘Panel of Jury’ members from around the world, including:

Mr. Ashwin Bhat, Global Chief Executive Officer, Lufthansa Cargo

Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet

Mr. Glyn Hughes, Director General, TIACA

Mr. Keshav Tanna, Managing Director, Links Logistics

Mr. Pradeep Panicker, Chief Executive Officer, Hyderabad Airport

Ms. Vandana Aggarwal, Former Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)

Mr. Keku Bomi Gazdar, Governing Board Member – ACFI and MD & CEO – AviaPro Logistics Services Pvt Ltd

Emphasizing the important role that ACFI Innovation Awards 2023-24 will play, Mr. Yashpal Sharma, ACFI President said, ‘’As the global economy becomes increasingly interconnected and reliant on the air cargo, recognizing and celebrating innovation and excellence in the industry has become more important than ever. Through acknowledging exceptional accomplishments, these awards seek to motivate individuals and organizations to embrace creative thinking and propel growth in the industry. The Air Cargo Innovation Awards will serve as a pivotal force in encouraging and applauding forward-thinking contributors who lead in enhancing air cargo and aviation services, thereby positively impacting the global economy and trade. The industry’s success relies on the expertise and commitment of the people who work in it, and the ACFI Innovation Awards will undoubtedly motivate individuals and teams to continue pushing boundaries and setting new standards.’’

‘’By establishing the ACFI Innovation Awards 2023-24, we not only commend the outstanding work that is being done within the sector but also encourage innovation and continuous improvement within the Air Cargo fraternity. I look forward to witnessing the recognition and celebration of talent within the Air Cargo industry. These awards will serve as a well-deserved spotlight on those who work tirelessly to contribute towards the growth of the industry. This initiative will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for all those involved in the air cargo sector, and I am confident that our awards framework will help shape the industry’s future,’’ commented Keku Bomi Gazder, ACFI Governing Board Member & Chairman -Knowledge & Research Task Pillar.

ACFI seeks support from industry colleagues to promote the ACFI Innovation Awards 2023-24 within their trade circles to encourage involvement of different industry stakeholders for its wider reach.