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November 17, 2014: The Fritz Institute in the United States and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport are delighted to announce the results of a USAID sponsored scholarship programme for the Humanitarian Logistics Certification Programme (HLCP).

In recognition of the need for well-trained logisticians and experts in medical logistics, this year USAID has funded 41 full tuition scholarships. The selection panel received over 500 applications for the scholarship and were left with the difficult task of selecting the successful candidates.

30 scholarships have been awarded for the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) and 11 scholarships awarded for the Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog).

The HLCP was developed with the goal of increasing the professional skills of logisticians and for medical specialists in the humanitarian supply chain. The MedLog qualification is designed to increase the ability to plan and operate the medical supply and to safeguard against the high rate of substandard and counterfeit medical items in the international medical supply chain for humanitarian logisticians and medical specialists.

The Certification Programme is recognised as best practice for training in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management and represents an exceptional instance of sustained interagency and private-public collaboration. The programme is guided by the Certification Advisory Group, which comprises senior logistics officers from UN agencies, international non-profit organisations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Humanitarian Logistics Certification Program represents an exceptional instance of sustained inter-agency and private-public collaboration. The critical need for training and professional recognition of logisticians working in humanitarian organizations was identified during the Humanitarian Logistics Conferences of 2003 and 2004. Fritz Institute was the catalyst to develop the Certification Program, bringing together leaders in humanitarian logistics with experts in commercial logistics training to define the content and objectives of the program, and design and deliver the courses.

For more information, see: http://www.hlcertification.org/



November 17, 2014: Deutsche Post DHL has been recognized as the winner of EMC's third annual Blue Sky Supplier Sustainability Award 2014. With the award, the market leader in data storage systems recognizes a supplier which demonstrates efforts in sustainability reporting, and improving social and environmental responsibility.

"We are very proud of this special recognition for our Corporate Responsibility program, not only because it comes from a technology market leader but we are also the first logistics provider to receive this award", says Christof Ehrhart, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Post DHL. "It is great to see that more and more technology companies realize the tremendous impact that a suppliers' sustainability program can have on their own supply chain."

Sustainability aspects play an increasingly important role for the technology sector when it comes to supplier selection and management. In particular, companies are paying greater attention to the environmental impact of their suppliers' products or operations. Specifically energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies are crucial.
Integrated sustainability

"EMC is committed to not just measuring our suppliers' performance, but truly engaging with them to improve. We are pleased to recognize those who have integrated sustainability into their business. This builds a more resilient supply chain for EMC, and benefits the communities and environments where we and our suppliers operate", says Lisa Brady, Senior Director, Global Product Operations Sustainability at EMC Corporation.

Nominees for the EMC Blue Sky Supplier Sustainability Award are judged on various criteria: impact of the initiative, creativity in overcoming challenges, innovation of approach, long-term viability, and overall commitment to engagement, transparency, and continuous improvement. DHL, a leading supplier with a long-established sustainability program, was recognized as the winner on the basis of these criteria.

DHL has been working in partnership with EMC for more than 15 years and provides aftermarket logistics, warehousing operations, international and domestic transportation services as well as value added services such as customs brokerage. "We are doing business with EMC across almost all of our business units in more than 45 countries and 115 locations. In light of these dimensions, having a holistic and functioning sustainability program in place makes a crucial difference when customers choose a supplier", adds Florence Noblot, Technology Sector Head EMEA, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.


November 15, 2014: Alitalia and Etihad Airways are pleased to confirm that they have received merger clearance from the European Commission under EU Regulation No. 139/2004. They can therefore proceed with the proposed strategic partnership announced in August.

Following the completion of its review, the European Commission today confirmed that the partnership complies with the European regulations on competition. In line with previous cases, the airlines undertook commitments aimed at facilitating the entry of new airlines on the Rome to Belgrade route.

The parties continue to work together with a view to completing the transaction before the end of the year.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: "We are delighted to be able to move forward with this process and look forward to a positive outcome and the final conclusion of our transaction with Alitalia.

"An equity investment in Alitalia will be beneficial not only for the both airlines, but, more importantly, it will give more choice and broader travel opportunities to business and leisure travellers into and out of Italy."

Gabriele del Torchio, Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia, said: "This is an excellent outcome for Alitalia. This investment will provide financial stability and a foundation for impressive long-term growth for the Company and for the travel and tourism industry in Italy, in which Alitalia is a fundamental player.

"Today's decision by the EU approves the largest ever foreign investment in Alitalia and demonstrates huge confidence in the future of the national carrier."


November 17,2014: Ruscon, part of the GCS Group, is considering doubling the frequency of its weekly fixed day intermodal service from the port of Vostochniy in the Russian Pacific to Moscow.

The block train service, with a transit of just 11 days, has proved so popular with shippers from China and south-east Asia that it is already running close to capacity.

"The reliability and speed of the service, including our unique ability to deliver the containers to final consignees anywhere in Russia, has attracted both Russian importers and international customers," says Andrey Chernyshev, Director Sales of GCS.

The intermodal service, with a capacity of 154 TEU, was initially launched earlier this year mainly to offer shippers in the Moscow region a fast regular rail link to the Russian Far East via Khabarovsk.

"Since then we have also been building a customer base for a wide variety of cargo, including FMCG products, machinery and foodstuffs, on the westbound leg as well," explains Mr Chernyshev.

The train departs from port of Vostochniy, near the city of Nakhodka, every Sunday, arriving at the GCS-owned MANP terminal in Moscow 11 days later on a Thursday. The terminal has a fully equipped container yard, bonded storage and warehouses for container stripping if required, as well as a trucking fleet for on-carriage to end customers.

"Our intermodal service from Vostochniy is unique in that we offer delivery to the full range of final destinations in European Russia – from the north-west, including the port of St Petersburg, to southern Russia. These are both areas where Ruscon and GCS have many years of experience and expertise," he says.

GCS, one of the top ten container transport companies in Russia and the CIS, has invested heavily the MANP terminal, 45 km south-east of Moscow, since it acquired the facility in 2006. It offers regular intermodal services to a range of destinations in inland Russia, including the most remote provinces.

These rail services offer fast reliable links for shippers sending cargo to the Urals, Siberia and the Russian Far East, and also help ensure that producers in those areas have sufficient containers for export.

"We have been delighted with the response to our weekly intermodal service between Vostochniy and Moscow, so we are looking at launching a second service to meet demand," says Mr Chernyshev.

The total number of containers dispatched since the pilot run of that service in August is 1100 units or 1797 TEUs.


November 13, 2014: Air France-KLM reported a 1.2 percent drop in cargo traffic (FTKs) in October compared to the same month last year (see below). In a related move, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has invested in revamping the cool facilities at Cairo airport.

The pharmaceutical industry in Egypt has been steadily growing for the past 5 years, with an estimated value forecast at 8 $billion by 2015. To cope with both this growth and natural conditions of average temperatures above 30°C for more than 6 months a year,

A 124m3 room is now available to accommodate pharmaceutical products between 15°C and 25°C. On top of this, the capacity of the 2°C-8°C cold room has been doubled to a total of 420m3 to cope with large pharmaceutical shipments.

Temperate climates are also being considered. The central cargo hub of Paris-CDG, G1XL, can now offer three additional cool rooms for pharmaceutical loose shipments to be kept between 2°C and 8°C. This is in addition of the current state-of-the-art cool room offer of Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo. G1XL is capable of storing up to 1130m3 of loose pharma shipments and close to 90 aircraft pallets, all under 24/7 surveillance and monitoring.

By investing all over the world in temperature controlled facilities, Air France-KLM- Martinair Cargo shows its commitment to the fast growing pharmaceutical industry.



November 08, 2014: APL Logistics, global specialist in automotive logistics solutions, today announced the start of full operations of AutoLinxSM, its innovative rail-based solution in India. Developed by Delhi-based APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive, a joint venture between APL Logistics and VASCOR, AutoLinxSM successfully completed trial runs in October.

AutoLinxSM was officially launched today at Melpakkam near Chennai with the flag off of its first train service by India's Minister of Railways Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Indian Railways, local city and government officials, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and rail terminal operators.

APL Logistics Vascor"We are delighted to start formal operations of AutoLinxSM and offer India's automotive market specialist solutions to solve their unique supply chain challenges," said Bill Villalon, Global Vertical Leader, Automotive – SVP for APL Logistics and Chairman of the joint venture. "Our customers tell us they value the efficiency, security and reliability that this innovative rail solution offers for the distribution of finished vehicles across India."

"Ford India welcomes the introduction of rail transport for finished vehicle distribution in India by APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive and is excited to be part of this innovative solution. Transition towards multi-modal logistics solutions is key to driving and sustaining the high growth automobile industry in India," said Amlan Bose, Vice President APA Logistics at Ford India. "Ford India congratulates the APL Logistics VASCOR team for their tenacity and hard work in launching this project and wishes them great success in future."

Honda Cars says it is happy the alternative transportation that is taking shape will help reduce the pollution and congestion on the roads.

Carrying approximately 280 finished vehicles, the first train left Melpakkam and is expected to arrive at the multi-modal logistics park of Container Corporation of India at Khatuwas near Delhi next week.

"The launch of AutoLinxSM is a significant milestone for India's automotive sector and APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive. This unique door-to-door service covers the entire supply chain for our customers – from assembly line to distribution center to dealership floor.," said Bill Garrett, CEO of the joint venture as well as President and CEO of VASCOR Ltd. "AutoLinxSM helps OEMs reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains and eases the pressure on India's road infrastructure by moving freight via rail."

AutoLinxSM currently runs fortnightly between Chennai and New Delhi. Service frequency will be increased and more destinations added to the network in the coming months.

Trial runs were conducted in close collaboration with four automotive OEMs: Ford, Honda, Hyundai, and Renault-Nissan. The trials, which began in September, focused on the service corridor between Chennai and Delhi, and involved the handling, movement, and delivery of more than 1100 finished vehicles.

APL Logistics VASCOR Automotive is the first third-party logistics provider to offer rail-based services under the Automobile Freight Train Operator (AFTO) license administered by Indian Railways. With the AFTO licence, logistics service providers can help to facilitate bulk movement of automotive traffic by rail from the production hubs to consumer centres, as well as ports for export.


November 13, 2014: CEVA, one of the world's leading supply chain management companies, has won a major contract to operate a brand new national distribution centre on behalf of Caterpillar dealership Finning. The service partnership replaces an earlier Finning in-house operation based at five separate locations.

The new Finning National Distribution Centre houses all of the dealership's engines stock, plus 60,000 separate product lines, all of which are required for next day delivery to the company's 800 field engineers and 28 UK and Ireland branches.

CEVA designed the purpose-built £8m facility, and is providing 33 staff to operate it over extended business hours six days per week. Under the contract, CEVA has committed to next-day delivery of all orders, for an expected overall traffic of some 10,000 items per week.

The state-of-the-art building itself, situated on the Lakeside Estate at Cannock, Staffordshire, covers 120,000 sq ft and incorporates wide-aisle and cantilever racking, floor-level storage and a two tier mezzanine floor accommodating 90% of stock keeping units (SKUs). On the environmental front, it features energy-saving lighting, a biodiversity area and the first electric car charging points in the company. To facilitate business continuity, the Finning National Distribution Centre boasts a fire protection system incorporating 9.5km of pipework and over 3,000 sprinkler heads covering each level of racking.

Finning will operate Caterpillar's "Smart Sourcing" technology, which assists on-time delivery of parts to the customer's specific requirements; Finning UK and Ireland will be the first Caterpillar dealer in Europe to use the resource.

In preparation for the opening of the new distribution centre, CEVA successfully consolidated the stock from the five Finning parts operations into the new facility within five weeks, while maintaining full operational capability; the new centre was fully functional on time and on budget.

Finning (UK) Ltd is a division of Finning International Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of CAT equipment and power systems. Finning (UK) sells and leases Caterpillar manufactured and complementary equipment and provides customer support throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands.


November 14, 2014: Cargolux Airlines has achieved the best ever October in its history with a record performance in tonnage, revenues and block hours. Compared to the same month in 2013, the airline saw actual tonnage grow by 6.7%, while commercial net revenues rose by 9.9%. It is a strong indication of an improvement in the quality of revenue and makes October 2014 the second best month in the company's history after the record-breaking month of November 2013.

Cargolux continues to achieve the highest daily utilization of all users of the 747-8F with over 16 hours per day in October. The airline's combined fleet operated 9,379 block hours during the month and flew 1,672 flights on its worldwide network, this includes 362 flights from Luxembourg, again, more than any other month in the company's history, except November 2013.

For November 2014, Cargolux expects to substantially improve on the October results with more than 10,000 block hours flown in a single month for the first time ever and a further increase in tonnage and revenues.


November 13, 2014: Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) – Hong Kong's largest independent cargo handler – has been honoured with an award by one of its major customers, AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

ABC award 2014The Best Service Provider Asia Pacific Region award – one of the regional awards presented at the airline's 10th anniversary gala dinner in Shanghai – recognised Hactl's performance as the airline's handler for its important Hong Kong services since it began operations on the route in 2006.

Says Joanna Li, Vice President - Asia & Pacific, AirBridgeCargo Airlines: "Hactl has served AirBridgeCargo since 2006 and we always feel comfortable being served by Hactl with its hassle-free one-stop service from warehouse to ramp handling."

"Over the years, Hactl has offered to us a consistently high level of service setting the quality benchmark in terms of ground handling. Without doubt Hactl is the 'Best Service Supplier' in our region."

Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead received the award, accompanied by Chief Operating Officer Chee Hong Tan and Executive Director Simon Fu. Speaking after the event, Mark Whitehead said: "We strive for the highest standards every day, and it's deeply gratifying when a major customer takes the time and trouble to recognise our efforts with such an accolade and such kind words. We look forward to providing AirBridgeCargo with the same strong support for many years to come."

Caption: (left to right): Chee Hong Tan (Hactl Chief Operating Officer); Denis Ilin (AirBridgeCargo Executive President); Mark Whitehead (Hactl Chief Executive); Robert Van de Weg (AirBridgeCargo SVP Sales and Marketing); Simon Fu (Hactl Executive Director)


November 14, 2014: Virgin Atlantic Cargo is giving customers another choice to book shipments online with the airline by launching e-bookings based on Unisys' Cargo Portal Services (CPS) technology.

Customers can now use CPS to make bookings and track shipments on a 24/7 basis regardless of geography or time zone, including for transit legs and trucking services. CPS is delivered via Software-as-as- Service (Saas) hosted by Unisys.

To make bookings, customers simply have to log on to www.cargoportalservices.com and follow prompts to register with CPS and Virgin.

The launch of e-bookings via CPS followed a successful six month trial of the service by Virgin Atlantic involving customers who had expressed an interest in online booking channels.

John Lloyd, Director of Cargo at Virgin Atlantic, said: "Our customers can already book online with us via the Virgin Atlantic Cargo website but we recognise that many of our clients use multi-carrier services, like CPS, and this will make it even easier and faster for those customers to book their shipments with us. We want to ensure customers have the choice they need when they do business with us. That means combining e-solutions alongside the important personal contacts our customers already enjoy with the staff in our contact centres."

Christopher Shawdon, VP Logistics Solutions at Unisys, said: "As a global carrier, Virgin Atlantic Cargo is an important addition to the CPS family. In turn, they will benefit from reaching a user base of potential customers in 100 countries."

More than 2,100 freight forwarding companies in 330 cities in more than 100 countries regularly use CPS for cargo bookings. Globally, CPS processes over one million e-bookings per year.


November 13, 2014: Kuehne + Nagel has extended its logistics infrastructure in Greater Sydney to meet the growing demand for end-to-end logistics solutions.

Placed in the quickly developing logistics hub area Eastern Creek, the facility is strategically located within short distance to the intersection of Sydney's major motorways. Based on a built-to-suit concept, the state-of-the-art logistics centre offers 20,000 square metres of warehousing space with eight loading docks and levellers. Technical features include pick by voice technology and RF scanning which help to improve workflow processes, reduce time required to pick, pack and ship items and enable orders to be fulfilled faster.

At the opening ceremony Stephen Bali, the Mayor of Blacktown City stated, "This development fits well with our vision for Eastern Creek to be a logistics hub for Sydney."

Mayor Bali also highlighted the sustainability factors of the building; "I would like to finish by congratulating you all. I understand the new facility is on track to achieve a 4 Star Green Star As-Built rating and I commend Kuehne + Nagel on their sustainable choices."

Alfred Hofmann, Regional Manager, Kuehne + Nagel South Asia Pacific, said: "With the addition of this new facility Kuehne + Nagel is able to even better support its existing and future customers in optimising their supply chains. At the same time the investment strengthens our foothold in Australia."

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