<![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

<![CDATA[ Kuehne + Nagel publishes nine-month 2018 results ]]> Kuehne + Nagel has reported top and bottom line growth for the nine months ending September 2018.

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) has reported top and bottom line growth for the nine months ending September 2018. Totalling CHF*15,361m, revenue increased by 13.6% in comparison to the same period in 2017. This was driven by strong volume growth, with significant development in seafreight. EBIT for the period increased 8.8%, year over year, rising to CHF 745m.

Volumes in K+N’s seafreight business increased by 8.8% shipping 3.519m TEUs, 284,000 more than in the same period of the previous year. This contributed to net revenue growth of 7.8% in seafreight as it reached CHF 5,250 for the period of January to September. The business was able to gain new business with digital end-to-end solutions and saw demand rise for the two digital platforms KN ESP and SeaExplorer, launched in 2018. EBIT for the first nine months of the year was up 5.2% at CHF 324m with stable margins.

Tonnage in airfreight was up by 16.0% to 1,302m tonnes along with revenue which stood at CHF 3,598m representing an increase of 24.8% year over year. With the recent acquisition of Panatlantic’s business, a perishables airfreight specialist in Ecuador, K+N has developed its network in this segment following from the integration of the CFI Commodity Forwarders, a perishables provider in the USA. EBIT was up 19.4% against the same period of the previous year at CHF 271m.

K+N’s overland segment posted growth in its net revenue of 16.2% growing to 2,630m. This growth was driven by the US intermodal business, which benefited from the increase in oil prices, and dynamic business development in Europe, particularly in Germany and the UK. EBIT improved 58.3% over the previous year to CHF 57m.

In contract logistics, net revenue stood at CHF 3,883m which represented an increase of 10.6%. Regionally, growth was driven in North America, Asia and Germany whilst e-commerce fulfilment solutions also contributed to the business performance. Developments in this sector include the launch of a new digital warehouse management system and the acquisition of the Chinese automotive logistics group, Sincero, and the local Indonesian logistics company, Wira. EBIT deceased year over year to CHF 93m down from CHF 114m in the same period of 2017.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “The performance in the business units seafreight, airfreight and overland is remarkable. In contract logistics, results are as expected negatively affected by investments in the operation platform, which have been realised according to plan in this year.”

Source: Kuehne + Nagel

*CHF = €0.87 / $1.01

<![CDATA[ Prologis reports 13.1% increase in Q3 revenue ]]> Strong demand for well-located logistics real estate drives Prologis revenue and operating income in Q3.

Prologis has reported strong results for the third quarter of 2018. Its total revenue was reported at $682m, up 13.1% compared with the same period in 2017 and up 9.8% on Q2 2018.

Rental and other revenues accounted for $611m of the total and increased by $76m in comparison with same quarter last year. Its period end occupancy rate was 97.5%, marking an improvement from Q3 2017 (96.3%).

Prologis operating income stood at $181.5m which is an increase of 3.4% compared with the same quarter of 2017.

Its adjusted EBITDA attributable to common stockholders for the quarter was $710m, up from $665m in the same quarter a year ago, corresponding to  an increase of 6.7%.

Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis commented: “Demand for well-located logistics real estate is strong, with customers prioritising proximity to consumers to offset supply chain costs such as labour and transportation. Market rent growth in Europe continued to accelerate, and we believe it may surpass that of the U.S. in 2019.”

Moghadam added: “The integration of the DCT Industrial acquisition on August 22 is complete. We’ve hit the expected run rate of $80m per year of immediate savings and the team is now focused on realizing the revenue and platform synergies associated with this transaction.”

Source: Prologis

<![CDATA[ CSX announces third quarter 2018 financial results ]]> CSX Corporation has published its financial results for Q3 2018 posting revenues of $3.13bn.

CSX Corporation has published its financial results for Q3 2018 posting revenues of $3.13bn. Total revenue grew by 14.1% in comparison to the same period of the previous year where it totalled $2.74bn. The increase was attributable to growth in volumes across all business segments, increases in fuel recovery, a favourable mix, higher supplemental revenue and pricing gains. This was complimented by a 2.1% decrease in expenses resulting in operating income posting significant growth year-on-year of 48.9% to reach a total of $1.84bn.

Volumes for freight transporting merchandise for the business grew 4.9% to total 1.66m units for Q3 2018.  All goods, excluding Fertilizers, increased in volumes with the most significant growth coming from Forest Products due to strength in building products as well as e-commerce driven pulpboard demand. Volume declined for Fertilizers due to the closure of a customer facility in late 2017 that previously moved short-haul rail shipments. The Merchandise business segment accounted for 60.4% of total revenue at a figure of $1.89bn which represented a growth of 11.9% in comparison to Q3 2017.

Freight volumes for CSX’s Coal business segment increased 7.3% for the third quarter of 2018 totalling 234,000 units. This was driven by export growth as global supply levels and elevated global benchmark prices supported continued demand for U.S. coal. Consequently, revenues grew by 14.4% to reach a total of $588m.

Domestically, for the Intermodal business segment, volume increased as tight truck supply drove growth with existing customers, which was partially offset by the rationalization of low-density lanes in late 2017. Internationally, volume increases were driven by new customers and strong performance with existing customers, which more than offset losses from the rationalization of low-density lanes in late 2017. Revenue for this business segment grew by 12.1% in comparison to 2017 to total $500m.

Expenses of $1.8bn decreased $39m, year over year, primarily driven by gains from line and real estate sales and reductions in workforce and crew starts as a result of implementing scheduled railroading, partially offset by fuel price increases.

“This quarter highlights the progress towards our transformation as we aim to deliver industry leading service to our customers,” said James M. Foote, President and CEO. “I am proud of our team of hard-working employees who were able to produce these results.”

Source: CSX Corporation

<![CDATA[ XPO Logistics wins contract with Toyota ]]> XPO Logistics has won a contract to expand its management of transport operations in France for Toyota Material Handling.

XPO Logistics has won a contract to expand its management of transport operations in France for Toyota Material Handling. This contract will develop the current partnership between the two companies. XPO currently manages loading and unloading at several Toyota sites in France as well as delivery to customers across the country.

XPO has developed a customised solution for end-to-end visibility, tracking and returns management. Its technology team has designed a mobile application specifically for Toyota, with full network integration and a quality control capability.

The contract expands on the current partnership between the two companies, under which XPO manages loading and unloading at Toyota’s sites in Bussy-Saint-Georges (Ile-de-France), Dagneux (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), as well as delivery to customers throughout the country.

Eric Loustau, Supply Chain Director of Toyota Material Handling France, said: “With XPO, we’ve found the right logistics partner to handle our operations smoothly and support our growth. We are impressed by XPO’s commitment to systematically look for ways to improve efficiency, traceability and competitiveness.”

“We’re proud to help Toyota Material Handling grow their service portfolio in France, including their new short-term rental service. Our team is excited to take on these new responsibilities and deliver a seamless experience,” added Luis Gomez, Managing Director for Transport, XPO Logistics Europe.

Source: XPO Logistics

<![CDATA[ DPD opens an all-electric parcel depot in central London ]]> DPD has opened a 5,000 sq ft all-electric parcel depot in Westminster with the capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day.

DPD has opened a 5,000 sq ft all-electric parcel depot in Westminster with the capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day. Investing over £500,000, the refurbished site includes an electric charging system to support its all-electric fleet. This is the first of a further seven sites which have been planned in London.

DPD is looking to save 45 tonnes of CO2 annually as it uses electric vehicles both for the inward delivery of parcels and the final delivery to customers. This is aligned with the objectives of Transport for London (TfL) who will be introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London from April 2019.

DPD expects to invest in the region of £3m on the DPD Westminster depot over the next 10 years, while the site for its second all-electric London depot in Shoreditch has already been secured.

Included in the site is the first DPD owned Pickup shop allowing consumers to collect parcels from the site. The new shop will add to DPD’s network of 2,500 Pickup sites across the UK, operated in partnership with brands such as Sainsbury’s, Matalan and Halfords.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD UK, commented: “Reducing and neutralising our carbon footprint; providing smarter and more efficient urban delivery solutions and driving innovation are at the heart of DPD’s DrivingChange programme. We want to be the leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, with the ultimate aim being to move to a zero-emission fleet.”

Source: DPD

<![CDATA[ UPS opens new ‘Super Hub’ in Atlanta ]]> UPS has announced the opening of a 1.2m sq ft regional sortation and distribution centre in Atlanta.

UPS has announced the opening of a 1.2m sq ft regional sortation and distribution centre in Atlanta. The hub will be its second largest ground package processing facility in the US and the fourth largest in its worldwide network. Processing 100,000 parcels per hour, the new hub aims to improve efficiency, service levels and reliability throughout the Southeast US.

The centre adds to UPS’ other highly automated primary hubs which include the Worldport air cargo facility in Louisville, Kentucky and the Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) ground facility for truck and railway cargo. This will help UPS to add more than 350,000 pieces per hour of additional sortation capacity in the United States before the 2018 holiday season. Similar facilities are opening in: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah and in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Creating more than 3,000 jobs, the centre in Atlanta utilised its Hiring for Heroes veteran employment programme and partnered with The Centre for Working Families and the United Way to recruit and hire employees.

Commenting on the new hub, George Willis, President of U.S. Operations for UPS, said: “The new regional hubs incorporate advanced package processing technologies with proprietary network planning software that efficiently integrates UPS air and ground operations across the U.S. and around the globe. These super hubs create more options for how packages are transported along the way to their final destinations.”

Source: UPS

<![CDATA[ eBay Fulfilment and eBay Shipping launched in Germany ]]> eBay has introduced eBay Fulfilment and eBay Shipping in Germany to help commercial sellers scale up their businesses.

eBay has introduced new logistics services for sellers in Germany to help them scale their business across all channels. The technical implementation of the logistics services is carried out by eBay subsidiary, Shutl.

The new eBay Fulfilment offering is a multi-channel fulfilment service that allows next-day delivery for orders placed before 18:00. The fulfilment program is done in cooperation with Fiege, Hermes and Plentymarkets, while eBay Shipping is done together with DPD.  Additional logistics service providers to support the multi-channel tools and the dispatch service are planned for 2019.

End customers will benefit from digital services provided by the parcel service, such as card-based live tracking or the 60-minute forecast of the delivery time.

“As a leading global trading company, we believe that logistics is of strategic importance to improve the buyer and seller experience on our platform. With our new logistics services, we help our dealers to meet the ever-increasing demands of their customers for fast, reliable delivery. At the same time, by participating in eBay Plus, sellers will benefit from additional sales,” said Michael Pasch, Senior Director of Loyalty & Logistics.

Source: eBay


<![CDATA[ New Yodel Inflight delivery options announced ]]> Yodel has announced new features that allow customers to amend delivery preferences up to an hour before delivery is due.

Yodel has announced the release of Inflight, a new set of features that will allow customers to make changes to deliveries online or via the Yodel mobile app. Infight is part of Yodel’s ongoing innovative programme and is aimed at improving the customer experience. The service has been piloted over the summer – with among others very.co.uk, part of the Shop Direct Group – and will be rolled out in full in the New Year.

Inflight has been designed to work with Yodel’s Xpect service, which already provides customers with a two-hour delivery window. The new features, which can be tailored by client, will give customers the ability to easily send the carrier instructions after they’ve left the retailer’s check out environment.

As soon as parcels arrive at Yodel’s network, customers receive notifications and are being informed with the available Inflight options, and can select a safe place where parcels should be left is no-one is home, nominate a neighbour to receive parcels, change the delivery address, redirect the package to one of the over 7,000 CollectPlus Point nationwide, change the delivery date, keep the parcel at the nearest Yodel customer delivery depot for collection, or use the ‘Hold, I’m on holiday’ feature.

The new set of features have been developed by Yodel’s Innovation Lab, in cooperation with three of Yodel’s major clients, Argos, Virgin Media and Shop Direct, using customer feedback gathered through the carrier’s feedback programme, Have Your Say. 

Phil Hackney, Group Operations Director at Shop Direct – the operator of Very.co.uk and one of the retailers which took part in the pilot, commented: “The features increase the rate of delivery success on the first attempt and lower the number of calls into our contact centre, helping us improve customer satisfaction and be more efficient.”

Source: Yodel