<![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

*$= ¥113.2 /€=¥127.2

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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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<![CDATA[ SEKO Logistics partners with Feelunique for cross-border growth into China ]]> Feelunique, in partnership with SEKO Logistics, is preparing to open a distribution hub in Hong Kong.

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Feelunique, in partnership with SEKO Logistics, is preparing to open a distribution hub in Hong Kong. The European online beauty retailer is looking to serve its growing customer base in mainland China.

As China’s middle class continues to soar, so too does the demand for high quality westernised products. After three years, since the launch of its dedicated Chinese website, China now accounts for 20% of Feelunique’s annual sales.

Aiming to improve customer convenience, provide a wider range of coveted brands, and lower shipping thresholds, Feelunique is looking to reach a larger Chinese audience with the opening of the new distribution centre. Locating in Hong Kong gives access to mainland China whilst retaining the benefits of cross-border retailing into the developing nation.

“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.” Said Joel Palix, CEO of Feelunique. “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

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<![CDATA[ DB Schenker digitalises global spare parts business ]]> DB Schenker is to launch as new online platform which will control the central management of all spares orders within a global distribution network.

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DB Schenker is to launch a new online platform to digitalise the spares logistics divisions of the industrial and aerospace sectors.

With “Logistics Orchestrator”, both global delivery and order management are now digitally controlled “from a single source”. Until now, spares logistics within large, global distribution networks have often been coordinated independently at regional or local level. Orders could also be managed in different organisations with varying systems and rules. 

DB Schenker’s “Logistics Orchestrator” will control the central management of all spares orders within a global distribution network. Delivery times to the end customer can be reduced, as the supply of all spare parts is ensured. Schenker claims this can cut logistics costs by up to 30% and aims to improve transparency.

“With our ‘Connect’ initiative, we are continuing to make rapid advancements in the digitalisation of our freight products. With “Logistics Orchestrator” we are now launching a special digital solution focusing on our customers in the industrial and aerospace sectors,” said, Markus Sontheimer, Chief Information and Chief Digitalisation Officer of Schenker AG.

Source: DB Schenker

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<![CDATA[ CEVA’s losses up to $198m for year-to-date ]]> Despite growing revenues, CEVA is struggling for profitability, with contract logistics issues in Italy and higher costs in North America damaging its bottom line.

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CEVA’s total revenue increased by 4.7% year-over-year in constant currency terms in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding one-time provisions impacting the Italian Contract Logistics operation, business continued to perform broadly in line with management’s expectations with an adjusted EBITDA of $55m in the third quarter of 2018. Progress was made in productivity, cost reduction and other margin improvement initiatives. However, for the nine months ended September 30, CEVA’s EBITDA has dropped 14.5% to $148m. The company made a net loss for the period of $75m. Over the last nine months, it has made a net loss of $198m.

New contracts and extensions were won in this quarter. In Air and Ocean freight, CEVA won contracts with technology and automotive customers, whilst in Contract Logistics this was mostly with automotive, healthcare, consumer & retail clients. The partnership with CMA CGM has also started to deliver additional opportunities, according to the company.

Revenue in Freight Management increased by 4.9% on a reported basis and by 6.8% in constant currency in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year. EBITDA has decreased by $3m year-over-year to $22m with better revenues offset by challenges in North America relating to the increased cost of transportation due to driver shortages, partly eased by improvements in the value added services operation. 

Contract Logistics revenue increased by 2.8% in constant currency, but decreased by 1.4% on a reported basis in the third quarter of 2018. CEVA had unplanned additional costs of $26m in the third quarter due to two contracts in Italy and the bankruptcy of a local Italian partner that supplied temporary staff. As a result, EBITDA was $7m for Q3, down from $43m in the same period the previous year.

Anji-CEVA revenues grew to $1,069m in the first nine months of 2018, up 17.6% on last year. Its EBITDA for the same period was $99m.

CEVA has also reported that it has successfully completed its comprehensive refinancing in August 2018.

Although 2018 will be impacted by the contract logistics issues in Italy, CEVA is hoping to grow revenue and to increase EBITDA margins from the 3.3% achieved in 2017 to at least 4%. It has also revealed plans to have a much closer cooperation with CMA CGM. Namely, it will purchase the freight management segment of the company, subject to anti-trust approval. CMA CGM has also agreed with the board of CEVA that it will offer to CEVA’s shareholders wishing to exit their investment from the company to purchase their shares for CHF 30.00 per share. 

Source: CEVA

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<![CDATA[ Geodis invests in the digital marketplace Upply ]]> Geodis has invested in Upply, a digital supply chain solution, to bring more transparency and flexibility to the marketplace.

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Geodis has invested in Upply, a digital supply chain solution, to bring more transparency and flexibility to the marketplace. Being a double-sided marketplace, Upply attempts to provide a solution for the lack of flexibility and increasing complexity of contracting in the market that has frustrated both carriers and shippers. Upply has launched internationally forming part of Geodis’ globalisation strategy. 

One of Upply’s ‘Smart’ features provides instant freight quotes from up to 100,000 lanes in combination to market insights. Information is taken from daily marketplace activity, and benchmarks are taken from its partners, to provide market prices and trends at any given time.

In the next few months, Upply expects to release new features that will enable users to buy and sell freight capacity on multiple modes of transport.

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chairman and CEO of Geodis, explained the rationale behind the Group’s globalisation strategy: “Our global strategy of innovation and digital transformation is twofold: while continuing to digitize our core business and to invest in our strategic assets to enhance both customer experience and productivity, we capitalize on our experience as the pioneer in 4PL to take it one step further and create a true digital market-place, meeting the demands of an increasingly fast-paced Supply Chain market.”

Source: Geodis

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<![CDATA[ Wincanton secures three-year Roper Rhodes contract ]]> Wincanton has won a three-year contract with Roper Rhodes to provide a dedicated delivery solution.

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Wincanton has won a three-year contract with Roper Rhodes, a supplier of bathroom furniture and products, to provide a dedicated delivery solution. Using its IT knowledge and in-cab technology, Wincanton will handle all stages of the transport of goods from Roper Rhodes’ 200,000 sq ft distribution centre in Portbury, Bristol, to customers across the UK.

The contract marks Roper Rhodes’ movement away from a shared network delivery solution to a dedicated transportation operation provided by Wincanton. The operation includes the supply and management of a fleet of Roper Rhodes branded vehicles, scheduling and optimisation of deliveries, as well as the training and development of dedicated delivery teams.

Paul Durkin, Director of Home & eFulfilment, Wincanton, commented on the new contract: “By moving to a dedicated transport operation, Roper Rhodes can be sure of an efficient and reliable delivery proposition which meets the growing expectations of their customers.”

Source: Wincanton

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