<![CDATA[ Kuehne + Nagel acquires Quick International Courier ]]> Kuehne + Nagel has announced that it has acquired Quick International Courier, a global provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions.

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Kuehne + Nagel has announced that it has acquired Quick International Courier, a global provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions. Generating over $200m net revenue in 2017, the industry specialist provides tailor made solutions to the pharma and healthcare industries.

The company employs around 550 people handling “Next Flight Out” and “Next Drive Out” shipments which have an urgent nature whilst being global, complex and logistics intensive. These shipments often have a high cost of failure while operated with strictly defined protocols and control points from order to delivery.

Quick consists of Sterling Aviation, QuickSTAT, Quick Healthcare and Quick Logistics who will continue to operate as independent product brands. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and to clearance by the competent merger control authorities.

“Our customers will benefit from a much greater scope of services and capability for time-critical shipments, while Quick’s customers will get access to Kuehne + Nagel’s global network across more than 100 countries”, said Yngve Ruud, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel, responsible for its airfreight division.

Source: Kuehne + Nagel

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<![CDATA[ GEFCO develops new track and trace solution for motorcycles cradles ]]> GEFCO has partnered with Actility and Wakeo to develop a new track and trace solution for motorcycles cradles.

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GEFCO has entered a partnership with Actility and Wakeo to provide a tailor-made track and trace solution for motorcycle cradles.

Once motorcycles leave the factory, they are stored and transported to dealers’ facilities on cradles. A shortage of cradles can generate additional costs and production management problems. Cradles are not easy to track and are sometimes lost or stolen, which reduces manufacturers’ fleets and leads to delivery delays. 

Smart trackers have been provided by Actility and are installed on the cradles to provide positioning with an accuracy of up to three meters and a battery lifetime of more than seven years. Tracker data is then collected by Actility via the LoRaWAN networks and analysed on the Wakeo platform. This platform updates the motorcycles’ estimated arrival time at the dealer’s facility in real time.

The platform also allows the user to locate the cradles, showing when they have been delayed. Thanks to this system, motorcycle manufacturers can make sure the initial transport plan is being followed, while being informed of possible delivery delays and the cradles’ return.

“GEFCO customers will benefit from real-time, predictive, cost-effective, energy-efficient and sustainable solutions for managing logistics resources and complex supply chains,” commented Emmanuel Cheremetinski, Executive Vice-President Inland at GEFCO.

Source: GEFCO

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<![CDATA[ XPO deploys intelligent robotics at its facility in Ile-de-France ]]> XPO Logistics has supported workers with collaborative robots ahead of Black Friday.

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XPO Logistics has utilized intelligent robotics at its facility in Ile-de-France, France, for an e-commerce customer. The solution was put in place in October in preparation for Black Friday and holiday peak and is aimed at processing orders quickly at lower costs by helping workers manage fluctuations in volume.

The autonomous robots are part of a modular system that integrates special bins, picking stations and shelves. The storage capacity includes thousands of bins that can be divided into smaller units if necessary or expanded to include more capacity. The system has the flexibility to handle products ranging from fashion and home goods to cosmetics and food.

Each robot picks inventory items from shelves up to four times faster than human beings, brings the items to workers at order preparation stations, shortens fulfilment time and enhances accuracy and safety. The lightweight robots are easy to transport and install, giving XPO the flexibility to relocate them within the warehouse and add or subtract robots as volumes change.

Richard Cawston, managing director-supply chain, XPO Logistics Europe, said, “Our workers can focus on the point of fulfilment, adding value in areas such as packaging, while the robots reduce walk-time and lifting. We’ve designed an adaptive solution that can flex with our customer’s merchandise range and seasonal volumes.”

XPO’s latest robotics implementation is part of the company’s planned $450m investment in technology this year.

Source: XPO Logistics

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<![CDATA[ Kerry Logistics unveils rail and road freight service in South Asia ]]> Kerry Logistics has expanded its freight capability through the launch of its first rail and road multimodal freight service from Lanzhou to Islamabad.

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Kerry Logistics has expanded its freight capability through the launch of its first rail and road multimodal freight service from Lanzhou, China to Islamabad, Pakistan. Its aim is to reinforce its overland network in South Asia and cooperation along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The first rail and road freight service from Lanzhou to Islamabad departed Lanzhou by block train on October 23 and travelled 3,300 km to the Kashgar Comprehensive Bonded Zone in Xinjiang. From there, goods were transferred to trucks which covered the remaining 1,200 km to Islamabad. The total journey was 4,500 km and reached altitudes of 5,000 m, it took just 13 days, 15 days less than conventional ocean-road freight. The first shipment included mechanical equipment, auto parts, commodities, and snow melting agent.

The multimodal freight solution between Lanzhou and Islamabad is set to become a regular service in 2019. Kerry Logistics introduced the new cross-border rail and trucking services from China through Kazakhstan to Caucasus and Turkey in June 2018, and is now focusing on the CPEC, offering freight services from multiple regions in China through Kashgar and Sost to Islamabad, Lahore and even Karachi in Pakistan through Lanzhou Pacific Logistics Corporation Limited.

Edwardo Erni, Managing Director of China and North Asia of Kerry Logistics, said, “As we continue to expand our capabilities and implement our development blueprint of capturing the opportunities along the Belt and Road trade route, we are thrilled to launch this new service that offers a significantly time-saving option to our customers. Following the establishment of a new subsidiary in Pakistan in July 2018, this new service will help to better equip us to capitalise on the increasing trade activities between China and Pakistan facilitated by the CPEC. “

Source: Kerry Logistics

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<![CDATA[ DSV Indonesia opens new office in Medan, Sumatra ]]> DSV has opened a new office in Medan taking operational responsibility for all clients in the area and shipments in and out of the island.

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DSV has opened a new office in Medan on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. The office will take operational responsibility for all clients in the area and shipments in and out of the island. The location was chosen for its potential to gain new business and because it is situated close to an international airport and several ports.

Rich in oilfields and with many palm oil plantations on the island, Sumatra exports many products. Sumatra’s pulp and paper production is a dominant industry and most of the country’s rubber, coffee, tobacco, pepper, tea, pineapple and betel nut finished products are exported from its international gateways in Sumatra to the world.

Christian Schindler, Managing Director, Air & Sea, Indonesia, commented on the new office: “An office in Medan brings us much closer to the market and to customers. Many industries export large volumes from here, giving us a good basis for growing the pipeline and for future growth through increased local commercial efforts and in collaboration with our global DSV network.”

Source: DSV

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<![CDATA[ The Palletways Group opens new regional hub in Verona ]]> Palletways has announced the opening of a new regional hub in Verona, northern Italy, to handle domestic and general cargo offering opportunities to customers of Palletways UK.

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Palletways has announced the opening of a new regional hub in Verona, northern Italy, to handle domestic and general cargo offering opportunities to customers of Palletways UK.

The opening of the Verona hub is the fourth hub to open in Italy. Over the last 11 years Palletways has opened hubs in Bologna, Milan and Avellino. This hub will handle domestic cargo and also has the potential to accelerate general cargo traffic to consignors in northern Italy, therefore providing faster routing and better value to customers in the UK.

Located in the centre of the Veneto region, the hub is based between the A4 in Turin Trieste and the A22 in Brennero Modena. This hub will offer opportunities to Palletways UK, with at least 30 Palletways Italia members situated in the Veneto region. Members will no longer have to travel to Bologna for collections or deliveries, reducing costs and travel time. The Verona region is also seen as a gateway for access to Austria and Germany.

The new regional hub will be supported by Palletways’ IT platform and customer service operation, enabling real time visibility of all consignments throughout their journey.

Rob Gittins, Managing Director for the Palletways UK, said, “This investment gives UK customers greater access to Italian markets and means that deliveries to central Europe are now even more accessible and cost-effective, enhancing our existing service. Combined with our commitment to innovation, technology and customer service excellent, hub expansion gives us the foundation for further growth and attract new members and customers to our network. This is a further sign that Palletways has firmly established itself in Italy and European markets and continues to develop successfully.”

Source: Palletways

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<![CDATA[ Kuehne + Nagel expands Sea Explorer ]]> Kuehne + Nagel is to expand its digital sea freight platform Sea Explorer into a smart gateway for all liner services in container shipping.

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Kuehne + Nagel will expand its digital sea freight platform Sea Explorer into a smart gateway for all liner services in container shipping. Kuehne + Nagel’s Sea Explorer provides a digitally enabled service insight to the sea freight service network.

Sea Explorer is now offering smart connections between more than 1,200 ports around the globe through an advanced pathfinding algorithm. More than 63,000 port pairs are connected either by 750 direct weekly services or by a multitude of transhipment options. The platform shows realistic lead times, has full transparency and allows customers to see real-time service information. Users can find, compare and visualise shipment options across carriers. Information on services are validated by more than 200m data sets per day from multiple sources, such as AIS (Automated Identification System) and Kuehne + Nagel’s operational systems.

Otto Schacht, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Sea freight, said, “This extension takes Sea Explorer to the next level and complements Kuehne + Nagel’s intelligent sea freight offering. It is the smart platform for all liner services in container shipping. With powerful features, like comparing realistic lead times for direct services and an intuitive navigation, customers will be able to unlock new opportunities for their day-to-day operations. For the first time a platform provides full visibility on CO2 emissions across carrier and individual services”.

Source: Kuehne + Nagel

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<![CDATA[ Japan Post Group announces financial results for H1 ]]> Japan Post’s logistics businesses posted overall improvements in top and bottom line in H1 of FY2018.

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Japan Post Holdings’ net income has increased from the same period last year by 23.9%, from ¥180m to ¥223m, in the six months ended September 30, 2018. Its ordinary income was down 1.66% from the same period last year, to ¥6.27bn. Net ordinary income also was down, by 1.14% to ¥415m.

In Japan Post Company’s Postal and Domestic Logistics business, revenue increased by ¥57.5bn, or 6.3% year-on-year, driven by the continuous expansion in operating income from Yu-Pack and Yu-Packet. The volume of Yu-Pack and Yu-Packet handled increased by 18.1% year-on-year for the six months ended September 30, 2018, while the pace of increase has slowed down recently. The volume of Yu-Mail handled increased slightly, although the volume of ordinary mail handled decreased by a small margin. It made a net operating loss of ¥4.7bn, representing an improvement of ¥33.2bn year-on-year due to a rise in revenue exceeding increases in personnel expenses and other expenses in operating expenses.

Toll international logistics business’ revenue increased by ¥4bn year-on-year owing to a continuous increase in operating income in the Global Logistics business. Its net operating income (EBIT) increased by 41.3% year-on-year due to a better performance in the Global Express business.

Source: Japan Post Group

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<![CDATA[ Goodman starts development on Koblenz Logistics Centre ]]> Goodman will develop a logistics centre covering about 22,000 sq m in Koblenz. It will lease 12, 600 sq m to Kuehne + Nagel.

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Goodman will develop a logistics centre covering about 22,000 sq m in Koblenz, a city in Western Germany. It will lease 12, 600 sq m to Kuehne + Nagel.

Kuehne + Nagel will operate this shared logistics centre and an international forwarding location from the site. Another 8,600 sq m of logistics space will be constructed, anticipating high demand for the new development for lease. Kuehne + Nagel has an existing site for air and sea freight and overland transport in Koblenz. The centre is scheduled for completion in autumn 2019.

The Koblenz I Logistics Centre will boast 10,449 sq m of dedicated warehouse, 14 loading bays and technical system floorspace to provide optimised intralogistics processes. 

The centre is situated in Koblenz Industrial Park, next to to the A 61 autobahn, also very close to the A 48 and A 3 autobahns. Cologne-Bonn and Frankfurt international airports are just an hour away. Goodman has previously developed a logistics complex for Amazon in the same area. This is the fourth development undertaken by Goodman and Kuehne + Nagel in Germany this year. The other sites include; Grossbeeren, Nuremberg and Hamburg.

Christof Prange, Head of Business Development at Goodman in Germany, said, “The Koblenz region is a key hub and central point as a logistics location. Thanks to excellent connections to the Rhine and Moselle and favourable rail and road links, the new logistics complex in Koblenz provides access to a population of 2 million people within an hour drive time. This helps our customers being closer to their customers, enhancing speed of delivery.”

Source: Goodman

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<![CDATA[ UPS expands express services to international high-growth markets ]]> UPS Worldwide Express has expanded into 14 new countries guaranteeing time- and day-definite delivery for urgent shippers.

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UPS Worldwide Express has expanded into 14 new countries guaranteeing time- and day-definite delivery for urgent shippers. The increased global services also include later pick-up times, improved time-in-transit and Saturday delivery in seven countries in the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa (ISMEA).

Notable areas which UPS will guarantee time- and day-definite delivery include Panama, where customers can benefit from the Colón Free Trade Zone, and Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

Express services have also been expanded with new postal codes added in 26 European countries as well as other high-growth markets such as South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore. UPS also added Saturday delivery in seven ISMEA countries, later pick-up times in 22 European countries, and later cut-off times in five countries in Asia.

For customers with urgent freight needs, UPS Worldwide Express Freight Midday now offers time-definite delivery of international palletized shipments to over 39,000 new postal codes in Europe.

“UPS wants to give its customers more options to deliver faster, earlier, on the weekend, and with later pick-up and cut-off times,” said Jean-Francois Condamine, UPS president of Growth and Emerging Markets. “We provide importer and exporters with greater flexibility and guaranteed services to fit their time-sensitive needs around the world.”

Source: UPS

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