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July 15, 2014: UPS, a global leader in logistics, today announced its latest expansion plan in Brazil to increase territorial coverage, improve time in transit and quality in the solutions it offers its customers. The expansion in the state of Sao Paulo includes the opening of nine new operating facilities, which will increase the company's country-wide network by 78 percent to reach more than 200 cities. The nine operating locations will be strategically situated in the cities of Sao Carlos, Ribeirao Preto, Franca, Bauru, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Botucatu, Aracatuba and Presidente Prudente, and are set to be completed by May 2015.

The company will also increase the size of its ground fleet to 115 vehicles, adding routes to Santos, Sao Jose dos Campos, Sorocaba, Marilia and Campinas, allowing UPS to extend its services by two additional hours to place and pick up orders. In addition to benefitting from faster time in-transit options, UPS customers will also be able to track their shipments in real-time by accessing www.ups.com.

"Growing market trends, such as a rise in the middle class, growth of e-commerce and the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), provide UPS multiple avenues for opportunities in Brazil," said Nadir Moreno, president of UPS Brazil. "The expansion of UPS's services and the enhancement of our network in Brazil is part of a long-term strategy to meet the demands of our customers. With more flexible pick-up times and faster time in-transit options, we can better provide high-quality logistics solutions in the largest market in Latin America."

UPS's expansion in the state of Sao Paulo will increase the size of its operations to almost 216,000 sq. feet, which will include a total of 21 operating facilities, serving more than 110 municipalities and reaching more than 200 cities nationwide. The in-country growth will employ more than 3,000 employees, creating an estimated 100 new jobs and add more than 800 third-party staff positions.

"Enhanced reliability and faster service will allow our customers to raise their inventory and provide high quality products that will help lead to increased profits," added Moreno. "UPS is creating end-to-end benefits and maintaining a competitive advantage by offering tailored services and solutions for our customers."

Beyond expanding the capacity of its operations, and as a continuous effort to offer logistics solutions to all industries in Brazil, UPS announced in April 2014 the opening of an 80,000 sq. foot facility dedicated to the healthcare sector. UPS also included an additional 86,500 sq. feet of dedicated space for high-tech capabilities, bringing the total to 166,500 sq. feet of dedicated multi-client operations in Cajamar, Sao Paulo.


July 15, 2014 – The GT Nexus Shipper Council, a community group of supply chain executives representing multiple large global enterprises, has recognized CMA CGM for excellence in delivering superior quality across key ocean shipment events. CMA CGM, the world's third largest container shipping group, received the award for the second consecutive year. The award was announced during the annual GT Nexus Bridges user conference, held June 2-4, 2014.

The GT Nexus Shipper Council is a group of executives from large importers and exporters who collaborate to improve partner relations, technology performance and business processes. Companies on the Shipper Council, which have combined annual revenues of over $1.7 trillion and work with every major supply chain provider, share GT Nexus as their global supply chain technology platform.

CMA CGM"At HP, we place high value on partner collaboration and information exchange, which is why we are engaged with the Shipper Council," said David Thomas, Program Manager, Global Supply Chain Systems at Hewlett Packard, and current Shipper Council Chairperson. "Quality data is the fuel that drives global trade and its availability throughout the ecosystem is essential to the performance of the entire supply chain. The GT Nexus customer community applauds CMA CGM for its on-going commitment and dedication to ocean carrier data quality and compliance."

"Delivering quality data in a collaborative environment is a core element of our strategy to enable operational excellence across our entire trading partner community," said Marc Bourdon, President, CMA CGM America. "Receiving this award for the second consecutive year indicates that our community recognizes and values the hard work we are putting in. This validates our efforts and reinforces the importance of collaborating in an automated, real-time environment. We are truly honored to be recognized by the Shipper Council."

Shipper Council members all share GT Nexus as a common cloud technology platform to run their global supply chains, unlike traditional software company user groups. This allows the Shipper Council to measure and benchmark against the collective industry performance. Improvements by any single member benefit the entire community. The work of the group has moved the industry average data quality score to above 95% across the top 20 ocean carriers representing over 90% of global capacity.

The GT Nexus Shipper council is a group of executives from large importers and exporters who came together because they all share GT Nexus as their global supply chain technology platform. The group is focused on driving improved partner relations, data quality and business processes. The Shipper Council participants come from a collection of companies that have over $1.7 trillion in revenues, and moves several million TEUs of ocean freight annually.


July 14, 2014: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for an order of twenty firm MRJ90 with purchase rights to an additional twenty MRJ90 with Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., an airline based in Miami, Florida in the United States.

This MOU testifies to the high regard in which Eastern Air Lines Group holds the economic efficiency and reliability of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the next-generation regional jet. Based on this MOU, both companies will move forward to conclude a definitive agreement in the near future. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in 2019.

eastern 737-800 inflightEdward J. Wegel, Eastern Air Lines Group President and CEO said, "We are extremely impressed with the operating cost benefits of the MRJ with the geared turbofan engine, which reduces seat mile costs almost to the level of current 130 – seater aircraft. This provides an excellent scheduling and route network advantage to Eastern as we look to add a second fleet type within five years."

"We are pleased that we concluded an MOU with Eastern Air Lines in its anticipation of purchasing the MRJ," said Teruaki Kawai, President and COO, Mitsubishi Aircraft. "This announcement encourages us to further boost our sales activity around the world. The MRJ program has been making steady progress, and its state-of-the-art aerodynamic design and a game-changing engine will significantly cut fuel consumption, noise and emissions, helping airlines enhance competiveness and profitability in the future. We hope that the MRJ, the next generation regional jet, will contribute to the growth of Eastern Air Lines."

Thus far, 325 MRJ are on order, including 25 (15 firm, 10 option) from All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., 100 (50 firm, 50 option) from Trans States Holdings, Inc. and 200 (100 firm, 100 option) from SkyWest, Inc.

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., was formed to re-launch Eastern Air Lines as a passenger airline using Boeing 737-800 aircraft from its main base of operations at Miami International Airport (MIA). Eastern Air Lines has its headquarters in Miami, Florida:

May 15, 2014: Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., ("Eastern") has signed an initial order and placed deposits with the Boeing Company for ten (10) firm Next Generation 737-800 aircraft (above) and purchase rights for ten (10) Boeing MAX 8 aircraft.

"Eastern is extremely honored and privileged to be in business with Boeing once again. Eastern's strong relation­ship with Boeing dates back to the 1930's, and later Eastern was the first airline to order and operate both the Boeing 727 and 757 aircraft. We will now proudly have the Boeing 737 Next Generation, and eventually the MAX aircraft, as our fleet standard," said Edward J. Wegel, Eastern's President and CEO.


July 15, 2014: Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, teamed with Cargolux Airlines, a leading European all-cargo carrier, to help the airline recently gain authorization from the civil aviation authority in Luxembourg to operate in a paperless environment. Cargolux has removed paper operations manuals, airport terminal charts and performance charts for its Boeing 747-400F and 747-8F freighter aircraft by integrating Jeppesen electronic flight bag (EFB) software and data used with Boeing EFB hardware.

Cargolux has also upgraded its Boeing class 3 installed EFB services to include in-flight Jeppesen data connectivity. This capability enhances operational efficiency for the airline and allows flight dispatch teams to send critical information such as graphical weather data directly to the EFB through a satellite communications link.

"The approval of our paperless operations and the 747-8F EFB in-flight data connectivity is a testament to the close teamwork between Cargolux, Jeppesen and Boeing, using technology to add value and efficiency to our operation," said Sten Rossby, chief technical pilot, Cargolux Airlines.

Cargolux continues its digital transformation with the recent implementation of the Boeing Electronic Flight Folder application to further replace paper content in its operation. Critical data such as operational flight plans, NOTAM data and other pilot briefing material is now delivered digitally. The removal of paper content significantly reduces weight for the airline and results in improved fuel consumption and lower costs across airline operations.

"Transitioning to digital flight information is a major advancement that reduces pilot workload and increases operational efficiency," said Tim Huegel, director, Jeppesen Aviation Portfolio Management. "This project is truly a team effort and we congratulate Cargolux Airlines on achieving this authorization and we look forward to continued coordination to further advance their digital transformation on the ground and in the air."

Jeppesen installed and mobile EFB software and data solutions help operators to streamline operations and increase situational awareness. With the removal of paper flight materials, pilots are able to focus on other critical aspects of the flight preparation process, as the need to file revisions by hand is eliminated with the use of digital data.



July 09, 2014: AirAsia India has appointed Globe Air Cargo India, part of the ECS Group, as its Cargo General Sales & Services agent (GSSA) ahead of the airline's successful launch last month.

The start-up low-cost airline commenced operations on 12 June from its main operating base at Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport, with flights initially serving Chennai, Goa, and Cochin via three A320-200 aircraft. It plans to expand its flight schedule rapidly across India, with the expectation of operating six to eight aircraft by mid-2015, at least 25 aircraft by end of 2016, and expanding to 36 aircraft within five years.

The first airline with substantial international investment to start domestic flights in India, AirAsia India is 49% owned by Malaysia's successful and rapidly expanding carrier AirAsia, with 30% owned by Indian conglomerate Tata and the remaining 21% in the airline held by Telestra Tradeplace.

Rajendra DUBEY, Country Manager of Globe Air Cargo India, commented: "We are really pleased to begin working with AirAsia India, which promises to become a major player in India's airline market. Its ambition to expand its flights to a large number of India's tier 2 and tier 3 cities means that we will have some interesting air cargo capacity to work with, and we will apply our tried-and-tested processes and systems to make the best use of that."

Bertrand SCHMOLL, Chief Executive Officer of ECS Group, commented: "AirAsia has demonstrated that it is a world-class airline, and I have no doubt that the AirAsia India business will drive similarly high standards. We look forward to maximising the potential of its cargo capacity, as we have repeatedly done for our airline cargo customers around the world."


July 15, 2014: With a new hub in Osaka, Japan, DB Schenker expands its intermodal service from North Asia to Europe. The customs bonded facility in Rinku, between Kansai International Airport and Osaka Port offers ideal conditions for the efficient combination of air and ocean freight between Asia and Europe and also the US. Customers can benefit from 50 percent shorter transit times than on the existing route via Dubai.

The new route has been developed to comply with the need of shorter transit times. "Our customers in Europe have been requesting a solution to ship cargo especially from North Asia with shorter transit times. We looked at several options. Osaka met quite the criteria necessary for a new hub. We put this project in motion within six weeks," explained Janaka De Silva, head of 'DB SCHENKERskybridge' for Asia Pacific.

Customers from the fashion industry, but also healthcare and electronics companies already benefit from the new service.

The existing dense 'DB SCHENKERskybridge' network combines the advantages of air and ocean freight – the moderate price of ocean freight with the speed of air freight –especially for shipments from Asia to Europe via Dubai. It ensures seamless transit, as DB Schenker handles both legs as well as the customs procedurs. In addition to this, the new solution also results in a visible reduction of CO2 emissions compared to regular air freight, which positively affects the overall carbon footprint of the customer.


July 10, 2014: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is pleased to announce a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement with Maersk Line that will cover the three main East-West trade lanes: Asia-Europe, Trans-Pacific and Trans- Atlantic.

It will replace all current VSAs and slot purchase agreements that MSC has with Maersk Line on these trades.
This new VSA service co-operation will be known as 2M and will provide approximately 185 vessels operating 21 strings.

MSC"MSC is pleased to have reached this agreement with Maersk Line. It represents another positive step in our continual drive to enhance our operational network in terms of scope, scale, efficiency and reliability. Our customers will be able to enjoy these benefits alongside the world class customer service that has been the cornerstone of our business since our formation in 1970." says Diego Aponte, MSC Vice President.

Mr Aponte continues "The 2M Vessel Sharing Agreement will enable us to achieve significant reductions in fuel consumption, driving down the carbon footprint of our shipping operations. With sustainability a key area of focus for MSC, we're delighted that this vessel sharing agreement will mean major cuts in emissions while simultaneously enhancing our service to customers."

Unlike P3, this VSA cooperation agreement will have a smaller combined market share and operate just as a VSA without any separate independent organisation with executive powers managing this network.

  • The VSA will improve the network efficiency and allow for lower slot costs through improved utilisation of vessel capacity and economies of scale.
  • The VSA will provide more sailings and direct port pairs.
  • The VSA includes 185 vessels with an estimated capacity of 2.1 million TEU on 21 strings in the Asia Europe, Transatlantic (Europe – US East Coast) and Transpacific (Asia – US East & West Coast) trades.
  • The 21 strings are split as follows: Asia/North Europe: 6, Asia/Mediterranean: 4, Asia/US West Coast: 
4, Asia/US East Coast: 2, North Europe/USA: 3, Mediterranean/USA: 2. Maersk Line will contribute with approximately 110 vessels with a nominal capacity of app. 1.2 million 
TEU (55% of the total capacity).
  • MSC will contribute with approximately 75 vessels with a nominal capacity of app. 0.9 million TEU 
(45% of the total capacity).
  • Vessels deployed in the VSA will continue to be operated by the two individual lines.
  • The VSA does not include joint marine operations. Each party will thus execute their own operations 
including stowage, voyage planning and port operations.
  • The VSA does not include any commercial tasks or responsibilities.


July 10, 2014: A major milestone for the A380 programme, Emirates and Airbus today celebrated in Hamburg, Germany the delivery of the 50th A380 for the Dubai-based airline. It is the 136th A380 which has been delivered in total.

A380 Emirates 50th 04For the ferry flight from Hamburg to Dubai, the aircraft was loaded with 41 tonnes of relief goods. This is the biggest amount which has ever been transported on a single flight organised by the Airbus Corporate Foundation.

The goods will be deployed in cooperation with ACF (Action Contre la Faim) to a UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: "Emirates has seen tremendous organic growth in the past four years, probably the fastest of any airline in history. We've literally added capacity equivalent to what some mid-sized airlines operate, but more significantly, we have maintained high seat loads and profitability.

"This speaks to the strength of our world-class product, and also our business model which is based on an efficient global hub that connects Dubai to the world, and almost any twocities in the world via Dubai."

Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates took delivery of their 25th A380 in October 2012. By the end of this year, the number of destinations served by an Emirates A380 will increase to 33, with the addition of Kuwait on 16th July, Mumbai on 21st July, Frankfurt from 1st September, Dallas from 1st October, San Francisco from 1st December and Houston from 3rd December.



July 08, 2014: Online retail giant Amazon and Transport for London's agreement to open parcel lockers in station car parks at Finchley Central and Newbury Park is just the beginning of a transformation in parcels delivery, predicts parcels industry expert Roger Sumner-Rivers.

Roger Sumner-Rivers is the founder and MD of ParcelHero.com.

'If plans to close ticket offices on the Underground go ahead, a ready-made space for parcels pick-up points will be created' explains Roger Sumner-Rivers, MD of ParcelHero.com, one of the UK's fastest growing and most-trusted international couriers. 'Tube stations are ideally placed on commuters' journey home, and make an obvious location for parcel drop boxes.'

It's not just on London's Underground system that picking up parcels makes sense, says Roger: 'Doddle, Network Rail's and Lloyd Dorfman's £24M online shopping collections and returns service, is set to be rolled out to 300 railway stations and transport hubs across the UK. The first is already in operation in Milton Keynes. Here at ParcelHero.com we are expecting your local railway station to become a new favorite destination for mail delivery.'

Visiting your railway station to pick up parcels is not a new idea, Roger points out: 'It's a case of back to the future! Not so long ago local railway stations were an important centre for picking up packages and handling freight of all kinds. I'm sure many people still remember British Rail's Red Star parcel service, which was still operation into the 1990s. It makes great sense to have parcels delivered to a place where customers are already going during their day.'


July 09, 2014: UPS's Humanitarian Relief Programme – which organises UPS's expertise, logistics capabilities, and funds to assist in disaster relief efforts around the world – has been honoured with the International Disaster Relief Award from Business in the Community (BITC). As part of the Responsible Business Awards, the recognition acknowledges UPS's support for all phases of the disaster response spectrum including preparedness, urgent relief and post crisis recovery.

In 2013, UPS provided $7.5 million in humanitarian relief funding, technical support and in-kind services to more than 20 relief organisations, leveraging its global network and local operational support to transport 250 humanitarian shipments across 46 countries. Over the years, the company has been active in response to a number of international disasters, from floods in Pakistan, Thailand, and the Philippines to the famine crisis in the Horn of Africa, earthquakes in China and Haiti, as well as tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and Japan.

Most recently UPS worked with UNICEF, assisting in their initiative to provide winter clothing to 100,000 children affected by the Syrian crisis. UPS coordinated the delivery of donated supplies from retailers, mobilising more than 150 UPS and UNICEF volunteers to create individual care packages for every displaced boy and girl with clothing specific to their size and gender.

Also in the fourth quarter of last year, The UPS Foundation provided $1 million in financial and in-kind support following Typhoon Haiyan, the largest typhoon in Philippines history. UPS deployed local logistician Oliver Bartolo to the World Food Programme for six weeks to lead the Logistics Emergency Team efforts there and Bartolo coordinated customs clearance, warehousing and transportation services in Manila, Cebu and Tacloban.

Taking place for 17 years, the BITC Responsible Business Awards are the UK's longest running awards championing responsible business. The International Disaster Relief Award recognises businesses that demonstrate positive disaster relief action in the immediate aftermath of international disasters.

Speaking at the awards, George Willis, managing director, UPS UK, Ireland & Nordics said: "When international disasters occur, UPS is touched in a profound way. With nearly 400,000 employees who live or work in more than 220 countries and territories, these are our communities, too. Our people see first-hand the devastation and human suffering, and our inherent values to help those in need compel us to act. UPS is in a unique position to assist. Disasters leave behind broken supply chains which are vital to transport life-saving medicines, food and shelter to these victims. At UPS we're able to use our global network, expertise and assets to help NGOs and communities prepare, respond and recover from the most complex disasters. Giving back to the local and international community is ingrained in our heritage and we are honored to be recognised by BITC tonight."


July 08, 2014: United Biscuits (UB), the UK's leading manufacturer of biscuits, is adding 62 new longer trailers to its lorry fleet in order to reduce carbon emissions and operate more efficiently. To support the company's branding strategy, the trailers have been liveried in line with the company's recent Jacob's and McVitie's advertising campaigns.

United buscuitsThe new trailers are 15.65 metres long, two metres longer than standard existing trailers, and can carry 60 pallets of biscuits instead of the previous 52 pallets. By carrying larger loads, the trailers are expected to save 450,000 truck miles on UK roads each year, and reduce carbon emissions by 618 tonnes a year. UB are operating the trailers under a special licence as part of a 10 year Department for Transport trial.

The trailers are based at UB's National Distribution Centre in Leicestershire. They will regularly depart with 60 pallets of biscuit varieties to be delivered to customers, and return fully loaded with biscuits and cake from one of UB's factories – reducing empty miles.

The trailers have all been liveried to support the launch this year of UB's marketing strategy. It groups most of the company's sweet products, including Digestives and Jaffa Cakes, under the McVitie's masterbrand, and most of the company's savoury products, including Jacob's Cream Crackers and Mini Cheddars, under the Jacob's masterbrand.

Three different iterations of the McVitie's "Sweeet" advertising campaign are used on 38 trailers. They reflect three animals in the "Sweeet" campaign: a tarsier (a small primate), a puppy and a kitten. The remaining 24 trailers are branded with the Jacob's "Snack Happy" campaign.

Kevin McGurk, Group Supply Chain Director at UB, said: "These liveried trailers will make our company more efficient and more sustainable, and in a way that supports our major marketing campaign. They are a very visible example of how we are working across the organisation to make UB ever more competitive. UB has recently brought its supply chain together as one team and this is a clear example of what's possible by working together with pace and ambition."

The addition of the longer trailers builds on UB's industry leading and multi-award winning "Fewer and Friendlier Miles" campaign launched in 2006. Since then UB has removed 20 million truck miles from UK roads, and has reduced its CO2 emissions from transport by 40%

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