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Gebrueder trucksNearly every country in Europe reported growth in the B2C e-commerce segment as the first half of the year drew to a close.

The number of consignments shipped to end consumers, comprising furniture as well as TV sets, washing machines, etc., by Gebrüder Weiss in the first half of 2020 rose from around 410,000 to 580,000. For the Home Delivery division, this represented an increase of 40 percent in Austria and five Middle and Eastern European countries over the first six months of 2019. In order to enable the company as the market leader in Austria to satisfy the additional demands caused by this growth to an even greater extent, it has enlarged its location at Maria Lanzendorf, near Vienna, by adding nearly 5,000 square meters of handling space.

Rising to the demands of its customers
“Measuring 2020 by normal standards is naturally still difficult to do. However, the increase in e-commerce consignments shipped to our customers, is one which we have boldly followed with our services in the Home Delivery segment,” says Jürgen Bauer, Member of the Management Board at Gebrüder Weiss, looking at the positive trend of the first half of the year. “In addition, the extraordinary commitment of our employees has enabled us to maintain the high service quality in end customer delivery even during the lockdown phase.”

New building in the south of Vienna enters service
The number of consignments in Austria shipped by Gebrüder Weiss’s Home Delivery segment rose from 173,000 in the first half of 2019 to 235,000 in the first six months of 2020. Vienna, which is responsible for around a quarter of Austria’s total economic output alone, is also the number one when it comes to this business. Building a new handling facility at the Maria Lanzendorf location is the company’s way of showing its commitment to reflecting this development. "In mid-July we put the transshipment warehouse for the Home Delivery division into operation. In Maria Lanzendorf we handle around 40 percent of the total Austrian volume of shipments delivered to end customers," says Karl Meiringer, Branch Manager Maria Lanzendorf at Gebrüder Weiss. The construction costs for the modern logistics facility amount to 6.8 million euros.

Increase in many Middle and Eastern European markets as well
Nearly 110,000 more consignments were shipped by Gebrüder Weiss to end customers in the Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Slovakian, Romanian, and Serbian markets between January and June 2020 compared to the same period in the prior year. Hungary saw its number of consignments reach six figures for the first time (100,000: a rise of 75 percent), thereby making it number one outside Austria. Croatia took second place in this country ranking, recording 85,000 shipments (an increase of nearly 47 percent). The logistics provider now intends to build on this success by expanding its activities in Eastern Europe, eyeing the possibility of accessing new markets in other countries.

Rhenus Flagshiplager Indien 1 copyThe Rhenus Group has expanded its logistics services in the Asia-Pacific region, with a newly-built warehouse in Gurugram, India. The state-of-the-art 32,500 square meter facility is the latest addition to Rhenus’ global logistics operations.

The Gurugram logistics centre features 30,000 pallet spaces, 19 loading gates and 24-hour security protection. Sustainability has been prioritised throughout, with solar PV panels installed on the roof and water recycling technology integrated within the facility’s design.

The new Gurugram location serves customers from the consumer, industrial goods, automotive, mechanical engineering and chemical sectors, among others. The warehouse has good transport links to the Jaipur Highway, the Kundli-Nabesar-Palwal Expressway and the Delhi-Mumbai Corridor to Delhi and other parts of northern India.

“Our flagship warehouse is raising the bar even higher in terms of quality, sustainability and safety. It is our goal, as a service provider, to be the first choice for integrated logistics solutions and scalable storage across India. Well-trained staff, standardised systems and modern processes are our advantage,” says Vivek Arya, Managing Director of Rhenus Logistics India.

The new flagship warehouse is the 69th Rhenus branch in India. The total storage capacity Rhenus operates across the country has thus increased to more than 175,000 square meters across 30 logistics centres.

“India is one of our key markets for our growth plans for the APAC region. Our high quality standards and decades of experience enable us to provide professional support to customers along the entire logistics chain,” says Jan Harnisch, Global COO Rhenus Air & Ocean.

CSafe RKN forkliftCSafe has partnered with Cloudleaf, Inc. to design a custom digital visibility platform to support both their Air Cargo track and trace technology as well as digital tracking for Parcel and Cell & Gene packaging solutions.

CSafe has been developing and implementing track and trace technology into their Air Cargo fleet of RKN and RAP containers for nearly two years. As part of the initiative, the company wanted to select a software partner with a robust digital visibility platform that could be customized to their needs. A key element in their search was the ability to integrate multiple tracking devices into the system to offer full visibility to Parcel and Cell & Gene customers as well.

“Our team worked for many months evaluating the right partner for our new track and trace product offering,” revealed Tom Weir, chief operating officer for CSafe Global. “In Cloudleaf we found a strategic partner who shares common values, has a world-class management team, a modern software architecture, a visionary product road map, and laser like focus on the customer. The synergies between CSafe and Cloudleaf are powerful and compelling. Together we will provide real-time visibility for life-saving products shipped everyday around the world in CSafe Air Cargo, Parcel and Cell and Gene products. This innovative solution will unleash tremendous value for our customers and most importantly ensure that patients receive the medications they need 100% of the time.”

Cloudleaf is a leader in next generation supply chain solutions, providing continuous visibility and intelligence from materials through to customer delivery. Based in Silicon Valley, the company specializes in providing real-time visibility into enterprise supply chain data that enables critical decision-making to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce waste. Cloudleaf solutions deliver the artificial intelligence and advanced analytics capabilities CSafe requires along with a highly customizable cloud-based platform and dedicated team of highly skilled professionals at every level of the organization.

“We are excited to partner and innovate with CSafe to offer their customers a powerful cold chain solution that combines CSafe’s state-of-the-art thermal shipping solutions with our Digital Visibility Platform,” said Mahesh Veerina, CEO of Cloudleaf. “Now, armed with real-time visibility into the world's most critical medical shipments, CSafe customers and support staff have 24/7 access to monitor every shipment and intervene if necessary. With this real-time visibility, CSafe’s customers can dramatically improve their cold chain success rates while expanding their reach into new and remote geographies.”

CSafe has already upgraded 20 active containers with active sensors and successfully integrated them with the Cloudleaf platform. The team has completed multiple successful pilot shipment tests to verify hardware performance and integration viability. CSafe is now partnering with select pharmaceutical customers to conduct live user acceptance testing of the new platform before ultimately launching it in Q4.

“These are exciting times at CSafe and we look forward to providing this new technology to our customers and continuing to innovate with Cloudleaf and others in the future to bring the cold chain into the digital world and help our customers ensure patients receive their medications in perfect condition,” noted Tom Weir.

LATAM Cargo BLATAM Brazil concluded the unprecedented mega-operation to transport equipment coming from China in order to combat COVID-19 in Brazil.

In total, 45 flights were carried out in partnership with the public and private sectors. Since May, a total of 3,200 tons of cargo were transported in these flights, including 250 million surgical and N95 masks, monitors, respirators and other medical supplies. In addition, several tons of fruit were transported to Europe on the way to China.

LATAM Brazil carried out the company's first operation to China, which required coordinated work from several areas to define the best possible logistics. The first flight took place on May 3, traveling from Guarulhos to Amsterdam and finally to Shanghai. Since then, 300 employees have been part of the operation, including mechanics, operational dispatchers, pilots, copilots, supervisors, coordinators, planners, cargo personnel and ground support.

All 45 mega-operation flights were carried out in five rotating Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft, which were fully adapted for cargo transportation inside the cabins. All together, the aircraft traveled approximately 2,800 hours and two million kilometers, crossing 11 different time zones and using eight destinations for landings and stopovers: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Amsterdam, Auckland, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

“We can say, with absolute certainty, that this operation was a success. We are very proud that, even when facing an unprecedented challenge like this one, we were able to organize ourselves in the best way to deliver properly. I thank our professionals, who were focused on their work, and also our partners for the trust they placed in us”, states Diogo Elias, LATAM Cargo Brazil’s Director.

GAC SailorsNearly 3,000 Indian seafarers from Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn ships are back with their families after being successfully signed off from their vessels, guided through all COVID-19 procedures and safely delivered to their hometowns by GAC India.

The crew members included those who had disembarked the cruise company vessels in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Manila, Philippines, before being repatriated on chartered flights to Mumbai, Goa and Delhi. The GAC India team also took care of 138 off-signers and one on-signer for a cruise ship in Cochin.

Rakesh Nair, Holland America Group & Costa’s Head of Crew Lifecycle Business Support & Operations, praised GAC’s coordination of the repatriation exercise: “Excellent relations with nodal officers and other government officials ensured a speedy clearance of our crew at the airport. We have received positive feedback and compliments about your stellar work from our crew. This is true testament of the work that the GAC team has done in bringing our crew back home.”

Agreeing, Ravi Pavade, Regional Manager, Port Operations - Western Europe, Africa, Middle East, Indian Ocean, U.S (LA to SFO) of Holland America Group says: “Thanks to the seamless execution by the GAC teams, our crew members have returned safely to their hometowns and are reunited with their families.

“Besides the teams on the ground, I know there are many others in GAC who have worked behind the scenes to ensure the safe and prompt repatriation of our nearly 3,000 crew members. This is no small feat, but you have once again proven that you have the capacity and capability to handle projects of such scale.”

The massive crew change project is still underway and GAC India Director Anil K. Menon says it is a true test of the company’s astuteness, coordination skills and teamwork; A test they have passed.

“Our teams led by Jayadevan Nair in Mumbai, Joseph Moras in Goa, Jaya Shekar in Delhi and Sajinath M G in Cochin have had to react and respond quickly to evolving situations on the ground. With over 70% of the crew arriving in Mumbai, it was especially challenging for our team in Mumbai,” he adds. “Besides coordinating closely with one another, the teams have worked closely with the crewing company and the relevant authorities to bring the seafarers home safely without unnecessary delays.

“We thank these cruise brands for the confidence and trust they placed in us.”

GAC worked with the crewing agent to handle end-to-end arrangements for the crew, including ‘Meet & Greet’ upon their arrival in India, arranging accommodation for mandatory quarantine, organising COVID-19 tests, obtaining approvals and departure permissions from the relevant State authorities and making all transfer arrangements including those for their journey home.

GAC India also obtained special clearance from the State nodal offices, district and other relevant authorities to enable two crew members who had to leave for their homes immediately to attend to emergencies without undergoing quarantine. They were moved securely and safely in strict compliance with stipulated guidelines.

SWISSSwiss WorldCargo has announced the resumption of cargo-capable services to Miami.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "In addition, we would like to announce that we can further ramp up our intercontinental network. Therefore, we are adding Miami (MIA) to our current cargo operations beginning 1 August 2020. With LX64/LX65, Miami Intl. Airport will be served in the 1st week three times on day 2, 4 and 6 from Zurich (ZRH) and on day 3, 5 and 7 from Miami (MIA). As of the 2nd week, we will operate twice weekly on day 4 and 6 ex ZRH and day 5 and 7 ex MIA.

"Further we will continue to operate Montreal (YUL) three times weekly (days 2,4 and 6 ex ZRH and days 3,5 and 7 ex YUL). In the calendar weeks 33 to 35, Montreal (YUL) will be served twice weekly on day 4 and 6 from Zurich (ZRH) and on day 5 and 7 from Montreal (YUL). We will continue to expand our network in the coming weeks and months."

Fortec Gary Flight RCM FortecFortec has appointed Gary Flight as regional commercial manager supporting the company’s transport and haulage members based in London and the south of England.

Gary Flight, who formerly ran his own transport company, joins fellow commercial managers Rebecca Wayte and Neil Adams. He has already brought new members to the network and is relishing the challenge of working with the Fortec team.

Gary said: “I sold my own company in 2009 on the back of the financial crash and continued managing the company for a couple of years.

“Logistics is in my blood and I love working at Fortec. The network is close knit, friendly and I am trusted to make decisions, to head up my own area of the country and to build relationships with depots. The personal touch is key to Fortec. I love people so this suits me beautifully.”

London, notoriously a challenging area for logistics companies, does not phase Gary and since joining Fortec he has enticed new businesses to join the Fortec network, LHR Logistics and Freightport Logistics.

“I live just 40 miles from the capital and used to run a depot covering central London, so I am sympathetic to the challenges,” said Gary. “I have five London depots on my patch and their challenges change every day.

“There is traffic, a congestion zone, London depots have had to spend thousands of pounds on Low Admission engines for the LEZ area and now the congestion charge has been increased. My job is to support our member businesses. Sometimes that is with practical support, at other times it is just by listening.”

Joining Fortec during the pandemic posed some unique challenges for Gary but has also thrown a spotlight on logistics: “Transport companies have been classed as ‘essential workers’ during this pandemic and this recognition is long overdue. Too often drivers are treated as second-class citizens and logistics is rarely taken seriously as a career choice. I hope, with the spotlight now on logistics, this will change.

“Let’s face it, the country would come to a standstill without our sector.”

SEKO Logistics on the acquisition trailSEKO Logistics and sustainable packaging company, The Better Packaging Co., are partnering to help significantly replace single-use plastics in Global eCommerce fulfillment supply chains.

Sustainability is now regarded as one of the prime components within future supply chain resilience programs. Buyers and sellers are trying to be more environmentally responsible, and the ‘green’ credentials of sellers are an increasingly important factor in online shoppers’ buying decisions. This presents both a massive challenge and opportunity for a market shipping around 90 billion packages per year to satisfy the US$3.4 trillion of purchases by more than two billion digital buyers.

Better Packaging is the world’s leading provider of Home Compostable packaging for eCommerce. After years of working with couriers and witnessing the amount of packaging used to support eCommerce - especially single-use plastic - founders Rebecca Percasky and Kate Bezar decided to take matters into their own hands. After evaluating potential materials and the impact they have across their full life cycle in reference to today’s recycling infrastructure, or lack thereof, they decided to develop their own extensive range of compostable packaging solutions capable of meeting the most stringent regulations for compostability. Their solution aims to perform as well, if not better, than their traditional plastic counterparts. The most obvious difference is that Better Packaging comPOST Packs will break down in less than 180 days into completely non-toxic elements.

Through the new partnership, SEKO Logistics plans to use Better Packaging’s range of products, such as comPOST pack courier satchels and comPOLY garment bags, within their own eCommerce fulfillment operations. SEKO clients performing their own packing will also qualify for price discounts when they choose to source and/or custom brand Better Packaging products. Initiated in Australia, SEKO Logistics is also offering the benefits of this partnership to customers in China, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as in New Zealand.

Rebecca Percasky and Kate Bezar commented: “The Better Packaging Co. feels a great sense of urgency to replace single-use plastics with more sustainable alternatives and this partnership with SEKO Logistics will enable us to do that at great scale. We are very proud to have been chosen by SEKO Logistics as their key supplier of home compostable packaging solutions and look forward to making positive change together and a real dent in the world’s plastic problem.”

SEKO, which manages over five million Global eCommerce shipments a month, expects immediate interest in Better Packaging’s sustainable products from fashion and health and beauty brands.

Kai Lincoln, Managing Director of SEKO Omni-Channel Logistics, Australia & New Zealand, said: “SEKO is committed to improving the environment and giving our clients new solutions to support their own sustainability programs. We are delighted to be working with Better Packaging and see this as a partnership with a Global ambition to make a real, positive difference. New consumer research shows that international shoppers want this too, because they are highly aware of their environmental impact and are choosing to buy from brands that offer sustainable packaging solutions. Ecommerce industry reports show that 48% of consumers want recyclable packaging. Packaging and logistics, especially eCommerce fulfillment, go hand-in-hand, and while we can’t eliminate packaging altogether, we can all take steps as businesses and consumers to improve the world we live in.”

DACHSER ELECTRICLogistics provider Dachser has started construction on a new branch in Kassel, the economic centre of northern Hesse. Located in the Lohfelden commercial zone, the new transit terminal for industrial goods with adjacent offices is due for completion by summer 2021. In the medium term, the new branch will create roughly 200 jobs.

The symbolic groundbreaking ceremony took place today, attended by Dr Alexander Friedrich Wachter, Vice President of the Kassel district government, Norbert Thielen, deputy mayor of Lohfelden, Michael Schilling COO Road Logistics Dachser, and Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, who is responsible for Dachser’s transport and storage business for industrial goods in Germany.

“Thanks to Dachser’s closely integrated logistics network, transports departing from the new Kassel branch will reach all economic centres across Europe within 24 to 48 hours. Dachser customers throughout Europe will benefit from fast delivery times and our consistently high service quality,” says Andreas Fritsch, General Manager of Dachser’s Ostwestfalen-Lippe logistics centre in Bad Salzuflen, explaining the strategic relevance of the new location. Fritsch will assume responsibility for the new Lohfelden facility in Kassel, which falls under the Bad Salzuflen group; Mathias Oetter will be the local branch manager. A large share of the new branch’s customers will come from the region’s robust industrial production companies, Fritsch explains.

Dachser’s new facility in central Germany is conveniently located at the interchange of the A7, A44, and A49 highways. Construction work on the approximately 78,000 m2 lot in the Lohfelden commercial zone began this April. The transit terminal will have approximately 6,400 m2 of floor space and 78 gates for loading and unloading trucks. A 2,500 m2 office building will be built adjacent to the terminal as well.

The new facility in Kassel rounds off Dachser’s own groupage network for industrial goods in Germany and will replace the company’s long-standing regional partner Schmelz Transport und Logistik. Dachser will continue working with its trusted partner until building work on the new Dachser branch is completed next year.

XPO LOGXPO Logistics has released recent survey data from the US and the UK showing consumer trends during COVID-19 through May. Notably, results indicate that 55% of respondents in the US and 56% in the UK worked on a DIY home improvement project during the pandemic. XPO is a major provider of freight transportation services to the DIY sector, where many retailers use omnichannel strategies to capture in-store and online sales.

Omnichannel models are a secular trend in the retail industry. More than 50% of XPO’s survey respondents indicated that proper social distancing and cleaning would encourage them to shop in stores again. At the same time, a majority said they will likely continue buying a range of products online after the pandemic, including appliances and other large items.

“Retailers who already have a digital strategy in place, with or without a brick-and-mortar channel, are in the best position to take advantage of the shift toward e-commerce,” noted Gavin Williams, managing director, supply chain – UK and Ireland. “Ultimately, consumers determine the optimal mix of channels. We deliver a superior retail experience by analysing demand and engineering our logistics processes accordingly.”

The surveys were conducted by independent research firm Statista from May 20-28, 2020. The results reflect responses from adults in the US and the UK, age 18 and older.

unilodeUnilode Aviation Solutions and dnata have signed an agreement to equip all dnata warehouses with Unilode's Bluetooth® readers to enhance the efficiency of ULD operations in the global network of their customers.

Unilode's IATA award-winning digital solution transmits data on the geolocation of the ULDs and can also share other relevant information such as temperature, humidity, shock and light, using ULDs equipped with Bluetooth® digital tags and a network of Bluetooth® readers and mobile devices.

Guillaume Crozier, dnata's Divisional Vice President for Operations and Product Development, said: "We are delighted to partner with Unilode to deliver more value for our customers by taking advantage of the latest technologies. Unilode's innovative solutions will further increase our digital footprint and help us efficiently manage and track ULDs across our operations. We continue to enhance training, processes and technology to provide the best possible services to our customers."

Mr. Benoît Dumont, Unilode CEO, said: "Unilode is currently digitising its entire ULD fleet of 140,000 units with tags and is rolling out a Bluetooth® reader network infrastructure in over 250 locations worldwide. Our new agreement with dnata will help us accelerate the creation of Unilode's digital ecosystem and enable us to increase ULD visibility, data accuracy and asset stock control, in addition to providing our customers with important information on their cargo. We look forward to partnering with dnata in Unilode's innovative digital journey."

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