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UPUnion Pacific has elected Christopher Williams to its board of directors.

Williams, 61, is chairman of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., one of America’s largest women- and minority-owned investment banks. He previously served as chairman, chief executive officer and founder of The Williams Capital Group, L.P., and Williams Capital Management, LLC, from 1994-2019.

"Chris is a highly regarded financial services industry leader who brings a unique combination of strategy development, business experience and financial acumen to our board," said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. "His breadth of experience from founding his own firm, combined with his work on other boards of directors, will be very beneficial to Union Pacific. We are extremely pleased to welcome him to the board."

Williams began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1984, advancing to senior management responsibilities in debt capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives and taxable fixed income trading. He later formed a derivatives division of Jefferies & Company before founding The Williams Capital Group, L.P., in 1994.

Since 2000, Thomson Reuters consistently ranked Williams Capital among the most active underwriters of publicly traded equity and investment grade corporate debt offerings. Williams Capital’s clients included more than 65 of Fortune 500 companies and the firm participated in over 900 corporate debt and equity offerings over the past five years.

Williams is a member of the board of directors for The Clorox Company, Ameriprise Financial and privately held Cox Enterprises, Inc. He previously served for 10 years on the Walmart Stores, Inc., board of directors. Williams served as the chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College until June 2019, and currently serves on the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

RZD signingRZD Logistics JSC and platform operator YuXinOu (Chongqing) have entered an agreement for the joint development of services for the railway delivery of Russian food products to China.

The signing ceremony was held within the framework of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai (China). The document was signed by the general director of RZD Logistics JSC Viacheslav Valentik and the general director of YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd Chi Dan.

According to the agreements, the two companies intend to work on expanding the geography of Agroexpress, a specialized railway service for delivering Russian food products to China, and plan to conduct a series of shipments from Russia to Chongqing by the end of the year. Among the proposed cargoes, including those requiring transportation in compliance with the temperature and veterinary control. YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd also plans to take a direct part in the sale of Russian goods in China, the Chinese company has created a specialized trading division for these purposes.

"YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics once launched the first transit train within the framework of the “One Belt - One Road” initiative from Chongqing to Duisburg. We are pleased to see that our long-standing and reliable partner has joined our promising project for the development of international logistics and intends to actively support the growth of food shipments from Russia to China. Today, RZD Logistics has several regular import and transit services in communication with Chongqing, and our joint task is to bring export services on a regular basis", Viacheslav Valentik, Director General of RZD Logistics JSC.

"Our company has been working for many years on the development of export-import railway services connecting Chongqing with various cities of Russia and Europe. The population of Chongqing is 31 million. This is a huge market, including for Russian agricultural products. Seeing the prospect of growth in imports of Russian goods to Chongqing, our company has created a division responsible for trading. I’m sure that the Russian food delivered to Chongqing by accelerated Agroexpresses, including flour, butter, meat and dairy products, will be very popular among consumers in Chongqing and surrounding cities," Chi Dan, General Director of YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd..

HACTL EVA Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler – has broken its all-time record for the number of freighters handled in a 24-hour period.

On 3rd November, Hactl handled no less than 104 freighter aircraft – beating its previous record of 102, set on 5th November 2017.

The peak of activity took place between 0200 and 0300, when Hactl simultaneously handled 13 freighters. Recent upgrades to Hactl’s IT system – notably a new airside management app – mean the company has increased its ramp efficiency and productivity.

88 of the 104 freighter flights were fully handled by Hactl, both on the ramp and in its SuperTerminal 1 facility. Hactl is the only cargo handler in Hong Kong which can provide both terminal- and ramp handling of freighters as a single service package.

Says Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong: “We are very proud that we have once again beaten our record for freighter handling in a single day. To have successfully processed 104 widebody freighters in just 24 hours is a clear illustration of the immense scale of our operations and resources.

“Recent new business wins, together with growth in demand ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas, have come together to achieve this impressive result. But it’s once again the remarkable team I am so proud to lead, which pulled out all the stops around the clock, to ensure that every aircraft successfully maintained its tight turnaround schedule.”

Chep Supply Chain AwarCHEP has been recognised as a leading innovator in transport at the annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

The Supply Chain Excellence Awards’ Innovation in Transport category celebrates originality in transport thinking, technology or operations that has had quantifiable benefits to the operation of the organisation’s supply chain across the retail, manufacturing and the public sector.

CHEP received the award for its ‘Transport Collaboration Solutions’ initiative, which supports companies within the supply chain to be more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. The solution identifies CHEP customers that can work together - by sharing the same truck for deliveries - and helps them to cut inefficiencies and reduce both empty truck miles and CO2 emissions.

To date, the initiative has involved more than 200 of the company’s global customers including consumer goods company, P&G, and leading Spanish brewer, Mahou. Between July 2018 and April 2019, the initiative is estimated to have saved CHEP’s customers 873 tonnes of CO2 in UK.

Matt Quinn, Vice-President for Northern Europe at CHEP, said: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award. The need for sustainable supply chains is increasingly prevalent on the public agenda and the UK transport sector is being challenged to do more to minimise its carbon emissions.

“CHEP’s Transport Collaboration Solution was developed in response to these growing challenges. We are dedicated not only to performing to the highest level in FMCG and retail end-to-end supply services, but also to the continued operation of environmentally responsible practices across our business. It is therefore such a great privilege to be recognised for our work in this area.”

GPAThe Georgia Ports Authority moved 428,400 twenty-foot equivalent container units in October, an increase of 14,600 TEUs or 3.5 percent. The strong month gave the Port of Savannah a fiscal year-to-date total of 1.6 million TEUs, up 90,600, or 6 percent.

"We have seen three years of incredible volume growth, and the economy of the U.S. Southeast remains a powerhouse," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's market share continues to expand as new commodities come online and customers in new regions rely on our services."

In October, A&R Logistics selected the Savannah market for its new global export hub for plastic resins. The 600,000 square-foot packaging facility will be operational by late 2020, with an option to expand up to 1 million square feet. A&R Logistics' Export Division will also be headquartered in Savannah to support global supply chain development for the chemical industry. In April, Plastic Express announced it is investing $172 million in two resin packaging warehouses in Savannah - each measuring 1 million square feet.

"Savannah is already the port of choice to serve the U.S. Southeast," said GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight. "To accommodate future growth, GPA has and continues to make significant infrastructure investments that are allowing the GPA to take on new business, create jobs and economic development across Georgia and beyond."

For example, all nine berths at Garden City Terminal are now back online after berths 4, 5 and 6 were strengthened to accommodate larger cranes and vessels. The port can now serve three 14,000-TEU and four other Post-Panamax ships simultaneously. Savannah's ship-to-shore crane fleet will expand by six to 36 in the first half of Calendar Year 2020. Additionally, the Mason Mega Rail Terminal, the nation's largest on-port rail facility, is more than 50 percent complete.

In Roll-on/Roll-off cargo, Colonel's Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick and Ocean Terminal in Savannah handled a total of 63,353 units in October, an increase of 7.8 percent or 4,600 units. For the fiscal year to date, Ro/Ro volumes remained flat at 220,000 units. Georgia is the second busiest U.S. hub for the import-export of Ro/Ro cargo behind only Baltimore.

Total tonnage crossing all GPA terminals reached 13 million tons July through October, up 4.7 percent or 583,500 tons, including containerized, bulk and breakbulk cargo.

Yodel 1Yodel is celebrating being one of the UK’s top armed forces employers with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. A Yodel trailer now bears the Ministry of Defence Gold award logo and another 50 trailers have been decorated with poppies, to help raise money for the Royal British Legion.

The move comes after Yodel formally collected the Gold Award at the Ministry of Defence ceremony, celebrating the UK’s top armed forces-friendly employers. Gold is the highest level of award available and is only bestowed by the Ministry of Defence to organisations who have gone above and beyond the Armed Forces Covenant commitment.

Yodel currently employs 70 military veterans, reservists, volunteers and spouses across the business, including support staff at its main Hatfield and Liverpool offices, customer delivery depot managers and drivers.

In 2018 the company donated £10,000 to Walking With The Wounded, a not for profit organisation that supports ex-servicemen and women who have struggled with their transition from the military to re-integrate back into society. Yodel and Walking With The Wounded have since formed a partnership, which has seen Yodel recruit people from within the charity’s network of ex-service members. This year, Yodel colleagues also supported the charity by joining serving military personnel and reservists on a series of walking challenges through the Lake District for their annual fundraising event, the Cumbrian Challenge.

In 2017 Yodel appointed a service veteran to a newly created post of Armed Forces Champion in order to support ex-forces personnel even further. The dedicated role was created to help increase understanding of the service community and be more effective in attracting and supporting those who are transitioning to civilian life. The business also advocates and advertises its opportunities to service personnel through its social media channels, and utilises its internal communications channels to share with the wider business what the military team have organised and been involved in.

John Hughes, executive chairman at Yodel said: “At Yodel we are delighted to showcase our steadfast commitment to the armed forces by decorating our trailers with poppies and branding a trailer with the Ministry of Defence’s Gold Award logo. We see first-hand the benefits and skillsets that employing ex-service personnel can bring to a business day in, day out. Veterans play a vital part in sharing knowledge and experience across the Yodel family, and we will continue to champion their positive role in the business.”

Crane EricBrandtCrane Worldwide has appointed Eric Brandt to lead the future sales growth of the company in the East Region, USA.

Brandt has worked in the logistics industry for almost 20 years and has significant experience in freight forwarding, contract logistics solutions as well as final mile distribution with specialization in the consumer and retail verticals.

"Eric’s expertise will help drive our strategy as we continue our growth focus in the East region. We have clearly defined our goals for 2020 including focus on enhancing our service offerings and tailor-made solutions for our clients. I am very glad he is on board and know he will be a valuable member to our team on a local and global scale." comments Rob Keuten, Regional Vice President, East Region.

“As a privately-owned company, Crane Worldwide Logistics strives to be the employer of choice for logistics experts around the world. Given current market conditions, including the increase in mergers and acquisitions, we are in a great position to offer solid opportunities to experienced personnel. There is tremendous opportunity for growth as we continue to expand our business around the world,” comments Tim Zubradt, Chief Sales Officer.

Crane Worldwide Logistics continues to grow based upon their client’s needs, currently the organization has 120 locations in 30 countries.

AIR timber 2Stable skids made of recycled cardboard fiber composite materials can replace wooden planks used for load distribution on airfreight pallets. The resultant weight saving of around 80 percent leads to significant reductions in fuel consumption and helps to reduce CO2 emissions in air traffic. trilatec, which developed the squAIR-timber system, and Jettainer have now entered into an exclusive distribution agreement.

Jettainer, the leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management, and trilatec are thus further expanding their existing partnership. "We were enthusiastic about squAIR-timber right from the start. It perfectly fits into our portfolio of innovative solutions in the area of loading equipment and their control and adds to our corporate claim of sustainable logistics,” says Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director of Jettainer.

The innovative ultra-lightweight elements are made of a special cardboard fiber according to the carbon principle. Compared to conventional wooden planks, they are up to 80 percent lighter without reducing their payload capacity. Each meter of the material carries up to 5 tons with a tare weight of only 1.2 kilograms. In comparison, the tare weight of wood is 3-4 kilograms per meter. In addition, squAIR-timber consists of 100 percent recycled material, is cost-effective and can easily be disposed of with paper waste.

"The sales cooperation for our product squAIR-timber offers us optimal access to airlines worldwide. A major advantage is that addressing potential customers through or together with Jettainer enables us to place our product with exactly the right contacts within the airlines," added Andreas Langemann, Managing Director of trilatec.

Hapag MarkFreseHapag-Lloyd's supervisory board has appointed Mark Frese to the Executive Board effective 25 November 2019. On 1 March 2020, he will become the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing Nicolás Burr.

Mark Frese (55) was most recently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Ceconomy AG, the former Metro AG. Before that, he held various management positions at Metro AG and Kaufhof Holding AG.

“When Mark Frese joins us, we will be gaining a very accomplished and highly skilled expert with extensive experience and knowledge of the financial sector. The Supervisory Board is convinced that, in its new composition, the Executive Board will remain excellently positioned to lead Hapag-Lloyd to continued future success,” said Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

Nicolás Burr (44) will be leaving the company on 29 February 2020 to pursue new projects in Chile. He began serving as CFO of Hapag-Lloyd AG in March 2015.

“During his five years with the company, Nicolás Burr has significantly contributed to its success, particularly when it comes to the mergers with CSAV and UASC as well as the IPO that took place in 2015. Nicolás Burr is among those responsible for the good financial position that Hapag-Lloyd enjoys today. We wish him all the best for the future,” Behrendt said.

Geodis WarehouseThe slip-resistant shoe company Shoes For Crews Europe (SFCE) has awarded GEODIS Netherlands a third multi-year contract, reinforcing the partnership that the two companies have built since 2012. GEODIS continues to take care of the entire supply chain process, from the incoming order to the delivery to the end customer across Europe.

Originally founded in 1984 in the United States, the European Division of SFCE was established in Shannon, Ireland in 2001, designing and producing one of the largest and most comprehensive slip-resistant shoe styles in the world. In 2012 SFCE moved its Distribution Centre to Venlo in Holland to meet the needs of its fast-growing European business.

In the last seven years SFCE has seen strong annual double-digit growth with volumes increasing by over 50% since 2015. GEODIS supports SFCE by offering a turn-key solution combining a variety of services from forwarding and warehousing to road transport. The investments made in process improvement and system optimization have led to a smooth-running operation. In the coming months a new Track & Trace tool will be implemented, giving SFCE access to real time information.

“Long-term relationships are what we aim for within GEODIS and we are therefore proud that SFCE has once again chosen us as its logistics partner” - says Mark van den Assem, Managing Director GEODIS Netherlands. “Innovation and continuous improvement will remain the focus of our collaboration in the coming years”.

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