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GEODIS strengthens its capabilities for air freight temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments across AP and ME
Leading global logistics operator GEODIS has announced that it has strengthened its air freight temperature-controlled pharma shipments capabilities in Asia Pacific and Middle East (APAC&ME) with the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification. The certification covers multiple locations in China (PVG), Indonesia (CGK), India (DEL & BOM), South Korea (ICN), Thailand (BKK), United Arab Emirates (DXB) and Singapore (SIN). This certification supports GEODIS' strategic goals of establishing Pharma Healthcare as a key organizational vertical and expanding its global network by accrediting sites in numerous countries throughout the APAC region. According to Onno Boots, Regional President and CEO of GEODIS for APAC and Middle East, "With the CEIV Pharma accreditation, we can ensure our customers of our competence and commitment to handle pharmaceutical temperature-sensitive products with the utmost care and attention. Pharmaceutical businesses need to find logistics solutions that are dependable and effective, and GEODIS is in a perfect position to offer them the best services in the area." This series of certifications is a reflection of the tremendous investment GEODIS has made in guaranteeing the highest levels of quality and compliance in its Pharma Healthcare capabilities. "Without a doubt, we are responding to the healthcare industry's demand for options in the selection of global supply chain partners and we look forward to establishing GEODIS as a key service provider for pharma and healthcare companies, particularly in Asia Pacific and Middle East where we see the key hubs of production and distribution", adds Boots. The CEIV Pharma certification for GEODIS further demonstrates its dedication to offering customers supply chain transparency and visibility. GEODIS can provide customers with shipment location and temperature data using GPS data loggers controlled by a control tower, enabling more openness and visibility. In addition, the capabilities of GEODIS in customs brokerage and contract logistics are of particular interest to the decision-makers in Pharma Healthcare in this region. The best illustration of GEODIS' capabilities for contract logistics is in Singapore, where GEODIS has GDP, GMP, and ISO13485 in its warehouses. GEODIS is well-positioned to manage the trade compliance needs of the healthcare companies as they expand their operations into new markets.
DHL Supply Chain and Nespresso in Australian partnership
DHL Supply Chain, the world's leading contract logistics provider, is extending its strategic partnership with Nestlé Nespresso S.A, the company announced today. DHL will now provide logistics and fulfilment services in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. This builds on the existing partnerships in Italy, Brazil, Malaysia, Taiwan, UK and Ireland, with some dating back to 2014. "We're so pleased to be extending our relationship to cover Australia for the first time," said Steve Thompsett, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Australia & New Zealand. "This marks the beginning of a great partnership here in Australia and expands on the tremendous global partnership. The two facilities here will be a mix of manual and automation operations, featuring a pick-to-light system." Projected to handle over 1 million orders in year one, the Australian operation will be based in omnichannel facilities in Brisbane and Sydney. In all markets, DHL Supply Chain manage key aspects of the supply chain, including storage, warehousing, and picking and packing of individual orders. "We're thrilled to partner with DHL Supply Chain with the opening of our new Sydney site to enable faster and more efficient order preparation, improving the delivery experience for our customers," said Jean-Marc Dragoli, Managing Director, Nespresso Oceania. "Our new Brisbane site is also another important step for Nespresso in reducing our emissions locally as it minimizes the need for airfreight from Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane." The flexibility and capacity to scale up the operation is a key driver for Nespresso's decision to partner with DHL Supply Chain in Australia. To meet the brand's growth in a key market, the Brisbane warehouse was strategically chosen to bring speed-to-market efficiencies and contribute to the brand's sustainability goals. The new Queensland location reduces the carbon footprint by shipping directly from the Brisbane port to the distribution centre nearby.
JC Movers Expands Storage Facility With New Warehouse In Tampines
Leading professional movers in Singapore for fuss-free furniture removal and disposal as well as moving services, JC Movers, has announced its intentional step to meet and serve the growing need for storage and professional moving services through the signing of a second warehouse. The moving company has just signed, on 21st March, a lease for a brand new warehouse facility at Tampines, making this their second storage facility. With this new addition, JC Movers aims to expand their storage capacity to meet the needs of their growing pool of customers as well as provide affordable options for offices, restaurants, and families who are looking for storage whilst their place undergoes renovation. A statement to their success, the existing warehouse at Balestier is currently full, making it significantly challenging for them to take in additional storage requests. The new Tampines warehouse will not have any air conditioning as they run the risk of moisture and humidity build-up, leading to increased chance of moulds. This makes the warehouse ideal for storing more delicate items, such as furniture, musical instruments, books, artworks, photographs, and electrical equipment. To further boost the prevention of mould, JC Movers will also be offering additional preventive measures, such as mould prevention products, that can be opted on top of the storage service. The facility will also be secured 24/7 with weekly cleaning conducted by their team of movers to prevent unwanted pests. Currently, at JC Movers, they offer residential and commercial moving services, storage services, and disposal services. For all new upcoming clients, the newly added storage facility in Tampines is fully ready for bookings and any new storage will be placed at the new warehouse. Additionally, they are also offering a promotional price of $550 to $800 for one lorry if an upfront payment of two or three months’ worth of storage fee is made, respectively. Professional moving services are vital regardless of the type of move; house or office. Not only do they offer their clients with peace of mind as they handle every step of the move from packing to transportation, but they also offer reliability and safety as they will do the heavy lifting and are highly trained and experienced, ensuring the protection and safety of the items. JC Movers is one of Singapore’s leading residential and commercial mover company. With their resourceful, professional, and dedicated team, they guarantee convenience and clarity at every step of the moving process. For more information on JC Movers and their extensive range of services, do visit them at https://www.jcmovers.com.sg/ or contact them at +65 9861 9916
Dachser sees another leap in growth
For the 2022 financial year, logistics provider Dachser reports revenue of EUR 8.1 billion (+14.9 percent), marking the second consecutive year of double-digit growth. A high level of logistics expertise, reliability, and the quality of services were the foundations for Dachser's success last year. "We're about to break into a new league," said Burkhard Eling, CEO of Dachser, at the company's annual press conference in Munich. "Our customers appreciate the resilience we bring to their supply chains and reward this service. Today, Dachser is increasingly being perceived as the partner for globally interconnected solutions and a consultant for optimized supply chains." In addition, the main drivers of this growth were disruption-prone supply chains and scarce capacity, which led to high price levels in the market. Starting in September 2022, the economic boom in logistics transitioned to a clear normalization of business with declining shipment numbers and rates, especially in air and sea freight. Over the year as a whole, Dachser transported 81.1 million shipments (−2.9 percent) weighing the same as last year: 42.8 million metric tons. - Business development in detail Dachser's Road Logistics business field—which comprises the transport and warehousing of industrial and consumer goods (European Logistics) and food (Food Logistics)—increased its revenue by 14.2 percent to EUR 5.7 billion in 2022. Transported tonnage rose slightly by 0.4 percent, while the number of shipments fell by 2.8 percent in an environment of high fuel and energy prices and growing consumer restraint. The European Logistics business line increased its revenue by 13.4 percent, growing at roughly the same rate as it did in 2021. In contrast, the number of shipments fell by 3.5 percent. Tonnage held constant at 30.0 million. The Food Logistics business line saw major growth in 2022, with revenue increasing by 17.1 percent. As a catch-up effect after coronavirus-related restrictions had been lifted, there were slight increases in both shipments (+1.8 percent) and tonnage (+1.1 percent) in this business line. Dachser Food Logistics generated revenue of EUR 1.3 billion in the past financial year and thus remains a stable and reliable pillar of the business model. Following the exceptional revenue growth in 2021, last year's greater capacity in air and sea freight and the sputtering growth in China ensured that growth in the Air and Sea Logistics business field settled at a lower level. Here, Dachser closed out the year with a 16.7 percent increase in revenue from EUR 2.1 billion to 2.4 billion, even as the number of shipments fell by a total of 7.3 percent. "During the coronavirus pandemic, our air and sea freight business raised its profile significantly," Eling said. "Contributing factors were the expansion of the LCL groupage business in sea freight and the air freight charter network, which operated 260 flights last year alone. Our customers appreciate how deeply integrated our services are—on land, at sea, and in the air. We will strengthen this USP even further in the future." Business with contract logistics—the intelligent combination of warehousing, value-added services, and transport—developed very positively. In 2022, Dachser offered its contract logistics customers 2.7 million pallet spaces, around 152,000 more than in the previous year. The company currently has 163 warehouse locations on four continents, with plans to add 14 more facilities in 2023. The workforce grew in 2022 by around 1,100 people to a total of 32,850. Its high equity ratio of more than 60 percent enables Dachser to continue investing significantly in digitalization, climate action, its employees, and the expansion of its network, even when economic times are tough. Eling stated the company will continue on its chosen course in 2023 and announced that, following the EUR 196 million it invested in 2022, it plans to invest over EUR 300 million in 2023. Dachser has already started the new year with the acquisition of the Dutch food logistics company Müller and the air and sea freight forwarder ACA International, which is based in Melbourne, Australia. The year has gotten off to a cautious start with comparatively low transport volumes, but Dachser sees no cause for concern. "We expect that after two years of exceptional revenue growth, but also exceptional burdens on the operational teams, 2023 will now see a return to a bit of normality in logistics and in our business," Eling said in Munich.
Aramco and DHL Supply Chain announce new end-to-end Procurement and Logistics Hub joint venture
Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies, and international contract logistics provider DHL Supply Chain have announced the signing of a shareholders’ agreement for a new Procurement and Logistics Hub in Saudi Arabia, to enhance supply chain efficiency and sustainability. It would be the region’s first such hub catering to customers in the industrial, energy, chemical and petrochemical sectors. The joint venture aims to be operational in 2025 and provide reliable end-to-end integrated procurement and supply chain services for companies across the industrial, energy, chemical and petrochemical sectors. The joint venture would initially focus on Saudi Arabia, with aspirations to expand across the MENA region. Aramco’s preeminent energy and industrial supply chain ecosystem and DHL’s world-class logistics expertise are expected to enable the joint venture to add value in meeting customers’ supply chain purchasing, warehouse and inventory management, transportation and reverse logistics needs. The aim is for the joint venture to achieve industry best practices in procurement and supply chain management, as well as the deployment of more sustainable supply chain, transport and warehousing solutions. Amin H. Nasser, Aramco President & CEO, said: “This partnership brings together two industry leaders, each with long and storied histories. By combining the exceptional energy, chemicals and industrial supply chain ecosystem of Aramco with the world-class shipping and logistics expertise of DHL, we aim to enable the Procurement and Logistics Hub joint venture to serve as a one-stop hub for customers’ supply chain needs. We anticipate that it will not only advance the economic goals of our two companies but also accelerate growth across Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.” Oscar de Bok, DHL Supply Chain CEO, said: "We are extremely excited to announce the signing of this agreement with Aramco. Through it, DHL intends to foster its business operations and logistics networks throughout Saudi Arabia and the MENA region while expanding our industrial footprint. By working in partnership with Aramco, we aim to provide regional and multinational businesses from these sectors access to a robust international logistics network, fostering positive economic growth while promoting sustainable activities." Through state-of-the-art technologies, the joint venture is expected to allow businesses to reduce costs, maximize efficiency and harness digitalization. It represents the culmination of several years of cooperation between the two companies, and aims to transform inventory and logistics management, expand business, create jobs and enable economic diversification in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region. The formation of the joint venture is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
DHL Global Connectedness Index: Globalization resilient even as U.S.-China decoupling advances
DHL and New York University's Stern School of Business today released the new DHL Global Connectedness Index 2022, an in-depth report on the state of globalization and its prospects. Analyzing data from 171 countries and territories, it reveals how flows of trade, people, capital, and information move around the world. The report shows that international flows have been remarkably resilient in the face of recent shocks such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. After a slight decline in 2020, the composite DHL Global Connectedness Index rose back to above pre-pandemic levels in 2021. The currently available data points to a further increase in 2022, despite slower growth in some flows. International trade in goods was 10 percent above pre-pandemic levels in mid-2022. International travel remained 37 percent below 2019 levels in 2022, but doubled compared to 2021. "The latest DHL Global Connectedness Index data clearly debunks the perception of globalization going into reverse gear," John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, concludes. "Globalization is not just a buzzword, it's a powerful force that has transformed our world for the better. By breaking down barriers, opening up markets and creating opportunities, it has enabled individuals, businesses and entire nations to flourish and thrive like never before. As we continue to embrace globalization, we can build a brighter future that benefits us all, creating a world that is more interconnected, more prosperous and more peaceful than ever before." U.S. and China: Geopolitical rivalry frays connection The DHL Global Connectedness Index provides evidence that the U.S. and China are decoupling in many fields. Looking at 11 types of trade, capital, information, and people flows (such as merchandise exports, M&A transactions, and scientific research collaboration), the share of U.S. flows with China declined for 8 out of 11 types since 2016. In the same period, the share of China's flows with the U.S. decreased for 7 out of 10 types with data available for China. Several of these were large declines. Nonetheless, the U.S. and China are still linked by far greater flows than any other two countries that do not share a border. Further, the data shows that, so far, the decoupling between these two countries has not led to a broader fragmentation of global flows between rival blocs of countries. No evidence of trend towards regionalization – average distance of international flows increased Analyses in the DHL Global Connectedness Index also show that predictions of a shift from globalization to regionalization have not – at least yet – come to fruition. The average distance traversed by trade, capital, information, and people flows has increased over the past two decades, and trade flows even stretched out over longer distances during the Covid-19 pandemic. The only category that displays a clear recent shift toward regionalization is people flows. This is due to the dramatic change in travel patterns during the Covid-19 pandemic. "It remains an open question whether trade patterns will become significantly more regionalized in the future," says Steven Altman, Senior Research Scholar and Director of the DHL Initiative on Globalization at NYU Stern's Center for the Future of Management. "Many companies and governments are focused on nearshoring to regionalize supply chains, and there are substantial business benefits that can come from regionalization. On the other hand, more than half of all trade already happens within regions, and the benefits of long-distance trade are still important, especially as inflation remains high, economic growth has slowed, and container shipping rates have come back down." Ranking of most globally connected countries: Netherlands at the top In the country ranking of the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2022, the Netherlands was again the most globally connected country. Singapore ranked second overall and first in terms of the size of international relative to domestic flows. The UK has the most globally distributed flows. Among the 55 most globally connected countries, there are representatives from every world region. The DHL Global Connectedness Index Published regularly since 2011, the renowned DHL Global Connectedness Index provides reliable findings on globalization trends by analyzing 13 types of international trade, people, capital, and information flows. The 2022 edition is based on over four million data points from 171 countries, accounting for 99.7 percent of the world's gross domestic product and 96 percent of its population. A collection of 171 one-page country profiles provides concise summaries of individual countries' globalization patterns. The report was commissioned by DHL and authored by Steven A. Altman and Caroline R. Bastian of New York University Stern School of Business. Note to Editors: For more details, please visit: Global Connectedness Index 2022 and download the full DHL Global Connectedness Index 2022 Report and relevant infographics via this link here. DHL – The logistics company for the world DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 395,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world". DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 94 billion euros in 2022. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve net-zero emissions logistics by 2050. New York University Stern School of Business New York University Stern School of Business, located in the heart of Greenwich Village and deeply connected to the City after which it is named, is one of the United States' premier management education schools and research centers. NYU Stern offers a broad portfolio of transformational programs at graduate, undergraduate, and executive levels, all of them enriched by the dynamism and profound resources of one of the world's business capitals. NYU Stern is a welcoming community that inspires its members to embrace and lead change in a rapidly transforming world. Visit www.stern.nyu.edu
Rhenus Air & Ocean Joins Clean Cargo, A Global Program for Sustainable Container Shipping
Leading global logistics service provider, the Rhenus Group, shared updates on its sustainability efforts, from an affiliation with Clean Cargo under Air & Ocean to receiving the gold status for its sustainability performance in 2022 by EcoVadis. Rhenus has partnered with Smart Freight Centre's Clean Cargo, a leading buyer-supplier forum for sustainability in the cargo shipping industry, to collaborate and share its best practices with other industry leaders. The strategic partnership marks a milestone for Rhenus in its mission to create a more sustainable future in logistics where economic prosperity and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. Since 2003, Clean Cargo's methods and reporting processes have facilitated the creation of emissions performance information, helping cargo carriers evaluate their emission footprint and benchmark their performance. Through the extensive resources and expertise of Clean Cargo, Rhenus can effectively track its carbon footprint and actively promote sustainable practices among others in the industry. "As a Clean Cargo member, Rhenus is committed to driving sustainability through different approaches such as by innovative process optimisation, strategic carrier partnerships, or carbon offset programs. As we continuously seek out new and eco-friendly transport solutions, Rhenus has also aligned our carbon neutral initiative for full-container-load (FCL) shipments by 2045 and less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments by 2030. We believe in the power of action by actively doing our part in contributing to a greener supply chain," said Panjapat Lerdwisarnphop, Head of Sustainable Ocean Freight Development, Rhenus Air & Ocean. Through this partnership, Rhenus will have the opportunity to showcase its sustainability initiatives and work together with other industry leaders to drive sustainable transformation in a community focused on creating positive environmental change. This collaboration with Clean Cargo is the latest initiative in Rhenus for its ongoing efforts to drive sustainability. Rhenus earned a recognition in 2022 for its outstanding sustainability performance in environmental conservation, ethical labour, human rights practices, responsible governance, and sustainable procurement initiatives. Rhenus was awarded gold status by EcoVadis, the globally recognized provider of CSR ratings. In the overall assessment, the Rhenus Group is placed among the top one percent of the logistics service providers in the industry assessed by EcoVadis. More details on sustainability efforts worldwide by Rhenus are available at https://www.rhenus.group/rhenus-group/sustainability
DHL Supply Chain expands its Life Sciences and Healthcare Campus in Florstadt, Germany
DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has further expanded its Life Sciences & Healthcare (LSH) Campus in Florstadt near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The new branch adds a third, considerably-sized logistics center (32,000 square meters) to the multi-user campus specializing in pharmaceutical and medical products. The new center is within walking distance of both the existing warehouse, which DHL has operated since 2015 for a leading pharmaceutical company, and a second site that opened in January 2018 and serves various prominent customers in the medical and healthcare sector. The multi-user campus simultaneously offers space for various customers requiring efficient logistics in Germany, Europe or worldwide. DHL provides single-source solutions in Florstadt to suppliers of medical and pharmaceutical products – from customary storage and order picking through value added services such as kitting, labeling or sampling to highly complex and highly automated logistics solutions. The site is registered in accordance with the German Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG). A capacity of 10,000 pallet locations has been established in one dedicated section of the facility. What’s more, different temperature-controlled zones – ambient, cooled and freezer areas for temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius – are available around the clock. Clean rooms can also be set up if requested by the customer. “Florstadt offers outstanding opportunities for medical and pharmaceutical product suppliers thanks to the skills of our experienced and specially trained team, the strategically advantageous location in the Rhine-Main area and the availability of three temperature zones,” explains Rainer Haag, Chief Executive Officer DHL Supply Chain Germany & Alps. “We’re confident that our facilities and services will help our customers continue to develop and expand their business in Germany, Europe and around the world. Our customers here do not just benefit from our many years of experience in pharmaceutical logistics and our flexibility to individually align operating processes to customer needs. They also enjoy the advantages of the campus’s great location, which offers good connections to all possible modes of transport.” The multi-user campus in Florstadt is located about 35 kilometers from the heart of the Frankfurt Rhine-Main economic region and offers ideal access to Frankfurt Airport, DHL’s parcel and Express network, and rail and highway networks. “DHL Supply Chain offers a broad spectrum of services in Florstadt,” says Business Unit Director Murat Erzurumluoglu. “From specialized, manual processing and handling by our specially trained employees to fully automated solutions for pharmaceutical logistics. The site is also a great success for other reasons including our partnership-based cooperation with our customers, training measures for our employees and standardized project oversight.” Chief Executive Officer Rainer Haag believes that the launch of the new logistics center “represents a further important step on the road to climate-neutrality for DHL Supply Chain’s sites.” The building was honored with the Gold Standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). It features a 750 kWp photovoltaic system, heat pumps and a 320-square-meter solar air heating system that continuously supply the carbon-neutral warehouse with environmentally friendly energy and a controlled climate. The campus in Florstadt also holds all major LSH certifications, such as GMP, GDP and ISO 13485, and keeps abreast of changing regulations.
As Official Logistics Partner, DHL helps the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with tailored, multi-modal transport solutions
As the Official Founding and Logistics Partner for Formula E, DHL provides end-to-end logistics solutions for the first all-electric motorsport world championship in South Korea. Leveraging its expertise in multi-modal freight solutions, DHL delivered race cars, batteries and charging units, as well as media and broadcasting equipment to Seoul. It also provided value-added services, such as customs clearance, cargo handling at the port, local delivery, along with equipment such as a 100-ton crane, forklifts, and pallet jacks. ▲ Byung Koo Han, Country Manager of DHL Express Korea Byung Koo Han, Country Manager of DHL Express Korea added, “I am thrilled to see DHL and Formula E sharing the same vision of promoting a sustainable future and development around e-mobility through the Seoul E-Prix. While sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the logistics sector, we will continue to pave the way in green logistics as the leading express company in South Korea by continuously practicing decarbonization initiatives for the company's sustainable growth.” ▲ Seok Pyo Song, Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Korea Seok Pyo Song, Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Korea said, “From origin to destination, DHL Global Forwarding worked as a team for successful delivery. Supporting DHL Motor Sports Team, the dedicated global experts, our local team from Air Freight, Ocean Freight and Value-Added Service worked together to meet the tight schedule. They responded promptly to any challenges and complied with the local regulations. We are very excited to be part of this historic moment for DHL and Formula E in Korea.” ▲ Matt Scammell - Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Formula E FIA Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric car racing series inaugurated in 2014 to promote sustainability for future e-mobility against noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Season 8 in 2022 will see its first Formula E championship in Seoul where the Season Finale of Round 15 and 16 will take place on August 13 and 14, respectively and the final winner will be unveiled. As part of the partnership, DHL has exclusive rights to the DHL & Formula E Together Green Award, unearthing sustainability heroes across the globe. A local hero has been recognized at each ABB Formula E race location in Season 8, while accepting global nominations from individuals and organizations throughout the season for the inaugural award. Three global finalists, Laurah John (Saint Lucia), Joshua Aquinde (Hawaii) and Monica (Argentina) will know if they are the winners at the end-of-season gala dinner on August 14. DHL aims to honor everyday sustainability heroes as global brand and sustainability ambassadors to recognize their ability to shift attitudes through awareness, and call attention to the power of positive action, however small, in building a more sustainable future. DHL Express Korea will also be sharing information about its net-zero emission goals and the Formula E logistics process at the E-Village. Visitors to the DHL booth can learn more about logistics and sustainability as well as participate in fun activities such as the GoGreen message board, self-generated cotton candy maker, Box Stacker PRO VR Games and many others. In South Korea, DHL Express started using electric cars years ago and added 45 new electric vans in 2021. DHL Express Korea is deploying an additional 56 electric vans throughout 2022, with the 100th electric delivery vehicle in its fleet coming this September. With its 2022 deployment, DHL Express Korea will replace 21% of its fleet with electric vehicles by the end of 2022. It plans to fully replace its fuel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030. This will cut approximately 1.4 million kg of carbon emissions annually. DHL Express Korea is also incorporating a range of green features such as solar panels and energy-efficient LED lighting systems across all of its new facilities. For instance, it has implemented 1MW solar energy generating panels for its Incheon Gateway expansion. The Incheon Gateway is currently under the final stage of construction, and the solar panels will generate enough energy to cover around 30% of electricity consumed at the Gateway, helping to save approximately 650 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. In line with the company’s sustainability strategy to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, DHL is committed to sustainable logistics solutions that will decarbonize the entire logistics sector. As part of Deutsche Post DHL group’s mid-term sustainability roadmap, the Group will be investing 7 billion euros in clean operations and climate-neutral logistics through to 2030, which includes electrifying 60% of its last-mile delivery fleet by introducing 80,000 e-vehicles worldwide, using alternative aviation fuels, and expanding climate-neutral buildings.
World Shipping Council strengthens its organisation in Europe and the USA
The World Shipping Council (WSC) is excited to welcome three new team members to further its work for the future growth of a safe, secure and sustainable shipping industry. Anna Karklina has joined our Brussels office in the position of EU Policy Advisor. She works across all topics, assisting in the regulatory monitoring and lobbying activities. Anna has worked in Brussels for the last five years and brings an excellent understanding of the EU legislative machinery having taken on different positions within One Policy Place, a well-known EU Affairs Monitoring organisation. She was born in Latvia, grew up and took her BA Arts and Humanities & Social Sciences in the Netherlands, and her MSc in European Studies in Denmark. George Charalampidis takes up the role of Manager, Regulatory Affairs, a global role located in London in primary liaison with the Washington, DC office. His main focus will be on matters of safety and security. Before joining WSC, George represented shipowners and operators through the International Chamber of Shipping at IMO, other intergovernmental organizations and fora. During that time, he served as Secretary to the Container Panel and Dangerous Goods Panel for several years, and chaired cross-industry groups with containership safety interest. Prior to this, George served in the Hellenic Armed Forces and was appointed Judicial Representative for the conduct of European Parliament and Local Government elections. He is a Lawyer regulated in England and qualified in Greece, and has a Master’s degree (LLM) with Distinction in International Maritime Law from Swansea University. Nicholas “Nick” Tabori has joined the WSC office in Washington as the Director of U.S. Regulatory Affairs. Nick will work across a range of topics primarily focused on the U.S. regulatory environment. Prior to this, Nick served as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard for 20 years. During that time, he served at sea conducting counter narcotics patrols, search and rescue, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was a Judge Advocate General attorney. This role included the drafting and implementation of safety and security legislation, regulations, and policy; to include cybersecurity, autonomous technology, legal counsel to the Coast Guard’s International Maritime Organization delegation, support to Ukraine, and sexual assault prevention and response. Nick was also an attorney with the National Pollution Funds Center, where he assisted the U.S. Department of Justice with oil pollution litigation. Additionally, he served in the Coast Guard’s office of information and intelligence law where he supported the counterintelligence division. “I am very happy to welcome Anna, George and Nick to the team. We are at an inflection point for liner shipping, with great challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed on a national, regional and international level. The WSC is working across all fronts for a public policy framework to support the decarbonization of shipping, a safer and more secure industry, as well as resilient global supply chains for the future. Our new colleagues will add essential competence and experience, strengthening our organization to support this work,” says John Butler, President & CEO of the WSC.
Pozyx unlocks the potential of smart warehousing and showcases its new Pozyx Platform at Fabriek Logistiek
Pozyx, an industry-leading provider of RTLS (real-time location systems), has partnered with Fabriek Logistiek, the Belgian warehouse test center, to demonstrate its warehouse orchestration system based on real-time positioning to improve labor efficiency, increase safety and optimize inventory control in warehouse and logistics operations. Intelligent warehousing and logistics can benefit operational efficiency by tracking assets and optimizing process flows, thereby increasing profit margins. The Pozyx RTLS helps improve the WMS (warehouse management system) and provides real-time asset tracking and identification, easier inventory management, greater operator effectiveness, better space utilization, reduced costs, and increased safety in the warehouse. Losing track of pallets, carriers or goods means losing time and money. The Pozyx RTLS tracks bins, orders, pallets, returnable packaging, and vehicles in the warehouse and on the road. The location-based trigger system provides a detailed overview of pallet and good locations and their movements. Material handling routes can be evaluated and analyzed to enhance process workflows, resolve bottlenecks and optimize the warehouse footprint. The Pozyx RTLS provides insights on how and where people work to better plan and optimize human resource management, optimize work shifts and labor efficiency, and calculate labor costs. It tracks forklifts, autonomous vehicles, and high safety-risk assets to reduce collision risks. The Pozyx solution maintains inventory control by eliminating manual scanning and reducing laborious and expensive physical inventory counts. Knowing the exact location of goods, pallets, and assets not only saves time but also slashes lost inventory costs. Pozyx will demonstrate its RTLS and the benefits in warehousing during the official opening of Fabriek Logistiek on June 20th, 2022. To learn more about the Pozyx solution for optimized warehousing, please visit https://www.pozyx.io/solutions/industry-4-0/warehouse-optimization
World Shipping Council Statement on Enactment of The Ocean Shipping Reform Act
Today the President signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law. The Federal Maritime Commission now has the important task of implementing the law so that it fulfills its core objective to support “an ocean transportation system that is competitive, efficient, and economical.” “Recent weeks have seen several attempts to demonize ocean carriers by deploying ‘us versus them’ rhetoric. That is not only inaccurate but dangerous, as it undermines the ability to understand and work towards solving the root causes of America’s supply chain problems. Ocean carriers are the longest link in the global supply chain that delivers vital supplies to American business, government and consumers. The supply chain is not foreign; it is global. “It is understandable that regulators ask questions with the current market conditions. Liner shipping is a very closely monitored industry, and carriers have answered and will continue to answer those questions. But the fact is that ocean carriers actively compete against one another in the global marketplace, including on the shipping lanes most relevant for U.S. trade. The expert U.S. regulator that oversees international shipping – the Federal Maritime Commission – just completed a two-year investigation into the international ocean supply chain, finding that ocean carrier competition is ‘vigorous’ and that while ocean freight prices are high, they are ‘exacerbated by the pandemic, an unexpected and unprecedent surge in consumer spending particularly in the United States, and supply chain congestion, and are the product of the market forces of supply and demand.’ The FMC also stated that ‘Competition officials of the European Union, China, and the Federal Maritime Commission regularly discuss our ocean shipping markets and we have, to date, observed no indication that the current prices for liner shipping are a result of collusive or illegal conduct on the part of the major ocean carriers in our markets.’ “The worn-out talking point that ‘there’s only nine major ocean shipping lines who ship from Asia to the United States’ is also untrue. While nine lines in and of itself is evidence of competition and not concentration, there are an additional thirteen ocean liner companies that operated over 30% of the sailings from Asia to the U.S so far this year. In fact, competition increased during the pandemic, with new shipping services entering the market and the share of the largest alliances dropping. The FMC investigation also reports that ‘the individual ocean carriers within each alliance continue to compete on pricing and marketing independently and vigorously. Individual ocean carriers within alliances continue to add and withdraw vessels from trades both inside and outside the alliances in which they participate and, particularly in the transpacific, new entrants have been entering the trade. The transpacific is a highly contestable market.’ “There is no dispute that carriers, after two decades of low or no margins and cheap and abundant capacity for shippers, are actually making profits. These profits are invested in building capacity for the future on land and sea. In 2021, carriers ordered a record-breaking 561 vessels worth 43.4 Billion USD, and 208 vessels worth 18.4 Billion USD have been ordered year-to-date in 2022. But as long as America’s ports, railyards and warehouses remain overloaded and unable to cope with the increased trade levels, vessels will remain stuck outside ports to the detriment of importers as well as exporters. Ocean carriers continue to move record volumes of cargo for our country and have invested heavily in new capacity – America needs to make the same commitment and invest in its landside logistics infrastructure.”
Sustainable harbour cranes press release: Konecranes puts the battery in big container handling machines
A “battery megatrend” has been gathering force for years on a global scale, first in electronic devices with the maturing of Li-ion battery technology and then in large devices such as automobiles. It’s part of a huge global effort to increase sustainability and reduce CO2 emissions. Konecranes is doing its part in the container handling industry, taking the lead as a container handling equipment and service supplier. We now offer large container handling machines that are battery-driven: the Konecranes Battery RTG, the Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier, and all-electric Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes. This is the next step in the evolution of Ecolifting, only from Konecranes. Some container handling equipment is “small” in industry terms, an example being a reach stacker, a type of heavy-duty lift truck that handles containers weighing up to 40 tons when full. Some container handling equipment is large, such as a Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) crane, in size around 23m wide and some 27m tall, running on rubber tires. RTGs work in the container yards of seaport container terminals, taking containers in and out of the container stacks, and “shuffling” them there as needed. Many container terminals use RTGs as their container yard workhorses, and Konecranes is a leading world supplier of RTGs. Konecranes also offers automated RTG systems, which are becoming increasingly popular. Making an RTG run successfully on batteries is a considerable engineering challenge: it’s a large machine doing heavy work at a fast pace, usually 24/7. World first! Battery-driven RTG We now offer the Konecranes RTG with battery power in addition to the cable reel and busbar electric power options. The Konecranes Battery RTG can be thought of as a system when it is operated with a charging station. This will always be the case when the Konecranes Battery RTG is automated. It can also be operated manually, with manual plug-in for charging. This brings new flexibility and “no strings”1 electric operation to RTG-based container yards, as well as zero local CO2 emissions and virtually zero local noise emissions. Combine this with the fact that the Konecranes Battery RTG is delivered in a carbon neutral state, and you get the most eco-efficient RTG in history. Find out more here: https://www.konecranes.com/equipment/container-handling-equipment/rubber-tired-gantry-cranes https://www.konecranes.com/ecolifting https://www.konecranes.com/press/releases/2021/konecranes-now-delivers-hybrid-and-electric-rtgs-as-carbon-neutral Electric experience Konecranes started the battery trend in container handling equipment with the introduction of a battery-driven Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) some 15 years ago. The battery AGV earned acceptance and became established in large fleets at major container terminals. Meanwhile, a transition from lead-acid to Li-ion battery technology occurred. This was a major leap forward. Konecranes has been learning enormously about battery technology and electric power management over the years. This knowledge has been used to introduce battery AGVs, hybrid RTGs and a battery-driven forklift truck, the E-VER. Then the time came to introduce battery-driven, large container handling machines. When all-electric machines are charged with renewable energy, we call it “pure electric” since it’s the purest form of container handling to date. Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier Straddle carriers are specialized machines that handle containers, running on rubber tires, that are used in “straddle carrier container terminals” around the world. Straddle carrier terminals use straddle carriers as their primary container handling machine. In operational terms they are very flexible. They run on rubber tires and do most of the container handling work in the terminal, running between the quayside and container yard. We also now offer the Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier as a system, complete with charging station. There is no performance compromise: the battery straddle carrier can be built into the customer’s work shifts and operational structure in a variety of ways. Find out more here: https://www.konecranes.com/equipment/container-handling-equipment/straddle-carriers Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 all-electric Mobile Harbor Cranes Mobile Harbor Cranes are a general-purpose crane type that is very popular at ports around the world because it can handle containers, bulk cargo and general cargo. It’s a mobile crane type as its name implies: it can be moved on rubber tires to different locations around the port as needed, taking on different types of jobs. In June of last year, Konecranes introduced Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs). It has been enthusiastically received by the market, especially the modular drive system. This includes the all-electric drive, combining an external power supply with an innovative battery drive. The world’s first all-electric Konecranes Gottwald MHC with battery drive is already working hard at the Port of Skellefteå in Sweden. It is helping to supply an ultramodern battery factory in the town of Skellefteå. In addition, two all-electric Konecranes Gottwald ESP.9 MHCs, each with 200 t maximum lifting capacity, will enter operation at the Port of San Diego, USA, in spring 2023. Find out more here: https://www.konecranes.com/equipment/mobile-harbor-cranes https://www.konecranes.com/generation6/drive-system A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.
World Shipping Council Statement on Congressional Passage of The Ocean Shipping Reform Act
Following Congressional passage of The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, S.3580, the World Shipping Council released the following statement: “Today’s vote on The Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) marks the conclusion of the legislative phase and transition to the Federal Maritime Commission rulemaking process. We appreciate the time and effort that Congress has put into crafting this bill and look forward to engaging in productive conversations with the Federal Maritime Commission to implement OSRA in a way that will minimize disruption in the supply chain. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ocean carriers have gone all-out to keep goods moving, deploying every vessel and every container available, increasing sailings, and investing for the future. In 2021, carriers ordered a record-breaking 555 vessels worth 42.5 Billion USD, and 208 vessels worth 18.4 Billion USD have been ordered year-to-date in 2022. But as long as America’s ports, railyards and warehouses remain overloaded and unable to cope with the increased trade levels, vessels will remain stuck outside ports to the detriment of importers as well as exporters. "We are appalled by the continued mischaracterization of the industry by U.S. government representatives, and concerned about the disconnect between hard data and inflammatory rhetoric. The 22 (not nine) international carriers that serve the American people, industry and government on the Asia - United States trade are part of the global supply chain that has built this country, importing and exporting food, medicine, electronics, chemicals, and everything else we depend on. The increased rate levels we have seen over the past years are a function of demand outstripping supply and landside congestion, exacerbated by pandemic-related disruption. The United States’ own Federal Maritime Commission’s recent Fact Finding 29 investigation conducted over the past two years concluded the same: ’Our markets are competitive and the high ocean freight rates have been determined by unprecedented consumer demand, primarily in the United States, that overwhelmed the supply of vessel capacity. Congestion further constrained available capacity.’ “Until the import congestion is remedied, export congestion will persist. The World Shipping Council will continue to work with federal and state policymakers, as well as other parties, to pursue the necessary lasting solutions – such as continued investment in port infrastructure – that can have real impact in strengthening the intermodal transportation system that has supported the U.S. economy through the pandemic. Ocean carriers continue to move record volumes of cargo and have invested heavily in new capacity – America needs to make the same commitment and invest in its landside logistics infrastructure.”
Ocean carriers respond to Senate Markup of Ocean Shipping Reform Act
The American people are looking for solutions to supply chain congestion resulting from the impacts of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, S.3580, which was marked up today by the Senate Commerce Committee, addresses none of the root causes of the U.S. landside congestion. Americans continue to import goods at record levels—so much so that the U.S. ports and landside logistics workforce is unable to process all the cargo. Ocean carriers have deployed every vessel and every container available, and are moving more goods than at any point in history, but the U.S. landside logjams are keeping vessels stuck outside U.S. ports. This import congestion is also consuming the capacity and space needed to ensure the uninterrupted flow of U.S. exports. While the Senate is taking a more deliberative approach that the House’s flawed process in passing the Ocean Reform Act of 2021, H.R.4996, neither chamber’s version of the bill does anything to fix the landside logistics breakdowns that are at the heart of America’s supply chain problems. In fact, the House bill would make existing congestion worse. Comparatively, the Senate bill – despite carrying some of the same risks of unintended negative consequences – provides regulators enough authority to get the final rules right. Instead of passing legislation that would do nothing to address the nation’s supply chain congestion, Congress should seek real solutions that take a comprehensive, forward-looking view. That means continued investment in port infrastructure and promoting communication, innovation, and collaboration across sectors to further strengthen the intermodal transportation system that has supported the U.S. economy throughout the pandemic. The World Shipping Council will continue to partner with Congress and other stakeholders on these worthwhile efforts.
World Shipping Council Response to State of the Union: Container Shipping is a Competitive Industry
Disruptions in America’s supply chain have thrust container shipping, the industry’s finances, and its operations into the public eye – including during tonight’s State of The Union Address. But the claims made by President Biden during his speech are not indicative of the industry or market dynamics. “Here are the facts: container shipping is a competitive industry with multiple ocean carriers actively challenging one another in the global marketplace and on the shipping lanes most relevant for U.S. trade,” said John Butler, President and CEO of the World Shipping Council. “It is disappointing that unfounded allegations are being levied against an industry that is moving more cargo right now than at any time in history in order to meet the unprecedented demand for imported goods during the pandemic. “The truth is that with demand for ocean transportation services into the U.S. at record levels, market dynamics are influencing prices – not carrier alliances. These vessel sharing agreements (VSA) are purely operational compacts that enable carriers to share space on one another’s ships, which increases efficiency and supports more service to more ports than would otherwise be the case. Importantly, the operational agreements do not include commercial cooperation. Each member of a VSA or alliance determines its own commercial terms, including prices, which are not discussed between alliance members. Every VSA is filed, reviewed, and continuously monitored by the FMC. “The legislative proposals currently before Congress would upend the global transportation system, reducing service for U.S. importers and exporters and raising costs for American consumers and businesses. We urge the administration and Congress to enact measures that will relieve the current congestion and set America’s supply chain up for long-term success.”
Ocean carriers respond to State of the Union Address
In response to President Biden’s planned attack on ocean carriers during Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, the World Shipping Council released the following statement: “It is unfortunate that the President is demonizing ocean carriers, the industry that is the backbone of the U.S. and global economy and that has been working around the clock through the pandemic to move more cargo than at any time in history. Allegations that the container shipping industry is highly concentrated and uncompetitive are factually incorrect. Ocean carriers actively compete against one another in the global marketplace, including on the shipping lanes most relevant for U.S. trade, while concentration levels in many other U.S. industries are markedly higher than those in container shipping. In a clear sign of a competitive market responding to increased demand, competition increased in 2021, with more ships operated by a larger pool of carriers serving the trans-Pacific trade. The bottom line is that container shipping is a very competitive industry—this is what the numbers show. Regulators in the U.S. and Europe have repeatedly and recently confirmed that this is the case. The deeply flawed Ocean Shipping Reform Act passed by the House will not solve the landside logistics breakdowns that are at the heart of America’s supply chain problems. In fact, the legislation as written would make existing congestion worse and stifle innovation. Policymakers must instead address the root cause of the logjam by seeking real solutions that take a comprehensive, forward-looking view of the supply chain, further strengthening the intermodal transportation system that has supported the U.S. economy throughout the pandemic.”