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Ceva Chill HubLONDON: October 11, 2019. Ceva Logistics has opened its new, integrated, end-to-end cold chain facility at DP World London Gateway, at an event attended by 50+ customers.

The Chill Hub is a state-of-the-art operation strategically located to provide maximum customer benefit through its ability to manage all elements of the process at one site.

Within the multi-temperature 10,000 sqm facility are up to 10,000 pallet positions featuring seven independent chambers capable of operating at all temperature ranges from -25°C through to +16°C. This means chilled, frozen and temperature specific items can be accommodated.

Dedicated areas will handle pharmaceuticals, fresh and frozen produce, beverage products and flowers as well as other goods requiring temperature specific handling and storage.

A full range of value-added services including Labelling, Boxing, Re-palletising, Price coding, Tagging and Kitting are all available through the Chill Hub.

CEVA’s new Chill Hub has the additional benefit of a deep-sea port on the same site as the logistics park where the hub is located. The UK’s number one reefer hub, London Gateway has links to over 110 ports in 60 different countries and its dockside proximity to the warehouse means shunting can take as little as two hours.

Nicolas Sartini, Chief Executive Officer, CEVA Logistics said: “With its excellent road and rail connections, our best in class warehouse management systems and direct port access, the Chill Hub is a powerful demonstration of the synergies between CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM. This state-of-the-art facility will enable us to offer a unique value proposition to our shipper customers, providing a faster delivery of goods through an energy-efficient building. We can also give full visibility and control of the entire inbound operation through the Chill Hub.”

CEVA has long and well-established reputation for warehouse management in the cool chain arena and the opening of the Chill Hub with its expanded and capabilities and end-to-end service offering further cements its credentials.

BA HeathrowLONDON: October 11, 2019. IAG Cargo has entered into a partnership with Cargo Signal to offer customers a new tracking service for cargo.

Cargo Signal is a sensor-based logistics platform that uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve decision making, tracking and efficiency of air cargo.

The service provides customers with enhanced end-to-end monitoring and notification features, using cellular networks to communicate with tracking devices on cargo. The devices transmit real time data when in cellular range on everything from location and light through to precise temperature and humidity readings.

Three service levels, Visibility, Quality and Security & Quality, are available. All service levels include the use of a sensor-based tracking device, and visibility of the shipment through web and mobile applications. Live light and temperature data, 24/7 enhanced condition monitoring and notification from the Cargo Signal Command Centre, and data summaries post-shipment are available with Quality and Security & Quality products. The Security & Quality product also offers proactive notifications in case of route deviation.

Daniel Johnson, Head of Product, IAG Cargo, commented:

“We are always looking at how we can use technology to improve our service and customer experience. We understand that our customers, especially those dealing with high-value or temperature-sensitive cargo, need access to important data throughout the shipment journey. This partnership with Cargo Signal complements our premium products such as Constant Climate, Critical and Secure to provide a comprehensive monitoring service with unrivalled visibility over shipments across each step of the supply chain.”

Randy Gould, Global Director, Cargo Signal, commented:

“The Internet of Things is transforming the global logistics and supply chain landscape. By bringing together IAG Cargo’s world-class products and global network with our innovative sensor-based logistics platform, we’re unlocking new value for our customers and giving them greater control over their supply chains. The accuracy of the data available enables our customers to act with more speed and confidence than ever before.”

The Cargo Signal service and 24/7 support and monitoring from the Cargo Signal Command Centre is available now to all customers using IAG Cargo’s Critical, Prioritise, Constant Climate, Secure, Perform and Constant Fresh products, subject to pre-program start-up arrangements, with GPS devices delivered directly to origin.

Hamburg Port 1HAMBURG: October 10, 2019. Hamburg’s state government has approved a large-scale expansion of shore-based power supply in the Port of Hamburg as it looks to a shift from shipboard diesel power supply to ecological electric power during lay times. With this expansion, Hamburg is playing a pioneering role in the field of alternative power supply during ships’ lay times in port.

As the first port in Europe, from 2022 the Port of Hamburg will offer shore-based power supply both for cruise liners and mega-containerships. Shore-based power will be available for containerships at a total of eight connection points located at Burchardkai, Europakai and Predöhlkai. In addition, availability of shore-based power will be extended to all existing cruise terminals. A shore-based power supply point will be constructed at HafenCity - CC1 and Steinwerder - CC3. The first such unit for cruise ships in Europe has been located at Altona Cruise Terminal ever since 2016.

Hamburg First Mayor Peter Tschentscher: “Expansion of shore-based power supply units in the port represents a significant and tangible step towards greater climate and environmental protection in Hamburg. Use of regenerative power from these units will totally eliminate existing CO2 and pollutant emissions from vessels during lay times. With today’s decision, we are giving shipowners clarity and planning certainty for the essential refitting of their vessels. Along with systematic expansion of infrastructure for e-mobility in the city, large-scale support for local public transport that includes construction of new underground and suburban rail lines, and provision of infrastructure for operation of 100-percent emission-free buses, now by extending shore-based power supply in the port, Hamburg is demonstrating that climatic protection need not be simply a matter for discussion, but also for actual implementation. Today, sea trades are already the most economical and environment-friendly mode of transport for worldwide freight traffic. With our shore-based power project, we in Hamburg are acting as a role model and pioneer for other European ports in making maritime logistics as a whole more climate-friendly.”

All shore-based supply units will be connected to the power grid, in future supplying vessels with regenerative current that will be converted at a central facility to normal shipboard 6.6 kV voltage and 60 Hz frequency, and fed to the connection points from there.

Use of shore-based power will make a significant contribution towards attainment of climate targets in the shipping sector. The investment totals around 76 million euros. Completion of the shore-based power units is planned for 2022, with regular operation from 2023.

GEODIS avec picto UKLONDON: October 09, 2019. Logistics operator Geodis has partnered with French chemical manufacturer Arkema in piloting dry runs organised by French Customs to test the future arrangements that will be implemented in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit.

Geodis is now ready to support its customers for customs and transport operations involving the United Kingdom, whatever the Brexit scenario.

In the context of the restoration of a border between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the French customs authorities have developed a computerized system known as the “smart border” which automates the border crossing for freight vehicles. Since September, French Customs have been organizing a series of full-scale simulations with all the players concerned – including transporters, loaders, customs representatives and customs clearance software providers – to test the new system under the most realistic conditions possible.

Geodis and Arkema jointly participated in operational trials of the “smart border” on 24 September. The two companies coordinated to organize a shipment of goods from the Arkema plant in La Chambre, south eastern France, to the United Kingdom under the conditions of a post-Brexit export operation. Geodis and Arkema had to evaluate the advance transmission of customs documents, the coordination of logistics, the matching of customs data with that of the vehicle, and the actual crossing of the border. All of these tests were successfully achieved, enabling the shipment to cross the border safely and smoothly.

Rémi Poteau, Key Account Manager at Geodis, said: “This full-scale dry run was key to guaranteeing the free flow of trade. This experience allowed Geodis to prove that it is now ready to provide safe and reliable logistics services between France and the United Kingdom for its customers in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. It also demonstrated that the Group is capable of handling all customs requirements through a range of high quality customs solutions in compliance with regulations.”

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.

Parcel Hero logo 2000LONDON: October 09, 2019. ParcelHero is warning that UK government plans to reduce a 22 percent tariff on EU-built trucks to 10 percent could still lead to higher pollution levels and increased parcel and logistics charges, claims ParcelHero.

The international parcel delivery expert ParcelHero says the cut in the UK Government’s planned draconian tariff of 22% on new EU-built trucks to 10% shows it has failed to consider the issue properly; and should now announce it will scrap the tax completely.

If this doesn’t happen, warns ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, the new 10% tariff will stall the introduction of new greener EURO 6 phase D engines, made compulsory from last month, and will mean significantly increased costs for delivery and logistics industry companies – costs that will ultimately be transferred to customers.

Says David: ‘The Government’s haphazard approach to no-deal tariffs has been highlighted by its partial climb-down on stringent new duties on EU-built trucks. But even the latest 10% duty – reduced before it was ever implemented – increases the cost of a new truck by £8,500 on a typical £85,000 vehicle. Truck operators such as international couriers and road hauliers usually replace aging trucks in batches, leading to a huge potential price increase of at least £170,000 on an order of 20 trucks. Obviously, that’s an unexpected cost that will have to be paid for somehow.’

Adds David: ‘The new Brexit truck duty couldn’t come at a worse time. Just last month the latest EURO 6 phase D engines were introduced, representing a significantly greener step forward. The new engines are more efficient in low speed urban environments and cold-start emissions are also substantially reduced. Operators are certainly likely to put on hold their orders for the latest Renault and. Volvo Euro 6 D trucks while this latest duty disaster is sorted out. ‘

Cautions David: ‘The whole logistics industry will be impacted by this new vehicle tariff, from international couriers using trucks to ship to local distribution centres and airports, to heavy hauliers. Replacing older trucks is a massive investment for all logistics companies, and any delay in replacing less efficient vehicles will only add to UK pollution levels and transport costs. Even British-built DAF trucks are likely to suffer following a no-deal Brexit, as they will face 22% tariffs in their key EU market.'

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

YIFFY 2019CAPE TOWN: October 08, 2019. Fiata and TT Club have awarded the 21st Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award to Mrs Evgeniya Khokhlova, who represents the Russian association (FAR) and is a Specialist in Project Logistics for SVH-Freight.

Each year, four regional finalists are selected from multiple entrants located across the world. They are invited to attend the FIATA World Congress, providing each finalist with invaluable learning and networking opportunities.

The candidates are required to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining the pertinent details of an import and export shipment from their native country. The four finalists then present their dissertations in person to a panel of judges at the Congress where the overall winner is selected.

TT Club is proud to have sponsored the award throughout its history and Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive and Chairman of the Award Steering Committee, together with FIATA President, Babar Badat presented the award to Evgeniya at the Cape Town Congress. As the winner Evgeniya will receive two, one week training sessions with TT Club at one of its regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong.

The FIATA Congress, organised in partnership with the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, welcomed over 1,000 participants from around the world. Attendees at the Gala Dinner also offered their congratulations to the other three regional finalists:

Africa/ Middle East - Mr Enos Chapara, Tracking and Documentation Agent, Bollore Transport and Logistics Zimbabwe Private Limited., Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)
Americas - Ms Rachael van Harmelen, Business Unit Sales Manager at DSV Panalpina, Canada (CIFFA)
Asia Pacific - Mr Phillip Burgess, South Island Manager, Burnard International Ltd., New Zealand (CBAFF)
Commenting on the outstanding quality of the work presented to the judges this year, Yarwood said, “I would like to congratulate all four finalists for their polished presentations and especially, of course our winner. The current global trade environment is particularly challenging and the forwarder’s role in adapting to the regulatory, political and economic pressures on themselves and their customers is consequently more crucial than ever. In these circumstances the training and professional advancement of our young professionals must be paramount.”

FIATA’s President Badat said, “The prestige of the YIFFY Award has long been recognised. FIATA values highly the operational excellence that the award represents. We are grateful to TT Club for its sponsorship and thank all the entrants this year and in the past for their enthusiasm. We encourage our member associations to re-double their efforts in putting forward candidates for the 2020 Award and in promoting training and professional advancement opportunities in general.”

The TT Club sponsored 2020 YIFFY Award will be presented at next year’s FIATA Congress in Busan, South Korea (19th-24th October).

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.

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.

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.

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