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The once-retired Des Vertannes seems pretty busy again these days. He’s now a ‘members’ ambassador’ for a new forwarding network, Elite, and has a similar role at SmartKargo, an IT company. And SmartKargo, obviously keen to trade on his name, have published an interview with him. While once or twice it reads a bit like an advert, for the most part it is an interesting analysis of the state of the air cargo industry. He notes that the pace of change in air cargo is too slow, and that too many airlines make the mistake of building their own IT platforms – not their core skill – and with the result that they are then unable to effectively communicate with other partners in the supply chain. A worthwhile read.