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DHL bp pulse Long-term contract will see DHL support the rollout of bp pulse’s EV charging network in the UK.

DHL Supply Chain has been appointed by bp pulse in a new warehousing and transport contract. bp pulse is bp's electric vehicle (EV) charging business. It is one of the leading rapid and ultra-fast public EV charging networks in the UK and aims to grow its network of public EV charging points by 2030 to over 100,000 worldwide.

Through the new deal, DHL will be responsible for storing EV chargers and ancillary equipment including critical parts, substations, wiring and cabling at its Ryton warehouse which will act as a national logistics centre for bp pulse. Equipment will be despatched from Ryton and delivered to locations across the country, with a secondary site in Belfast servicing Northern Ireland. By consolidating EV assets across these two sites, DHL will support bp pulse in streamlining its operation for greater efficiency.

Leveraging digital solutions including telematics, DHL will provide real-time tracking and monitoring of deliveries, while coordinating with relevant parties such as electrical suppliers, councils and franchises to ensure smooth and efficient charger installations.

Paul Mason, Vice President Operations, Manufacturing Logistics, DHL Supply Chain UKI said, “bp pulse is delivering charging infrastructure at pace, and our specialist logistics service and the scale of our network gives us both the expertise and capacity to support its EV network roll-out.

“With first-rate training, safety protocols and digital systems in place, we are committed to delivering an effective and reliable service to bp pulse, to optimise its operation.”

DHL has introduced training and compliance processes to ensure the safe handling, storage and transport of EV chargers in line with bp pulse’s safety policy. This includes adherence to independent auditing standards set out by ISNetworld. In addition, DHL drivers have obtained ADR qualifications ensuring they are permitted to handle certain EV chargers which are classed as dangerous goods. Two-person delivery processes are also in place across DHL’s bp pulse operation, to guarantee specific training in lifting and handling EV equipment is followed at all times.

Qatar Airways cardless Qatar Airways Privilege Club, the loyalty programme of the award-winning airline Qatar Airways, announces its partnership with Cardless, Inc., a San Francisco-based leader in financial technology, to redefine travel rewards on everyday spends for its members in the U.S. with the launch of the Qatar Airways Privilege Club Credit Cards.

These credit cards, powered by Visa, are now available for members to apply for and mark the debut of Qatar Airways Privilege Club in the U.S. credit card space. Elevating members’ lifestyle and travel experiences, cardholders will be able to collect Avios – the rewards currency of Qatar Airways Privilege Club – on their everyday purchases and enjoy many exciting benefits.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Infinite Credit Card, which has an annual fee of US$499, has a matte metal design and offers industry-leading rewards. For every US$1 spent with this credit card, cardholders will earn five Avios on Qatar Airways spends, three Avios on restaurant spends and one Avios on all other spends. Cardholders can also benefit from 24/7 concierge assistance, airport benefits, special upgrades at Visa Infinite Luxury Hotel Collection properties, travel coverage, built-in purchase protection and much more. With only a select few Visa Infinite cards available within the U.S., Qatar Airways Privilege Club takes the lead as the first international airline loyalty programme to offer a Visa Infinite credit card in the U.S. market.

With an annual fee of US$99, Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Signature Credit Card offers exclusive benefits along with generous rewards. Members will earn four Avios on Qatar Airways spends, two Avios on restaurant spends, and one Avios on all other spends of every US$1 with this credit card.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Thierry Antinori said: “As the loyalty programme to a leader in the aviation industry, we strive to uphold the same level of dedication in providing our members with the best benefits across the globe.

“We are proud to be partnering with Cardless to introduce the first Qatar Airways Privilege Club Credit Cards in the U.S. market, which also includes being the first international airline loyalty programme to offer a Visa Infinite credit card. This partnership with Cardless demonstrates our commitment to collaborating with pioneers in the financial technology industry to enhance the benefits for our Privilege Club members.”

Co-Founder, and President of Cardless, Mr. Michael Spelfogel, said: "We are thrilled to unveil this strategic partnership with Qatar Airways Privilege Club and introduce their first credit cards in the U.S. market. This collaboration underscores the synergies between our innovative financial solutions and Qatar Airways Privilege Club’s commitment to enhancing the premium travel experience. Together, we are poised to deliver unparalleled benefits and convenience to our customers, facilitating their travels to world-class destinations around the globe.”

Both credit cards offer generous bonus and tier fast-track with Qatar Airways Privilege Club. With the Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Infinite Credit Card, cardholders can collect up to 50,000 Avios and 150 Qpoints as a sign-up bonus with minimum spend, and a fast-track to Gold tier with Privilege Club. With the Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Signature Credit Card, members can collect up to 40,000 bonus Avios with minimum spend, and a fast-track to Silver tier with Privilege Club. Cardholders will enjoy enhanced privileges including tier bonus, complimentary lounge access, extra baggage allowance, priority stand-by, priority check-in, priority boarding, complimentary 'meet and assist' service from Al Maha Services when travelling through Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Customers booking their flight tickets on qatarairways.com in the U.S. can seamlessly apply for these credit cards at checkout and pay for their tickets to benefit from a statement credit – demonstrating the commitment of Qatar Airways Privilege Club and Cardless in providing innovative benefits to members.

Cardholders of both credit cards will also enjoy a new way to collect Qpoints and upgrade or retain their tier with Privilege Club. Members will collect two Qpoints for every 1,500 Avios earned on spends with the Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Infinite Credit Card or for every 2,000 Avios earned on spends with the Qatar Airways Privilege Club Visa Signature Credit Card.

Logistics UK FIFResponding to the launch of the latest round of funding available from the Freight Innovation Fund, Logistics UK, Deputy Director Policy, Michelle Gardner says:

“Logistics UK welcomes the launch of the Freight Innovation Fund’s latest cohort of accelerator funding. It presents an exciting opportunity for SMEs to bid for a share of £1.8 million to develop and trial their creative solutions in real-world environments and help solve pressing challenges within the freight sector.

“The logistics sector is already making great progress on its decarbonisation journey. However, there is still much to be confirmed around the supporting infrastructure to smooth the journey to net-zero, not least a robust and comprehensive refuelling and recharging network, but initiatives such as the Freight Innovation Fund will help ensure that innovation and technology is part of the solution.”

Crowley Teamsters Union Crowley and Teamsters Union Local 901 have reached a new labor agreement to extend their longtime partnership into its sixth decade serving the shipping and logistics needs of Puerto Rico.

The agreement, recently ratified by union members, covers the 200 employees who work at Crowley’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan until 2029. Employees there serve as port equipment operators, truck drivers and support operations in various other roles important to safe and reliable operations.

“We have successfully worked with the Teamsters Union to provide safe, efficient and reliable service since 1971, including through hurricane emergencies such as the response and rebuilding from Hurricane Maria,” said Crowley’s Ira Douglas, vice president, labor relations. “We appreciate the Teamsters’ trust in continuing our partnership to serve the island. This new agreement reiterates Crowley’s commitment to Puerto Rico and our dedication to supporting the careers of people who keep the supply chain running seamlessly between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.”

“This new five-year agreement will sustain continued stability and career opportunities for our people, operations and workforce in San Juan,” said Teamsters Local 901 Secretary-Treasurer Argenis Carillo. “Providing quality, reliable service is made possible by quality, safe and efficient working conditions for our union team members in partnership with Crowley. The new agreement with Crowley ensures continuity that benefits Puerto Rico and its people.”

Crowley is the longest serving U.S. maritime and logistics company in Puerto Rico, providing ocean transport of consumer and industrial supplies, vehicles, perishable groceries as well as medical and pharmaceutical supplies. The company operates vessels between the U.S. mainland and the commonwealth as well as warehouses, land transportation and liquefied natural gas (LNG) energy services.

“Crowley’s dedicated, timely and reliable ocean shipping and supply chain services start with the dedication and hard work of the men and women operating the Isla Grande Terminal. We thank them for their continued trust and partnership serving our diverse customers in Puerto Rico,” said Brett Bennett, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Logistics.

Crowley has invested more than $550 million in Puerto Rico through LNG-fueled containerships, barge services, port infrastructure and service capabilities at Isla Grande Terminal. Crowley’s investments in Puerto Rico extend beyond infrastructure into communities, including a partnership with Wreaths Across America to honor Puerto Rico’s military veterans.

SWISS Head of Cargo Lorenzo Stoll, Head of Cargo at Swiss International Air Lines, is to leave the company after 11 years.

Stoll presently heads SWISS’s Swiss WorldCargo division, with overall charge of all the company’s airfreight activities.

Lorenzo Stoll, Head of Cargo at Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), has decided to leave the company at the end of July 2024 after 11 years. Stoll, who presently heads SWISS’s Swiss WorldCargo division, will be taking on a new professional challenge as the CEO of a Swiss-based healthcare company.

As Head of Cargo, Lorenzo Stoll has successfully guided SWISS’s airfreight division through highly challenging times over the past three years – during the COVID-19 crisis in particular, when Stoll and his Swiss WorldCargo team effectively ensured that Switzerland remained provided by air with various vital supplies.

Lorenzo Stoll joined SWISS in 2013, initially as the company’s Head of Western Switzerland. In this capacity he oversaw the turnaround of SWISS’s Geneva-based business and operations, bringing earnings back into the black and creating over 200 new local positions.

“With his innovative flair and his keen customer focus, Lorenzo Stoll has had a huge and lasting impact on both our Geneva operations and our Swiss WorldCargo division,” says SWISS Chief Financial Officer Markus Binkert. “He was also instrumental in ensuring during the COVID pandemic that, at a time of low passenger numbers, Swiss WorldCargo made a vital contribution to our revenue results.”

“At the same time,” Binkert continues, “Sustainability has always been one of Lorenzo’s prime focuses and concerns. And it’s thanks to him and his Swiss WorldCargo team that our SWISS airfreight business is so well equipped and prepared today for the challenges of tomorrow. With his vision and his perspective, Lorenzo has set key processes in motion within our airfreight organization that will enable even greater and more permanent use to be made of the various cargo synergies within the Lufthansa Group. I offer Lorenzo my deepest thanks for all his energies and endeavours on behalf of our company, and I wish him every further success and satisfaction in his new challenges ahead.”

The search for SWISS’s new Head of Cargo is already under way.

AET makes strides Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT), a subsidiary of SATS Ltd, has made significant strides in cargo handling with the introduction of Autonomous Electric Tractors (AET) at its terminal in Hong Kong.

This innovative move positions AAT as the pioneer cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong to deploy AETs, revolutionizing cargo handling processes and enhancing overall efficiency.

"Our commitment to efficiency and sustainability remains unwavering. Thanks to the team’s rigorous testing, training and trials conducted over the past eighteen months, we have successfully deployed AETs in our cargo terminals operations, enabling cargo and ULDs towing through various routes and across different levels of the terminal." said Mr. Mike Chew, CEO of AAT. ""By utilizing electric-powered AETs, we are not only reducing carbon footprint but also ensuring resilience and the quality of service we provide to our customers."

Operational resilience is important in the fast-paced world of air cargo logistics, especially during peak seasons and manpower shortage currently faced by the industry. AETs offer uninterrupted service for extended hours, providing reliable support and maintaining operational efficiency. They are also capable of navigating adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or fog, ensuring operations continuity. In addition, the AETs' seamless transition between manual and autonomous modes allows for high operational flexibility within dynamic work environments. By assigning iterative tasks to AETs, we also enhance manpower efficiency and improve service quality.

AAT's vision revolves around sustainability. With a range of up to 90km per charge, AETs significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by up to 35% compared to conventional diesel tractors, propelling us towards a greener future by minimizing our environmental impact.

Ensuring safety is the top priority, each AET is equipped with an extensive range of features ensuring safety. These include a robust set of nine high-definition cameras and three lidar sensors for efficient navigation. The integration of advanced three-dimensional mapping system and dGPS technology enable the AETs to effectively maneuver through obstacles and follow designated routes throughout the multi-level warehouse. The advanced braking system could also immediately bring the AETs to a halt when obstacles are detected within 10 meters to safeguard the traffic safety at workplace.

AAT had the privilege of presenting our industry peers and media representative with a firsthand demonstration of our AETs in action during the exclusive tours during the IATA World Cargo Symposium 2024, the latest addition to our operation were warmly received and impressed our guests. Their enthusiasm for our innovative move further validates our position as a frontrunner in the industry.

AAT plans to expand the fleet progressively in subsequent years while further exploring additional automation features to accommodate various operational needs.

Port of Antwerp Bruges summit The Port of Antwerp-Bruges will be organising the second “Chemistry & Energy Summit” in Burghausen on 16 May 2024 in order to explain the ​essential relationship between the chemical industry and the energy sector and to initiate a fundamental process of dialogue.

This summit will emphasise the significance of adopting an all-embracing approach to current challenges and opportunities as well as the need for close cooperation between both key industries to enable a future that is emission-free.

Hydrogen is viewed as a key building block along the journey to climate neutrality in Europe. According to forecasts published by the German government, Germany alone will require at least 110 terawatt hours (Twh) of hydrogen by 2030 – and the needs estimated by the business world are actually much higher than this figure. Key hubs such as the Port of Antwerp-Bruges are already creating the necessary infrastructure to guarantee that industry’s energy supplies in Germany and Europe will be sustainable and reliable.

Several projects are currently being completed at the ports sites of Antwerp and Zeebrugge in Belgium – and they are designed to pave the way for climate neutrality for European industries. One of the showcase projects related to the energy revolution is the former refinery site in the port area, which is currently being transformed into a new hub for green energy. The Vopak Energy Park Antwerp site, which measures 105 hectares, will not only offer access to the sea, but also to various transport networks, including inland waterways, roads and rail services – and to pipeline links to north-west Europe, which will make it possible to supply hydrogen and hydrogen carriers to the important business centres there. The port platform is ideally located at the centre of Europe.

Alongside these developments, the construction of an open-access import terminal is continuing at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. The goal is to already transport sustainable ammonia to the chemical industry in the vicinity and to European destinations further inland via the terminal by 2028. This innovative project is being managed by the following companies – Fluxys, Advario Stolthaven Antwerp and Advario Gas Terminal – and is designed to help provide reliable supplies of green ammonia for the whole of Europe.

The French gas corporation, Air Liquide, is also investing in an innovative pilot plant at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, which will make it possible to covert ammonia into hydrogen with the lowest possible carbon footprint. This demonstration plant, which is being supported by the state Flanders Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), is being built on the BASF site and is set to cut emissions.

This is just one of many companies operating within the port’s eco-system, which are making their contribution to developing hydrogen as a key technology for the energy revolution.

“The chemical industry in particular is currently facing enormous challenges: the increase in competitive pressure driven by higher energy prices, changes in the demand situation and the partial relocation of value-added chains overseas pose a threat to Germany as a centre of business,” says Tom Hautekiet, the Chief Business Development & Transition Officer at the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. “The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is aiming to actively support industry’s efforts to face up to these challenges, among other things, by promoting energy supplies based on hydrogen and adopting measures to separate, store and subsequently use carbon dioxide. The port also views itself as a facilitator in the communications between all those involved in the search for strategies to resolve the problem.”

The “Chemistry & Energy Summit” on 16 May at Burghausen Castle provides a platform for people to share ideas and strategies to combat the current challenges for the chemical industry. Focussing on sustainability and innovations, experts from the chemical industry and the energy business will together discuss how the future of the sector can be shaped.

The speakers will also include Thomas Van De Velde, the Senior Vice President Base Chemicals at Borealis. Borealis AG is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced polyolefin solutions that are geared towards a circular economy and is a European market leader in the field of the mechanical recycling of plastics. With its business sites in Antwerp and Burghausen, among other places, Borealis is closely associated with the chemical industry’s industrial centres in Europe. “As part of the Borealis strategy of reinventing the basic needs for sustainable life, we’re aiming for a significant reduction in our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, particularly through switching to 100% renewable energy sources for our European plants,” says Thomas Van De Velde. “We’re putting our trust in competitive, reliable and renewable energy initiatives and projects in Europe in order to support our ambitions.”

Davies Turner Lyle ScottIconic clothing and fashion brand, Lyle & Scott has selected Davies Turner Logistics to provide third party warehousing, and management of final mile logistics fulfilment and distribution services across the UK for the next five years.

Signing the contract with Lyle & Scott coincided with the opening of Davies Turner’s latest logistics fulfilment centre at Atherstone in the Midlands; its seventh bespoke 3PL facility in the UK; from which Lyle & Scott’s UK storage and order fulfilment requirements will be managed.

The omnichannel contract encompasses all of Lyle & Scott’s business activities across retail and wholesale outlets; online channels; as well as a variety of value-added services such as quality control; and reverse logistics operations.

Emily Stephenson, managing director at Davies Turner Logistics says: ““Davies Turner is well known for offering retail brands a high degree of logistics service flexibility to support their multichannel operations, providing both the scalability and the customisation they need for their supply chains.

“We have put together a dedicated team to work with Lyle & Scott to optimise management of its inventory and order fulfilment throughout its whole supply chain in the UK so that it can make good on its promises to customers.

“We are looking forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship with the company.”

Andrew Stellakis, director of IT and operations at Lyle & Scott says: “Lyle & Scott was formed in 1874 with the ambition of making high-quality knitted garments focusing on the importance of quality and craftsmanship.

“During a very competitive tender process it became clear that those principles underpin Davies Turner’s logistics operations and have done so since its own formation four years prior to that of Lyle & Scott.

“We were particularly impressed about the visibility that Davies Turner offers of the whole supply chain, which will allow stock to be moved from one channel to another and help to keep all Lyle & Scott’s outlets supplied.

“Our willingness to sign a five-year contract is a clear demonstration of Lyle & Scott’s confidence in Davies Turner Logistics ability to meet our challenging logistics fulfilment and distribution requirements across the UK.”

Stephenson concludes: “The new contract and the new property marks the next step in Davies Turner’s ongoing growth of our 3PL supply chain management business and we look forward to welcoming other businesses to join Lyle & Scott at our latest fulfilment centre.

“The new multi-user hub is a fully Customs-bonded facility, with 140,000 sq ft of warehousing, incorporating a high bay fully racked area, as well as four 35,000 sq ft mezzanine floors for order fulfilment operations.

“As one of the first occupants, Lyle & Scott is showing that it understands Davies Turner’s belief that such facilities enhance its capacity to deliver logistics fulfilment services to businesses seeking to outsource their supply chain management requirements.”

FedEx plant trees FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, celebrated the company’s 40th anniversary in Singapore by teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation and the Garden City Fund, a registered charity under the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), to plant 80 trees.

The event was held on April 20, 2024, along Siglap Linear Park, with 60 FedEx volunteers participating. With April being Global Volunteer Month, FedEx team members were encouraged to come together to ‘Drive Forward. Give Back’ by volunteering and doing countless acts of caring.

This tree-planting event supports NParks’ Plant-A-Tree programme, with every tree planted contributing to the OneMillionTrees movement. This nationwide movement aims to plant one million trees across Singapore by 2030, with the goal of restoring nature back to our city and transforming Singapore into a City in Nature. This program will also bring benefits in reducing midday temperatures in the vicinity by as much as 0.9 degrees Celsius.[1]

“Our commitment to Singapore for the last 40 years goes beyond supporting local businesses—it extends into the needs of local communities,” said Eric Tan, managing director of FedEx Express Singapore. “This tree-planting activity represents more than just a symbolic act of environmental commitment; it embodies our longstanding commitment to Singapore and underscores our ongoing efforts to promote a more sustainable future. We continue to play an instrumental role in connecting customers in Singapore with possibilities around the world in responsible and resourceful ways, while creating a better world for local communities.”

The tree-planting event signifies the continuation of a successful partnership between FedEx Singapore, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Garden City Fund for the second consecutive year. The company also recently launched a cloud-based carbon emissions reporting tool, FedEx® Sustainability Insights, giving customers access to historical emissions information on their shipments within the FedEx network.

BLG financial year 2023The Board of Management of BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG presented the results of the financial year 2023 at its Annual Report Press Conference on April 29, 2024.

Despite challenges, all three divisions – AUTOMOBILE, CONTRACT and CONTAINER – closed with a positive result. While Group sales increased compared to the previous year, the result was slightly below 2022, although better than expected.

The demands on logistics services are changing at an ever-increasing pace. Energy prices, inflation, shortage of skilled workers, climate change, the war in Ukraine, the Middle East situation, attacks on freight ships by Houthi rebels – the list of conflicts, crises and challenges is long. In 2023, this again created a challenging business environment. In view of these circumstances, the Board of Management of the BLG Group is extremely satisfied with the strong operational performance and the stable financial result of the

In financial year 2023, Group sales increased on the previous year by 8.1 percent to EUR 1.21 billion (without EUROGATE). "Considering the many crises and challenges we faced, that is a more than respectable performance. All departments and all colleagues contributed to this," emphasized Frank Dreeke, the CEO of the BLG Group, during the presentation of the results.


All three divisions – AUTOMOBILE, CONTRACT and CONTAINER – achieved a positive result. Sales were particularly strong in the AUTOMOBILE division, increasing by EUR 62.1 million to EUR 641.9 million. This growth is mainly due to higher revenues in the areas of transport and storage. Sales revenue in contract logistics also increased, by EUR 20.9 million to EUR 569.1 million. The CONTAINER division reported a sales decrease by EUR 43.2 million. The proportionate share of sales revenues of BLG in 2023 amounted to just under EUR 302 million.

Earnings before tax (EBT) amounted to EUR 36.1 million, which was 35.2 percent less than in the previous year (EUR 55.7 million). This means the EBT of the BLG Group decreased compared to the previous year by EUR 19.6 million. The main reason for this was the lower income from investments in the CONTAINER division.

In the overall AUTOMOBILE division, BLG transported, handled and technically processed five million vehicles in financial year 2023. This volume was moderately higher than in the previous year. In particular the inland terminals contributed to the good result. At the seaport terminal in Bremerhaven – BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven – some 1.5 million vehicles were handled, transported or technically processed. This was just under the figure for 2022 (1.7 million vehicles), which was due in particular to the state of the economy. In the High & Heavy segment, BLG was able to increase the handling volume by 0.2 million metric tons to 1.3 million metric tons.

Speaking at the AutoTerminal, Matthias Magnor, an executive officer and COO of the BLG Group, said: “In 2023, the location achieved a positive result, which was a major improvement on previous years. This was due especially to our restructuring and transformation processes coming into effect as well as newly agreed contracts with a number of key accounts.”

Matthias Magnor also used the Annual Report Press Conference to report on a new agreement: “A few weeks ago I was in China, where I signed a Friendship Agreement between our AutoTerminal and the Haitong ro-ro terminal in Shanghai. With this cooperation, we have created a special bond between Shanghai and Bremerhaven, which will support Chinese auto manufacturers in the export of their vehicles to Europe. The agreement will strengthen the status of our ports as leading ro-ro ports in Asia and Europe.” However, Magnor emphasized that Bremerhaven is and will remain an open port for all shipping companies and automotive manufacturers.

The CONTRACT division operates at more than 40 locations all over Germany and around the world. In the continuing multi-crisis situation, BLG Contract logistics again succeeded in meeting its targets in 2023. Some individual locations suffered significant volume reductions, but higher volumes and productivity plus additional business at other locations compensated for this. Other factors with a positive effect were falling inflation rates and especially lower energy prices in the course of the year. The restructuring of the division launched in 2022 under the name Roadmap CONTRACT also had an effect.

Over the reporting year, in total significantly fewer containers than expected were handled at the inland container terminals of the EUROGATE Group. Furthermore storage revenues, which had increased in 2022 due to the disrupted schedules of the shipping lines, decreased earlier than anticipated. The handling volumes at the EUROGATE terminals declined from 11.2 million TEU by 5.1 percent, while the reduction at the German terminals overall was 10.5 percent.

The factor likely to have the greatest impact on development in Hamburg in 2024 will be the point in time and the progress of the transfer of MSC services to the Hamburg terminals of the HHLA. “Currently we expect the transfer to start at the earliest in the fourth quarter of 2024, so it will not significantly affect the company's handling volume in 2024. We don't anticipate any negative impacts on our other locations from a possible involvement of MSC in HHLA. In fact, the opposite is true: We will remain closely connected to MSC over the long term,” said Michael Blach, the executive officer responsible for the CONTAINER division and Chairman of the Group Management Board of EUROGATE. The company expects increasing handling volume at the Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven locations in 2024.

On average over the year 2023, BLG LOGISTICS employed 9,883 people worldwide in the fully consolidated companies (11,487 with EUROGATE). The majority of the workforce (90.7 percent) have unlimited employment contracts. The shortage of qualified staff remains a challenge for the company. A continuous optimization of recruitment and the establishment of new channels and media to enable easy access to the application process were central tasks for the HR department in 2023. This work resulted in more current approaches and pilot projects such as the low-threshold option of application via WhatsApp.

In the reporting year BLG took on 96 new trainees, bringing the total up to 172 trainees employed in the company. That is equivalent to a trainee quota of 1.9 percent. “In response to the universal challenge in our society of a shortage of junior staff, we formulated new sustainability goals starting in 2025 aimed at achieving a trainee quota of at least two percent,” explained Ulrike Riedel, an executive officer and Labor Relations Director of BLG.
Prospects for 2024

“The result for 2023 is proof of our reliability, high performance and bold vision in a dynamic and challenging business environment,” said CEO Frank Dreeke, before taking a look into the future: “But we also know that the current economic and political turbulence will continue or may even increase. We are prepared to face up to this as a permanent state of affairs. Change and transformation belong to BLG today just as much as our tradition from almost 150 years of corporate history.”

The BLG Group continues to operate in a volatile market environment. To meet these challenges, the company will continue to forcefully tackle issues such as flexibility, digitalization/AI, automation and sustainability. Business development at the beginning of 2024 was within expectations.

At the end of the press conference, the CEO addressed a few personal remarks to the journalists present: "This is my last Annual Report Press Conference for BLG. At the end of the year I will end my 12-year period at the head of BLG after reaching the standard retirement age for CEOs. They were 12 eventful years over which many of you accompanied me in an open and collegial spirit, but also critically. Today I want to thank you sincerely for that. I leave BLG with a deep sense of gratitude and excitement about what will come next. I know that BLG, a company that is resilient, adaptable and ready for the future, is in excellent hands. In 2025 Matthias Magnor, a colleague I value very highly, will take up the reins. He knows the company very well and over the last three years he has successfully steered the transformation of the operational activities of BLG. I am confident that Matthias Magnor, together with our further executive managers Ulrike Riedel, Christine Hein and Michael Blach plus a new COO soon to be selected, will lead BLG into a successful future. As I leave, I can look back with great satisfaction.”

cma ceva paris 2024Working closely with the Organizing Committee of the Paris 2024 Games since February 2023, the Group and its subsidiary CEVA Logistics are offering a full range of logistic transport solutions for the event.

The partnership includes freight services, international transport of goods, customs clearance, storage, delivery, site logistics, special freight, and IT systems integration.

Now 100 days before the opening ceremony, as Paris prepares to receive over 10,500 athletes and welcome nearly 10 million spectators, the CMA CGM and CEVA Logistics teams are in action, setting up the logistics chain and all the equipment necessary to ensure the Paris 2024 Games run smoothly.

A singular logistics challenge, unique worldwide, CMA CGM and CEVA Logistics will ensure transport and delivery of over 900,000 items of sports equipment including trampolines, poles, firearms, boats, and surfboards.

The Group will also transport more than 250 containers of bleachers and mobile seats and deliver 1.3 million items of furniture, fixtures, equipment, and merchandising material. A total of 17,000 beds for the athletes and their teams lodged in the Olympic Village will be delivered, assembled, and dismantled.

CEVA Logistics is also responsible for the storage, assembly and transport of nearly 650 advanced mobility vehicles and 2,745 electric vehicles for getting around the venues.

As the opening looms closer, CMA CGM will manage more than 68,000 pieces of luggage, transporting them from airports to Olympic venues. They will also manage end-to-end logistics for the world’s largest audiovisual network so the competitions can be broadcast all over the world.

The Group will move over 170,000 pallets and make more than 7,000 trips to cross the last mile to deliver equipment needed for the competitions with a fleet of more than 300 vehicles, ranging from vans to trucks for the Paris 2024 Games.

To ensure effective logistics, crucial for the Olympic Games, CMA CGM and CEVA Logistics are hiring 700 new employees, trained for the occasion, creating opportunities for the long-term unemployed in some cases.

CMA CGM is working with Paris 2024 to deliver more responsible Olympic Games, watchful over environmental and social impact of every action. With a sustainable approach aimed at achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2050, the CMA CGM Group offers low-carbon and energy-efficient logistics solutions.

CMA CGM is therefore relying on logistics vehicles powered by LNG, biofuels, electricity or sustainable aviation fuel to reduce the carbon impact of its transport services. For example, at least 50% of deliveries between the storage warehouses and the Games venues will be made by CEVA Logistics using low-carbon vehicles powered by biofuels.

CMA CGM and CEVA Logistics’ couldn’t meet this challenge without their 180,000 employees, crucial for the “Logistics, from the starting blocks to the finish line” campaign.

This global event is an opportunity for the CMA CGM Group to showcase the essential services provided by all its teams and its unrivaled capacity to provide solutions across the entire transport and logistics chain worldwide.

Seven employees from the various business lines of CMA CGM, CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM AIR CARGO feature in the campaign. They represent the partnership with the Paris 2024 Games, symbols of the Group’s full range of expertise, crucial for the Olympics.

As Official Partner of the Paris 2024 Games and Paralympic Torch Relays, 90 employees, representing the Group’s various subsidiaries, were also selected by the Olympic Committee to carry the Torch in the relay around France’s regions, via the Bouches-du-Rhône, French Guiana, Corsica, Loire-Atlantique, from Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Moselle, the Nord, Seine-Maritime and the Hauts-de-Seine before it arrives in Paris.

CMA GGM is a family group driven by strong human values engaged in the legacy of the 2024 Paris Games, promoting sports practice as a vehicle for well-being, social cohesion, and the inclusion of local communities.

For Tanya Saadé-Zeenny, Executive Vice-President of the Group :"As the official partner in logistics solutions of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, our 180,000 employees are in the starting blocks to deliver low carbon and more responsible Games. Thanks to our subsidiaries CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the CMA CGM Group is fully committed to ensuring the success of the Games and keeping the Olympic spirit alive.”

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