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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.”

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.

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.

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.

DHL IncheonSEOUL: October 16, 2019. DHL Express has signed a concession agreement with the Incheon International Airport Corporation to implement its largest investment in South Korea to-date - a EUR131 million expansion plan for its gateway in South Korea.

John Pearson, CEO, DHL Express said, "Our quality and speed are crucial for our customers and the main pillars of our growth around the world. Our new investment, the largest one for South Korea so far, helps to connect the world even more and to further improve transit time of global trade and on the trade lanes to Asia."

Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific said, "Our Incheon Gateway occupies a vital strategic position along key routes between South Korea and countries like Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China - all of which are amongst our top ten inbound and outbound markets by express delivery volume. With online retail sales in Asia Pacific expected to reach US$2.5 trillion1 by 2023, our latest investments in the Incheon Gateway will align our infrastructure to what Asia's e-commerce generation needs for now and tomorrow."

The expansion of Gateway, located next to Incheon International Airport - currently the world's fourth busiest cargo handler2 - brings DHL Express' commitment for this strategic hub to approximately EUR161 million in total. Since the opening of its Gateway in 2008, DHL Express has seen a growth of over 45% in shipment volume, indicative of the growing role which the Gateway plays in global and intra-regional trade. The multi-year investment is expected to further support demand growth up to 2032. The expanded facility will have a gross floor area of 58,700 square meters from the current 20,000 square meters - an increase of almost 200%. It will also be equipped with the latest technology for faster, more secure and efficient delivery handling processes.

ByungKoo Han, Country Manager of DHL Express Korea said, "The expansion plan is an important milestone for us and testifies to our long-term commitment to South Korea. With one of the world's highest rates of online shopping3, and its trajectory to become the world's third-largest e-commerce market after China and the United States by 20234, this Gateway expansion will create the foundation for e-commerce businesses to expand both locally and across the Asia Pacific region."

This investment also covers technical upgrades including fully-automated X-ray inspection machines, a four-kilometer conveyor belt, automated sorters, magnetic speed controllers and full CCTV coverage. The new technology will increase the Incheon Gateway's total handling volume of parcels and documents by over 150% - equipping it to service demand from some of the region's fastest-growing economies. Aligned to Deutsche Post DHL Group's mission of net zero logistics-related carbon emissions by 2050, the facility will also incorporate a range of 'green' features such as the use of solar power and energy-efficient lighting systems to achieve CO2 reduction of up to 1,500 tons per year.

When completed in Q2 2022, the Incheon Gateway will be DHL Express's largest gateway in Asia Pacific. Alongside more than 160 customer touch points in the country, DHL Express is well-poised to meet customers' needs in Korea.

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.

North Ireland BorderLONDON: October 16, 2019. A consortium of business leaders, haulage experts and technology engineers, led by a senior military expert, has been formed to enable a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.

Termed Project ELAND, the consortium will introduce secure transit technologies with blockchain tracking to enable the free movement of goods across the border. This will negate the need for either the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the EU customs union or the re-imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Project ELAND will use industry-standard technologies to build a totally secure freight transit system based on digital locking containers, GPS routing records, automated certification and anti-tampering enforcement with every detail recorded in a blockchain time-series database.

“We are building a mobile security technology that will enable frictionless cross border trading through seamless digital borders,” explains Charles Le Gallais, founder and CEO of ELAND. “In essence, it is a bonded warehouse on wheels and cuts the gordian knot of how the UK can both leave the EU and maintain the guarantees set out in the Good Friday Agreement. We are enabling the seamless movement of goods across borders to continue without the need for an Irish backstop.”

The system operates at three levels of security: first securing the goods to be transported in the blockchain database; then securing the pallet or shipment box; finally securing the container or truck trailer used to transport the goods. Each level of security is tracked through the blockchain ledger against GPS and time data.

The ELAND border solution is the first pragmatic and workable approach to the Irish border issue; every component of the ELAND solution is proven technology today and the integrated solution will be demonstrable within three months and could be fully implemented within one year.  The lack of detailed technology solutions to the Irish border issue was highlighted by the Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe during an interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on September 16th 2019 when, in reply to a question on alternative border arrangements and the use of technology, he replied: “We have yet to see examples of how they would work.”

In operation, Project ELAND will secure, track and monitor the 180,000 trucks that cross the internal island of Ireland border each month. Its operation can also be extended to other UK borders including shipping to France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain. In these cases, border infrastructure already exists, but ELAND will facilitate the continued use of ‘Green Lanes’ where trucks can board with minimal hindrance, especially when carrying perishable goods.

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.”

UPS eBikeLONDON: October 17, 2019. UPS's focus on SMEs has continued with the announcement of a collaboration with shipping technology company Shippo to offer UPS® marketplace shipping rates to the more than 35,000 SMEs that use Shippo’s platform. With this new collaboration, Shippo will offer its users seamless UPS account creation and discounted UPS shipping rates.

Shippo simplifies shipping for SME merchants and helps them deliver the exceptional experience that today’s consumers expect. With Shippo’s network of partners, merchants can connect multiple sales channels – including Wix, Magento, eBay and Amazon – to manage all of their orders in one place.

Businesses that use Shippo will now have access to UPS® marketplace shipping rates with a discount of up to 55 percent off, including various waived surcharges. Several services including UPS 2nd Day Air® and UPS® Ground are also available to give merchants the flexibility and speed needed to meet e-commerce customer expectations.

“UPS is committed to providing SMEs with the technology, services and value they need to be successful,” said Kevin Warren, UPS Chief Marketing Officer. “UPS and Shippo help SMBs simplify complex fulfillment processes and ensure timely delivery so they can focus on what they do best – running their business.”

“We are excited to present competitive UPS shipping options to our customers. This collaboration validates UPS’s commitment to accelerating the growth and success of small online merchants,” said Laura Behrens Wu, CEO and co-founder at Shippo. “Shippo is confident that we can build a true multi-carrier shipping platform that will help our customers succeed.”

UPS’s collaboration with Shippo adds to a rapidly expanding portfolio of UPS relationships with leading digital service platform companies specializing in one or more aspects of the e-commerce value stream. The Shippo collaboration is designed to enhance merchants’ access to UPS services, and to simplify their lives by making a seamless connection between their platform provider and UPS® shipping and logistics solutions. In addition, platform providers have the ability to offer their customers UPS rates designed specifically with SMEs in mind.

Port of LACALIFORNIA: October 14, 2019. The Port of Los Angeles may not have been able to match last year's record-breaking September but after three quarters volumes for 2019 are 4.7 percent up year-on-year.

The California port handled 779,903 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in September, a 2.7% decrease compared to 2018’s record-breaking September.

“The ill-advised U.S.-China trade war continues to wreak havoc on American exporters and manufacturers,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We’ve seen declining exports for 11 consecutive months while our fastest growing market segment is exporting empty containers back to Asia. It’s likely we’ll see softer volumes in the fourth quarter. We must have a negotiated settlement of the trade war as it is beginning to impact the more than 3 million jobs in the U.S. that are tied to this port complex.”

September 2019 imports decreased 2.9% to 402,320 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports decreased 11% to 130,769 TEUs, the 11th consecutive monthly decline of exports. Empty containers increased 2.9% to 246,814 TEUs. Combined, September volumes were 779,903 TEUs.

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.

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