<![CDATA[ Hapag-Lloyd and GAC Nigeria renew liner agency agreement ]]> Hapag-Lloyd and GAC Nigeria have renewed their liner agency agreement.

Hapag-Lloyd and GAC Nigeria have renewed their liner agency agreement, following Hapag-Lloyd’s merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) earlier this year.

Under the new extended agreement, GAC will handle all aspects of Hapag-Lloyd/UASC’s business in Nigeria. This includes husbandry services, sales, customer service and the import and export of a large number of containers. The two companies signed their first liner agency agreement five years ago, when a dedicated team and office was set up specifically to handle all its activities in the country.

GAC Nigeria hopes the merger of the two shipping lines will result in a substantial increase in business for Hapag-Lloyd in Nigeria, prompting investment in office assets and personnel by GAC Nigeria to meet the demands of additional business.

Following the merger, Hapag-Lloyd will deploy some of the largest vessels able to call at Nigerian ports and set up a new dedicated service for West Africa which will call directly to Nigeria.

Source: Hapag-Lloyd

<![CDATA[ Schneider selects FourKites to provide real-time freight visibility ]]> Schneider has selected FourKites to provide real-time freight visibility for its non-asset based Supply Chain Management division

Schneider has selected FourKites to provide real-time freight visibility for its non-asset based Supply Chain Management division. Through this integration, Schneider customers are able to track any load within Schneider’s transportation management system (TMS).

“With the emergence of e-commerce, coupled with today’s lean transportation networks, shippers struggle with visibility to their shipments,” said Mike Kukiela, vice president and general manager of Schneider’s Supply Chain Management service. “Integrating FourKites enhanced visibility capabilities within our leading supply chain technology platform allows customers to instantly know where their shipment is within their network.”

The FourKites integration provides Schneider’s logistics teams with the ability to provide continuous updates and divert critical loads. Enhanced visibility of shipments and Schneider’s ability to provide network business intelligence also delivers continuous cost savings to protect transportation budgets.

“Schneider has been at the forefront of technology disruption in the trucking industry, starting with the adoption of satellite tracking back in the 1970s. We are thrilled to help deliver the industry’s most accurate multimodal tracking and predictive analytics platform to Schneider’s non-asset-based customers across a wide range of verticals,” said Matt Elenjickal, CEO of FourKites. “Using our TMS-agnostic network of more than 4 million GPS-connected assets, we are uniquely positioned to provide value to Schneider’s customers and optimize end-to-end supply chain visibility.”

Schneider will continue to monitor its asset-based divisions, which include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal and Final Mile, through its proprietary truck, trailer and container technology.

Source: Schneider

<![CDATA[ C.H. Robinson sees margins decrease in Q2 ]]> C.H. Robinson recorded double digit revenue increases in Q2, but operating income fell 22.2%.

C.H. Robinson produced revenues of $3.71bn in the three months ended June 30, 2017. This represented a 12.4% year-on-year increase. However, operating income fell 22.2% to $182m.

The increase in total revenues was driven by volume growth in its transportation segments. Personnel expenses increased 5.2% in the quarter due to a rise in headcount of 8.1%. Other selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 19.4 percent. This increase was driven by increases in claims, costs related to the addition of the APC business, the provision for bad debt, and warehouse costs.

In its North American Surface Transportation segment (including truckload, LTL and intermodal), revenues grew 10.3%, with operating income down 23.2%.

In Global Forwarding, total revenues grew 48.2%, with operating income up 23.6%. Volume increases were strong, and the purchase of APC helped push up margins.

John Wiehoff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Robinson, said, “We were able to continue to achieve market share gains during the second quarter; however, our income and EPS results were disappointing and finished below our expectations. Our results were significantly impacted by truckload margin compression. Purchased transportation costs increased significantly during the quarter, while much of our customer pricing is committed at relatively flat prices. We have a strong history of honouring our customer contracts while adjusting to the market conditions, and I’m confident we will adapt and execute those changes in the months to come. We continue to execute against our long-term strategic initiatives to grow and diversify. The Global Forwarding business delivered solid results in the second quarter with both double digit net revenue and operating income growth.”

Source: C.H. Robinson

<![CDATA[ Yusen Logistics begins development of a new three-storey warehouse ]]> Yusen Logistics has begun development of a new three-storey warehouse in Tuas equipped with robotic order-picking technology.

Yusen Logistics Singapore has announced the start of construction of a new three-storey ramp-up warehouse in Tuas. The warehouse will be equipped with Swisslog Autostore, an automated ultra-high-density storage and robotic order-picking technology.

The new warehouse is expected to be completed by Q1 2019. Advanced robotic, radio-frequency identification (RFID), vision recognition system and autonomous technology will be installed and integrated with Swisslog Autostore, to transform the conventional warehouse operation to smart data driven logistics operation.

The new warehouse comprises 20,000 sq m of storage area, with 36 loading bays and an 8,000 sq m rooftop parking area for up to 100 trailers.

 Kenji Mizushima, President & Representative of Yusen Logistics, commented: “We are always applying insight, service quality and innovation to be the world’s preferred supply chain logistics company. This new warehouse in a strategic location is equipped with the most advanced technology. We will create sustainable growth for Singapore by providing high quality supply chain logistics service that will meet our customers’ needs.”

Source: Yusen Logistics

<![CDATA[ Nippon Express China concludes MoU with Kazakhstan Railways ]]> Nippon Express China has concluded a MoU with Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) and KTZ Express, a subsidiary engaged in logistics operations.

Nippon Express China has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kazakhstan Railways National Company (KTZ), Kazakhstan’s national railway company, and with KTZ Express, a KTZ subsidiary engaged in logistics operations.

Kazakhstan is a key junction for railway transport linking East Asia and Europe. In response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Nippon Express (China) in November 2015 began developing cross-border rail transport services spanning the Eurasian continent between China and Europe, and it has since enhanced these services and increased the number of cities served.

This new tie-up will see the two companies cooperating in rail transport and logistics services in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan, and developing and marketing transport products that utilize rail transport services to countries in the EU, the CIS, Central Asia and the Caucasus region via Kazakhstan.

Nippon Express China will also be considering ways of utilizing its priority access to KTZ facilities and containers to optimize and rationalize transport processes and develop competitive, high-quality transport products.

Source: Nippon Express

<![CDATA[ Poste Italiane board approve merger with Poste Tutela ]]> The Board of Directors of Poste Italiane have approved a plan for the merger by incorporation of Poste Tutela.

The Board of Directors of Poste Italiane S.p.A. have approved a plan for the merger by incorporation of Poste Tutela S.p.A – entirely controlled by Poste Italiane – within Poste Italiane itself. The merger was also approved today by the Board of Directors of Poste Tutela.

The operation is part of plan to simplify the corporate structure of the Poste Group. In particular, the project will integrate Poste Tutela’s resources with those of Poste Italiane to streamline operations in Poste Tutela’s area of business (i.e., transportation, counting, deposit and custody of valuables, and security in general) and optimise costs.

Source: Poste Italiane

<![CDATA[ XPO Logistics signs contract expansion with Highways England ]]> XPO Logistics will continue to operate a national technology and logistics centre (NTLC) on behalf of Highways England in West Hallam, Derbyshire, as it has since 2010

XPO Logistics has secured a contract expansion with Highways England. Highways England is charged with operating, maintaining and improving the country’s motorways and main carriageways.

Under the contract, XPO Logistics will continue to operate a national technology and logistics centre (NTLC) on behalf of Highways England in West Hallam, Derbyshire, as it has since 2010. In addition, XPO will manage the agency’s new CHARM technology centre, dedicated to testing roadside equipment in a safe environment.

All components used in the implementation of maintenance and repair works are stored at the West Hallam site, with distribution to Highways England’s eight regional depots on a weekly basis. Stocks include cables and other electronics used to keep CCTV, weather monitoring and electronic signage services working on SMART motorways.

“Since appointing XPO Logistics as our national logistics partner, we have been able to significantly reduce the lead time to deliver equipment and materials to roadworks sites. This improves the planning and execution of maintenance and repairs,” said Stewart Young, national logistics manager, Highways England. “We’re pleased that XPO will now be managing our CHARM facility as well. This innovative testing site is widely utilised by our company and our suppliers.”

Richard Cawston, managing director supply chain Europe, XPO Logistics, added: “The expansion of our long-term relationship with Highways England is a testament to our understanding of this customer’s unique requirements, and our ability to offer flexible solutions from a strategically located, central site.”

Source: XPO Logistics

<![CDATA[ CEVA acquires 120 new vehicles in the UK ]]> CEVA Logistics has signed a three-year lease with Dawsonrentals|truck & trailer in the UK to provide 120 new vehicles to upgrade its vehicle fleet

In order to further enhance its service offering to customers, CEVA Logistics has signed a three-year lease with Dawsonrentals|truck & trailer in the UK to provide 120 new vehicles to upgrade its vehicle fleet. Commencing this autumn, CEVA will introduce a series of IVECO Stralis tractor units into its operation to enhance efficiency, produce greater fuel economy and increase focus on sustainability through minimizing the impact of its fleet on the environment.

The 44 tonne gross vehicle weight vehicles are each fitted with sleeper cabs and will be distributed throughout the second half of this year across a number of CEVA’s operations, including in the Consumer Retail, Automotive and Healthcare sectors. They have been acquired to upgrade the current fleet to ensure that CEVA’s customers continue to receive the best possible service for their supply chains.

“We believe that our customers’ deliveries should be undertaken using the most modern and efficient equipment. By adding these state-of-the-art vehicles to our fleet, we will be able to operate with the very best equipment and enable us to manage our customers’ supply chains to the highest possible standards,” states CEVA’s Executive Vice President UK, Ireland and Nordics, Michael O’Donoghue.

Adds Dawsonrentals’ Managing Director, John Fletcher, “Dawsonrentals’ unique structure means we can react quickly to customer needs. Having understood CEVA’s focus on reliability, support and fuel performance, both for economy and environmental reasons, we were able to recommend the right vehicle package, and as importantly, move fast to secure trucks with a very specific spec and mobilise the whole project on time within a mutually acceptable contracted price.”

Source: CEVA

<![CDATA[ New Ray-Mont Logistics transload facility welcomes its first unit train in Prince Rupert ]]> CN and Ray-Mont Logistics have to announced that the first unit rain bringing agricultural products to Ray-Mont’s new transload facility has arrived in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

CN and Ray-Mont Logistics have announced that the first unit rain bringing agricultural products to Ray-Mont’s new transload facility has arrived in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The first unit train transported canola meal pellets from Western Canada on CN’s line. The new facility, which officially opened for business on August 31, is currently the only unit train stuffing facility on Canada’s west coast, helping crops transported by CN from Western and Central Canada as well as the American Midwest reach international markets.

“We recognize the importance of making Canadian grain competitive on the global market,” said Doug MacDonald, CN vice president of bulk. “As such we are pleased to play a role in innovative supply chain partnerships such as this one that will benefit the grain industry.”

The 10-acre facility includes a 100-car rail loop corridor, a grain dumper pit, as well as a state-of-the-art conveyance system and will transload grain and processed grain products from CN hoppers to ocean liner containers for export. The facility handles agricultural products transported from the US and Canada in order to meet the increasing demand for containerized grain in international markets.

“Efficient logistics and innovative transloading go hand in hand and are future-oriented,” said Charles Raymond, president and chief executive officer of Ray-Mont Logistics International. “With top class partners like CN, this project will allow our customers, with current and emerging markets, to grow their exports exponentially – and we are proud to be an active participant.”

Source: CN

<![CDATA[ GEODIS extends contract with Tomra ]]> GEODIS has extended its cooperation with Tomra, the German sales and service company of the Norwegian TOMRA Group and manufacturer of reverse vending systems.

GEODIS has extended its cooperation with Tomra, the German sales and service company of the Norwegian Tomra Group and manufacturer of reverse vending systems. This includes order picking of around 50,000 parcel shipments per year. The contract, which has been in place since 2005, will be extended for four years.

In its warehouse in Düsseldorf, GEODIS is responsible for the coordination of logistics services such as goods receipt, storage, picking, packaging and transport. For the installation, maintenance and repair of the reverse vending systems, more than 2,000 spare parts, supplies and consumables are stored for TOMRA. GEODIS will send these to the technical service providers and customers of the food retail trade, if required.

Source: GEODIS