<![CDATA[ DB Schenker integrates what3words technology to improve delivery accuracy ]]> DB Schenker has introduced new location technology in its eSchenker portal.

DB Schenker has introduced new location technology in its eSchenker portal. The technology, developed by what3words, assigns every three by three-meter square covering the world, with a three word address.

In a recent study, conducted in Germany, 73% of deliveries struggle to find a home address with over 25% of drivers needing additional information.

DB Schenker hopes that the technology will improve efficiencies as more accurate and precise delivery locations can be made. A difficulty for logistics companies, like DB Schenker, is the ambiguity of delivery locations, especially when just a street address is given. A factory or warehouse may have several different entry and access points making the pick-up or drop-off point difficult to find, and as a result, deliveries are slowed. The new technology looks to improve this by giving a precise three-square metre location anywhere in the world.

The United Nations, Mercedes-Benz, Domino’s and Aramex are some of the companies already employing the technology. Aramex uses the system for e-commerce fulfilment operations and to optimise its last mile delivery in the Middle East. Aramex claims, that by using the technology, it has improved last-mile delivery time by 42% and total distance travelled by drivers by 22%.

Markus Sontheimer, CIO/CDO of DB Schenker, commented on the new technology: “Our cooperation with what3words is another new service of DB Schenker’s connect strategy towards a fully digital eco-system. Especially with regard to trade shows or exhibitions, it provides our drivers with exact delivery points and thus allows us to serve our customers even faster and better.”

Source: DB Schenker

<![CDATA[ Aldi and Dachser extend their UK partnership ]]> A new five-year contract has been signed which will see Dachser serve Aldi with a warehouse platform as well as UK & Ireland distribution services.

A new five-year contract has been signed which will see Dachser serve Aldi with a warehouse platform as well as UK & Ireland distribution services for a wide range of Aldi’s products. The co-operation in the UK goes back more than 25 years, during this time Dachser has operated an increasingly varied portfolio of customs services, inbound logistics, freight forwarding, warehousing and value-added services for Aldi.

Aldi’s strategic objective set in 2011 was aimed at improving product availability and shortening lead times to its rapidly growing store network. This led to Dachser creating an Excise Bond platform for wines and spirits. Inbound stock arrives daily from Aldi’s suppliers and is received and stored under bonded conditions, pending delivery to Aldi’s regional distribution centres. This process enables regular and efficient deliveries to the distribution centres based on multiple-product, consolidated orders comprising full trailer loads.

Dachser has also recently signed a 10-year lease for a new warehouse, adjacent to its existing logistics centre in Northampton, UK, providing the additional capacity to accommodate a combined platform operation for Aldi’s alcohol and general ambient products.

Mark Rollinson, Dachser UK’s new Managing Director, said, “Our relationship with Aldi is founded on a true partnership approach, incorporating a high level of open communication and trust. This has resulted in a clear and mutual understanding of what is important for both our companies in order to create relevant and sustainable logistics and supply chain solutions.”

Source: Dachser

<![CDATA[ UPS My Choice Service to expand into 96 additional counties ]]> UPS has introduced UPS My Choice in Africa, Asia Pacific and the Indian sub-continent, Caribbean and Central and South America, Middle East, and Oceania, marking the largest expansion since the service’s launch.

UPS has announced the expansion of My Choice Service to 96 additional countries, bringing the total to 112 served. Entering into countries and regions in Africa, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Central and South America, Middle East, Oceania and Europe, will allow UPS to have access to the world’s most active e-commerce markets in time for holiday shipping season.

The expansion is planned to take place in two phases. The first phase has already been completed, as UPS has managed to bring the service to 48 additional locations worldwide over the summer. Phase two, which includes further expansion into another 48 territories, will be completed by December 31, 2018. 

UPS say the service will also gives customers more visibility during the delivery process, whether and however consumers receive their packages.

“Every UPS My Choice user will have access to e-mail notifications that a delivery is on its way, an alert the day before delivery with a delivery-window estimate, notification that package is out for delivery, and a notification that delivery is completed,” commented Nando Cesarone, President of UPS International. “With this expansion, shippers can benefit from fewer customer inquiries and missed deliveries, while consumers enjoy increased visibility and, in many cases, the opportunity to adjust delivery dates and locations.”

Source: UPS

<![CDATA[ GEFCO Group announces financial results for the first half of 2018 ]]> GEFCO Group has announced strong financial results for the first half of 2018.

GEFCO Group has announced strong financial results for the first half of 2018. GEFCO Group reported a turnover of €2,402m, up 6.2% compared to the same period in 2017. This increase included 11.6% growth in GEFCO’s Value Key Accounts (international integrated logistics customer portfolios) across the automotive, consumer goods, healthcare and energy sectors. Additional attempts to cross-sell or up-sell to existing customers were also accretive to revenue growth.

EBITDA for the first six months of 2018 amounted to €165.4m under IFRS 16. Excluding IFRS 16 impact, EBITDA for the period amounted to €121.9 million, an increase of 11.6% compared to the same period in 2017. In the first half of 2018, Recurring EBIT reached €94.9m over the period under IFRS 161 (excluding IFRS 16, Recurring EBIT reached €93.5m).

GEFCO will now look to focus on growth through strategic alliances and launch of GEFCO Innovation Factory.

Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GEFCO, Emmanuel Arnaud, stated, “In the first half of 2018, we continued to diversify our customer base and geographies, achieving a significant increase in sales in Central Europe and the Middle East. GEFCO is on a positive track and we expect to expand our portfolio in North Africa by the end of the year.”

Source: GEFCO

<![CDATA[ Hellmann Worldwide Logistics re-structures and announces new CEO ]]> Following a major re-structuring, Reiner Heiken will take over as CEO of Hellmann from Dr Thomas Knecht

Hellmann has announced that Reiner Heiken will take over as CEO following the restructuring of the business.

Hellmann has restructured and repositioned under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Knecht as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Revenue Officer as well as Jost Hellmann as Chief Commercial Officer. The group has executed a comprehensive restructuring programme. Its key moveswere the establishment of three business units with clearly defined strategic objectives, the change of legal form to an SE and a comprehensive structural, financial and performance-related realignment of the global Hellmann Group. In addition, the group was refinanced in a structured process resulting in a multi-year loan agreement with a banking syndicate.  In the previous year, the group was able to achieve growth in consolidated sales of 8% to €2.5bn and in EBT of 37% to €22.2m. Overall, the group generated total sales of over €3.2bn (up 7% compared to the previous year).

At the end of the restructuring phase, Dr Knecht will hand over the management of the Hellmann Group at short notice and in agreement with the Supervisory Board. Reiner Heiken, an experienced manager, will take over the position as CEO of Hellmann. Its aim is to advance its industrial growth phase as one of the largest privately-owned logistics companies. Dr Michael Noth will become Chief Financial Officer at the end of the year and Hellmann will resign from his position as CCO. As a result, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will be managed from the beginning of 2019 by a management board consisting exclusively of external managers. However, the support of the family representatives Jost and Klaus Hellmann will continue. The two shareholders will each continue to be represented directly or indirectly with one vote on the Supervisory Board. Also bringing industry knowledge are the five external supervisory board members under the leadership of the former Schenker CEO, Dr Thomas Lieb.

Source: Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

<![CDATA[ CEVA Logistics rejects DSV takeover proposal ]]> CEVA Logistics has rejected an unsolicited $1.5bn cash bid from DSV.

The Board of Directors of CEVA Logistics has announced that it has received an unsolicited non-binding proposal to acquire the company, from its Danish rival DSV, at CHF*27.75 per CEVA share. The takeover bid would have been worth around $2.5bn after $1bn of debt is added to the $1.5bn valuation of the company. 

The Board of Directors of CEVA Logistics reviewed the proposal and came to a unanimous decision that it was not in the best interest of the company and its shareholders. Specifically, they concluded that the $1.5bn cash bid significantly undervalued CEVA’s prospects as a standalone company.

CEVA’s shares surged nearly 27% to CHF23.35 in early trading, still short of the informal bid price.

French shipping group CMA CGM, CEVA’s largest shareholder, with a stake of just under 25%, said it supported CEVA’s decision not to engage in the unsolicited offer.

As a result of the bid, the Board of Directors, on request of CMA CGM has agreed to modify the current stand-still agreement between CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM. Now, CMA CGM is allowed to increase its holding, which is currently limited to 24.99% due to run until November 5, 2018. This will enable CMA CGM to increase its stake up to one third of the voting rights of CEVA Logistics with immediate effect.

DSV, commenting on the takeover bid, said that: “We are confident that a combination would be in the best interests of the stakeholders of both companies as it presents a unique opportunity to build on the successful legacies of our businesses by extending our service offering and giving our combined operations additional scale.”

However, DSV has indicated that it would unlikely make a follow-up offer. 

Source: CEVA Logistics

*CHF = $1.01 / €0.88

<![CDATA[ Waitrose & Partners to test ‘While You’re Away’ delivery service ]]> Waitrose & Partners is to become the UK’s first supermarket to deliver groceries to customers inside the home and put them away while they are out.

Waitrose & Partners is to become the UK’s first supermarket to deliver groceries to customers inside the home and put them away while they are out.

The retailer will initially test demand for the new service, which is called ‘While You’re Away’, with 100 customers located within the delivery area of its dotcom fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, south London.

Using Yale smart lock technology, the customer grants access to a Waitrose delivery driver by setting a temporary access code for the lock which is then sent to Waitrose via a secure app. The code is then sent to the driver’s device at the time the customer has booked for the delivery and is deleted once the delivery is complete.

The driver will put refrigerated and frozen goods away and leave other groceries on the kitchen counter, or as instructed by the customer. The whole delivery is captured on a chest-cam worn by the driver, with the video available for request for the customer the next working day. If the trial is successful, Waitrose & Partners anticipates being able to make the service available to more than 1,000 customers in spring 2019.  

Archie Mason, Head of Business Development, said, “There is certainly an increasing demand among our customers to make shopping with us even more convenient to fit around their busy lifestyles. The concept of ‘in-home delivery’ has started to prove popular in other countries so we are keen to establish if there is an appetite for it in the UK.”

Source: Waitrose and Partners

<![CDATA[ Teamsters union says UPS contract deal is approved ]]> Teamsters, the union representing 243,000 UPS drivers, package sorters, and other workers, have ratified a five-year labour agreement even though a majority of members who voted turned it down.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union have voted against a new contract with UPS, but the union’s leadership have said the turnout was too low to reject the contract. According to the union, 44% of its members voted, and the final tally was 42,356 in favour and 50,248 opposed.

Preliminary voting results showed that around 54% of votes opposed the five year deal that covers 243,000 drivers, package sorters and other workers. Another pact representing 11,000 UPS Freight workers was also rejected, with 62% of votes cast opposing that deal.

In a statement, UPS said “We look forward to implementing the ratified Small Package National Master Agreement as soon as remaining local and supplemental agreements are ratified.

UPS expects to meet with Teamster leadership in the near future to discuss the next steps regarding the remaining local and supplemental agreements and the UPS Freight National Master Agreement.”

We expect to continue constructive discussions, as contract extensions remain in place. UPS is operating on a business-as-usual basis and customers should continue to trust UPS for reliable, high-quality service.”

Source: UPS/Wall Street Journal

<![CDATA[ C.H. Robinson Europe expands its footprint in Germany ]]> C.H. Robinson Europe has developed its presence in Germany after opening a transportation office in Cologne.

C.H. Robinson Europe has developed its presence in Germany after opening a transportation office in Cologne. The opening of the Cologne transportation office is the sixth office opening for C.H. Robinson in Germany. Other offices in Germany include freight forwarding offices in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart and Tuttlingen. Winfried Netzer has been appointed to lead the German operations in the new transportation office.

The location and transport infrastructure of Cologne played an important factor in the decision to base there in combination with the large pool of skilled labour in the region. Cologne is a centre of freight transport in Europe and, at the same time, an international hub – making the city attractive for manufacturing and trade.

“Cologne’s central location and its excellent transport infrastructure make it one of the best locations for inbound and outbound logistics – local, nationwide and international,” said Jeroen Eijsink, president, Europe at C.H. Robinson. “We believe this new location and its blend of all transportation modes make it a unique environment with great growth potential.”

Source: C.H. Robinson

<![CDATA[ Mapletree acquires logistics portofolio for $1.1bn ]]> Mapletree Investments has acquired a 16.5m sq ft logistics portfolio for $1.1bn from Prologis, Inc.

Mapletree Investments has announced the acquisition of a 16.5m sq ft logistics portfolio for $1.1bn from Prologis, Inc. Strategically located in established distribution centres within major logistics markets such as Chicago, Dallas and Seattle in the US, as well as France, Germany and Poland, these properties enjoy access to key transportation nodes including major highways, ports and airports.

Prologis said the deal included 144 acres of land, as well as 46 buildings totalling 9.9m sq ft principally in Poland, France and Hungary, and 40 buildings totalling 6.6m sq ft primarily in Seattle, Dallas and Chicago.

Michael Smith, Mapletree Regional Chief Executive Officer for Europe and USA said: “With properties strategically situated in key distribution hubs, Mapletree is well-positioned to capitalise on the growing demand for modern logistics facilities and the thriving e-commerce sector globally.”

Source: Mapletree