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ISTANBUL: June 11, 2018. Turkish Airlines (THY) has announced plans to form an integrated logistics company called Global Express with ZTO Express and Hong Kong-based GSSA Pacific Air.

In 2016, prompted by the growth in China’s e-commerce market, Pacific Air formed PAL Express in partnership with Turkish Post to launch a BtC wholesale postal express service with last mile fulfillment.

Turkish Cargo A330FTHY chairman M Ilker Ayci said the new joint venture would provide first/last mile services with a particular focus on the global e-commerce market and generate annual revenue of US$2 billion within the first five years.

Global Express is expected to operate from Istanbul’s new airport where THY will have the capacity to handle four million tons of cargo annually. "The new joint venture therefore will capitalize on the growth of Turkish Cargo," he declared.

The three partners said the new company would provide door-to-door logistics, packaging, moving, on-location pick ups, distribution, freight transportation, cross docking, last mile delivery, warehousing and supply chain services.

Last month Alibaba and its logistic arm Cainiao Network announced they were the lead investors acquiring a 10 percent stake in ZTO Express for US$1.38 billion.

The investment is expected to further support both Cainiao and ZTO's efforts in building first and last-mile pickup and delivery capabilities, warehouse management, cross-border logistics and technology-driven smart solutions.

"ZTO has been an important partner to Alibaba Group and Cainiao Network in the development of the new digital economy,” commented Alibaba Group CEO and Cainiao Network chairman Daniel Zhang.

ZTO reported a 35.6 percent year-on-year rise in Q1 revenue to US$565.1 million; a 41.3 percent increase in gross profit to US$164.5 million; and net income of US$88.9 million – up 10.9 percent from the same period last year.

MIAMI, Florida: June 07, 2018. Amerijet International has appointed Glen Gates as its director of charter sales.

According to Huff “The addition of Gates is intended to fortify the entire Amerijet senior management team and help take the company to the next level of charter sales. Glen brings a wealth of industry knowledge, contacts and experience to Amerijet.”

Gates will oversee the growth and diversification of all businesses under the Amerijet charters umbrella. In addition to existing charter contracts, Gates will expand revenue streams that drive higher levels of cargo through the network, e-commerce consolidation/deconsolidation contracts, identify opportunities to provide cargo airline ground and terminal handling services in Miami and build relationships with Posts, charter brokers, 3PL’s, automotive manufacturers and their tier one suppliers as well as pharmaceutical and perishables shippers.

Amerijet fleetGates will also be involved in the effort to develop additional revenue opportunities that are consistent with Amerijet’s long-term air carrier interline, code share and subcontract growth strategy.

Gates has over 35 years of experience primarily related to air cargo charter and airline terminal operations. He brings a variety of skills to Amerijet, including expertise with international and domestic freight forwarding, e-commerce logistics, narrow-body and wide-body cargo charter in civil and military environments, fleet planning, ramp/terminal operations and aircraft cabin load economics planning for scheduled and on-demand cargo aircraft.

In addition, Gates spent three years with the United States Postal Service - Air Transportation Commodity Management Group in Washington D.C. where he procured dedicated jet freighter capacity and aircraft ground operations suppliers for shared and peak season USPS air networks.

He also designed and deployed USPS air mail contract performance measurement, flight tracking and financial control applications for domestic, military and international air mail.

Gates holds a B.S. in Air Commerce & Transportation Technology from Florida Tech - College of Aeronautics and is a rated pilot with + 2000 hours in 36 different aircraft and a seaplane rating.

GENEVA: June 07, 2018. Swiss WorldCargo has bolstered its network of QEP accredited stations to 36. The Envirotainer solution is comprised of QEP Basic, Advanced and Expert levels. With 31 stations receiving the QEP Advanced accreditation, Swiss WorldCargo has the highest number of stations with this distinction within the industry. Alongside this, the airline’s Zurich hub has recently been recognized as a QEP Expert station, based on its GDP compliance and CEIV certification. ​

Swiss World CargoBourji Mourad, Head of Global Partner Management at Envirotainer, said “Swiss WorldCargo demonstrates their commitment to providing best-in-class services to their customers, and the pharmaceutical industry by promoting best practices and industry standards, such as the Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) program. The commitment by teams on both sides is very encouraging and we expect such announcements to continue.”

“This is another very important milestone for Swiss WorldCargo on our pharma road-map,” said Susanne Wellauer, Head of Vertical Industry Pharmaceutical and Healthcare. “It clearly shows the expertise of our teams and our ability to handle Envirotainer shipments in accordance with the industry standard Goods Distribution Practice. The QEP expert level of our Zurich hub is a clear evidence of our premium SWISS quality that extends through the whole Swiss WorldCargo network of 31 QEP advanced stations.”

Envirotainer launched the award-winning QEP program over 10 years ago to promote the safe handling of pharmaceuticals. QEP has led the way for other pharmaceutical handling certification programs and has, with approximately 40 participating companies, educated tens of thousands of individuals at more than 730 participating stations across the world. The effect has been to promote strong distribution practices and standardize the safe handling of Envirotainer containers.

“The QEP program and its participants serve to protect the safe delivery of Pharmaceuticals for the benefit of the patient,” said Chris Fore, Compliance Manager at Envirotainer. “QEP is both a benchmark and a means by which we engage our partners to provide consistent service and fulfill Good Distribution Practice requirements from Pharmaceutical companies. It helps pharmaceutical companies identify potential hazards and control the subsequent risks."​

DEN HAAG, The Netherlands: June 06, 2018. Damcon has launched a new block train service for multi-channel retailer William Sonoma International (WSI).

The new initiative aims to improve supply chain speed and reliability for the American brand.

APM Terminals Pipavav IndiaWith frequent sea shipments from India to the US, Williams Sonoma International needed to improve rail transportation of its products from an Inland Container Depot in Delhi to APM Terminals’ facility at Pipavav Port in Gujarat, on the western cost of India.

Damco’s solution was to dedicate an entire train to William Sonoma cargo. These so-called block trains are given higher priority over other cargo trains; completing their journey more quickly and to a tighter schedule.

Col. Vijay Malhotra, Director Operations at Williams-Sonoma India Pvt. Ltd commended the successful trial of the new approach stating, “By marrying ocean and rail transport as part of this solution, we can move our goods within the minimum inland and ocean transit times out of India to the Americas and other continents.” This has further helped Williams Sonoma International to minimize transit times particularly to the US West Coast.

Col. Malhotra continued: “The strength of our partnership has been key to achieving this with Damco, Maersk and WSI working towards a common goal – improving reliability and consistency in the supply chain.”

Damco Global Head of Rail Kasper Krog said, “By collaborating with GatewayRail and leveraging the expertise from our close working relationship with Maersk Line and APM Terminals, we have developed a tailored block train solution that will bring more certainty to Williams Sonoma’s inland rail cargo arriving in time for shipping.”

By confirming service level agreements with the rail provider and aligning the schedule with port operations, the solution will improve predictability in the supply chain and introduce more flexibility to respond to changes. This will ultimately help reduce both product lead times and inventory in the supply chain.

HONG KONG: May 29, 2018. China’s state-owned CITIC Capital Holdings has completed an equity stake in Shanghai Railink International Intermodal Logistics (Railink) and the Kazakhstan-based Atasu Group.

Founded in 2013, Railink operates three FCL/LCL train services from Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing and Changsha to points in Europe in support of DB Schenker, DSV and Geodis.

China AtasuPrivately-held Atasu Group, founded in 1998, provides a range of logistics services including Kazakhstan transshipment centers for exports to China, Southeast Asia, the CIS and Europe.

CITIC Capital’s Silk Road Fund (CCSRF) is an Eurasia-themed fund with a focus on energy and resources efficiency, food and water safety, and transport & logistics services.

“CITIC Capital has been an early mover seeking to unlock the synergies between China and its trading neighbours. The transport and logistics service sector is a key element in regional commercial exchange,” said CCSRF managing partner Fanglu Wang.

“The migration of production capacity from China’s coastal to inland regions, increasing demand from pan-Eurasian countries, as well as the rapid growth in the China-Europe rail cargo volume, have together provided tremendous investment opportunities from both ends; we will keep watching this space,” he added.

CITIC said it would provide more capital to Railink and Atasu as required to expand their complementary services to clients based in China, Central Asia, and Europe “all of which are key regions under China’s Railway Express development project,” it noted.

Founded in 2002, CITIC Capital manages over US$22 billion across 100 funds and investment products covering private equity, real estate, structured investment & finance, and asset management. It has over 150 portfolio companies and employs over 820,000 people.

Cargolux LX VCALUXEMBOURG: June 08, 2018. Cargolux has imposed an immediate ban on game hunting trophies being transported on its aircraft.

The company joins a growing list of airlines that refuse to carry hunting shipments.

“This practice does not align with the company’s ethical engagements and policies, we can therefore no longer accept these shipment requests. Cargolux is committed to building a sustainable business model and this includes preserving the environment and its natural resources”, says Richard Forson, president and CEO of Cargolux.

Cargolux is committed to animal welfare, as part of its Live Animal transportation policy, the airline operates in full compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

BONN/LONDON: May 30, 2018. U.K. home delivery business Milk & More has ordered 200 electric vehicles, produced by Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter, to continue a delivery mode that began in 1930.

Milk More StreetScooter“We wanted to make this unique tradition relevant again to the requirements of today’s customers,” says Patrick Müller, managing director of Milk & More. “In order to do this, we need a local product portfolio, new IT systems as well as reliable, quiet and environmentally friendly vehicles. In the StreetScooter, we have found the ideal vehicle for our needs.”

Two years ago Müller acquired Britain’s largest remaining milk-delivery business Milk & More with its 2,000 employees. The company delivers pints of milk in glass bottles to over 500,000 homes each week – maintaining a 150 year-old practice that includes collection, cleaning and re-use an average 25 times.

Milk & More will operate a refrigerated version of the StreetScooter Work L Box model, used for postal deliveries in Germany, and a Cloud-based charging management system developed by the company to support the vehicles.

To meet rising demand by Deutsche Post and third parties, the manufacturer has doubled its production capacity with the opening of a second facility in Düren, Germany to produce a total of 20,000 electric vehicles a year.

Deutsche Post has been using several variants of StreetScooter since 2013 and now operates a fleet of 6,000 that have travelled over 26 million kilometers and saved around 20,000 tons of CO2 per year. Together with 12,000 electric e-bikes and e-trikes, it is the largest operator of electric vehicles in Germany.

HANGZHOU: June 06, 2018. Cainiao Network has announced it is the lead investor of a group funding a new US$1.5 billion logistics centre at Hong Kong International Airport.

Cainiao Hong Kong Alibaba Group’s logistics subsidiary is setting up a joint venture with China National Aviation Corporation and YTO Express with respective shareholdings of 51 percent, 35 percent and 14 percent.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the logistics centre (illustrated) will have a floor area of 380,000 square meters and include a sorting, processing and fulfillment facility featuring automated warehousing technology and automated temperature control.

Cainiao said it expects the new terminal to handle an additional 1.7 million tons of cargo a year through the airport when fully operational.

“The Hong Kong hub will be yet another milestone on our way to achieving our goal of 72-hour global delivery, and will further empower SMEs locally and globally to more readily tap the benefits of more inclusive globalization through cross-border e-commerce,” said Wan Lin, president of Cainiao Network. “As an important gateway for global goods to enter the mainland China market and vice versa, Hong Kong is of strategic importance to Cainiao, and we have a strong commitment to help the city address the surging needs of the future.”

Cainiao already has three global fulfillment centers operated by its partners in Hong Kong and last month began air cargo service to Belgium following the introduction of a similar operation between Hangzhou and Moscow earlier this year.

STONELEIGH, UK: May 29, 2018. Britain’s farming sector, representing over 100 organisations in the country’s food supply chain, has warned British prime minister Theresa May that the future production and supply of food relies on maintaining frictionless trade with the European Union (EU).

According to a ‘Food and Supply Chain Manifesto’ released by the National Farmers Union (NFU), a post-Brexit Britain and the EU27 will continue to be each other’s most important trading markets in food and drink. In 2016, 60 percent of UK exports and 70 percent of imports in food, feed and drink were with the EU.

Collectively, the UK agri-food sector employs 3.8 million people and is worth £112 billion to the UK economy. In addition, farmers spend over £16 billion a year on inputs and services from companies that provide the UK economy with a significant proportion of jobs and growth, particularly outside major urban areas.

NFU president Minette Batters The NFU warns the sector will be “deeply affected” by Britain’s exit from the EU as many employers rely on a high proportion of non-UK permanent and seasonal labour sourced from the EU.

In addition, it says many companies are part of highly sophisticated and integrated supply chains that rely on the free flow of goods between the UK and other EU member states, free of tariffs, veterinary and Customs checks, and subject only to necessary phytosanitary checks; and many operate under an array of regulations and programmes derived from Brussels and applicable to all EU businesses.

“It is clear that the effect of the decision to leave the EU is already being felt in the sector as uncertainty and lack of clarity impacts business confidence,” says the manifesto.

The NFU is also calling on the government to publish a White Paper that acknowledges food and drink to be a critical part of the national infrastructure and therefore must be supported by an immigration policy that prevents future workforce shortages.

Speaking on behalf of the signatories, NFU president Minette Batters (pictured) warned “that a Brexit that fails to champion UK food producers, and the businesses that rely on them, will be bad for the country’s landscape, the economy - and critically our society.

"When it comes to the nation's ability to produce food, we believe it is critical that the different elements of Brexit are carefully considered by all government departments - including the prime minister,” she added.

HANGZHOU, China: June 01, 2018. Speaking at an event organised by Alibaba’s logistics subsidiary Cainiao Network, executive chairman Jack Ma said the group “should be ready to prepare and fight” as the process of world trade changes because of logistics.

Jack MAMa said the Alibaba Group would invest billions of dollars to build the technical backbone for a smart logistics network aimed at improving delivery reach and efficiency, as well as driving down costs.

“This network is not only national, but global,” he continued. “[We want to] connect every courier, connect every warehouse, every hub, every city and every house.”

Ma said the Cainiao Network goal is to provide single-day delivery across China and 72-hour delivery to the rest of the world while reducing the cost of logistics to the country’s GDP from 15 percent to less than five percent.

“If we can use data to solve the problem of low transport efficiency and high logistics costs, we can create huge profit margins for the manufacturing industry and logistics sector. I think this is what Cainiao and our logistics industry should do for the country,” Ma told his audience in Hangzhou.

“Twelve or 13 years ago, I said we’d see one billion packages per year. Nobody believed me. But today, weekly package volumes exceed one billion.”

The Alibaba chairman is now predicting a volume of one billion packages a day in 10 years.

WASHINGTON, DC: May 23, 2018. The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has issued an order to Russian airlines AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Aeroflot and JSC Yakutia to file their US schedules within seven days to determine whether their operations are unlawful or against the public interest.

The DoT says the request is a response to the Russian government’s refusal to grant US carriers overflight rights as provided under a 1994 agreement between the two countries.

While both sides have adhered to the “comity and reciprocity” of the agreement since 2001, for the summer 2018 traffic season Russia unilaterally announced US freighter operators would have to use a longer flight corridor to and from Asia.

ABC MaseratiAs a result, says the DoT, US airlines are now experiencing “significant” disruption to all-cargo services between Europe and Asia, with the added time and associated costs threatening their future viability and jeopardizing slot access at Asia’s and Europe’s busiest airports.

According to the DoT order, the US has been trying to update the US/Russia bilateral agreement with the latest discussions scheduled for April 18-19 in Washington, DC. Twelve days prior to the meeting, Russia cancelled and responded on April 26 saying it had the right to alter the route.

The three Russian airlines are now required to file all their existing service schedules including codeshare, common branding and extra sections, between any US or non-US point including type of equipment used, frequency and days of operation, airports served and time of arrival and departure.

With its hub in Moscow, ABC operates to 11 destinations in Europe, five in Russia and the CIS and 11 in Asia plus six in the US: Anchorage, Los Angeles, Dallas Fort Worth, Chicago, Columbus, and Atlanta. The airline reported a 13 percent increase in uplift last year to over 700,000 tonnes with an average 71 percent load factor.

On April 05, ABC began a weekly B747 freighter service from Moscow to its latest US destination Columbus, OH with a return via Liege, Belgium.

Pictured: Last October Maserati chartered an ABC freighter for the launch of its MY18 Maserati GranTurismo and GranCabrio cars in Japan. The car company used a hangar at Narita to unload 28 cars from Europe for both the launch and delivery to invited customers.

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