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POP&O Ferrymasters has taken occupation of the 231,000 sq ft (21,460 m²) distribution centre space.

The company was able to set up business immediately to manage and operate the new distribution centre, allowing it to meet increased market demand for warehouse and cross-dock activities at London Gateway.

Taking a 5-year lease at the brand new LG231 facility will enable P&O to further build its port/market-centric distribution centre strategy. It follows the opening of a new Rotterdam distribution centre in 2019 and complements the P&O Group developments in Tilbury – activities which are more continental cargo focused.

LG231 is located at the heart of the Logistics Park and sits alongside DP World London Gateway Port, offering unique multimodal integration. It is Ferrymasters’ first facility in the UK supporting both imports and exports.

DP World’s smart logistics solutions and industry-leading technology allow P&O Ferrymasters to optimise its market-centric distribution centre strategy. Whilst London Gateway’s prime location just 10 miles from the M25 and 25 miles from Central London provides accessibility to one of Europe’s largest consumer markets.

With state-of-the art port and rail terminals adjacent to the Logistics Park, London Gateway enables a supply chain which is faster, greener and more sustainable. The distribution centre itself is BREEAM Excellent, with an EPC 'A' rating and is Planet Mark accredited guaranteeing both sustainable construction and operations in the future.

The primary focus of this facility is the Food & Beverage and FMGC industries but it is suitable for any vertical industry.

Mark Mulder, Director Contract Logistics, P&O Ferrymasters said: “This additional new warehouse capacity at London Gateway marks an important additional step in our plans to enable trade flows across Europe.

“This new facility will provide the operational flexibility and capacity our customers need to ensure their supply chains are becoming even more efficient and effective with direct access to a central hub linking rail, road, deep sea and short sea. With both Rotterdam and London Gateway recently operational, we believe we are well positioned to provide resilient and agile supply chain solutions which have become more important than ever.”

Oliver Treneman, Park Development Director, DP World London Gateway, said: “We are excited that P&O Ferrymasters has become the first tenant of LG 231. We look forward to working with P&O to deliver innovative and flexible supply chain solutions which add value to our customers’ businesses. LG 231 is the ideal location for P&O Ferrymasters to grow over the long term as DP World London Gateway has the capacity, when complete, to be the largest integrated port and logistics park in Europe. Together we can offer unrivalled service for customers and possess the potential to radically impact the whole supply chain and enable the smarter flow of trade.”

DP World London Gateway can develop buildings on a build-to-suit basis, from 100,000 sq ft to 1.6 million sq ft, obtaining planning consent within 28 days under its Local Development Order.

Geodis LogoGeodis has appointed Gary O’Connor as its new managing director for Ireland.

O'Connor's appointment was made effective in June and is aimed at helping drive GEODIS’s growth in this important market. The strategy will be focused on developing business in the healthcare sector while growing the company’s influence over well-established verticals, including e-Commerce, high tech and FMCG.

Gary will oversee the operations of the GEODIS Group that encompasses Contract Logistics, Overland Transport, Freight Forwarding, Supply Chain Optimization, Express & Parcel Deliveries and effectively manages customers’ supply chains in their totality’ “Gary is well qualified for the challenging role,” says Laurent Parat, President and CEO of the WEMEA Region. “As MD in Ireland of another leading logistics company for the last number of years, Gary worked closely within the healthcare sector, serving global clients with large manufacturing or distribution operations in the country. He brings valuable knowledge of a sector that demands high levels of quality and compliance from its 3PL partners.”

O’Connor joins a GEODIS team that recently established itself in a new state of the art logistics facility at Dublin Airport Logistics Park. The property extends to almost 20,000sq m. With a fully secured yard and 15 dock levellers, the new operation benefits from its proximity to the airport as well as swift access to the city centre and road links to the rest of the country.

“I’m hoping to add my fifteen-year experience of working with healthcare supply chains to that of the GEODIS Ireland team, which already has considerable presence in the sector,” says O’Connor. “The growth potential in the Irish healthcare market is encouraging, as is GEODIS’ ability to implement true end-to-end control of customers’ supply chains across our other target verticals. I am excited by the possibilities of designing solutions that potentially comprise forwarding, transport, contract logistics, distribution and last-mile delivery and allow our customers to grow their businesses.”

TL ExhibitionsDue to the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and following the competent health authorities, Messe München and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) are forced to cancel air cargo forum Miami & transport logistic Americas 2020. This step was further taken based on the feedback from majority of our registered exhibitors for not being able to join the event due to the current situation.

Gerhard Gerritzen, Deputy Managing Director of Messe München: “Messe München and TIACA have always been committed to providing a much-needed platform in the US to the air cargo, logistics and supply chain management communities. Given the drastic impact the global Covid-19 pandemic currently has in Florida, we regret that holding the events this year is unfortunately not possible. With this, we also take into account the latest feedback and interest of the industry, that is heavily affected by the current crisis, and decided to re- schedule for November 2022.”

The cancellation is based on the current developments in Florida/Miami, the recent restrictions imposed in Miami-Dade County to curb the spread of COVID- 19 as well as the ongoing worldwide travel restrictions. These points prevent Messe München and TIACA from organizing air cargo forum Miami & transport logistic Americas 2020 at an appropriate professional and secure level.

To support the industry and its needs in the meantime, Messe München and TIACA join forces again: A new event format called “2 plus 2” is scheduled for fall 2021 in California. “Still, there is a clear appetite and strong interest of our members and the wider industry to meet, network, learn and enjoy the great impact of our community. Therefore we ‘go west’: meet your supply chain fellows in fall 2021 at our ‘2 plus 2 ‘event in California. A two days conference followed by two days of innovation experience – California here we come.” says Steven Polmans, Chairman of TIACA.

BA A380IAG Cargo announced a more-than 33 percent upturn in revenues for its Q2 2020 results, reporting commercial revenues of €369m over the period from April 1 to June 30, 2020.

Overall yields for the quarter were up 224.7 per cent to the same time last year at constant currency, reflecting the extra costs of cargo-only flying and dedicated charters and a significantly changed flying programme. Sold tonnes were down 51.2 per cent.

Lynne Embleton, CEO at IAG Cargo, commented:

“Q2 was, of course, dominated by the Covid pandemic. As passenger aircraft were grounded across the world, our teams adapted to ensure IAG Cargo continued to play a crucial role in supporting global trade and the movement of essential goods in these extraordinary times.

“We rapidly developed one of the most comprehensive networks of scheduled cargo-only flights available; a network of over 340 scheduled flights per week built around our customers’ needs and tailored to the most important cargo flows. We have reconfigured aircraft to maximise cargo capacity, removing seats and using overhead lockers. These were important capacity solutions, albeit ones that brought additional operational complexity and cost.

“In addition to our scheduled cargo-only services, our newly established charter team has worked closely with commercial entities and governments to develop bespoke capacity solutions. During this second quarter we operated 615 charters, including 416 critical supply operations for the British, Irish and Spanish authorities. To date we have helped governments and private customers transport over 11,000 tonnes of PPE and medical supplies on these charters. We also saw additional PPE tonnage transported across our scheduled flights.

“In short, we have met the challenge of COVID-19 head on.

“The pandemic continues to greatly impact the air cargo industry and businesses at large. For aviation, this is most clearly evident in the sustained restrictions on passenger movements, and, for cargo specifically, on the impact on the global economy.

“It has been a busy and challenging three months. We are pleased to be supporting our customers throughout this unpredictable and changeable operating environment”.

Transporeon Stephan Sieber copyTransporeon has announced a strategic partnership with supply chain IT experts SALT Solutions. The partnership will help Transporeon’s shipper customers in integrat-ing core company processes with advanced supply chain logistics functionalities.

While Transporeon with its cloud-based digital platform provides access to Europe’s largest logistics network and enables shippers to make freight contracts, track deliver-ies and manage slots, SALT Solutions is specialized in helping companies to implement advanced ERP systems for logistics, such as SAP TM or S/4HANA. Both companies share the same overarching ambition to optimize shippers’ logistics operations through digi-talization.

Many Transporeon customers are using SAP. However, many such shippers are still reli-ant on SAP ERP, which will no longer be supported by SAP as of 2025. These companies therefore face important decisions on how to re-organise their systems to overcome future challenges. Through the agreement with SALT Solutions, Transporeon has an expert partner on hand to ensure a seamless integration and transition to S/4 HANA and SAP TM.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this vital service to our shipper customers through the new partnership with SALT Solutions,” said Transporeon CEO Stephan Sieber. “The task of introducing SAP systems with logistics functionalities is a highly demanding one that affects many of our customers. We can now rely on the expertise of our SALT Solution partners to provide these customers with much needed support.”
Dr. Hans Christoph Dönges, Member of the Management Board at SALT Solutions commented: “As an expert for the digitalization of the supply chain that specializes in adapting SAP solutions to specific customer needs in the areas of production and logistics, the partnership with Transporeon is an especially valuable addition for us. We look forward to accompanying Transporeon’s many clients on their path towards a digital supply chain.”

Gebrueder Weiss PM Ipsen ENGebrüder Weiss has taken over large parts of the operational business of Ipsen Logistics.

The globally active logistics company has thereby increased its presence in Germany and, at the same time, expanded its global Air & Sea network to include national companies in Belgium, Poland, and Malaysia. The acquisition is subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities and the necessary approval procedures. It has been agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Ipsen’s national companies in Morocco and Algeria continue to be cooperation partners in the GW network, but remain unaffected by the acquisition; the same applies to Ipsen Industrial Packing in Bremen.

“The planned acquisition is an important step in the development of our Air & Sea division. Gebrüder Weiss and Ipsen Logistics are a good match, not only geographically but also in terms of their understanding of service and culture. Based on this stronger global network, we are now able to offer both Ipsen’s customers and our future employees new development opportunities,” says Wolfram Senger-Weiss, CEO of Gebrüder Weiss.

“Gebrüder Weiss’ national companies in Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania are ideal contact points for the customers of Ipsen Logistics who will now be able to enjoy global logistics solutions from a single source,” says Lothar Thoma, Managing Director of Air & Sea at Gebrüder Weiss. The comprehensive takeover of Ipsen Logistics’ business is part of a growth strategy being pursued by Gebrüder Weiss in the Air & Sea segment for several years now. The company only recently expanded its global Air & Sea network to include its own locations in South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia. “Expanding our network in Germany and entering the market in the Malaysia mean that our growth plans have been completed for the time being,” adds Lothar Thoma. “We now cover the most important logistics markets worldwide through our own companies – or through well-coordinated partnerships. We would now like to integrate and further strengthen this setup.”

Ipsen: From port service provider to global logistics company
Ipsen Logistics is a company that has grown from a former local port service provider to a globally active logistics group over the course of its history spanning more than 125 years. A total of 500 employees work in the Air & Sea division, 180 of which at the eight locations in Germany alone. They plan and implement worldwide air and sea freight logistics solutions for customers in a broad range of different sectors. In addition to providing transport services, these also include additional services such as customs clearance, warehousing, packaging, quality inspection or returns management as well as consolidated container services or multimodal pre- and post-carriage concepts to the seaports. “We provide our employees with the opportunity to take advantage of a new prospect and are pleased to have found in Gebrüder Weiss a buyer that will safeguard the continued existence of the company and preserve jobs,” say the two managing directors of Ipsen Logistics GmbH, Eduard Dubbers-Albrecht and Hans-Christian Specht.

CSafe RKN forkliftCSafe Global has expanded its life science sales team throughout Europe to support a growing customer base.

CSafe has been building its worldwide Life Science sales team more than a year to better serve customers in local markets. “As of this month, we have sales directors in key countries to serve local pharmaceutical and life science companies,” said Stephen Kay, CSafe Global’s senior director of life sciences – Europe. “Europe has always been at the forefront of the pharmaceutical market and building an exceptional team of people who understand both the industry and the culture in each country is key to providing the service level CSafe is known for.”

The newest additions to the team include Vincenzo Cuffaro and Gidius van den Eng.

Cuffaro brings seven years’ experience logistics and the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in Italy and across EMEA. Most recently, he was a Key Account Manager for Pharma & Healthcare for Kuehne + Nagel managing customers on a national, regional or global level. In his new role as Director of Life Science Sales, he will support customers in the south of Europe providing key expertise to help them find the best temperature-controlled air cargo solutions for their needs.

Van den Eng has been working in international logistics and supply chain management for nearly a decade specializing in the life sciences industry. He joins CSafe following seven years with DSV Panalpina A/S (formerly Panalpina) as a Key Account Manager managing multiple global healthcare accounts across the EMEA region. As Director of Passive Life Science Sales – Europe, he will support CSafe customers across the continent with all of their needs for thermal shippers and couriers as well as mobile refrigeration/freezer requirements.

“Europe is a critical market for pharmaceuticals and biologics and CSafe is committed to providing the local support customers need,” said CSafe Chief Commercial Officer, Seth Hertel. These two additions to our existing European team members in the United Kingdom and Ireland, DACH region, France, Benelux and Scandinavia ensure CSafe has the ability to meet the demand for our full suite of air cargo and parcel solutions throughout the region. We are thrilled to them on board and confident they will exceed our expectations.”

Ambercor HoffmanAmbercor Shipping USA has appointed Willy Hoffmann as its Vice President Project Sales.

In this role, Willy Hoffmann will work with Ambercor’s forwarding & project teams to strengthen its presence in North America.

He brings more than 40 years of experience in the shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and transportation industries to the role. Prior roles included Senior Vice President at BNSF Logistics, Senior Vice President & shareholder of Albacor Shipping USA and Senior Vice President for J.H. Bachmann NYC. Willy Hoffmann started his career in Germany and worked in Saudi Arabia and South Korea before coming to the USA in 1986.

Ceva MexicoCEVA Logistics Mexico has been appointed to operate a new dedicated warehouse to support IKEA Mexico’s operations in the country. This facility opening is an extension of the existing successful global partnership between CEVA and the world’s largest furniture retailer.

The Mexico City IKEA Store will become the company’s first retail location in Latin America and CEVA has been awarded a multi-year contract to operate it.

CEVA will be responsible for all operational activities of the new CEDIS (Distribution Center). CEVA will utilize its Matrix® IT platform to manage all the warehouse processes. The partnership between CEVA and IKEA Mexico heralds economic growth in the region and the creation of job opportunities.

This new market is another addition to the expanding portfolio of business CEVA has developed with IKEA globally over the past five years.

Says Dominik Dittrich, CEVA’s Executive Vice President of Contract Logistics, North America: “We are delighted to have been awarded this long-term contract with IKEA Mexico. This is testimony to our expertise in customer and retail logistics and to our dedication. Our experienced team members are working hard to get everything in place in time for the official opening and we are excited to support the IKEA Mexico team in this new adventure.”

GAC PeopleGAC Sweden has announced the takeover of Mälargent AB services throughout Sweden. The move significantly boosts GAC’s operational presence in and around the Mälardalen region, Västerås and Köping.

The transfer of operations unites Mälaragent’s highly experienced agency specialists with the GAC Sweden team, to ensure a seamless transition and no disruption of service to local clients.

Johan Ehn, GAC Sweden’s Managing Director, welcomed the Mälaragent team: “Together, we look forward to strengthening our services in Sweden, especially in the Stockholm/Mälardalen region. In doing this, we secure customer-focused competence and experience as well as an excellent reputation in service. The combined GAC Sweden and Mälaragent team is committed to continuing to deliver the exceptional levels of service and local knowledge that our clients rely on.”

Hans Liewendahl, Chairman, Mälaragent AB, says “GAC’s global network, their dedication to the continuous improvement of ship agency services together with solid ownership and long-term commitment, made them our preferred choice of partner in taking Mälaragent forward. GAC Sweden is extremely well placed to serve ship owners and operators in Västerås, Köping and beyond.”

SAVANNAH portThe Port of Savannah handled 4.44 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2020, down less than 1 percent compared to the previous year.

Despite COVID-19 disruptions, total tons crossing all GPA docks reached a record 37.77 million, up 0.6 percent, or 223,000 tons, compared to FY2019. Container tons grew 2 percent (560,440 tons) to reach 33.5 million tons for the year, another record.

"Cargo volume reductions related to COVID-19 were offset by the strength of our export markets and record volumes earlier in the year," said Griff Lynch, GPA's executive director. "This year's better than expected performance is the result of excellent teamwork starting at the top with Governor Kemp and our board of directors who have been champions of our ports, to our GPA team members along with the International Longshoremen's Association, the shipping lines, stevedores, trucking and rail -- you have never given in or given up throughout the crisis. Thank you for your commitment and perseverance."

Even during challenging times, port activity coupled with ongoing expansion projects such as the harbor deepening and Mason Mega Rail have quickened the pace of commercial infrastructure investment. According to the latest report from Colliers International, 5 million square feet of industrial space are currently under construction in the Savannah market. In addition, Savannah is home to a total of 74.4 million square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space.

"What sets Savannah apart from the competition is the sheer capacity of the port's ever-expanding footprint, on and off the terminal," said Will McKnight, GPA's board chairman. "Not only are we focused on the future and providing even greater value to our customers, but we have nearly unlimited potential and capacity to grow our business."

The Port of Savannah's status at the third-largest container gateway in the country, the nation's top exporter of containerized agricultural goods and the fastest growing port over a 10-year period, continues to be a strong draw for economic development. Just recently, Port City Logistics announced an $80 million, 1.1 million square-foot development in the Savannah market as two major resin exporters were building out a total of 2 million square feet of new space.

In Northwest Georgia, the Appalachian Regional Port (ARP) handled more than three and a half times the cargo it did the year before, moving 27,132 containers, up 19,610 boxes. "As more customers learn the value the ARP brings to their operations, the facility continues to gain traction and build momentum," Lynch said. "The inland port is a real success story for GPA, and we forecast business there to continue growing."

At the GPA board meeting Monday, Lynch reported the first nine of 18 Mason Mega Rail tracks are now moving cargo at the Port of Savannah, two new mobile harbor cranes have been added to Savannah's Ocean Terminal and a new container yard will be completed at Ocean Terminal by year's end. Twenty new rubber-tired gantry cranes are slated to arrive at Savannah terminals by December, three new rail-mounted gantry cranes are scheduled to go into service by the end of FY2021, and construction will start soon on the upcoming straightening of Berth 1 at Garden City Terminal to handle more 15,000-TEU vessels. GPA is also upgrading Berth 2 at Colonel's Island in Brunswick for dedicated Roll-on/Roll-off service.

Lynch said adding new container yard space, doubling rail capacity to 2 million TEUs per year, and growing the fleet of yard and vessel cranes are all parts of GPA's plan to increase annual capacity from 6 to 11 million TEUs. "We're confident in the long-term strength of the U.S. economy and our ability to help port users reach their customers more effectively," Lynch said. "We're building now to be ready to take advantage of new opportunities."

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