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INDUSTRY NEWS News and press releases from the world of freight

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FOCUS ROUNDUP Articles from the last 12 months relating to this month's focus

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FORWARDER FOCUS Your parcel arrived safely...or did it?

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ASK THE EXPERTS 5 steps parcel & logistics companies can take to get ready for Brexit

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tarting with a suitable follow up from last

This is a result of the US blacklisting Chinese ships, causing American

issue’s focus of warehouses and storage,

crude exports to hit record highs as the Chinese shipping industry

a recent logistics report has confirmed

is pushing for capacity. According to George Lazaridis, head

that the growth of e-commerce has

of research and valuations at Athens-based Allied Shipbroking,

simultaneously increased the demand

The market has gone bonkers by shock events like the Cosco * The US blacklisting has caused Asian

for smaller warehouses. As the online

tankers being blacklisted.

retail frenzy only continues to intensify,

and European importers to prioritise finding crude carriers to

the push for faster delivery services

ensure oil cargoes are secured and prepared for the winter months

has resulted in smaller warehouses accelerating in the market. This

ahead. Although an already high-demand market, it seems as though

seems to be affecting industrial space within regions populated by

this act of exclusion has tightened the industry even more.

major stores and branches, raising the competition for renting and buying these warehouse spaces. According to the CBRE Group Inc.,

As Christmas is approaching, the upcoming months are most crucial

over the last five years rent for US warehouses between 7,000 and

for the preparation of the busiest time of the year for retail and

120,000 square foot increased by more than 33.7%. This equates

the supply chain. Robots and automation technologies are being

to an average of $6.67 per square foot. Despite the rise in these

introduced into warehouses to offer a helping hand for online

rates, the availability of warehouses has in fact dropped from 11.3%

picking, packing and delivery prep. Businesses are investing in extra

to 7.4%, which has been reported as the biggest fall in the storage

robots (or as some call them, 'cobots'), which use cameras, lasers

market to date. It is becoming a noticeable trend that businesses

and sensors to navigate the warehouses. The technology will be

with smaller fulfilment and distribution facilities are putting more

used to locate and signal to the workers where desired products are

money and resources into making sure they cater for customers

in the warehouse, featuring the ability to travel to the appropriate

who expect delivery schedules at two days or less. By opening small

aisle. Many varieties of these robots are available for businesses to

warehouse spaces in a variety of regions – not just major hubs – the

lease for those who only require them during the busy festive period.

facilities can be used as fast-paced inventories to move stock in and

According to WSJ, XPO Logistics Inc. is set to hire 20,000 human

out, rather than for storage.

workers over Christmas, as well as investing millions of dollars’ into robots with the intent to use them next year to help deal with the

Moving onto the hot topic between Chinese and American trade,

rising pressure of e-commerce orders. It is estimated that by 2025

the cost of oil shipping has reached its highest levels in eleven years.

nearly 30 per cent of warehouses around the world will implement

The ongoing economic conflict between the U.S. and China saw

commercial robots, which is a significant increase compared to three

president of the United States, Donald Trump, announce a tax

per cent in 2018.

increase earlier this year. The increase was targeted on import tariffs, and it is believed that China’s stock market suffered a drop

After this year’s turbulent retail reality-check that e-commerce

of 25% in shares during 2018, causing a huge dent in the region’s

demands are booming, overtaking high-street shops, retailers are

overall economy. It looks as though the financial strain will cause a

left facing more debt and problems than ever before. With the

ripple effect, increasing the price of oil around the globe.

likes of Thomas Cook going into liquidation, Pizza Express’ £1bn debt pile and Boots and Topshop store closures, physical shops

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are struggling to make ends meet due to the popularity of online purchases. Fashion retailers such as ASOS, Pretty Little Thing and Amazon are just a few of the most popular places for customers to shop. Yet what do they have in common? There are no physical shops for customers to visit, and these retailers haven’t known any different. If marketed right and delivery expectations are met, online-only stores can benefit not only customers but the retailer themselves immensely. Does incurring lower in-store running costs equate to a safe business? Perhaps it’s not as black and white as that. Yet it’s worth considering the factors. Without the need to to rent or maintain physical shops, deliveries, POS (point of sale) or inshop marketing resources, retail staff and more, online shops are able to prioritise elements of its produce, such as the supply chain, warehousing and delivery proceedings. Department store House of Fraser is just another retail brand that has announced store closures earlier this year. Although there has been a threat to close further stores, the Chief Executive of SportsDirect.com (which bought House of Fraser back in August when it went into administration), Mike Ashley, has spoken out about the government’s lack of investigation into retail issues. According to the Retail Gazette and The Guardian, Ashley has voiced that the government isn't 'interested' in the Debenhams collapse, and that politicians only seem to only be concerned with their own PR. He further believes that the government is ignoring 'cases which are just as bad, if not worse' than Debenhams, and that there has been a significant absence in researching into corporate misconduct. Where do you think high-street shops will be in five-to-ten years’ time – is there a future? Is the government doing enough to ensure retailers are supported when needed, and how will Brexit impact on retail in years to come? Rachel Jefferies, contributing writer, FORWARDER magazine * Source: WSJ.com FORWARDER magazine

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INDUSTRY NEWS 4 OCTOBER 201 019 9

WALKER HELPING ONLINE RETAILERS TO

SLASH THEIR USE OF PLASTIC PACKAGING

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alker Logistics has announced that it has eliminated

William Walker adds:

the use of plastic-based void-fill materials in over

between the need to protect products in transit with environmental

90 per cent of the orders that it processes at its

responsibility is essential. A recent study carried out by a leading

Berkshire-based multi-client fulfillment facility.

For online retailers striking a balance

delivery management company found that 75% of consumers want e-retailers to minimise parcel packaging waste and use environmentally

Commonly used void fillers such as plastic bubble-wrap, air-filled

friendly materials when packing their online purchases. And plenty

protective cushions and polystyrene chips have been replaced by

of shoppers whose goods arrive packaged in a non-eco-friendly way

environmentally friendly packaging material which Walker produces

often choose to leave bad reviews or tell their friends, while some

on-site by recycling its clients’ own in-bound transit packaging.

even decide not to purchase from the company again.

By turning in-bound transit packaging waste into protective voidfill material that we use to protect outgoing orders, we are not only reusing waste products but also avoiding other less environmentallyfriendly forms of transit packaging. William Walker, Sales Director, Walker Logistics It is estimated that in the last year alone some 78 tonnes (6.5 tonnes per month) of packaging waste has been diverted from landfill thanks to Walker’s clients’ enthusiastic uptake of the ecofriendly packaging, which is produced using low energy, state-ofthe-art shredding machinery.

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• A 10,000 sqm facility featuring up to 10,000 pallet positions and capable of operating between -25°C and +16°C

CEVA’s new Chill Hub has the additional benefit of a deep-sea port on the same site as the logistics park where the hub is located.

• An energy-efficient building located at London Gateway

The UK’s number one reefer hub, London Gateway has links to over

• An integrated, state-of-the-art installation offering a full range

110 ports in 60 different countries and its dockside proximity to the

of valued-added warehousing and logistics solutions

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warehouse means shunting can take as little as two hours.

EVA Logistics today officially opened its new, integrated,

With its excellent road and rail connections, our best in class

end-to-end cold chain facility at DP World London Gateway,

warehouse management systems and direct port access, the Chill

at an event attended by 50+ customers. The Chill Hub is a

Hub is a powerful demonstration of the synergies between CEVA

state-of-the-art operation strategically located to provide maximum

Logistics and CMA CGM. This state-of-the-art facility will enable

customer benefit through its ability to manage all elements of the

us to offer a unique value proposition to our shipper customers,

process at one site.

providing a faster delivery of goods through an energy-efficient building. We can also give full visibility and control of the entire

Within the multi-temperature 10,000 sqm facility are up to 10,000 pallet

inbound operation through the Chill Hub.

positions featuring seven independent chambers capable of operating

Nicolas Sartini, Chief Executive Officer, CEVA Logistics

at all temperature ranges from -25°C through to +16°C. This means chilled, frozen and temperature specific items can be accommodated.

CEVA has long and well-established reputation for warehouse management in the cool chain arena and the opening of the Chill Hub

Dedicated areas will handle pharmaceuticals, fresh and frozen

with its expanded and capabilities and end-to-end service offering

produce, beverage products and flowers as well as other goods

further cements its credentials.

requiring temperature specific handling and storage. A full range of value-added services including labelling, boxing, re-palletising, price coding, tagging and kitting are all available through the Chill Hub.

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 OCTOBER 201 019 9

DAVIES TURNER RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE

UK'S LEADING INDEPENDENT FORWARDERS

IN PRESTIGIOUS LEAGUE TABLE

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avies Turner Plc, the long-established international freight

Top Track 250 companies are an important engine of the UK

and logistics company, has again been recognised as one

economy, together employing over 350,000 employees, with

of the UK’s leading independent private companies in the

combined sales of £63.3bn, and profits of £5.9bn. These companies

prestigious Sunday Times/Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league

are predominantly owned by entrepreneurs, private equity firms

table, sponsored by Grant Thornton and Lloyds Banking Group.

and family holdings. It’s a prestigious club to be in. Inclusion within this year’s Top Track 250 table is a testimony to the progressive

Compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking

investment that Davies Turner continues to make in our distribution

events company, the annual table ranks Britain’s top performing

centres, IT systems, services and staff training, while our strong

mid-market private firms and entrepreneurs by their latest sales

audited results and financial performance are a product of our total

figures and profitability.

focus on responding to ever-evolving customer needs. With very few other logistics companies in the top 250 table, it gives Davies Turner a unique selling point in competitive and rapidly changing markets, which has been a characteristic of the company’s development throughout its existence, as we approach our 150th anniversary next year and prepare for the challenges of the future. Philip Stephenson, Chairman, Davies Turner

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ecksher are pleased to share the photos in the below gallery of a shipment handled last month on behalf of and together with C.H. Robinson Project Logistics.

The cargo consisted of 2 air heaters and was transported in Sweden from the door in Kristianstad and loaded onboard a coaster in Ahus for shipping to Antwerp, Belgium.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

HBC LOGISTICS

NO JOB TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL

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o you require a same-day courier service? Looking for a

Catering for a wide range of deliveries, you can also choose

trusted and reliable service? With a variety of express

from on-board air couriers, warehousing services and COD.

and secure services, HBC Logistics will deliver your load

on time, every time.

You’ll never be kept in the dark with HBC. Thanks to the company’s technological online platforms, customers can

From a selection of same-day courier services, international shipping,

access instant order updates, electronic POD, real-time

to warehousing storage and air and ocean freight forwarding, HBC’s

GPS tracking and virtual warehouses. Furthermore, HBC

collective 35 years’ experience can take the load off of your back.

have the technical tools to keep track of drivers and their

Offering a variety of express options, HBC can deliver same-day,

progress, through the trusted Smart Logistics Manager app.

healthcare, plus with benefits of priority, tracked and secure packaging.

This enables specific delivery tracking locators for both fleets and goods, so you will be kept up to date at all times. If you have paperwork

no job is too big or too small.

it can be uploaded to your customer portal. HBC will go above and beyond to ensure that your goods are delivered securely.

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INDUSTRY NEWS 15 OCTOBER 201 019 9

AMERICAN AIRLINES MARKS

75 ANNIVERSARY st OF 1 SCHEDULED CARGO FLIGHT A th

merican Airlines celebrates the 75th anniversary of its

From the DC-3s American Airlines flew in our early days to the

first cargo flight on October 15. The anniversary marks

modern, fuel efficient B777-300ERs and B787-9s in our fleet today,

a significant milestone in the airline’s rich history of

we are extremely proud of the history of this airline's cargo division.

connecting the world beyond passenger service since 1944.

We’ve achieved a lot over the past 75 years. I’m proud to be part of an organization that embraces innovation and I’m excited to see

The airline has a long history of innovation within the cargo

what we do next.

operation, marked by industry firsts such as the first scheduled air

Rick Elieson, President, American Airlines Cargo

cargo service in the world, the first pet carrier container, and the first unit load container (ULD). Supported by loyal team members,

To commemorate 75 years of accomplishment, American has used

some hold as many as 50 years of experience working for the cargo

the hashtag #75for75 over the course of the 75 business days leading

operation. Other milestones include an award-winning reputation

up to the anniversary to share historical photos from the decades

as an air cargo carrier, a record-breaking 2018 year earning over

on their LinkedIn channel. The Day 1 photo featured American’s

$1 billion in revenue, and more recently exceeding flown-as-booked

Flagship DC-3 Airfreighter being loaded with cargo for its first flight.

(FAB) performance goals for 12 consecutive months. View the full timeline and other assets celebrating American Airlines American continues to focus efforts on how to modernize, innovate and connect the world in better ways, and the airline is currently making its largest single investment in its cargo operation to date with a new IT infrastructure. The first phase of the system went live on October 1 and provides an enhanced online booking platform, increased visibility around the world, and a robust back-end system that will further improve customer and employee experience.

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Cargo significant milestones over the years online at aacargo.com


WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at aacargo.com

ABOUT AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York,

ABOUT AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO

Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American

American Airlines Group is the holding company for American

members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations

Airlines. American provides one of the largest cargo networks

with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American

in the world with cargo terminals and interline connections

Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol

across the globe. Every day, American transports cargo

AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect

between major cities in the United States, Europe, Canada,

with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.

Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia.

com/AmericanAirlines.

is a founding member of the oneworldÂŽ alliance, whose

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CORY BROTHERS RELOCATES 17 OCTOBER 201 019 9

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eading shipping company, Cory Brothers recently relocated

We provide workshops for our customers who import and export;

its Felixstowe office to Ipswich Town Centre in: 8th Floor, St

empowering them with clear insight into how their supply chain works;

Vincent House, 1 Cutler Street, Ipswich. IP1 1UQ. The new

what is required and how to prepare for BREXIT. To invite them in

office provides an elevated 360-degree view over Ipswich town centre

and provide this service from a stunning location is even better. Our

as well as excellent access to all nearby amenities and transport services:

customers are in Ipswich and throughout the UK and deal with various

shops, restaurants, banks, bus and rail stations etc. It is only 11 miles

sectors: food and ingredients, telecommunications, retail, construction

from the main UK port of Felixstowe and less than 1 mile from Ipswich

and more. Our location is ideally located for them too.

Port, both of which are important to the services Cory provide. Cory Brothers held an official office opening event on Friday 11th of

ABOUT CORY BROTHERS

October with suppliers, staff and customers attending from around

Cory Brothers is a leading logistics and maritime service

the UK. Managing Director Peter Wilson gave a speech outlining

provider with three divisions: ships agency, Liner service and

how well the move had gone and how pleased the company and

Logistics, offering a seamless solution for all transportation

staff are with their new office; saying how thankful he was to ALL

needs, worldwide. Managing supply chain import & export

involved with the move.

services on ALL modes: ocean, air & road. Initially established in the mid-1800s, the company has seen solid, continuous

Peter said,

It’s a brilliant, light-filled office in an excellent location

that will help Cory Brothers remain prominent in our industry and continue to attract talented people to join our teams.

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INDUSTRY NEWS 9 OCTOBER 201 019 9

ETIHAD CARGO CELEBRATES

A YEAR OF DIGITALIZATION

BY READYING FOR SECOND PHASE OF INITIATIVES

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tihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways,

booking journey, or reducing the average time to make a booking.

has marked the first year of its ambitious digitalization

With 14% of the total bookings on our portal coming outside office

program, which went live with iCargo in October 2018, by

hours this year, it represents a significant amount of business that

reiterating its commitment to enhancing customer experiences with

would have gone to our competition

a pipeline of further programs and initiatives.

Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, Managing Director Cargo and Logistics Services, Etihad Aviation Group

Etihad Cargo implemented a full overhaul of its booking processes and platforms 12 months ago with the successful migration of Its

Of the approximately half a million bookings processed in iCargo, Etihad

front-end systems to the market leading SPRINT, an IBS iCargo

Cargo’s online booking portal at www.etihadcargo.com, which also went

fully integrated technology platform that combined six legacy Etihad

live last October, accounted for 20% of total bookings. The monthly

platforms into one.

booking rate grew from zero in October 2018 to 33.7% in September 2019, an unprecedented in the industry over the timeframe. With one

Since its launch, the system has successfully handled almost half a

in every three bookings now coming through www.etihadcargo.com,

million bookings, equating to 115,000 flights processed and 10 million

these figures continue to push even higher as different counties across

messages from close to 3,000 customers and nearly 6,000 users. The

the cargo operator’s network increase use of the portal.

busiest day since iCargo went live was 30th April, 2019, with 2,057 bookings created in 24 hours.

The region with the highest online booking penetration rate for Etihad Cargo is Asia, with India completing 96% of its September

iCargo marked a significant shift in the way Etihad Cargo operates;

2019 bookings through www.etihadcargo.com and Thailand close

it was a momentous first step in our ongoing journey of improvement

to the 90% mark. The Americas represents the second highest rate

and adaptation to a new and exciting digitized world for air cargo. We

with the US recently crossing the 50% mark for online bookings.

have continued to work on a number of parallel and linear initiates to

Etihad Cargo is working to boost the rates in Europe as several new

further enhance customer experiences, for example simplifying the

initiatives come online in Q4.

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To further its commitment to digitalization and offer multiple

These changes have enabled greater internal and external

channels to its clients, Etihad Cargo’s automated Freight Forwarder

efficiency. During a tough air cargo market environment for the

Messaging (FFR) booking function went live in April 2019, allowing

entire industry in 2019, our loyal customers and partners’ response

instant bookings and confirmations from its global operations as well

to our digitalization efforts has been extremely positive. Our efforts

as key forwarder customers. A total of 2,100 bookings were made

have provided a small cushion to the wider effects of the market

through FFR during the past five months, with September marking

downturn; this is a clear demonstration of the market’s hunger

the highest percentage of FFR bookings at 2.9%.

for digitalization. Our digitalization roadmap is only in its infancy. The foundations have been laid for a number of exciting projects

Etihad Cargo has also successfully launched its enterprise data lake,

in coming months, including our new, soon-to-launch and state-of-

which feeds key internal and market data to its interactive data

the-art Cargo Control Centre, a brand-new website and mobile app,

visualization tool Microsoft PowerBI. The key tool provides access to

dynamic pricing, and APIs to support several new booking channels.

on-demand information for smart commercial sales steering, volumes

It’s all part of our commitment to make Etihad Cargo a market

and yields trend monitoring, customer booking behaviors, global

leader in air cargo digitalization, something only a handful of carriers

accounts and loyalty targets, as well as station KPI performances,

can boast today.

and is complementing the ongoing rollout of customer resource management tool, Salesforce, across all Etihad Cargo stations.

Etihad Cargo’s complete product portfolio is also available across its digital platforms, including general cargo, TempCheck

Finally, to reaffirm its commitment to IATA’s e-AWB initiative, which

(pharmaceutical), SafeGuard (valuables), FreshFor ward

aims to encourage electronic airway bills as the default contract of

(perishables), FlightValet (automotive) and FlyCulture (arts and

carriage on enabled trade lanes, and an intermediate step towards a

music), amongst others. Now considered one of the world’s leading

future eFreight solution, Etihad Cargo has engaged in detailed review

loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74

and consultation with customers and handlers to establish e-AWB as

different countries, PayloadRewards, Etihad Cargo’s cargo loyalty

its default option on all enabled trades lanes. In August, Etihad Cargo

program, will also roll out further functionalities and rewards to

launched a dedicated to support SMEs in the process. This resulted in a

its customers in coming months. Information on Etihad Cargo’s full

significant increase in the carrier’s e-AWB penetration rate, which rose

freighter network, as well as direct online bookings is available via

from a 16-18% average in 2018 to cross the 50% mark in September

its website: www.etihadcargo.com.

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BEDFORD BUS DEPOT TRANSFORMED INTO FULLY OPERATIONAL WAREHOUSE 1 NOVEMBER 201 019 9

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former Bedford bus depot has recently been given a new purpose by Hertfordshire based warehouse solution company, SEC Storage, who transformed the space into

a fully functional warehouse for one of the UK’s leading haulage companies, Welch’s Transport Ltd. Following the acquisition of a 46,000 sq/ft bus depot based on the Cambridge Road Industrial Estate in Bedford, Welch's Transport Ltd called upon SEC Storage to design and install an adjustable pallet racking system with varying bay sizes and warehouse barriers, providing the haulage company with a practical storage solution. A key benefit of the selected design solution was the set-up of wide aisles that would enable a quick move in and also require no change to their existing forklift truck fleet. SEC designed the solution so that as capacity requirements increase, it will be a simple task to infill with more racking, implementing a change to an articulated forklift configuration, removing the need for any disruptive warehouse reconfiguration in the future.

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Ingenious Space Utilisation The installation at Welch’s Transport highlights a very topical issue in the industry regarding the under-utilisation of existing space, both in terms of maximising the cube within current facilities as well as looking at ingenious options to convert

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existing buildings to provide efficient warehouse storage. With many companies opting to build from scratch despite depleting available space in the UK. In the UK we vastly under-utilise the space that we have at our disposal. It's time that our first thoughts around warehousing space is not ‘Let’s build some more’, but rather ‘how can we optimise the space that we have?’ It's a more cost effective, more

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agile and hugely more sustainable approach, something that we have achieved for Welch’s Transport. Harry Watts, Commercial Director, SEC Storage The Welch’s Transport warehouse project is a great example of ensures future expansion, all without the need to find new land

ABOUT SEC STORAGE

which, particularly in the south of England, is sparse.

The SEC Group is dedicated to providing bespoke warehouse

intelligent design bringing about maximisation of existing space and

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ABOUT WELCH’S TRANSPORT

needs. Having operated in the industry since February 2000,

Welch's Transport is one of the leading haulage companies in

in various types of premises. By analysing a number of

the East of England, specialising in a range of transport solutions

parameters, whether this is SKU details within a warehouse

from general haulage and pallet delivery to the transportation

or total employees and their functions within their office,

of dangerous goods and abnormal loads. Having operated in the

SEC’s designs are bespoke and specific to a business’ needs

UK for over 80-years, they are well equipped to service clients

and objectives. Whether this is increasing capacity, efficiency

of all sizes throughout the UK.

or productivity

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AAL ‘LIFTS’ ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE 9 OCTOBER 201 019 9

TO ANOTHER LEVEL WITH SEDNA

A

AL, one of the world’s largest and most trusted breakbulk

Grammare highlighted three features that set SEDNA apart:

and project heavy lift operators, has selected SEDNA as

The first, is the system’s ability to share email and related data

its company-wide email solution and team collaboration

between teams without individuals having to physically forward

platform. By adopting SEDNA, AAL has consolidated multiple

anything. The second, is that it automatically tracks and displays

systems into a single, cloud-based technology and migrated the

who’s read and commented on an email – significantly improving

innovative system across its entire office network in Asia, Europe,

transparency within a fast-moving group email environment. The

Americas, Oceania and Middle East.

third, is its email tagging algorithm – tailormade for AAL – that enables immediate identification, fast processing and retrieval of email.

A global service provider with 25 years’ experience, AAL recognises that people are its most important asset and that clear and efficient

Dan James, Product Director at SEDNA, emphasised the company’s

communication between stakeholders is critical. The company has

focus on developing a platform that helps teams work better

a mandate to leverage modern hardware, advanced systems and

together:

innovative technology wherever required to help meet customer

find traditional email systems lack the functionality and processing

demand and achieve its corporate vision.

capability to efficiently distill and disseminate large volumes of data

In our experience, Chartering and Operations teams

to complete tasks or provide deeper insights into the performance Before SEDNA, AAL operated multiple platforms to deal with

of individuals. Our goal is to provide a solution that enables teams

incoming email and convert cargo enquiries into processable data.

within large global organisations like AAL to stay connected and

We were using two email systems concurrently and an on-premise

optimise their productivity.

solution that was proving inefficient in keeping-up with our growth curve and volume of inquiries we were handling daily. We were in the

Mr. Grammare concluded,

market for a single collaborative email solution and became aware

awarded carrier and a focus on service quality at every level of the

of SEDNA, knowing other industry stakeholders already using the

organisation is what sets us apart. In SEDNA, we’ve found a partner

system. We wanted a harmonised and adaptable cloud-based system

that shares that philosophy and have been impressed by its ability to

that could process and archive large quantities of email in an efficient,

adapt and develop in response to our demands.

organised manner and help us optimise our customer response times and overall service efficiency. Christophe Grammare, Commercial Director, AAL

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AAL is the multipurpose sector’s most


WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at aalshipping.com

ABOUT AAL AAL is one of the world’s leading breakbulk and heavy lift project

Established in 1995, the company operates the multipurpose

cargo operators, offering a unique ‘total multipurpose solution’of

sector’s youngest fleet of modern multipurpose heavy lift

flexible and competitive Chartering, Liner and Semi-Liner

vessels (ranging from 19,000 to 33,000 dwt), offering extreme

services for its customers - connecting Asia, Oceania, Middle

heavy-lift capability (700mt max), with leading intake capacity. 

East, Europe, Africa and the Americas.  A single-minded focus on customer service and quality has led AAL to become the world’s most awarded MPV carrier. In 2016, it won multiple awards for service and operational

ABOUT SEDNA

quality including top honours at the Global Freight Awards in

SEDNA (www.sedna.com) is a transaction management

Awards in Sydney. Early 2017, AAL won the AFLAS ‘Best

system, purpose-designed for the shipping sector to help

Shipping Line - Project Cargo’ award (for an unprecedented

teams collaborate with others, organize information, and

fourth time) and followed it up in October with top ‘Project

manage a job from start to finish. SEDNA is a proven

Carrier’ honors at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards.

London and the 21st Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry

solution that has already powered over 100 million email conversations and is used by some of the leading names

In 2018, AAL won the AFLAS award again and honored within

in shipping, including Ardmore, Glencore, NORDEN and

the ‘Excellence in Bulk Logistics or Heavy Lift Handling’ category

Seaspan. SEDNA significantly streamlines the transaction

at the Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards 2018. So

management process with a team-based platform that saves

far, in 2019, AAL has followed up its previous years’ successes

time, resources, and money.

with ‘Best Shipping line – Project Cargo’ at the AFLAS Awards.

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INDUSTRY NEWS OCTOBER 201 019 9

FARGO SYSTEMS’ ‘TOPS’ EMBRACES

LATEST TECH ...WHAT3WORDS T ransport management system leaders, Fargo Systems, is

With Fargo having a reputation for taking the technological

maintaining its pioneering position in the logistics industry

lead, for both their clients and their customers, Steve continues:

with its adoption of /// what3words geocoding technology.

Being proactive has secured our position as transport and logistics

software market leaders. Embracing this technology is the next step

With the company’s TOPS platform currently storing the what3words

for us and the 1,750 end users we work with around the globe.

address against its location records, Steve Collins explains:

Back in August the app topped the download charts, confirming a

what3words divides the world into three-metre squares and gives

genuine interest in its capabilities. With the potential to supersede

each one a unique address - made of three dictionary words. For

traditional addressing and GPS coordinates, we believe what3words

example, the precise 3 word address for Fargo Systems, Ipswich is

is an exciting development.

///legend.atomic.park. It is enabling people to be found easily in emergencies, for example, but also brings considerable benefits to the logistics sector.

Pierre Francois, Senior Partnerships Manager at what3words, concludes: As forward-thinking innovators in both of our respective markets,

We believe using these three unique words to identify a delivery

we are delighted to link with Fargo Systems. Our location technology

location will significantly reduce those last-mile logistics problems

offers a very simple way to communicate any precise location, providing

experienced across the industry. While a postcode gets you close,

a clear and easy way to combat the last-mile logistics challenge.

what3words identifies an exact location – whether that’s a loading bay on a trading or industrial estate, an area of a building to access, or a residential address. This translates into cost and efficiency savings as a driver knows exactly where he is heading and an improved customer experience. The next stage for us is to integrate what3words into our collection and delivery notes and roll out the technology into our TOPS…on the go and ePOD mobile solutions.

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ABOUT WHAT3WORDS ///DARING.LION.RACE Co-founded in London in 2013 by Chris Sheldrick, what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. The system covers the entire world, never needs updating, and works offline. A 3-word address is a human-friendly way to share exact locations with other people or to input them into platforms and machines such as autonomous cars or e-commerce checkouts. It is optimised for voice input and contains builtin error prevention to identify and correct input mistakes immediately.

ABOUT FARGO SYSTEMS LTD ///LEGEND.ATOMIC.PARK

The free what3words app, available for iOS and Android, and

Fargo Systems is the UK’s leading provider of logistics

3 word addresses in 36 languages to date. A 3-word address

software to the intermodal industry, with its unique TOPS

in one language can be switched instantly into any other

software managing an estimated four-million container

supported language, and even looked up in one language and

moves each year.

shared in another. what3words can be easily integrated by

the online map enable people to find, share and navigate to

businesses, governments and NGOs into apps, platforms Fargo Systems provides logistic software solutions to over

or websites, with just a few lines of code, and products are

80% of all significant container transport providers in the UK

available for free or for a nominal fee for qualifying NGOs. Its

(transport fleets, shippers, forwarders and carriers) and has

partners include Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Domino’s Pizza, Lonely

customers in 20 countries spanning four continents.

Planet, Airbnb and Cabify.

The Fargo Systems product range encompasses both highly

what3words has a team in excess of 100 people, across

flexible off-the-shelf solutions along with bespoke modules

offices in London UK, San-Francisco USA, Johannesburg

to meet individual business requirements. Fargo Systems’

ZA and Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. The company has raised over

industry-knowledge and project and service capabilities ensure

£40 million in capital from investors such as Intel, Aramex,

total confidence in its cost-effective and fully scalable solutions.

Deutsche Bahn, SAIC and the Sony Investment Fund.

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INDUSTRY NEWS 5 NOVEMBER 201 019 9

FTA QUESTIONS IMPACTS OF GOVERNMENT’S FUTURE

IMMIGRATION POLICY ON LOGISTICS A s the voice of the logistics industry, FTA has responded

whether a driver earns the salary threshold or not, they still

to the government’s call for evidence regarding the salary

will not be considered. FTA’s members believe that the arbitrary

threshold for a future immigration policy.

salary and qualification standards should be scrapped, and further

consideration should be given to an alternative scheme which

Unemployment is at its lowest on record, and with logistics currently

utilizes unused Apprenticeship Levy funding to create the training

reliant on EEA workers to help support vital occupations such as

programmes needed to generate the workforce of tomorrow. But

LGV/van drivers, as well as warehouse workers, it is crucial that

these new employees will take time to train, and enforcement

businesses can continue to access non-UK workers, particularly

of the new rules as early as 2021 leaves logistics businesses with

when UK workers are not available to take up the vacancies.

little time or guidance on how to recruit. Where is the industry supposed to find the ready-qualified people to do the jobs which

Sally Gilson, Head of Skills Policy at FTA expresses her concerns...

will be left undone by the departure of EU workers from the UK. Fruit won’t be picked, and what little is picked won’t get delivered

The government is focused on the £30,000 salary threshold

without drivers and warehouse personnel – so how is the UK’s

for the employment of non-UK workers after Brexit and how

supply chain to be protected after Brexit? The industry wants to

this could impact businesses. However, this ignores a greater

keep Britain trading, but needs answers – and fast!

hurdle for the logistics sector, which relies on EU workers to move the goods and services which UK PLC requires to operate.

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having

Even if the salary threshold recommended by the Migration

an impact on more than seven million people employed in the

Advisory Committee was to be reduced, businesses still would

making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology

not be able to recruit non-UK workers within the proposed future

and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move

immigration system as they may not meet the required Regulated

across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been

Qualification Framework (RQF) Level 3 threshold. Although

more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks

being an LGV driver takes skill and requires significant knowledge

to government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with

regarding the regulations and legal requirements, officially this

members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the

is a Level 2 qualification. Therefore, under government plans,

buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

NEW CO2 CALCULATOR FROM ENTEC 9 OCTOBER 201 019 9

REPORTS CARBON CREDITS FOR CUSTOMERS

M

RO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) supply

excessive emissions and demonstrate their ‘green’ credentials, as

chain specialist Entec International has unveiled a

well as saving costs. Our investment in this new tool to evaluate and

sophisticated new tool that calculates CO2 reduction

improve the carbon footprint of supply chains further demonstrates

through supply chain optimisation and can report emission savings

our own commitment to environmental sustainability.

delivered to customers as carbon value or credits. This is the first partnership project between Entec and the University

Developed in co-operation with the University of Southampton, the

of Southampton.

new improved Carbon Calculator uses real-time logistics data to optimise CO2 emission through shipment consolidation. University of Southampton Masters student, Thi Hong Ngoc Dang,

ABOUT ENTEC

who is studying Business Analytics and Management Sciences, worked

Based in the UK, Entec International is one of the world’s leading

closely with Entec to assess how the benefits of shipment consolidation

authorities on MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Operations) and

could be achieved, assessed and quantified across ground, sea and

indirect spend management, offering a professionally managed

air modes; then building an optimisation/decision making model to

single source, multiple supplier procurement process, with

calculate cost and CO2 savings from data provided by Entec.

global reach. Established over 25 years ago, Entec International have managed complex supply chains for some of the world’s

Mike Robinson, director at Entec, says,

Awareness of sustainable

largest manufacturers in over 70 different shipping destinations.

development has continued to rise rapidly in recent years and

Entec’s client base includes customers in the food and beverage

businesses are starting to pay more attention into their environmental

packaging industries, oil, gas production, textile processing and

impact. As a Supply Chain Integrator, Entec is proud to be at the

mining & minerals sectors.

forefront of developing solutions to help our customers eliminate

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8 OCTOBER 201 019 9

WILHELMSEN UAE FIX

PIPE SHIPMENT FROM CHINA T he ocean team at Wilhelmsen Ships Service have recently

quite tricky! You need declare tier limitations, bundling and packing

fixed a pipe shipment from China to the UAE.The seamless

information, whether nested or stand alone, bare or coated, letters

and LSAW pipes were shipped from Tianjin in China to

of credit terms and conditions etc. Fortunately, Wilhelmsen Ships

Jebel Ali in the UAE, loaded onboard M/V Avra. Sanju Manayani

Service are able to help! Should you have any breakbulk, project

at Wilhelmsen comments;

cargo, heavy lift or RORO shipments then please do not hesitate to

The challenge was to find a Chinese

carrier for the cargo who would be reliable and at the same time

contact our team at oceandesk@wilhelmsen.com.

give very competitive rates. Shipping small quantities of pipes can be

N

ext year Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) will be making

In addition, any structural changes in port dues should promote

no adjustments to port dues levied for use of the Port

more sustainability. Following many years of consultations with

of Hamburg by seagoing, inland or port vessels. In recent

other ports, in 2020 evaluation of noise levels from seagoing ships

years, changes for seagoing ships were already below the inflation rate.

will become possible. Vessels that are especially quiet will be granted

Following various innovations and adjustments, continuity in tariff

a rebate on top of existing environmental incentives. This will be

development will also be the aim in the inland and port shipping segment.

implemented as an element in the ‘Environmental Ship Index (ESI)’, or ‘ESI noise’ environmental incentive system. With well over

Matching the start of work on fairway adjustment this year, by

7,000 vessels and almost 60 ports participating, and HPA playing a

foregoing any changes in dues, the Port of Hamburg is sending a strong

major part in developing it, ‘ESI air’ has already become established

signal to our partners in shipping. As Germany’s largest universal port,

worldwide. Against the background of the trend in ship sizes, a

Hamburg is clearly set for growth. With the stability of our rates, we

moderate increase has been made in the cap limit.

are conveying a signal for Hamburg’s future as a logistics hub. Jens Meier, CEO, HPA

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INDUSTRY NEWS ON A MISSION TO

SIMPLIFY SHIPPING R ecently-appointed Managing Director Richard Hogg has

Not content with streamlining and accelerating the booking process,

been handed the task of leading Unsworth, the leading

Unsworth put the shipper in control, by providing the information

independent consolidator, through a demanding landscape

they need, when they need it. With total supply chain visibility and

of economic uncertainty, Brexit and digitalisation. But Richard

control just one-click away.

relishes the challenge, because he has well laid plans to simplify shipping and empower the shipper.

Every consignment is visible, on its own unique dashboard, accessed by shippers with a unique link that is embedded on every

Among Richard’s first tasks has been to oversee the re-launch of

communication related to that shipment.

Unsworth’s digital rate platform, ‘Cargocost’, together with the introduction of a suite of digital business intelligence tools, that

Their ‘One-Click’ dashboard shows where the shipment is at any

are designed to position Unsworth 'as a forwarder first, and a

time, from beginning to end, so that they know exactly when their

technology expert second.'

cargo will be delivered.

Technology is undoubtedly transforming shipping, but Unsworth

Unsworth’s focus is on developing technology that improves the

believe that too much attention been given to the tech and the

end-customer experience, by delivering improved supply chain

‘disruptors,’ rather than the value either actually provide shippers.

visibility and control, which allows customers to make better, more informed business decisions, by accessing the data that sits behind

Unsworth’s technology solutions are focused entirely on simplifying

their supply chains.

shipping and empowering the shipper. Launching in November, Unsworth Pathway puts real power in the The objective is to build a different future for freight forwarding and

shippers hands. A unique supply chain tool that means shippers will

shippers, by taking shipping to the next level, with instant pricing,

no longer need to ask, as they will simply know.

simple shipment booking and transparent processes. The Pathway development team had a simple brief. To remove Building on the foundation of the original ‘Cargocost’, which

complication from the shipping experience and simplify associated

launched in 2009, the latest iteration is the simplest and fastest yet.

processes, with total transparency, visibility and control, with

With shippers able to create an account, obtain pricing, select their

information available on any device, at any time.

preferred service and complete the shipping booking in under 60 seconds, on any device, at any location.

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The result is a leading-edge supply chain management system that

And while there is an essential need for technology – it’s an essential

the client engages with through their bespoke dashboard, which

tool that has the potential to offer competitive advantage – there

makes Unsworth Pathway simple and effortless to use.

will always be a powerful requirement for the common qualities of a freight forwarder, in delivering consistently unfailing customer service.

Pathway is an ultra-secure cloud-based solution that deploys the latest technologies, with future-proofed capability to incorporate

For Unsworth customers it means that, when there are shipping

advances in geo-fencing, gps and Blockchain

issues, they know that they can pick up the phone and get straight through to their account team, at any time.

An online platform available across all devices, Pathway contains all the information, communication and documentation associated

Unsworth is a freight forwarder, a very knowledgeable freight forwarder,

with every movement. Live KPIs let shippers track the performance

that also understands the power of technology, when it is focused on

of their supply chain participants in real-time, with customisable

customers, in delivering value and simplifying their business operations.

reporting and Business Intelligence tools for in-depth analysis. This client-centric approach on the tech side is a key element in Unsworth’s continued growth in a challenging environment now and into the future. FORWARDER magazine

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 OCTOBER 201 019 9

NATCO WITH ANOTHER DELIVERY OF

OOG CARGO FOR BEVERAGE INDUSTRY N ATCO SA International Transports in South Africa have recently helped transport six OOG pieces from Durban

Harbour to an inland destination located around 650km

from the port.

The cargo was delivered for Heineken and consisted of a total of

54,900kg / 917.705cbm. Full details of the six oversized pieces are listed and photographed below... 2 pieces each at 19,000kg / 10.8 x 5.7 x 4.2m / 258.552cbm 1 piece at 3,200kg / 5.1 x 5.1 x 3.1m / 80.631cbm 1 piece at 4,300kg / 4.9 x 4.9 x 3.4m / 81.634cbm 1 piece at 4,700kg / 5.6 x 5.6 x 3.7m / 116.032cbm 1 piece at 4,700kg / 5.6 x 5.6 x 3.9m / 122.304cbm

ABOUT PROJECT CARGO NETWORK Project Cargo Network is an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified organisation established in 2010 to provide heavy lift and project cargo specialists access to a trusted, worldwide network of agents who handle their specialist shipments, whilst working professionally and safely under a strict Code of Conduct. Today, PCN has an international presence that extends to over 240 specialist members in more than 110 countries. With collective Annual Revenues of USD $2.1 Billion, PCN is collectively now larger than many multinational companies.

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K

himji Ramdas Projects & Logistics Group have recently

The diverter damper has a three-way valve that discharges exhaust

delivered a diverter damper in Oman from the Port of

gas from a gas turbine to a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG)

Duqm to the West Haima Marmul site of Petroleum

and is to be used at the PDO site in the Marmul, West Haima facility

Development Oman (PDO).

in South Oman.

Khimji Ramdas received the OOG cargo under the hook, arranged

The haul was completed over a period of 4 days from the Port of

clearing customs, undertook shore handling with the port then carried

Duqm in Central Oman where the piece was discharged from the

it over a distance of 462km to the final destination. After a thorough

deck of the container vessel directly on to the trailer. The dimensions

route survey was done for the route (with the height of the cargo

of the diverter damper are 7.6 x 5.9 x 6.2m with a weight of 45tns.

being the main challenge), the haulage was executed in coordination with the Ministry of Transport and the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and involved the use of an 8-axle trailer with private and police escorts.

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KHIMJI RAMDAS MANAGES

HAULAGE OF DIVERTER DAMPER

IN OMAN

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INDUSTRY NEWS 5 NOVEMBER 201 019 9

FTA RESPONSE TO

BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL’S CLEAN AIR PROPOSALS I n response to the lack of clarity regarding Bristol City Council’s

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly

clean air proposals, Chris Yarsley, FTA’s Policy Manager for the

having an impact on more than seven million people

South West of England, comments:

employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces

As the voice of the UK logistics industry, FTA is calling for Bristol

driving change in the way goods move across borders and

City Council to clarify its proposals on the new hybrid Clean Air

through the supply chain, logistics has never been more

Zone in 2021. Local businesses deserve to be given consistent

important to UK plc.  A champion and challenger, FTA

and accurate information; the messages surrounding the plans

speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the

from the Council are confused and misleading. While the official

whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and

documentation states the diesel ban plan will only include diesel

air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services

cars, media reports have referred to it as a blanket diesel vehicle

such as retailers and manufacturers.

ban. A ban on all diesel vehicles would have a massive impact on local businesses; they must be given clear direction and adequate time to prepare. While FTA and its members fully support the Council’s aim to improve air quality, we expect clarity on matters of such importance as a bare minimum. The confusion leaves local businesses in the dark on how to proceed with business planning.

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 OCTOBER 201 019 9

AIMING FOR

CLEANER AIR IN GERMAN PORT CITIES I nstead of burning fossil fuels to generate shipboard electric

Shore-based power supply as an alternative to operating shipboard

power, in future vessels in port should be using renewable

diesels represents a tangible contribution towards cleaner air and

shore-based energy. The German government is now launching

protecting the climate. That applies to the port in Kiel and all other

appropriate measures to promote shore-generated power.

port cities on the North Sea and Baltic. The memorandum is an

Along with the premiers of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg and

initial, important step towards improving the commercial viability

representatives of the state governments of Mecklenburg-Western

of shore-based power. The paper includes the reduction of the EU

Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Bremen, that was confirmed today

levy to 20 percent favoured by Schleswig-Holstein. By mid-2020 we

by German economics minister Peter Altmaier. Meeting in Kiel,

should have initiated the essential legal steps. I am expecting rapid

they signed an agreement listing the conditions for use of shore-

implementation of what we have agreed.

generated power to provide cleaner air in German port cities.

Premier Daniel GĂźnther, Schleswig-Holstein

We aim to make German port cities cleaner. With these measures, we are making a significant contribution towards cleaner air and a reduction of CO2 and noise in port cities along the North Sea and Baltic coasts. We are also giving ports and shipowners planning certainty for expanding facilities and refitting ships. As an exporting country, Germany depends on sea transport. More and more people are also discovering the sea aboard cruise ships. So we attach great importance to the commercial viability and competitiveness of our ports and shipping. Minister Altmaier

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The memorandum is an important step in speeding up the

Among other things, the package of measures provides for rulings

practical use of shore-generated power in German ports. Sea trade

that make a start on reducing levies, as well as special network

routes are now the most economical and environment-friendly

charges, for cruise liners, ferries and containerships. Compared to

mode of transport for worldwide freight traffic. Extensive use of

inland shipping, seagoing ships have to reckon with distinctly higher

shore-generated power during lay times in port will make maritime

costs, since they consume considerably more electricity during

logistics in general more climate friendly,

longer port lay times. They can currently only secure a supply on

Dr. Peter Tschentscher,

the basis of extremely unfavourable consumer profiles. At the same

First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

time, a programme of subsidies totalling 140 million euros should be in place from 2020 to assist states and ports in expanding essential

Use of shore-based power derived from renewable energy

port infrastructure.

sources can substantially reduce emissions from ships during lay times in German seaports. However, since the costs are too

The proposed measures have been drafted by the ‘Shore Power’

high compared to those for power supply from the conventional

working party set up by Federal Economics Minister Altmaier along

sources, i.e. ship’s auxiliary diesels, there is currently barely any

with SH premier Daniel Günther during the former’s visit to Kiel in

demand for it from shipowners.

August 2018. This includes representatives of central and regional state governments and aims to present draft regulations to the Upper and Lower Houses of the German parliament – Bundesrat and Bundestag – at an early date. Hamburg, Kiel and Rostock seaports are already planning farreaching expansion. A shore power supply unit for ferry services entered service in Kiel in May. The measures announced should enable such units to be operated on a commercial basis.

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ALL-TIME HIGHEST INVESTMENT 11 OCTOBER 201 019 9

FOR POWYS TRANSPORT FIRM

A

transport firm in Welshpool, Powys, has ploughed

And it’s hoped the new vehicles will help Speed Welshpool to attract

£330,000 in the business to grow its fleet – the single

new drivers. George continues:

largest investment in the company’s 40-year history.

we are in the midst of a driver shortage and it’s really important

Speed Welshpool, which is a member of Palletways, the UK’s largest

to the business that we attract and retain the best staff. To do this

and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has invested

we need to offer market-leading equipment and infrastructure. We

in six new vehicles, including four DAF tractor units and two Ford

trialled a number of vehicles and listened carefully to the feedback

Transit vans. The new additions offer enhanced efficiency, reliability

from our drivers when choosing DAF tractor units. DAF is a

and safety features and meet the latest emission requirements.

respected, quality brand which offers a well-equipped, comfortable

It’s well-known that as a country

and modern working environment. This is by far our single largest investment. It’s the first time we’ve ever bought brand new vehicles, having always leased or rented in

It has been a big year for Speed Welshpool, having recently appointed

the past. However, such has been our growth and success over

an operations director on the back of celebrating its most successful

recent years that we’re in the fortunate position that we can buy our

12 months to date.

own vehicles. This is a huge achievement and a massive milestone for everyone at Speed Welshpool. George Edwards, Managing Director, Speed Welshpool

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Speed Welshpool is one of over 115 independent transport providers

ABOUT IMPERIAL LOGISTICS LIMITED

that are part of the Palletways UK network. They benefit from

Imperial Logistics is mainly an African and Eurozone logistics

shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver

provider of outsourced, integrated freight management,

consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost

contract logistics and distributorship - customised to ensure

effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group, famed for

the relevance and competitiveness of our clients.

its industry-leading IT developments and operational systems, comprises 450+ depots and 20 hub operations, through which it

The group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

provides collection and distribution services across 24 European

in South Africa and employs approximately 30 000 people

countries, including the UK.

in 38 countries. Each country and every market brings its own demands but our expansive experience and in-country partnerships see us well placed to navigate the intricacies

ABOUT PALLETWAYS

of infrastructure, policy, governance, language and culture.

Palletways is a subsidiary of Imperial Logistics International –

Ranked among the top 25 global logistics providers, Imperial

the international division of Imperial Logistics Limited.

Logistics has established capabilities in transportation, warehousing, distribution and synchronisation management

Founded in the UK in 1994, Palletways provides express

and expanding capabilities in international freight management.

delivery of palletised freight, and is Europe’s leading pallet

The group operates in specific industry verticals - automotive,

network with more depots and greater volumes than any

chemicals, consumer, healthcare and industrial.

other operator. Palletways handles over 45,000 pallets daily: the equivalent of one pallet every two seconds.

In South Africa we are proudly considered as a leading logistics provider across the entire supply chain - renown for

Since its launch, Palletways has developed a strategic

driving innovation and continuous improvement. Our work

network of more than 400 depots and 20 hubs, covering

in the demanding African continent has likewise earned us

24 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech

the reputation as a leading distributor of pharmaceuticals

Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,

and consumer goods in Southern, East and West Africa.

Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands,

Internationally, years of hard-earned experience now see

Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania,

us occupying leading positions in exacting industries such as

Spain, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

chemical and automotive.

Further information is available at

Further information is available at

www.palletways.com

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INDUSTRY NEWS 5 NOVEMBER 201 019 9

ANSELL & PROGLOVE JOIN FORCES TO DEVELOP

SMART & TECHNOLOGY -ENABLED SAFETY EQUIPMENT M unich, Germany/Brussels, Belgium, November 5, 2019.

Wearing an improper glove for work applications can expose workers

Ansell Limited, a global leader in safety solutions,

to unsafe conditions, which can lead to injury and prevents workers

announces a partnership with ProGlove, a leading

from effectively performing their job throughout the day. ProGlove’s

provider of industrial wearables, to develop hand protection

IIoT wearables are a natural extension of the workers’ tools, giving

solutions utilising technology to ensure the right personal protective

them a decisive edge by strengthening their role in the digitised industry

equipment (PPE) compliance in the workplace.

4.0. This creates immediate value for user organisations and leads to greater efficiency, flexibility and quality. This partnership will allow for

This co-operation highlights industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

the creation of innovative protection solutions, offering real-time data

innovation in scaling Ansell PPE and striving to create a safer work

collection capabilities for precise and immediate information enabling

environment. Ansell and ProGlove are poised for a breakthrough in

compliance safety recommendations.

enterprise safety management by combining smart PPE to address

Neil Salmon, President of Industrial Business, Ansell

long standing customer frustrations. This will provide millions of workers the digital assistance for choosing the right protective

This partnership is another example of how we apply a human centric

equipment while providing assurance for managers that tasks are

approach when it comes to advancing Industry 4.0 and the industrial

being properly executed using proper safety equipment.

Internet of Things. Connecting the worker to the IIOT is our primary concern, and this certainly includes workers safety. Through this partnership with Ansell we will be able to leverage our expertise and aim at providing the industry first cloudification of workers safety. Andreas Koenig, CEO, ProGlove

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We’re one of the UK’s leading independent shipping and logistics providers.

Trusted since 1833 by some of the world’s leading companies, we provide liner and port agency services, freight forwarding by sea, air and road, warehousing & distribution services and end to end supply chain management.

FREIGHT FORWARDING

WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION

LINER & PORT AGENCY

EXPERTS IN

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MEET THE TEAM ...A CHAT WITH THE PROJECTS TEAM AT CORY LOGISTICS

MARK COOKE HEAD OF KEY CLIENT DEVELOPMENT

What is your position now and what were your previous positions in the business? Today I am head of key client development, a varied role that caters to all parts of the business. I’ve had several roles both within Cory and the group's previous freight forwarding division Gibbons Freight, where I became commercial director and specifically responsible for development of our business in the Middle East. We built that business to more than 1000 TEU of groupage cargo. I also looked after our VIP accounts, some of which we still have today. I moved back into Cory in 2003, reaching the position of board director until 2018. I still thoroughly enjoy the business but have reduced my hours to spend time with my grandchildren.

How long have you been with Cory and when did you start?

What are you responsible for now and what actual working roles do you fulfil?

I started with Cory Brothers Birmingham in 1979. It was a

As head of key account development, I am involved in all

very difference place from our offices today. Type-written bills of

parts of the business, whether it’s maintaining our relationship

lading, telex messages, no fax machine and certainly no computers.

with VIP clients, securing and delivering large industrial projects,

I remember the first fax machine arriving that burned messages

marine logistics in conjunction with ports our port offices,

onto the paper with a moving type pin and also when we got a

gaining new liner principals or, most importantly, developing

stand-alone PC that connected to Netscout Navigator via a dial-up

inter-company activities.

line. Both machines were like something from the space age (well, in the eyes of a 17-year-old). It was a very busy office, us being liner agents for Neptune Orient Lines, Ceylon Shipping Corporation, East Africa National Lines and the East German national carrier DSR Lines, to name a few.

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• Technology has become a real focal point and today is much more advanced than it was even five years ago. Both the carriers and freight forwarders are investing heavily in improving the

What kind of goods do you handle and what is the strangest cargo you’ve handled? Project cargo in the main – that can involve an array of transport

customers' experience but at the same time reducing their

modes including specialist trailers, barges, coaster and heavy-lift

operating costs. With the introduction of block chain, logistics

vessels. However, in some cases we are even hiring specific cranes

will become far more transparent. Customers will benefit from

and building trackways to strengthen the ground-loading capacity.

being able to track their product for the whole journey and can

The most interesting job I’ve done was with Wynn’s, where we

verify all transactions during the flow of goods.

beached their barge and built a trackway from the beach to the road connecting it to the LNG storage facility. It was a complex job with

• Mergers and acquisitions are taking place more than ever as the shipping and logistics industry evolves.

months of planning, which included obtaining licences for use of a public beach. At the end of the move the authorities insisted we put each rock back to the original place from where we had moved it.

• Being more customer focused is becoming a very important factor for companies. Customers are not only looking for companies that can move their freight but that show real care in doing so. • The global market is becoming more complex and expertise in a certain specific country, mode of transport or product will need be an essential part of both our own and our competitors'

How do you spend your downtime? I am a keen gardener, I enjoy the gym, cycling, being out with my dog and socialising with family and friends.

What have you learned in your career that you would pass on as key advice to a younger you? There is no problem in falling down sometimes; things happen and not

businesses in order to survive. Cory is developing this strength

all people are the same, but problems occur when you refuse to get back

through its diverse business modal, investment in people, key

up. You need to get up stronger and better and put it behind you.

geographical locations and technology.

What do you most enjoy about your day-to-day role and what provides you with the most satisfaction? I still enjoy meeting people and learning about their business; quite often this leads to friendships and they are no longer simply a customer. Relationships in business are still most important despite all of today’s technology and how we communicate with each other. It is also a great feeling to be faced with the challenges of a complex project upon which, as a team, we deliver with excellent skills. It gains trust from the customer and brings the team close together, almost like a family. FORWARDER magazine

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MEET THE TEAM ...A CHAT WITH THE PROJECT CARGO TEAM AT CORY LOGISTICS JIM CONYER PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

One particularly memorable project that I managed was to transport the component parts from China and Malaysia for a new factory build in Ukraine. To ensure the success of the project involved months of very detailed planning and included a pre-shipment site visit to Ukraine to ensure it was possible to deliver the larger pieces to their required positions on the site. It was necessary to charter two heavy-lift-geared vessels to accommodate all the large pieces. The largest item measured 13.5 metres in diameter and 8 metres in height and weighed 126 tonnes. Special care had to be taken to ensure that the stresses of transporting the piece from the factory site in Malaysia onto a barge, lifting the piece off the barge at Port Kelang onto the vessel and the long sea voyage to Ukraine did not distort the outer casing, as this could cause irreparable damage to the balanced mechanism inside the casing.

I joined Cory Logistics Projects department based in Felixstowe in 2007 (after they acquired Fred Olsen Forwarding). What does Projects do? We create solutions for our customers. We provide shipping and transport services to move the smallest to some of the heaviest and biggest pieces, to most locations around the world. Using all modes and usually with a few headaches! My responsibilities include developing new and existing customers, procurement, project planning and execution, documentation, customs clearance, arranging barge, coaster and geared vessel charters. Crane and heavy haulage hire, freight bookings with container lines and RO/RO operators.

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To ensure the piece was transported safely, we provided the services of a naval architect from our parent company Braemar PLC to design a special steel transport frame to support the cargo whilst in transit, together with a lashing plan to secure the cargo safely below deck on the vessel. I am pleased to say that all cargo was delivered successfully and on time. There has been a down turn in projects over the last couple of years, but I am pleased to say that this year we have seen an increase in project enquiries. Part of our success in securing new business this year can be attributed to having the right, like-minded overseas partners. For me there are no two days the same; my day to day role is constantly changing to ensure our customer’s requirements are met and this gives me great satisfaction. The special service that I provide is simply to provide a bespoke service to ensure that our customs cargo is moved in the safest, most cost-effective way and within the time frame required. In Projects, I have found that the key to success is taking the initial time to fully understand the customer’s requirements, plan a course of action and, above all, keep the customer informed.

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SPACE-AGE FTA FUTURE LOGISTICS 2020 4 NOVEMBER 201 019 9

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED

2

1st century logistics businesses face the challenge of delivering

Peake, 47, was the first British astronaut to visit the International Space

in an ever-changing world, with the new technologies,

Station, where his work during Mission Principia inspired millions about

modes of transport, a shifting workforce and other forces

the possibilities which space could offer. A former test pilot, he is also

re-shaping the conventions which have dictated the shape of business

a STEM ambassador, schools’ speaker and best-selling author.

to now. And with such rapid changes occurring daily, FTA’s Future Logistics Conference, to be held at ITT Hub 2020 in Farnborough

His keynote speech will kick off two days of debate and discussions at the

on 13 and 14 May 2020, will provide the ideal opportunity to debate

FTA Future Logistics Conference which will be held as part of the ITT

the blue-sky issues facing the industry, led by the event’s keynote

Hub 2020. The four themes to be discussed at the event are Future Data,

speaker announced today (4 November 2019), Tim Peake CMG.

Future Business Opportunities, Future Vehicles and Future Communities, during 60 sessions with over 150 speakers. Located at the Farnborough

Logistics is at a crossroads of opportunity, with new technologies and other

International Conference and Exhibition Centre, the event will welcome

disruptive forces driving changes in the way goods move, both domestically

more than 6,000 industry professionals to experience the future of logistics

and across borders. Anything is possible, as our sector looks for new and

and passenger transport for themselves, with live vehicle demonstrations,

improved ways of delivering for its customers. We are thrilled to have secured

exhibition and experiences a key part of the event. For more information,

Tim’s services as keynote speaker at 2020’s Future Logistics Conference, to

and to register to attend, please visit: fta.co.uk/events/itt

share his experiences and challenge the way that logistics, public transport and technology operates, both now and in the future. It promises to be a

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on

stimulating and thought-provoking session. FTA’s Future Logistics Conference

more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving

brings together the broadest group of visionaries and innovators who are

of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving

driving the evolution of the logistics industry, for two days of debate and

change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply

discussion about the future direction of travel for the sector. It seems only

chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion

fitting that we set the tone for the event with a speaker whose experience

and challenger, FTA speaks to government with one voice on behalf of the

and thinking is from the epitome of future transport – space.

whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of UK Policy, FTA

well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

3PL & FREIGHT FORWARDING?

M

oving products between locations, whether you’re

In some cases, a freight forwarder will provide limited storage or

changing warehouses or sending orders to the customer,

warehousing specific to the movement of the goods. This isn’t long-

is always a complicated endeavour. It only gets more

term storage, but any small stopover or prep work needed to move

confusing when you need support and realise that a wide range of

your goods.

companies with different names claim to be the service that you’re looking for right now.

Often a freight forwarder will serve as a broker and intermediary between you and the transportation service companies that are used. They’re the

Two of the most common types of companies that arrive to help you

contact for anything that occurs along this journey. Your freight forwarder

get your products to customers are freight forwarders and third-

will typically have their own rates with carriers and shipping lines, helping

party logistics providers (3PLs). Each comes with different price

you save. They may also consult with your business on various aspects of

considerations, capabilities, and places where they integrate with

a shipment, such as insurance you may need or ways to improve safety.

your supply chain. Freight forwarders are leaders of the process when the goods Find the right help you need by learning the difference each has to offer.

are moving.

What’s a Freight Forwarder?

What Is a Third-Party Logistics Provider?

Freight forwarding is, at its core, a service that gets your goods from

In contrast, 3PLs are companies that provide logistics outsourcing

point A to point B. So, freight forwarders are the service providers

support. Typically, this covers warehouse activities such as storing

that accomplish this by arranging the entire process. Even if your

goods, picking, packing, and fulfilling orders. They’re handling your

products move across different modes, such as from ships to trucks

products before anything is shipped, often preparing them to get to

or trains, the freight forwarder will manage this for you.

the correct customer at the right time.

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Think of a 3PL as someone who handles the warehousing, fulfillment,

Third-party logistics providers typically offer many more services

and shipping support your business may need.

than a freight forwarder. The 3PL will safeguard and support products from storage and filling orders to being moved by carriers

The 3PL company is typically integrated into more aspects of your

and finally to the end-consumer, potentially doing the same thing

business because they receive orders from all of your sales channels

over again if the customer returns the product.

and then prepare goods to be shipped to your customers. Often, a 3PL will work directly with carriers to ship goods, relying on their

A 3PL is more intertwined with your business, playing a significant

high-volume warehouses to secure discounted rates.

role in customer service and satisfaction. A good 3PL will help you prepare your warehouse and products before an order is placed,

Sometimes, when an order is complex, or they’re experiencing

get you the best shipping rates and fill orders when someone buys

growth, a 3PL can use a freight forwarder to manage a shipment.

from you, and ensure the package with the right order arrives at

However, the inverse is rarely true because freight forwarders tend

the right person.

not to need any of the package-related services that a 3PL provides. Jake Rheude, Vice President of Marketing, Red Stag Fulfillment It’s good to think of your 3PL partner as a jack-of-all-trades for logistics needs. They’re typically experts in applying logistics solutions to business problems and address a wide range of needs. You’ll find help with order and inventory management, controlling labor costs, and even business strategy support to reduce returned merchandise. The Biggest Difference Is Service When people ask the difference between a freight forwarder and a 3PL company, they’re typically looking to find who can fill their needs. A freight forwarder is a specialist focused on moving goods between two locations. A 3PL is a specialist in managing your logistics needs, which often includes moving the same products.

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COURIERS

17 OCTOBER 2018

DPD OPENS THE UK'S FIRST

ALL-ELECTRIC PARCEL DEPOT IN CENTRAL LONDON T he nation's favourite parcel delivery company DPD has

DPD has initially bought 10 Nissan eNV200 all-electric vans capable

today opened the UK's first all-electric parcel depot in the

of making 120 stops a day, and DPD Westminster is running seven

heart of Westminster and announced plans for a further

of these currently. DPD has also deployed eight micro-vehicles

seven all-electric sites in the capital.

from Norwegian manufacturer Paxster at the Vandon Street site and has a further 23 on order. The Paxsters are delivering to the

The new 5,000 sq ft facility on Vandon Street will be known as

immediate area around the depot and are expected to operate 60

DPD Westminster and will have capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a

stops on one charge per day.

day utilising an all-electric fleet. DPD has invested over ÂŁ500,000 refurbishing the site including the introduction of a state-of-the-art

DPD Westminster is also home to the first DPD UK owned Pickup

electric charging system that will enable the deployment of electric

shop, with a dedicated access point for consumers collecting parcels

vehicles without major infrastructure upgrades.

from the site. The new shop will add to DPD's network of 2,500 Pickup sites across the UK, operated in partnership with brands such

Using all-electric vehicles in both the inward feed of parcels to DPD

as Sainsbury's, Matalan and Halfords.

Westminster, and the final delivery to customers, DPD will initially see a reduction of 45 tonnes of CO2 per annum. This will increase

DPD expects to invest in the region of ÂŁ3m on the DPD Westminster

as more all-electric vehicles and depots are introduced into the

depot over the next 10 years, while the site for its second all-

DPD's all-electric network.

electric London depot in Shoreditch has already been secured. DPD confirmed it is currently working on plans for a further six

DPD has deployed three new types of all-electric vehicles to operate the depot. Two all-electric Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter 7.5t vehicles will feed parcels into the depot each day, while the final mile deliveries will be completed by two different all-electric vehicles.

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at dpd.co.uk

DPD Westminster is aligned with the objectives of Transport for

London's toxic air contributes to thousands of early deaths each

London (TfL) who will be introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone

year and is putting the health of children at risk so it's good to see

in central London from April 2019. The initiative also supports DPD

businesses like DPD preparing for the Ultra Low Emission Zone

Group's strategic objective to become the most responsible city

(ULEZ) and helping protect Londoners' health by transforming their

centre delivery company in Europe.

delivery fleet. Across the city the Mayor has taken bold action to help cut toxic vehicle emissions which are responsible for over 50

This is a hugely significant announcement for us with Westminster

per cent of air pollution. With six months to go until the introduction

set to be the first of a series of all-electric DPD depots. Reducing

of ULEZ in central London, people are more aware than ever of the

and neutralising our carbon footprint; providing smarter and more

harmful pollution older vehicles, especially heavy goods and delivery

efficient urban delivery solutions and driving innovation are at the

vehicles, can emit. The Mayor's ambition is for all new cars and vans

heart of DPD's DrivingChange programme. We want to be the

to be zero-emission from 2030 and I hope this is the first of many

leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, with the ultimate aim

all-electric delivery depots in London.

being to move to a zero emission fleet. Westminster is clearly the

Shirley Rodrigues,

first step towards that goal and will be instrumental in developing

London's Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy

our future EV proposition and strategy. DPD Westminster is an outstanding location and the vehicles are fantastic. We looked at a wide range of options before making our decision and we've In terms of reliability and performance they have been excellent.

ABOUT DPD

There are still significant external issues to be overcome in terms

The UK's favourite parcel delivery company: DPD has been

of the infrastructure to support an all-electric fleet on the scale we

voted top in MoneySavingExpert's consumer satisfaction poll

need, across the whole of central London. But I'm delighted with

for parcel delivery companies five years running.

been testing these three models extensively in recent months.

our proposition here and we will continue to work with the key stakeholders to realise our aims and support the Mayor of London

In April 2015, DPD was awarded the Queen's Award for

and TfL's ambition for a cleaner and less congested capital.

Enterprise 2015 in the Innovation category, for its unique

Dwain McDonald, CEO, DPD

one-hour delivery service, Predict. DPD is a member of DPD group, one of Europe's leading parcels groups, wholly owned by France's La Poste, the second largest postal group in Europe. The company operates more than 8,000 vehicles from 65 locations and delivers over 230 million parcels a year.

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THE MIDLANDS

17 OCTOBER 2018

GENESEE & WYOMING (G&W) OPENS

NEW OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM T ransportation services company Genesee & Wyoming

We are delighted to celebrate the latest milestone of our

Inc. (G&W) officially opened its new Birmingham office

investment plan for G&W’s UK businesses, and it is a pleasure to

on 4 June. The opening ceremony was held in the new

share the moment with our customers, suppliers, colleagues and

office space on the sixth floor of the Lewis Building in Birmingham’s

other guests. This significant investment in Birmingham and the West

thriving Colmore business district and was attended by over 100

Midlands is integral to the on-going transformation of G&W’s UK

guests including local businesses and suppliers who had supported

organisation. Improved employee facilities, better technologies and

the new office development, customers and local dignitaries.

the immensely skilled workforce of the West Midlands will improve processes and efficiency and remove administrative burdens for our

Following G&W’s 2015 and 2016 acquisitions of UK rail/road/terminal

customers, suppliers and business partners. This facility is just the

operators Freightliner and Pentalver, the Birmingham office houses

start of an exciting investment programme that will bring even better

G&W’s new UK Shared Service Centre, which includes the UK

service to our customers, further improve operational performance

finance and procurement teams as well as a range of staff involved

and integrate leading edge technologies into our business.

in on-going technology developments.

Charles Noble, CFO for G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies

The new office location also has a dedicated fully equipped training/

Genesee & Wyoming is one of the world’s major players in freight

conference suite that allows for further investment in G&W staff

transportation. Choosing the West Midlands as the location for its

development across the UK. The office also serves as a central hub

UK Shared Service Centre is testament to our region’s reputation

for regional colleagues, with a large area of the workspace reserved

as the country’s centre for transport innovation. The West Midlands

for ‘hot-desking’ and a range of conference facilities for meeting with

is home to one of the fastest growing shared service clusters in

customers, suppliers and other stakeholders from across the rail,

Europe, and I am delighted that Genesee & Wyoming has recognised

road transport and freight terminal industries.

that. The company has an exciting vision for the region and adds yet another incredibly strong, market-leading brand to the portfolio of businesses making their mark here. Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor

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WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at freightliner.co.uk

ABOUT G&W G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads organized in eight

• G&W’s UK/Europe Region includes the UK’s largest rail

locally managed operating regions with 8,000 employees serving

maritime intermodal operator and second-largest freight

3,000 customers.

rail provider, as well as regional rail services in Continental Europe.

• G&W’s six North American regions serve 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 114 short line and

G&W subsidiaries and joint ventures also provide rail service at

regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.

more than 40 major ports, rail-ferry service between the U.S. Southeast and Mexico, transload services, contract coal loading,

• G&W’s Australia Region serves New South Wales, the

and industrial railcar switching and repair.

Northern Territory and South Australia and operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola-to-Darwin rail line. The Australia Region is 51.1% owned by G&W and 48.9% owned by a consortium of funds and clients managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.

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MEDITERRANEAN

KERRY LOGISTICS APPOINTS MARC PORTA FEBRUARY 2019

AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF KERRY LOGISTICS (SPAIN & PORTUGAL)

K

erry Logistics Network Limited (‘Kerry Logistics’; Stock

At five strategic locations in Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia,

Code 0636.HK) has announced the appointment of Marc

and Porto, Kerry Logistics’ key verticals are the strong Fashion &

Porta as Managing Director for its entities in Spain and

Lifestyle (F&L) sector, but also Electronics & Technology, and Fast

Portugal. Based in Barcelona, Porta will be responsible for driving

Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Spain is home to some of the

the business development strategy in the two countries, focusing on

top fashion brands in the world, making it an important market for

integrated and end-to-end supply chain solutions.

Kerry Logistics. The service portfolio encompasses a full suite of international freight forwarding solutions and a range of value-added

With 25 years of experience in the transport and logistics industry,

services, offering integrated supply chain solutions from start to

Porta held top management positions at well-known logistics service

finish. For customers of various industries, Kerry Logistics further

providers in the past years. Before joining Kerry Logistics, he most

provides industrial project logistics expertise and comprehensive

recently held the position of Managing Director at Transcoma Global

e-commerce solutions.

Logistics Worldwide. Marc Porta said,

I look forward to working with such experienced

Mathieu Biron, Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding of

teams, leveraged by a strong global network. We will strive to create

Kerry Logistics, commented,

We are pleased that Marc Porta

additional benefits for our customers by providing them with a wider

joins us as Managing Director in our third largest European country

product portfolio. Focussing on outstanding customer service,

organisation. He is an experienced logistics professional and it is

the reputation of Kerry Logistics in Spain and Portugal is already

fundamental to our business strategy that we have such a forward-

excellent, and we will continuously improve it.

thinking leader for our proven teams in Spain and Portugal to continuously grow our international freight forwarding business and further enhance the service portfolio for our customers.

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C

argolux Italia, a subsidiary of the Cargolux Airlines, is

As Fabrizio Cortese, Chief Executive Officer Cargolux Italia

pleased to announce the launch of a brand new routing

highlights:

between Milan-Malpensa in Italy, and Incheon in South

Cargolux Italia service provision. The Korean destination was the

Korea, where the country’s primary international airport is located.

last missing piece to complete our network with the top 5 Italian

We are delighted to have added Incheon to the

export destinations. We are confident that this addition will be

The new frequency, which debuted on July 16th, 2019, includes two

highly beneficial to our customer-base and we look forward to

weekly connections between Milan and Incheon departing the Italian

developing strong partnerships in Korea.

city on Tuesday and Sunday. The service, routed Malpensa-IncheonZhengzhou-Malpensa, will offer customers broader service offerings carried on this route include fashion items, machineries, luxury cars,

ABOUT CARGOLUX AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL

pharmaceuticals, and perishable. Seoul is the 4th export destination

Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, is Europe’s leading all-cargo

out of Italy, behind New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong and ahead

airline with a modern and efficient fleet composed of 14

of Tokyo which ranks 5th. Although Cargolux Italia does not serve

Boeing 747-8 freighters and 16 Boeing 747-400 freighters. The

Shanghai and Tokyo directly, they are linked via road feeder services

Cargolux worldwide network covers over 75 destinations

from Zhengzhou and Osaka respectively. This direct connection

on scheduled all-cargo flights. The company has more than

provides an unmatched opportunity to link Italy’s vibrant industrial

85 offices in over 50 countries, and operates an extensive

heart with Korea’s commercial gateway, home to the Incheon Free

global trucking network to more than 250 destinations as

Economic Zone.

well as full and part-charter services. Cargolux also offers

in the Far Eastern market. The main commodities that will be

third-party maintenance at its modern two-bay maintenance Cargolux Italia, based in Milan-Malpensa, Italy has been present on

hangar in Luxembourg. The company is specialized in B747

the Italian market for a decade and has grown to be the number

line and hangar maintenance up to and including C-Checks. It

one all-cargo carrier in the country and the largest cargo operator

offers a range of specialized maintenance services and holds

at Milan airport. The company operates a fleet of 4 Boeing 747

line maintenance approval for 777 aircraft. The Cargolux

purpose-built freighters and operates to 11 destinations worldwide,

Group employs over 2,000 staff worldwide.

including transpacific routes. JULY 201 019 9

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WELCOME TO FREIGHTABASE

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reightabase is an online digital platform for sourcing specialist

At Freightabase we understand that consumers’ needs are changing,

carriers to or from any part of the globe. You can source

and with constant time constraints freight buyers need to make

all carrier types, ranging from airlines, shipping lines, freight

educated decisions quickly. The idea of a shipping manager being able

forwarders and parcel carriers.

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QUICK QUOTE

The ‘Quick Quote’ is designed to assist busy cargo owners who may not have the time to do an advanced search. Simply complete a very simple form and our customer services team will do the rest for you. The service is available on desktop and mobile and the app is being released soon.

DIRECTORY

The ‘Directory’ is recommended if you are looking for a carrier by name or in a specific location. You can also select carriers by key words, e.g. ‘perishables’ or ‘project cargo’. The Directory also lists service suppliers to the industry, e.g. marine insurance or mergers & aquisitions.

LOADING LIST

The ‘Loading List’ is a more advanced search where users can find carriers that specialise in a specific trade lane or shipping route. You can select mode of transport, collection and delivery point. This will then produce a list of specialist carriers to consider for your shipment.

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C

ourier services, road haulage and the last mile all rely

During 2015, Vision Express collaborated with the police force

heavily on drivers to deliver parcels and goods to its

for its 'Eye Tests Save Lives' banner. The award-winning poster

destination, whether it’s to the door or depot. Yet,

was heavily advertised and the campaign is still around today. The

recent research has uncovered a shocking reality about drivers

promotion was created after the government statistics revealed

that could be putting road users’ health and safety at risk.

that around 3,000 road casualties are caused each year due to poor driver vision. According to Vision Express, over 1.5 million

Motorists are constantly faced with reminders on how to travel

license holders have never had an eye test, and 19% of drivers put

safely. What with dangerous road conditions, such as heavy rain,

off visiting an optician when they notice problems or worsening

fog or ice, a simple journey could put the person behind the

effects to their vision. The aim of “Eye Tests Save Lives” is to

wheel at great risk. We’re told to de-frost our vehicles properly

increase awareness that neglecting eyesight can be the cause of

before we start any trip, to keep a reasonable distance from the

road accidents, and the optician company still promotes this tag

car in front, and to take routes that are most likely to be clear

line, particularly raising awareness during Road Safety Week (this

of any danger or increased hazards (e.g. flooding). Yet, does

year’s is Monday 18-Sunday 24 November 2019).

anyone talk about eyesight? Not enough, apparently. According to findings from comprehensive eye tests, around one in five

There is no question that road casualty figures with vision

people haven’t had a vision check-up since they were asked to

identified as a causal factor are hugely underreported. We

name the number plate 20 metres away during their driving test.

believe the annual 3,000 figure is the tip of the iceberg, and sadly

That’s 7.6 million UK licence holders!

the issue of sight is only raised when there is yet another fatality, like in the case of Cassie McCord or Poppy-Arabella Clark.

Soon after these findings, opticians Vision Express, carried out

Jay Ghadiali, Vision Express Director

a study to challenge the 20m number plate test that is required before a DVLA-approved driving test. The test consisted of asking

So, how does this affect the logistics sector? Well, how can it

participants to read a number plate at the standard 20m, and then

not? The supply chain would suffer greatly without road haulage

giving comprehensive eye tests using its high-tech ‘Vision Van’

and delivery drivers for courier. This worrying statistic could

that toured around the UK. The experiment showed interesting

be affecting thousands of drivers that spend long hours behind

results: 1% of the public failed to read the 20m vehicle registration

the wheel every day. With courier drivers’ routes involving

plate, 65% of participants were wearing an incorrect prescription

not only major roads but also small lanes, country roads

(which was verified by the opticians), and 52% of motorists

and narrow cul-de-sacs, other vehicles, pedestrians, pillars

admitted that they do not always wear the correct glasses or

and posts, fences and animals are all obstacles and potential

contact lenses when driving. Should your vision fail to be correct

dangers. Should drivers’ eyesight be impaired, this could result

or to wear up-to-date prescription lenses (whether it be contact

in collisions and even casualties.

lenses or glasses), drivers could be breaking the law, and could face serious consequences if they put lives at risk, including their own.

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The good news is that most opticians offer free eye tests:

and pallets may have been delivered to its destination safely, but

Specsavers often advertise vouchers for free check-ups

was it delivered in a safe manner? Check your eye heatlth today

throughout local newspapers, and Boots’ Advantage Card

or visit visionexpress.com/road-safety-week-2019/

rewards. Should you, a friend or colleague drives for long hours or could potentially at risk, FORWARDER magazine urges the

Rachel Jefferies,

word to be spread about this life-threatening danger. Our parcels

contributing writer, FORWARDER magazine

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ASK THE EXPERTS

COURIERS

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at the border when trading

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with the EU

(IDP) to drive in some EU and EEA countries if we leave the EU

he UK will be leaving the EU. This will bring important changes to doing business. Here are five things parcel delivery and logistics companies can do now to get ready.

Prepare for new customs procedures

Driving in the EU

You will still need to carry your UK driving licence with you when you drive in the EU. You will also need an international driving permit without a deal. You will still need a Driver Certificate of Professional

To continue importing from and exporting to the EU after Brexit there are

Competence (CPC) qualification to drive a lorry professionally in the

changes you need to make now. Make sure you have an Economic Operators

UK and other EU and EEA countries. If you work for an EU operator,

Registration and Identification (EORI) number that starts with GB, it’s quick,

you should swap your UK CPC for an EU CPC. Additionally, you will

easy and free to do on gov.uk/brexit. For businesses that import there’s

need to carry a motor insurance green card when driving in the EU

also the option of applying to make this easier with transitional simplified

and EEA if we leave without a deal. For more information visit gov.

procedures (TSP). This streamlines the process and is ideal for those new to

uk/brexit and search ‘lorry drivers after Brexit’.

customs procedures. Find step-by-step guides to importing and exporting, as well as more information at gov.uk/brexit-traders.

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Check if your customers can give you the right documents for trade with the EU

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Act now to continue legally receiving personal data from the EU/EEA after Brexit

Check how you can legally continue to receive personal data such as names, addresses or payroll details from organisations in the EU

You may not be able to transport goods through the EU if your

or EEA after Brexit. You may need to update your contracts or take

customers do not give you the right documents. For guidance and a

other steps. An example of a personal data transfer from an EU/EEA

checklist on what documents you may need visit gov.uk/brexit and

partner is a UK company that receives customer information from

search ‘international road haulage checklist’.

an EU/EEA company, such as names and addresses of customers,

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suppliers or partners to provide goods or services. Find additional Signpost

information at gov.uk/brexit-personal-data or visit the Information

the

Commissioner's Office (ICO) guidance at ico.org.uk and search for

EU Settlement Scheme

‘data protection and Brexit’.

Employers can help their EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy,

Swiss staff get the information they need to apply for status under

HM Government

the EU Settlement Scheme. This will enable them to secure their rights in the UK. Applicants have until at least 31 December 2020 to make an application. Visit gov.uk/brexit and search ‘EU Settlement Scheme Employer Toolkit’ for more information.

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THE MIDLANDS

W

hile the quality of the air in our towns and cities

Coventry

is improving, and has been doing so consistently

Having also been mandated by government to improve air quality,

since the 1970s, there is still much work to be

Coventry City Council proposed a set of initiatives designed to

done until it reaches the target levels set by government. That

meet the required air quality standards, but without needing

is why several towns and cities across the UK, including London,

to introduce a charging CAZ. These have since been rejected

Leeds and Oxford have been mandated by government to

by government, which has deemed the plans to be insufficient

implement air quality schemes, including Clean Air Zone (CAZs)

to achieve the required standard in an appropriate timeframe.

and Low Emission Zones (LEZ), to reduce pollution and speed up

Instead, the Council is now required to impose a Band D CAZ

the improvement in air quality nationwide. In the West Midlands,

– similar to Birmingham – which would see buses, coaches, taxis,

two cities have been directed to introduce CAZs: Birmingham

PHVs, HGVs, vans and cars charged upon entering the zone.

and Coventry. In this article, Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for

The local authority, which continues to stress that it does not

the Midlands at FTA, the business organisation which speaks for

require a CAZ, must now work to develop its scheme, with

the UK logistics sector, provides an overview of the proposed

FTA continuing to advise on how best to minimise its impact on

schemes in the region and explains the alternatives which, in the

logistics businesses.

view of FTA, would have a longer lasting impact. A disappointing decision Birmingham

The government’s ruling – to force Coventry Council to

Research shows that in 2018, Birmingham was in the top five

implement a CAZ – is disappointing, in the view of FTA. CAZs

most congested cities in the UK. As such, it was one of the

are not the most effective way of improving air quality in the

first areas mandated by the government to reduce its nitrogen

long-term. Since becoming mandatory, Euro 6 vehicles are being

dioxide emissions by adopting a CAZ. The scheme, scheduled

introduced into fleets as part of the natural replacement cycle.

to begin in 2020, will see certain vehicles that do not meet

In the view of FTA, CAZs only speed up the change that is

emission standards – Euro 6 for diesel and gas, Euro 4 for petrol

already happening and do not provide continual benefits to air

– charged for entering a pre-determined zone. All cars, taxis and

quality. In addition, CAZs will greatly affect small businesses

LGVs that do not meet these criteria will face a daily fee of £8,

which lack the funding and resources to replace their vehicle

whereas HGVs, coaches and buses face a more costly £50 per

fleets immediately and cannot always purchase the appropriate

day. Although this is a daily charge which would allow drivers

vehicles on the second-hand market.

to limitless daily access to the CAZ area – roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, but not the Middleway itself – the initiative would still prove costly as charges apply 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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In the view of FTA, a more effective alternative would be for

Overall, in the view of FTA, it is encouraging that government is

national and local authorities to incentivise the uptake of electric

taking steps to address air quality issues. However, it would be

commercial vehicles, in addition to reviewing infrastructure

more beneficial to advise local authorities on how this could be

nationwide to ensure enough facilities are in place, such as

achieved as part of a long-term strategy, as opposed to the CAZ

regular on-street charging points. FTA applauds the councils

schemes that will inevitably have negative impacts on logistics

which are already choosing to look at longer term strategies to

companies within the proposed zones and surrounding areas.

tackle the issue of pollution, rather than rushing to adopt a CAZ or similar charging scheme.

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in

Retiming freight activity would also prove key in improving air

the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new

quality. Research from a leading truck manufacturer found that

technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the

stopping three times per mile, and getting back up to speeds of

way goods move across borders and through the supply chain,

30pmh each time, triples emissions compared to maintaining a

logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion

constant speed of 30pmh. As a result, FTA champions the retiming

and challenger, FTA speaks to government with one voice on

of deliveries, from the morning and evening peak times to less

behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail,

congested times during the day, or night. While FTA understands

sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services

there are complications surrounding overnight noise limitations, it

such as retailers and manufacturers.

continues to work with the Noise Abatement Society to promote the use of quiet technology and working practices.

Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for the Midlands, FTA

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O

ver the last couple of years, plans to build the West

Facts about rail freight

Midlands Interchange could create more opportunities

(taken from westmidlandsinterchange.co.uk)

for goods transportation and freight hub in the region.

Tonne for tonne, trail transport of goods creates:

The Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) was announced in April

• 70% less CO2

2016, and has since engaged and consulted with its local residents,

• Up to 15x less nitrogen oxide

business and the wider community.

• Almost 90% lower emissions than by road

As markets and e-commerce seem to only be increasing, the

The aim of the West Midlands Interchange is not only to create

transportation of goods and warehouses are in demand more than

trade and import routes, but to ease congestion by reducing the

ever. In order to support the region’s already busy manufacturing and

need for HGVs travelling by road. With increased access to more

exporting levels, this proposal of the West Midlands Interchange has

places within the region, a wider range and weight of goods can be

been created to provide faster, more reliable and direct transport

delivered without costing the economy more. The transport that

links. Rail freight is the quickest and most reliable modes of freight

does require HGVs will then be able to travel at much more ease.

on land. With the combination of the new Interchange plus increased efforts to make rail transport more sustainable, rail freight could be

The Planning Inspectorate reportedly accepted the application for

accelerating faster than ever before.

examination on 24 August 2018, and the examination of the scheme was on 27 August 2019. According to the West Midlands Interchange,

An SRFI is something this part of the West Midlands

the Planning Inspectorate has three months (from 27 August 2019) to

has needed for a long time

approve the plans to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State

westmidlandsinterchange.co.uk

then has a further three months to make a final decision.

The West Midlands Interchange proposal is to be built on the land

Rachel Jefferies, contributing writer, FORWARDER magazine

west of Junction 12 of the M6, situated in South Staffordshire, and will be directly linked to the West Coast Main Line. The West Coast Main Line is one of the UK’s primary routes for rail freight, so will generate transport opportunities for the West Midlands, the Black Country, Staffordshire, Birmingham, the Northern M6 corridor and even parts of Warwickshire. According to the West Midlands Interchange proposal information, once completed, it will equate to 743,200 square metres (sq m) of ‘brand new rail-served and raillinked warehousing, allowing the region’s important logistics industry to grow’. Furthermore, it will create 8,550 direct jobs across the entire infrastructure, supporting communities in South Staffordshire, the Black Country, the West Midlands and other nearby areas.

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MEDITERRANEAN

S

ources have revealed that Mediterranean Shipping

while the fleet of new very large container ships [vessels that move

Co. is scheduled to buy five giant container ships for

more than 10,000 boxes] has grown 12%. With a weak European

$762 million from South Korean company Daewoo

economic backdrop, combined with a very large container ship fleet

Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Impressively described as

expansion programme, freight rate deflation has become difficult

the world’s No.2 container shipping line, MSC does not seem

to avoid.

to be slowing down any time soon.

to be holding MSC back from investing in its business.

The ships on order will be able to transport 23,000 containers

Container ships such as the ones recently purchased by

each, which will be used to import commodities along the world’s

Mediterranean Shipping Co. are used to transport the vast

busiest ocean trade route – the Mediterranean. It is thought

majority of goods across the globe. This includes products

that the ships will most likely be deployed in the Asia–Europe

such as cars, furniture, home appliances, food, clothing and

trade lane. One of the primary trade routes used frequently

electronics. According to carriers, giant box ships similar to the

by UK and European cargo is through the Mediterranean,

MSC’s latest addition are 400 metres long (1,312 feet), which is

passing through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea and Arabian Sea.

nearly equivalent to the height of the Empire State Building! This

This route gives access eastwards to major regions such as the

means that when the ship is at full capacity, the fuel consumption

north-east of Africa, India, UAE, China and and then on to Australia.

per container is a quarter of what a smaller vessel would use.

Freight rates from Asia to Europe averaged at about $581 in

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is an international

mid-October this year, which was the lowest it has been in three

shipping line. The shipping is active in all major ports of the

years. Due to the differences between the US, China and Europe,

world, and it is the world's second-largest shipping line with

international trade has seen a slowing of economic growth, which

regard to container vessel capacity.

Yet whilst the rates are in a trough, this doesn’t seem

has subsequently affected imports and exports. Jonathan Roach, Braemar ACM Shipbroking analyst, explained:

Container volumes

from Asia to Europe rose 4.6% on year from January to August Source: WSJ.com

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urkey is a large, rapidly developing country. Turkey’s ongoing negotiations to join the European Union (EU) and its existing Customs Union with the EU offer significant

opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of sectors. Strengths of the Turkish market • Becoming the world’s 16th largest economy and Europe’s sixth • A forecast to be in the world’s top 10 economies by 2023 • Strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth with an average of 5% between 2002 and 2012 • Having the youngest and fastest growing population in Europe (700,000 graduates per year) • Istanbul and Ankara being among the biggest cities in the world in terms of GDP

Challenges doing business in Turkey

• A forecast to be the second fastest growing country in the world by 2018 according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

experience the same obstacles they may face in other high growth

• Investments of more than TL 112 billion (USD 60 billion) in the transport, maritime and communications sectors in the last 9 years

• Regulatory issues

• Access to markets valued at USD 25 trillion GDP and 1.5 billion customers in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa within 4 hours flight

Because of the Customs Union with the EU, UK companies don’t markets. However, there are certain unique challenges when doing business in or with Turkey. These include:

• Bureaucracy • Sudden changes to legislation and regulations without warning and consultation • A need to demonstrate a commitment to the market, either by having a visible presence in the country or building and maintaining strong relationships

EXPORT TO TURKEY

• Necessity of regular market visits to fulfil Turkish requirements

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UK & TURKEY TRADE

TAX AND CUSTOMS

The Strategic Partnership signed by the UK and Turkish

Tax

Prime Ministers in July 2010 cements the UK’s commitment

Turkey has one of the most competitive corporate tax

to deepening the bilateral relationship. This partnership

rates in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

includes aiming to double bilateral trade by 2015 from a

Development (OECD) region.

starting point of £6 billion. By the end of 2014 bilateral trade had risen by 68.8% since 2009. Turkey is the UK’s 10th largest European export market.

Income tax • The basic corporate income tax rate levied on business profits is 20% in Turkey.

Top UK exports to Turkey

• The personal income tax rate, depending on income, varies from 15% to 35%.

• Machinery

Taxes on expenditure

• Mechanical Appliances

The generally applied Value Added Tax (VAT) rate varies

• Pharmaceuticals

between 1%, 8%, and 18%.

• Vehicles • Iron And Steel • Plastics

LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS In Turkey, there are a number of regulatory institutions that specialise in different areas. The most important are the:

Four main product groups are subject to Special Consumption Tax (SCT) at different tax rates: • Petroleum products, natural gas, lubricating oil, solvents, and derivatives of solvents • Automobiles and other vehicles, motorcycles, planes, helicopters, yachts • Tobacco and tobacco products, alcoholic beverages • Luxury products

• Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)

Banking and insurance company transactions are subject to

• Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA)

a Banking and Insurance Transaction Tax. This tax applies to

• Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB) • Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) • Tobacco, Tobacco Products, and Alcoholic Beverages Market Regulation Board (TAMRB) • Privatization Administration and Privatization High Council

income earned by banks, for example on loan interest. The general rate is 5%. Stamp duty applies to a wide range of documents including contracts, agreements, notes payable, capital contributions, letters of credit, letters of guarantee, financial statements, and payrolls. Stamp duty is levied as a percentage of the value of the document at rates ranging from 0.189% to 0.948%

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS If you’re visiting Turkey as a tourist or on business, you must get an e-visa online before you travel. Since 10 April 2014 one must obtain an e-visa as you won’t

Customs The Turkish Customs and Commerce Ministry regulates all goods imported into the country. The EU and Turkey are linked by a Customs Union agreement, which came into force on 31 December 1995.

be able to get a visa on arrival.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/exporting-to-turkey/ doing-business-in-turkey-turkey-trade-and-export-guide

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K

iva’s robots and inventory management system were disruptive technologies in 2011-12 and it was on its peak when Amazon acquired the firm for $775m.

Amazon rebranded it as Amazon Robotics and strategically withdrew Kiva robots from general sales to maintain and develop its advantage. That is why Amazon is ahead of 10-15 months as compared to any of its competitor in the Retail sector as far as warehouse efficiency and effectiveness is concerned. At present, Amazon has deployed more than 150,000 mobile robots to handle its daily operations. If we consider the average price of a mobile robot at $20K then it

Goods to Person Robotics (AGV/AMR) – Future of Warehouse Automation Market worth $27B by 2025 Kiva’s robots and inventory management system were disruptive technologies in 2011-12 and it was on its peak when Amazon acquired the firm for $775m. Amazon rebranded it as Amazon Robotics and strategically withdrew Kiva robots from general sales to maintain and develop its advantage. That is why Amazon is ahead of 10-15 months as compared to any of its competitor in the Retail sector as far as warehouse efficiency and effectiveness is concerned. At present, Amazon has deployed more than 150,000 mobile robots to handle its daily operations. If we consider the average price of a mobile robot at $20K then it automatically let us know the importance and significance of this $775m invest from Amazon.

LogisticsIQ™ latest market research study Warehouse

At the same time, it created an opportunity for other players in the market to innovate a similar but new product for other warehouse as well. Companies like 6 Rivers Systems,Conveyors, Fetch Robotics, Automation Market Byend-users Technology (AGV/AMR, AS/RS, Lucas Robotics, Magazino, MiR, IAm Robotics, InVia Robotics, etc. launched their own AMR (Autonomous Robots) including pick assistance facility with the help of LiDAR Cobots. On Sortation,Mobile Order Picking, Automatic Identification and DataandCapture, the other hand, players like Geek+, Grey Orange, Quicktron (Flashhold), HikVision, Swisslog, Balyo, Scallog, etc. had a&similar product like Kiva Robotics to accelerate the market. Palletizing Depalletizing, Overhead Systems, MRO Services and Apart this, we have also seen some new technology innovations like Automated Storage and Retrieval WMS/WES/WCS), By Industry (E-commerce, General Merchandise, System (ASRS), Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs – working with other navigation methods like Optical Tapes, Sensors) and Picking Systems (Pick by Voice, Pick by Vision, Pick by Light) to make the Grocery, Apparel, Food & Beverage, Pharma, 3PL), By Functions warehouse more effective so that customer expectation to deliver the product within 12/24 hours can be met. (Inbound, Picking, Outbound), By Geography – Global Forecast to LogisticsIQ™ latest market research study “Warehouse Automation Market By Technology (AGV/AMR, 2025, estimates that the global Warehouse Market& AS/RS, Conveyors, Sortation, Order Picking, Automatic Identification Automation and Data Capture, Palletizing Depalletizing, Overhead Systems, MRO Services and WMS/WES/WCS), By Industry (E-commerce, will grow moreGrocery, than Apparel, 2x from BillionPharma, in 2018 billion by General Merchandise, Food$13 & Beverage, 3PL),to By $27 Functions (Inbound, Picking, Outbound), By Geography – Global Forecast to 2025“, estimates that the global Warehouse 2025, at a CAGR of 11.7% between 2019 and 2025. Automation Market will grow more than 2x from $13 Billion in 2018 to $27 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 11.7% between 2019 and 2025.

automatically let us know the importance and significance of

At the same time, it created an opportunity for other players in the market to innovate a similar but new product for other warehouse end-users as well. Companies like 6 Rivers Systems,

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InVia Robotics, etc. launched their own AMR (Autonomous

As per LogisticsIQ™ market study, AGV/AMR market is expected to cross $4B mark by 2025 and AMR expected to cross byor2025 AMR (without any external support of$4B opticalmark tape, sensor vision) isand going to be main(without contributor in any retail warehouses due to high demand in e-commerce sector and its flexibility to deploy the robot without

Mobile Robots) including pick assistance facility with the help

As per LogisticsIQ™ market study, AGV/AMR market is external support of optical tape, sensor or vision) is going

of LiDAR and Cobots. On the other hand, players like Geek+,

to be main contributor in retail warehouses due to high

Grey Orange, Quicktron (Flashhold), HikVision, Swisslog,

demand in e-commerce sector and its flexibility to deploy the

Balyo, Scallog, etc. had a similar product like Kiva Robotics to

robot without any major change in the existing warehouse

accelerate the market.

infrastructure. However, it is a bit slow in terms of pick rate per hour as compared to ASRS but is preferred in small and

Apart from this, we have also seen some new technology

medium warehouses due to lower cost and quick deployment.

innovations like Automated Storage and Retrieval System

LogisticsIQ™ market study estimates that AGVs/AMRs are

(ASRS), Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs – working with other

going to have more than 15% market share in overall warehouse

navigation methods like Optical Tapes, Sensors) and Picking

automation led by players like Dematic, SSI-Schaefer, Geek+,

Systems (Pick by Voice, Pick by Vision, Pick by Light) to make

GreyOrange and HikVision. There are many leading players in

the warehouse more effective so that customer expectation to

warehouse automation across different functions like Material

deliver the product within 12/24 hours can be met.

Handling, AMRs, Sensors & Control, AIDC and WMS.

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GOODS-TO-PERSON ROBOTICS (AGV/AMR)

FUTURE OF WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION MARKET WORTH $27B BY 2025 The eMarketer estimates that the global retail market will reach

Considering the challenges of the current market scenario

$25.038 trillion in 2019, an increase of 4.5% and slight acceleration

including high customer expectations, players don’t have any

in growth from last year. At the same time, it represents a marked

other option left than deploying these disrupting technologies in

decline from the five years preceding that, when global retail

their warehouses and fulfillment centres to be part of this race.

sales grew between 5.7% and 7.5% each year. This consumer

In the last 2-3 years, more than 30 young companies have been

spending slowdown over the past two years reflects growing

started including an investment of approximate $350M. in 2017,

economic uncertainty and a dampening economic environment

$178M fund was raised for AMR/AGV start-ups and is expected

across many corners of the globe. Despite of this declining trend,

to more than $5B by 2025.

eMarketer estimates that global ecommerce will rise 20.7% in 2019 to $3.535 trillion. Despite its obviously strong growth

Leena M, Consulting Specialist, LogisticsIQ

rate, 2019 will experience a decline from the previous two years when ecommerce grew 28.0% in 2017 and 22.9% in 2018. By 2021, global ecommerce is supposed to reach $5 trillion, though growth rate would not be as attractive as 20% in coming years.

KEY FACTS & DRIVERS FOR WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION MARKET • Order Fulfilment in E-commerce sector is the biggest factor driving the adoption of warehouse automation technologies • High warehouse rents, shortage of skilled warehouse staffs and increasing staff costs are driving even higher adoption

• AGV/AMR, ASRS and Order Picking Solutions to have the highest market share of warehouse automation market in 2025 • Last Mile Delivery, Micro Fulfillment centres and Urban Warehouses drive the need for reduced warehouse space and more automation • 10 start-ups operating and >$5B investment will flow into this space by 2025

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few weeks ago I attended the ‘lates’ at the London

Six stages of automation

Science Museum where every last Wednesday of the

In one of the discussions, the lecturer discussed the six stages

month, you can walk around the amazing building

of autonomous vehicles.

with a drink in hand and learn about whichever theme is being focused on in that particular month (also helps that no kids are

It is interesting to know that only vehicles that are up to level 2 are

allowed!!!). August’s topic was ‘Driverless: Who is in control?’

currently being manufactured in today’s world but level-3 vehicles

which was even more fascinating as automation and autonomous

are being tested. Level 4 and 5 vehicles are when we start to

vehicles is a becoming an ever-increasing discussion topic in our

look into true autonomy which is still long away in development,

company and the logistics and industry in general.

testing and technology.

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What does it mean to the logistics industry?

• In terms of saving costs, any savings would be in the long

Autonomous vehicles definitely seem like a technology that

term, in the short term however this is certainly not the

will be implemented in the future and deliver key benefits. It

case. You can already see that manufacturers of cars that

would be to some extent safer, reduce cost, assist with potential

have elements of autonomy within them such as Tesla are

labour shortages, make transport more efficient and create a

more expensive than those that have little or no elements

stronger link with the Internet of Things (IOT) making supply

of autonomy. This also brings into question of what happens

chain information a lot quicker and easier to access. Although

to the work force that would be replaced by the machines.

this definitely looks to be the future for the industry, there are

Although the trucking industry has been facing driver

of course a lot of arguments against all the above points and this

shortages for a while now in many parts of the world which

is where the ‘autonomous vehicles’ discussion comes into play.

would be helped by introducing autonomous trucks, the

The main argument is, will it actually be safer?

human labour would eventually be replaced. There are already many cases of protests against the development

• If all the vehicles on the road are autonomous Level 5 vehicles, then it could be considered to be a safer

of automation in trucking which would only increase in frequency, the more developed this technology gets.

environment as it would take out the ‘human error’ element. This could however open up to more mechanical

Is human intervention always going to be needed?

errors but as technology develops, this would be less

A lot of people would have heard about Amazon testing and

likely. This would make the transport of goods more

investing in all sorts of semi-autonomous technologies; drone

reliable and efficient.

deliveries, warehouse sorting machines and delivery robots to name just a few but while it is safe to test on a small scale in the

• A question raised in one of the lectures in the Science

safety of warehouses for sorting machines, the complexity of on-

Museum was ‘would we actually trust them’? According to

the-road vehicles is on a completely different scale. The potential

a survey from the AAA, 73% of people surveyed reported

of autonomous vehicles is huge within the logistics sector,

that they would be afraid to be in a self-driving car. Not

especially as the industry is currently facing a crisis in attracting

only this, but during a study of the 6 levels of automation,

the next generation. It does however seem that this is going to be

the consensus was that people would only start to become

a progression that the world is striving for and will most likely be

less focused on the road and driving, at the level 5 ‘full

implemented in the future. This is certainly a very gradual process

automation’ stage. This demonstrates that this is still a

and full Level 5 vehicles will not be something we will witness for

concept in its infancy and has to be perfected through

a while but expect to see more and more elements of automation

testing thoroughly.

within vehicles in the near future. Dan Kitchin, NNR Global Logistics

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ecently at a conference for freight forwarders everyone

What holds SMEs back from digital collaboration?

jointly agreed: if you’re the fastest to quote, you win

We have noticed that especially small and medium-sized

the customer. What astonished me was what I heard

companies are either stuck in their traditional mindset or simply

in a conversation afterwards! “We are working in shifts now,

don’t know how to start with digital collaboration. Why is that

16 hours per day, to make sure we can quote fast and win new

so and how do companies overcome this conundrum?

deals,” said one of the present forwarders. I was surprised that putting in more hours to send emails back and forth is a better

Companies are afraid to share their data

solution for shipping companies than digitizing collaboration and

People have to overcome their traditional industry mindset

automating tasks. The banking system solved this issue years

first, as a highly competitive attitude makes collaboration with

ago with the introduction of the SWIFT system: a standardised

competitors exceedingly difficult. Most companies don’t want to

banking system that enables companies which had never worked

share their data because they think it's their secret and crucial

with each other before to transfer money on a global scale at

for their business - but most “data” is non-sensitive. Consider

no risk.

container movements, position updates forecasts and contact information of local agents. Of course, crucial information about

In shipping, we’re still way behind the curve. The newly formed

e.g., my commercial terms with my vendors should not be openly

Digital Container Shipping Association has taken the first timid

shared! However, sharing operational data means exchanging

steps to promote data standards in shipping because they believe

information that you can leverage to increase service offerings,

in close collaboration between the different stakeholders. The

internal processes and ultimately create quotations in less time.

underlying rationale for this collaboration is typically 2-fold: (a) Margins are still depressed due to overcapacity and (b) customers

Even if companies are willing to collaborate,

demand more and more streamlined services. Although costs for

they don’t know how to get started

technology are consistently decreasing, our industry is generally

Lack of existing data standards, limited capacity or scary data

considered to have been slow to adopt digital approaches. Of

security questions - the list of potential challenges of data sharing

course, companies collaborate across company borders, mostly

is long (as for every new project!) and only a limited number of

through emails and networks; but isn’t it extremely inefficient

people in logistics have “been there, done that”.

and unscalable, especially in times where this could be automated to be done within seconds instead of days?

However, in the end, it comes down to what you want to achieve/solve in the first place: How do you get your customers love working with you? How do you create quotations in less time to win more business? We suggest defining your most important targets and metrics first, and reverse engineer a good solution from there.

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Now: How can you get started?

into one language, but they also anonymise data to increase trust

To get started with data sharing, finding out what you want in

and reduce perceived risks for you: You still own your data and it

the first place is only the beginning of a long journey. To make it

is 100% up to you what part of your data you want to share to

a little bit easier for you, try to answer the questions below for

reach a certain goal. Moreover, working with 3rd party technology

your own business (take a screenshot or copy into a word doc):

providers has another advantage for you: they help you develop a proof of concept at low costs!

1. What are my main pain points? 2. What is particularly crucial for my customers?

Of course, it requires a certain level of commitment, but working with a

3. What data describes the problem the best?

connector lets you test with a well-defined problem and a limited group

4. How well is my data organized?

of stakeholders to develop a workable solution. For freight forwarders,

5. What data is non-sensitive?

it could be the integration with a selected list of carriers to enable

6. What additional data do I need?

instant online quotes/ bookings for their customers. For equipment

7. Who has it? How can I get that data?

managers it could be integrating their equipment management system

8. Who (of my partners) would need my data to become better?

with a tracking provider to automatically receive container status

9. Does it make sense to work with them?

updates such as pickups, drop-offs, delay warnings and ETAs.

10. What integrations and/or technology would that require? Once the proof of concept has been demonstrated, the collaboration There is no one-size-fits all solution as you can see! It’s about you and

could then be expanded by bringing in additional stakeholders or

your specific business model. Only after you’re able to answer these

addressing related problems with similar approaches. Being able

questions you can think about the next steps: design use-cases/MVPs

to create quotations faster is only one challenge - several other

(Minimum Viable Products), and test setups and data integrations.

topics including internal organization, equipment management or communication with external stakeholders can also be targeted

With missing IT capabilities or resources, building integrations can

with an open mindset and the courage to test new things.

oftentimes be hard because you need to manage numerous data

We encourage you to start right now!

standards and interfaces. In most cases, a 3rd party technology

DIGITAL COLLABORATION provider can help you as a connector in the industry. Such

Christian Roeloffs, CEO & Founder, Container xChange

technology companies can not only translate different data formats

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istorically, the transport industry has primarily

Integrated smartphone devices can combine reliable

used analogue radio as a preferred method of

communication and comprehensive lone worker protection

communication across drivers and fleet managers. As

into a single integrated, rugged and adaptable device that can

technology has advanced over the years, these systems have

be an ideal solution for drivers to use. However, deploying

become outdated and overtaken by digital solutions that provide

smartphone technology to a fleet of drivers could potentially

a more reliable means of communication. Today, the most

be dangerous. In the last year, Police officers from a fleet of three

effective and popular method for many transport operators is

Highways England-funded HGV ‘supercabs’ identified over 3,000

through integrated smartphones.

unsafe delivery drivers, many of whom were driving while using a hand-held mobile phone. Fleet operators therefore do not

Mobile technology is an essential tool for almost every

want to encourage drivers to use a smartphone device whilst

organisation and is especially useful for the transport industry.

they are driving – so what is the best option to safely combine

With a vastly distributed workforce in constant operation,

communication functionality with lone worker protection?

it has enabled organisations to stay in regular contact with their employees, digitise many necessary processes, as well as

The most adaptable solutions are those that provide a compliant,

delivering welcomed health and safety benefits to staff.

reliable and safe solution for drivers. For example, limiting functionality when the smartphone detects that the vehicle is

Smartphone technology

in motion will stop the driver from making calls, sending texts

and lone worker functionality

or emails, or accessing the browser while driving. Furthermore,

According to statistics from the British Security Industry

devices can include white and blacklist capabilities so that only

Association (BSIA), the British transport industry employs over

certain callers can contact the device, and the driver can only

one million lone workers, and employees that face the greatest

dial a set list of numbers.

levels of risk are delivery and HGV drivers. So how can transport operators keep their drivers safe while they are on the road?

Integrated lone worker functionality means devices can be equipped with panic buttons, tilt and no-motion sensors as well as impact alarms. So, when a driver is parked up in a lay-by or an estate and is more susceptible to an attack or robbery, alarms can be activated, which will then alert the appropriate response teams to provide the necessary support as quickly as possible. Klaus Allion, ANT Telecoms

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f you hadn’t heard of Extinction Rebellion before, chances

The most recent units that have been added to the fleet have

are, you most likely have now. Causing a stir on our roads and

been ordered from the only UK supplier of Renewable Transport

making headlines in the news, it should be no surprise that

Fuel Obligation (RTFO). The additional units will total the fleet

the world is in need of reducing CO2 emissions and improved

to 72 vehicles and are said to ‘account for more than 40% of

sustainable living. The government are facing questions left,

Hermes’ first mile delivery fleet’. With the eco-friendly vehicles

right and centre regarding greenhouse gases, and the pressure

in use, 150 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle will be reduced, which

is only going to increase. From cutting out meat to making

equates to 9,600 tonnes in total across the entire fleet. This will

wiser choices when purchasing products, consumers are being

cut emission levels by a staggering 80% in comparison to a diesel

reminded every day to make wiser choices when it comes to

Euro 6 vehicle that it has replaced.

considering the environment. Many companies have started to contribute to making produce a much more sustainable process

Similar to Hermes’ green fleet plan, Yodel, have also raised the

by using recycled energy, materials and cleaner fuels. Fashion

bar in economically friendly courier, investing £15.2million in

retailer, Zara, have recently announced all clothes will be made

their fleet. The independent carrier plans to reduce its emissions

from 100% sustainable fabrics by the year 2025. The courier

throughout its delivery service and states that they have ‘invested

sector is no exception…

in technology to calculate the most efficient routes and evaluate our drivers’ driving style to further reduce our carbon footprint.’

Worldwide-known courier company, Hermes, have introduce a 'green fleet' in order to encourage sustainable deliveries. These

One of the carbon-conscious changes Yodel will be pushing is

green fleet vehicles are fuelled with Compressed Natural Gas

an all-electric 7.5 tonne light-duty truck. The silent-operating

(CNG), and Hermes have recently introduced an additional 42

vehicle will be used around London, creating zero emissions.

units, adapting its courier service to the government’s 2020 goal.

The vehicle is said to have a load capacity of up to 4.5 tonnes,

Hermes have been following a 12-month trial to drive its carbon

which is powered by six high-voltage batteries. Furthermore,

savings in the right direction. Apparently the courier service has

Yodel is encouraging deliveries via pedal power. That’s right

saved around 4,000 tonnes already.

– pushbikes. Delivering parcels in central Oxford, Stevenage, Hereford and Brighton, the courier company is hoping to also

At Hermes we are committed to ‘delivering a premium service

include Birmingham, London and Manchester in the mix.

that doesn’t cost the earth’ which reflects both our industry leading cost proposition and sustainable approach to business. As

Furthermore, Amazon’s advancement in technology and courier

part of this we are continuing to support pioneering alternative

methods has reflected this through their all-new drone delivery

low carbon fuels to achieve our goal of slashing emissions. We

system: Prime Air. Packages up to a mazimum size and weight

will also be trialling DAF hydrogen tractor units next year and

can now be delivered via drone, which is an all-electric and

looking to expand our electric fleet outside of London.

autonomous service that doesn’t require fuel or a person to

Jon Ormond, Hubs & Depots, Hermes UK

deliver the goods. The drone is capable of flying up to 15

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CO2-FREE COURIER miles and will independently reach the customer’s house, land

The freight and logistics industry is understandably one of the

itself, detach the parcel (which must weigh up to 2.2 kilograms),

biggest culprits for creating CO2 emissions. From transport that

before returning back to the warehouse. Amazon concludes

releases heavy fumes such as aeroplanes and shipping, delivering

their latest innovation, Prime Air, as

[having] great potential to

the last mile and warehouse pollution, the supply chain is actively

enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers

testing out ways to contribute to a lighter environment. Want to

by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the

know more about how the industry has contributed to making

overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.

sustainable changes? Keep up to date with FORWARDER’s Eco 2020 section. Rachel Jefferies,

Source: Couriernews.co.uk

contributing writer, FORWARDER magazine

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rimeFlight Aviation Services, Inc. and Air T, Inc. today

Working intelligently since 2007, we have built a strategic and one-

announce the acquisition by PrimeFlight of Global Aviation

of-a-kind network of GSE maintenance shops. We are excited about

Services, LLC, a business unit of Air T, Inc. (NASDAQ:

our new ownership by PrimeFlight. They bring immediate growth

AIRT). Global Aviation Services is a leading provider of aviation

opportunities and a commitment to investment and expansion.

ground support equipment (GSE) maintenance, fleet maintenance,

PrimeFlight’s strong management team and focus on customer

and facility maintenance in the United States.

service matches well with our best-in-class GSE maintenance services and customer-first culture.

We are excited to improve our GSE maintenance capabilities

Brad Osborn, CEO, Global Aviation Services LLC

by adding Global Aviation Services to the PrimeFlight network. This acquisition will allow us to serve our customers with GSE

Hats off to Brad Osborn for building an outstanding organization.

maintenance services at more than 80 airports in the U.S.

His success attracted the attention of an important industry network

Dan Bucaro, CEO, PrimeFlight

builder. It’s with mixed feelings that we mark another milestone in Air T’s journey. Prior management took a calculated risk, hearing Brad’s

Global Aviation Services (GAS) offers a wide range of services,

vision and starting Global Aviation Services from scratch back in 2007.

including maintenance services for motorized and non-motorized

Making space for Brad’s dynamic personality and team has paid off for

aviation ground support equipment, refurbishment services, facility

our shareholders. This is the Air T way. We recognize that we advance

and jet bridge maintenance services, and fleet services. GAS will

Air T’s purpose by helping our leadership teams realize their purposes.

operate with its own brand and leadership team, as a wholly owned

We believe that Brad, his management team, and hundreds of skilled

subsidiary of PrimeFlight, as PrimeFlight works to integrate the

GSE technicians are in good hands with PrimeFlight.

operations into its service network.

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long-term vendor supply relationship under which Air T’s subsidiary,

ABOUT GLOBAL AVIATION SERVICES, LLC

Global Ground Support, LLC (“GGS”), will supply deicer equipment

Global was established in September 2007 and has grown to

to PrimeFlight, and GAS will provide maintenance services for GGS’

have nearly 300 employees who provide GSE maintenance

deicers throughout the U.S.

service at 85 airports in the United States. Today Global is a

As part of this transaction, Air T and PrimeFlight have entered into a

leading provider of aviation ground support equipment (GSE) maintenance, fleet maintenance, and facility maintenance.

ABOUT AIR T, INC. Established in 1980, Air T, Inc. is a portfolio of powerful businesses, Company’s segments are: overnight air cargo, aviation ground

ABOUT PRIMEFLIGHT AVIATION SERVICES, INC.

support equipment manufacturing, and commercial aircraft asset

Headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, PrimeFlight Aviation

management and logistics. Our ownership interests are designed

Services provides major airlines and airports with ground

to expand, strengthen and diversify AIR T, INC.’s cash earnings

handling services, aircraft services, into-plane fueling, deicing,

power. Our goal is to build on Air T, Inc.’s core businesses, and

and terminal services, as well as general aviation aircraft

when appropriate, to expand into adjacent and other industries

cleaning and support services, across a national footprint.

that we believe fit into the Air T, Inc. portfolio. For more

PrimeFlight is a portfolio company of the Carlyle Group. For

information, visit www.airt.net

more information, visit www.primeflight.com

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GERMAN FREIGHT FORWARDER

Ref. 898FM | France

Ref. 763FM | Germany

Key business features

Key business features

• Established in 2004

• International air & ocean freight forwarder

• Privately owned

• Privately owned – one shareholder

• International air & ocean: 70%

• 3 offices across Germany

• Logistics & road freight: 30%

• 19 staff

• 46 staff (2 locations)

• 50% air freight, 50% sea freight | 70% export, 30% import

• Clearly defined 2nd-tier management structure

• Sectors: events logistics and general cargo

• Export: 66% (China, India, S.E Asia) | Import: 33%

• Export to China, South America, North America

• Sectors: aerospace, events, AOG, general cargo

• Import from China

• Turnover €16m

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Ref. 448FM | South East USA & South America

Key business features

Key business features

• Established in 1980

A licensed, national customs broker, freight forwarder and NVOCC

• Privately owned

• Established 20 years ago

• 2 offices across Europe, 44 staff combined

• Privately owned – looking to continue under new ownership

• 90% sea freight – Asia, EU, Far East | 10% air freight

• 20 staff across 3 locations

• Imports: FAK Cargo, consumer, textiles, industrial

• Sector: focus on moving large mining, construction and oil/gas machinery, also moving general freight

• Exports: Automotive, chemicals, industrials

• 60% ocean | 30% road | 8% air | 2% rail

• Owner would look at retaining a minority stake in the business

• Turnover $10m

• Turnover €20m | PBT €200k • No debt

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OCEAN IMPORT OPERATOR

OCEAN IMPORT OPERATOR

MANCHESTER, UK £COMPETITIVE

MIDLANDS, UK £24,000, NEG., D.O.E 9–5 WITH 1HR LUNCH

vac@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951

I am currently recruiting for an Ocean Import Operator based in Manchester This is a truly global name in the freight forwarding market with a presence in over 100 countries worldwide. This role is ideal for an operator with experience in the job and is who aiming to join a larger company with fantastic career opportunities.

Responsibilities • Liaising with clients / overseas partners / agents. • Speaking with customers and clients on a regular basis,

negotiating rates and providing quotations. • Contacting clients, making sure all information and paperwork has been received for the shipment. • Working on key accounts and general imports (LCL/FCL) from global destinations. • Dealing with import documentation from start to finish including customs entries. • Making sure all documentation is processed and input into the system.

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penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 628 788

Job role • Producing quotes both sea and airfreight • Understanding of inco terms • Booking jobs with shipping/air lines • Producing documentation eg AWB/BL's • Completing export customs entries Skills required • High level of customer service • Knowledge of hazardous shipping would be an advantage • Knowledge of Letter of Credits • Able to work under pressure • Good organisational skills • Microsoft office

ROAD & AIR FREIGHT FORWARDER LEEDS, UK penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 628 788

Job requirement JUNIOR CUSTOMS CO-ORDINATOR LEEDS, UK £COMPETITIVE penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 628 788

Job requirement Ideally someone with 18-24 months’ ocean freight experience who is keen to learn / specialise in customs. If they have some clearance experience, then this would be beneficial but keenness to develop is just as important.

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Must have experience with either Air or road and be happy willing to train to become proficient with both.


VACANCIES UNITED KINGDOM

DEEP SEA EXPORT OPERATOR

IMPORT AIRFREIGHT OPERATIONS CLERK

BRADFORD, UK £COMPETITIVE

COLNBROOK, UK £COMPETITIVE, D.O.E. HOLIDAY: 22 DAYS MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9AM TO 5PM (SOME EVENING & WEEKEND WORK, OVERTIME PAID) vac@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951

penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 628 788

Job role Happy to consider candidates across the spectrum, from a junior candidate to someone more experience (salary will reflect this).

Minimum experience: 5 years Import entry experience Working in a team of 4, the successful applicant will be responsible for day-to-day operations of an import airfreight department based in Colnbrook.

IMPORT OPERATOR LEEDS, UK £COMPETITIVE

Responsible for quoting, liaising with customers, routing of shipment with overseas offices/partners, import customs clearance, arranging airline collection, arranging delivery and invoicing the consignment to customers/partners.

penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 628 788

MUST have experience with airfreight import entries.

Job role

Experience with aerospace and ships' spares would be an advantage but not essential.

Full import knowledge from start to finish, customs clearance knowledge, Cargo Wise system would be helpful but not essential.

EXPORT AIRFREIGHT OPERATIONS CLERK IMPORT OPERATOR ESSEX, UK £18,000–£25,000 D.O.E. penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 628 788

Job role Excellent opportunity has become available for an ocean/ air import/export clerk required to join established friendly forwarder based local to Chelmsford, Essex. Our client is seeking candidates with a minimum of two years' experience within seafreight and airfreight, but would consider candidates who are experienced with one mode.

COLNBROOK, UK £COMPETITIVE, D.O.E. HOLIDAY: 22 DAYS MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9AM TO 5PM (SOME EVENING & WEEKEND WORK, OVERTIME PAID) vac@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951

Minimum experience: 5 years' export airfreight experience Working in a team of 3, the successful applicant will be responsible for day-to-day operations of export airfreight department based in Colnbrook, working within the AOG department. Responsible for quoting, liaising with customers, airline bookings, arranging collections, NES customs entries, completion of airway bills, working with overseas offices and invoicing customers. Must have minimum 5 years' operational experience working within airfreight exports. Experience with aerospace and ships' spares would be an advantage but not essential.


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EXPORT MANAGER, FREIGHT FORWARDING COLNBROOK/HEATHROW, UK FULL TIME: MON TO FRI 9AM–5.30PM SALARY: £38,000–£43,000 BASIC D.O.E. PROFIT SHARE COMPANY CAR FOR CLIENTS VISITS vac@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951

We are working on behalf of a freight forwarder who requires an export manager in a full-time role based in Colnbrook/Slough.

Job Description The focus of the job entails that objectives are established for the storage and/or distribution of products to maintain product safety, quality and legality in accordance with the quality policies of the BRC Standard.

• To manage the export department and staff • To arrange the export of cargo by air, and ocean • Liaise with airlines • Liaise with HMRC, Port & Plant Health and other

government bodies • Organise export clearances, and correct documentation relating to the movement of cargo • Create export documentation required for the shipping of cargo • Provide a high level of customer service • Liaise with overseas offices, partners and agents • Strong Administration skills • To sort, filter and distribute documentation, and create and maintain job files in an accurate and timely manner. • Arrange the X-ray screening of cargo in line with CAA/DFT regulations • Arrange bookings with airlines, shipping lines and transporters

Compliance duties • Control and maintenance of quality management system and procedures • Management of internal audit program • Undertake warehouse hygiene inspections

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OCEAN IMPORT OPERATOR LEEDS, UK £COMPETITIVE penny@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)161 696 1738

I am recruiting for a well known, local and independent freight forwarder looking to add to their expanding team in Leeds. This has client has been operating for over 30 years assisting their clients with their logistics requirements from a wide range of industries including aerospace, manufacturing, engineering, events and exhibitions, chemicals and oil and gas. The position is for an experienced Air and Sea Operator with customs experience.

Responsibilities • Liaising with clients / overseas partners / agents. • Speaking with customers and clients on a regular basis, negotiating rates and providing quotations.

• Contacting clients, making sure all information

and paperwork has been received for the shipment. • Working on key accounts and general imports (LCL/FCL) from global destinations. • Dealing with import documentation from start to finish including customs entries. • Making sure all documentation is processed and input into the system.

Export duties • Management of export operations • Administration of warehouse systems (WIRES) • Management of internal controls • Forward planning of resources to ensure effective delivery of products and services

• Assisting with BRC documentation • Ensuring compliance with relevant EU legislation • Member of Food Safety / HACCP team


VACANCIES UNITED KINGDOM

NETWORK CONTROL GROUP SUPERVISOR – TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT

COLNBROOK/HEATHROW, UK SALARY £29,000 BASIC + £4,000 SHIFT ALLOWANCE SUNDAY TO THURSDAY, 7:30PM TO 4:30AM 22 DAYS ANNUAL LEAVE, RISING TO 26 IN TIME ACCESS TO COMPANY BENEFITS PORTAL STAKEHOLDER PENSION EXCELLENT PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES vac@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951

We have an opportunity for a Network Control Group Supervisor with one of the biggest freight forwarders in the world. This is a Management role, based at the Southern Distribution Centre in Colnbrook. Managing 6 direct reports of varying experience levels, we are seeking a proven manager with experience in transport management and analysis of technical data. The NCG team are responsible for monitoring all fleet vehicles to ensure timely delivery of shipments and customs clearance of shipments in the air to ensure our time definite delivery services can be achieved. We are seeking a candidate who has experience working with Customs systems, transport or warehouse management systems, technical ability is key for this role and proven experience working with and training staff on complex IT systems is a necessity.

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CLERK HEATHROW, UK – £22,000–£30,000 vac@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951

• Completing a high standard of air/sea import entries • Working accurately in fast-paced environment • 3 or more years’ experience with customs entries

Role

• To implement and support departmental strategies. To assist in managing the day to day operation and staff within the NCG, in order to effectively monitor all elements required for successful network operations. Reporting any detriments to service, highlighting root cause and analysis with short/long term solutions. To monitor and communicate all departure and arrival times within the SDC/ Customer Collections/Deliveries. • The Network Control Supervisor is responsible for the performance of his shift or function within the network group. He/she must ensure that all operational problems are resolved/ or escalated to direct report, so that customer expectations are achieved and resources optimised, within operational cost performance, agreed budgets. • Must be able to lead, manage, motivate and communicate effectively to all areas and levels of operations staff within the team. • Key focus on achieving service excellence within agreed cost parameters while maintaining a strong customer facing position and driving improvement in customer satisfaction. • • Must be organised and facilitate staff Rosta coverage as well as holiday/Overtime approvals. • Successful candidate will be required to work flexible hours around the operation to ensure departmental needs are satisfied. • Successful candidate must be committed to travel away on management training courses and events. • Skill/Experience required • Minimum 3 to 5 years of man-management experience within or a similar industry. • Higher level of education with additional qualifications specific to this role. • High level of Microsoft office knowledge/experience. • Dangerous Goods by road and by air • Health and safety • Man management • Knowledge of the UK Road Maps would be an advantage


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SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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LONG BEACH, LOS ANGELES, CA $65k TO $125k D.O.E. PLUS BENEFITS jason@headfordgroup.com | +1 (470) 481 5364

tom@headfordgroup.com | +1 (470) 558 2953

Key info • $40k-$50k • Minimum of 2 years in ocean export role • Full documentation A-Z

AIR EXPORT MANAGER CHICAGO, IL tom@headfordgroup.com | +1 (470) 558 2953

Key info • Salary based on experience • 5+ years managerial experience • Working for a top 25 global freight forwarder

GATEWAY SUPERVISOR CHICAGO, IL tom@headfordgroup.com | +1 (470) 558 2953

Key info • $60k-$70k • 2+ years freight forwarding industry experience • Supervisory experience in a freight forwarding environment

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The Sales Representative responsibility is to source new sales opportunities and maintain existing clients. This position also supports the Director of Business Development.

The day to day... • Ability to represent our company with pride and

distinction in comparison to our competitors. • Manage customer interactions including fostering relationships, making customer calls and closing deals. • Participate in face-to-face client meetings independently as well as partnering with other sales personnel may occur at times. Manage accounts and act as a liaison between the customer and our company. • Perform all aspects of the sales process and input/update all relevant activities utilising CRM daily (required). • New business and maintain an existing account base. • Maintain a strong working relationship with Operations. • Obsession with delivering happiness to customers.

The job • Having strong industry business contacts is a plus. • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and

organizational skills. You should be a great writer, speaker, and listener. • Fearlessness – willing to hop on the phone with new people every day and explain value proposition as it relates to everyone you speak with. • Results-oriented achiever and a team player willing to work in a demanding and dynamic environment. • Ability to work with a diverse and inclusive group. • A mastery of email communication. You keep the inbox at zero. • Bachelor’s degree desired. • Experience with logistics processes, system and solutions. CargoWise experience a plus. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. • Requires a minimum of 3-5 years field sales in freight forwarding or 2 years of operational experience.


VACANCIES USA

GERMANY

FRANCE

INTERNATIONAL

FREIGHT FORWARDING SENIOR OPS

OCEAN IMPORT OPERATOR

HAMBURG €70.000

LE HAVRE, FRANCE £COMPETITIVE

matt@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0) 1454 62 8787

becky@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0)7843 906 423

Key info • Ambitious candidates required to help build small team

Seeking an ambitious station manager to join an international logistics organisation in Le Havre, France.

to Country Manager role

• 80% Sea, 20% Air • Should be 'hands-on' operations with commercial mindset • Support from global organisation to grow the territory

The company A well-established, international logistics organisation with expertise in specific fields. They pride themselves on providing a high-quality service. Customer service and satisfaction are at the core of all they do. Originating in Germany, the company has grown quickly, having a presence in France since 2015.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / SALES FRANKFURT, MUNICH, STUTTGART €80.000 matt@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0) 1454 62 8787

Key info • Hunter sales in freight forwarding multimodal • Top-five organisation with backing and support from brightest in the industry

• 100% commission guarantee for 1st three months • Real prospects for career progression

GLOBAL OCEAN PROCUREMENT MANAGER BARCELONA €90.000 matt@headfordgroup.com | +44 (0) 1454 62 8787

Key info • Ocean Freight Sourcing on a volume of 500,000 TEUs • Manage a team of 6 direct reports • Analyse, anticipate and manage global procurement • Supplier Screening, benchmarking, performance mgmt...

The role • As Station Manager you will have management

responsibility for two employees, with the possibly of more in the future. We are seeking an experienced individual with proven skills in international sea freight export and import. • You must have experience in a forwarding agency and a solid operational background. • Longevity as a sea freight import/export clerk at a forwarding agency is a must, as well as logistics knowhow. • Sales contacts would be desirable, but plays a subordinate role. • This role does not require a senior manager with longevity in management but an experienced clerk with some leadership skills and ambition to be a future managing director of a small branch. • The main task of the new person would be the operative running of the office and communication with the higher management in head office. • A driving licence and very good English is a must; German is beneficial but not essential.

Benefits and Package • A salary package will depend on the person but is competitive.

• 35 hours per week • 30 days of holiday per year


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As we said in our Regional Focus article about the Mediterranean, these container-laden behemoths carry the majority of the world's freight, so in a way we're saving the best till last. Following that, for the December issue we're covering customs clearance and bonded warehousing, which by then will be an even more pertinent topic than it is now. Who knows what the new year will bring and where logistics will be blown by the political winds? Stay with us to find out... Tim Headford, Graphic Designer, FORWARDER

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