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NO QUICK FIX FOR SUPPLY CHAIN

THE switch away from the just-in-time (JIT) supply chain model toward a more cautious local warehousing approach by shippers and end users ... PAGE 2

IAG INCREASES US FLIGHTS

IAG Cargo has launched flights from London Heathrow to Portland and has restarted its Pittsburgh route for the first time since March 2020 ... PAGE 4

ETIHAD RENEWS ULD CONTRACT

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irports body ACI Europe says it is dismayed by the Dutch Government’s decision to drastically reduce the capacity at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The government is planning to cut capacity by about 20% next year in order to keep the gateway within agreed noise limits, imposing a maximum of 440,000 flights a year from November 2023. However, while the move may be applauded by environmental and residents’ lobbies, it has angered the airline industry. ACI Europe says that Schiphol is a vital gateway, connecting the Netherlands to the world. It is an important hub for national carrier KLM in

ETIHAD Cargo has renewed its contract with Jettainer for five years to provide and manage unit load devices (ULDs) for the carrier ... particular along with many other airlines and has delivered air connectivity “at levels and of quality that are well beyond that which a country the size of the Netherlands would normally attract”. According to ACI Europe’s recently released Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2022, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ranks as number one in Europe in terms of direct air connectivity, and number three (just behind Frankfurt and Istanbul) for hub connectivity. At the same time, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a leader in sustainability – not only committed but working hard to reduce the environmental footprint of the airport and its operations, striving to become a zero-emission airport, says the group.

ACI Europe added: “Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s air connectivity is a massive benefit to the Netherlands at various levels. Of course, this is about creating and supporting economic activity and jobs and thus livelihoods, as it is an essential factor in the attractiveness of the Netherlands as a place to do business. But it also contributes to the standing of the country and its soft power.” ACI Europe’s Olivier Jankovec, commented: “In so many ways, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is what makes the Netherlands bigger than it is. From that standpoint, there is no doubt that the decision of the Government to significantly reduce the capacity of the airport will make the Netherlands smaller.”

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DIVERSITY: A BUSINESS BENEFIX

A robust Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policy offers freight and logistics firms the opportunity to solve recruitment, retention and other staffing challenges ... PAGE 8

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There will be no quick return to just-in-time, experts warn

THE switch away from the just-in-time (JIT) supply chain model toward a more cautious local warehousing approach by shippers and end users is set to stay until confidence in the resilience of global ocean freight transport systems is restored, said senior freight and shipping executives at the Multimodal 2022 exhibition and conference in the UK, on 14-16 June. Describing the shift away from JIT driven by Covid, toward the more cautious just-in-case (JIC) model of holding a supply of material and goods in local warehouses, panellists cautioned that, despite the widespread lifting of Covid restrictions, there would be no quick return to pre-Covid practices. “If you look at warehouse occupancy rates, customers are holding a lot of product locally, and I don’t see that changing until there is more resilience,” said Nick Winder, group managing director for WIN Logistics Group. Peter Livey, managing director for Great Britain at shipping line HMM Europe, highlighted that there have been so many ‘black swan’ events in the last few years that some previously dominant supply chain models such as

‘Lean JIT’ were no longer seen as reliable. “I think people have been burnt in the last two years, by the disruptions to logistics supply chains,” said Samantha Brocklehurst, UK and Ireland customer experience director for another shipping operator, Maersk. “We have seen a swing from JIT to JIC, and I don’t think we can go back to JIT, but I think there is a middle ground.” Livey said many companies have had to adjust or re-examine their models because of the extensive disruptions due to Covid and port congestion, with significant implications for factors such as the location of stock. The panellists questioned the idea that customers will significantly reverse two decades of outsourcing manufacturing production to China and the Far East – near-shoring production closer to consumer markets – because it was a complex and expensive change to make. More commonly, it was discussed, customers were instead looking at moving some production to other Asian countries. Multimodal 2023 will take place on 13-15 June.

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DSV and Mytigate join Pharma.Aero group TRANSPORT and logistics provider DSV and the Mytigate risk management platform have joined Pharma.Aero as, respectively, a full member and associate partner. The international cross-industry collaboration platform now has 46 members and associate partners from LifeScience and MedTech shippers, IATA CEIV certified cargo communities, airport operators and other air cargo industry stakeholders. Frank Van Gelder, secretary general of Pharma.Aero, said: “Increasing our mem-

solutions supporting traceability, visibility, and transparency of the end-to-end pharma supply chain.” Eric ten Kate, vice president, global vertical lead healthcare, DSV, said: “The platform allows us to collaborate with the different stakeholders in the pharma supply chain and contribute to the overall mission to improve the quality of pharma transportation. “It is a privilege to be part of a global community working toward raising the standards and defining solutions across multiple

bership with strong global players with a dedicated life science focus will benefit the air transportation and handling of pharmaceutical and vaccine shipments. Global collaboration and sharing of expertise are pivotal within the air cargo industry to further increase the reliable transport. “In addition to DSV, we welcome Mytigate as one of our associate partners. This will further spread the technology insights and

pharma-related fields and business markets. This aligns with DSV’s global healthcare strategy to ultimately assure patient safety at all times.” Yvonne Ziegler, CEO Mytigate GmbH, added: “Mytigate feels honoured to join Pharma.Aero as an Associate Partner and looks forward to contributing to its mission to improve the quality of pharma transportation.”

Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West celebrates ten years of success AEI to convert six more EUROPE’S largest all-cargo operator, Silk Way West Airlines, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The carrier, based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, launched its inaugural flight with a Boeing 747-400F on the Baku – Frankfurt-Hahn route in July 2012. Today, the company employs over 1,000 staff and plans to further expand its fleet and global route in the CIS countries, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and America. It

will also further develop its cargo hub at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Silk Way West Airlines president Wolfgang Meier said: “I am very proud of all that the airline has achieved in such a short time. To all our loyal customers and partners, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude. I trust we will continue to fly higher and faster towards achieving our mission to become one of the leading cargo airlines in the world.”

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B737-800SFs for ACS AERONAUTICAL Engineers, Inc. (AEI) is to provide Austin, Texas-based Aero Capital Solutions (ACS) with six additional B737-800SF freighter conversions, giving it a total of 40 of the type. Since placing its first order in October 2020, ACS has become AEI’s largest customer for the B737-800SF. All aircraft in the order will be completed during 2024, with the work split between AEI’s STAECO and HAECO conversion centres. AEI says it is currently the only conversion company with ETOPS 180 approval on the 737-800 freighter conversion. It can convert all 737-800 line number aircraft, including those with Split Scimitar winglets. The AEI converted B737-800SF freighter

offers a main deck payload of up to 52,700 lbs. (23,904 kg) with 11 full height 88” x 125” container positions, plus an additional position for an AEP/AEH. The conversion also incorporates new floor beams aft of the wing box and an 86” x 137” main cargo door with a single vent door system. The design allows containers to be loaded into the aircraft a full 16.5” aft of the forward door jamb, ensuring ground operators have sufficient manoeuvring room which minimises potential door and aircraft strikes. The AEI B737-800SF also includes a flexible Ancra cargo loading system, a rigid 9g barrier, five supernumerary seats as standard, a galley and full lavatory.

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AirFranceKLM Cargo extends New Caledonia deal AIR FRANCE KLM Martinair Cargo is to extend its existing cargo agreement with New Caledonia carrier Aircalin on the Paris-Japan-Nouméa route to include the Paris–Singapore-Noumea route when it is launched on 1 July. AFKLMP Cargo will sell Air France flights from Paris CDG, Singapore and other points in its network and the 2-3 times a week Singapore – Nouméa flights operated by Aircalin. Aircalin will market the Nouméa – Paris route via Singapore from New Caledonia with Air France offering connecting flights from Singapore. AFKLMP Cargo commercial director Benjamin Etcheverry, said: “This extension is in line with the partnership we have been developing for several years. We are very pleased to be able to offer new air cargo opportunities to our customers bound for New Caledonia with Aircalin from the Air France – KLM network.” Arnaud Gervais, commercial and marketing director at Aircalin added: “We look forward to strengthening our partnership and adding connecting flights to Singapore, which will allow, in addition to Tokyo flights, more options for freight to and from Nouméa but also bringing New York closer.”

IAG Cargo launches Portland and restarts Pittsburgh

IAG Cargo has launched flights from London Heathrow to Portland and has restarted its Pittsburgh route for the first time since March 2020. The new service to Portland operates five times a week and is the only non-stop connection between Oregon and the UK. The restarted Pittsburgh flights operate four times a week and coincide with a recent announcement of a new cargo facility at the US airport. The routes will be serviced by a Dreamliner B787 aircraft transporting commodities including beer, high-technology and popular fashion brands. Pravin Singh, vice president commercial, Americas at IAG Cargo commented: “In the run

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up to this summer, IAG Cargo has been launching many new services and restarting routes into North America, Latin America, and across the globe to support our customers. London Heathrow is an important connector for North American trade, enabling access to destinations across Europe, Middle East, and Asia.” Pittsburgh airport’s senior vice president of air service and commercial development, Bryan Dietz added: “We are thrilled to have a partnership with IAG Cargo that demonstrates how Pittsburgh – located halfway between New York and Chicago – offers an easy and efficient shipping solution for their customers. We are focused on growing our cargo operations, including two new cargo facilities, to continue delivering world-class service to the industry.”

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Etihad Cargo renews Jettainer ULD contract ETIHAD Cargo has renewed its contract with Jettainer for five years to provide and manage unit load devices (ULDs) for the carrier. The company has managed and maintained Etihad Cargo’s customised ULD fleet since 2011. It said that, for over a decade, it had helped to deliver significant efficiency gains for the United Arab Emirates’ national carrier, ensuring the uninterrupted availability of ULDs even in chal-

The ULD operator says that, by bringing the vast majority of services together in a single source, it optimises processes, ensures swift and seamless communication and delivers cost savings for the airline. The carrier’s head of cargo operations and delivery, Thomas Schürmann, remarked: “The solutions offered by Jettainer have contributed to our success in continuously improving and

NEWS Kuehne+Nagel renews Cargo iQ quality mark KUEHNE+NAGEl has completed its Cargo iQ re-certification, with a top three-star rating. The audit process, by independent audit company SGS, focused on quality management standards and processes, complemented

services and operations underlines our commitment to customers and industry partners in increasing the quality and timeliness of the information provided for each shipment.” Cargo iQ is a cross-stakeholder organisa-

by extra recognition in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovative Spirit and Contribution to the Cargo iQ Community. All Kuehne+Nagel air freight shipments carry a built-in Cargo iQ Route Map, an endto-end transportation plan that visualises and proactively monitors every shipment along its journey. VP global air logistics operations at Kuehne+Nagel Kerstin Strauss, who is also vice chair of Cargo iQ, said: “As a founding member we remain highly committed to Cargo iQ. “The market volatility of recent years and the ongoing disruptions of our customers’ supply chains have evidenced, that their original demands for industry-wide standards and proactive performance monitoring are more relevant now than ever. “Successful Cargo iQ re-certification of our

tion working to create and implement quality standards to enhance customer service in the worldwide air cargo industry. Members of the independent, not-for-profit group work collaboratively to develop a system of shipment planning and performance monitoring for air cargo based on common business processes and milestones. Originally founded by leading forwarders and airlines in response to shippers’ complaints of unreliability in the supply chain, Cargo iQ has grown to include more than 60 members from across the supply chain during its 25 years of operation. Kuehne+Nagel is represented on the Cargo iQ Board and regularly participates in its working groups contributing to the development of the community and improvement of the air cargo customer experience.

Lödige Industries helps Chengdu Airport go fully automatic lenging times. Jettainer will now digitalise Etihad Cargo’s entire ULD fleet and equip it with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) tags. The tags will enable Etihad Cargo to collect and use data for its business development and further automate processes. The partnership between Etihad Cargo and Jettainer took flight in 2011 with the global management of the carrier’s ULD fleet. Over the past decade, the two partners have carried digital transformation projects and launched innovation initiatives to achieve continuous improvements in processes and quality. Jettainer has also deployed an Abu Dhabi-based operating team, rolling out Jettainer’s cool&fly service during the pandemic to streamline processes and reduce costs, as well as contributing to both companies’ sustainability roadmap.

optimising Etihad Cargo’s ULD fleet, which has enabled us to reduce costs and gain efficiencies. As the market has evolved, so has Etihad Cargo, and we are confident Jettainer can continue to support us in delivering world-class services to our partners and customers.” Jettainer’s chief sales officer, Thorsten Riekert, added: “It’s important to us that we embrace innovation and digitalisation. That’s why we are equipping our customers’ ULD fleets with tracking technology where it is meaningful – and that’s exactly what we’ve seen at Etihad Cargo. “Our longstanding partnership and our recent contract extension with Etihad Cargo confirms that we work well together and further motivates us to continue offering outstanding service and achieve additional growth together in the future.”

Portuguese handler Groundforce renews IATA accreditation GROUNDFORCE Portugal has again been accredited to IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) standard for its Lisbon, Oporto and Funchal operations. It covers safety standards for organisation and management, load control, cargo, mail, passenger and baggage handling, aircraft handling and loading and aircraft ground movement. It is valid for two years, to March 2024. The company has been ISAGO-accredited since 2007. Process and innovation director, Paulo Colla Carvalheiro said: “We are deeply committed

LÖDIGE Industries has installed a fully automated air cargo terminal at Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in China’s Sichuan province. The core of the new international facility are two elevating transfer vehicles (ETVs) with a five-level, three-directional automated ULD storage and handling system for 227 20ft storage positions. Since it started operations last year, the airport has become one of the largest in the world, handling up to 1.3 million tonnes of cargo and mail annually. In a second expansion phase, three additional runways will be added, and capacity will increase to 2.8 million tonnes per year. Lödige Industries has also supplied the airport with equipment for the domestic cargo terminal as well as for a warehouse for hazardous goods and an express distribution centre, along with an international export goods supervision warehouse. In total the contract provides ULD and pallet handling equipment for more than 83,000 sq m of cargo facilities.

In a statement, Chengdu Airport Group said: “Chengdu Tianfu has been one of the leading airports since the beginning of its operation and is in the process of becoming an integrated international transport hub connecting China with Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Therefore, it was particularly important for us in the cargo area to get a state-of-theart, efficient and absolutely reliable system that will grow with us in the coming years and offer us excellent throughput and turnaround times.” Managing director of Lödige Industries for the Asia-Pacific region and Australia, Nicholas Tripptree, added: “Lödige Industries has an excellent reputation in the sector and has also proven its know-how in our joint project. We are convinced that with the fully automated, highly modern and scalable terminal, Tianfu Airport in Chengdu is optimally prepared for future growth and can easily meet its high standards and its role as a major air cargo location and international hub at all times.”

to providing the highest level of quality of service and safety standards to our clients and our workers. Being distinguished by this ISAGO certification is extremely important to our organisation, particularly during the challenging times the Covid-19 pandemic presented to our industry and to our people.” The ISAGO audit streamlines procedures by establishing a uniform set of standards and assesses the management and monitors systems in place at the ground service provider’s corporate headquarters, as well as well as consistency of station operations.

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LATIN AMERICA READY FOR RECOVERY

“Avianca Cargo is not just here to stay, but to stay stronger than ever with a clear value proposition to our customers in our strategic regions, to support the industry with more capacity and a robust network”

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ordor Intelligence is bullish about the potential and opportunities for Latin America for the next five years. In its Latin America Air Freight Industry - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact and Forecasts (2022 - 2027) report, the India-based business strategy company says: “The Latin American airfreight industry is expected to exhibit a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of over 3% during the forecast period. Air trade in Latin America is growing with new capacity being introduced and demand for its perishable goods coming from across the world notes the report’s authors. But, they write: “However, the archaic regulations and slow growth in infrastructure are hindering the continent from realising its full potential. Economic instability coupled with widely divergent travel restrictions, newly imposed taxes, and a lack of government financial aid will make for a rather uneven recovery from the downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. “While Central and South America made significant progress in the improvement of the processes and infrastructure in and around airports, there is much more work to be done. Latin America’s regulatory environment is multifaceted and outdated, and that is deterring the rapid clearance of cargo. “Many countries still require signatures, stamps and associated fees on export shipments. A fragmented logistics chain with delays, infrastructure constraints, inadequate ground services, complex customs processes, and regulatory restrictions are the main challenges that increase transit time and create inefficiencies in the supply chain. This under-investment in infrastructure and digitisation by many stakeholders, including Customs authorities throughout the region, causes the entire supply chain to suffer.”

Fleet expansion The steady, if unspectacular, 3% compound growth predicted by Mordor is attracting significant and strategic expansion of cargo capacity in a number of the region’s carriers. One example is

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LATAM, which confirms expansion of its cargo fleet to as many as 21 Boeing 767 aircraft in 2023. Growing from 11 to 21 freighter planes will enable the LATAM Group’s cargo subsidiaries to expand and reinforce their capacity to, from and within South America, and position the group as the main freighter operator group in the region, says the airline. The first eight aircraft have been allocated to markets that are critical for key customer segments. “In general terms, the majority of the plan focuses on improving connectivity between North and South America. In particular, capacity from Colombia and Ecuador will be strengthened to support the flower export industry. Additional flights to support Chilean salmon exports as well as import traffic into the country will also be reinforced. Capacity to and from Brazil will also go up as we add routes from North America and Europe, boosting both the export and import markets,” says Kamal Hadad, LATAM Cargo’s network and alliances director. Regional rival Colombia-based Avianca Cargo is set for a major fleet expansion as revealed in Air Cargo Week, which will see it enjoy a 70% capacity increase by 2024. The carrier is making a strategic expansion with up to four A330P2F (Passenger to Freighter) aircraft being added to its fleet. Gabriel Oliva, CEO Avianca Cargo says: “This fleet expansion is just a part of a whole transformation plan for Avianca Cargo. All that we’ve been doing since last year and will be doing in the future clearly shows that cargo is a long-term strategic asset for Avianca Group. “This decision has been made as part of our change and transformation plans to really help our customers with their business and to fulfil what they need from us. There are a lot of steps that we are taking to put Avianca Cargo at the top of this industry and as a leader in the region. “Avianca considers cargo a very important and strategic business unit for the group, in which fleet expansion and the network strategy are critical and big steps for us. We are working in an Avi-


FEATURE presence in the region. “The success of the networks launched in Mexico and Brazil within a short time frame further demonstrates the benefits of the regional sponsorship model in our global expansion. It is also an important step for the company to continue to further cultivate emerging markets and expand its strategic global footprint.” Andy Wang, head of J&T Express Brazil, adds: “Compared to countries and regions with well-established e-commerce and logistics businesses, the Brazilian market is developing rapidly with a great potential for further growth. We believe J&T Express is well positioned to leverage its determination and capabilities in building local operations to establish a refined service network in Brazil and provide local customers with an efficient, convenient and quality logistics experience. Meanwhile, we also partnered with J&T International to provide one-stop cross-border services to our onshore e-commerce merchants, which primarily include Custom clearance, overseas warehousing and last-mile delivery.”

“Brazil is the world’s fifthlargest country by land area”

anca Cargo that is a reference in the market and is chosen by its clients. “Avianca Cargo is not just here to stay, but to stay stronger than ever with a clear value proposition to our customers in our strategic regions, to support the industry with more capacity and a robust network. We are here to stay, becoming the best partner to our clients through closeness and long-term relationships. Here to stay, as competitive actors and as leaders in the region with reliable service and high-level products.”

Forwarder expansion Asia-based express logistics company J&T Express has officially launched its network in Brazil. This is another major step in J&T’s expansion in the Latin American market, following the company’s launch of its network in Mexico. With the market entry in Brazil, J&T Express has successfully established its presence in two of the largest economies in Latin America and expanded its global delivery network to 12 countries in Asia and Latin America. Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by land area. It is also the largest economy in Latin America with the biggest and most developed e-commerce market in the region. According to The Brazilian Electronic Commerce Association (ABComm), in 2021, e-commerce sales in Brazil grew 74% compared with 2019. The rapidly growing e-commerce market presents significant opportunities for the express logistics industry. J&T Express has established its distribution network across Brazil, covering all 26 states and one federal district. Charles Hou, group vice president of J&T Express, says: “Being part of a new generation of express logistics companies with an increased focus on internationalization, J&T Express is committed to providing users with more efficient and convenient services through our growing global network. J&T Express attaches great importance to expanding in the Latin American market and the launch in Brazil is an integral step in having a

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robust Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policy offers freight and logistics firms the opportunity to solve recruitment, retention and other staffing challenges as well as helping to improve profits and drive innovation, freight experts told the Multimodal 2022 conference in Birmingham UK, on 16 June. Far from being a tick-box exercise, diverse recruitment offers benefits to companies of all sizes, stressed Jennifer Swain, head of talent and operation at Road to Logistics, a government-sponsored training organisation aiming to solve the UK’s driver shortage problems. She urged people to present to senior decision-makers the positive statistics available, which illustrate how making the extra effort to recruit and support diverse candidates can bring tremendous rewards such as in improved retention, performance, and better decision-making. Rachel Osikoya, head of D&I at shipping and logistics giant Maersk said various factors had combined in the last few years to make D&I increasingly important for companies including the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements. These had also been boosted by the growing influence of social media, the Covid pandemic, and the greater need for technology and innovation, as well as talent and staffing competition and shortages. She highlighted a survey by GlassDoor – a website on which people can rate their employers against a range of criteria - which found that 67% of jobseekers were looking for companies that have D&I high on their agenda, she said. Swain said the industry’s talent shortages mean “we have to

think about how to open up channels so people think of us as an employer of choice. D&I is a great way of doing that.” Ruth Edwards, operations director for training and development agency Talent in Logistics, stressed that freight companies are competing for talent not only with the logistics company just up the road, but across multiple industries. This was particularly true when seeking skilled technology and innovation professionals, stressed Osikoya, who said “technology in logistics is a huge factor now.” But the industry, and until recently her company, faced various limiting stereotypes about who they are, what they do, and the kind of people that they would welcome. It was male-dominated and conservative. This was one reason for Maersk’s ‘Rainbow Container’, designed to symbolise the company’s openness to diversity, she added. Osikoya also urged companies to allow their staff and particularly those from diverse backgrounds to be the best messengers and ambassadors for the industry, for example via social media or when talking to young people and potential recruits, rather than focusing on corporate channels or traditional methods. While D&I is a broad topic, she suggested companies start on just one area, and allow others to follow – for example, examining whether recruitment campaigns were successfully attracting a diverse range of applications. And she urged companies to consider the interview process and the entire recruitment process to identify possible areas of bias and barriers to recruiting people from different backgrounds.

UPS Foundation helps at home and away THE UPS Foundation has highlighted three initiatives to help communities around the world at its first-ever UPS Impact Summit –in its hometown, Atlanta, Ukraine and developing nations across Africa. With the US observance of Juneteenth and Pride Month in mind, the summit explored UPS’s commitment to advance diversity, equity and economic empowerment. In Atlanta, the Foundation is investing in the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE); supporting the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to provide DEI training for community leaders and research to support the LGBTQ+ community; helping the Atlanta Police Foundation to support the At Promise Youth Centers; and making 30 scholarships in the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC), in addition to scholarships for students at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to continue their careers supporting health equity in underserved communities. It is also involved in other initiatives to elevate underrepresented populations, drive economic development, and support Atlanta youth. In Ukraine, the UPS Foundation has worked closely with Atlanta-based CARE, The Salvation Army, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners to provide relief. These efforts include free transportation for medicines and medical supplies valued at $8 million, more than one million meals, over 840,000lbs of relief supplies and 90,000 blankets and coats for Ukrainian refugees. Following the success of Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and other developing nations around the world, the UPS Foundation, UPS Healthcare and UPS Flight Forward are expanding partnerships with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Zipline to deliver vaccines and critical healthcare supplies to millions of people across Nigeria and Kenya. Over the past two years, these organisations have worked with UPS to deliver nearly 1.5 million Covid19 vaccine doses by drone to underrepresented populations, as well as rural and remote communities. These efforts have an immediate impact on health equity and the established healthcare infrastructure will benefit people for decades to come. Since 2020, UPS Healthcare has delivered 1.5 billion Covid-19 vaccines, with the UPS Foundation delivering 34.5 million of those in-kind to countries in need.

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