<![CDATA[ Volga-Dnepr Group signs a memorandum of understanding with Cainiao Network ]]> Volga-Dnepr Group has expanded its e-commerce business after signing a memorandum of understanding with Cainiao Network.

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Volga-Dnepr Group has expanded its e-commerce business after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Ltd (Cainiao Network). The aim of the MOU is to mutually strengthen the position of the two firms in the area of cross border shipments and to develop a smart logistics network.

The two companies will form a partnership for different joint projects in cross-border trade. To the partnership, Volga-Dnepr Group offers a fleet of 41 aeroplanes whilst Cainiao Network will use the Group as its preferred carrier for airlift capacity and logistics services.

In addition, the partnership will aim to develop an optimal scheduled route network in Asia, Europe and Russia by improving transportation processes. This will be achieved through its ground handling and road feeder services, to cut transit time for global transportation.

The Group looks to further improve its e-commerce business, through its cross-border shipments, which achieved an increase of 6% for the first eleven months of 2018.

“The future of air freight is in the e-commerce sector with customers becoming more tech-savvy, internet-driven and demanding in terms of delivery services. The key to success of winning this lucrative market lies in the ability provide fast, fully digitalized and transparent services with the support of reliable partners, such as Cainiao Network”, said Tatyana Arslanova, Vice-President Strategic Management of Volga-Dnepr Group.

Source: Volga-Dnepr Group

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<![CDATA[ GAC to set up operations at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi ]]> GAC is expanding its operations in the Middle East opening a warehouse and open yard at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

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GAC is expanding its operations in the Middle East opening a warehouse and open yard at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). The industrial zone is the largest in the region and is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports. Expected to be fully operational by January next year, the facility will serve a range of sectors including oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, FMCG, household effects, and specialist equipment.

The rapid development of KIZAD, and it’s recently launched KIZAD Logistics City, has attracted major logistics and shipping companies. The hub is situated next to Khalifa Port, close to major UAE airports and has road connections to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and into Saudi Arabia making it an attractive location for companies in the region.

Launching new free zone warehouses and Light Industrial Units (LIUs), KIZAD has expanded its offering. The free zone warehouses will appeal to trading and export companies, Third Party Logistics, freight forwarders and distributors, whilst the LIU’s will cater for light manufacturing businesses and workshops.

GAC Abu Dhabi’s Managing Director, Göran Eriksson, commented: “Khalifa Port is an essential gateway to Abu Dhabi. Setting up operations at KIZAD gives us the advantage of being close to the state-of-the-art port, enabling greater operational efficiency for both GAC and our customers.”

Source: GAC

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<![CDATA[ Kuehne + Nagel opens global distribution centre in Slovenia ]]> Kuehne + Nagel opens a dedicated pharma and healthcare warehouse, one of the largest within its global KN PharmaChain network, expanding its standardised GxP compliant offering for the pharma & healthcare industry.

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Kuehne + Nagel has announced the opening of a dedicated pharma & healthcare warehouse, expanding its standardised GxP compliant offering for the pharma & healthcare industry. This is one of the largest facilities within its global KN PharmaChain network.

The warehouse, which is strategically located in close vicinity to the Ljubljana Airport, will carry out the distribution of finished products worldwide and will be used for the storage and distribution of production materials for the pharmaceutical industry. The facility is eco-friendly built and equipped with technology to increase current operational capacities.

The facility provides an area of approximately 38,000 sq m, a capacity of about 65,000 pallet locations for reception, storage and distribution of temperature-sensitive products and includes three cold chambers to handle temperature requirements of 15 to 25°C and 2 to 8°C.

The new facility further underlines Kuehne + Nagel’s continuous commitment to expand its multi-modal and temperature-controlled forwarding and warehousing services worldwide. With a global network of currently close to 200 certified operations, 600,000 sq m of industry dedicated warehousing space and a team of specially trained operators, KN PharmaChain addresses the need of pharma & healthcare customers for a standardised, end-to-end logistics offering.

At the same time the company strengthens its presence in the Slovenian market, with an enhanced regional footprint.

Gianfranco Sgro, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for contract logistics, commented: “The pharma & healthcare Industry is among the most important growth drivers for Kuehne + Nagel. Therefore, it is of strategic importance to further strengthen our integrated KN PharmaChain network. The facility in Brnik is a cornerstone in this ambition and enables Kuehne + Nagel to offer its unique pharma solutions to an extended customer base.”

Source: Kuehne + Nagel

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<![CDATA[ XPO announces share buyback ]]> XPO Logistics has announced the buyback of $1bn of common stock.

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The board of directors of XPO Logistics have authorised the company to buy back $1bn of its common stock.

The move follows a busy few weeks for XPO. The company felt compelled to respond to a report from a “short selling” firm, Spruce Point Capital Management” which criticised the company’s financial position. Rumours that it had become a takeover target soon surfaced.

In a statement, regarding the share buyback, the company said “The timing and number of shares repurchased will depend on a variety of factors, including price, general business and market conditions, alternative investment opportunities, and funding considerations. XPO intends to fund the repurchases from existing cash, borrowings on XPO’s revolving credit facility and/or other financing sources.”

Source: XPO Logistics

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<![CDATA[ Arvato opens 550,000 sq ft distribution centre in Ontario, California ]]> Arvato SCM Solutions has expanded a customer’s network by opening a 550,000 sq ft distribution centre in Ontario, California

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Arvato SCM Solutions has expanded a customer’s network by opening a 550,000 sq ft distribution centre in Ontario, California, United States. The site in California is the third-largest Arvato logistics centre in the US.

After Louisville in Kentucky and Venlo in the Netherlands, the facility in Ontario is the third distribution centre that Arvato SCM Solutions has built for this unnamed high-tech customer within the last six months.

Among the logistics and fulfilment services that Arvato is taking on in Ontario are national and international distribution to the customer’s stores, retailers and sales partners, as well as the management of its e-commerce business, including returns management, postponement, kitting and value-added services.

Equipped with 61 loading gates for incoming and outgoing goods, the distribution centre enables up to 20,000 packages to be shipped per day and employs 300 people.

Mitat Aydindag, Managing Director of Arvato SCM Solutions for North America and Brazil, said, “We now operate a total of 1.6m sq ft of warehouse space for our high-tech customer in this network. At all three sites we work with the same standards, processes, and interfaces, all of which run on the same IT setup. The new distribution centre has enabled us to further increase our capacities, and we are now positioned to serve the US nationwide, from the east to the west coast, with the best lead-times for the end customer. The site in Ontario further consolidates our network of distribution centres at geographically favourable locations and makes for a significant increase to our range and flexibility in logistics.”

Source: Arvato

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<![CDATA[ Mainfreight opens regional Queensland branch ]]> Mainfreight has opened a new transport branch in Toowoomba, Australia.

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Mainfreight has opened a new transport branch in Toowoomba, Australia.

Toowoomba, in Queensland is located 125km west of Brisbane, Australia. Agriculture and manufacturing contribute to economic growth in the region. 

From the branch in Toowoomba, products are controlled through a comprehensive local and global network of purpose-built facilities and delivered by owner drivers. The service is supported by freight management technology designed to reduce customer workloads.

In Toowoomba, Mainfreight offers services such as; day definite express services to and from any postcode in Australia, online track and trace visibility and full suite of air & ocean, wharf cartage, warehousing and domestic transport services.

Mainfreight now has over 250 branches worldwide and 55+ branches throughout Australia.

Source: Mainfreight

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<![CDATA[ Lufthansa Cargo further expands digital offering ]]> Lufthansa Cargo has launched a new application for the digital creation of transport documents required for dangerous goods.

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Lufthansa Cargo has launched a new application for the digital creation of transport documents required for dangerous goods. The new DGD.online offering will support shippers and can be used for shipments sent via air, road and sea.

DGD.online can be used to, for example, generate electronically signed dangerous goods declarations and send them automatically, complete with attachments such as safety data sheets. Forwarders and other logistics providers can also be digitally integrated into the handling process, facilitating paperless cooperation. It also features integrated validation and convenience features aimed at accelerating processes and preventing costly errors.

Boris Hueske, Head of Digital Transformation at Lufthansa Cargo, said, “With DGD.online, we are further expanding our digital offering and striving to make it as easy as possible for our customers and partners to use electronic services. In this way, we can all leverage the potential that digitization has to offer and make air cargo handling even faster and more efficient in the future.”

Source: Lufthansa Cargo

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<![CDATA[ CMA CGM invests in a digital sea freight marketplace ]]> CMA CGM has invested in the New York Shipping Exchange, a digital marketplace for sea freight.

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CMA CGM has invested in the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), a digital marketplace for sea freight. CMA CGM Ventures contributed to the cumulative investment of $13m with other partners being Hapag Lloyd, GE Ventures and Goldman Sachs. Dedicated to investments in innovative technologies, CMA CGM created CMA CGM Ventures aiding its digital transformation. 

The investment continues the digital transformation of the company after it was made one of the CMA CGM’s four key priorities, in 2013, through the launch of an e-commerce platform. Currently, 80% of bookings are made online including those made through its mobile app which was launched in May 2017.

This follows after CMA CGM became the first container line to be listed on the Freightos booking platform, earlier in December, allowing direct sales, booking and shipment management. As part of the pilot phase, it will be able to offer booking, guaranteed pricing and secured capacity via the IT platform, initially for China-US trade lanes. This continues the Group’s digitization strategy which is based on internal projects as well as on commercial or capital partnerships via its corporate venture structure.

Rodolphe Saadé, CEO, commented on the investment, “Digitization is essential to offer our customers new and differentiated products. This partnership is an additional step in the digital transformation of CMA CGM, aimed at continuously creating value for its customers.”

Source: CMA CGM

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<![CDATA[ Yusen Logistics establishes corporation in Laos ]]> Yusen will provide a range of logistics services in Laos, including ocean and air freight forwarding, domestic delivery, cross-border truck transportation, and customs clearance, as well as warehousing and logistics consultancy services.

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Yusen Logistics has established Yusen Logistics (Lao) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Operations will commence in January 2019.

The new company will have its headquarters in Vientiane and its branch in Pakse will provide a range of logistics services, including ocean and air freight forwarding, domestic delivery, cross-border truck transportation and customs clearance, as well as warehousing and logistics consultancy services.

Since 2014, Yusen Logistics (Thailand) has provided logistics services to Laos through its distributors. The company decided to establish the Laos corporation because of the anticipated demand for logistics in line with further economic growth. Yusen Logistics expects that this will strengthen its sales capabilities in anticipation of rising demand for logistics and create a smoother operation system.

Following the establishment of Cambodia in 2013 and Myanmar Corporation in 2014, the setting up of a new corporation in Laos has resulted in the development of a company network in all Mekong economic zones, where expectations for further economic development are growing.

Source: Yusen Logistics

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<![CDATA[ Mainfreight delivers sea freight services in Germany ]]> Mainfreight has launched a new ocean freight branch in Hamburg, Germany, aimed at strengthening its Western Europe network.

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Mainfreight has opened a new branch in Hamburg, Germany, aimed at strengthening its Western Europe network. The ocean freight branch is its second branch in Germany.

The Port of Hamburg, located on the Elbe river, is one of the most important ports in Germany and the third largest container port in Europe, handling nearly 10m containers annually.

Its new Hamburg branch and team specialise in all sea freight related services from FCL and LCL, to Break Bulk and Ro-Ro, along with handling all customs clearance needs and requirements. 

The opening of the new Hamburg branch, in addition to its long-established branch in Frankfurt, further strengthens its presence within Germany, enabling further end to end supply chain solutions throughout Europe.

Source: Mainfreight

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