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AMERICAN AIRLINES JOINS WHITE HOUSE

Asia embraces AFKLMP SAF Partnerships constitute an expansion of AFKLMP Cargo’s ambitious sustainability roadmap

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LEIPZIG/HALLE AND THE AN 225

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OLLORÉ Logistics has appointed Rashika Vijayakumar as country manager of Bolloré Qatar, replacing Ken Hacquoil-Smith. With 12 ...

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WOT, CTS, Job-Mate, Sinotrans and SuperTrans have joined the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) programme. This programme enables shippers and forwarders to power a share of flights with SAF, a cleaner substitute for conventional jet fuel which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 85%. These far-reaching partnerships present an exciting development for the AFKLMP Cargo network in East Asia. They constitute “a promising expansion” of AFKLMP Cargo’s ambitious sustainability roadmap. AWOT Global Express, which operates between Hong Kong and Peru, is a newer freight forwarding company. Kenny Li, AWOT managing director, remarked: “Air France KLM Martinair’s SAF Programme came at the right time and we had no hesitation in saying “Yes” to investing in it. It gives us a jumpstart in our endeavour to be socially responsible and environmentally conscious.” Jiang Bo, vice-president of CTS International Logistics, which operates between Shanghai and Amsterdam, added: “We want to be the first mover and set a marker for other Chinese companies to follow our sustainability-driven approach.” As a state-owned enterprise, CTS’s commitment to being a cleaner and greener company echoes

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that of the government of the People’s Republic of China. Job-Mate International Logistics operates between Shanghai and Paris. In his speech at the signing ceremony, Paul Gu, president of JobMate International, remarked: “We are in step with AFKLMP Cargo as a business partner but also as a valued sponsor of a healthy, global ecosystem. We will call on more people and aspiring companies to participate extensively in creating a better and sustainable future together.” Beijing-based Sinotrans Global E-commerce Logistics will be offering a “green route” between Hangzhou and Amsterdam. “The SAF Programme of AFKLMP Cargo offers us a platform to promote the development of green logistics,” said the company.

Operating between Xiamen and Amsterdam, Xiamen SuperTrans is a company that has grown considerably in the past decade from a small forwarding business into a full-range logistics services provider. “In a nutshell, we would like to expand our business in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way,” said Raymond Huang, general manager at Xiamen Supertrans. In closing, Rahul Pathak, AFKLMP Cargo’s director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan concluded: “We deeply appreciate and thank our partners in China and Hong Kong for their investment in our Sustainable Aviation Fuel programme. It is only through a joint commitment and combined effort that, as an industry, we can lower our carbon footprint.”

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KERRY LOGISTICS “HONOURED” WITH WINS

KERRY Logistics Network Limited has said it is “honoured” to be recognised as one of the “Most Honoured Companies” in Institutional Investor’s ... PAGE 4

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Rhenus Americas appoints LEIPZIG/HALLE AIRPORT: WORLD’S LARGEST AIRCRAFT TRANSPORTS Matthews as Canada CEO AID SUPPLIES TO NAMIBIA

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he Rhenus Group, a leading global logistics provider, has appointed Chris Matthews as chief executive officer (CEO) of Rhenus Canada. He will succeed Jeff Cullen, CEO and founder of Rodair, which the Rhenus Group acquired in 2019. “With a proven track record of significant leadership and managing operations, the board and I look forward to working closely with Chris Matthews as a pillar of success for Canada,” said Jörn Schmersahl, CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean Americas. Matthews has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the logistics industry. He was previously the COO for Rhenus Canada. In his new role, he will oversee the Canadian Air & Ocean and National Warehouse Distribution product. Commenting on his appointment, Matthews said: “I’m very grateful to the senior leadership and the board

at Rhenus for entrusting me with this role and taking over this responsibility. I look forward to keeping Canada as successful as it has been for the last 25 years and ensure growth internally and externally within our vast global network.”

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olloré Logistics has appointed Rashika Vijayakumar as country manager of Bolloré Qatar, replacing Ken Hacquoil-Smith. With 12 years in the logistics sector, Vijayakumar has worked at GWC, Panalpina and GAC. Vijayakumar will be responsible for the development of the business and will strengthen the company’s position in transport and logistics.

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eipzig/Halle Airport has become established as a central hub for logistics associated with shipping aid supplies during the pandemic. The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov 225, took off from Leipzig/Halle Airport flying relief items to Windhoek in Namibia. The aircraft is transporting medical equipment to enable the country to battle the COVID19 pandemic. The cargo consisted of 530 pallets weighing approximately 70

tonnes. PortGround, a subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen, which specialises in handling aircraft and freight, was responsible for loading the AN 225 in conjunction with the German armed forces.

Important hub In addition to regular passenger and freight services, Leipzig/ Halle Airport is acting as a hub for medical supplies and protective

South Sudan takes control of its airspace TEN years after gaining independence, South Sudan is welcoming the world’s international aviation operators and airliners into its skies following the launch of an online airspace management system. In a move that will open up new routes and generate revenue for the economy, operators of commercial, cargo and aid aircraft can now integrate Juba International Airport into their routes. The airspace launch marks a significant milestone in the ongoing expansion of South Sudan’s sovereign infrastructure, and its continued integration into the global marketplace. The newly established lower airspace was launched in partnership with aviation solutions provider NavPass, whose work with the SSCAA included airspace design, installation of a fully

automated and AI-powered fee collection system and compliance with the latest ICAO safety guidelines, government regulations, and best practice. Publication of South Sudan’s Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) manual, effective June 17, marked the official launch of the airspace. The public document contains the operational protocols and specifications of the airspace, enabling all international operators and airliners to integrate the Juba terminal control area (TMA) into their routes. The airspace is now fully compliant with the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) operational standards, in addition to compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards.

Finnair introduces non-stop long-haul from Stockholm FINNAIR is set to open non-stop flight routes from Arlanda, Stockholm in Sweden to Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand and Miami for the winter season 2021/2022. All three routes will be operated with an Airbus A350 aircraft. “We are excited to meet the needs of our Swedish customers with a non-stop service from Arlanda to Thailand and Miami, which are among the top winter holiday destinations for Swedes”, says Ole Orvér, chief commercial officer, Finnair. As of October 22, Finnair flies

from Arlanda to Bangkok five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. From November 28, the weekly frequencies will be increased to seven and flights are operated from Monday through Sunday until April 22, 2022. Flights from Arlanda to Phuket will be operated on Sundays as of October 24. An additional frequency will be added Thursday as of November 4 and for Tuesdays as of November 30. Flights to Phuket will be operated until April 21, 2022.

Caribbean Airlines Cargo resumes more routes THE borders of Trinidad and Tobago, where Caribbean Airlines is headquartered, were set to re-open on July 17. Consequently, Caribbean Airlines Cargo will resume scheduled connectivity between several Caribbean destinations and New York and Toronto. The Caribbean carrier will trans-

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equipment. Alongside regular traffic, the airport already handled about 70 freight charter flights, which have been transporting millions of COVID-19 tests and protective equipment, during the first half of 2021, for example. LEJ is one of the cargo airports with the most dynamic growth rates in the world and set a new record in 2020 after having handled more than 1.38 million tonnes of cargo. As Europe’s fourth-largest cargo hub, the airport safeguards important logistical and supply chains for industry and the population. The airport is DHL’s largest hub anywhere in the world and is also Amazon Air’s first regional air freight centre in Europe. This makes the airport one of the most significant hubs for express and e-Commerce goods. Overall, about 60 cargo airlines fly to the airport and serve a network of routes, covering 200+ destinations around the globe.

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port cargo in the belly hold of its Boeing 737 and ATR aircraft on select passenger routes. The passenger schedule will include flights between Trinidad and destinations such as New York, Toronto, Barbados, St. Vincent and Grenada. Flights to Jamaica and St. Lucia will operate from August 13 and 16 respectively.

Priority Freight awarded Queen’s Award for Enterprise UK-BASED provider of time-critical logistics, Priority Freight, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020. Her Majesty the Queen and the prime minister, Boris Johnson, recommended that Priority Freight received the UK’s most significant award for business performance. The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lady Colgrain, presented the award to Neal Williams, group managing director at Priority Freight at a special celebratory ceremony held at the company’s head office in Dover. Staff gathered to welcome the guest who is the Queen’s personal representative for Kent.

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Kuehne+Nagel in move to acquire Salmosped

KUEHNE+NAGEL has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Salmosped AS. The Oslo-based company is a Norwegian perishables freight forwarder specialising in transportation of seafood products. It generated turnover of CHF 118 million (£93 million) in 2020 and handled approximately 63,000 tonnes of goods. Today, Norway is one of the largest fishery and aquacul-

ture producers in the world. Despite the pandemic, Norway’s fish exports remained strong, with attractive prospects for fisheries and marine aquaculture growth in light of the country’s 21,000 km long coastline. Dennis Verkooy, senior vice-president global perishables and head of carrier management air logistics at Kuehne+Nagel Management says: “Perishables logistics is a strong growth driver for Kuehne+Nagel. While we

have been present in the seafood business in Norway for years, today’s acquisition strengthens our footprint in air freight exports from this important seafood producing country. “We are looking forward to enlarging our Norwegian team with Salmosped’s specialists.” The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including clearance by the competent merger control authorities.

DB Schenker launches connect 4.0

DB Schenker has announced the expansion of its digitally forward innovation, connect 4.0. The platform allows customers to book air freight shipments quickly and conveniently online. Streamlining the logistics process as easy as Click. Ship. Done., the connect 4 air platform will provide hassle-free logistics services and meet all the real time tracking needs of a customer, including access to the company’s global transportation network. Digitalisation is one of the key focused areas for DB Schenker. Aligning to this, the company is increasingly deploying strategic technology with the aim to simplify logistics needs of customers,

further enhancing efficiency in end-to-end supply chains. The connect 4.0 platform is another initiative towards strengthening the adoption of digital solutions. The platform has been developed as an important online portal that streamlines shipping processes to deliver a seamless interface for customers. With this expansion, the company has combined the ocean and air transport activities on a single platform, offering customers a unique experience by helping them customise their shipping services such as getting real-time instant quotes, as well as booking and tracking a shipment with 24/7 online visibility from pick up to delivery.

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ecutives secured top three in the following categories, based on votes from buy-side analysts, money managers, and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the Asian region: Best CEO – William Ma; Best CFO – Ellis Cheng; Best Investor Relations Professional – Iris Tsang; Best Investor Relations Programme; Best ESG.

Bolloré launches AIRsaf

BOLLORÉ Logistics has announced the launch of AIRsaf, a new offer based on the use of SAF or sustainable aviation fuel to offer its customers the best eco-responsible approach to airfreight by reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%. This solution, offered at cost price, relates to one-off or regular shipments made by several airline companies on all geographical routes. This new offer also incorporates an end-to-end approach, with environmentally responsible pre-carriage and post-carriage procedures, as well as management of reusable packaging for transportation. “SAF is currently the only effective solution when it comes to decarbonising airfreight and enabling our customers to meet their emission reduction targets. We are actively working to expand our offer with as many airline companies as possible, to cover our entire network,” says Philippe de Crécy, vice-president airfreight Europe of Bolloré Logistics.

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Kerry Logistics “honoured” with wins

KERRY Logistics Network Limited has said it is “honoured” to be recognised as one of the “Most Honoured Companies” in Institutional Investor’s annual All-Asia (ex-Japan) Executive Team rankings for the sixth consecutive year. It was also ranked in the top three in five categories under the Transportation sector. Kerry Logistics Network and its key ex-

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CHAMP Cargosystems has partnered with CargoSoft, the e-logistics solutions provider, and Central Global Cargo (CGC), a time-critical logistics company, to co-create a crucial first/last mile tracking to support forwarders and better manage their operations. This will bring true full and real-time tracking of the supply chain from end-to-end. The services work in tandem with Traxon Premium Tracking and Shipply.Truck to provide contactless QR codes to collect time, date, geolocation and images of an event – feeding back to the freight forwarder’s transport management system via an API.

Data collection The need for such a service arose from resource consuming data collection around first/last mile events. Only 45% of these events were recorded correctly, on time or at all. Many operators choose to create costly closed-system mobile applications in order to record these events. Many of these consume much data

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and energy from truckers’ mobile devices – even when not in use. Contrary to that closed-system approach, this new solution is simple, open, and flexible - requiring only a QR code that can be scanned with a mobile camera, which links to the relevant URL where new information can be updated automatically. Truckers are pleased with the results – one noting: “Thanks to the QR code, we can quickly transfer all pick-up and delivery data via mobile, and above all a digital copy of the proof of delivery. This saves us a lot of phone calls and emails.” Traxon Premium Tracking service leverages existing information flows, provided by the world’s largest and growing air cargo community, Traxon cargoHUB. It provides shipment status updates and offers full endto-end shipment visibility to customers and their shippers. “We are delighted to have partnered with CHAMP Cargosystems in such a project,” says Uwe Droste, MD devel-

opment and operations at CargoSoft. “We have created an easy to integrate solution that requires no additional hardware or software. Most importantly, it is easily implemented on the ground – with clear gains to operational efficiencies.” “This is a huge advancement for the world of freight forwarders and provides a vital service to our customers,” says Theo Buergel, CEO at Central Global Cargo. “We have calculated a time savings for operational staff averaging five minutes and 15 seconds per shipment! We are delighted with the results.”

New technology “With this new technology, we set on a new path to real-time end-to-end supply chain visibility,” says Nicholas Xenocostas, vice president commercial and customer engagement at CHAMP Cargosystems. “This will bring benefits to every participant in the supply chain – most importantly the shipper. “

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he pandemic hit the Southeast Asian region hard. Not only were trade and supply chains disrupted but the nearly overnight shut down of passenger traffic wreaked havoc on a region where tourism is a major source of income. In Thailand, for example, tourism accounts for some 20% of the GDP. But in regard to trade, Asia is well placed to bounce back better, and faster, than the region’s major external markets, like the USA and Europe. Some Southeast Asian countries have already benefitted from demand from China for key exports and spurred on by lockdowns, e-Commerce in the region has boomed, bringing high demand for cargo services. “We have definitely seen a rise in demand for capacity over the past year with the pandemic and delivering items through cargo. The lack of capacity in SE Asia has led to yield increases well above double the pre-Covid rates,” Adrian Loretz, chief operating officer of Teleport told ACW. Last month, Telepor t announced it started operating its very first freighter, a dedicated 737-800F as well as converting two A320 passenger aircrafts for cargo demonstrating the demand in the region. “We are still increasing our fleet of passenger aircraft flying cargo and we are building a strong footElaine Low, managing director for SEAPAC, CEVA print with a dedicated freighter, our modified aircraft and the use of AirAsia’s fleet,” added Loretz. Elaine Low, managing director for SEAPAC, CEVA told ACW that despite all of the disruptions, this market continues to offer more opportunities. “Market activity remains quite vibrant on the logistics front with the introduction of new technologies and expansion into new verticals that, now more than ever, require integrated and efficient logistics solutions for their supply chains,” she noted. “We continue to see strong results in the implementation of CEVA strategic growth plan and results in the growing customer confidence. Even in these unprecedented conditions, CEVA continues to develop responsive logistics solutions to mitigate disruptions and maintain our customers supply chains.”

Shopping ‘till you drop The pandemic has changed the world’s shopping habits for good with e-Commerce seeing a dramatic increase of 28% globally last year but this has created a new set of logistical challenges, Low explained. “The long-term implications of the pandemic are still unknown, but what is clear is the significant effect it has had on the retail industry in particular.

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“Bricks and mortar shops are moving online and the physical shopper experience that was, now needs to be an e-Commerce store experience. CEVA Logistics supports retailers by offering a full omni-channel capability and the ability to hold inventory close to the point of consumption. The crucial factor on operating successfully and meeting customer demand is logistics, and CEVA is 100% ready to respond to any retailer’s needs. “It’s part of our customer-centric commitment—what we call responsive logistics. Responsive means that we are attentive to our customers’ industries and related market dynamics. “In particular, there is growing potential for e-Commerce in Thailand. Certain market segments are growing with e-Commerce as a catalyst. Chinese e-Commerce players reflect this in the investment. In addition, potential M&A activity in this segment is bringing even more opportunities for CEVA to explore.”

Need for speed In a world of instant information and next day deliveries, speed is an integral part of logistics. At the beginning of the pandemic, Teleport created a strategy to build capacity and connectivity to offer 24 hours door-to-door delivery across all of Southeast Asia. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did see the increase in e-Commerce which has driven growth in the region and at Teleport,” explained Loretz. “We have focused our air cargo and last-mile delivery strategy to cater to this rapidly growing market segment, so we can serve southeast Asia with our own planes and drivers. “Our promise is to deliver within 24 hours, enhancing customer experience. Currently we have rolled out five lanes that we deliver door-to-door in 24 hours and we will be continuing to roll out more of these lanes aggressively across Southeast Asia to meet the needs of our customers. “The door-to-door lanes delivery in 24 hours are: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore; Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, Sarawak; Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok, Thailand; Don Mueang to Hat Yai, Thailand; and Don Mueang to Chiang Mai, Thailand. “With the strategic placement of our two hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, we are able to tap into the various routes that would fly out of these areas thus, allowing us to reach more destinations at a single time.” Optimisation of process is a key part of ensuring speedy delivery. Low explained that CEVA is investing in Automated Mobile Robots (AMR) to strengthen contract logistics offerings. “Automated Mobile Robots (AMR) are dedicated to support picking and packing by bringing the goods to the people in the warehouses. Leveraging AMRs significantly increases picking accuracy, improves space efficiency and drives overall productivity at our distribution centres. “AMR is a key element to support the future of e-Commerce operations, and we are excited to stay at the forefront of the industry in offering this kind of solution,” she said.

Transparency Along with speed, customers are increasingly demanding supply chain visibility, especially when it comes to e-Commerce. In line with this, CEVA Logistics has made strategic investments in technology as well as forging strategic partnerships like its partnership with CargoWise. “The switch to CargoWise will enable CEVA teams around the globe to have real-time visibility of freight forwarding and customs actions on a single platform,” explained Low. “Also, for a seamless customer experience, MyCEVA is a digital, web-based freight forwarding platform, offering instant quotations, fast booking, end-to-end visibility and assistance from booking to delivery. We believe this one-stop platform simplifies the process of shipping and provides greater control

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for our customers over the booking process.” Teleport is also embracing digital technology to ensure speed and visibility. “Teleport has adopted Freightchain - the world’s first digital interlining platform built on blockchain to provide a seamless and efficient process for airlines to create combined interline itineraries and expand their air cargo network,” added Lorentz.

Room for expansion There are plenty of opportunities for growth in the Southeast Asian region. Loretz described how Teleport is planning on taking advantage of these opportunities with their plans for a dedicated freighter fleet. “[With this fleet] we will be able to capture the growth in our markets that will come from air cargo as well as delivery/e-Commerce,” he said. Going forward, CEVA is focusing on extending rapid (less-thantruckload) services from China to South East Asia, connecting China to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore in seven days t h r o u g h optimised routing. “The service is designed to serve customers who do not have sufficient volumes to support Full Truckload Shipments (FTL). Emerging small to medium enterprises Adrian Loretz, chief operating officer of Teleport (SMEs), large local companies (LLAs) and multinational corporations can all benefit from this new service,” explained Low. “In addition, we have further expanded our reach in South East Asia with the opening of a new warehouse located in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province in Vietnam. The multi-user distribution centre spans 10,000m² and is designed to provide storage and fulfilment solutions with value-added services such as co-packing, labelling, kitting and consolidation services for B2B and B2C distribution across Vietnam. Strategically located to the north east of Ho Chi Minh City, this new facility has a range of convenient connections to the Eastern Economic Zone as well as the city. “There are plans underway to facilitate further development in Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia. “CEVA’s expansion in Thailand is aligned with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) developments to support the growth of industries such as energy and petrochemical, electronics, industrial manufacturing, consumer & retail, healthcare and automotive.”

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Embracing the e-Commerce boom Ken Lee, CEO, DHL Express Asia Pacific: “Southeast Asia is a rising star in the e-Commerce sector”:

ACW: In what ways has DHL had to ramp up operations to deal with the e-Commerce boom in Southeast Asia? Ken Lee: In April, we announced the expansion of our Asia Pacific air network capacity with the dedication of flights to serve growing shipment volume between Asia Pacific and the US and Europe. We also adjusted our flights and changed our original flight route of Hong Kong- Ho Chi Minh City- Penang to direct flights from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City and Penang. These are all steps that we have taken to bolster our flight network, in order to meet increasing shipment demand that we’ve seen in the region. We are investing across Asia Pacific close to EUR 690 million to enhance our ground infrastructure and more than EUR 58m to boost our air network with new aircraft and new routes. Southeast Asia is definitely a rising star in the e-Commerce industry.

ACW: In your opinion, how can stakeholders make the e-Commerce supply chain more sustainable? Lee: With the rapid growth of e-Commerce, stakeholders are faced with new opportunities to reduce emissions within the supply chain and address the risks of climate change. From using cleaner energy at facilities, electrifying transportation fleets to using eco-friendly packaging – there are some constructive steps that the industry could consider taking to build a more sustainable supply chain. However, a multi-stakeholder collaboration is still required in order to achieve significant, positive impact that the envi-

ronment needs urgently. This means policy-makers and the private sector need to work together to encourage industry players to play a more significant role in climate protection. ACW: Based on your observation/experience how do you see the e-Commerce market developing in the Southeast Asia region? Lee: With an e-Commerce market anticipated to be worth $172 billion by 2025 in a 2020 Google, Temasek and Bain & Company study, Southeast Asia has been in the spotlight for its immense e-Commerce potential. The region is expected to continue to grow with a growing demographic of digital natives. In fact, we will see more technology-savvy millennials, who are now of an age to be professional B2B decision-makers, turning towards B2B e-Commerce for their purchasing needs. In our recently released Whitepaper “The Ultimate B2B E-commerce Guide: Tradition is out. Digital is in,” it is found that by 2025, 80% of all B2B sales interactions between suppliers and professional buyers will take place in digital channels.

ACW: What long-term investments is DHL making in the SE Asia region to cope with this e-Commerce growth? Lee: In our preliminary results for the second quarter of 2021, we announced that the cumulative outlook for gross capex of the Deutsche Post DHL Group for the period 2021 to 2023 is at around EUR 11.0 billion. In addition we are looking to strengthen our infrastructure, air network and operations, we are also making continued investments in technology and digitalisation. For instance, at our South Asia Hub in Singapore, we are already using Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs), These AGVs intelligently sense the environment around them and assist our employees with the moving of shipments, pallets of cargo and containers – done so efficiently and safely. We supplement traditional forklifts at the Hub with these AGVs, which are able to lift up to one tonne, thereby helping us to scale our throughput capacity up or down as and when needed. We have and will continue to hire more employees to cope with the increased demand for Express deliveries. ACW: What are the established e-Commerce routes and markets in the region and what potential markets is DHL planning to tap into? Lee: We are seeing an increase in shipment volume demand from Penang and Ho Chi Minh City, which is why we have made adjustments to our flight routes to cater to this growth. Besides this, Hanoi is coming into play more now. We have previously expanded our Vietnamese operations in 2020 with the addition of four new service points in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. We are next looking at refurbishing an on-airport facility in Hanoi and adding two service centres in the city. ACW: Have lockdowns in the regions caused logistical problems? Lee: The pandemic has in fact, reiterated the strength of our robust air network and very own, dedicated fleet of aircraft. Globally, we have over 280 dedicated aircraft and a broad network of partner airlines to serve customers in more than 220 countries and territories. In Asia Pacific, we have more than 20 dedicated aircraft and four regional hubs supporting local and regional customers.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES JOINS WHITE HOUSE TO DISTRIBUTE COVID-19 VACCINE COVID-19 vaccine doses are offloaded from the aircraft after the arrival at Guatemala City (GUA).

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s part of the White House initiative to share at least 80 million US vaccine doses globally this summer, American Airlines moved 1.5 million coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine doses from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. In close consultation with the White House COVID-19 task force, American’s Cargo team worked with pharma partners and trucking logistics specialists to move the shipment of vaccinations from a distribution site in Kentucky to American’s cargo terminal at ORD. The shipments were loaded onto the 777-200 and flew on a special donated cargo-only nonstop flight to GUA. “We commend President Biden and the White House for their commitment to distribute life-saving vaccines to people around the world

to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our team is proud to have a hand in the effort and deliver vaccines to Guatemala,” said American Airlines president Robert Isom. “We are

grateful to our team for the work they’ve done throughout the pandemic to keep the country moving and deliver critical supplies.” American moved its first shipment of

COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, American has leveraged its internationally recognised climate-controlled shipping solutions to fly more than 9,400 cargo-only flights moving everything from vaccines and pharmaceuticals to perishable and agricultural goods. With specialised facilities and its team of certified life-sciences experts, American handles temperature-critical shipments in more than 150 cities in 46 countries, and also operates the largest temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipping facility for airlines in the United States. This level of expert care has earned American the International Air Transport Association’s prestigious Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification — the premier distinction for airlines that have established the tools, procedures and staffing to ensure life sciences products are properly handled and arrive at their destination fully effective.

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