<![CDATA[ bpost delivers letters and parcels without emissions in Brussels ]]> bpost has reported that almost all letters and parcels are now delivered without emissions in the postcode area 1000 in Brussels.

bpost has reported that almost all letters and parcels are now delivered without emissions in the postcode area 1000 in Brussels, which extends from the morning market in the north to Bois de la Cambre in the south of the city. Mail is delivered on regular rounds within that zone on foot or using electric vehicles and electric bike trailers.  

A hybrid network of 31 pick-up points has been selected based on strategic location and accessibility criteria. Citizens never have to go more than 500 metres to pick up a parcel, which they can do as part of their commute or when they do their shopping.   

In partnership with VUB-MOBI, bpost has launched a project to transform the 19 municipalities of the Brussels-Capital Region (BCR) into one large Ecozone in which all deliveries will be made emission-free by 2025. bpost’s aim is to show that a carbon-neutral logistics system can be set up in the BCR by drawing on a combination of different logistics solutions (electric vehicles and e-bikes, a dense pick-up point network) and urban micro-hubs.   

bpost’s ambition is to establish zero-emission deliveries in 25 Belgian cities by 2025, by adopting electric vehicles, electric bike trailers and a dense network of pick-up points (post offices, post points, parcel points) and parcel lockers. The current Ecozones are Mechelen, Leuven, Namur, Mons and Louvain-la-Neuve. In Mechelen bpost has reportedly cut carbon emissions in connection with home deliveries and deliveries to pick-up points by 97%.  

Source: bpost


<![CDATA[ Maersk adds Khazaen Dry Port to its global network of port calls ]]> Khazeen Dry port is built over an area of 100,000 m2 and it is a one-stop shop for custom clearance, inspection, handling, storage of containers, and cargo movement at Muscat’s doorstep.

Maersk added Khazaen Dry port (KDP), part of Asyad Group, to its ‘Port of Call’ network offering business transportation, container terminal, and reefer container services to import and export goods. Khazaen Dry Port is now bookable on Maersk.com as a port of origin or destination and offers Maersk’s customers a time- and cost-efficient solution through Muscat, Oman.

Maersk is committed to designing and implementing services for its customers that offer integrated logistics solutions. KDP enjoys a strategic location closer to Maersk’s customers’ manufacturing hubs around Muscat and the gateway it opens to global markets. By adding KDP to the network of ports and offering land freight and value-added solutions to and from KDP, Maersk is implementing time-and cost-efficient solutions for its customers.

The long-term commercial agreement with Maersk falls in line with Asyad’s role to facilitate trade and support local merchants to do business efficiently at global standards. It further bolsters KDP’s global positioning as an import, re-export and transhipment centre as the country forges ahead to become one of the leading logistics hubs in the region. Underlining Asyad’s role as a market growth leader, this integration is yet another step in the Group’s carefully designed scheme to improve efficiencies and adopt higher standards across the logistics sector.

“At Maersk, our ambition is to connect and simplify our customers’ supply chains by providing them integrated logistics services across land, sea and air network. Our customers can swiftly move their goods worldwide through our network that spans over 130 countries on more than 730 of our vessels. We are happy now to add Khazaen Dry Port to our network and work even more closely with Asyad in the coming years to continue developing our logistics investments supporting Oman’s growth ambitions” says Mads Skov-Hansen, Head of Ocean Customer Logistics of Maersk West & Central Asia.

Khazaen Dry Port is located within proximity to the Saudi-Omani border, UAE-Oman border, the Port of Sohar, the Port of Salalah, and the Port of Suwaiq. It is designed and built over an area of 100,000 m2, and it is a one-stop shop for custom clearance, inspection, handling, storage of containers, and cargo movement at Muscat’s doorstep.

Source: Maersk Group

<![CDATA[ DPD Ireland switch to 100% HVO biofuel ]]> DPD Ireland has deployed Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a replacement fuel for diesel in its heavy goods vehicles.

DPD Ireland has deployed Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a replacement fuel for diesel in its heavy goods vehicles (linehaul) as part of a drive to decarbonise its Irish fleet by 2030.

The company is in the process of switching all its domestic linehaul routes to 100% HVO in a bid to slash its linehaul emissions by 87% (vs 2020). These line-haul routes carry parcels between DPD Ireland’s central sorting hub in Athlone and its 35 depots on the island of Ireland. This follows a successful trial of the biofuel which ran from June to September 2022.

Powering all domestic linehaul routes with this sustainable biofuel, DPD expects to reduce its emissions by over 4,350 tons CO2e per year versus a conventional diesel operation. HVO is not available yet at commercial pumps, which is why DPD Ireland is installing dedicated HVO storage tanks on site at its central sorting hub in Athlone. Once complete, the company will be able to supply 100% of its domestic linehaul routes on renewable HVO.

DPD Ireland Chief Executive Des Travers said the company began looking at alternative fuel options for its line-haul fleet after difficulty sourcing electric heavy goods vehicles.

The company is currently delivering more than 4,000 parcels per day by electric van, and expects delivery of 205 new all-electric Ford eTransits, more than double the target amount announced last year. This will bring the electric fleet to 258, nearly 20% of its total fleet, by mid-2023.

Unlike electric vans where you need to purchase a new van, HVO is seamless in that it can be used as a drop-in replacement for diesel in the transition to low-carbon fuel alternatives. The vehicle or engine does not need to be replaced, which is very inviting for companies looking to change their fleet to more sustainable means.

James Atkinson, Sustainability Programme Manager emphasised the importance of tracking. He said: “In order to validate our emissions savings, we are using a smart pump system. The HVO dispensed at the pump is automatically recorded to track our total usage. The vehicles’ odometer is tracked when the fuel is dispensed, and a digital record is kept that correlates fuel used with kilometres driven. By tracking the vehicle type, we can more accurately calculate the emissions avoided. This is a step up in our emissions tracking and enables better reporting.”

DPD Ireland last year announced a further €2m investment to decarbonise its Irish fleet with the addition of 100 new electric vehicles by the end of 2022. The company has already invested €3.2m since 2019 in electric vans and infrastructure.

Source: DPD

<![CDATA[ Zencargo partners with byrd to help customers maximise revenue and customer service ]]> The partnership will help delivering a scalable fulfilment solution that can help maximise revenue and customer service.

Zencargo has recently partnered with byrd, a delivers an all-in-one fulfilment solution that helps businesses to outsource and automate their order fulfilment.

byrd supports SMEs and fast-growing direct-to-consumer brands with a fully automated fulfilment process that can integrate with any business’ shop system. Through its international fulfilment network, byrd can successfully manage peak demand and increase order volumes as businesses grow while helping businesses drive down cross-border logistics costs.

The partnership between byrd and Zencargo will mutually build success paths for customers by delivering a scalable fulfilment solution that can help maximise revenue and customer service.

“This partnership will help us to scale with our customers and provide them with solutions that can help them handle their growing volumes. byrd’s integrated fulfilment solutions paired with Zencargo’s collaborative platform will help businesses stay competitive with their supply chains”, said Alex Hersham, CEO and Co-founder at Zencargo.

Source: Zencargo

<![CDATA[ Yodel C2C volumes surge exponentially ]]> Volumes for Yodel’s Customer to Customer (C2C) delivery service have surged exponentially, with the independent parcel carrier now delivering almost 600k parcels a week.

Volumes for Yodel’s Customer to Customer (C2C) delivery service have surged exponentially, with the independent parcel carrier now delivering almost 600k parcels a week, a 132% increase since July 2022.

A strong rise in the number of people selling items online has contributed to the spike in parcel volumes, with people making more use of marketplaces such as Vinted and eBay. This trend could be set to continue as more people plan to give pre-loved gifts for Christmas. According to Yodel’s research of 19,000 people, almost 2 in 5 (39%) of Brits are looking to online marketplaces for gifts this Christmas, showing a steady growth in this area.

Yodel has invested in its C2C technology and infrastructure in recent years, and the rise in parcel volumes has been supported by the introduction of print in store labels across the nationwide network of thousands of Yodel serviced out of home drop off and collection points.

The Yodel Direct service offers Store to Store and Store to Door services for customers sending parcels weighing up to 10kg.

Mike Hancox, CEO of Yodel, commented: “Much of the growth in volumes we have seen from Yodel Direct has been driven by the growing numbers of people selling online to boost their income. We have also seen micro sellers that began operating during the pandemic continuing to do so since, further driving the success of our C2C deliveries. In the coming year, we expect to see greater integration of technology into our services to further improve customer experience. We have appointed a dedicated Out of Home Director to lead on expanding our offering; a key focus for us as we look to provide greater convenience for customers to collect and post their parcels at a time that suits them.”

The ongoing shift of consumers towards online shopping has also seen B2C parcel volumes continuing to grow. Volumes for recipe boxes that spiked 173% during the pandemic have continued to rise since (73%), while volumes in fashion parcels have increased by 63% year-to-date.

Yodel’s customer service operations have also seen further investment due to the business’ sustained growth. The customer app now provides 2-hour delivery windows. It has also seen the introduction of delivered images, that are being shared with clients via the eRin service, causing a 47% fall in the number of queries resulting in driver interviews. End-to-end resolution for customer queries has also fallen by almost 50%.

Source: Yodel

<![CDATA[ STIHL and Hellmann open new central warehouse in Voelklingen, Germany ]]> The new STIHL central warehouse operated by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics in Voelklingen, Germany, has been officially opened.

The new STIHL central warehouse in Voelklingen, Germany, has been officially opened. The logistics site was built by Dietz AG as the investor and is operated by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. With the new building, the STIHL Group aims to not only increase its capacities, but also improve its logistical efficiency and speed. Battery products and all STIHL tools manufactured at the Tirol production site are stored at the new logistics and distribution location, from where they are delivered to all STIHL sales companies and STIHL dealers worldwide – mainly in Germany, France and the Benelux countries. In addition, products ordered directly from STIHL’s own online store are supplied from Voelklingen. While the first deliveries have already been handled from Voelklingen since August of this year, the warehouse will be fully operational from January 2023.

The STIHL central warehouse in Voelklingen has a total area of approximately 58,000 sq m, including around 3,000 sq m of mezzanine space and 1,600 sq m of office space. The facility is said to feature modern warehousing and picking technologies, such as smartwatches that display stock levels and instructions, replacing the classic hand-held scanner. Thanks to the combination of narrow-aisle, live storage and wide-aisle storage, the facility claimed to be optimally adapted to the goods being stored and enables maximum flexibility.

STIHL has said it will invest more than €150m in the central warehouse during the agreed contract period until 2032. For example, additional self-propelled picking equipment will be used as of next year. The 120,000 sq m site also offers the possibility to expand the warehouse area by 30,000 sq m as of 2025, so that STIHL is well prepared for oncoming rises in sales.

Source: Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

<![CDATA[ Maersk to launch new ocean shipping service to connect India–UAE–Saudi Arabia corridor ]]> Shaheen Express aims to provide a quicker and more predictable connection to its customers, especially for the trade between India and Gulf markets.

Maersk announced the launch of a new ocean shipping service, ‘Shaheen Express’ starting from the last week of November 2022. The ‘Shaheen Express’ will rotate between Mundra, Pipavav, Jebel Ali, Dammam, and Jebel Ali and back to Mundra, creating a stable and reliable service for the India-UAE-Saudi Arabia corridor. The new service will primarily aim at addressing rising demand for customers trading between the Indian and the Gulf markets.

“The markets have started stabilising, and the ocean networks are normalising after over two years of disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, not only did we strive hard to ensure we addressed all our customers’ challenges, but we also got a chance to look ahead and understand what their requirements would be in the future. We remain committed to our customers in West & Central Asia and want to bring reliable service to them. We will continue building robust partnerships with our customers and design solutions that create value for their business and contribute to the overall economic growth of the region.” says Bhavan Vempati, Head of Regional Ocean Management, Maersk West & Central Asia.

India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) entered into force in May 2022, which is steadily boosting the volumes of trade between the two countries. The main commodities moving between these two countries that will benefit from the increased capacity include FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) such as electronics, perishables such as foodstuff, retail goods including textile and apparel, and chemicals. The Shaheen Express will benefit the exporters of the petrochemical sector from the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. In July 2022, Maersk created a fast and reliable India-Bangladesh cross-border logistics solution using inland waterways.

The Shaheen Express will offer improved transit time and better predictability between Indian ports and Gulf ports as compared to the existing services. It will include two vessels with a nominal capacity of 1,700 TEUs per week.

Source: Maersk

<![CDATA[ Bolloré Logistics join Air Canada’s ‘Leave Less Travel Program’ as first cargo customer ]]> This participation in Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its Scope 3 GHG emissions.

The Leave Less Travel Program offers corporate and cargo customers effective options to offset or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to business travel or freight transportation and reduce their carbon footprint.

Bolloré Logistics has agreed to compensate a significant portion of its GHG emissions associated with its projected shipments with Air Canada Cargo with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), representing a purchase of 620,000 litres in 2022. This participation in Air Canada’s Leave Less Travel Program will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its Scope 3 GHG emissions.

“At a time when climate awareness is at the heart of the strategy of many companies, Bolloré Logistics is proud to join a program that is financing the future of low-carbon air industry. Through this initiative with our partner Air Canada, we contribute our scope 3 CO2 reduction targets and offer more sustainable transport solutions to our clients,” said Patrick Lafrance, Managing Director of Canada at Bolloré Logistics.

Bolloré Logistics is committed to reducing its Scopes 1 and 2 emissions by 30% by 2027 and cutting by 30% by 2030 (relative to 2019) its Scope 3 CO2 emissions generated by the execution of transport services.

To cope with his objectives, Bolloré Logistics announced in 2021 the launch of AIRsaf, a new offer based on the use of SAF or sustainable aviation fuel to offer its customers the best eco-responsible approach to air freight by reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%. This solution, provided at a cost price, relates to one-off or regular shipments made by several airline companies on all geographical routes.

Source: Bolloré Logistics

<![CDATA[ DHL Supply Chain invests $150m in warehouse robotics ]]> DHL Supply Chain has announced a $150m investment in warehouse robotics solutions and automation at its Australian warehouses.

DHL Supply Chain has announced a $150m investment in warehouse robotics solutions and automation at its Australian warehouses. This will support faster delivery to customers, improve operational efficiency, and reduce employee workloads.

This is the largest investment in robotics and automation DHL has made in Asia-Pacific, with 1000 robots to be deployed by 2025. In addition to the investment in robotics, DHL Supply Chain aims to grow its Australian workforce over two years and will provide retraining and development opportunities to existing employees.

DHL Supply Chain Chief Executive Officer Oscar de Bok commented: “This is a very exciting announcement, reinforcing our commitment to the Australian market and continuous technological innovation. Global supply chains have been under immense pressure these past few years, and some disruption may persist. But we have invested in supply chain digitalisation worldwide, and by leveraging this global expertise, we will continually develop innovative solutions to help our customers overcome any challenges on the horizon.”

The robotics solutions DHL Supply Chain will deploy by 2025 include:

  • Deployment of Assisted Picking Robots in a multi-customer environment
  • State-of-the-art picking platform, which increases storage density and order processing
  • Goods-to-Person robots, which support teams’ ability to pack more customer orders
  • Automated inventory management robot, which was developed by an Australian DHL employee
  • Point-to-point picking robots, which support a diverse range of picking strategies.

These robotics solutions will be able to locate and deliver items to pickers faster and will allow workers to dispatch more customer orders per hour compared to a manual environment.

 DHL Supply Chain Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand, Steve Thompsett, commented: “One thing that’s especially important to note is that this investment has been made with three bottom lines in mind, and deepens DHL’s overarching commitments to environmental, social, and governance goals. For example, one of the robotic picking systems we are deploying uses ⅙ the energy of a standard household toaster. The solutions will also significantly reduce our employees’ time on routine or physically demanding tasks, including heavy lifting. Such solutions allow them to have the opportunity to develop the skills to advance their careers, and work on meaningful and interesting projects.”

DHL Supply Chain is on track to meet the long-term goal of reducing all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050.

Source: DHL/Retail World

<![CDATA[ A.P Moller – Maersk and Carbon Sink sign strategic partnership to accelerate production of green marine fuel ]]> This is Maersk’s 8th agreement in the efforts to accelerate global production of green methanol and is part of the strategy to decarbonise its customers’ supply chains.

A.P. Moller – Maersk has entered a green* methanol partnership with U.S.-based project developer Carbon Sink LLC. This is Maersk’s 8th agreement in the efforts to accelerate global production of green methanol and is part of the strategy to decarbonise its customers’ supply chains.

The parties have signed a Letter of Intent covering the development by Carbon Sink of green methanol production facilities in the United States.

The first facility will be co-located with the Red River Energy existing bioethanol plant in Rosholt, South Dakota, USA. It will have a production capacity of approximately 100,000 tons per year.

The commercial start is anticipated in 2027. Maersk intends to purchase the full volume produced at the plant, with options for the output of subsequent Carbon Sink facilities at other locations.

“Securing green fuels at scale in this decade is critical in our fleet decarbonisation efforts. We have set a 2040 net zero target for our entire business – but importantly to stay in line with the Paris Agreement, we have also set 2030 targets to ensure meaningful progress in this decade. Partnerships are essential on this journey – and I am very pleased to welcome Carbon Sink on board”, said Berit Hinnemann, Head of Green Fuels Sourcing, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Carbon Sink uses commercially available technology to produce green methanol by combining green hydrogen from water electrolysis using additional renewable electricity and biogenic CO2. The CO2 for the first project will be waste CO2 captured from the Red River Energy bio-ethanol plant, recycling those emissions into green methanol.

“We are very pleased to be working with Maersk in support of their mission to decarbonise the shipping sector. Carbon Sink brings a vast wealth of knowledge, experience and partnerships to help them achieve their ambitious corporate goals. Our multi-project development strategy creates a pathway for the supply of significant volumes of green methanol to help meet the demand of Maersk’s growing dual-fuel ship fleet”, said Steve Meyer, CEO of Carbon Sink.

Carbon Sink joins seven other strategic partners working to secure the green fuel needed for the 19 container vessels Maersk currently has on order which are capable of operating on green methanol. In March, Maersk announced six partnerships with CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tons per year by the end of 2025. The company added the seventh partnership with Debo in August.

*Green means fuels or energy with low or very low greenhouse gas emissions on a total life cycle basis.

Source: Maersk