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DP World investment announcement DP World, a global leader in supply chain solutions, is making significant investments in its port terminals in Peru and Ecuador to enhance capacity and operational efficiency, reinforcing its strategic vision for Latin America and providing additional trade opportunities for its customers.

The expansions come amidst an increasingly complex global supply chain landscape, as leaders are seeking ways to mitigate risks and enhance resilience. Situated on the West Coast of South America, Peru and Ecuador are pivotal to DP World’s global strategy, serving as key gateways to international trade.

Carlos Merino, CEO of DP World in Peru and Ecuador, said: “DP World remains committed to creating resilient and efficient logistics solutions. Peru and Ecuador’s strategic locations provide reliable connections from the west coast of South America to major global markets. This substantial investment in port infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment underscores DP World’s dedication to enhancing capacity, operability, and economic contributions in this vital region.”

The company is set to celebrate two major milestones in the next few months: the inauguration of the completed Bicentennial Pier expansion project at its operations in the Port of Callao in Peru, and the initiation of a berth expansion project at the Port of Posorja in Ecuador.

In Peru, the Bicentennial Pier expansion at DP World Callao will significantly increase the terminal's capacity by 80%, transforming it into a premier logistics hub on the west coast of South America. The $400 million project extends the pier to 1,050 meters, enabling it to accommodate up to three vessels simultaneously and increasing its annual capacity to 2.7 million TEUs (20-foot containers).

The expansion also includes state-of-the-art electric-powered equipment and the first electric charging station for trucks in Latin America, promoting sustainable logistics solutions.

DP World Callao handles 60% of the country’s containerized cargo, solidifying the port’s position as the economic heart of Peru. In addition, DP World operates the Port of Paita in northern Peru, enhancing the country’s connectivity to global markets.

In Ecuador, DP World is planning to expand its berth at the Port of Posorja to enhance capacity and operational efficiency. Earlier this year, the deepwater port received three key service routes from Maersk, strengthening its strategic role in connecting Latin America with global markets. The $140 million expansion will extend the port to 700 meters of berth space and integrate advanced port equipment to ensure that Posorja remains a competitive, secure, and sustainable public terminal.

DP World operates a Special Economic Zone located next to the port of Posorja, further bolstering the nation’s trade capabilities.

Merino added: “DP World’s investments in Latin America encompass private capital infusion, job creation, and social and environmental initiatives. These investments align with global market trends where clients demand efficient, safe, and sustainable ports and logistics solutions.”

The company’s investment extends to Chile as well, where DP World San Antonio is undergoing a pilot project to test the MoorMaster NxG, a mooring system that consists of automated vacuum pads that moor and release vessels within seconds. DP World San Antonio will be the first terminal in the Americas to utilize this system.

These strategic investments reflect DP World's commitment to advancing Latin America's role in global trade, enhancing regional connectivity, and fostering sustainable economic growth.

SRSA MoU Khaled Saudi Red Sea Authority (SRSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, to explore ways to cooperate in areas related to sustainable marine protection and recreational marine tourism activities.

During the signing ceremony, SRSA was represented by the CEO Mr. Mohammed Al-Nasser, while Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation was represented by their president, HRH Princess Hala bint Khaled bin Sultan Al-Saud.

The MoU is part of SRSA’s efforts to expand its strategic partnerships and falls under its mandate to establish a mechanism that ensures the protection of the marine environment, while utilizing best international practices to develop navigational and marine and tourism activities.

The MoU also aims to achieve integration with relevant entities from public, private, and third-sector organizations, ultimately realizing the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 by enabling coastal tourism to become a valuable sector of the national economy.

The agreement entails several areas of cooperation, including human capital development, ocean conservation, marine reserves, plastic pollution, protection of coral reefs, blue economy, knowledge sharing, research initiatives, and awareness campaigns.

SRSA and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation look forward to using their new partnership to support environmental conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment in Saudi Arabia.

FedEx african SMEs FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, announced its SME Connect series.

An event that underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to empower small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Africa. FedEx achieves this by harnessing the power of intelligent logistics solutions, all underpinned by digital innovation aimed at streamlining trade and fortifying business resilience.

The inaugural event in Nairobi saw an impressive attendance of more than 74 customers and prospects, across the SME segments in Kenya, who enthusiastically participated in the Q&A and networking session.

Nitin Navneet Tatiwala, vice president of FedEx Express MEISA marketing, said, “The SME Connect Series fosters valuable connections with our customers through interactive networking sessions. With over 50 years of logistics expertise, we help SMEs navigate the complexities of global trade, optimize their supply chains, and position them for sustained growth. Forums like our SME Connect sessions help SMEs understand and utilize FedEx solutions effectively. They also create a space for SMEs to provide feedback, which we greatly value, helping us to enhance our services. Beyond logistics, we see ourselves as growth enablers, connecting these businesses to global opportunities and helping them thrive in this digital age.”

FedEx offers speed and reliability through faster transit times via an enhanced air network. Critical and urgent shipments can now reach major markets and territories around the world within two to three business days* through the FedEx International Priority® service. Furthermore, FedEx provides enhanced economy services, catering to the cost-effective and timely delivery of less urgent shipments, ensuring businesses and individuals can optimize their shipping choices with reliability and affordability. The FedEx International Connect Plus® (FICP) has also been expanded to 14 markets across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. This offers a cost-effective e-commerce international shipping solution with competitive speed and attractive prices, delivering most shipments within the region within one to three business days*.

To further support SMEs in navigating the global marketplace, FedEx offers a wide range of solutions by unlocking digital intelligence. Interactive solutions like FedEx® Delivery Manager International (FDMi) allows businesses to offer their customers the freedom to manage delivery preferences. Automated tools, including FedEx Ship Manager™, enables SMEs to access forms, prepare shipping labels, and generate documentation effortlessly. The FedEx® Electronic Trade Documents feature allows businesses to submit customs documentation digitally.

FedEx remains dedicated to supporting the growth and success of African SMEs. The Connect Series meets are just one of the ways we’re committed to ensuring that businesses in Africa have the tools, expertise, and resources they need to thrive in today’s global marketplace. For more information about our services and to explore how FedEx can empower your business, please visit the FedEx shipping service site.

DP World ICC 2024DP World, a leading provider of global smart end-to-end supply chain logistics today announced the expansion of its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

DP World and the ICC have worked closely together since partnering in June 2023, helping to deliver cricket equipment at the grassroots level and provide smart logistics at pinnacle ICC events. DP World now moves into the Premier Partner tier of the ICC’s portfolio, re-affirming the brand’s long-term commitment and mission to growing the sport around the world.

This announcement comes as anticipation builds for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, where 55 matches will be held across nine host locations in the USA and West Indies from 1 - 29 June. There will be 16 group stage matches held in New York, Texas and Florida, marking the first time an ICC World Cup has been held in the United States.

DP World has already played an important role at this World Cup having provided specialist solutions to transport 10 grass pitches grown in Florida over 1,200 miles to the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York and the nearby practice venue. The pitches were developed using the specialist techniques of Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions and nurtured by US-based turf experts LandTek Group.

A fleet of over 20 vehicles transported both match and practice pitches northward on a two-day journey. Each individual pitch was meticulously prepared for transit and wrapped in order to prevent degradation enroute to New York, DP World’s advanced logistics capabilities then ensured that that the pitches at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium were transported as efficiently and sustainably as possible.

Separately, DP World has also used its unique position of having operations across 74 nations, on six continents, to develop cricket at the grassroots level through the Beyond Boundaries Initiative, a mission to empower communities through the delivery of kits and equipment via repurposed shipping containers. The initiative was launched on the eve of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, with ten kits pledged for every 100 runs scored by a team in the tournament. Over 2,500 kits have already been pledged, with 1,750 kits delivered to thousands of aspiring cricketers across India, South Africa, and the UAE.

DP World’s initiative ties-in closely with the ICC’s mission to build better cricket systems and grow the game globally, and through the expanded partnership DP World will now work closely with the governing body on the development of its criiio programme that supports and celebrates the different ways in which cricket is played around the world.

DP World Chief Communications Officer, Daniel van Otterdijk said: “From the delivery of the World Cup pitches to New York, to our continued efforts to grow the game through our Beyond Boundaries initiative, DP World’s partnership with the International Cricket Council has seen us collaborate on empowering people across the world to enjoy the sport at every level. This summer’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup sees the world’s most iconic players take to pitches transported by DP World’s specialist smart logistics expertise. It makes perfect sense, given all we have achieved to date, that we progress to being a Premier Partner as we continue to strive towards the growth of the game for people of all ages and backgrounds all around the world. With our operations there are no limits or boundaries to where cricket can go.”

ICC Chief Commercial Officer, Anurag Dahiya said: “DP World has been a highly supportive and active partner of the ICC, and we are very pleased with their upgrade to Premier Partner status, which highlights the significant value our partnerships bring to global brands. ICC partnerships are based on shared values, and DP World has consistently shown a strong commitment to growing the game at every level globally. The ICC is proud to continue our journey at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and beyond, confident that working with industry experts like DP World makes expanding cricket to new regions and audiences much easier.”

DP World will proudly deliver the match ball for each of the 55 games at this World Cup, as well as presenting the Trophy Tour that brings the silverware to the event. The partnership continues for the next four years and will include October’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh later this year.

BIFA YFN CPD The most recent event in the British International Freight Association’s programme of activities for its Young Forwarder Network (YFN) was the first to be accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Guest speaker, PC Matthew Bate gave a presentation to YFN members about how NaVCIS is working with the logistics community to combat international vehicle crime.

BIFA member services director, Carl Hobbis, who has management responsibility for the trade association’s training and development services and had a key role in the creation of the YFN in 2019, said: “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities in which professionals engage to develop and enhance their abilities.

“There is an increasing expectation and desire from BIFA members and their employees to undertake CPD regardless of career level, job role and responsibilities.

“There have been over 125 events since the YFN’s inception, ranging from the educational, such as presentations on specific aspects of the freight and logistics industry.

“Our ambition has always been to add a professional touch by fitting some of them to the CPD structure and guidelines, including specific learning objectives.

“This means that BIFA can now display the certified CPD logo on all approved events and CPD attendance certificates can be issued to delegates for their own CPD purposes.

Hobbis concludes: “Hopefully, this accreditation will incentivise BIFA members to encourage more of their younger staff to participate in the YFN and attend its events around the country. YFN events, which are all free to BIFA members, have always provided learning experiences and the knowledge participants gain gets brought back to their businesses.”

DHL Express SMEsDHL Express has announced the launch of an international returns portal for its SME customers.

The portal, part of DHL Express Commerce, enables small businesses to implement a fully branded returns process on their website within minutes. It is fully customisable and allows eCommerce brands to set their own returns policies and terms, so shoppers can easily initiate returns and generate printable labels.

According to research from IMRG*, 57% of consumers are more likely to choose retailers with an easy returns process. This is why DHL has developed a service that enables small businesses to generate more sales by putting consumers at ease and enhancing the complete shopping experience.

By using the DHL returns portal, businesses are not subject to duties and taxes on the inbound delivery as they would be if their customers were sending goods independently. And by streamlining the returns process, suitable items can be processed as swiftly as possible for onward resale.

Kerry Croft, Business Development Director, DHL Express UK says: “As UK businesses continue to grow their global customer base, it’s important to offer the same level of service to international customers to those at home. Our returns portal allows small or growing eCommerce businesses to offer a professional returns solution that can give overseas shoppers real confidence. Our aim is to help small e-commerce businesses grow internationally, but we know how limited resources can be. That’s why we’ve made the returns portal simple to set up and crucially, free. We’re removing barriers to our customers crossing borders.”

DHL Express Commerce seamlessly integrates with leading platforms and marketplaces and is the latest SME service offering from DHL. It is already being used by 4,000 small business customers. The new development allows both orders and returns to be managed seamlessly from one intuitive platform.

FedEx women entreprenuers FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, has furthered its commitment to gender diversity and economic empowerment through the ‘Saksham’ initiative.

In collaboration with United Way Mumbai (UWM), FedEx distributed Saksham kits to 120 women entrepreneurs from lower-income groups to help them scale their businesses.

Since its launch in 2021, thousands of women small business owners have benefited from these kits. 62% of entrepreneurs supported from 2021 to 2023 have reported a substantial increase in their income, highlighting the transformative impact of this initiative on their livelihoods.

Saksham adopts a holistic approach by equipping skilled women small business owners, who are constrained by resource limitations, with tool kits. These kits, tailored to the needs of businesses across various sectors such as home-based beauty services, tailoring, homemade products, pedal rickshaws, and more, contain tools to improve product quality, enhance production efficiency, and grow their customer reach.

Suvendu Choudhury, Vice President of Operations, India and Customer Experience, MEISA at FedEx, emphasized the initiative’s broader implications, “We at FedEx firmly believe in the transformative power of investing in women’s empowerment. Focusing on dismantling the barriers to women’s economic participation, and having supported over a thousand beneficiaries to date, allows us to contribute to inclusion and drive significant progress toward equitable growth. Embracing diversity and inclusivity is crucial, not only as a moral imperative but also as a foundational element for the development of any country.”

World Bank research estimates that closing gender employment gaps could increase GDP per capita by nearly 20%[1], highlighting the importance of initiatives like Saksham that benefits communities at large.

George Aikara, Chief Executive Officer, UWM said, “When women succeed, communities flourish. Though, in most instances, many women may possess the skill, the lack of financial resources and capital prohibits them from starting their own ventures. The Saksham toolkits have a potential to make a tangible difference by equipping women entrepreneurs with essential capital to thrive in their businesses and contribute to economic empowerment. Together with FedEx, we can accelerate progress towards gender equality and economic empowerment for women across India .”

FedEx, founded on a people-first philosophy, understands the critical importance of fostering a culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in today’s global landscape. It’s a strategic imperative for businesses of all sizes to retain top talent, enhance reputation, attract a diverse customer base, and, fundamentally, contribute to making the world a better place for everyone to live and work.

Giant Panda FedEx USAThe Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) announced it will receive two giant pandas by the end of this year, who will be transported from China via a FedEx Express Boeing 777-Freighter, known as the “FedEx Panda Express.”

Qing Bao [ching-BOW], a two-year-old female, will arrive from the Dujiangyan Base in Sichuan and Bao Li [BOW-lee], a two-year-old male, will arrive from the Shenshuping Base in Wolong.

FedEx has a long history of working with the Chinese government and zoos around the world to safely ship giant pandas to and from China. As part of its ongoing support of environmental conservation efforts, FedEx is proud to donate the cost of transporting the pandas.

“We look forward to once again calling the FedEx Panda Express into service and using our logistical expertise to safely move Qing Bao and Bao Li to Washington, D.C.,” said Richard W. Smith, president and chief executive officer, Airline and International, FedEx. “It’s a privilege to take part in this next phase of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s giant panda program and provide the safest and most comfortable transportation for these beloved animals.”

FedEx has previously had the privilege of transporting 15 different pandas on 10 separate flights over the past two decades. Most recently, the company transported Bao Li’s grandparents, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their cub Xiao Qi Ji, from Washington, D.C. to China in November 2023. FedEx also transported Bao Li’s mother, Bao Bao, to China in 2017.

DP World Jeddah DP World and Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) have commenced construction of a new SAR900 million ($250 million) logistics park at Jeddah Islamic Port, set to provide state-of-the-art storage and distribution facilities, as well as boost trade in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider region.

The 415,000 sq m greenfield facility will feature 185,000 sq m of warehousing space and a sprawling multi-purpose storage yard, making it the largest integrated logistics park in the Kingdom. It will have the capacity for more than 390,000 pallet positions, offering customers an efficient platform for the seamless flow of goods to and from Jeddah.

Established in 2022 as part of a 30-year concession, Jeddah Logistics Park will be developed in two phases with a planned opening in Q2 2025. The facility will have a rooftop solar plant on the warehouse that will generate 20MW of renewable energy, contributing to its sustainable design.

The collaboration between Mawani and DP World also includes the management of the South Container Terminal through a separate 30-year concession signed in 2020. The terminal is currently in the final phase of a comprehensive modernisation project, scheduled for completion in Q4 2024, which will see the handling capacity being ramped up to five million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Altogether, the two DP World projects represent a combined investment of close to 4 billion SAR ($1 billion).

Speaking at the event, His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Saudi Arabia has always been a deeply important market for DP World and this milestone represents our ongoing commitment to the Kingdom. Jeddah Logistics Park, strategically located on the vital Asia-Europe shipping route, will provide world-class multimodal connectivity and market access for our customers while supporting the ambitious aims of Saudi Vision 2030. This investment marks a significant step as we mark 25 years of operations in Jeddah and underscores our enduring commitment to facilitating the flow of trade.”

President of Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), Omar Bin Talal Hariri, said: “This new logistics area will be connected to DP World’s South Container Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, facilitating growth and increasing the number of containers handled at the terminal. The project is part of Mawani’s broader efforts to expand the number of logistics centres in Saudi ports, in partnership with major national and international companies, and in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and Vision 2030.”

Mohammad Alshaikh, DP World Country Head, KSA, delivered details on the comprehensive project to attendees at the groundbreaking, including the UAE Consul General to Jeddah, His Excellency Nasser Huwaiden Thaiban Ali AlKetbi, and senior Saudi government representatives and members of DP World’s leadership team.

Aligning closely with Saudi Vision 2030, Jeddah Logistics Park represents a major development for DP World at Jeddah Islamic Port. This state-of-the-art facility will optimise the logistics processes for both importers and exporters, providing an integrated platform for trade and logistics. Customers will be able to benefit from efficient services that link port operations to last-mile activities, as well as bonded and unbonded zones, world-class temperature-controlled storage, import and export consolidation centres and other value-added services.

The groundbreaking follows on the heels of the opening of freight forwarding offices in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh, expanding the logistics footprint of DP World and strengthening end-to-end supply chains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond.

emirates sky cargo executiveEmirates SkyCargo, the cargo arm of the world’s largest international airline, has implemented a bespoke training programme, designed to equip the cargo leaders of tomorrow with the commercial and leadership skillset for future success.

As the logistics industry faces a lack of skilled workforce, Emirates SkyCargo aims to create opportunities for growth within its operations, inspiring employees across all levels to develop their career with the airline.

Split into two groups of 16, the candidates are handpicked from Emirates SkyCargo’s pool of high performing cargo managers and include both Emirati Nationals as well as other nationalities from the airline’s outstations. The 15 day programme includes six sessions, focussed on proactive preparation and strategic optimization of current and future operations, including the groundbreaking use of artificial intelligence (AI), embedding innovation at every touchpoint and tangible sustainability approaches. Throughout all sessions, the participants are supported with an all-encompassing business coaching program. The candidates will graduate with a diploma endorsed by AviationNOW, a member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), the organization representing and uniting all facets of the air cargo industry.

Nadeem Sultan, Senior Vice President of Cargo Planning and Freighters, Emirates SkyCargo said, “Implementing this Executive Leadership Programme is a crucial step on our long-term strategic roadmap, ensuring we foster the outstanding talent within our commercial operations to take the helm of Emirates SkyCargo to greater heights in the future. Creating an environment of development and providing continuous opportunities for learning contributes to the long tenure of Emirates SkyCargo staff, and helps us attract the best talent in the industry, despite the challenging environment.”

To deliver the Executive Leadership course, Emirates SkyCargo has partnered with AviationNOW, the aviation arm of the GrowNOW Group. The training is hosted at Emirates headquarters in Dubai, and will be a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, providing candidates with tools to implement in their immediate roles as well as for the next stage of their career. Following the first schedule, Emirates SkyCargo plans to extend the training programme to other aspects of the business, including operations.

Learning and development is a key priority across the Emirates Group with 18,600 employees from 84 countries participating in various training courses in the 2023-24 financial year. The Group launched a new leadership programme and continued two existing ones in partnership with INSEAD. The organisation also delivered leadership programmes in collaboration with London Business School, Warwick School of Business and Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy. In 2023-24, employees actively engaging with new learning paths and courses crafted to empower career success – LinkedIn Learning videos received over 1 million views and over 200,000 employees visited the Groups’ Future Skills Portal.

Wireminds AI InnovationsWiremind, a trailblazer in technology solutions, is transforming the transport sector with its cutting-edge offerings, promising to enhance operational efficiency and revenue management for businesses worldwide.

Wiremind provides AI-powered solutions tailored for optimization and distribution in the passenger transportation, air cargo, and sports & events industries. Its software is designed to enhance commercial performance by streamlining processes and utilizing advanced machine learning models.

By facilitating revenue management processes and offering ancillary management features, Wiremind’s solutions significantly cut operational costs and boost revenue, enhancing efficiency and job satisfaction among users. This underscores the relevance of Wiremind's offerings for transport businesses seeking sustainable growth. Wiremind's dedication to sustainability is also integral to its solutions, optimizing code, platform engineering, and cloud architecture to reduce resource consumption and promote environmental stewardship.

At the core of Wiremind's success lies a commitment to collaboration and innovation. Drawing upon insights from industry experts and customers alike, Wiremind conceives solutions suited to the unique challenges faced by transport businesses. Its strategy extends beyond revenue management to optimize the entire B2C commercial ecosystem. This encompasses enhancing website functionality, refining ticket proposition strategies, conducting price optimization, and elevating the overall customer experience. Moreover, Wiremind's approach includes seamless onboarding processes, incorporating access control measures, and ensuring continued support even after sales.

Wiremind’s flagship products, CAYZN and CAYZN Tracking are showcasing effectiveness and alignment with industry needs. They stand out as comprehensive revenue management solutions, including features such as data integrity, ancillary engagement, and secondary market options. Its seamless integration capability into existing systems minimizes the need for additional purchases and reduces training time, ensuring quick adoption and tangible results - Wiremind promises a 5-15% increase in revenue for its customers.

Colin Girault-Matz, Wiremind's Co-founder and CEO, encapsulates the company's ethos, stating, "At Wiremind, we pride ourselves on being efficient - we deliver what we promise. Our commitment to innovation means that we bring new solutions at every release, constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible. While we've made significant strides, there's still much to address in the aviation industry. Our optimization engine works exceptionally well, yet we recognize the vast potential to add layers of innovation and efficiency. Our journey continues, fueled by our dedication to delivering impactful solutions that drive positive change within the industry."

Transport businesses are encouraged to explore Wiremind's offerings and experience firsthand the transformative impact on efficiency, job satisfaction, and sustainability through booking a demo or exploring the Passenger product suite for airlines.

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