<![CDATA[ Suttons Tankers extends relationship with CF Fertilisers UK ]]> Suttons Tankers has secured a new contract to provide distribution services for all CF Fertiliser bulk liquid and gas products.

Suttons Tankers has secured a multi-million pound contract with CF Fertilisers UK, building on its current relationship and establishing a long-term partnership. The contract will see Suttons Tankers provide distribution services for all CF Fertiliser bulk liquid and gas products. Suttons is set to transport bulk liquid and gas products from bases in the north-east and north-west of England to locations across the UK.

Michael Cundy, Managing Director of Suttons Tankers announced, “This contract represents a significant win for our tanker division, with the client recognising our significant ability and experience in handling and transporting their specialist products. We look forward to building upon our partnership with CF Fertilisers, an important long-term customer and a significant player in the market, producing and supplying around 40% of the UK’s fertiliser needs.”

Zach Kutch, Commercial Operations Manager, CF Fertilisers UK Ltd said, “We require a partner who can deliver our varied products to the highest of health, safety and operational standards. In Suttons Tankers we have found a partner we can rely on, with the resource and know-how to maintain the high standards our customers expect.”

Source: Suttons

<![CDATA[ DHL supports Lindex’ freight distribution ]]> DHL Global Forwarding will manage freight consolidation and distribution across Lindex’ network.

DHL Global Forwarding has announced it will manage freight consolidation and distribution across Lindex’ network. DHL will offer solutions and support on all issues relating to its international supply chain especially with focus on purchase order management, consolidation services, supply chain visibility and management reporting across all the fashion company’s active markets. Cargo must be shipped from 240 factories managed by 140 suppliers around the world to one of three regional distribution centres in Sweden, the Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia. DHL will oversee the sea, air and rail transport for full and less than container load (FCL and LCL) of the entirety of the Swedish fashion chain’s cargo volumes from Asia to Europe and the Middle East. Lindex’ fashion assortment is available in around 490 stores across 18 markets as well as via e-commerce in 30 countries.

“Because of the high number of origins and destinations, Lindex needs a provider who can be a true partner, fully engaged and committed to developing solutions that work. We have a proven expertise across all transport modes and logistics services ranging from air and ocean freight to rail freight for FCL and LCL as well as customs clearance. We are thrilled to be taking over Lindex’ cargo operations again,” states Chris Arnold, Head of Operations – ISC Nordics & CEE of DHL Global Forwarding.

“Thanks to DHL’s experience, know-how and excellent customer service, we have been able to maintain our position in the market through enhanced visibility, continued supply chain development and seamless operations at origin and destination” said Lindex’ Maria Fransson, Transportation & Customs Manager of the partnership.

Source: DHL Group

<![CDATA[ Five new customers sign up to SEGRO Enterprise Quarter ]]> SEGRO has attracted five new customers to its warehousing sites in Rainham, Greater London.

The Enterprise Quarter, a hub designed to offer solutions for start-up and smaller businesses at SEGRO Park Rainham, has secured five new customers.

Carter Global UK, a company which provides freight forwarding services, and Organics Matter, a US-based firm specialising in the production and sale of biofuel products, have each taken a unit on the site, which forms part of the £180m East Plus regeneration programme. East Plus is a partnership between SEGRO and the Greater London Authority which is redeveloping brownfield land across East London to deliver 1.4m sq ft of modern urban warehousing over the next 10 years.

Alongside Carter Global UK and Organics Matter, three other businesses have also taken units the Enterprise Quarter. Senso UK Designs, a Dutch supplier of natural flooring products; Deals4Less, an online retail company; and start-up soft drink production company, Mount Valley Beverages have joined to form a business community at SEGRO Park Rainham.

Alan Holland, SEGRO’s Business Unit Director Greater London, said: “We wanted to create a place where a variety of businesses could form a community and grow together, so providing high quality, well-located space is a key part of the SEGRO Park Rainham development.”

Source: SEGRO

<![CDATA[ Rhenus expands its presence in Germany ]]> Rhenus has opened two new Air & Ocean offices in Hanover and Dortmund.

The Rhenus Group has expanded its freight forwarding network in Germany by opening two new Air & Ocean offices in Hanover and Dortmund. The new facilities are designed to target customers in Hanover/Braunschweig/Göttingen/Wolfsburg and Rhine/Ruhr urban regions.

Rhenus Air & Ocean currently operates 13 business sites in Germany and has plans for further expansion. A particular focus at Rhenus Air & Ocean is the routes that links Germany to America and Asia. Alongside Hanover and Dortmund, there are other branches at Hilden, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Villingen-Schwenningen and Weil am Rhein.

Rhenus will offer international transport services at its new branches, in addition to value-added services, including all import and export customs formalities.

The Hanover/Braunschweig/Göttingen/Wolfsburg urban region hosts around 3.8m consumers, with a strong services and manufacturing industry. Similarly, the Rhine/Ruhr urban region is one of the most developed areas in Germany, being a desirable base-location for large corporations and medium-sized enterprises.

“Germany not only has a central geographical location in Europe, but is an attractive business proposition with its good infrastructure and international trading contacts,” said Tobias Bartz, a Member of the Rhenus Board.

Source: Rhenus

<![CDATA[ Aramex brings in WhatsApp functionality for delivery notifications ]]> Aramex has partnered with WhatsApp for Business to provide customers with a number of new services.

Logistics service provider Aramex has brought in WhatsApp to provide a “track and trace” functionality as well as a “find Aramex nearest location” feature. It aims to provide on-demand and personalised shipment notifications, live location sharing, new delivery instructions and scheduling and last mile preferences.

Mohammed Sleeq, Chief Digital Officer at Aramex said: “Aramex will be one of the first companies in the industry to roll out this service to customers on the back of an AI based Chatbot, a testament to our focus on enhancing customer experience as part of our new digital strategy.”

Over the last several months, Aramex has been focusing efforts and resources on delivering on initiatives in its digital transformation strategy, a pillar of the Company’s new strategic direction. It expects its new innovation to help improve the customer experience and shorten delivery times.

As part of the new strategy, in 2017, the company launched its artificial intelligence-enabled chatbot on Facebook Messenger, “Aramex Bot”, a service that allows better communication with customers about service offerings.

Source: Aramex

<![CDATA[ Mapletree Logistics announces second quarter results for 2018 ]]> Top line growth for Mapletree Logistics increases the amount distributed to unitholders.

Mapletree Logistics (MLT) has posted a growth in gross revenues for Q2 2018. For the three months ended September 30, 2018, gross revenues stood at S$106.6m which represented an increase of 13.8% in comparison to the prior year period. The growth was mainly attributed to higher revenue from existing properties and acquisitions in Hong Kong completed in the previous accounting year. Sales for H1 2018 reached a total of S$212.1m which represented an increase of 11.9% year over year.

The organic growth from its existing portfolio was contributed by the acquisition of two properties in Hong Kong. This was partially offset by the lack of revenue from four divestments, completed in the previous accounting period, and one divestment in Q1 2018 in combination with a weaker Australian Dollar. At September 30, 2018, MLT’s portfolio compromised of 139 properties.

Property expenses increased by S$1.5m for Q2 2018. This was mainly due to acquisitions completed in the previous accounting year and higher operation and maintenance expenses. The increase was partly offset by divestments completed in 2017 and Q1 2018.

The increase in revenues resulted in the amount distributed to unitholders, for Q2 2018, increasing by 32.5%, year over year, totalling S$63.9m. MLT will pay an advanced distribution of 1.893 cents per unit to unitholders on MLT’s register as at September 27, 2018 for the period July 1, 2018 to September 27, 2018.

Ms Ng Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of MLTM, said, “Over the past 12 months, we have gained significant momentum in our portfolio rejuvenation and recycling efforts, thereby increasing the proportion of modern-specs properties in MLT’s portfolio, especially in our core markets with growth potential. We will continue to build on this momentum to future-proof our portfolio.”

Source: Mapletree Logistics

<![CDATA[ Leroy Merlin selects XPO Logistics for its logistics hub in the Great West Region, France ]]> XPO Logistics has been awarded a contract for the management of Leroy Merlin’s new site planned near Angers in the Great-West Region.

XPO Logistics has been awarded a contract for the management of Leroy Merlin’s new site planned near Angers in the Great-West Region. Leroy Merlin, an international home improvement and gardening retailer, is building a 42,000 sq m logistic hub which is expected to be complete by the end of 2018 and start operation in January 2019.

Handling storage, order preparation, cross-docking and distribution of products to Leroy Merlin Stores, XPO will look to increase operational efficiencies to respond to Leroy Merlin’s ‘growth challenges’. The new site will result in the employment of 150 people, over three years, adding to its global workforce of more than 88,500. With the logistics hub, Leroy Merlin hopes to better serve the needs of its customers in the West of France. 

Richard Cawston, managing director–supply chain, XPO Logistics Europe, said, “We are delighted to support Leroy Merlin in the implementation and management of the Angers platform. We already partner with our customer on transport operations, and this new agreement extends our collaboration.”

Source: XPO Logistics

<![CDATA[ Kansas City Southern reports third quarter results ]]> Kansas City Southern has published third quarter results with revenues of $699.0m.

Kansas City Southern has published third quarter results with revenues of $699.0m. Growth in revenues was mainly attributable to its Chemical & Petroleum segment in combination with its Intermodal and Automotive segments. The total figure of $699.0m increased from $656.6m, in Q3 2017, which represented a rise of 6.5%.

Driving revenue growth for the business was its Chemical & Petroleum segment. Totalling $160.6m, revenue increased by 17.3% in comparison to the same period of the previous year. Within this segment, petroleum was the driving force due to refined shipments to Mexico resulting in an increase in sales of the product by 35.5%. Other business segments that posted growth included Intermodal and Automotive which grew revenues by 8.3% and 7.8% respectively.

The business segments of Industrial & Consumer Products and Agriculture & Minerals had no reportable change in revenues whilst its Energy business saw revenues decrease by 1.6% to $73.2m.

Improved management of operating expenses led to a higher operating margin of 38.0% as operating income stood at $265.4m for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Excluding a gain on insurance recoveries related to damage and service interruptions from Hurricane Harvey in 2017, adjusted operating expenses in the third quarter of 2018 were $443.0m, 4.8% higher than 2017. Adjusted operating income was $256.0m, 9.5% higher than a year ago.

“Kansas City Southern faced a challenging third quarter, as network congestion in northern Mexico led to a difficult operating environment,” stated Kansas City Southern’s President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “However, we have taken steps that we are confident will restore our service levels and allow us to continue delivering strong and diversified franchise cross-border volume and revenue growth, led by increased refined product shipments to Mexico and strength in Intermodal and Automotive commodity groups.”

Source: Kansas City Southern

<![CDATA[ SEKO Logistics partners with Feelunique in China ]]> SEKO Logistics will manage the distribution hub for Feelunique to support its cross-border growth in China.

Feelunique has announced that it will open a distribution hub in Hong Kong in partnership with SEKO Logistics to serve its rapidly growing customer base in mainland China.

The three years since Feelunique launched its dedicated Chinese website, sales to the region have grown considerably. China accounts for 20% of Feelunique’s annual sales, with orders being shipped from the UK. The opening of a distribution hub is expected to deliver enhanced customer convenience, access to a wider choice of products, and lower shipping thresholds that will open Feelunique to a wider consumer population in China.

The location of the distribution hub allows Feelunique proximity to the rapidly growing beauty market of Hong Kong whilst also retaining the benefits of cross-border retailing into China.

Joel Palix, Chief Executive Officer of Feelunique, said: “The rise of China’s middle class and its appetite for luxury and niche beauty brands is setting China on a course to become the biggest beauty market in the world. Feelunique is already enjoying rapid growth in this market by fulfilling orders from the UK. With a distribution hub in Hong Kong we will be able to dramatically enhance our offering in terms of choice, brands and customer experience. By localising distribution, we will be able to lower shipping costs and compete on a different scale in this market by making Feelunique accessible to a much larger potential customer base in China.”

Source: SEKO Logistics 


<![CDATA[ Ryder expands last-mile delivery network in 11 North American markets ]]> The expansion allows Ryder to bolster its e-commerce operations, improve delivery time frames and expand to new geographic markets.

Ryder System has announced the expansion of Ryder Last Mile, a home delivery solution, in 11 North American markets. The expansion allows Ryder to bolster its e-commerce operations, improve delivery time frames and expand to new geographic markets.

“By expanding our existing locations and adding new facilities, we continue to position our customers to meet – and even exceed – the ever-growing demands of e-fulfilment and the increasing expectations of their customers,” said Patrick Coughlin, Vice President and General Manager of Ryder Last Mile.

Ryder is planning to enlarge its last-mile fulfilment facilities located in Toronto, Atlanta, Georgia and Lathrop, California. Moreover, the expansion will bring on board further partnerships in eight strategically located U.S. cities. The Ryder e-fulflment network now includes 136 facilities covering 95% of the U.S. and Canada within a two-day time frame. The project is also aimed to strengthen Ryder’s position in the North American road freight market.

In order to improve the customer experience, Ryder keeps investing in technology that enables greater visibility. RyderView allows customers to schedule and track orders with photo-capture digital proof-of-delivery, to facilitate a productive claims management program. Also, the new feature signals defects and exceptions, allowing Ryder to give preventive warnings to clients.

Source: Ryder