<![CDATA[ La Méridionale joins the CMA CGM Group ]]> The acquisition of La Méridionale marks a new milestone in the development of CMA CGM’s specialized shipping division. Major plans for an environmentally friendly Mediterranean shipping company enhancing customer experience.

The CMA CGM Group has finalized the acquisition of La Méridionale, a mixed-use freight and passenger shipping company established in Marseille since 1931. As the leading shipping company running scheduled services to Corsica, La Méridionale currently has four ro-pax vessels, which operate up to 13 weekly crossings between Marseille, Porto Vecchio and Ajaccio, plus connections between Marseille and Morocco. 

The acquisition of La Méridionale complements the new division of the CMA CGM Group dedicated to specialized shipping operations. This division, which reflects CMA CGM’s desire to continue innovating in the shipping sector, encompasses the new car carrier business, the stake in Brittany Ferries, the leading French-flagged passenger and vehicle shipping operator in the Atlantic Arc, as well as the investment in NEOLINE, a Nantes-based company developing the first sail-powered ro-ro vessel, and now La Méridionale.

With this new division, which aims to transport cargo and passengers more sustainably, CMA CGM intends to strengthen its overall decarbonization efforts. The vision for La Méridionale is to provide one of the first “green corridors” in the Mediterranean. To that end, the CMA CGM Group will invest in modernizing the shipping company’s fleet to improve energy efficiency and reduce its environmental impact. The Group intends to place an order for two new LNG-powered vessels.

These ships will be able to run on methanol and deliver some of the best environmental performances in the sector. They will also be able to carry out operations with zero CO2 emissions during port calls and are set to replace the oldest vessels on services between Corsica and Marseille, contributing to the preservation of the environment between the island and the mainland. 

The fleet’s modernization will also significantly enhance the  passenger experience on La Méridionale, with quieter and more comfortable ships. The focus on improvements for La Méridionale’s customers will also involve an overhaul of the boarding experience in Marseille, upgrading onboard telecommunications equipment, and the digitalization of the customer experience, with a revamped e-commerce offering. 

To enhance the appeal of Corsica as a destination, CMA CGM has also committed to develop La Méridionale’s tour operating activities, promoting the local ecosystem and sustainable tourism. Lastly, the CMA CGM Group will seek to maintain the expertise and commitment of the ¬600 employees involved in looking after La Méridionale’s customers at sea and on land. 

Since La Méridionale boasts one of the largest contingents of French seafarers operating under the French flag (first register), it needs to remain at the vanguard of efforts to train crew in France. To achieve this goal, CMA CGM has committed to form a partnership with the Lycée Maritime et Aquacole high school in Bastia, thereby offering young seafarers in Corsica the opportunity to access a job upon completing their studies.  

To boost the upward mobility of young seafarers, La Méridionale will introduce an ambitious plan to promote members of front-line staff into officer roles by validating the experience they have gained and running special maritime training programs. Lastly, career opportunities will also be offered to young officers on deep-sea routes operated by CMA CGM’s fleet.

Source: CMA CGM

<![CDATA[ project44 Opens New Office in Kraków, Poland ]]> Signaling project44’s continued growth in the European market, the new Kraków…


project44, a supply chain visibility platform, announced the grand opening of its latest European hub, a new office in Kraków, Poland. Founder and CEO Jett McCandless was in attendance to celebrate the grand opening of an office that is selected to deliver supply chain innovation to project44’s global customer base. 

Our new Poland office is central to project44’s growth strategy in Europe and around the world,” said McCandless. ​This new space provides room for us to grow and meet customer demand. We’re incredibly excited about leveraging the operation in Poland to provide best-in-class supply chain solutions to more businesses and continue to provide career opportunities in the region.” 

project44 has over 400 team members across Europe, and the Kraków office will support the company’s ongoing international expansion. r. 

We’re thrilled to see project44’s continued expansion in the region,” said Piotr Hunker, CEO of Trans.eu. ​We recently launched a partnership with project44 to deliver an enhanced spot transport tracking solution and look forward to growing and serving our joint customer base in Europe. Through this expansion, we’ll enable more shippers, freight forwarders and carriers to deliver exceptional service.” 

Shippers, LSPs, and carriers worldwide are looking for the ability to track goods in real-time as they move through the supply chain so they can accurately predict delivery times and improve sustainability through greater efficiency,” said Renaud Houri, EVP International Markets at project44. ​With the Kraków office serving as an important component of our European strategy, we’re looking forward to helping more businesses in the region compete effectively with the world’s most innovative end-to-end visibility platform.” 

The official grand opening celebration took place on Tuesday, May 16 where the U.S. Ambassador to Poland and the Mayor of Kraków were in attendance. 

Source: project44

<![CDATA[ Rhenus Archive Services leases 9,900 square metres at the “SEGRO Logistics Centre Leipzig” ]]> Rhenus, has signed an agreement to rent 9,900 sqm of logistics space at the “SEGRO Logistics Centre Leipzig”.

Rhenus, has signed an agreement to rent 9,900 sqm of logistics space at the “SEGRO Logistics Centre Leipzig”. Rhenus Archive Services will in future use this facility to store the business documents of its customers operating in all kinds of sectors in Germany. Rhenus is already using two other units in the same logistics building for its Automotive business division. The warehouse area occupied by Rhenus now rises to 31,000 sqm through this new space.

The “SEGRO Logistics Centre Leipzig” offers Rhenus Archive Services adequate operating space to store the archive materials. Rhenus will in future use the space there for its tamper-proof file administration work and document archives. “The new, central high-security archives in Leipzig once again significantly increase our warehouse capacity for storing archive materials for our customers in Germany,” says Till-Martin Schuldt, one of the Managing Directors of Rhenus Archive Services. The archiving specialist stores the archive materials in special filing boxes on storage systems that have been adapted for them. The companies, which put their archive materials into storage at the new business site, benefit from the high security measures and certified processes.

The logistics property in Leipzig is characterised by its sustainable design: overall, SEGRO uses energy-saving LED lamps to light up an area measuring 53,000 sqm. The facility also has excellent infrastructure connections. Located very close to the BMW factory and the Leipzig Trade Fair area, the business site has direct access to the A14 motorway, which makes it possible to reach both Leipzig/Halle Airport and the A9 motorway in a few minutes by car. 

With Rhenus as a new customer, all the logistics and business space has now been fully leased at the site. “Rhenus Archive Services complements our existing portfolio of customers at the site in an excellent way. We’re happy to have found a suitable customer for the existing space in the shape of the logistics specialist and we’re looking forward to working together in future,” says Melanie Merholz, the Associate Director Development Logistics at SEGRO in Germany. JLL acted as the agent in securing the tenancy agreement with Rhenus.

Source: Rhenus


<![CDATA[ GXO and Bigblue expand partnership to France ]]> GXO announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Bigblue, to include warehouse logistics in France.


GXO announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Bigblue, to include warehouse logistics in France. Bigblue, which offers brands and online stores fulfillment services, started its partnership with GXO in Spain in a shared space facility.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Bigblue to include e-fulfillment and ecommerce services in France,” said Paul Mohan, Managing Director of Continental Europe, GXO. “Our work with Bigblue illustrates GXO’s ability to optimize logistics for a wide range of customers — from start-ups to established global brands. Following our successful launch of operations in Spain last year, the partnership in France is a logical progression of Bigblue’s plans to efficiently scale its business across Europe. Both of our companies have significant experience in multiple sectors — including the fashion, beauty and wellness fields — and GXO is using its scale, technology and expertise to optimize Bigblue’s warehouse operations.”

In France, Bigblue will occupy part of a large scale GXO’s facility in Tigery, where the company expects to handle several million orders annually. Bigblue offers services that cover the entire value chain, from the shopping experience to after-sales service, as well as the automatic management of shipments from any sales channel (e.g., web, marketplace, traditional retail).

William Meunier, Chief Operations Officer and Co-founder, Bigblue, said: “We chose to partner with GXO because of their strengths in our target markets, the reliability of its processes, its high degree of automation and its ability to provide the maximum degree of customization in each order. Combined with Bigblue’s technology, we can offer a seamless pre and post-purchase experience that sets a new standard in the industry. This collaboration enables D2C brands to access the best in logistics and technology to grow their operations without friction. We look forward to expanding our partnership with GXO to offer our customers with the best delivery experience in Europe.”

By partnering with GXO, Bigblue’s logistics operations will utilize specialized technology to manage periods of peak demand.

Source: GXO


<![CDATA[ Kerry Logistics network implements sorting robot KOOLBee to boost efficiency in fashion e-commerce Fulfilment ]]> KOOLBee, the sorting robot is an intelligent and flexible sorting solution that boosts speed, productivity and accuracy in logistics operations.

Kerry Logistics Network Limited has implemented sorting robots for a global fast fashion brand to enhance sorting productivity and delivery efficiency to meet the booming demand in e-commerce fulfilment. Named “KOOLBee”, the sorting robot is an intelligent and flexible sorting solution that boosts speed, productivity and accuracy in logistics operations.

The KOOLBee roll-out has taken place in phases across the logistics facilities in Hong Kong, Tianjin and Dongguan since November 2022. Requiring only a small area to operate, the robots have the advantage of being quickly deployed, reconfigured and scaled up, significantly increasing the accessibility and flexibility of sortation automation compared with traditional fixed automation. Utilising KOOLBee, the overall sorting productivity is increased by 270%.

“The fashion e-commerce industry is rapidly evolving and consumers’ expectations for fast deliveries are getting higher every year. KOOLBee is our latest robotics roll-out under the ‘KOOL’ banner to optimise sorting operations and bolster order fulfilment efficiency according to the specific needs of each customer. It has proven beneficial in supporting customers in handling enormous orders during seasonal peaks and promotion-driven shopping sprees. Following this launch, we are set to utilise this technology for other customers and verticals.” says Samuel Lau, Managing Director, Integrated Logistics North Asia of Kerry Logistics Network.

Kerry Logistics Network is a firm believer in the benefits of technological advances in enhancing productivity, increasing agility and adding value to customers’ global supply chains. In 2021, KLN launched both KOOLBotic and KOOLBay, innovative technologies that are dedicated to cold chain logistics operations in the F&B industry. KLN is constantly exploring technological innovations and solutions to future-proof its operations, increasingly adopting automation to secure its place in the future of logistics.

Source: Kerry Logistics

<![CDATA[ FedEx launches FedEx® Sustainability Insights for customer emissions tracking ]]> FedEx® Sustainability Insights uses actual network scan data as foundation for emissions reporting and provides new API for shippers. Through this users can view historical emissions data by account as well as search by tracking number with their free FedEx.com login.

FedEx is harnessing scan data from its unparalleled global logistics network to enhance customer access to emissions information with the U.S. launch of a new tool, FedEx® Sustainability Insights.

Created by FedEx Dataworks, this revolutionary cloud-based engine uses near-real time FedEx network data to estimate CO2e emissions for both individual tracking numbers and FedEx.com accounts. Users can view historical emissions data by account as well as search by tracking number with their free FedEx.com login. Data is displayed in a variety of metrics such as mode of transport, service type, and country or territory for all eligible FedEx Express®, FedEx Ground®, and FedEx Freight® shipments.

The capabilities presented by FedEx Sustainability Insights serve as the foundation for a new suite of tools for e-commerce customers. Through an application programming interface (API), customers can transfer their historical and predictive emissions data to their own internal systems. Machine learning powers the predictive API capabilities, which can help customers manage their supply chain, boost operational compliance, and integrate emissions estimates into their shopping cart for their customers.

“We’ve heard from our shippers that they need more data on their shipping footprint as consumers increasingly weigh sustainability as a factor in purchasing decisions.” said Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Brie Carere. “Through innovations like FedEx® Sustainability Insights, FedEx is empowering customers to access the information they need as part of our mutual pursuit of a more sustainable future.”

These new offerings complement FedEx Corp. efforts to reduce emissions in its worldwide operations in pursuit of a goal of global carbon neutral operations by 2040. As the company optimizes its operations, FedEx® Sustainability Insights will support this goal by providing insights into further opportunities for network efficiency with data-backed predictive insights and modeling.

To advance toward its 2040 carbon neutral operations goal, FedEx is focusing on areas such as electrification of FedEx pickup and delivery vehicles globally; more efficient facilities, fuels, and fleets; and investments in natural carbon capture. Customers interested in learning more about FedEx® Sustainability Insights and its capabilities can visit fedex.com/en-us/carbon-footprint-insights.html.

Source: FedEx

<![CDATA[ Bolloré Logistics appoints Olivier Boccara as the CEO of Asia Pacific ]]> Olivier has impressive professional record of almost 30 years. He was involved in the merger of SAGA and SDV subsidiaries in 2015 and acquisition in 2021 of a majority stake in Ovrsea, a start-up specialising in digital freight forwarding.

Bolloré Logistics announced that Olivier Boccara has been appointed as CEO of Bolloré Logistics Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he takes over from Cyril Dumon and will pursue the development strategy implemented by his predecessor. He also aims to launch new projects to drive the company’s growth in several key sectors such as aeronautics, healthcare, luxury goods and cosmetics.

With a Master’s degree in Management, Olivier joined the Bolloré Group in 1994. During his career, he held various positions at SAGA, before becoming its CEO in 2007. In 2016, he was promoted to CEO of Bolloré Logistics France. More recently, Olivier was Global Chief Commercial Officer in charge of sales and marketing for Bolloré Logistics worldwide.

Olivier’s impressive track record, spanning almost thirty years, has been marked by numerous professional achievements. He was notably involved in a number of major structuring projects, including the merger of the SAGA and SDV subsidiaries in 2015 and the acquisition in 2021 of a majority stake in Ovrsea, a start-up specialising in digital freight forwarding.

“I am delighted at the prospect of building on the solid foundations laid down by Cyril, who has greatly contributed to positioning Bolloré Logistics as a leading logistics player in the Asia-Pacific region. I have complete confidence in our existing teams and together we will strive to further develop the immense potential of this region and expand our operations to better serve our customers,” said Olivier Boccara.

Source: Bolloré Logistics

<![CDATA[ GXO expands pan-European partnership with Kellogg ]]> GXO has announced that it has signed an agreement to extend and expand its pan-European partnership with Kellogg.


GXO has announced that it has signed an agreement to extend and expand its partnership with Kellogg. The renewed agreement includes solutions in the U.K., Spain, Germany and Poland as well as a new facility in Belgium.

The companies are partnering to implement technologies and industry-leading practices at eight sites across Europe by implementing continuous improvement initiatives to increase productivity and speed while reducing costs. These initiatives include technology investments, process improvements and knowledge-sharing.

Bruno Esmeraldo, European Logistics Director, Kellogg, said: “Working with a data-driven company like GXO helps us improve operational and service performance visibility and enable greater proactive decision-making. Our shared commitment to operational excellence, together with right-fit technology solutions supporting our ESG goals, is a solid foundation for a future-proof business.”

GXO and Kellogg have a longstanding partnership in several European countries:

  • In Belgium, GXO will operate and optimize Kellogg operations in a brand new 650,000 sq ft, semi-automated facility in Mechelen commencing in June 2023. GXO’s solutions at this facility will include warehousing and a transport shuttle service between the Kellogg factory and the facility plus an option for further value-add co-packing services.
  • In the U.K., where the companies began working together in 2008, GXO manages three warehouses for Kellogg and employs approximately 350 team members.
  • In Spain, GXO and Kellogg began working together in 2018, and today GXO manages approximately 500,000 sq ft of dedicated space in two warehouses with over 100 team members for Kellogg, enabling supply to the Iberian Peninsula, the South of France and the U.S.
  • In Germany, GXO and Kellogg recently extended their long-standing partnership at the site in Bremen, Germany, which employs 71 team members and serves the entire German market.
  • In Kutno, Poland, a 290,000 sq ft warehouse employs about 120 people and provides storage, pick, pack and value add co-packing services. GXO recently deployed automation and technologies at the Kutno site, including a Pallet Shuttle Racking System, improving storage density and efficiency. Through this automation, GXO has shortened the palletting process by 90% (from 24 to 1.5 minutes), reduced plastic consumption by 85% (from 15 to 1 layer) and improved ergonomics and safety for team members.

As part of the new agreement, GXO has implemented its Reflex web WMS at sites in Spain and the U.K. and will implement the same in Belgium. In addition, GXO is working with Kellogg to develop digital reporting metrics to further improve operational and service performance visibility and enable greater data-driven decision-making.

Source: GXO


<![CDATA[ bpost electrifies fleet in Verviers, Belgium ]]> bpost has announced that it has electrified its fleet across across the whole of the municipality of Verviers.

Following Seraing, bpost has gone green across the whole of the municipality of Verviers, with all 42 regular delivery rounds in Verviers, Stembert and Heusy in Belgium now made by electric vehicle. The fleet of the Thimister distribution center (114 rounds in total, including the 42 rounds in Verviers) should evolve to become 100% electric and enable emission-free delivery of parcels and mail to other entities in the region. Geoffrey Dokens, MCM Thimister-Clermont, commented: “bpost contributes to more sustainable urban development in Verviers, particularly in the town centre, where everyone remembers the devastating floods. Half of our fleet has been electrified, but we are not stopping here. We will extend the zero-emission delivery zone as soon as we can take other green vehicles into service. Postwomen and men contribute, on a daily basis, to this ecological transition.”

This approach is reinforced by a network of 10 Pick-up points. This allows residents of the area to pick up their packages, on foot or by bicycle, just a few meters from their homes. This way, the reduction of emissions is even more important and the air quality is improved.

This announced is part of the company’s overall sustainability strategy, which aims to limit its overall carbon footprint and become a benchmark in this field.

Source: bpost


<![CDATA[ DACHSER to establish a joint venture in Japan ]]> “Customers in Japan and worldwide looking for reliable and resilient door-to-door…

DACHSER has signed a joint venture agreement with the Japanese logistics company Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd. “DACHSER Japan K.K.” will open its first office in Tokyo, Japan at the end of 2023.

As part of DACHSER’s global network, the Japanese location will offer air and sea transport and will be connected to DACHSER’s close-knit overland transport network in Europe. Yves Larquemin, Managing Director of DACHSER South Korea, will be taking on the additional role of leading DACHSER Japan.