Freight Forwarders

Human-centric technology integral to logistics industry’s AI adoption insists Raft CEO

The successful adoption of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology will rely on developing solutions that enable forwarders and customs brokers to prioritize human connections, said James Coombes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder, Raft, at The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) Executive Summit yesterday.

Coombes stressed that freight forwarding is ultimately a relationships business, highlighting that AI exists to free up time for forwarders and customs brokers to focus on the human elements of their work.

“While it’s true that AI holds tremendous potential, trust and human relationships are fundamental elements in logistics, and these emotional aspects are an area where AI has its limitations,” said Coombes.

“The connections we build with our service providers, customers, and partners are invaluable and irreplaceable.

“Our approach is to use AI to automate the more routine, lower-value tasks, allowing freight forwarders and customs brokers to concentrate on nurturing and enhancing these crucial relationships.”

The importance of developing safe, human-centric, and trustworthy AI was recognized and endorsed by the Bletchley Declaration, signed by multiple countries at the UK’s AI Safety Summit last week.