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Panther Warehousing Guy Burgess Logistics DirectorLONDON: October 07, 2019. Route planning and fleet management are key to a successful delivery operation, according to the recently appointed Logistics Director of two-man, white-glove specialist Panther Warehousing.

Guy Burgess – who took up the reins at the Northamptonshire-based company earlier this year – believes strategically managing assets is essential, especially when delivering seven days a week.

“You must ensure your fleet is fully operational and ready to meet demand at all times,” said Burgess (pictured), who has more than 25 years’ experience in logistics, more than five of them in the two-man delivery sector.

“You cannot afford to be caught out in such a competitive market.

“You don’t want to let customers and consumers down – but on the other hand you also don’t want to send vehicles out half-empty, so it is a constant balancing act between speed and efficiency. That’s where great route planning comes in – it makes a real difference.”

Fast-expanding Panther’s fleet comprises LGV’s, trailers and light vans with extra equipment being hired in at peak times when necessary. All vehicles are Euro 6 compliant the majority under two years old.

Panther also benefits from having its own pool of directly employed LGV drivers, an advantage during the current national shortage of drivers. Driver behaviour is monitored as all the LGVs are fitted with telematics and forward facing cameras, making it easier to manage an efficient fleet.

Describing himself as a “specialist in field and network strategy” Guy joined as Programme Manager at the end of 2018 and was promoted to Logistics Director five months later.

Guy said: “Panther is unique in the market-place with an unrivalled next-day delivery offer in the two-man, white-glove sector. We deliver seven days a week and now offer early morning and evening premium deliveries as well.

“My commitment to providing a premier service to both client and customer, and my enthusiastic and dynamic approach to managing teams have produced significant results in each role I’ve fulfilled.

“It’s fantastic to be joining Panther which is leading the field with its flexible, responsive deliveries tailored to customer demand.”

At Panther he closely manages suppliers and vehicle movements to ensure the company’s assets are deployed efficiently and effectively and all vehicles are fully compliant with its Operators licence requirements.

IATA De JuniacMONTREAL: October 07, 2019. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended progress made by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in adopting long-term carbon-reduction plans.

Environment was at the top of the agenda, and after some robust discussions between states, there were two critical outcomes:

The ICAO Council will report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international aviation.
The Assembly passed a resolution that reaffirmed and strengthened its support for the successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)—the world’s first global carbon offsetting scheme.

A decade ago the aviation industry agreed a long-term goal to cut aviation emissions to half the levels of 2005 by 2050 and is working on a pathway to achieve that goal. This Assembly marks the first time that ICAO member states have agreed to consider a long-term goal for governments to reduce aviation emissions—a move that is strongly welcomed by airlines.

“Sustainability is critical to earning aviation’s license to grow and spread its many economic and social benefits. Decarbonizing the sector is a major challenge. Our focus is on cutting emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050 and we are making consistent progress. Flying today is 17.3% more fuel efficient than a decade ago. From 2020—with the help of CORSIA—the sector’s growth will be carbon neutral. The strong support of governments for developing a UN backed long-term goal for reducing emissions would support us in those efforts and take us to the next step. National policy measures aligned to a global long-term emissions reduction goal will enable the industry to work even more effectively on crucial opportunities like commercializing sustainable aviation fuels and more efficient air traffic management,” said Alexandre de Juniac (pictured), IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Meanwhile, the enhanced and strong support for CORSIA will shore-up the important step of capping aviation’s emissions from 2020. CORSIA will offset growth of international flight emissions from 2021, generating some $40 billion of aviation-funded climate finance by 2035.

“We need to implement CORSIA successfully. It’s essential to our promise of carbon-neutral growth. This Assembly has sent a clear message that governments are committed to CORSIA and want to broaden participation from the voluntary stage. We look forward to seeing these commitments delivered as CORSIA begins—particularly by those states that are undermining CORSIA with additional taxes or charges,” said de Juniac.

Port of LALOS ANGELES: October 04, 2019. The Port of Los Angeles has demonstrated two zero-emissions top handlers. Joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in celebration of California Clean Air Day, the Port today showcased two pre-commercial battery-electric top handlers that will be tested at the Everport Container Terminal.

“Every Angeleno deserves to know that future generations will inherit a sustainable city and a livable planet — and that our air, water, and natural resources will be protected and preserved,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Clean Air Day gives L.A. an opportunity to show what it means to put our principles into practice with cleaner transportation, goods movement, and energy sources — to leave a healthier world for our children and grandchildren.”

“Today shows we are making good on our pledge to do the hard work of advancing commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’re excited to power up these battery-electric top handlers and test them under the real-world conditions of a working container terminal.”

The world’s first battery-electric top handlers were designed and built in the U.S. by Taylor Machine Works, Inc., a leading heavy-duty equipment manufacturer and the largest supplier of top handlers in service at the Port. Also known as top picks, top handlers are off-road vehicles with an overhead boom for loading containers weighing up to 75,000 pounds onto trucks and trains, unloading them, and stacking them on terminals between pickups and deliveries.

Taylor’s zero-emissions top handlers run on a one-megawatt battery designed to operate for up to 18 hours between charges. Each top handler has a data logger for tracking hours of operation, charging frequency, energy usage and other performance indicators.

The data collection process also involves obtaining feedback from all demonstration participants, including the drivers and mechanics who will operate and maintain the top handlers. Workers will be able to provide valuable input on the maneuverability, noise level and safety of the equipment.

The top handlers will be tested over a 12-month period, expected to begin by the end of the year. The Port and its partners will also evaluate the functionality of the connections and systems for charging the top handlers.

The battery-electric top handlers are a key component of the Port’s $7.7 million Everport Advanced Cargo Handling Demonstration Project. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is supporting the large-scale zero-emissions technology project with a $4.5 million sustainability grant.

“The CEC is proud to be working with forward-thinking partners like the Port of Los Angeles to accelerate the adoption of innovative and sustainable freight technologies,” said Energy Commissioner Patty Monahan. “Projects like this are critical to showcasing zero-emission equipment that can make the state’s freight industry more efficient and competitive, while helping clean California’s air.”

The Everport demonstration is one of 16 projects in which the Port is either the lead agency or a participant working with multiple partners to test near-zero emissions and zero-emissions engines, emissions control technology, and alternative fueling and charging stations. In addition to the battery-electric top handlers, the projects include testing hybrid natural gas and fully battery-electric fuel cell heavy-duty trucks; battery-electric forklifts, yard tractors, and rubber-tired gantry cranes; and emissions control equipment on large ships and harbor craft.

Taylor has decades of experience working with the Port’s marine container terminal operators to meet their equipment needs. Since the 2006 launch of the Clean Air Action Plan, the Mississippi-based manufacturer has played a key role in the Port’s air quality progress by helping terminal operators transition their top handlers to the cleanest available in today’s market. Currently, more than 60% of the 213 top handlers in Port service meet Tier 4 off-road diesel engine standards.

Eliminating tailpipe emissions from cargo handling equipment is essential to achieving the Port’s larger goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) from all port-related sources. Port targets call for reducing GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative, strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region

DHL PackstationBONN, Germany: October 04, 2019. Deutsche Post DHL is is expanding its click-and-collect Packstation network in Germany, with plans for a further 3,000 stations to be added to the existing network of 4,000 by 2021. 

"For many of our more than twelve million registered customers, DHL Packstations are an integral part of their online shopping experience and an indispensable part of their everyday lives. That's why we're investing large sums to further expand our Packstation network across Germany - in rural areas and in cities. We're not only responding to the sustained strong growth seen in parcel volumes, but are also giving customers even greater access to our parcel service network," says Tobias Meyer, Board Member for Post & Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

The 3,000 additional Packstations augment the company's current 28,000 parcel collection points, consisting of 4,000 Packstations and 24,000 postal outlets or DHL parcel shops. With its dense network, Deutsche Post services far exceed regulatory requirements.

"By expanding our Packstation network, we're on course with our Group-wide Strategy 2025. Sustained growth in e-commerce remains a key driver for the strategy's implementation and for the company's future success," says Tobias Meyer. "With our mix of self-service Packstations and postal outlets with long opening hours, Deutsche Post DHL Group services are more accessible to consumers than ever before."

Deutsche Post DHL Group was the first company to introduce the Packstation service to the German market in 2003 and now operates a unique country-wide Packstation network. Packstations are easy to operate and are usually available around the clock. They are becoming increasingly popular also because they are located in easy-to-access places that people frequent in the course of their day. For example, customers can conveniently combine parcel collection and posting with their journey to work or when shopping for food. As multiple parcels can be placed in a Packstation at any one time, the Packstation network saves additional journeys, making it a sustainable service that reduces both traffic and carbon emissions.

Deutsche Post DHL Group had announced extensive investments to improve its quality and service in March 2019. This included establishing 500 new partner outlets and DHL parcel shops, as well as installing 1,000 new DHL Packstations. Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to continue expanding its DHL Packstation network beyond 2021. The network will thus play a key role in providing services to customers throughout Germany also in future.

London City AirportLONDON: October 01, 2019. Government investment plans in UK road transport infrastructure has received a cautious welcome from the country's forwarding sector.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has given a cautious welcome to the news that the UK Government has confirmed a commitment by the previous administration to invest some £25 billion in England’s road transport infrastructure.

BIFA Director General, Robert Keen, says: “We have regularly said that there has been too little investment in the UK road infrastructure network over many years.

“This lack of spending has caused the country’s network of A roads and motorways to become congested, undermining the UK’s competitiveness in comparison to its international peers.

“BIFA has said repeatedly that it is imperative that new road building and road reconstruction projects are not only implemented, but developed in such a way as to maximise their functionality.

“Whilst today’s announcement does not appear to be additional funding to that announced by the previous administration, it does offer some clarity on where the funds will be spent between 2020 and 2025, with 14 of England's major roads being upgraded, including the widening of the A12, that key artery to and from the port of Felixstowe.

“That will be welcome news for BIFA members, which as freight forwarders, rely on the road network to move Britain’s visible domestic and international trade.

“We are now hopeful that talk of infrastructure investment will cease to be just talk and we will see some spades in the ground.”

Rotterdam port ROTTERDAM: October 03, 2019. The Port of Rotterdam has launched Boxinsider, a new track and trace system allowing freight forwarders to see where their containers are located at any given moment.

'When I order a book online, I can almost follow the package live,' explains CEO Allard Castelein. 'With Boxinsider, we are now presenting a similar solution for containers. By developing digital applications, we are making our port even more efficient, safer and more reliable. Solutions like Boxinsider are good examples of this transition and so they are a perfect match with our ambition to be the world's Smartest Port.'

Most shippers, freight forwarders and other users still collect information manually from a range of websites about where their containers are located. That is time-consuming and error-prone. It can also cause planning errors and have costly consequences. Boxinsider puts an end to all that. Drawing on status information from container vessels and inland and deep-sea terminals, it can track containers, and determine expected and actual arrival and departure times for vessels, as well as container unloading and departures at container terminals. Users are warned about any delays or disruptions.

ABC Logistics from Poeldijk is one of the 'launching customers' and it has seen the benefits of the system. 'Boxinsider gives us - quickly and with minimal effort - a clear picture of the containers that we can expect at the various Rotterdam terminals,' says account manager Remco Verwaal. 'It really is a very user-friendly application.'

Boxinsider works as a stand-alone application but it can also be integrated with existing systems using a link.

LONDON: September 25, 2019. IHS Markit has launched a benchmark index for the global price of carbon credits, developed in conjunction with Climate Finance Partners.

According to its new 'IHS Markit Global Carbon Index', the global weighted average price of carbon credits is US$23.65. The company says since the beginning of 2018, the total return potential for investors in global carbon has been132 percent,

china carbonThe design, construction and administration of the new index is a result of extensive collaboration among the firm’s Indices, Environmental and Energy businesses, including OPIS, the company’s energy price reporting arm, which offers data and pricing services to help businesses manage costs and risks associated with national and regional environmental compliance programs.

The index tracks the performance of the largest and most accessible tradable carbon markets including the European Union Emission Trading System (EU ETS), the California Cap-and-Trade Program and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The index is calculated using OPIS plus data and carbon credit futures pricing in those markets.

With 57 jurisdictions employing carbon pricing mechanisms, up 34 percent since 2017, IHS claims putting a price on CO2 emissions via cap and trade programmes is a primary strategy for reducing carbon emissions.

“The IHS Markit Global Carbon index creates an important benchmark which helps financial institutions to better assess and price climate-related financial risks,” commented Eron Bloomgarden, co-founder of Climate Finance Partners. “We see growing investor interest in carbon credits as an asset class.”

DHL Jag renewLONDON: October 03, 2019. Jaguar Land Rover has renewed its contract with DHL Supply Chain, continuing a 10-year relationship be between the two firms.

The contract is being renewed with new ambitions and an extended brief to manage the in-bound supply chain for the company’s new manufacturing site in Slovakia.

The announcement was marked last week by members from the joint DHL and Jaguar Land Rover teams attending a recognition event at Jaguar Land Rover’s head office in Whitley.

In the next phase of the partnership DHL will support Jaguar Land Rover as the company adapts its operations to achieve manufacturing excellence for the next generation of premium, customised cars and the adoption of electrification.

Working in close partnership, DHL and Jaguar Land Rover will implement a programme of transformational operational improvements and accelerated digitalisation to support long-term growth and deliver significant cost savings over the next five years.

The supply chain and sequencing process is becoming increasingly complex as customisation becomes a key differentiator for Jaguar Land Rover. Investment in digitalisation and data analysis are being implemented to enable intelligent planning and management decisions.

Ian Harnett, Executive Director, Human Resources & Global Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover said: “We’re transforming our UK plants with a specialised supply chain solution and DHL is a key partner in this process. Over the last ten years they have proven that they can support our business as it evolves.”

Mike Bristow, Managing Director, Manufacturing Logistics, DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland, added: “Over the past decade our close working relationship with Jaguar Land Rover has enabled us to pursue new ways of working to drive a significant step change in performance. As part of this contract extension we now have a fully mapped transformation and investment plan to ensure Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain is fit for the future.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. September 19, 2019. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has decided leading by example can persuade corporations worldwide to implement climate crisis solutions before it is too late.

Together with former UN climate head Christina Figueres, he has launched The Climate Pledge, a call for companies to be emission net zero by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement goal.

“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,” said Bezos (pictured). “If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos“I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge. Large companies signing The Climate Pledge will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments,” he added.

To do this his company has ordered 100,000 electric vehicles from Rivian, with deliveries beginning in 2021. Amazon has already invested US$400 million in the manufacturer that has a plant in Normal, Illinois.

Amazon plans to have 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles operating by 2030 – saving four million tonnes of carbon per year by then.

Bezos has also launched a partnership with The Nature Conservancy called the Right Now Climate Fund and his company has committed US$100 million to restore and protect forests, wetlands and peatlands around the world and so remove millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.

“Bold steps by big companies will make a huge difference in the development of new technologies and industries to support a low carbon economy,” commented Figueres, the founding partner of Global Optimism.

“If Amazon can set ambitious goals like this and make significant changes at their scale, we think many more companies should be able to do the same and will accept the challenge. We are excited to have others join,” she continued.

With the launch of a new sustainability website reporting on its commitments, initiatives and performance, Amazon is pledging to reach 80 percent renewable energy by 2024; 100 percent renewable energy by 2030; 50 percent of shipments net zero carbon by 2030 and company-wide operations net zero carbon by 2040.

palletways hungaryLONDON: October 02, 2019. Palletways has expanded with the addition of UK-based EFS Global, the latest operator to join Europe’s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network.

Burnley based EFS Global which was founded in 1996, employs over 325 members of staff who work across nine strategically located depots in Burnley, Manchester, Skipton, Bradford, Preston, Tamworth, Immingham, Bromborough and Liverpool. The company, which has a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, will handle single pallet loads to large scale consignments and cover selected postcodes in Burnley, Colne, Nelson, Clitheroe, Oldham and surrounding areas.

Mark Jones, managing director and founder of EFS Global, said: “We’re pleased to have joined forces with Palletways, Europe’s leading pallet network. This exciting new move will enable us to continue to provide a comprehensive solution for our pallet consignments whilst complementing and improving our service offerings to Europe, maintaining the high standards of quality and service that our customers have come to expect.”

Dan Balshaw, IT & International Logistics, added: “Palletways have innovative ideas and technology, which are not only unique for the network, but also the industry, all of which will complement our commitment to technology.”

Rob Gittins, managing director for Palletways UK, concluded: “I’m pleased to welcome EFS Global to our ever-growing network. They’ll bring with them a wealth of industry knowledge and we look forward to drawing on their expertise to enhance our services in the north.”
EFS Global provide a range of services, from air and sea freight to European road freight, haulage, pallet and parcel deliveries, refrigerated transport and specialist pharmaceutical/medical/hazardous freight.

There are over 115 independent transport providers that are part of the Palletways UK network. They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group, famed for its industry-leading IT developments and operational systems, comprises 450+ depots and 20 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 24 European countries, including the UK.

WASHINGTON DC: August 19, 2019. U.S. business leaders have decided maximizing shareholder value, to the potential detriment of all else, is no longer the core objective of American companies.

A new statement of purpose published by the US Business Roundtable and signed by 181 CEOs says corporations should exist for the benefit of all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.

According to analysis of federal data by America’s largest labour federation, the AFL-CIO, last year the country’s CEOs earned an average US$14.5 million compared to an average US$39,888 for rank-and-file workers.

Now the CEOs want to “promote an economy that serves all Americans”, rather than just a few, by declaring a commitment to: “Delivering value to our customers. We will further the tradition of American companies leading the way in meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

Southwest Airlines pilots“Investing in our employees. This starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits. It also includes supporting them through training and education that help develop new skills for a rapidly changing world. We foster diversity and inclusion, dignity and respect.

“Dealing fairly and ethically with our suppliers. We are dedicated to serving as good partners to the other companies, large and small, that help us meet our missions.

“Supporting the communities in which we work. We respect the people in our communities and protect the environment by embracing sustainable practices across our businesses.

“Generating long-term value for shareholders, who provide the capital that allows companies to invest, grow and innovate. We are committed to transparency and effective engagement with shareholders.”

It didn’t take 50 years for Herb Kelleher, the legendary co-founder, CEO and executive chairman of Southwest Airlines who passed away earlier this year, to come to a similar conclusion. When Southwest took to the air in 1971, he famously declared happy employees come first because they make happy returning customers and subsequently happy shareholders.

This month Southwest declared its 172nd consecutive quarterly dividend after a second quarter record net profit of US$741 million by putting employees not shareholders first. Be interesting to see how many employees turn up at any of the memorial services of the signatories to this latest corporate governance iteration from the Business Roundtable.

For Southwest current and former staff, the convention centre in Dallas wasn’t big enough – it could only hold 5,000 of them.

Pictured: Southwest has launched a career programme called ‘Destination 225°’ to become a qualified candidate for future Southwest First Officer positions.

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