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PARIS/NEW YORK: December 07, 2018. A survey by EcoVadis, the provider of business sustainability ratings, says most organizations are taking a reactive, unstructured approach to fighting corruption risks.

EcoVadis defines corruption as any kind of abuse of entrusted power in the workplace for private gain, taking the form of bribery, conflict of interest, fraud and/or money laundering.

The latest report is based on more than 20,000 company assessments conducted between January 2017 and June 2018 in 100 countries and across 150 industries. Companies were rated on a scale of zero to 100, with scores below 45 representing medium to high risk, and scores below 25 indicating very high risk.

Nambia sign World BankThe finance and insurance (49.9) sectors lead in best practices adoption (49.9), while power transmission and generation had the highest average industry score (50.2) followed by information and communication technology (47.7), real estate (47.7) and legal and consulting (46.4).

Wholesale, transportation and storage, construction and the light and heavy manufacturing sectors all scored below the world’s average (42.2), suggesting they are at high risk for corruption, bribery and fraud according to the study.

EcoVadis suggests North American and European companies lead the world in business ethics with 56 percent and 51 percent respectively having a formal policy on corruption.

“While most companies formalize anti-corruption policies through a code of conduct, few are taking the next step and implementing internal control measures,” noted EcoVadis CEO Pierre-Francois Thaler. “Written frameworks are a great starting point, but they are not sufficient for mitigating all corruption risks, which can wreak havoc on companies’ bottom lines and reputations if not addressed,”

The timing of the study coincides with new US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policies and expansion of Sapin II in France, which requires companies with more than 500 employees and €100 million in annual turnover to implement anti-corruption programmes.

According to the UN, corruption costs US$2.6 trillion annually, money that is urgently needed for healthcare, education, clean water, infrastructure, and other essential services.

Marking International Anti-Corruption Day on December 09, UN secretary general António Guterres commented: "Through the Convention Against Corruption peer review mechanism, we can work together to build a foundation of trust and accountability. We can educate and empower citizens, promote transparency and strengthen international cooperation to recover stolen assets."

(Pictured: anti-corruption sign in Nambia courtesy of WorldBank/Philip Schuler.)


HELSINKI: November 20, 2018. Konecranes is using its Agilon technology to support the introduction of 200 e-commerce Agora Network parcel kiosks in the Helsinki area by the end of 2019.

Agora NetworksWith the goal of reducing e-commerce fees with the help of Clear Channel's outdoor advertising, the kiosks are a multifunctional robotic machine for parcel deliveries.

Agora is aiming to create new kinds of Smart City services such as 24/7 remote libraries and remote pharmacies. The kiosks also provide an opportunity to measure air quality and for WiFi/5G base stations.

Agora Networks is based on a digital software platform to form a diverse ecosystem that includes includes Agora Networks, Clear Channel, PostNord and Konecranes.

Konecranes reported revenue of €2.24 billion for the first nine months of 2018 and pre-tax earnings of €171.5 million.

TTClub theft report 1LONDON: November 9, 2018. BSI Supply Chain Services and insurer TT Club have launched the first joint 2018 Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence and Advisory Report.

The report brings together threat and intelligence data from BSI’s supply chain security country risk intelligence tool, SCREEN and TT Club’s insurance risk management and loss prevention insights.

Several key findings from the TT Club/BSI report highlight the severe impact which cargo theft has on global supply chains. As highlighted in the report, the Food and Beverage sector suffers from the highest rates of cargo crime across the globe, accounting for 27 percent of all incidents; whilst Consumer Products and Hi-Tech Electronics industries suffer high rates of cargo theft as well.

Transport by road is the most often targeted mode for cargo crime across the globe, attributed to over 75% of all cargo theft incidents, with warehousing being the second most vulnerable target 19 percent.

BSI and TT Club have authored this report to demonstrate their shared goal of educating the transport and manufacturing sectors about the dynamic cargo theft risks present across the globe. With the enhanced awareness of cargo crime trends across the globe, industry will be able to engage in a proactive approach in preventing cargo crime and also minimising the financial loss and brand reputation damage that results from cargo crime.

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GENEVA: November 01, 2018. IATA has announced from January 01, 2019 the electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB) will become the default contract of carriage for all air cargo shipments on enabled trade lanes.

The association says this key industry milestone ushers air cargo into a new era where digital processes will be the norm and paper processes will be the exception.

A321neo VIETJET e-AWB brings numerous benefits such as:
• Elimination of paper based processes
• Improved efficiency and reliability of the overall cargo handling process
• Faster delivery times
• Decrease handling errors
• Positive impact on the environment with reduced paper usage

IATA introduced e-AWB in 2010 with the objective to initiate the digitalization of the air cargo supply chain.

Ever since, the e-AWB initiative has been a key enabler to the digitalization and transformation of our industry, as data availability and quality is critical to deliver innovative solutions and enhance customer experience.

The growing number of stakeholders using e-AWB demonstrates that the industry is ready and committed to embrace the full digitalization of the air cargo industry.

IATA encourages all air cargo industry stakeholders to switch to e-AWB at the earliest unless a paper air waybill may still be required due to applicable international treaties, national law, or as bilaterally agreed between the parties.

(Pictured: Vietjet has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft, bringing its order to 171 of which 46 have been delivered.)

LONDON: August 20, 2018. Zero-emissions engineering company Dearman has launched a two-year project aimed at reducing harvest waste in South Africa that costs the country US$6.0 billion a year – half of which is perishables.

Dearman says it plans to use its liquid nitrogen engine to develop a mobile pre-cooling system to cut the temperature of perishables at harvest and thus reduce spoilage.

UN FAO statsWorking with cold chain operator Transfig and Harvest Fresh, a family-owned food producer based in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Dearman will deploy a mobile, off-grid, zero-emissions system that enables farmers access affordable pre-cooling.

The company estimates that deploying 250 units throughout the country would save 350,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables wasted during post-harvest handling and storage. The solution would also save 328 million cubic metres of water, 29,000 hectares of land and boost farmer income by 12.0 percent.

“Small farmers in the country want an affordable pre-cooling system, but one that does the job cleanly,” commented Dearman head of New Applications Daniel Fennell. “The zero-emission system we are developing can offer a real alternative to polluting, expensive diesel systems and help to reduce post-harvest food loss.”

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), roughly one third of annual global human food production - some 1.3 billion tonnes - is wasted at a cost of US$680 billion in industrialized countries and US$310 billion in developing nations.

The FAO says fruit and vegetables, plus roots and tubers, have the highest wastage rates of any food at 40-50 percent of the total.

Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).

The food lost in Africa could feed 300 million people and the FAO calculates that saving 25 percent of the current food loss globally would be enough to feed 870 million people.

“In developing countries food waste and losses occur mainly at early stages of the food value chain and can be traced back to financial, managerial and technical constraints in harvesting techniques as well as storage and cooling facilities," according to the FAO.

“Strengthening the supply chain through the direct support of farmers and investments in infrastructure, transportation, as well as in an expansion of the food and packaging industry could help to reduce the amount of food loss and waste,” it added.

The African fruit and vegetables pre-cooling market is estimated to be worth US$942 million. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Dearman project includes a six-month field trial in order to demonstrate the viability of wider commercial deployment across the continent.

LOS ANGELES: October 22, 2018. Virgin Group head Sir Richard Branson has stepped down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One saying the role requires more time than he has available because of other commitments.

Patrick McCall, current chairman of Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit and the Virgin Rail Group will replace him on the company’s Board.

Virgin Hyperloop group photoIn the past year, Virgin Hyperloop One has been working with the government of Maharashtra, India on a plan to develop a first Hyperloop route from Mumbai to Pune; launched its cargo division CargoSpeed in partnership with DP World; and secured an agreement with the European Union to develop a R&D test facility in Southern Spain.

“For the first time in more than 20 years, I took on a chairman’s role last year to help Virgin Hyperloop One through a transitional period,” explained Branson. “We have exciting projects in India, Spain and are working with a number of US states to further develop this ground breaking technology.

“At this stage in the company’s evolution, I feel it needs a more hands-on chair who can focus on the business and these opportunities. It will be difficult for me to fulfill that commitment as I already devote significant time to my philanthropic ventures and the many businesses within the Virgin Group,” he continued.

Following the significant development in 2018 and further investment from DP World, Branson says he feels it is now the right time to revert to supporting the company on its brand development and international expansion.

Commenting on the announcement, DP World chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sualyem said: ”DP World is the largest shareholder in Virgin Hyperloop One because we see the need for a hyperloop-enabled cargo network under the CargoSpeed brand, launched earlier this year, to support rapid, on-demand deliveries globally. This technology serves our vision to enable smarter trade globally.”

(Pictured: Virgin Hyperloop One staff with Sir Richard Branson.)

MADISON, WI, August 16, 2018. Transportation software company SwanLeap has topped Inc. Magazine’s latest ‘Inc.5000’ list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

SwanLeap founder Brad HollisterAccording to the index, SwanLeap is leveraging AI across the supply chain to optimize transportation execution while helping companies “turn freight into a profit centre”. The company claims its technology can provide annualized savings of 26.7 percent to businesses.

Flexport founder Ryan PetersenEntering the Inc. 5000 list in 2017 at No.55 with US$99 million in revenue, SwanLeap has grown 75,660.8 percent over the past three years to put the five year-old software company in first place this year.

“If your company is on the Inc.5000, it is unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” observed Inc. editor-in-chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

SwanLeap founder Brad Hollister (right) commented: “Although I envisioned this level of success from the beginning, it has been a hard road getting here. We’re doing something new, something very different and a lot of the market is just starting to understand that.”

Founded in 2013, the company, formerly ClearView Audit, provides transportation management systems, shipping technology, and freight payment and auditing software.

Another logistics software company has also made the Inc. 5000 list this year. Occupying the No.8 position is Flexport – “the modern freight forwarder” – that reported revenues of US$224.7 million in 2017 and has had a three-year growth trajectory of 15,911 percent.

Founded in 2013 by Ryan Petersen (left), the San Francisco-based startup says it helps companies like Bridgestone move freight globally by combining “powerful software and dedicated experts to give [them] accountability, peace of mind, and control over [their] supply chain”.

TORONTO: October 18, 2018. Messe Munchen, organiser of the biennial ‘transport logistic’ exhibition in Munich, has signed an MoU with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) to manage its future Air Cargo Forum events that will be held in Miami from 2020.

logitransTIACA will be a strategic partner at Messe events in Munich, Shanghai and the ‘logitrans’ event in Istanbul (right) that runs from November 14-16 this year.

A survey of 550 logistics experts by transport logistic and German supply chain association BVL says protectionism and “punitive tariffs” are now a clear threat to international trade and particularly the logistics industry.

"The responses confirm the public perception that protectionism and general punitive tariffs pose a threat to international trade and that sanctions must be carefully decided on a case-by-case basis," said Christian Grotemeier, managing director of BVL.digital, a subsidiary of BVL. "It is also surprising that of the respondents from [the] trade [sector] only 21 percent believe that they are strongly or very severely affected by the hurdles in foreign trade, whereas it is 31 percent in [the logistics] industry."

Some 58 percent of German respondents and 60 percent of respondents from outside the country said the quality of trade relations between the US and EU was very important or important for their business. No other trade partnership was attributed such value said DVL.

"National protectionism was already a key topic at transport logistic 2017 and it will be one again in 2019," explained Messe managing director Stefan Rummel. “The topic is also extremely relevant for us as a trade fair. After all, we are in the midst of global trade flows with our transport logistic network with eight international spin-offs, among others in China."

LONDON: August 11, 2018. ATC Aviation and Pacific Feeder Services (PFS) have partnered up to provide improved services in the South American market. The deal has been negotiated over the past three years and was signed in Santiago de Chile by Ingo Zimmer, CEO ATC Aviation Services and Mark Thiermann, managing director GrupoPFS.

ATC AviationThe acquisition is expected to combine the strengths of both companies, increase global presence and create a robust portfolio that can benefit from growth trend over the long term.

Thiermann commented: “PFS and ATC are now one combined company in South America. We will direct all our efforts towards ensuring that our customers will benefit from our new group. With global reach and top local expertise, we are in a good position when it comes to supporting our partner airlines’ growth”.

ATC CEO Ingo Zimmer added: “Together we will achieve strong and complementary positions in South America’s key export markets, creating a broader and more balanced portfolio. This purchase is a further step to complete our mission to become the world-leading cargo GSSA.”

Airlines represented by ATC Aviation Services / Pacific Feeder Services in South America are: Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, CAL Cargo Airlines, Cargolux Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, GOL Linhas Aereas, Silkway, Korean Air, Peruvian Airlines, Tame Airlines. Saudia Cargo, Royal Air Maroc and Solar Cargo.

DUNKERQUE: September 25, 2018. ArcelorMittal is switching export traffic from production sites in northern and eastern France from the Port of Antwerp to the Port of Dunkerque.

Every year the company ships some 5,300 TEU to Asia, America and Africa. Since June 50 percent of the volume, destined for India and China, is now being handled by the Scheldt Terminal Company at Dunkerque’s Flanders Container Terminal for uplift by COSCO, OOCL and CMA CGM.

Dunkerque Port Centre Board"Beyond the positive impact for the environment, we wanted to use a French port for the export of our reels in containers," said Dominique Pair, head of Establishment ArcelorMittal Dunkerque. "We have managed to ensure that this choice is economically viable, thanks to the work done with all the actors of the port of Dunkerque. The first phase is launched with 50 percent of the volumes, and will be continued for other destinations in 2019."

Stéphane Raison, Dunkerque Port Authority CEO added: "ArcelorMittal is a key partner of the port of Dunkerque and we are very honored that the group has decided to effectively integrate our port into the downstream logistics of these containerized flows. This operation perfectly illustrates the collaborative partnership between the customer and the various terminal operators of Dunkerque. "

In a related announcement, the port is to establish a Port Centre in order to promote its skills, assets and trade relations.

The initiative is backed by the Dunkerque Port Authority, the Dunkerque Urban Community, and the ACMAPOR-Port Museum Association in order to assert the maritime and port identity of Dunkerque and reinforce the attractiveness of the Flanders-Côte d'Opale coastline, together with all the sea and inland ports of the Hauts-de-France Region within the framework of the Norlink Ports Association.

Board of directors (pictured) include chair of the Board of Trustees at Dunkerque-Port, François Soulet de Brugière as chairman; Jean-Yves Frémont, deputy mayor of Dunkerque and community councillor, as vice-president; Franck Gonsse, secretary general of the dockers' union (CNTPA) as secretary and  Philippe Bertonèche, president of ACMAPOR as treasurer. Franck Dhersin, vice president of the Urban Community and Regional Council of Hauts-de-France and Stéphane Raison are also Board members.

ANCHORAGE: August 08, 2018. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) reports a 5.2 percent rise in air cargo volumes to 1.34 million tonnes for the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.

Anchorage Airport Cargo"Anchorage Airport’s strategic location gives air cargo operators the ability to fly fully loaded aircraft between Asia, the United States, Europe and Latin America," said airport manager Jim Szczesniak. "You can fly a fully loaded freighter to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Amsterdam, and Frankfurt from Anchorage. This one location provides you global access.”

Some 22 major air cargo airlines and nine domestic carriers connect via ANC to 11 major cities in Asia and 18 in North America, generating over US$1 billion in annual economic impact for the city of Anchorage.

Special air cargo transfer rights allow the airlines to transfer cargo between aircraft at ANC in the same way passengers make a connection at a hub airport.

“We are seeing air cargo customers utilize these special transfer rights to increase the efficiency of their networks and that gives them the ability to open new markets. We are also seeing a lot of growth and interest in using ANC as a connection point between Asia and Latin America,” explained Szczesniak.

ANC is the world’s fifth busiest air cargo airport supporting 150 widebody freighter flights a day including “significant operations” from UPS, FedEx and DHL.

“The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport continues to be a strong performer in Alaska’s economy,” noted Alaska governor Bill Walker. “We highly value the central role that Anchorage plays in transpacific air cargo. As we continue to strengthen our relationships in Asia we will keep working hard for continued growth at ANC.”

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