Panalpina has launched its perishables network, an area in which it aims to become a market leader by 2020. Panalpina says it wants to be the preferred global supplier of perishables logistics, offering customers in origin and destination countries end-to-end solutions on a global scale.
The network will provide a choice of modes of transport dependent on urgency and shipment size. This includes temperature-controlled air freight, also on fully-controlled flights within the Panalpina Charter Network, ocean reefer freight, temperature-controlled road and courier services, or any combination of these modes of transport.
Panalpina claims the growth rate of transported volumes of perishables are growing by 5% year-on-year and it believes its scale and expertise will give it an advantage in this sector.
Karl Weyenth, Panalpina’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The world’s appetite for fresh produce is growing, owing to constantly changing consumer behaviour in Western countries and rising incomes and increasing populations, specifically in Asia Pacific. Our appetite for a much bigger piece of the pie is also growing.”
Panalpina has already provided perishables solutions, having started in Latin America, and then extended to Europe and Africa. The new network will span 15 key countries at first, with a plan to double the network to cover all regions.