The FNP (FoMbA Not Posts) tool allows air carriers representatives as well as ground handlers to have access to a set of reports and functionalities that help them optimise their operations in regards with postal traffic.
It has been fully developed by IPC, as a centralised tool that both carriers and subsequently posts can benefit from. A number of the FoMbA business processes are optimised by the use of this tool.
We distinguish two separate modules: the Reporting Module and the Forecasting and Booking Tool (Carrier Interface).
The reporting aspects focuses on the operational data gathered by IPC from the use of the IPC Mail Registration Device where this one is installed. Air carriers can analyse the performance of their handlers in delivering mail (Proof of delivery, POD) as per the agreed service standards by using the same set of data that postal operators can access via CAPE Vision. Also, airport handlers can monitor their own activity through similar reports that are adapted to their own operational needs.
Forecasting and Booking Tool (Carrier Interface)
Through FNP Air Carriers can also access the carrier interface of the IPC Forecasting and Booking Tool. This tool allows posts and carriers to agree on the capacity that a carrier will commit to accept on its operating flights, for an entire IATA season or alternative period of time. By doing this posts and airlines have a much better visibility on volumes handed over, avoid offload of mail consignments and establish a baseline for performance monitoring and settlement.
While some new enhanced features are still being implemented, this web-based tool is now fully availabile to posts and airlines and can be used for real capacity allocation processes.
The Forecasting and Booking tool enables more particularly:
- Centralised access for posts and airlines: posts can use the tool to forecast and request volumes, while air carriers can offer volumes and respond to requests from posts
- Facilitating the full pre-season allotment template building, with volumes per week day, exceptions, bank holiday inclusion, etc.
- Optimisation of of the space allocation process by further developing and testing booking within the allotment season using historic data from IPC CAPE system, adjusted with refined algorithms that include latest mail volume trends
- Definition and use of the key data elements that are needed for an optimised booking process which includes cubic volumes and eventually define a standard booking message
Why such tool?
To raise the reliability and profitability of mail, airlines expect posts to better forecast the volumes to be carried and to communicate all relevant information to airlines in an efficient way. This process guarantees postal operators a more reliable and safe capacity availability on airplanes. Hence the need to have a centralised system accessible to both postal operators and air carriers.
As postal space allocation process and systems did not exist before, IPC worked with the interested parties in developing the Forecasting and Booking Tool to then work in defining a standard message to be exchanged. This system is an important part in the IPC Future of Mail by Air Initiative (FoMbA) that IPC is conducting, aiming at establishing a business partnership between posts and airlines.
All these reporting tools and reports are accessible to relevant stakeholders (handlers and airlines) by simple request to firstname.lastname@example.org