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DSV AtlantaAs part of the integration within Air & Sea, freight forwarders from Panalpina are currently undergoing training in Air & Sea’s transport management system – with the US taking the lead.

Ultimately, the goal is to transfer all customers and volumes from Panalpina’s system to DSV’s system and to have all freight forwarders within Air & Sea operating through the same system.

Our offices in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and St Louis were first in line and have undergone intense on the job training to learn the ins and outs of Air & Sea’s transport management system. On 15 October, the system went live at these locations, and we’re now fully up and running.

Niels Larsen, President Air & Sea USA, is happy with the integration so far and is ready to lead his team to great achievements in the future:

“I don't know how many miles I have flown the past four months to meet and greet a good 1,500-2,000 PAN staff in North America, but it's a tad..., and I can honestly say that I have met a TON of great and excited PAN talents. I’m very excited about our joint future.”

To get an indication of how the integration is progressing within Air & Sea, we’ve collected a few testimonials from former Panalpina employees.

Peter Huwel (PAN), General Manager, Air & Sea in New Jersey, comments: “Since I have been introduced to the team at DSV, I have experienced a very positive and friendly welcoming. The last couple of weeks, I have met with various leaders of the organisation and without exception, I received all the support I needed. I already had the chance to participate at the first training sessions, and I can tell you everybody had such a big smile on their face! Last but not least, we recently visited together an important PAN customer who also knows DSV very well.

"The feedback received was that they believe that both companies deliver a very good service and that we now have the unique opportunity to outperform our competitors, if we take advantage of the synergies. Overall, I believe that it will take some time until we all live the same culture, but I’m personally positive that at the end, this will be a very good experience for both the former PAN and DSV teams”.

DHL trucksDHL Global Forwarding is continuing to grow its portfolio of convenient digital services with the launch of its "myDHLi Analytics" system.

The system offers customers a smart service to access and analyze their business data 24/7. The user-friendly online service displays all relevant details about Spend (invoices), Volume, Service Quality, and Customs Activity via dashboards. Another member of the myDHLi product family has also been updated: DHL Global Forwarding is the first freight forwarder to offer a Carbon Calculator within an online quotation and booking tool. Customers can not only assess the emissions of their shipments but also reduce their CO2 impact by choosing an alternative fuel or an offsetting option - all within the myDHLi Quote & Book service.

"In line with our recently announced group strategy 2025 'Delivering excellence in a digital world,' we are continuously broadening and enhancing our digital services. Our growing myDHLi product family extends our best-in-class logistics services to the digital realm. Customers can work towards their sustainability goals with the same tool that they book, organize and analyze their shipments with," says Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

The user-friendly myDHLi Analytics service gathers data in one screen so that customers can explore all relevant information on their shipments. Filter options allow users to deep dive into expenses and trends in their data. Customers can break down their information by aspects like country, shipper, consignee, trade lane, and more. Downloadable reports offer shareable insights right down to the shipment and invoice levels. The new service goes beyond the operational focus of prior tools.

The new carbon calculator reflects Deutsche Post DHL’s GoGreen program and the group’s mission to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by 2050. While pursuing this mission, DHL also empowers and supports its customers with their own sustainability targets by offering a growing number of green logistics and transport services.

The demand for sustainable transport and logistics solutions is steadily growing. To support its customers in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their individual sustainability targets, DHL Global Forwarding now offers an online CO2 Calculator. Within the recently launched myDHLi Quote & Book service, customers can easily choose to neutralize the carbon emissions of their shipments. The integrated CO2 Calculator automatically displays the carbon footprint for the shipment in comparison between air and ocean freight. In the next step, shippers can either choose a clean-burning fuel for ocean freight or an offsetting option for any transport mode.

UPS Natural GasUPS has reported a 23 percent bounce in third-quarter operating profits.

The strong operating profit growth was led by the US Domestic and International segments. US Domestic performed exceptionally well year-over-year, with volume gains across all products.

“Our results reflect significant progress from our transformation initiatives, and our ability to generate growth and deliver increased efficiencies in a dynamic economic environment,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and CEO. “As we recently announced, we continue to forge new partnerships and create innovative solutions to accelerate growth in the most attractive opportunities.”

Full results can be found here.

EagleRail Chittagong MoUGlobal container logistics company EagleRail has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in Chattogram, Bangladesh to begin the first steps toward transforming and improving throughput on their overcrowded, and gridlocked port roads and gates.

EagleRail Container Logistics has created the first automated, patented and environmentally conscious system to increase port throughput and capacity. Its technology and infrastructure solution replaces the manual, dirty reliance on diesel trucks with a short-haul, suspended overhead container movement system that quickly lifts containers and shuttles them to local yards or intermodal transportation hubs, bypassing ground obstacles, including roadways and open water.

“We are honored that officials in Bangladesh have given the green light to investigate ways EagleRail can reduce crippling gridlock and improve efficiencies between their existing and new terminals and intermodal connections,” said Mike Wychocki, CEO, EagleRail Container Logistics, in Bangladesh for the official signing ceremony on October 17, 2019.

“The gridlock of commerce occurring between ports and intermodal points can no longer be ignored, and that’s why authorities from 17 countries are in discussions with us to study potential port and rail throughput-improvement rates by bringing our patented solution to their nations. Our system will transform port and intermodal connectivity around the world,” Wychocki added.

EagleRail is being considered for official insertion into the Chittagong Master Plan for the new Bay Container Terminal (BCT) connecting it to the Karnaphuli River terminals (NCT, CCT, and GCB) and both expanded railheads that connect container rail traffic to Dhaka. EagleRail is also being considered as part of the master design for the new and expanded Customs Clearance operation (for all terminals) in order to increase the number of containers that get scanned in-line, which is an operational advantage of overhead light-rail transportation.

The EagleRail solution is emission-free and has shown in studies to reduce CO2 and particulate pollution by up to 60 percent when compared to diesel trucks. In addition to this MoU in Bangladesh, EagleRail also has an agreement in place in Gujarat, India, with many other system implementation discussions underway in Brazil, South Africa and China.

"With the continued growth in global trade and ships now several times larger than their predecessors only a decade ago, ports constantly struggle to keep their yards unclogged and functioning properly,” said Ian Harris, Vice President Strategic Sales, COSCO Shipping Lines Inc. “The terminals need a higher velocity and higher flow technology than individual trucks or legacy on-dock rail where availability is hampered by railcar imbalances or engine and power shortages. To maintain yard fluidity, it is essential to be able to transport thousands of containers in and out of the terminals in the shortest time possible," Harris added.

In Bangladesh, EagleRail is partnering with local infrastructure and technology consulting firm, Cosmos Group, based in Dhaka and Chattogram.“EagleRail’s innovative solution shall greatly help with sustaining Bangladesh’s continued growth, through the highly efficient and accurate handling of cargo at Chittagong port, eventually benefiting a whole range of clients spanning from common consumers to service providers of the nation as a whole,” states Enayetullah Khan, Founder and Chairman, Cosmos Group.

Globally, EagleRail Container Logistics is partnering with ZPMC, a world leader in container crane manufacturing, cargo handling equipment and offshore heavy-duty products, to design and develop the automated lifting and shuttling system. EagleRail is also working closely with industry-leading virtual conveyance-planning software FlexSim, to demonstrate verifiable system elements for each installation, such as volume, route, track, and load-station options to ultimately provide efficiency and financial data before any expensive design work is commenced.

Cartwright BeltonCartwright Conversions is on course to expand after opening the doors to its new multi-million flagship manufacturing base in Belton, Lincolnshire.

The 28-acre site gives it four times the production capacity of its previous home near Doncaster with room for further expansion to meet rising demand for its bespoke vehicle conversions.

The company – part of the award-winning Cartwright Group – specialises across a wide range of conversions including Motability vehicles, ambulances, welfare vehicles, mobile banks and Police vehicles.

The range extends to conversions of trailers into mobile eye-testing and breast screening units as well as libraries, with trailers being supplied by Cartwright, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, from its base in Altrincham, Cheshire.

Since being established in 2016, Cartwright Conversions has rapidly gained a reputation for technical excellence – it recently supplied an ambulance to the Ascension Island, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The state-of-the-art production facility in Belton has four production lines, stores, electrical and quality departments, extensive parking and planning permission for an extension to accommodate future growth.

Employees can enjoy taking a break outside by the adjoining fishing lake, which is part of the site, and the company intends to install more facilities, including a gym, and and a café-style staff canteen.

Steve Shaw, Managing Director of Cartwright Conversions, said: “It is very exciting. At Belton we have enormous capacity for growth and we will continue to recruit more people to meet demand from new orders coming in.

“We are seeing growth in Motability, patient transport services and the trailer conversion market, which is particularly exciting for us because it uses both facilities, –Belton and Cartwright’s trailer production in Altrincham.

“Our aim is to become the go-to company for anyone who wants a conversion whether it’s a Motability vehicle, a breast-screening unit, a wheelchair accessible vehicle, a welfare vehicle or an ambulance or a Police vehicle.”

Cartwright Conversions has Qualified Vehicle Modifier status from Ford and has approvals from Renault and Peugeot and an in-house design team who work on most of the conversions. Customers include the NHS, private health providers, UK police forces, highways maintenance companies, banks and individuals seeking Motability vehicles.

There are plans to increase the workforce from 80 to 250 and to introduce an in-house training scheme for workers with transferable skills and, eventually, to establish an apprenticeship programme to create opportunities for young people to build a career in engineering.

Mark Cartwright, MD of the Cartwright Group, said: “We are delighted with Cartwright Conversions’ new facility at Belton which is already playing a key role within the Cartwright Group’s expansion plans.

“It has tremendous potential and I would like to thank everyone who has made the move possible for their hard work and determination.”

Now in its 67th year, the Cartwright Group is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of trailers and commercial vehicle bodies with a reputation for innovation, design excellence and engineering reliability, winning a host of awards along the way.

Under the banner “Better, Built in Britain” it exports to Europe, Australia, UAE and South America, and counts some of the UK’s best-known brands among its customers.

The Group has expanded to encompass Cartwright Rentals, Cartwright Fleet Services, Cartwright Finance, making it a true ‘one-stop shop’ for trailer requirements, as well as Cartwright Conversions and

Cartwright GSE, which manufactures aircraft ground support equipment.

Group turnover has increased from £89 million to more than £184 million in just four years, earning it a listing in the Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 last year.

CMA ShipfinCMA CGM Group has launched Shipfin Trade Finance, a new range of financing services dedicated to importing and exporting, in partnership with Incomlend, a global invoice finance platform.

An innovative offer to support the international development of the CMA CGM Group's customers
Committed to supporting its customers and their development, the CMA CGM Group now wishes to support their business through financing solutions that are tailored to their needs. The Group is thus putting its expertise and presence in 160 countries around the world at the service of its customers’ international development.

With Shipfin, CMA CGM offers all its customers, importers and exporters alike, a range of simple, reliable and rapid financial services to consolidate and support their international growth. Thanks to a dedicated team of experts based in the Group's headquarters in Marseilles, customers can benefit from a set of tailor-made solutions ranging from extended payment terms to financing advances.

The Shipfin range is based on two initial products dedicated respectively to importing and exporting customers: supply chain and cargo financing. They will be available on the CMA CGM, ANL, APL and CNC platforms and initially available to customers based in India, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines before gradually being deployed to other countries.

Contargo TransboxContainer service provider Transbox United will trade under the name “Contargo Transbox” as it further embeds itself within European hinterland network of the Contargo Group.

“Two years ago we took over the remaining shares of United Container Transport in the joint venture Transbox United”, says Michel van Meurs, Regional Sales Manager Western Seaports. “Since then, we have further developed our services in Belgium, and integrated them into the Contargo network. Now the time is right to visibly represent this fact with a unified company name.”

Contargo Waterway Logistics has been active in the Benelux market under the brand name Transbox since 2010. In 2014, together with United Container Transport, the enterprise founded Transbox United as a joint venture, offering various services in the area of container transport by barge. These include daily intra-port transports in the Port of Antwerp serving all the major Antwerp terminals, daily departures between Rotterdam and Antwerp to and from all major terminals, and intra-port transports in the Port of Rotterdam. As an independent service provider, the team of Contargo Transbox also provides services to Deurne and Wielsbeke in Belgium, and to Valenciennes in France.

Jettainer PhotoASL Airlines Belgium has selected Jettainer to manage its ULDs, effective immediately. The leading international service partner for outsourced ULD management will therefore take over the global control and maintenance for the entire ULD-fleet. The contract covers a period of five years.

ASL Airlines Belgium, is a member of the ASL Aviation Holdings Group. As cargo airline, it specializes in the express freight market and also offers scheduled, charter and ad-hoc flights with aircraft including the Boeing B747-400F and the Boeing 737-800F and 400F. ASL Airlines Belgium’s existing fleet of ULDs consists of approximately 1,500 units and these are utilized across an extensive European network and on flights to the USA, China and the Middle East.

“The key aspect of our outsource plan was to find a provider that could give us absolute reliability to that our global clients continue to receive the first-class service they expect from ASL Airlines Belgium. With Jettainer we found the ideal partner to increase the efficiency of ULD handling with additional financial and ecological improvements. The mix of Jettainer’s many years of experience, innovative management technologies and global presence convinced us,” said Marc Bollinne Managing Director of ASL Airlines Belgium.

Thorsten Riekert, Director Sales at Jettainer, emphasizes: “With ASL Airlines Belgium we can welcome the second Belgium airline in our growing client base, after Brussels Airlines. In this context, we are also enhancing our presence at the airport Liege, which in the recent past became increasingly more important due to significant growth in the cargo sector.”

Speedy Freight Hero Image 3Speedy Freight has further expanded to the South East, with new branches in Stevenage and Cambridge. New Speedy Freight Franchisee, Zamir Mohammad will lead these branches and establish up to 30 local jobs for Preferred Owner Drivers.

Zamir Mohammad, General Manager says, “Following a career in retail sales and business development and running an e-commerce and fulfilment business, I’m really excited to bring my warehousing and logistics knowledge to Speedy Freight and local businesses.”

“Speedy Freight is now recruiting up to 30 owner drivers – mostly of vans, to its preferred driver group,” says Zamir. “We have access to 4,000 vehicles around the country, enabling Speedy Freight to deliver anything from an urgent medical sample to essential bricks needed to keep a construction site going. We operate a dedicated service, which means we will only carry one client’s goods on board at a time and we go direct from the collection address to the delivery address, ensuring consignments travel safely and securely.”

To support the launch, Business Development Manager John Stevens – a local with extensive area knowledge – will be leading the new business development. “It’s a very cost-effective service for customers who need things done quickly. We all have those occasions where something needs to get there now. We’re ready to solve clients’ needs from any industry!” says Stevens.

Dachser UKDACHSER UK has opened a new hub in the northwest of England covering more than 5,000 square metres.

The development of the 3.7 hectare (9.2 acre) site represents a EUR 16 million (GBP 14.4 million) investment by the company and is evidence of Dachser’s commitment to the UK market. In particular, it strengthens the company’s presence in the northern UK region and will further improve its transport and distribution services in one of British industry’s heartlands.

“We have an optimistic view on the future of both import and export trade with the rest of Europe and beyond,” commented Mark Rollinson, Managing Director, Dachser UK. “Since the company’s initial expansion into the area in 2010, our business has grown fivefold, necessitating the warehouse expansion to satisfy the demands of our customers’ global integrated supply chains. We have also experienced a sustained increase in UK exports delivered through Dachser’s extensive European distribution network.”

The location is optimally situated from a logistics viewpoint, adjacent to the Trans-Pennine motorway, which is an important artery of the UK’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’. The new facility has 49 dock loading doors and an additional four level access doors, and the build is nearly 7,000 square metres, including office space.

“The Rochdale Logistics Centre is connected to the global Dachser network with daily direct freight services,” explains Gary Atkinson, Branch Manager at Rochdale. “With this new construction, our location in the North of England is evolving into an important hub within Dachser’s European network. Ensuring that the new facility remained within Rochdale was an important consideration in the interests of the company’s workforce,” he emphasised.

Dachser Edoardo Podesta Oct 19Dachser has appointed Edoardo Podestá as its new Chief Operations Officer (COO) for its the Air & Sea Logistics division, replacing Jochen Müller in this position.

Dachser and the current COO Air & Sea Logistics, Jochen Müller, have mutually agreed not to extend his contract when it expires in 2020. Jochen Müller will stop working for Dachser with immediate effect.

In recent years, Jochen Müller was responsible for developing the air and sea freight business into a network company with operations worldwide, thereby putting in place the foundations for globally integrated supply chain solutions for our customers. It is thanks to his commitment that the structures to support the future expansion of the air and sea freight business could be further cemented. Dachser is grateful to Jochen Müller for all his hard work over the years and for the mutual trust upon which it was based, and wishes him every success in his personal and professional life in the future.

The job of heading up the global air and sea freight business is going to Edoardo Podestá, a seasoned Dachser manager. The 57-year-old Italian joined Dachser back in 2003 as part of the management team for the Züst Ambrosetti Far East Ltd. joint venture after Dachser had taken full control. In recognition of his successful expansion of the air and sea freight business in Asia, he was appointed Managing Director of the Asia Pacific business unit in 2014.

“Edoardo Podestá combines his success as an entrepreneur and strong leadership skills with his profound knowledge of the Asian and global air and sea freight markets,” says Bernhard Simon, Dachser CEO. “As COO Air & Sea Logistics, he will continue to expand our intercontinental network for air and sea freight and link it even more closely with our European overland transport network.”

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