Nov 18, 2015

Top 10 tools to manage your workforce

Jess Shanahan
3 min
Top 10 tools to manage your workforce
When you have a workforce spread throughout the world, it can often be tricky to manage teams and individuals. Here are some tools that can help you...

When you have a workforce spread throughout the world, it can often be tricky to manage teams and individuals. Here are some tools that can help you to streamline project management, improve the hiring process, and make it much easier to organise staff schedules.

Google apps

Google’s range of apps make it easy to collaborate and keep in touch. Google Docs is a particularly useful tool that allows users to collaborate on documents, share them easily and make changes quickly and easily. As this is all done online, it works well for teams with remote workers or multiple staff locations.

The email app is also fantastic for anyone who needs a company email address but wants the flexibility of being able to access it anywhere.


This project management tool is a great way for groups of people to collaborate on a project. The simple interface allows users to keep up-to-date on a project. Tasks can be created, assigned and edited so everyone knows what they are doing and when. Users can also upload important documents so everyone to be kept in the loop.

The great thing about it is that you can try it for free before committing to one of the paid plans.


This simple scheduling tool allows you to keep track of employee time. Schedule shifts, track hours worked and export it all to payroll at the end of the month. It’s also an effective way to manage things like requests for holiday, shift swaps and days off.

Related: How procurement can drive flexible workforce programs across international borders


This management software will simplify all your managerial processes. There are tasks and checklists for everything that needs to be done, a separate section for any inspections that need to be carried out, an employee scheduling tool, and a database of training materials that can be distributed to different locations.

Job Logic

This helps to minimise unnecessary paperwork by bringing all jobs, invoices, quotes and purchases into one system. Your workforce can access all the necessary information they need to get a job done straight from their mobile, which reduces the need for repetitive phone calls.


This HR tool allows you to handle tasks such as recruitment, timekeeping, talent management, workforce analytics and more.


This is another HR tool that offers a comprehensive view of the employee lifecycle from recruitment through to retirement. This cloud software can be used to help recruit new staff, promote from within, conduct performance reviews and track attendance.


This offers tools to manage the entire recruiting process. Not only does it help to find the right person for the job but it can streamline future recruiting processes with A/B testing of different talent sources and job boards.


For organisations looking to improve sales performance across the business, from Salesforce is a great choice as it allows you to align teams and individuals around a broader objective. It’s useful in motivating people towards a common goal and can be used to reward employees for their hard work.

Threads Culture

Employee culture is so important and this software can help to strengthen company identity and find people who have ideals and goals that align with the company’s core values.

Managing a workforce of any size takes a lot of planning so it’s important to use the tools at your disposal in order to be as efficient as possible.

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Aug 24, 2018

Top 10 air freight carriers

Supply Chain
James Henderson
5 min
Supply Chain |Digital runs down the world's top 10 air freight carriers
10. Cargolux Group

10. Cargolux Group

The Luxembourgish freight carrier Cargolux Group (comprised of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia, established in 2008) remained in the number 10 spot, with a total reported FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometer) equaling 7.45 bn, which represents a 7.7% expansion year-over-year. The carrier group currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft (26 through Cargolux Airlines and an addition four through Cargolux Italia), primarily variants of the Boeing 747.

9. Korean Air

Headquartered in Seoul, Korean Air provides cargo and passenger services to over 100 destinations in 44 countries. The carrier fell from eighth place in the previous year’s rankings, with a total FTK of 7.66 bn, representing a 7.1% decrease year-over-year. Korean Air reported a net revenue of $10.7bn in 2017, also reporting a return to profitability for the first time in five years, according to Forbes.

 8. Air France-KLM

The Air France-KLM freight carrier group was founded in 1947. The group is comprised of Air France, KLM, and Martinair, and is based in Paris, France. Falling from seventh place in the Freight 50 rankings, the carrier reported a total FTK of 8.13 bn, which represents a 9.2% decrease in traffic year-over-year. The group reported a net revenue of $29.08bn at the end of 2017 and is ranked #28 on Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Employers.

7. Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the nationally owned airline of the Kingdom of Qatar is based in Doha, and ascended two places in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 9.22 bn, representing a 19.6% increase in comparison to the previous financial year. The carrier’s Cargo division recently launched facilities at its hub in Doha to provide a “Seamless Cool Chain”, comprised of a “2,470 square metres Climate Control Centre situated at the airside… equipped with segregated temperature-controlled sections for storing pharmaceuticals and perishables.” This end-to-end supply chain control is expected to further improve Qatar’s standing as a leader of Middle Eastern air freight.

6. Lufthansa Group

Based in Cologne, Germany, the Lufthansa Group (comprised of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) fell from the fourth position in the Freight 50, with a combined FTK of 9.46 bn. While this represents a 1.6% increase in traffic, year-over-year, the carrier was forced down the list by drastic growth from other German freight company, DHL. According to Forbes, Lufthansa’s revenue and net profits ($41.5 bn and $2.78 bn, respectively) in 2017 are both the highest reported by the company over a ten-year period.

5. Cathay Group

The Cathay Group (composed of Cathay Pacific Airlines and Dragonair) is headquartered in Hong Kong and its Cargo division accounts for 21% of the airline’s total revenue. The company’s first dedicated cargo flight between Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and London, was established in 1981, according to the official site. Now, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Division services over 47 destinations worldwide. The carrier fell from the fourth position on the Freight 50 ranking, as its total FTK fell by 3.6%, to 10.21 bn. According to Forbes, Cathay Pacific experienced a second year of unprofitability, although the airline’s asset portfolio reached a record high in 2017, with a net value of $24.1bn.

4. DHL Express Group

Operating as the largest European carrier group, DHL Express Group (composed of DHL Air, DHL International, Air Hong Kong, Polar Air Cargo, ABX Air, Southern Air, Aerologic, and EAT Leipzig) rose two positions in the Freight 50 rankings. The carrier reported a total FTK of 10.56 bn, which represents an increase of 15.1% year-over-year. In 2018, at the Farnborough Air Show, DHL Express announced the purchase of 14 Boeing 777s, part of a new strategy to modernise its fleet.

3. UPS Airlines

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, UPS Airlines is part of United Parcel Service, Inc. Founded in 1908, UPS is the oldest company in the Top Ten, and retained third place in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 11.26 bn. This represents a 3.9% increase year-over-year. The Company as a whole reported a net revenue of $67.7 bn, according to Forbes, representing a continuation of a ten-year trend of continuous growth. Forbes also ranks UPS among the world’s top 100 most-innovative companies, and the world’s top 50 most-valuable brands.

2. Emirates Skycargo

The state-owned air freight carrier for the UAE, Emirates Skycargo remains in second place on the Freight 50, with a total FTK of 12.27 bn, representing a 0.4% decrease year-over-year. The carrier’s central hub in Dubai allows its 259-strong fleet to reach over 1.5 bn consumers in under eight hours. Current purchasing plans are underway for Emirates Skycargo to almost double its fleet size. According to Albawaba, “In response to increasing demand from its customers, Emirates SkyCargo introduced a range of air transport solutions specific to industry verticals including Emirates Pharma, Emirates Wheels and Emirates Fresh.” Emirates Wheels has transported close to 150 cars per month since the program’s inception.

1. FedEx Express

Founded in 1998, FedEx Express is both the youngest and largest air freight carrier worldwide, with a total FTK of 15.71 bn. Haulage decreased by 0.9% year-over-year, while revenue increased to $60.5 bn in 2016, and again to $63.8 bn in 2017, continuing an eight-year growth trend. FedEx employs 395,000 members of staff, with FedEx Express operating across twelve transport hubs globally. The carrier purchased an additional 24 Boeing 777 variants in 2018, maintaining their company’s position as the largest airline in terms of cargo haulage.

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