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Ethiopian B737 MAX 8Ethiopian Airlines Group has launched an capacity development initiative aimed at creating local value in agricultural products.

The forward-looking development initiative is tailored to support cooperative unions comprising millions of farmers with innovations and technology, thereby ensure their international market penetration.

While discussing with Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group Chief Executive Officer at Ethiopian headquarters, stakeholders drawn from government agencies and farmers’ cooperative unions have expressed their gratitude on the launch of the capacity development program and vowed to work together.

Mr. Tewolde on his part remarked, “We are delighted to have launched the initiative which is geared towards enhancing the livelihood of Ethiopian farmers as well as supporting them in competing in the global market place. We will keep sharing our experience and underpin the implementation of the import substitution strategy of our country with consistent and progressive local value creation (LVC) endeavors.”

Ethiopian sources organic produces directly from the farm and significantly contributes to the import substitution move of the economy.

Coyote statsExcessive fragmentation continues to impact the European road freight market – with 50 percent of shippers working with over 30 carriers at a time – leaving supply chain professionals faced with navigating a complex industry.

To do so effectively, shippers and carriers need to understand the dynamics of the market, which is why Coyote Logistics, a leading global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, is releasing exclusive new research today on the challenges facing supply chain professionals in today’s unpredictable market.

Titled “The Evolution of Technology + Humanity: Building a Supply Chain for Long-Term Success,” the study is comprised of results and data from two unique shipper and carrier surveys, along with Coyote Logistics’ own customer research. Developed in collaboration with third-party research firms MakerStreet (headquartered in Amsterdam) and Martec (satellite office in Frankfurt), Coyote Logistics investigated the unique challenges of decision makers across all European markets to understand the ideal balance between technology and human expertise.

Notably, the studies identified that shippers and carriers, in large part, are facing similar challenges. Rising costs, increasing complexity, shortage of capacity, the need for flexibility and agility, and increased visibility across the supply chain were among the top roadblocks identified. It also showed that shippers and carriers believe the ideal balance between technology and human expertise across tasks in the supply chain is 60:40, which reaffirms Coyote Logistics’ longstanding position that the two must work together to succeed in an evolving world.

“At Coyote Logistics, we know through our research and experience in the European road freight market that technology and human expertise are needed for long-term supply chain success,” said Joel Gard, Head of Europe, Coyote Logistics. “From the findings in the Technology + Humanity study, we have come to more deeply understand the challenges shippers and carriers face today in relation to evolving technologies, which allows us to better support both parties with the knowledge, resources, and insights they need to meet and exceed their business goals.”

To better understand how shippers and carriers can strengthen efficiencies in their supply chains, Technology + Humanity analyzed which of 13 tasks are best suited for human expertise, which functions can be optimized with technology, and which require a combination of both. The results demonstrate that human expertise is irreplaceable in creative, decision-making and strategic-thinking tasks, such as communicating with customers and resolving shipment and delivery problems.

Regarding automation, shippers and carriers reported that technology is best positioned to strengthen operational functions such as managing inventory and booking shipments.

However, while the study illustrates the many opportunities to incorporate technology into the supply chain, respondents did not identify any functions that they believe are best served only by technology. Instead, shippers and carriers advocated for a 60:40 balance of technology and human expertise in supply chain tasks.

Dimerco Annual Management Meeting in ManilaDimerco Express Group has restructured to set up an Executive Management Board (EMB), which will consist of five Executive Management members and will be led by Mr. Jeffrey Shih when Dimerco CEO Mr. Edward Lin (pictured centre at last year's AGM) retires at the end of the month.

The EMB will be responsible for the management of Dimerco Express Group’s three newly restructured Business Divisions - Air Freight, Ocean Freight and Contract Logistics.

Mobile Intelligence Logistics Service Provider
Dimerco has also upgraded its Corporate Management Information System (MIS) to Business Intelligence Technology (BIT) Division, focusing on the development and application of its own Dimerco Value Plus System® which operates on web.3.0 cloud network and offers the mobility to operate and service customers in any location and at any time, when there is internet connection. This rapid and comprehensive improvement of AI technology, application of Big Data and Semi-Automation technology in the Internet+ environment underpins Dimerco’s re-positioning of the company as a "Mobile Intelligence Logistics Service Provider".

Commenting on the restructure at Dimerco, newly appointed Chief Executive Management Mr. Shih said, “Dimerco Express Group is in the process of disruptive innovation, in terms of organizational restructure, specialization, teamwork and the application of intelligent technology. We believe that the new EMB structure and clear Business Divisions will enable us to be more professionally focused on our key services. To upgrade our IT system to Mobile Intelligence Logistics Service Platform by leveraging latest Artificial Intelligence Technology, application of Big Data with App. reflects our commitment to provide a best-in-class logistics service for operation and management excellency and optimization of service to customers.”

Innovate KidsStrong praise has greeted the UK's entry into the FIRST Global Challenge 2019 in Dubai.

“It’s tense, it’s real tense, especially because we’re due to travel on October 31 – Brexit deadline day,” says 16-year-old Patrick Jordan, Coder for Team UK, about the atmosphere in his country before his team flew out to Dubai for the event.

“Having the distraction of designing, building and coding the robotics for this event is a refreshing break from all the noise in the news,” he adds with a maturity well beyond his years. Patrick and his team could be directly affected by the Brexit fallout as they travel home on the day slated for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“Events like this, on platforms like the one Dubai has provided, tell the story that we should be really be focused on,” says Muktar Ali, the 29-year-old mentor of Team UK and former robotics and engineering teacher of the five-member team.

“What we need to be focusing on is the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and where we’re going with that. Look at the impact of AI and robotics already – this is where the future is headed. Instead of talking about ‘this is what we should be doing’, we should be focusing on what we can achieve with tech and AI.”

This is the team’s second shot at the FIRST Global Challenge. At last year’s event in Mexico City, they finished a valiant third, which has left them hungry for a first-place finish at this year’s tournament – the first to be hosted in the Middle East.

“Last year’s event was all about power, so we had wind turbines, reactors to place cubes inside slots, which was really relevant to us because so much of the UK’s trash is exported. This year is all about oceans, which is something that’s important not just for us – being an island nation surrounded by water – but also the wider world,” Patrick adds.

The robot Team UK has developed this year has a distinctively British look and feel to it – it’s a bulldozer with expandable wings that have red London buses attached. The aim of the wings is to push the balls into the goal nets to score points in the FIRST Global Challenge Olympics-style events.

“You get bonus points for clearing the entire floor, so we’ve designed something with the bonus points in mind – we’re here for the win,” Patrick says.

Touching on the importance of the FIRST Global Challenge, he adds: “Not everybody can be a footballer, and what’s the future for football and sports? This kind of work is the future: space exploration, automation – these are areas that offer careers. And it’s so important to give that a platform.”

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.

Norfolk Southern OctNorth American intermodal operator Norfolk Southern has recorded a four percent decline in Q3 revenues.

Third-quarter net income was US$657 million and diluted earnings per share were $2.49. The operating ratio for the quarter was 64.9 percent, a third-quarter record for NS. These results include a $32 million write-off of a receivable resulting from a legal dispute, which unfavorably impacted the operating ratio by 110 basis points and earnings per share by $0.09.

“Our team achieved a record third-quarter operating ratio while successfully rolling out the first phase of our TOP21 operating plan, followed by the swift transition to the plan’s second phase. These efforts produced an 11 percent reduction in crew starts and recrews compared to the third-quarter last year, robustly outpacing the 6% volume decline while maintaining resilient service that supported an 11th consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue per unit growth,” said James A. Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO.

“Initiatives to reimagine mechanical operations while maintaining a more efficient fleet of locomotives and railcars also progressed, as these and other efforts delivered significant cost savings this quarter. Looking ahead, additional productivity will be generated as we advance to the third phase of TOP21 and execute initiatives surrounding fuel efficiency, distributed power, intermodal operations, and our mechanical network, just to name a few. Norfolk Southern remains fully dedicated to our strategic plan for the creation of shareholder value through sweeping productivity improvements while maintaining a superior service product for our customers.”

Third-quarter summary and highlights: Railway operating revenues of $2.8 billion decreased four percent compared with third-quarter 2018, as a two percent increase in average revenue per unit partially offset a six percent decline in total volume. Railway operating expenses were $1.8 billion, a decrease of $82 million compared with the same period last year. Lower compensation and benefits, equipment rents, and fuel prices were partially offset by a $32 million write-off of a receivable resulting from a legal dispute and increased depreciation expense.

Income from railway operations was $1.0 billion, a decrease of $24 million year-over-year. The railway operating ratio was a third-quarter record 64.9 percent, despite the unfavorable impact of 110 basis points related to a legal dispute. Increased quarterly dividend by nine percent from $0.86 to $0.94 per share.

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.

FedEx 767FedEx Express (FedEx) is continuing its European fleet modernisation programme with the introduction of a new Boeing 767F cargo jet into its European network.

The new freighter offers superior environmental performance compared to the aircraft it replaces, including noise reduction benefits. It also provides additional capacity on the existing Madrid-Paris route, offering Spanish businesses that export to Europe greater opportunity to ship their goods.

The new Boeing 767F can carry up to 91,000 pounds of cargo, which represents an increase in capacity of approximately 16% compared to the aircraft it replaces. It is also 9% percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, which, combined with the higher capacity, reduces emissions by 21% per pound.

The newly introduced aircraft operates five times a week and connects FedEx hubs in Madrid and Paris-Charles de Gaulle - one of the major FedEx hubs in Europe alongside Cologne and Liège.

This is the second Boeing 767F to begin service in Europe for FedEx Express. The first one started operations in July for the Dublin-London-Paris route.

“We’re very excited about the introduction of the new Boeing 767F on the Madrid-Paris route. Modernizing our fleet with cleaner, quieter, and more efficient aircraft is a top priority for FedEx Express and this new freighter represents another exciting milestone in this process. The increased capacity of the Boeing 767F will also offer Spanish customers who export, greater opportunity to ship their goods and trade globally,” said Paloma Romero-Salazar, VP Operations Spain & Portugal, FedEx Express.

“At our Madrid hub we are absolutely committed to providing exceptional service to customers whilst minimizing the impact of our operations on the local area. This new aircraft will provide excellent service reliability”

Preparations for the arrival of the new Boeing 767F started a number of months ago. Thousands of hours of comprehensive training have been undertaken by team members, including air operations, ramp agents and technicians.

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.

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”.

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.

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