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BLG United Nations On October 13, 2022, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and BLG LOGISTICS signed a Standby Partnership agreement to deploy logistics experts from the seaport and logistics service provider to WFP missions.

BLG is now one of about 28 WFP partner organizations worldwide. Through Standby Partnerships, WFP can draw on technical expertise in emergencies.

"I am delighted that BLG can confirm and further expand its ten-year commitment to this important international institution through the Standby agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme. Logistics is an elementary component of humanitarian operations in the world's crisis regions," emphasized Frank Dreeke, CEO of BLG LOGISTICS. He signed the agreement together with Margot Van der Velden, Director Emergencies of WFP, and Ferdinand Möhring, BLG port expert, at the World Food Programme headquarters in Rome.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the leading humanitarian organization in the fight against global hunger. WFP's activities include emergency relief, reconstruction and development cooperation. Two-thirds of its programs are implemented in conflict-affected countries. Each year, between 100 and 200 experts are called on to join WFP operations in support of the organization’s mission of zero hunger.

For the past ten years, BLG has provided its logistics expertise to WFP free of charge by inspecting and assessing ports, roads, rail lines, warehouses and other logistics facilities. The experienced BLG port expert Ferdinand Möhring and his colleagues have travelled to and surveyed 21 locations over the past ten years. As part of this mission, former Captain Möhring was in Haiti, Burundi, Bangladesh, Iraq, Madagascar, Uganda, and Tanzania, among other places. Each mission documents for WFP the current situation at key infrastructure points; ultimately, it is not only the ports that benefit from these recommendations, but above all the people in the crisis regions.

Lodige provider of the year More than 15 million tonnes of air cargo are handled annually with Lödige Industries' terminal technology.

For one of its latest innovations, the intelligent Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for flexible and scalable ULD transport, the company with headquarters in Germany has now been named "Air Cargo Technology Provider of the Year" at this year's Payload Asia Awards in Singapore. This is the 9th time that the international trade journal for logistics has awarded this prestigious prize.

"We would like to thank the expert jury as well as everyone who cast their vote for us in the online ballot. Striving to always develop the best cargo terminal systems for our customers and to continuously improve them, this award is a wonderful motivation that pushes us to further expand our market leadership with innovative products," said Ranga Jayaweera, General Manager Singapore at Lödige Industries, who received the award at the ceremony in Singapore.

Lödige Industries' latest addition and innovation for terminal equipment is the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), which provides link between import/export areas and build & break zones as well as automated storage and retrieval systems. Compared to manual transport of ULDs by slave pallet movers or other ground handling equipment, this not only frees up personnel for higher value tasks, but also saves space. In manual terminals, AGVs can enable cargo handlers to take the first step towards the benefits of automation.

Lödige Industries has been supporting its customers in air freight transport since 1974, providing them with efficient airport logistics solutions. Today, the company is well established as the leading global provider of air cargo terminal solutions. Its long-standing customers include many of the major players in the industry, such as SATS, Cathay Pacific, Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), China Eastern Airlines, DHL, Lufthansa Cargo, British Airways, Korean Air, Turkish Cargo, dnata or Menzies.

Demand for global air freight logistics is currently above pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, global capacity constraints and staff shortages are creating additional challenges throughout the airport logistics industry. Efficiency-enhancing technologies and process automation are therefore becoming more and more important. As a result, investments are increasingly being made in cargo terminals in order to expand capacities and to improve handling processes.

An example of such a project is the first automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) in mainland China at Chengdu Tianfu Airport, which Lödige Industries recently delivered. The airport is currently undergoing a second phase of expansion to add three more runways and increase its capacity from 60 to 120 million passengers and from 1.3 to 2.8 million tons of cargo and mail per year.


Logistics UK decarbonisation conference With net-zero deadlines moving ever closer, Logistics UK is thrilled to announce its new one-day conference ‘Delivering Decarbonisation’, to be held on 22 November 2022 at the Congress Centre, London.

The conference – aimed at senior business leaders – will explore the roadmap to net-zero and discuss plans, initiatives and projects currently in place to help businesses in progressing their decarbonisation journey and assist with futureproofing their net-zero strategies.

Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK, comments: “The importance of decarbonising operations is increasing as we head towards phase out dates and the net-zero by 2050 deadline. Industry has demonstrated a great willingness to decarbonise and has already taken great steps towards this. However, Logistics UK recognises this can be a complicated and overwhelming process. We are delighted to be launching this event, which will bring together some of the most knowledgeable and influential logistics professionals to focus on the conversations worth having.”

The conference – sponsored by Arup, Descartes, Pledge and Samsara – will include a series of engaging panel discussions and keynote speeches from industry-leading experts. Topics to be discussed include Powering up your HGV Fleet, Financing the Change, Non-Net Zero Technology, Secrets of the Last Mile and a look at how SMEs can remain profitable amid the move to net-zero.

Tickets for Logistics UK members are priced at £100 + VAT and £120 + VAT for non-members.

Crowley jaxportCrowley and the Port of Jacksonville, Fla., (JAXPORT) have been awarded a federal grant to support a $14.6 million project to reduce emissions and add electric-power equipment at Crowley’s terminal.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded the grant under the Port Infrastructure Development Program. The funding will pay 50 percent of the cost, with Crowley matching 50 percent through JAXPORT’s initiative, named JAXPORT EXPRESS.

“JAXPORT EXPRESS is a great example of the partnership we need to reach our sustainability commitments and be even more efficient in our supply chain operations and services,” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics. “As we continue our journey to reach net-zero emissions, moving to an electric fleet and more efficient terminal equipment will help us make a major impact in the Jacksonville community, where we already utilize lower emission fuels, and be leaders in our industry. We appreciate the support from the U.S. Department of Transportation, MARAD and JAXPORT and look forward to collaborating to reach our shared goal of a cleaner, decarbonized world.”

At Crowley’s terminal, the project will add nearly two dozen zero-emissions equipment for cargo handling, including specialty yard tractors and forklifts, as well as related charging stations for Crowley’s supply chain services. The grant also supports the addition of 160 refrigerated cargo charging stations (reefer plugs) to sustainability meet current and future growth needs at the port without using diesel as fuel. These emissions reduction efforts build upon Crowley’s investments increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the Puerto Rico trade by deploying liquified natural gas (LNG) ships, four forthcoming LNG-fueled ships for the U.S.-Central America trade, and a state-of-the-art LNG bunkering facility at the terminal.

The total grant award at JAXPORT is a $23.5 million grant to enhance sustainability initiatives at the port’s Blount Island and Talleyrand marine terminals. Additional funding will support a $31.2 million purchase of new eco-friendly cargo handling equipment for the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal (JCT) at Blount Island.

“We are grateful for the support of the federal government and port partners SSA and Crowley as we work together to do our part to make the supply chain cleaner and greener for our community,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “This investment marks a significant milestone in our initiatives to build the port of the future and move cargo in the most efficient and eco-friendly way possible.”

Equipment purchased through the EXPRESS project will be Buy America-compliant, spurring further investment into the growth of America’s zero-emissions manufacturing capabilities.

Crowley Vice President Crowley has promoted Meaghan Atkinson to be Vice President of Sustainability.

In her new role, Atkinson will lead Crowley’s sustainability journey, and especially drive action to decarbonize across the company’s operations and value chain to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. As vice president, she will lead the company’s efforts to build partnerships across its industries and value chain to fulfill Crowley’s sustainability commitments.

In her prior role as Director of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Atkinson spearheaded the creation of the company’s first greenhouse gas inventory, leveraging Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud. She played an integral role in publishing Crowley’s first sustainability report. Her work has led to the company’s submittal of its first emission reduction goals to Science Based Targets initiative as a step towards Crowley’s 2050 net zero commitment.

“Crowley is poised through Meaghan’s leadership to help our people, suppliers, partners and customers advance with cleaner technology and transparent, data-driven results,” said Chief Legal and Risk Officer Parker Harrison. “Her expertise on the environmental, social and government (ESG) dimensions of sustainability have made her a leader inside and outside our organization. Meaghan’s contributions to Crowley’s sustainability journey to-date have substantially advanced our mission to be the most sustainable and innovative maritime, logistics and technology company in the Americas.”

Prior to joining Crowley, Atkinson spent more than 15 years managing sustainability programs for organizations including CSX Corporation and the State of Florida Department of Military Affairs. Her industry leadership includes expertise in sustainability strategy and best management practice, environmental regulation and management, ESG reporting and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification. Atkinson holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in marine sciences from Stockton University.

Kuehne Team Malizia In the third quarter of 2022, the Kuehne+Nagel Group continued to perform well in the market.

From January to September 2022, net turnover increased by 40% to CHF 30.6 billion, EBIT by 71% to CHF 3.1 billion and net earnings by 73% to CHF 2.3 billion. Free cash flow amounted to CHF 2.6 billion. The Group's conversion rate amounted to 36.2%.

Stefan Paul, CEO of Kuehne+Nagel International AG: "Kuehne+Nagel posted its best-ever nine-months results. However, higher energy prices, broad-based inflation as well as geopolitical tensions drive additional volatility in supply chains. At the same time, the easing in sea and air freight markets translates to some relief for our customers. Our asset-light business model is primarily focused upon responding to our customers' worldwide needs in a flexible manner while ensuring a high quality of service."

Net turnover in the business unit Sea Logistics amounted to CHF 14.8 billion and EBIT was CHF 1.7 billion for the period January to September 2022. The conversion rate reached 60.9%. Container volumes were 3.3 million TEU through the end of September 2022. In the third quarter of 2022, the average yield was maintained at an unchanged high level year-on-year.

Overall, complexity in global sea freight markets steadily decreased in the first nine months of 2022, while volatility steadily increased in major trade routes.

Kuehne+Nagel once again championed environmentally friendly technologies in sea freight. With the purchase of biofuel linked to the shipment of 50,000 TEU in the third quarter of 2022, customers were given easy access to directly CO2e emission-free transport.

Net turnover in the business unit Air Logistics amounted to CHF 9.1 billion and EBIT was CHF 1.1 billion for the period January to September 2022. The conversion rate reached 49.5%. Air freight volumes were 1.7 million tons through the end of September 2022. Air Logistics also maintained relatively high average yields in the third quarter of 2022, marking a significant increase on the prior year's level.

Commercial airline operations were volatile in the first nine months of 2022 due to the overall geopolitical situation and level of uncertainty. Even so, demand for cargo capacity on most trade routes was positive.

Kuehne+Nagel Air Logistics further expanded its healthcare logistics footprint in the third quarter of 2022. With "MedConnex," the business unit launched regular charter flights, e.g. for vaccines, from the pharma hub in Belgium to the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Net turnover in the business unit Road Logistics amounted to CHF 3.0 billion and EBIT was CHF 120 million for the period from January to September 2022. High utilisation of networks in all regions once again delivered significant revenue growth. Overall, the result in the third quarter of 2022 was very strong.

By installing photovoltaic systems on truck roofs in the long-haul segment, Kuehne+Nagel is setting a further example of reducing CO2 emissions in Road Logistics. In addition, the first 25 electric trucks were procured for short-haul distribution in France.

Net turnover in the business unit Contract Logistics amounted to CHF 3.6 billion while EBIT totaled CHF 139 million for the period January to September 2022. Utilisation of warehouse space worldwide was again very high. Growth in the third quarter of 2022 was more pronounced year-on-year.

In Contract Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel opened new healthcare distribution centres in Ireland (Dublin) and in the USA (Indianapolis). Both locations are strategically located near their respective international airports.

FedEx economic impact FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today released the findings from its 2022 report that analyzed the company’s impact on the global economy with key regional and market-specific analyses from around the world at the conclusion of its 2022 fiscal year (FY 2022).

The report, produced in consultation with Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB), a leading global provider of business decisioning data and analytics, for the first time analyzed the impact FedEx has on economies around the world. Over the past 49 years, FedEx has expanded its services to more than 220 countries and territories and invested in a global network enabling businesses of all sizes to access and grow the global economy.

The report found that FedEx played an integral role in helping businesses recover from the pandemic while overcoming strained supply chains and economic challenges. With nearly 550,000 employees worldwide, FedEx moved an average of 16 million shipments each day through its 5,000 facilities in FY 2022. The company’s network optimization and investments improved efficiency and capacity for FedEx customers.

“All around the world, FedEx helped individuals, businesses, and communities emerge from the pandemic by moving goods and providing services that connect humankind and power the global economy,” said Raj Subramaniam, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation. “The report illustrates the ongoing and important work we do every day, including supporting small- and medium-sized businesses which are the backbone of our local communities. We call this, the ‘FedEx Effect.’”

Measuring the FedEx Effect:The shipping and logistics company plays a role in fueling innovation, creating, and supporting local jobs, as well as helping lift individuals and their communities regionally and in major markets around the world; FedEx worked with 360,000 suppliers globally who employed more than 16.5 million individuals. These businesses, many of which are small businesses, created significant economic activity within their local or regional markets and had a combined annual revenue of $700 billion.
FedEx global economic activity supported 193,000 additional jobs beyond the FedEx worldwide employee base in FY 2022, which is 20,000 more jobs than FedEx indirectly supported in FY 2021; Small businesses made up 88% of the FedEx supply chain, and more than half of the FedEx supply chain spend in each region went to small businesses — which collectively supported roughly 810,000 small business jobs around the world; In FY 2022, FedEx invested $6.8 billion — a 15% increase over FY 2021 — in facility improvements, network optimization and infrastructure improvements, which correlated to direct economic growth in the respective markets.

The company’s presence in the United States spans from California to New York, Alaska to Florida with delivery services to every U.S. ZIP code and has a significant impact on the U.S. economy and jobs. In FY 2022, FedEx employed over 412,000 U.S. team members and contributed roughly 12% of the total output of the U.S. Transportation and Logistics sectors.

FedEx fleet and facility modernizations over the last year improved productivity and delivered network efficiencies that provided customers with better service. This business activity led to $8.5 billion worth of indirect economic growth in the U.S. economy and supported nearly 50,000 additional jobs beyond its employment base. For more information on FedEx’s state and local market impacts, view the full report here.

In April 2022, FedEx was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine — the 15th year that FedEx has been included on this prestigious list.

“Over decades we’ve built the infrastructure — both physical and digital — to meet the needs of our customers and deliver to every community in the U.S.,” said Brie Carere, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, FedEx Corp. “As the country emerged from the pandemic, our network of facilities and team members provided customers with excellent service and supported economic growth and recovery.”

The report shows how FedEx contributes to the communities where its team members live and work through charitable contributions and direct efforts to deliver a more sustainable future. In FY 2022, FedEx donated over $86 million to charities and local non-profits. The company also served as a critical conduit for food and aid deliveries and donations to Ukraine and Shanghai, among others. It also shows how the company is committed to connecting the world responsibly, through its stated goal of carbon-neutral operations by 2040 and pursuit of investments in renewable energy to power its operations.

InstaFreight CFO LogTech company InstaFreight is strengthening its management level with a Chief Financial Officer (CFO): Martin Leopold is taking over this newly created position, coming from industry giant DHL Freight.

The 54-year-old with a mathematics degree will make sure together with the founders that scale-up InstaFreight, one of the leading digital logistics companies for overland transport in Europe, continues its dynamic growth seen in recent years.

Martin Leopold has gained substantial experience in logistics during his career – especially in the areas of finance, sales, and IT. From 2014 to 2017, he was Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Post DHL Group. Followed by work as Chief Sales Officer at the logistics powerhouse in Bonn.

"My decision to join InstaFreight is associated with my desire to work at a dynamically growing scale-up. Within this task the goals will be securing well-established corporate structures and creating innovative new ones. InstaFreight started with the ambition of accelerating digitalization in European road freight transport and building a leading digital logistics provider in Europe. I strongly believe in InstaFreight's vision and am very much looking forward to being part of this exciting journey," Martin Leopold explains the motives for the change. "I am firmly convinced that we can develop more potential within our business model and will set out for profitability."

"With Martin Leopold joining us, we succeed in taking another major step in our development. With his know-how and leadership skills, we at InstaFreight are striving to continue and expand the course that has made us one of the fastest-growing road freight logistics service providers in Europe," says Philipp Ortwein, Managing Director and Co-Founder of InstaFreight, looking at the prospects for the company.

"InstaFreight has grown remarkably fast in recent years. To maintain this momentum, we are strengthening our ranks with a manager this autumn who is highly respected in the industry. Martin Leopold will help to continue our success story together with the current management team, bringing own impulses along the way," says Dirk Reich, Chairman of InstaFreight.

Maersk supply chain resiliencySpeaking at the 48th Annual South Carolina International Trade Conference on the “Customer Strategy Post Pandemic” panel, Narin Phol – Maersk North America’s Regional Managing Director recommended building resiliency into supply chains, developing technology solutions and decarbonization solutions.

The messages underlined this year’s conference theme “Elevating the importance of Supply Chains.”

“Supply chain disruption is a constant,” observed Mr. Phol, who added the past few years have elevated this reality and shown the importance of supply chains to everyone in the business community. “Don’t take anything for granted,” he warned noting supply chains need to be resilient and customers need to have an end-to-end plan in place to navigate through the inherent challenges that surface.

Traditionally, supply chains have been complex and siloed networks capable of keeping up with capacity demand and optimizing for cost, efficiency and scale. Supply chains have been successful under optimal conditions but when tested by major unexpected events, including a pandemic, regional conflict, labor strife, port and landside congestion, potential obstacles are introduced. Today, logistics professionals need to work through an increasingly more complex patchwork of suppliers, systems and solutions from origin to final destinations.

"To solve these customer challenges, we focused on helping customers find end-to-end solutions such as off-dock depots for storage, warehousing and transload facilities (into domestic trailers). Equally important, we invested in landside logistics capabilities to provide the end-to-end solutions to North American customers." Narin Phol, Maersk North America’s Regional Managing Director.

Maersk North America has added significant depth to its supply chain scope the past few years: Performance Team offers warehousing and distribution/omni-channel fulfillment; Maersk E-commerce Logistics offers e-fulfillment; and Pilot offers last mile logistics services and delivery for B2B and B2C supply chains. Some customers were looking for more supply chain speed, so the Maersk Accelerate product was created– which fast tracks cargo within 48 hours of discharge at APM Terminals Pier 400 Los Angeles into L.A.-Long Beach warehouses.

Another point highlighted by Mr. Phol was the pandemic has accelerated and magnified the challenges that already existed in data visibility. The logistics industry will need to become more tech-driven. Technology will address the visibility problem that exists in supply chains today and enable better planning by all parts of impacted supply chains tomorrow, changing the situation from reactive to proactive planning. An example is digitizing the supply chain. A single container being transported can require up to 100 document exchanges per trip, significantly adding to shipping costs with many manual errors potentially delaying the cargo.

Urgent action is needed now to reduce the environmental impact of supply chains. Decarbonization is a collaborative, multi-year effort across the entire supply chain that requires tangible efforts now to deliver on climate improvement goals in the years ahead. Maersk has ordered 19 vessels that will use green methanol for its global fleet and has purchased over 400 electric trucks for North America amongst other sustainability initiatives.

A CMA CGM containerHong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s largest independent air cargo handler – has been appointed to handle CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s new Hong Kong services which began in early September.

CMA CGM AIR CARGO is the cargo airline of the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions.

CMA CGM AIR CARGO has added 5 scheduled flights per week from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Hong Kong, joining its existing services to the US. The new Hong Kong services are being operated with brand new Boeing 777F aircraft.

Under the new partnership, Hactl will provide a total cargo solution to CMA CGM AIR CARGO, including terminal- and ramp handling, as well as documentation services. Capacity on the flights is being marketed by CMA CGM AIR CARGO, together with the support of GSSA ECS Group.

Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong says: “We are delighted to welcome CMA CGM AIR CARGO to our carrier family, and wish them every success with this new venture. We are honoured that they are entrusting their important new service to our care, and look forward to supporting them with comprehensive, efficient and resilient ground handling services.”

BIFA freight awards26 freight forwarding companies have been shortlisted as finalists for the nine service categories of this year's British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards, with 12 individuals making the finalist shortlists in the Apprentice of the Year and Young Freight Forwarder categories.

Those shortlisted in the various categories of the awards, which are now in their 34th year, are as follows: Air Cargo Services Award, sponsored by IAG Cargo – Deugro (UK), GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK, Mandarin Global Logistics, and Noatum Logistics; European Logistics Award, sponsored by TT Club – Brunel European, Ewals Cargo Care, NNR Global Logistics, and Westbound Logistics; Ocean Services Award, sponsored by Port Express – DG International Group, Ligentia UK, Mapcargo International, and Uniserve Group; Cool & Special Cargoes Award, sponsored by American Airlines Cargo – James Cargo Services, and Seafast Cold-Chain; Extra Mile Award, sponsored by Descartes – Anchor Freight, Coyote Logistics UK, Deugro (UK), and Unsworth UK; Project Forwarding Award, sponsored by Macbeth incorporating Peter Lole Insurance Brokers – Deugro (UK), John Good Logistics, Ucargo LLP, and Wallis Shipping Services; Specialist Services Award, sponsored by Thyme-IT – Channelports, Freight Logistics Solutions, Seafast Logistics, and Ucargo LLP; Staff Development Award, sponsored by Albacore Systems – GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK, LV Shipping, Speedy Freight, and Uniserve Group; Supply Chain Management Award, sponsored by BoxTop Technologies – B&H Worldwide, Freight Logistics Solutions, Killick Martin & Co, and Ligentia UK.

The finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category – sponsored by Seetec Outsource, are Cameron Smith – Ligentia UK; Elliot Haldane – GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK; Jacob Kennerley – Cargo Overseas; Joel Amado – Aramex UK; Kelly Bell – John Good Logistics, and Thomas Low – OIA Global

In the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year category, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Cargo, the finalists are Thomas Frost, GEODIS Freight Forwarding UK, Dalya Henry, ITD Global; Kyle Lawrence, OIA Global; Jordan Prangnell, Ligentia UK; Jenna Speed, Kuehne + Nagel; and Cheryl Sullivan, Ucargo Pacific Logistics

Robert Keen, BIFA’s Director General, commented: “Since our last awards ceremony, BIFA members have continued to face and overcome many challenges across all modes of transport, to manage many of the UK’s visible supply chains and keep trade moving.

“Many entries to the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2022 document the obstacles encountered by our members and the innovative measures taken to overcome them while continuing to manage their businesses during very challenging times.

“The finalists in each category will now go forward to the final round of judging with winners due to be announced at the BIFA Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 19h January 2023 when footballing legend Kevin Keegan will host many BIFA members and their guests.

“Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will once again provide a valuable opportunity for attendees to acknowledge both the finalists and winners, as well as networking with people from within the industry.”

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