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WFS JOINS THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORT 23 MARCH 2020
TO HELP SAVE LIVES IN ITALY
orldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) team at Milan’s
Cargo handling specialists at airports around the world are playing
Malpensa Airport are supporting the urgent medical
a vital role in helping governments and the healthcare sector deal
effort to saves the lives of coronavirus victims in Italy
with the urgent medical response to the outbreak of Covid-19. In
by expediting the handling of time-sensitive materials destined for
Milan, we were able to ensure that by 20.00hrs on the day medical
hospitals and medical centres.
supplies had arrives, they were delivered to Protezione Civile, Italy’s emergency agency, to be distributed to various hospitals.
In recent days, this included handling cargo onboard special China
We are ready to support more such flights to ensure life-saving
Eastern Airways charter flights from Shanghai to Milan carrying
equipment reaches patients as quickly as possible. This is one of
20 tonnes of medical equipment and supplies as well as a team of
the ultimate examples of the important role the airline and cargo
doctors to help deal with the crisis, which has already claimed the
handling industries play at times of national and international crisis.
lives of over 3,400 people in Italy.
We must ensure these vital supply lines remain open. I also want to knowledge the commitment of our team for ensuring this particular
The WFS team ensured the medical cargo was immediately processed
project was completed so efficiently and for all their hard work and
and cleared so it could be despatched to hospitals in Milan, Venice,
support during such a difficult time for the Italian population. The
Padoa and Siena. WFS expects to handle more charters into Italy in
health and wellbeing of our staff, alongside the safety and security
the coming days and weeks as it continues to give its full support to
of our operations, remains our highest priority and we will continue
the relief effort taking place across the country.
to take the necessary measures to protect all the people involved in this essential work.
Organised by the Chinese Government, the flights also repatriated 187 Chinese citizens from Italy to Wenzhu in southern Zhejiang Province.
Massimiliano Introini, Managing Director of WFS in Italy
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IATA THANKS REGULATORS FOR FLEXIBILITY 21 MARCH 2020
...URGES OTHERS TO FOLLOW SUIT
he International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed
• The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority
decisions taken by aviation regulators to provide flexibility to
(GCAA) has published a Decision allowing for flexibility to the
airlines and flight crew during the COVID-19 crisis.
validity periods for licenses, ratings, certificates applicable to Flight Crew and Cabin Crew.
Safety is the industry’s top priority. Countries have a well-established
licensing system to ensure this. Airlines and their employees are
• Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has recognized
facing an unprecedented challenge in coping with the business and
the need for flexibility in the delivery of classroom training and
operational impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. In this extraordinarily
for the completion of recurrent training requirements. They
difficult environment, we are grateful for actions to ease regulatory
have also granted the ability to extend the validity periods to
requirements that do not impact the safety of flights.
some elements of training applicable to pilots, engineers, cabin
Gilberto Lopez Meyer,
crew and dispatchers.
Senior Vice President, Safety & Flight Operations, IATA • The UK Civil Aviation Authority has put a process in place to allow Examples of actions being taken by regulators:
an extension to the validity of pilot and cabin crew requirements.
• The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published templates which may be used by state regulators to notify EASA
• In Mexico, the Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil, (AFAC) is
of the use of flexibility provisions. This allows for the extension
extending the validity of permits, licenses and/or certificates for
to the validity periods for licences, ratings, endorsements,
technical personnel for three months.
certificates and attestations of aircrew, instructors, examiners, aircraft maintenance licence holders and air traffic controllers as well as extension of Airworthiness Review Certificates.
Aviation is built on partnership and working together. The actions taken by these regulators will provide airlines and licensed crew with the necessary flexibility for licence extensions without compromising safety. We urge others to quickly follow suit and grant similar short-term relief,
said Lopez Meyer.
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ur trucks, trains and ships are a vital part of Europe’s transport infrastructure, supporting the economies of
ABOUT P&O FERRIES
the countries in which we operate and businesses across
Here at P&O Ferries we put you, our customers, at the heart
the world. We sail 27,000 times a year between Britain, Ireland
of everything we do. We pride ourselves on understanding
and Europe, carrying 2.3m pieces of freight. That’s 44,230 pieces of
your supply chain and the importance of being a reliable ferry
freight a week. Or to put it another way an awful lot of fresh water,
partner, as we know our service is only a part of a long journey.
fruit and vegetables, medicines and other vital supplies. We're focused on being punctual, minimising dwell times and Notwithstanding the current uncertainty, we are confident that
ensuring the fastest possible transit times from motorway
our services will keep running. We’re doing everything we can to
to motorway. We take time to understand your needs and
minimise the risks by intensifying the cleaning protocols on board
do our best to provide you with an excellent service at a
our ships, switching from air conditioning to 100 per cent fresh
air and working closely with Public Health England and maritime experts at the World Health Organisation (WHO) to follow best
We are a leading freight ferry operator, sailing on nine major
practice on COVID-19.
routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, and Belgium. We offer
The support teams in our offices are working from home where
20 vessels that carry over 2.2 million freight units every year.
possible and organising themselves into shift patterns so that no more than a third of employees are at their desks at any one time.
Together with our logistics division, P&O Ferrymasters, we also operate integrated road and rail links to countries across
Moreover, ships are divided into teams, consisting of separate watches
the continent, including Italy, Poland and Romania – ensuring
each with a day shift and a night shift, and any crew member who is
we deliver the service you need.
symptomatic can be isolated. For more than 180 years, P&O’s ships have been designed to keep going in the face of sickness and adversity. Working hand in glove with national governments, our services will continue to play their part in supporting the societies in which we live. Janette Bell, Chief Executive, P&O Ferries
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CORONAVIRUS 23 MARCH 2020
...CILT CALL TO MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE SUPPLY CHAIN
he Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
We are asking you to contact us and let us know if...
is calling for cross sector collaboration to ensure that as a profession we are equipped to respond to the
• You are a logistics or supply chain organisation and have operational shortages including drivers, warehouse operators and vehicles
We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure. Conversely, as home working grows, so demand for public transport
• You are a passenger transport operator with resource availability including, drivers and vehicles • You are a vehicle rental company with available vehicles
has fallen. We believe as a profession we can work together to meet this challenge.
• You are a retired member of CILT – who is not classified as 'high risk' – and able to offer your services and expertise to
For example, the NHS Supply Chain has made an urgent request for
logistics operations at this time
VNA drivers and forklift truck drivers to assist warehouse operations. As the pharmaceutical, medical and grocery supply chains begin to CILT is providing a service to match organisations together so that
witness a rise in demand, CILT will be putting together a database
those who have capacity can help those in need, by making available
of available resources for cross-sector collaboration to ensure the
staff, vehicles and expertise to support the supply chain.
UK is able to respond to this crisis.
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ometic Marine, formerly known as SeaStar Solutions,
At this time, all of our other Dometic Marine manufacturing
announced today that it will abide by Pennsylvania Governor
facilities and offices remain open and in full operation,” Fetchko
Tom Wolf’s order that all 'non-life-sustaining' businesses in
emphasized. “We are fully committed and prepared to exhaust all
the state close down for an undetermined period of time to help stem
available options to meet the needs of the marine industry during
the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
this unparalleled and ever-changing situation.
Dometic Marine’s Limerick, Pennsylvania facility is closed as of today,
To learn more about Dometic Marine and its full line of the products
and will remain closed as long as the order is in effect.
for the boating industry, visit www.dometic.com.
We recognize the impact this closure will have on our employees, their families, customers and community at large. As painful and
disruptive as this is, it is something that must be done to slow the
Dometic is a global market leader in branded solutions for
spread of Coronavirus and protect our families, our state, our nation
mobile living in the areas of Food & Beverage, Climate, Power
and the world. If we all do our part, follow the directives of our
& Control and Other Applications. Dometic operates in the
local government and the CDC, and help one another whenever we
Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, providing products for use
can, we’ll come out of this crisis sooner rather than later.
in recreational vehicles, pleasure and workboats, trucks and
Eric Fetchko, Marine President, Dometic
premium cars and for a variety of other uses. Our motivation is to create smart and reliable products with outstanding design.
Dometic Marine’s Limerick manufacturing facility is the leading source
We sell our products in approximately 100 countries and
of mechanical steering, controls and cables for the marine and boat
we have a global distribution and dealer network in place to
building industry. Key personnel from the facility will be working
serve the aftermarket. Dometic employs approximately 7,200
remotely to provide a level of service and ensure that the industry’s
people worldwide, had net sales of approximately SEK 18.5
needs continue to be met. There is inventory currently 'in the pipeline'
billion in 2019 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
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AIR CHARTER SERVICE
LANDS IN THE WINDY CITY T he International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated
its analysis of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency on the global air
transport industry. IATA now sees 2020 global revenue losses for
This scenario includes markets with more than 100 confirmed
the passenger business of between $63 billion (in a scenario where
COVID-19 cases (as of 2 March) experiencing a sharp downturn
COVID-19 is contained in current markets with over 100 cases as
followed by a V-shaped recovery profile. It also estimates falls in
of 2 March) and $113 billion (in a scenario with a broader spreading
consumer confidence in other markets (North America, Asia Pacific
of COVID-19). No estimates are yet available for the impact on
cargo operations. The markets accounted for in this scenario and their anticipated fall IATAâ€™s previous analysis (issued on 20 February 2020) put lost revenues
in passenger numbers, due to COVID-19, as are as follows: China
at $29.3 billion based on a scenario that would see the impact of
(-23%), Japan (-12%), Singapore (-10%), South Korea (-14%), Italy
COVID-19 largely confined to markets associated with China. Since
(-24%), France (-10%), Germany (-10%), and Iran (-16%). Additionally,
that time, the virus has spread to over 80 countries and forward
Asia (excluding China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea) would
bookings have been severely impacted on routes beyond China.
be expected to see an 11% fall in demand. Europe (excluding Italy, France and Germany) would see a 7% fall in demand and Middle East
Financial markets have reacted strongly. Airline share prices have
(excluding Iran) would see a 7% fall in demand.
fallen nearly 25% since the outbreak began, some 21 percentage points greater than the decline that occurred at a similar point during
Globally, this fall in demand translates to an 11% worldwide passenger
the SARS crisis of 2003. To a large extent, this fall already prices in a
revenue loss equal to $63 billion. China would account for some $22
shock to industry revenues much greater than our previous analysis.
billion of this total. Markets associated with Asia (including China) would account for $47 billion of this total.
To take into account the evolving situation with COVID-19, IATA estimated the potential impact on passenger revenues based on two possible scenarios:
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Oil prices have fallen significantly (-$13/barrel Brent) since the beginning of the year. This could cut costs up to $28
This scenario applies a similar methodology but to all markets that
billion on the 2020 fuel bill (on top of those savings which
currently have 10 or more confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of 2 March).
would be achieved as a result of reduced operations) which
The outcome is a 19% loss in worldwide passenger revenues, which
would provide some relief but would not significantly cushion
equates to $113 billion. Financially, that would be on a scale equivalent
the devastating impact that COVID-19 is having on demand.
to what the industry experienced in the Global Financial Crisis.
And it should be noted that hedging practices will postpone this impact for many airlines.
Impact on passenger numbers
Impact on passenger revenues
Impact The turn of events as a result of COVID-19 is almost
Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
Rest of Asia Pacific
without precedent. In little over two months, the industryâ€™s prospects in much of the world have taken a dramatic turn
for the worse. It is unclear how the virus will develop, but whether we see the impact contained to a few markets and a
Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East
Canada and US
$63 billion revenue loss, or a broader impact leading to a $113 billion loss of revenue, this is a crisis. Many airlines are cutting capacity and taking emergency measures to reduce costs. Governments must take note. Airlines are doing their best to stay afloat as they perform the vital task of linking the worldâ€™s economies. As governments look to stimulus measures, the airline industry will need consideration for relief on taxes, charges and slot allocation. These are extraordinary times. Alexandre de Juniac, Director General & CEO, IATA
Note: Revenue loss figures are not additive due to overlaps of some markets, e.g., revenues for China and Germany both contain the revenues for the China-Germany market. Revenues are base fare revenues for all airlines flying to, from and within the country.
Africa and Latin America/Caribbean regions are not explicitly included in this market-based analysis, because there are currently no countries in either region with at least 10 COVID-19 cases.
MITIGATING THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS 4 MARCH 2020
TO UK SUPPLY CHAINS
s manufacturers and retailers run down their ‘pre-Brexit’
Other sectors feeling an early impact include pharmaceuticals, where
stockpiles, pressure on warehouse space in the UK may
China supplies many drug precursors, fashion, where production for
appear to be tempered for the moment – although there
the Autumn season should be ramping up right now, and almost any
can be little doubt that there will be another ‘cliff-edge’ event at the
industry dependent upon electronic components. There are already
end of the year as the EU-UK trade talks approach Boris’ deadline.
concerns over goods for the Christmas 2020 market. While some firms had coincidentally built up stocks against the usual Chinese
Meanwhile, however, there is a new and very real risk to supply
New Year shut-down, this can only be a short-term relief.
chains from the growing threat of the Coronavirus. Production isn’t the only issue – shipping will also be affected. There With the virus having become an epidemic during, and perhaps partly
are reports of backlogs building on the Yangtze River, airfreight out of
because of, the Chinese New Year break, it is too early to quantify
China is well down, and ship operators may be unwilling to visit Chinese
likely impacts on production, but ‘not good’ seems a reasonable
ports – the prospect of a viral outbreak on a large but minimally manned
assessment. The automotive industry, with its tight Just-In-Time
container vessel on the high seas is not a happy one. If vessels are avoiding
operations, is naturally the bell-weather: Hyundai temporarily closed
China that also reduces service to intermediate ports such as Singapore.
South Korean plants because of a shortage of wiring harnesses,
Meanwhile empty containers are stranded in the wrong locations.
Fiat Chrysler reported that ‘one European plant is two weeks from closure’ because of shutdowns at one critical supplier (and potentially
Industry will be doing what it can to mitigate the risks of disruption.
three others), while Ford was airlifting parts out of China while it still
Obviously it is too late to start stockpiling Chinese goods but businesses
can. Regarding UK manufacturers, there are similar reports related
will be loading orders on to alternative suppliers – particularly where
to Jaguar Land Rover (parts couriered out in suitcases!) and JCB too.
these suppliers are in other Far Eastern countries that could be at risk from the virus, although with the disease now established in Northern Italy, even sources closer to home cannot be considered secure. Companies may also be bringing forward orders, even from suppliers in currently unaffected areas, before global prices rise. Conversely, buyers of goods whose price is largely determined by metal and other markets may see opportunities to exploit depressed commodity prices.
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This will undoubtedly lead to stockpiling but there are other effects that
Both these retailers have their own networks and, in the second
will increase demand for warehouse space in the UK. A manufacturer
case, 3PL support, but have previous experience of Bis Henderson
whose production is slowed or halted by the absence of perhaps just a
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single component still has all the other parts coming in – indeed, many
and have turned to us for planning assistance and support. We
of these may already be on the high seas. The supply tap can’t be turned
have extensive experience, and unrivalled network of UK wide
off instantly and these materials will have to be stored, either as they
suppliers, partners and providers to source the best possible space
are or as semi-finished goods for completion when normal service is
solution for your individual requirements. We can offer short
resumed. Component and finished goods suppliers in this country also
term temporary space solutions as well as supporting you with
will prefer to maintain some level of production rather than shut down,
your over-arching long term supply chain strategy. For guidance
even if their customers here or abroad can’t or won’t take delivery.
on finding flexible warehousing arrangements that are available at
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for high-end finished goods, security of storage will also be an issue. Steve Purvis, Operations Director, Bis Henderson Space The course of these events is impossible to predict. But for many businesses there is a real likelihood that stocks will build up at some point in their supply chains, and it is only sensible to start scoping out contingency arrangements. At Bis Henderson Space, we are already helping clients with their strategies to meet different challenges. One retailer, besides actively looking to domestic manufacturers for alternative sources of supply, is also reviewing its sales promotion cycle. It is likely that this will mean fewer and smaller-scale promotions to protect revenue. This in turn means that requirement stock peaks will be higher, and last longer, than in previous years, with implications for stockholding space requirements. Another of our retail clients reports that only 5% of their Chinese production capacity is operative, and even stock that exists at production sites cannot be transported due to movement restrictions. They too are looking for additional domestic supply and expecting slower unit sales, which they believe will require an increased forecasted stock holding of 35,000 pallets. An end to the epidemic would not be the end of the problem: a return to ‘normality’ later in the year would see a surge of container movements creating a requirement for additional de-stuffing capacity. FORWARDER magazine
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EASYFAIRS TO RUN NEW AUTUMN EDITION OF
ANTWERP XL, 15-17 SEPTEMBER 2020 F ollowing the news on 10 March that the World Health
We thank you for your patience and understanding during
Organisation revised its classification of COVID-19 to global
this time and look forward to seeing you at Antwerp XL
pandemic status and that the Belgian Government consequently
recommended all indoor events (over 1,000 people) should be
prohibited, we have been forced to cancel the April 2020 edition of
The Antwerp XL team
Antwerp XL. We are however pleased to announce that a new edition of Antwerp XL will run on 15-17 September at Antwerp Expo.
While the virus was in containment phase in Belgium and most other
Easyfairs organises and hosts live events, bringing communities
European countries and government authorities continued to tell
together to visit the future. The company currently organises
venues and organisers to run events, we remained vigilant whilst open
220 events in 17 countries (Algeria, Belgium, China, Denmark,
for business. Given the unforeseeable, unavoidable, unprecedented and
the Emirates, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands,
global scope of the current situation, it now makes it impossible to
Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the
organise this edition of Antwerp XL as planned. We apologise to all
United Kingdom and the United States) and manages 10 event
visitors and exhibitors alike; we know how much everyone was looking
venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (Antwerp,
forward to the April edition, but the situation is outside of our control.
Ghent, Mechelen-Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem, Hardenberg, Venray, Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm).
The well being, health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and employees,
Easyfairs strives to be the most adaptable, agile and effective
as well as all parties concerned by our events, is always our utmost
player in the events industry by employing committed
concern. Rest assured, we will continue to monitor the situation and
individuals, deploying the best marketing and technology tools
follow all the latest information and advice from the Belgian authorities,
and developing strong brands. In 2018 Easyfairs was named
as well as the World Health Organisation and the European CDC, and
Belgium’s 'Entrepreneur of the Year ®' and in 2019 it was named
in the meantime we pledge to participate in the collective effort and to
a 'Best Managed Company' by Deloitte. The company is ranked
take the necessary measures to enable the best possible fight against the
18th in the list of the world’s leading exhibition companies.
spread of the virus and the overloading of health services.
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TA has announced that its Future Logistics Conference,
The decision to postpone the first edition of ITT Hub is one that
due to take place at ITT Hub, has now been rescheduled
has been made with great reluctance and a heavy heart. However, we
for the 12 and 13 May 2021. This comes following the
are operating in exceptional and fast-moving circumstances and I have
announcement that Binswood Media, the organiser of ITT Hub, has
been in active dialogue with many of our key stakeholders in recent
taken the difficult decision to postpone its event as a result of the
days. They firmly share my belief that it is in the best interests of all
latest government advice in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
concerned to take decisive action now, so that everyone can plan accordingly, as well as focus on immediate priorities. In considering
These are truly exceptional circumstances and while we are
the options regarding the rescheduling of the event, we have looked
disappointed to postpone the FTA Future Logistics Conference,
at a number of factors such as likely length of coronavirus-related
the well being of visitors, exhibitors and staff must take precedent.
impact, venue availability, the industry calendar and the seasonal
FTA would like to reassure delegates with existing bookings that
dimension with it being both an outdoor and indoor event. We have
these will be valid for next yearâ€™s event. FTA remains committed
concluded that putting ITT Hub back a full year to the dates already
to delivering a unique and insightful programme and is pleased to
announced for the 2021 event is the best solution.
confirm that British astronaut Tim Peake will remain as key-note
Mark Griffin, CEO, Binswood Media
speaker for the conference next year. Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director, FTA
For more information please visit fta.co.uk/events/itt-hub
FTA FUTURE LOGISTICS CONFERENCE
The ITT hub was originally due to take place at Farnborough
20 MARCH 2020
International Conference & Exhibition Centre on the 13 and 14 May 2020.
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23 MARCH 2020
VIRGIN ATLANTIC TAKES DRASTIC ACTION TO
SAFEGUARD FUTURE AGAINST COVID-19 L ast week saw a rapid acceleration of the impact of Covid-19 on
From Tuesday 17 March 2020:
global aviation and tourism. The World Health Organisation
declared the outbreak a global pandemic on Wednesday 11
• Virgin Atlantic will reduce its schedule, prioritising core
March, as cases continue to rise. An increasing number of countries
routes based on customer demand. This change amounts
are now closing their borders – most significantly, the US, where a
approximately 80% reduction in flights per day by 26 March. As
travel embargo from the UK comes into force on Tuesday 17 March.
a direct consequence we will be parking approximately 75% of our fleet by 26 March and at points in April will go up to 85%.
Though this was expected, it has accelerated the sharp and continual drop in demand for flights across Virgin Atlantic’s network, meaning
• Owing to restrictions to international travel, the airline is
immediate and decisive action is needed. The safety and wellbeing
reducing services to focus on core routes, depending on
of our people and our customers is always our number one priority.
customer demand. This will be subject to constant review as the
Today, Virgin Atlantic will put drastic measures in place to ensure
situation evolves. Our London Heathrow – Newark route will
cash is preserved, costs are controlled, and the future of the airline
be permanently terminated with immediate effect.
is safeguarded. • As a direct result of this action the airline will need to further The situation is deteriorating at pace and the airline has seen several
reduce its cost base. Staff will be asked to take eight weeks
days of negative bookings, driven by a huge volume of cancellations
unpaid leave over the next three months, with the cost spread
as customers choose to stay at home. Significantly, the European
over six months' salary, to drastically reduce costs without job
Commission has announced a suspension of the ‘use it or lose it’ slot
rules until 30 June 2020, enabling the airline to consolidate schedules and ground aircraft immediately.
• The airline is grateful to have the support of BALPA and UNITE and the workforces they represent in agreeing to support
Given the unprecedented circumstances and the severity of the outlook, the following immediate action will be taken:
unpaid leave, alongside other extensive measures.
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The following steps to further reduce costs include:
Furthermore, Virgin Atlantic has appealed to the government for clear, decisive and unwavering
• Offering a one-time voluntary severance package to all
support for the UK aviation sector, comprising:
employees • Emergency credit facilities to a value of £5-7.5bn, to bolster • Offering a sabbatical of 6-12 months
confidence in the industry, and to prevent credit card processors from withholding customer payments.
• Deferring annual pay increases until review in January 2021 • Slot alleviation for the full summer 2020 season, enabling airlines • Reducing employer pension contribution for a period of one year
to match supply to demand – reducing costs and preventing unnecessary flying and corresponding CO2 emissions.
• Continuing to offer an enhanced company sick pay policy, however, with terms reduced to 12 weeks full pay
The aviation industry is facing unprecedented pressure. We are appealing to the Government for clear, decisive and unwavering
• CEO Shai Weiss has extended his 20% pay cut to the end of
support. Our industry needs emergency credit facilities to a value of
2020, with the Executive Leadership Team agreeing a decrease
£5-7.5bn, to bolster confidence and to prevent credit card processors
of 15% for the same period.
from withholding customer payments. We also need slot alleviation for the full summer 2020 season, so we can match supply to demand
Today’s measures go above and beyond
– reducing costs and preventing unviable flying and corresponding
those already announced on 4 March 2020:
CO2 emissions. With this support, airlines including Virgin Atlantic, can weather this storm and emerge in a position to assist the nation’s
• A company-wide recruitment freeze.
economic recovery and provide the passenger and cargo connectivity that business and people across the country rely on.
• A restriction on all non-essential staff travel and training (*all
A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson
safety and compliance training remains in place). The Covid-19 situation is dynamic and fast-moving, and Virgin • A proposed deferral of annual pay increases from March until
Atlantic continues to monitor it very closely, with the health and
August 2020, when affordability will be reassessed, based on the
safety of customers and people remaining the absolute priority. All
impact of Covid-19 at that point.
actions taken are guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and by the latest advice provided by these experts.
DRIVERS’ HOURS RELAXATION TO APPLY TO ALL ROAD HAULAGE OPERATIONS 21 MARCH 2020
ANOTHER RHA REQUEST DELIVERED
ollowing calls between RHA chief executive Richard Burnett
the current excess demand for goods caused by panic buying. This
and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, the
just creates bottlenecks that undermine efficient delivery schedules.
Department for Transport has announced that the current
The relaxation in hours will not reduce the levels of enforcement of
limited Drivers’ Hours relaxation will apply to all road haulage
the drivers hours. It is vital that companies only use these relaxed
operations from 00.01hrs on Monday 23 March until 23.59hrs on
rules when needed and companies must monitor drivers to ensure
Tuesday 21 April 2020.
they do not drive tired or in any way unfit. The need compliance with the rules is absolute. This relaxation must be used wisely, not
This is a further recognition of the importance of road freight in
abused recklessly. This is another great example of the close working
providing all that is needed to keep our shops, hospitals, manufacturers
relationship that we have established with Grant Shapps and his
and the rest of economy moving during the coronavirus pandemic by
team. When it comes to providing them with ‘grass roots’ industry
relaxing the Drivers’ Hours regulations.
knowledge, I am pleased that they are sufficiently confident in our understanding of the industry that we are its first port of call.
This is a blanket relaxation covering all sectors and recognises how integrated and inter-dependent supply chains are across the whole economy. The sector is working as efficiently and as quickly possible. This relaxation improves resilience in a way that ensure all goods can reach the area where they are needed. Shortages are not the problem at the moment – the problem lies with supplying
Richard Burnett, Chief Executive, RHA
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hat was the reaction from the RHA to the news from
or break. It is also encouraging to hear the Chancellor say that he
Chancellor Rishi Sunack that government is to provide a
will be talking to business groups to arrange new support. I will
£330bn package of financial measures to help the economy,
personally try to ensure that that haulage operators, responsible for
suffering as a result of coronavirus.
moving the entire economy, are top of the list. The RHA has been pushing tirelessly for the past four days, including throughout the
These include aid for companies to access loans, a business rates
weekend, to get financial support for the haulage industry during
holiday, and help for small firms without insurance.
these difficult times. Richard Burnett, Chief Executive, RHA
This is good news for the thousands of businesses that are suffering as a result of the impact of the current pandemic. For UK
The RHA is currently disseminating at all the details surrounding
hauliers in particular it’s good news. Their profit margins stand at
these ‘rescue’ measures and will be passing on the information
between 1% and 2% and many are already operating on a knife-edge.
For them, these measures represent the difference between make
GOOD NEWS 17 MARCH 2020
FOR INDUSTRY, PEOPLE & THE ECONOMY FORWARDER magazine
DELTA CARGO LAUNCHES CHARTER OPERATION 16 MARCH 2020
TO SUPPORT SUPPLY CHAIN NEEDS
aking care of our customers is at the center of everything
From packages to pallets, Delta Cargo presents worldwide charter
we do and remains our priority as we navigate times
solutions that are available to companies with urgent shipping needs.
of change. The following 13 U.S. airports are participating in this program, as
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we recognize that
well as over 70 available international destination airports:
our global supply chains need support for shipping essential goods to businesses and communities. Responding to Delta corporate
John F. Kennedy International Airport – JFK
customers who have told us they need help transporting cargo during
Chicago O’Hare International Airport – ORD
these times of uncertainty and change, Delta Cargo is launching
San Francisco International Airport – SFO
charter operations to provide the safe and reliable transportation
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – SEA
of customers’ goods around the globe.
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport – HNL Los Angeles International Airport – LAX
Serving our customers and communities where we live, work and
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – ATL
serve, is part of Delta's DNA. Offering new supply chain solutions
Washington-Dulles International Airport – IAD
through Delta Cargo to our customers is one opportunity for us
Newark Liberty International Airport – EWR
to provide the support our customers tell us they need during this
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – DFW
unprecedented business environment.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport – DTW
Shawn Cole, Vice President, Delta Cargo
Boston Logan International Airport – BOS Miami International Airport – MIA For more information, please contact DLcargo@delta.com or call 1-800-352-2746.
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eading supply chain and logistics consultancy SCALA has
Consumer stockpiling due to the COVID-19 pandemic has both led
today announced the start of a COVID-19 supply chain
to product shortages in major supermarkets across the country, and
emergency working group, bringing together companies
significantly increased volume of home deliveries. This has in turn
supplying the grocery retail sector to ensure that the industry can
caused major disruption throughout the supply chain as businesses
'Feed the Nation.'
struggle to ensure that shelves are restocked quickly and efficiently, while dealing with staff shortages that cut available manpower by
The working group, known as the COVID-19 Supply Chain
as much as 25%.
Collaboration Group, has already had commitments from over 20 of the UK’s leading grocery manufacturers. The group will initially bring
In these uncertain times, it has never been more important for us
together many of the UK’s foremost manufacturers and suppliers of
to all join forces, share our expertise and work together to combat
food, drink and other consumer essentials, and intends to expand
the volatility of COVID-19 and keep the nation fed. The UK is relying
rapidly and link with retailers, food service and logistics companies.
on the supply chain industry arguably more than ever before, and no-one should underestimate the efforts that will be required from
The first online working group is on Wednesday 25 March, and
drivers, key warehouse staff, planners and management teams over
the group will work together to co-ordinate ongoing industry
the coming weeks. As an industry renowned for its resilience in
initiatives, share ideas and collaborate with one another and the
the face of adversity – the last few years of political turmoil being
wider industry, all with the goal of supplying the UK and ensuring
a prime example of this – we’ll get through this, but collaboration
businesses and consumers alike have the essentials they need to
will be key. We are proud to be assisting in the initiatives in bringing
survive the COVID-19 pandemic.
the industry together, and would urge any business that is looking to offer their support, or is unsure of what the coming weeks may
Group discussions will take the format of both a private discussion
bring, to come and speak with us.
forum where members can share ideas, as well as weekly virtual
John Perry, Managing Director, SCALA
conferences each Wednesday with all members invited to collaborate, with membership completely free to all organisations 23 MARCH 2020
that wish to join. As well as bringing the group together, SCALA will
SUPPLY CHAIN, RETAIL & FMCG SECTOR LEADERS JOIN FORCES TO
act as a trusted neutral advisor, ensuring confidentiality and bestpractice is followed at all times.
FEED THE NATION FORWARDER magazine
16 MARCH 2020
INTERNATIONAL FREIGHT FORWARDER URGES BUSINESSES TO
SEEK EXPERT ADVICE WHEN MOVING GOODS I nternational freight forwarder, Chadd Blunt has called on
Having recently witnessed air freight costs in particular rise as high
businesses to seek advice when looking to move their goods
as 200 percent in the space of a week, Chadd has warned businesses
during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
that shipping their goods will not be cheap but seeking the advice
of an independent freight forwarder gives them the best possible
Having been directly involved in freight forwarding for 30 years,
chance to get them moving.
Chadd and his team at Millennium Cargo are well-equipped to provide honest advice on how to tackle the current backlog caused by the Coronavirus outbreak across the world that has resulted in
In my 30 years of experience in the industry I have never known freight capacity to be in such high demand.
importers struggling to source space. Now Trump has enforced a travel ban for domestic flights between As global supply chains remain severely disrupted as a result of
the US and Europe including the UK – global supply chains have been
Covid-19’s world tour, worldwide shipping has drastically veered
dealt yet another blow as 60 percent of airfreight that currently
off course with businesses potentially facing a capacity crunch that
moves between the two continents travels on passenger flights.
could stretch to the end of April. The other stumbling block that businesses will have to bear in mind is Disruptions such as employee self-isolation, quarantine of ships, port
cost. Only last week a quote for one shipment came in that was 200
closures and strict travel restrictions have resulted in a knock-on
percent higher than what the going rate usually is – and my concern
effect, causing serious shortages in freight capacity across the globe.
is that rates will only continue to rise over the next coming weeks.
The backlog from China has also has given rise to severely hiked
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding freight at the minute
freight costs in line with the growing demand for space.
but If companies are in limbo and still looking to move goods it is crucial that they seek the advice of an expert who has extensive
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knowledge and experience in the sector as everyone is currently
We at Millennium Cargo have a passion for our industry we
fighting for space. In order to navigate past the severe backlog,
want to help businesses get through this tough period, so we
myself and the team at Millennium Cargo can help to provide an
urge importers and exporters to seek our advice in order
efficient and cost effective way of keeping goods moving by utilising a
to get their goods moving in the best way possible – quickly
mix of options drawing on our diverse expertise in road, sea and air.
As an independent freight forwarder we can utilise a mix of options
Chadd Blunt, Managing Director, Millennium Cargo
whilst also being able to exploit our extensive networking of contacts within the industry. Our flexible offering also allows us to think outside the box which in such circumstances is crucial to keeping the supply chain moving.
peaking about today’s announcement on the
Today’s announcement of the suspension of HGV testing in Northern
suspension of HGV testing in Northern Ireland,
Ireland as a result of the coronavirus is a pragmatic one, which gives
FTA’s NI Policy Manager, Seamus Leheny said...
logistics operators some certainty about their ability to operate in the coming months. FTA is delighted that the Department for Infrastructure has listened to the concerns of our sector. We understand that testing will continue for LGVs until further notice, which will further help the logistics sector to support NI business at such a difficult time.
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FTA COMMENT ON THE
SUSPENSION OF HGV TESTING IN NORTHERN IRELAND FORWARDER magazine
16 MARCH 2020
INVENTORY RELIEF PROGRAMME T oday Ligentia launched an inventory relief programme to help its general merchandise customers tackle the
slowdown in demand by supporting storage solutions at
source to alleviate time and stock pressures in the supply chain.
Knowing that organisations are currently facing on-going disruption to their global supply chains, Ligentia are offering new and existing
businesses free storage, whilst space is available, in all their China warehouses for up-to four weeks. Our global team are working tirelessly to support our customers to keep their goods moving. However, we know that as factories in China have hit near normal production levels in the past few weeks, organisations are facing the difficult decision to cancel or still ship goods as consumer demand falls due to Covid-19. Thatâ€™s why from today, for 4 weeks, we are offering free storage across our warehouse network in China. By taking advantage of our programme organisations will be able to gain greater control of their inventory whilst easing the pain of unplanned costs. Daniel Gill, Group CCO, Ligentia For more information on how to take advantage of the free storage available in China, please email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at fta.co.uk
n 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO)
• Call on the Member States to enable smooth border crossings for
declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and governments
freight transport, both intra-EU and with third countries, in this
worldwide have taken wide-ranging measures to contain
respect fully support the establishment of green freight lanes in
the spread of the virus.
coordination with the concerned transport stakeholders
The transport sector has a crucial role to play in the supply of goods,
• Support the measures and actions taken on EU-level and by
in particular medicines, medical devices, food and other essential
national governments to contain the spread of COVID-19 and
commodities needed to overcome this crisis. The transport sector also
call on the Members States to coordinate their response to the
proves to be a vital instrument in these times where many European
COVID-19 and to follow the European Commission’s guidelines
citizens are restricted in their mobility. The undersigned European
on border management
associations representing transport, infrastructure managers, operators, workers in all transport modes and logistics, contractors, local and
• Reiterate the importance of protecting the health and safety
regional authorities, logistics service providers, shippers, users and
of transport workers, notably through personal protective
equipment suppliers in the maritime, port, inland waterways, railways,
equipment, as well as access to clean and disinfected sanitary
road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, as well as supporting
facilities, food and drinks
industries and companies, jointly endorse the following statement: • Highlight that the transport and logistics sectors are based on • Highlight the key role transport and logistics are playing for
a physical work force and call on the European Commission
the supply of essential goods in this critical period: stress that
and the Member States to facilitate its mobility, including
transport infrastructure is in this respect critical infrastructure
repatriation of the transport work force
• Show their respect and support to all workers in the supply
• Urge the policy makers to assist the heavily affected transport
chain enabling the continuity of transport services, the
sector in its recovery, to ensure future connectivity for both
movement of goods and essential commodities, as well as the
passengers and freight, and to revitalise the arteries of the
repatriation of stranded citizens, and thus playing a major role in
internal market as soon as the crisis is over
helping the European citizens to overcome this crisis 24 MARCH 2020
TRANSPORT KEEPS US GOING FORWARDER magazine
24 MARCH 2020
TUFFNELLS PLEDGES TO
FOR ANYONE OUT OF WORK DUE TO COVID19
uffnells Has pledged to guarantee anyone out of work
Micheal Holt, CEO of Tuffnells, says the whole supply chain is facing
because of Covid19 an interview, as it looks to hire more
an unprecedented challenge and businesses like Tuffnells needs to
than 100 new warehouse workers and lorry drivers.
hire more staff to cope with demand:
The announcement comes after Saturday’s government press
It’s been an extremely difficult period for us all no matter where
conference where the CEO of the British Retail Consortium, Helen
you are or what you do for work. The sheer rise in demand for
Dickinson, said that the UK does not have short supplies but the
goods in the recent weeks means we are working extremely hard
challenge is ‘people’ and lorries’.
to deliver the supplies businesses and customers need to operate as best they can considering the circumstances. Unfortunately, due to
Tuffnells has roles available at depots across its whole network
Covid19’s impact on the economy, many hard working and extremely
including Birmingham, Aberdeen, Leicester, Leeds , Bristol and
skilled individuals have found themselves without work, through no
Sheffield. This is because of the extra demand on its delivery service
fault of their own. That’s why we have made this pledge so it gives
and a need to cover those absent due to sickness, self-isolation and
people with the relevant skills in the locations where we have roles
dependent leave, as it looks to support businesses and customers
the opportunity to bounce back quickly.
adapting to the Coronavirus pandemic. Tuffnells has also made it clear that it is taking every precaution It’s looking to hire more than 100 warehouse and lorry drivers with
necessary to keep its staff and interviewees safe and to follow
the relevant qualifications and experience. Details regarding the
the government's advice to help halt the spread of the virus. The
positions can be found here.
interviews will be held online as to meet the strict guidelines set out by leading health officials.
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As the situation continues, Michael expects further roles to become
similar challenges and they will all agree with me when I say that we
Like Helen (Dickinson) said on Saturday, the kind of
are so proud of the long hours and dedication the workforce has put
spike in demand we are seeing is similar to that around the festive
in, I know that the team at Tuffnells is going above and beyond. Itâ€™s
period. Meaning if this continues to be the case for a number of
a case of us all sticking together and helping the nation get through
weeks and months we could in fact have to make further roles
this extremely challenging period.
available. Iâ€™m sure all business leaders in the supply chain are facing
W.E. DEANE FREES UP 5,000 PALLET SPACES 24 MARCH 2020
TO HELP BUSINESSES MANAGE CORONAVIRUS-INDUCED DEMAND
nternational freight forwarder, W.E. Deane has freed up 5000
The severity of the current situation has been highlighted by the
pallet spaces at its head office - Barking depot in the UK in order
United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) who have
to further accommodate the incoming surplus that is expected
suggested that over the coming weeks the increased demand
to arrive as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
for additional warehousing services will be vital to migrating the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on supply chains and to keep
With the UK currently in the midst of a nationwide capacity crunch,
W.E. Deane has taken the view to free up space in order to help businesses meet with the spike in demand due to stockpiling as a
As labour shortages plight the nation due to workers becoming ill,
result of quarantines and social distancing.
are self-isolating or have to care for children at home, the UKWA predicts that warehousing and distribution services could cripple
As demand continues to overtake supply at an unprecedented rate,
under the pressure without a viable solution moving forward.
a recurring trend of businesses struggling to source warehouse capacity is beginning to have a serious effect on industries up and
To assist companies struggling to fulfil orders at the challenging
down the country.
time, W.E. Deane is able to offering full warehousing, pick and pack, distribution and fulfilment services and therefore, is wellplaced to meet the ever-increasing demand that faces business throughout the UK.
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In light of recent events, we have taken the decision to release
With sites across the UK, Europe and South Africa,
5000 pallet spaces at our Essex/ London-based site to relieve the
W.E. Deane has a leading name in the freight
pressure on businesses struggling to source warehouse capacity and
forwarding sector having been established for over
store their stock. The Coronavirus outbreak has had an adverse
50 years since 1963, where they have since provided
impact on every single stage of the supply chain so far, with warehouse
a one stop shop bespoke logistics solution to clients
capacity becoming yet another casualty of the pandemic â€“ during a
across the world.
time where warehouse space was already in short supply, largely due to Brexit. The situation has however become increasingly more problematic in recent months as the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic continues to bring businesses to a grinding halt, especially those that have fallen foul of the current capacity crunch. We are seeing a sharp increase in businesses finding difficulty in maintaining a consistent stream of supplies to their customers and predict that this will become a mainstay for the next few months as the squeeze of capacity shortages becomes tighter. Robert Falconer, Managing Director, W.E. Deane FORWARDER magazine
BUSINESSES MUST STICK TO HYGIENE LAWS 24 MARCH 2020
TO KEEP LOGISTICS SAFE, SAY FTA, RHA & UNITE
TA, RHA and Unite, the three business groups representing
Government advice during this crisis is to wash hands thoroughly and
transport sector workers, are calling on those using the
often. Since 2017 delivery drivers have had the legal right to use toilets and
services of these workers to ensure that adequate hygiene
washrooms in commercial premises yet we are still receiving reports that
facilities, including hot and cold running water, are available to all
access to these facilities is denied. Logistics is delivering vital supplies across
drivers and warehouse operatives delivering to, or collecting from
the economy, but drivers are being denied the ability to comply with the
government’s primary advice to avoid the spread of COVID-19. On behalf of such a key industry, we demand that those relying on logistics to keep
In a joint statement, David Wells (FTA), Richard Burnett (RHA),
their businesses operating comply with the legal requirements laid down by
and Adrian Jones (UNITE) have reinforced the legal obligations
public health authorities. Drivers are the backbone of the UK’s supply chain
of businesses to employees and visitors, urging them to ensure
and must be protected at all costs. It is vital that all sectors of the economy
that the facilities on offer to visiting workers comply with the
recognise this and ensure hygiene facilities are available where and whenever
they are needed. The health and wellbeing of the nation depends on it. In 2017, the Health and Safety Executive re-examined the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, in particular Regulations 20 and 21 which state that suitable and sufficient sanitary conveniences and washing facilities shall be provided at readily accessible places and that hot and cold water must be available to use. HSE’s guidance clearly states that drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. When deliveries and collections are made, HSE mandates that loading and unloading areas should have easy and safe access to toilet, washing and refreshment facilities.
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ABOUT THE ITF Who we are The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental organisation with 60 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit
aris, 26 March 2020 - A new webpage presenting an overview of Covid-19-related measures for passenger and road transport in Europe has been launched by the
International Transport Forum. The page can be found at itf-oecd. org/covid-19-road-group
of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers
The webpage lists the restrictions imposed on road freight and
all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated
passenger transport in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic as
with the OECD, yet politically autonomous.
well as temporary exceptions and derogations to existing rules.
What we do
The aim is to provide member country authorities and transport
ITF works for transport policies that improve peoples’ lives.
companies with up-to-date information to facilitate essential
Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the role of
transport services during this period.
transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy.
The information is provided and updated by the national authorities
How we do it
of the 43 European member countries of the ITF’s Road Transport
ITF organises global dialogue for better transport. We act
Group. In addition, the page includes links to related information on
as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy
the webpages of the European Commission and the International
issues across all transport modes. We analyse trends, share
Road Transport Union (IRU), two of the observer organisations of
knowledge and promote exchange among transport decision-
the Road Transport Group.
makers and civil society. ITF’s Annual Summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the leading global platform for dialogue on transport policy.
24 MARCH 2020
WEB OVERVIEW OF COVID-19-RELATED MEASURES FOR ROAD TRANSPORT IN EUROPE FORWARDER magazine
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ost of our Chinese customers are back at work,
The opposite situation in Los Angeles: a location that is famous for
according to emails we received last week. Right when
its surplus of equipment now has difficulties. Instead of having a
the new coronavirus has hit Europe, China finally seems
bigger surplus (last year's values for 40DCs range from 0.52 to 0.99
to gain more control of the situation. What happened? For the first
for 40DCs) the port is at an all-time low with a CAx value of 0.08
time, there is almost no container equipment in Europe and North
for 40DCs in March 2020.
America due to the carriers' blank sailings. They want to be ready in China, waiting for the economy to recover. Alphaliner estimates
In response to the carriers' blank sailings we can see some companies
that about 60% of Asia-Europe sailings have been withdrawn. Now,
switch to rail freight, but the equipment situation is not yet getting
as the virus gets worse in Europe and the US, equipment turnaround
better for most shipping companies.
speed puts even more stress on shipping lines. As most countries in
to our business in 2020 to help us to overcome the difficulties,
Europe have shut down operations, container inspections, handling
says an email we received from one of our Chinese customers.
or loading – every part of the transport chain that requires human
Although it seems like China is successfully combatting the new
interaction – are heavily delayed.
coronavirus, with more people being infected in Europe we estimate
We need your special help
that the situation will not get better in the coming weeks. Even if the Looking at Shanghai (CNSHA) we can see direct impact of the novel
Chinese economy were to be back to normal productivity, we’re a
virus as the delta between the curves for container availability 2019
few weeks behind regarding the pandemic development.
and 2020 grows over the week, starting from the beginning of the year. Last year at the same time, the CAx value for 40DCs was 0.29, indicating a deficit of containers; now a value of 0.88 in 2020 is indicating a huge surplus. The Container Availability Index covers millions of containers being moved and tracked through Container xChange, an online platform that helps freight forwarders find empty containers for one-way use.
Florian Frese, Container xChange
STILL NO EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. & EUROPE FORWARDER magazine
A system of transporting goods by aircraft. Related topics AOG (aircraft on ground) OBC (on-board couriers) Air charter
6 MARCH 2020
AIR CHARTER SERVICE
LANDS IN THE WINDY CITY L eading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has
invested further in its US operations, by opening a new office in Chicago, its tenth in the Americas.
Speaking on the announcement, Richard Thompson, ACS Americas’ President, said:
Chicago has been on our radar as a natural
location for another US ACS office for a number of years. The city is the third largest in population in the US and has one of the highest GDPs in the world – generating $689 billion last year. O’Hare Airport is the sixth busiest in the world and the city is home to many Fortune 500 companies, some of whom are household names. We believe that there is a large market for both our passenger and cargo aircraft charter services here. We have been conducting business with clients from Chicago and the rest of Illinois for many years and are looking forward to building closer relationships with them, as well as welcoming new customers on board.
ABOUT AIR CHARTER SERVICE Air Charter Service is a global aircraft charter broker with
The highly-experienced Caitlin Uhlmann will be heading up the
27 worldwide offices, spanning all six major continents and
operation, having worked for ACS for nine years in the company’s
we offer private jet, commercial airliner and cargo aircraft
Los Angeles, London and Manhattan offices. Thompson concluded:
charters, as well as onboard courier solutions. We arrange
Caitlin has been instrumental in setting up our last few US offices
more than 23,000 charter flights annually with revenue
and I am extremely confident that she is the right person for the job
of close to 700 million dollars. We were formed in 1990
and I’m looking forward to the progression of the new office under
by Chairman Chris Leach and CEO Justin Bowman in the
basement of a house, and we now employ more than 500 staff worldwide.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at cargolux.com
uxembourg, 04 March 2020 – Today marks a remarkable
It is a remarkable achievement for an all-cargo operator to
milestone for Cargolux as the all-cargo carrier celebrates its
celebrate 50 years in existence and I think I speak on behalf of the
50th anniversary. Exactly half a century ago, Luxembourg’s
whole company when I say we are proud of how far our airline
national carrier Luxair, Iceland's national carrier Loftleiðir, the
has come. We have weathered many storms over the years and
Swedish shipping company Salén and some private investors, founded
this celebration shows the world how committed and dedicated
Cargolux. With a single aircraft and a handful of employees, these
our employees are. In addition, I would also like to thank all of our
ambitious investors created what was to become one of the world’s
customers and business partners in helping us get to commemorating
leading all-cargo carriers. Since its inception, Cargolux has lived up
this memorable occasion.
to its now famous slogan ‘You name it, we fly it’ – the embodiment
Richard Forson, Cargolux’s President and CEO
of the Cargolux spirit. A month ahead of its official anniversary date, Cargolux welcomed a Throughout its history, the company has been a pioneer in the air
specially branded aircraft to mark the occasion. LX-VCC, one of the
freight industry. The first airline to fly the 747-400F, Cargolux was
company’s iconic 747-8 freighters, sporting a new livery emblazoned
also the launch customer for the 747-8F and the first to operate
with a jubilee design and a new name 'Spirit of Cargolux.' It now
both aircraft-type simulators. Even 50 years after its foundation,
proudly tours the world conveying the message of our success. The
Cargolux remains frontrunner in its field, continuously looking for
rest of the fleet also dons a commemorative emblem to mark the
innovative and effective ways to carry out its mission. In addition to
occasion and celebrate the milestone.
setting high standards in the industry, the airline has also contributed to the diversification of Luxembourg’s economy.
A retrospective website (anniversary.cargolux.com) has been launched to commemorate the airline’s journey and evolution. The
This year marks a remarkable achievement for Cargolux, a success
narrative which takes readers through the years is complemented
that will be celebrated all year long with special events for our
by pictures of our core business and our fleet over half a century.
customers and staff worldwide. Throughout the years, the expansion of the company worldwide and the evolution of the fleet reflect its unwavering ambition. Cargolux is the number one freight-only operator in Europe and is 7th on IATA’s international ranking based on international scheduled FTKs. The airline is one of only a handful of all-cargo operators to have such a rich and long-standing history. 6 MARCH 2020
50 YEARS’ SUCCESS FORWARDER magazine
26 MARCH 2020
AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO
REMAINS KEY PARTNER FOR GLOBAL TRADE A merican Airlines is continuing to operate international
The air cargo industry plays a vital role in supporting the world’s
widebody service to key locations around the globe,
economy and it’s more important than ever before that we continue
serving as a vital partner for freight forwarders and
to find solutions to serve our customers.
supporting global trade in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Roger Samways, Vice President Cargo Sales, American Airlines
The world’s largest airline will fly long-haul widebody passenger
On March 20, 2020 American deployed its first cargo-only flights
flights carrying cargo this week to locations including Auckland
since 1984 between DFW and FRA. Two Boeing 777-300 aircraft
Airport (AKL), São Paulo International Airport (GRU) and Honolulu
flew two round trips between DFW and FRA over the course of
International Airport (HNL).
four days, transporting critical goods including medical supplies, mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and
These flights are in addition to existing passenger flights which
electronics that will support people working from home, and
continue to operate daily between Dallas-Fort Worth International
Airport (DFW) and London Heathrow (LHR), Miami International Airport (MIA) and LHR, and three times weekly between DFW and Narita International Airport (NRT).
ABOUT AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO American Airlines Cargo provides one of the largest cargo
American is also expanding its cargo capacity with more roundtrip
networks in the world with cargo terminals and interline
flights between DFW and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) beginning March
connections across the globe. Every day, American transports
26 – bringing a total of more than 40 widebody flights operating this
cargo between major cities in the United States, Europe,
week across the globe.
Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia.
American’s network is augmented by its global trucking routes, offering additional opportunities for cargo capacity around the world.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at virginatlantic.com
irgin Atlantic has operated its first ever cargo only charter
carrier. With further cargo only operated services scheduled in for
amidst the operational challenges brought by the Covid-19
this week, Virgin Atlantic is expected to continue its cargo offering
upon the aviation industry.
to destinations from the US to the far east.
The VS698 from London Heathrow for New York JFK on 22nd
Every year, Virgin Atlantic transports over 200,000 tonnes of cargo
March created history for the airline as it departed with two pilots,
on its global network. From salmon sourced from lochs in Scotland,
one cabin crew member and a hold filled with 12490 kilograms of
and pharmaceutical supplies, to supercars travelling to the US,
pharmaceutical and medical supplies.
customers who have flown with the airline before will no doubt have been sitting above all sorts of goods and products being shipped
Although the emergence of Covid-19 has led to a decrease in
around the world.
passengers travelling, demand to transport cargo remains strong. Special exemptions from the imposed travel restrictions for pilots
Watching Virgin Atlantic’s inaugural cargo-only charter take off
and cabin crew – whose health and wellbeing remains top priority
yesterday at London Heathrow added to a feeling of immense pride
– mean that cargo operations can continue, ensuring the airline can
towards the herculean effort of our Cargo team. Making the flight
continue to support vital supply chains across the globe.
happen, in such short notice and in such challenging times, reaffirms the fact that we have one of the best teams in the sky supporting
With many airlines cancelling flights, there has been a dramatic
supply chains across the globe.
decrease in cargo space available but global trade continues, and the
Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director, Virgin Atlantic Cargo
Virgin Atlantic cargo team continues to operate helping both regular and new customers keep their freight moving around the world. A flight with no passengers is technically not an unusual sight, with training, positioning and maintenance sectors happening regularly amongst Virgin Atlantic’s fleet. However, a pure cargo charter flight like VS698 had never been operated before by the British network 26 MARCH 2020
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FIRST EVER CARGO ONLY CHARTER FORWARDER magazine
12 MARCH 2020
DACHSER IS EXPANDING
PREMIUM CHARTER FLIGHT ROTATION TO & FROM CHINA D ACHSER Air & Sea Logistics is starting the next wave of
its charter flight rotation service to China and back. The charter route has initially been scheduled to operate from
mid-March to the end of the month.
The new coronavirus is still having a serious impact on capacity in
the air freight market. Because the situation is so volatile, capacity planning is becoming a real challenge. Now DACHSER Air & Sea and China: starting March 16, the company will offer an air bridge
ABOUT DACHSER USA AIR & SEA LOGISTICS
between the US, Latin America, and the air freight gateway in
Founded in 1974, Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics Inc. is the
Frankfurt for deliveries to Shanghai, China. DACHSER will charter
U.S. subsidiary of German-headquartered Dachser SE. The
747s and integrate them into the rotation of flights from Frankfurt to
company is a leading global logistics provider employing 30,600
Shanghai and vice versa. In this way, DACHSER offers its customers
professionals in 399 locations and handling 83.7 million shipments
an intelligent solution for transport needs in transpacific trade and
annually. Dachser USA Air & Sea Logistics is headquartered in
is responding to the current market situation with flexible solutions.
Atlanta with locations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte,
Logistics is adding to its existing charter service between Frankfurt
Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Premium air service for customers
Miami, Minneapolis, New York and Phoenix. Dachser USA Air &
This programme puts us in a position to offer a robust and reliable
Sea Logistics offers optimal access to international markets and
premium air service to Asia for our customers in the Americas as
ensures seamless integration of all import and export activities
well. We are ready for whatever happens on the air freight market in
via air or ocean to and from Europe, Asia and South America.
the coming weeks, and fully appreciate being in a position to tackle
For more information, visit www.dachser.us or email
the challenges of the future today.
Timo Stroh, Head of Global Air Freight, Dachser
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at bhworldwide.com
ondon Heathrow: B&H Worldwide, the award-winning
We are proud of our reputation for providing excellent service
aerospace logistics provider, has won new business managing
and a rapid response 24 hours a day. We decided to partner with
the logistics of aircraft spare parts and engine materials for
B&H in order to expand our markets and host our inventories in
AOG Technics in Germany. AOG Technics is one of the world's
other locations worldwide.
leading independent specialists in the aviation industry.
Spokesperson for AOG Technics
The two companies have previously worked together for exports to Europe and the USA from the UK, but this is the first time they
ABOUT B&H WORLDWIDE
have partnered in mainland Europe. Effective immediately, B&H
Established in 1988 in the UK, B&H Worldwide is a market
Worldwide's Frankfurt facility will become responsible for storing
leader in the highly specialist aerospace logistics industry.
parts, despatching parts and repacking parts before despatch. Most
Over the last 30 years it has expanded globally and today
notable among the items which will be handled are aero engine blades.
operates from ten strategically located aerospace hubs around the world and has a customer base which includes
Items held in Frankfurt may be destined for multiple global destinations
airlines, spare part stockists, MROs and repair vendors. Its
including the USA, Europe and Asia. Frankfurt's location as a gateway to
innovative, in-house designed IT solutions are highly tailored
Europe and the frequency of international flights to other global hubs was
to suit customer operating models and its FirstTrac software
key to AOG Technics decision to locate with B&H in the German city.
sets the benchmark for the aerospace logistics industry. Information on B&H Worldwide's leading logistics solutions
The location of our Frankfurt office at Cargo City has shown our
can be found at www.bhworldwide.com
customers we can provide them with a Forward Stocking Location where they can strategically position inventory in the heart of Europe and we are delighted to welcome AOG Technics to the facility. Seth Profit, Group Sales Director, B&H Worldwide
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3 MARCH 2020
GREEN CHANNEL FORWARDERS REPORT
LATEST MACHINERY SHIPMENT I ndian member, Green Channel Forwarders are pleased to report their latest shipment of a machine (falcon mobile metal recovery plant), a conveyor and spare parts. The machine weighed 48mtn
and measured 12.5 x 2.9 x 3.9m.
We are proud to announce that we got the opportunity to handle
yet another shipment for our customer, Harsco India Pvt Ltd. This was a very complex machine and needed high levels of expertise to handle. As it was a self-propelled and remote-operated machine, it required a mobile generator to give electric support to start and roll out the machine from the RORO vessel which we arranged while discharging the cargo from the vessel. The machine didn't have the supports to lift by crane and therefore, we had to fabricate a steel ramp weighing 3.5mtn for loading the machine with the remote control and DG support which you can see in the photographs. There were also number of permissions and formalities involved and we successfully completed the task. Tushar Murlidharan, Green Channel
ABOUT UNIVERSAL FREIGHT ORGANISATION Rachel Humphrey established the Universal Freight Organisation
safely. We are proud to have maintained our â€˜One Member per
(UFO) in January 2000 to provide independent freight forwarders
Countryâ€™ policy (with the exception of USA, UAE and China),
access to a trusted, worldwide network of agents who could
making us one of the only remaining exclusive freight forwarder
handle their shipments, whilst working professionally and
networks in the world.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at ufofreight.com
10 MARCH 2020
NORDEN STREAMLINES CHARTER PARTY MANAGEMENT BY
ADOPTING SEA/CONTRACTS FROM MARITECH • Sea/contracts delivers time efficiencies and improved governance for NORDEN
Sea/contracts, an agile document management tool for the production and management of recaps, charter parties and other
• NORDEN embeds Sea/contracts across Panamax,
shipping documents, is used by over 1,000 users across charterers,
Supramax and Handy size dry cargo operations
owners, and brokers. As well as meeting NORDEN’s specific
requirements, the module provides a full audit trail of changes, ORDEN, one of the world’s leading operators of dry cargo
stronger collaboration across key stakeholders and streamlined
vessels, has implemented Sea/contracts the cloud based
workflow with the use of electronic signatures.
document creation and management module designed for
the shipping industry. It has embedded the document management
With the volume of documentation that we produce, it was
module across its Panamax, Supramax and Handysize dry cargo
necessary to rethink our operations to ensure the systems and tools
operations, covering ten offices and a fleet of 275 vessels.
we have will support our overall Digital Strategy. We needed to ensure recaps and charter parties would be produced in a standardised and
As one of the world’s largest operators globally of dry cargo
efficient way, with stronger controls around terms. With Sea/contracts
vessels, NORDEN requires a significant number of charter parties
in place, our business is heading towards improved efficiency, and the
– contracts between a charterer and a vessel owner – produced
business has increased confidence around its governance of terms
against its fixtures.
and minimisation of human error. Sea/contracts provides us with lots of data around our charter parties which we otherwise wouldn’t have had. As we own the data, it can also be applied to our in-house advanced analytics helping us to achieve our business goals. Christian Vinther Christiansen, Head of Dry Cargo Operator, NORDEN
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at sea.live/
We are delighted that a company of NORDEN’s scale, has signed
There are currently eight modules of Sea/ which
up to Sea/contracts. Not only does it demonstrate the industry’s
can be bought separately or used together to deliver
demand for smarter charter party management, but it also highlights
an end-to-end service:
the increasing need for better compliance to mitigate risk. Jeff Woyda, Chairman, Maritech
Build intelligence: With Sea/net users can gather information and market insight, track vessel positions, manage notifications and
Sea/contracts is currently one of eight interoperable modules on the
detect weather patterns to help inform their decisions.
Sea/ platform that can be used either together or separately. The
Understand cost and distances: Sea/calc allows users to
full Sea/ platform is designed to improve the day-to-day working of
calculate voyage costs and compare distances to understand the
shipping professionals, by enabling better informed trading strategies,
most efficient route for their fixture.
ensuring stronger collaboration between market participants and
React to emergencies offshore: Sea/response is used to
providing operational tools for success from within a single platform.
coordinate offshore emergency response with extensive commercial,
Sea/ is designed for shipping professionals by shipping professionals
operational, environmental and financial benefits to users. Communicate securely: Sea/chat is a purpose-built compliant instant
For more information on the full range of modules visit
messaging system for desktop and mobile – allowing all communications
www.sea.live/ or follow the LinkedIn page.
associated with a deal to be collated together in a single platform. View futures pricing: Sea/futures captures pricing provided by
futures brokers allowing users to share vital live market prices across
Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is an independent
Streamline operations: Sea/contracts is an agile documentation
shipping company incorporated in Denmark and listed on
management tool used to make day-to-day efficiencies, reduce legal
Nasdaq Copenhagen as a part of the OMX Nordic Mid
risk and organise essential contract documentation.
Cap index. NORDEN was founded in 1871, making it one
Centralised documentation: Sea/share provides a single,
of Denmark’s oldest internationally operating shipping
secure, online repository for any file types related to a fixture, for
companies. NORDEN operates in dry cargo and product
all parties to share and access.
tankers worldwide with one of the most modern and
Analyse performance: Sea/gateway provides real-time updates,
competitive fleets in the industry. NORDEN operates in
combining vessel position data with commercial and operational
total 275 dry cargo- (including single trip-chartered vessels
data informing on vital arrival times at load and discharge ports. It
and INC vessels) and 57 tanker vessels.
compiles in-depth, visually-rich reports in seconds and tracks KPIs
their entire organisation.
to understand performance and inform future decisions.
5 MARCH 2020
UECC & GOODFUELS KICKSTART
THREE-MONTH BIOFUEL TRIAL L eading short sea ro-ro operator UECC and sustainable
At UECC, we pride ourselves on supporting sustainable solutions
marine biofuel pioneer GoodFuels have launched a joint trial
to the issues that our planet faces. We are excited to play a leading
of GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100 or BFO) on UECC’s
role in accelerating sustainable biofuel uptake for the ro-ro segment.
ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky, the companies have announced today.
This agreement demonstrates our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our existing tonnage and further complements
The three month trial will test 3,000 metric tonnes of sustainable
the emissions reductions on our existing LNG fleet, as well as our
biofuel on the 140m, 2080 vehicle carrier – a significant step in
LNG battery hybrid newbuilds.
advancing marine biofuel for the ro-ro segment. The biobunkering,
Daniel Gent, Energy & Sustainability Manager, UECC
which will take place in the Port of Rotterdam, will be the first in a series of bunkering operations between March and May 2020. M/V
We are proud to be bunkering sustainable marine Bio-Fuel Oil
Autosky will test BFO on its normal route between Zeebrugge,
on M/V Autosky, kicking off the first use of low-carbon fuels with
Belgium and Santander, Spain and will result in a reduction of more
our friends and partners at UECC. This trial will help UECC to
than 6,500 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions on a well-to-wake basis.
further prove the applicability and technical suitability of biofuels for the ro-ro segment. Importantly, we also want to prove to leading
The announcement comes at a time when the industry is under
car manufacturers that biofuels are a great way to immediately
increasing scrutiny to improve its sustainability and move towards
decarbonise their cargo and help change the sector for the better.
decarbonisation. With scalability, sustainable marine biofuel
Isabel Welten, CCO, GoodFuels
effectively allows shipowners and operators to comply with both the 2020 0.50% sulphur cap, as well as future regulations on carbon
Following the trial period UECC and GoodFuels will explore further
reduction by 2030 and 2050.
options for continuing marine biofuel uptake within the ro-ro segment.
GoodFuels’ BFO is the first ever residual fuel-equivalent biofuel,
UECC was founded in 1990 and is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen
requiring no changes to marine engines. The biofuel ‘drops in’
Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines.
to normal fuel tanks, virtually eliminating CO2 and substantially reducing SOX. Due to the absence of sulphur, the Bio-Fuel Oil can also be used to replace distillate fuels.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at goodfuels.com
GoodFuels Marine is a Netherlands based global pioneer
UECC (United European Car Carriers) is a leading short-sea
in sustainable marine fuels. The company has created a
operator and logistics provider for the transportation of cars,
one-stop shop for marine industry customers integrating
vans and high & heavy cargo in Europe. The company was
the entire supply chain for sustainable marine biofuels.
established in 1990 and holds contracts with all the major
From feedstock to tank, GoodFuels Marine’s proposition
vehicle manufacturers. With a fleet of about 20 purpose-built
covers elements of sourcing feedstock and ensuring its
vessels, UECC transports around 1.5 million car units, 30
100% sustainability, the production and refining, the global
000 high & heavy units and 300 000 tonnes breakbulk cargo
distribution, quality assurance and marketing programs with
annually. UECC also operates several vehicle terminals and
ports, governments and end clients. GoodFuels Marine has
break-bulk terminals in major European ports. UECC is owned
its operations RSB certified.
in equal shares by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, and by Wallenius
GoodFuels Marine is part of the GoodNRG Group, which
Lines of Stockholm, Sweden’s foremost shipping enterprise.
is active under various labels and companies in sales, marketing, trading, R&D and production of truly sustainable fuels for the transport segments for which biofuels is one of the best or only viable long-term alternative. GoodFuels has a partnership with Varo Energy on the distribution and development of speciality blending solutions for Low Carbon Marine fuels for the ARA region. Learn more about GoodFuels at goodfuels.com
23 MARCH 2020
ECU WORLDWIDE LAUNCHES
LCL EXPRESS SERVICE ‘XLERATE’ X LERATE will operate exclusively on the Shanghai to Los
XLERATE reiterates our commitment to provide an expedited
Angeles Lane and provide freight delivery services to 8
LCL product to our freight forwarding clients from Shanghai to the
inland CFS locations in the US
final CFS locations in the US. It combines the benefits of an express service with a day definite arrival and an all-inclusive simplified
ECU Worldwide, the global leader in LCL consolidation, has
fee structure which includes price per kilo on FOB Shanghai
launched LCL Express Service 'XLERATE'. It will be a CFS to CFS
basis through to the final CFS and the final CFS destination fees.
express service which leverages the industry leading ocean services
Our customer is assured of speedy final mile deliveries and cost
of MATSON Navigation from Shanghai in China to Los Angeles in
the US. It offers the fastest port to port transit time of 10 days
Tim Tudor, Chief Executive Officer, ECU Worldwide
from Shanghai to Los Angeles. The container vessel is offloaded at the bonded CFS of ECU Worldwide in Los Angeles 24 hours after
The new service has been designed as ECU Worldwide’s response
its scheduled arrival on a Sunday.
to Covid-19. The combination of increased demand for Airfreight services and reduction in air cargo capacity has caused an upsurge
ECU Worldwide further combines the market-leading ocean port to
in airfreight prices to 400% to 500% above pre CNY levels. This
port service with its Bonded IPI/ Express Team Driver Truck service
has created major backlogs of airfreight shipments at Shanghai
that departs from its Los Angeles Import Ocean CFS every Monday
airport. XLERATE is also meant to address the impact of a surge
night and provides freight delivery services to 8 Inland CFS locations
in airfreight rates owing to a massive reduction in international
across the eastern half of the US. Customers can get their goods
passenger flight cargo space.
cleared with the US Customs and then manage the final delivery with their regular local delivery provider. The service has been designed to provide the maximum benefits to the freight forwarding and NVOCC customers of ECU Worldwide.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at dachser.com
ACHSER, a premier global logistics solutions provider,
An effective LCL service comes down to timing—from the co-
announced that shippers looking for direct access from Europe
ordination of the grouping of goods and to the fixed container
to Chile can now take advantage of its new fixed weekly
trips between ports. Our management of this timing allows our
schedule of LCL services departing from Hamburg to San Antonio.
customers the benefit of improved planning and transit times as well as transparency of their shipments.
Referring to ‘less than container load,’ our new LCL service is
designed to meet the specific needs of our customers with smaller
Further, DACHSER offers interlocked logistics solutions through
merchandise quantities. The service not only optimizes efficiencies
its DACHSER Road Logistics and DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics
and reduces costs, but the fixed weekly schedule improves the
business fields, with services including transportation, warehousing
and complementing value-added services. DACHSER also handles
Guido Gries, Managing Director, DACHSER Americas
pre-carriage through its comprehensive European overland transportation network. This integrated service offers considerable
With this consolidated maritime freight service, DACHSER
benefits to DACHSER customers. These shipments can be tracked
collects container shipments from several European countries and
transparently from the supplier in Europe to a recipient in Chile or
consolidates the freight at its warehouse in Hamburg. From there,
anywhere in the world.
the shipment departs out of Hamburg to its final destination of San Antonio. Through DACHSER’s robust network, this service
The service offers customers streamlined container coordination
connects Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark,
and management of all sea freight imports deployed on first class
Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia to the Chilean
carriers to Chile. Thanks to our extensive European logistics
network we can offer seamless visibility from the door of the supplier in Europe to the final destination.
With its constantly growing network across the globe, DACHSER is creating ideal conditions for keeping goods moving along the
The new LCL services add to DACHSER’s already existing LCL
supply chain with its proven logistics capabilities. Businesses benefit
service offerings and wide range of rapidly growing destinations.
from seamless connection of customer markets in Chile, including
DACHSER allows customers a greater flexibility and choice by
collection and delivery of their valuable goods, from door-to-door.
continuing to increase the number of destinations served.
25 MARCH 2020
DACHSER EXPANDS CHILE’S CONNECTION WITH EUROPE WITH
NEW LCL SERVICE FORWARDER magazine
eta-description: As the coronavirus sweeps around the
Unfortunately, the addition of blank or cancelled sailings, a sailing
globe, ocean freight rolled cargo rates will rise, despite
that has been cancelled by the container carrier means global
spot rates approaching an economic bottom. Learn how
shippers will face additional uncertainty with cargo arrival dates,
advanced notifications and other data can improve collaboration and
inventory management, and much more. One thing is clear in this
prevent catastrophic disruption.
major disruption; rolled cargo advance notifications and other data
ROLLED CARGO ADVANCED NOTIFICATIONS
& OTHER DATA IN THE EVENT OF SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION While the global supply chain anticipates the potential disruption
affecting ocean freight shipping will improve collaboration between
of coronavirus, COVD-19, the illness is already contributing to a
BCOs and steamship lines and help circumvent the challenges
dramatic effect on ocean freight. According to Bill Mongelluzzo via the
caused by not only the coronavirus, but as well as the day to day
Journal of Commerce, US imports from Asia remained weaker than
delays that might occur.
usual for a post-Lunar New Year recovery period, and disruptions associated with the coronavirus have led to the cancelling of more than 80 sailings in February and March. Now, the coronavirus in this disruption is pushing carriers to forgo implementation of general rate increases, and relief does not yet appear on the horizon.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at ocean-insights.com
What was the pre-coronavirus status of rolled cargo? A study of more than two million data points was done using the Ocean Insights platform. In the study, only container lines that moved more than 10,000 containers were included. The result of this study was clear: container rollover is a serious issue affecting on average between 5 and 17% of all containers shipped. Consider the below two charts derived from these data points: Ocean shippers have already faced great problems in Here you can see the cargo rollover ratio among steamship lines is
holding steam ship lines accountable and ensuring on-time
almost a whopping 18%.
performance even before the Coronavirus crisis. Only shippers that had managed to deploy a successful ocean freight tracking system were able to discern immeasurable gains in supply chain efficiency by understanding how their shipping network performed and how container lines compared to one another. A retailer with manufacturing and e-commerce operations globally that implemented the Ocean Insights’ Ocean Freight Tracking System was able to realise that
If we isolate containers that undergo transshipment at various hubs
it's biggest problems revolved around the established
(transshipment ports), you can see that the ratio goes up quite
carriers’ consistent pattern of delays.
drastically and carrier 2 that had only 16% of rollovers in total has almost 32% rollovers when transhipment cargo is considered.
Isolating the biggest carrier’s performance data, the retailer realised that one-half of all shipments arrived between three and 27 days late which is already a significant disadvantage.
Disruption to the supply chain makes forecasting demand more difficult but not impossible The Ocean Insights' Ocean Freight Tracking System enables rolled
The correlation of total shipping volume and delayed volume,
cargo notifications through automated work flows. The platform by
exhibited in the figure 1 below, where the X-axis is the number of
providing advanced notifications of rolled cargo provides users with
volumes loaded and the Y-Axis is the number of volumes delayed,
the ability to recognize container carriersâ€™ performance outside of
reveals that total shipping volumes that were delayed at least seven
potential disruption areas or times.
days (all Carriers shown on this graph are delayed 7 days or more) are significant. As the incidence of delays occurred, the number of
Users of the platform will have insights provided to understand
additional delays grew exponentially. The insights provide the user
the average delays across all steamship lines and how such delays
with how many shipping volumes have the worst performance. The
contribute to potential delays for today.
blue line shows the correlation between the x-axis and the y-axis. The shadow is the 95% confidence level interval for predictions from
Both graphs (figure 1 and figure 2) are the correlation of total shipping volumes and total delayed volumes (figure 1 is based on carrier perspective and figure 2 is based on the port-pairs perspective).
the linear model.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at ocean-insights.com
Ports also experienced similar trends, shown below.
Volume delays might not be a big problem for shippers though. Delays will happen, but recognising when they happen, when they
(Figure 2): Correlation between total shipping volumes and at least
are likely to happen based on real data, and which carrier lines to
7-day delayed volumes by shipping ports in a regression model (R-2
work with at the height of a global supply chain crisis â€“ like the
coronavirus â€“ can help keep delays in check.
The high R-squared means there is a small difference between the
What will happen now?
observed data and the fitted values. A positive correlation coefficient
The coronavirus is going to keep spreading. Countries around the
means that as the value of one variable increases, the value of the
globe now have confirmed cases, and the chances of the virusâ€™s
other variable increases; as one decreases the other decreases.
sudden disappearance are slim to none. The global economy is in
For instance, the regression model is good in this situation and it
the unrest before the storm, and when the virus does take root,
captures the properties of the data. Higher loaded volumes will get
those with an eye on data and automated processes that streamline
higher delayed volumes. But if higher loaded volumes get just a small
ocean freight management will have the greatest advantage. There
amount of delayed volumes, this indicates good performance.
is still the possibility of containment, but even if that does happen,
If lower loaded volumes get a higher amount of delayed volumes,
the next economic disaster could be around the corner. By taking
this indicates bad performance.
the steps to prepare for the future with more data and automation to manage rolled cargo, carrier selection, contract negotiation, and everything in between, shippers and container carriers can guarantee the continuance of their successes. Josha Brazil, Chief Operations Officer, Ocean Insights
Josha Brazil works as the Chief Operations Officer of Ocean Insights. Ocean Insights has a best-in-class ocean visibility software and a team of experts to make supply chain data visible and actionable. They bring down your demurrage and detention fees, support day-to-day operations and strategic decisions within the freight industry. FORWARDER magazine
ost temperature loggers can only be downloaded once
The Smashtag temperature logger is started with a simple button
they have been retrieved at the final shipping destination.
push but if this is not done for any reason, the logger does have a
The more recent options are expensive RF devices which
default logging mode that will capture the data at a lower logging
require either a custom receiver or a cellular connection, which usually
rate than normal to ensure that every journey is captured.
limits the points where data can be gathered and shared. Customers range from those involved in long distance shipping
Smashtag is a wireless temperature logger which can be downloaded
of frozen products to same day shipments of pharmaceuticals or
by anyone in the chain who has a phone or tablet with the Smashtag
fresh produce. For short duration deliveries, Smashtags can be used
app installed within 20 metres. Although the data can be downloaded
multiple times with the new â€˜Journeyâ€™ feature reducing the cost per
by any phone or tablet, only authorised parties can access the data
journey to only pence in some applications.
via the Cloud web console. For example, a driver can download the data when the shipment is collected, in transit or upon delivery and
Bluetooth was our wireless technology of choice for cost and
have confirmation it has been uploaded to the Cloud but will not
useability. It is a global technology with the same frequency and
be able to view the data if this is deemed private information. The
approvals worldwide meaning that there are no restrictions on
temperature data can be captured as many times as is needed, but
which countries Smashtag can be used in. RF loggers in comparison
the Cloud software simply sorts it into the correct sequence for
have different products depending on where the logger is being used
viewing by those authorised to do so. Alternatively, emails can be
in the world, Europe, US and Japan all have different radio laws.
sent to notify people of an upload and the data can be viewed in files such as a spreadsheet.
With Bluetooth being so popular in phones and tablets, the cost of the electronics is so low, you can be sure someone nearby has a phone
Testing has shown the signal can be detected from outside a shipping
with Bluetooth meaning Smashtag is competitive with USB loggers
container and we are developing a low-cost receiver that can be
despite offering most of the advantages of expensive RF systems.
placed in permanent positions in warehouses to reduce the need to actually find and collect the loggers.
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TWENTY YEARS & COUNTING...
In the last five years we have invested heavily in bespoke freight software, to the tune of some £¾ million. And we have always invested in our people, without whom we would not be where we are today. In our time we have entered the BIFA awards on just four occasions, between 2002 and 2015. Finalists on each occasion, we picked up the winner’s trophy on two occasions for Best European Service Provider. The most memorable testimonial we have had was in the early days, but
is still relevant today. It read,
e’ve been moving freight for almost twenty years
Your reputation as a doer’ is refreshing by
contrast to the plethora of suppliers I am burdened with who can't do.
now. Groupage, part-load and full-load. It started with Italy, then came Spain, closely followed by
Portugal and Greece. And we don’t just mean the main cities, but the whole of each country, their islands and dependencies included. From day one we decided to specialise in just a few markets but to also have a niche focus on the carriage of dangerous goods. We now
The aim of Ital Logistics is to provide a quality, reliable and
have four DGSAs and are the forwarder of choice for many of our
personalised service, with openness, honesty and integrity, and to
same sector companies. That’s not all though. Glance right about
always perform to the very best of our abilities.
8–10” and you can see everything we do. In all honesty I don’t think we can do any more than that. We operate from our bespoke 16,000ft² facility in Heywood, Lancashire, just to the North side of the M60 which encircles
Glance right again and you can see how to contact us.
Manchester. With 24/7 gated security, more cameras than the BBC (well...29) and 24/7 monitored intruder alarm systems, it provides a safe
We look forward to hearing from you.
environment to work from and offers peace of mind for our clientele.
Phil Denton, Managing Director, Ital Logistics
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2 MARCH 2020
FTA BEGINS ANNUAL SEARCH FOR
UK’S BEST VAN DRIVERS T he search has begun for the UK’s best van drivers with the
A presentation will be made at the end of the day to celebrate all
launch of FTA’s 2020 Driver of the Year competition. Now
individual task winners, the Van Excellence Driver of the Year as well
in its seventh year, the popular event will take place on
as FTA’s overall Van Driver of the Year. Winners will be presented
Saturday 13 June 2020 at the Bott Ltd facilities in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
with a trophy on the day and prizes include a £1000 holiday voucher as well as Amazon vouchers.
Successful entrants will complete a variety of tasks on the day of
the competition and will be judged on driving style, risk perception,
Van Excellence accredited operators can benefit from priority access
manoeuvring, fuel economy, legislative knowledge and vehicle
to the competition, which is now open, while general entry will
defect checking. The competition – sponsored by The AA, Bott
open on 16 March 2020. Entries are initially limited to one driver
Ltd, Brigade Electronics, Hertz UK Ltd, Lex Autolease, Quartix and
per company and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis
TVL – is aimed at recognising and celebrating the very best drivers
with all entries closing on Friday 24 April 2020.
from the very best van operators. Further information on the event and how to enter your outstanding Van drivers are required to be safe, efficient and compliant, and
drivers can be found at fta.co.uk/vdoy20
the tasks we have chosen for the entrants to complete in this year’s competition will test their skills across these three areas. The growth
Efficient logistics is vital to keep the UK trading, directly having an
of vans for varied trade use such as plumbing or floristry, together
impact on more than seven million people employed in the making,
with the rise of internet shopping, has resulted in van drivers playing an
selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other
increasing role in the UK economy. FTA looks forward to recognising
disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders
and rewarding these outstanding individuals who can demonstrate
and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important
excellent manoeuvring, observation and concentration skills, as well as
to UK plc. FTA is one of the biggest business groups in the UK,
their ability to work safely and efficiently in line with best practice.
supporting, shaping and standing up for safe and efficient logistics. We
Kevin Green, Director, FTA
are the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at fta.co.uk
n response to news that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, will commit billions in spending to improve infrastructure across the UK, Christopher Snelling, Head of
UK Policy, comments... FTA has been urging government to commit to a programme of
infrastructure improvement for several years; we are thrilled to see the Chancellor has pledged to spend billions of pounds on upgrades across the UK. Businesses within the logistics sector rely on safe, effective and well-maintained road networks to keep goods moving across the UK, but the poor state of roads across the nation has compromised their ability to do so; the economic performance of the country has suffered as a result. Now, we are calling on government to press ahead urgently with its plans; the UKâ€™s road and rail network has been subject to chronic underinvestment for many years and this programme is long overdue.
BUDGET 2020 11 MARCH 2020
ROAD & RAIL INVESTMENT GOOD NEWS FOR INDUSTRY
9 MARCH 2020
IRU REPORT FORECASTS
ALARMING JUMP IN DRIVER SHORTAGE IN EUROPE G eneva, 9th March 2020: According to research from
To encourage more women and young people into the profession,
IRU, the European road transport sector is facing a 13%
it is essential that improvements are made to guarantee better
increase in its commercial driver shortage in 2020.
working conditions. There also needs to be greater state involvement in facilitating young people to become qualified drivers and help them
IRU carried out research amongst small and medium transport and
overcome the high costs required for training and qualifications.
logistics companies in a number of European countries, calculating
It is also necessary to change transport regulations. To use the
the commercial freight driver shortage on the continent to rise from
acquired qualifications, students must be able to work. However,
23% in 2019 to 36% in 2020.
the regulations only allow them to do so after they become 21 years old. There is a risk that before they reach this age, they will start
According to IRUâ€™s report, Poland and Romania are two of the most
working elsewhere and will not return to this profession.
heavily impacted European countries. In Poland, driver shortage
Jan Buczek, President, ZMPD (Association of International Road
stands at 22% and is expected to jump by 15 points this year. In
Hauliers in Poland)
Romania, the situation is even more critical as the 50% driver shortage recorded in 2019 is foreseen to reach 62% this year.
When it comes to young drivers, 11% of the workforce in Poland are younger than 25 years old, while in Romania, the average age of
Lack of women exacerbates driver shortage
drivers sits at 41 years old. Although these figures are better than
Poland and Romania see the lowest rates of female drivers in Europe
the European averages â€“ 7% of European drivers are below 25 years
- 2% of the commercial driver workforce. Reasons deterring women
old and the average age of commercial drivers is 45 in Europe, much
from entering the profession include difficult working conditions, a
remains to be done when it comes to bringing the profession closer
lack of safe and secure parking areas, and long periods spent away
to the youth.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at iru.org
Some of IRU’s concrete actions and proposed solutions include... • Lowering and harmonising minimum age to become a professional driver • Development of a joint Charter together with the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) to improve treatment of drivers at delivery sites • Creation and funding of more and better safe and secure truck parking areas IRU is already making significant progress in tackling the European driver shortage, securing €60 million worth of EU funding for the development of Safe & Secure Truck Parking Areas (SSTPAs) and High emigration rate worsening
setting up the Women in Transport Talks initiative to encourage
driver shortage in Romania
more women into the profession. In addition, IRU has formed a
In Romania, a key cause of the driver shortage is down to high
number of partnerships, including with ILO (International Labour
numbers of the population emigrating. Official figures show that
Authority) and ETF (European Transport Workers Federation).
in the last 10 years 3.4 million Romanians have left the country. While we have secured successes and set important groundwork, There are a number of things that can be done in order to alleviate
more actions, including public-private cooperation, are needed
the worrying, and aggravating, driver shortage in Romania - including
urgently, to ensure our industry continues to strive and to deliver,
carrying out training for professional reconversion of other sectors’
as the lifeblood of the global economy.
unemployed personnel; decreasing the minimum age for drivers in the
Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, IRU
country from 21 to 18; and importing a non-EU qualified labour force. Constantin Isac, President, UNTRR (the National Union of Road Hauliers from Romania)
ABOUT IRU IRU is the world road transport organisation, promoting
economic growth, prosperity and safety through the sustainable
The driver shortage remains a universal problem – across Europe
mobility of people and goods. Founded in 1948, IRU has
and beyond – and one that IRU is committed to work with its
members and activities in more than 100 countries. IRU has
members and policy makers to help solve.
been managing the only global customs transit system for moving goods across international borders (TIR) since 1949.
2 MARCH 2020
SHACKLEFORD TRANSPORT FIRM CELEBRATES
A GOLDEN AGE OF BUSINESSIN EUROPE A local family-run transport company has marked its fiftieth
To have been in business in this sector for fifty years is a fantastic
anniversary by investing in eleven new vehicles as it
achievement and is testament to the hard work of the Miller family
continues to expand its operation.
and its entire team. The company is an important part of the Palletways network and a regular Palletways Platinum club member
Shackleford-based Frederick R Miller Ltd has purchased six new
in recognition of its first-class customer service.
tractor units and five 18 tonne lorries to grow the fleet. The firm
Rob Gittins, Managing Director, Palletways UK
is a member of Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network and operates across Guildford, Kingston
Frederick R Miller has a strong reputation for delivering a quality
upon Thames and Reading.
service and cost-effective solutions. With experience in palletised freight distribution as a member of Palletways, it offers services for
We’re celebrating a momentous half a century in business. The
urgent/overnight freight and next day or same-day deliveries. These
company was started by my father with just two trucks which were
are all tracked and visible via Palletways’ systems. With extensive
used to transport logs to the paper mills in Kent. We now employ 50
storage facilities, and the capacity to move full and part loads, the
staff, own and operate 25 vehicles and have more than 40,000 sq.ft
company offers a complete end to end service for its customers.
of warehousing and storage space. Our continued association with Palletways has enabled us to progress over the years as technology has
The company is one of over 115 independent transport providers
become more advanced. The unique selling points of Palletways, like
that are part of the Palletways UK network. They benefit from
its state-of-the-art IT and tracking systems, estimated time of arrivals
shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver
technology and additional pallet sizes, have helped us enormously to
consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost
increase our postcode areas and delivery quantities. It’s also great to
effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group, famed for
get support and advice from Palletways and fellow members to benefit
its industry-leading IT developments and operational systems,
our business and customer base. The business will stay in the family
comprises 4500+ depots and 23 hub operations, through which it
for the future which is looking positive and bright.
provides collection and distribution services across 24 European
Ian Miller, Managing Director, Frederick R Miller
countries, including the UK.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at frederickmiller.co.uk
ABOUT IMPERIAL LOGISTICS LIMITED Imperial Logistics is mainly an African and Eurozone logistics
provider of outsourced, integrated freight management, Ocean Road contract logistics and distributorship - customised to ensure
Where time is of the
Where cost, not time, is of
Where the focus
essence, we certainly
the essence, we again
is Europe, we still
speak your language.
speak your language. speak your language. The group is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
the relevance and competitiveness of our clients.
in South Africa and employs approximately 30 000 people 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
of infrastructure, policy, governance, language and culture.
Palletways is a subsidiary of Imperial Logistics International –
Ranked among the top 25 global logistics providers, Imperial
Logistics has trucks... established capabilities in transportation, ...not ‘planes, ships or
the international division of Imperial Logistics Limited.
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 23 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.+44 www.palletways.com
chemical and automotive. (0)20 3918 0500 firstname.lastname@example.org www.imperiallogistics.com aspenfreight.com
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ecently the importance of last-mile services has increased, and is expected to increase more in the coming years. In a recent study by McKinsey and Company, it was found
that the global parcel delivery (only drop-off delivery) was worth $70 billion, with the big countries of the US, China, and Germany making up 40% of that number. Furthermore, the last-mile market increased in 2015 by 7-10% in the developed countries and by 100% in developing countries. With that amount of money at stake, becoming a leader in that market can give you access to continuously growing revenue. One of the leading companies with regard to speed and pricing of
Source: Parcel delivery â€“ The future of last mile, McKinsey&Company
same-day deliveries has become Amazon. They have been on the forefront and have received tons of media attention for their plans
The brunt of expedited service falls on the shoulders of businesses in
to integrate near instantaneous delivery with the use of drones. On
the industry to make certain they can lower their costs to handle the
Dec 7. 2016, Amazon was able to complete an order, from purchase
growing market. Younger consumers especially are becoming more
to delivery, in 13 minutes, as shown on robotictrends. Not only that,
demanding and pushing for faster and faster delivery times. When
but they have applied to patent a floating warehouse where drones
you consider that movies/TV shows and music are all experienced
can load and deliver packages across a city in record time.
instantaneously, it isnâ€™t unreasonable that people will expect similar expediency when purchasing products from home.
The demand for quick delivery is guaranteed to grow, though cost is still the largest deciding factor when consumers are choosing their
Two areas that can see a lot of growth, and are currently most
delivery preference. In its current state, 70% of consumers were
affected by perceived slow delivery times are Groceries and
happy with choosing the cheapest option for delivery. However,
Medications. Both of these markets have their own reason for
approximately 30% were willing to pay extra for timely service,
second-thought in regards to door to door delivery. Groceries are
though no more than 3 USD.
expected to be fresh, and medication is often time sensitive, so anything other than same day delivery just wonâ€™t do. Startups have slowly been forming in the past years trying to take advantage of the openings created by the demand for delivered goods, meaning even more competition being created.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at optimoroute.com
Becoming a capable and reliable delivery provider may not only increase business, but it improves customer relations and improves brand reputation. Modern IT systems, such as route optimization systems, are becoming a must for logistic companies in order to remain competitive by increasing the level of service while also keeping costs under control. This article originally appeared on optimoroute.com
Source: Parcel delivery â€“ The future of last mile, McKinsey&Company
The growth of Last-mile, or final-mile services could soon be the differentiating factor in purchasing. Consumers have long grown weary of unattended deliveries (unattended in this sense means having to pick up a parcel from a brick and mortar shop ie. UPS store). If you had to leave your house to pick up an order, what is the point of ordering remotely and choosing delivery?
SAME-DAY DELIVERY IS GROWING BUT CONSUMERS ARE PRICE SENSITIVE
ncreased awareness and changing consumer habits have made
In other cases, packaging companies are instead focusing on smarter
waste a bigger problem than ever for packaging and logistics
manufacturing approaches that create more recyclable packaging out
companies. Sustainability is a hot-button topic for consumers,
of existing material. For example, we've seen an increased focus on
who are more likely to support brands that demonstrate a
mono-material packaging, which is easier for recycling companies to
commitment to sustainability.
handle. Recyclable materials don't need to be separated out from each piece of packaging.
The shift in public attitude is encouraging the industry to pivot to more sustainable practices and investigate new options for eco-
The industry is also increasingly taking advantage of recycled material
friendly and low-waste packaging. Here are the packaging trends
– like recycled cardboard, plastic and paper – in new packaging design.
that are making logistics more sustainable right now. Sustainable cargo and freight Designing for reuse and recycling
Businesses in the supply chain are also finding new ways to make
Recycling is a large and growing industry, and more consumers than ever
transportation of packaged goods more sustainable. It's responsible
are willing to take the extra steps needed to recycle used packaging.
for a significant portion of the overall emissions created by the supply chain. As a result, even small improvements to efficiency can
However, there are still significant obstacles to recycling that can
improve its carbon footprint.
discourage consumers. In order to be recycled, packaging needs to meet a long list of criteria — including cleanliness, separability and
Major vehicle manufacturers are beginning to develop new electric
a material mix that isn't too varied.
18-wheelers, which consume no diesel fuel at all. Some of these trucks are expected to hit the road later this year. Manufacturers are also creating
Significant amounts of packaging don't meet these criteria. For
more fuel-efficient vehicles designed with improved aerodynamics,
example, the traditional manufacturing method for a bag of chips
reduced weight and lowered rolling resistance on their tires.
produces a bag created out of several layers of difficult-to-separate foil or plastic. The interior layer is typically a metalized film that
At the same time, companies are also looking for ways to make
keeps the chips fresh, but it can't be recycled. These traditionally-
existing trucks more eco-friendly. Right now, some businesses
manufactured bags, if placed in a recycling bin, won't be recycled.
are experimenting with alternatives to diesel to reduce emissions
Instead, they will need to be sorted out and sent to landfill.
without upgrading to new vehicles.
As a result, packaging companies are looking to other materials
Businesses in the supply chain are also experimenting with new
and manufacturing approaches that could create packaging that's
ways to optimize fuel use. For example, some companies are using
easier to recycle.
shipping tactics like platooning, where trucks group together into a convoy, reducing air resistance and increasing fuel efficiency. Others
In some cases, this means investigating entirely new materials. One
are experimenting with advanced systems to minimize idle time. Sea-
example includes synthetic clay-based coatings for chip bags, which are
based shippers have started using PortCDM, an industrywide data-
much less permeable and could result in packaging that is more recyclable.
sharing initiative, to reduce the time ships spend waiting to berth.
The pivot to biodegradable materials is also leading packaging
One major challenge that packaging companies currently face is the
companies to swap out traditional adhesives. Alternatives like
enduring popularity of non-biodegradable materials like plastic.
hot-melt adhesives, which can be biodegradable, are being used as sustainable replacements for shipping tape and other less-than-eco-
Plastic, while highly flexible, has one significant drawback. Once it's
friendly shipping adhesives.
thrown out by consumers, it sticks around in one form or another. Out in the world, plastic waste then has serious environmental impacts.
At the same time, the industry is also starting to avoid non-
It breaks down into barely-visible pieces that are swallowed by wildlife,
biodegradable packing material, like styrofoam peanuts, in favor
leaching chemicals into waterways and accumulating over time.
of more sustainable options. These earth-friendly choices include biodegradable packing peanuts and airbags made from bioplastics
Because consumer demand for new goods continues to grow, the
or other easily recyclable materials.
use of plastics and the problem of plastic waste is expected to only worsen in the future. As a result, the packaging industry is looking at
How the packaging industry
alternatives to conventional plastics and non-biodegradable materials.
is becoming more sustainable Growing consumer awareness of the relationship between consumption
Packaging companies are switching to existing alternatives, like
and waste has made sustainability more important for every industry.
paper, that will break down over time, as well as adopting new
This is especially true of the packaging industry, which produces
options, like bioplastics, which biodegrade easily under the right
significant amounts of non-degradable and non-recyclable material.
conditions. Unlike conventional plastics, these bioplastics, which are made out of biological materials like corn, beans and plant husks,
As a result, the packaging industry is beginning to seriously
are often biodegradable. This means they won't hang around in the
investigate new materials and methods that can make packaging more
environment long after they were used.
sustainable. Major trends include a pivot towards biodegradable and recycled materials, as well as a push for easier-to-recycle packaging.
Because bioplastics are manufactured from biological materials, they can also be a way for packaging companies to cut down on their use
Megan Nichols, contributing writer
of petroleum-based products.
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24 MARCH 2020
SMOOTHLY TRANSFER A TRANSFORMER T he project logistics team at C.H. Robinson was recently
No damage was incurred during the operation and a safe pad-to-pad
involved in relocating an electrical transformer from
transfer was completed. C.H. Robinson's experts on the ground were
a decommissioned turbine farm to serve as backup to
able to keep the job moving and assist with any issues that arose, big
existing transformers on a newer turbine farm.
or small, including a flat tire on the main truck, inadequate rigging for lifting the transformer, cattle grill hang-ups and railway line crossings
The scope was to supply the crane and riggers plus the inland
etc. Regular safety meetings were held as each leg was handled,
trucking from one mesa hilltop to another in Texas. The transformer
especially during transportation and unloading. Working face-to-face
measured 5.08 x 3.35 x 4.30m and weighed 59mtn. The project also
with the customer's site manager, crew and truckers, as well as the
involved two loads of parts and accessories, weighing 30mtn.
crane operator and riggers, helped keep everyone safe and on task.
One of the main challenges was accessing the roads leading in and out of the two sites. The origin site had a railway line running parallel with the county road and the shipper had to build up fill dirt on both sides of the track to level the ground (as photographed in the gallery below) so the trucks could cross safely as without this, the main transformer load would not have cleared the tracks. There were also cattle grills along the access roads so metal sheets were laid out to help prevent damage. An all-terrain forklift that was transported to both origin and destination sites was used to load and unload the loose equipment. The transformer loading took place at the origin on a Friday and was transferred to the county road by the end of the day. Then, the transformer was transported 30 miles to the destination site on Saturday morning and unloaded on Saturday afternoon.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at bsmgroup.net
ast week, BSMG (members in Mauritania) completed the loading and delivery of two units of breakbulk equipment weighing 100tns along with 20 containers for a Somelec
power line project. The operations ran quickly and smoothly with all the customs clearance procedures and delivery done in the same day as the berthing of the vessel, Grand Francisco. BSMG was congratulated by their client for the great service, quick operations and good communications. BSMG is considered a great logistics provider for projects in Mauritania due to our good equipment and experienced team.
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IN SAUDI ARABIA
e are pleased to introduce Satcon Logistics as our
Satcon Logistics is a single-window solution for any freight
new member in Saudi Arabia. Their head office is in
forwarding, transportation, warehousing, packaging, customs
Riyadh with branch offices in Dammam and Jeddah.
clearance and relocation requirements. Based in Riyadh, we provide
Offering a full range of services, they say they are looking forward
national and international transportation and logistics services among
to the international support offered by UFO members.
the GCC countries. We ensure top of the line operational quality goes hand in hand with our customer-specific solutions which is fuelled by
Mathew Rekhesh at Satcon has confirmed his attendance at the next
our expert knowledge about every necessary detail of the industry.
UFO Network Meeting and introduces the company:
Offering convenient, secure, cost-effective and reliable movements over land, air and sea, our dedicated team and our array of trailers, trucks, cranes and small vehicles are at your service 24/7.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at cdragonexpress.com
e are pleased to introduce representation in Taiwan with Circle Dragon Express Ltd. Located in Taipei and offering a full range of freight forwarding,
logistics and related services, the company come recommended by current members. Circle Dragon Express is an rapidly growing international freight forwarder, logistics and transport management enterprise in Taiwan, providing air, sea and road services and founded in 2007. We have gained a great reputation in the cargo market both in Taiwan and worldwide. Our services are safe, rapid, efficient, reliable, innovative and effective and we maintain good relationships with the main airlines and carriers. With competitive pricing and a solutionoriented approach, we offer global logistics and forwarding which can be tailored to meet specific requirements using our sophisticated systems and with prompt and constant communication. We also undertake regular professional training to improve and update all aspect of our transport services and culture and maintain professionalism and courtesy. Carlos Chen, Circle Dragon Express Heavy cargo by air freighter from TPE to FRA, then transit to Moscow. Cargo consisting of a tube bending machine weighing 18,860kg and measuring 7.90 x 2.40 x 2.35m
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AIR & SEA PORTS
Any place where persons and merchandise are allowed to pass, by water or land, into and out of a country and where customs officers are stationed to inspect or appraise imported goods. Related topics Cargo handling Container terminals Drayage
AIR & SEA PORTS
PORT OF IPSWICH CELEBRATES NEW CONTRACT 2 MARCH 2020
WITH HAULAGE SERVICES PROVIDER
ssociated British Ports (ABP) has celebrated a new haulage
Speaking on behalf of one of ABP’s customers at the port,
services contract with skilled labour and port services
who will benefit from the new contract, Andrew Merton,
provider Felixstowe Agencies Ltd (FAL) at the Port of
COFCO International UK Fertiliser Trading Director, said:
Ipswich to enhance its customer offer at the port.
COFCO International UK imports a significant quantity of bulk fertiliser products to the Port of Ipswich. Therefore it is key to
In addition, FAL has purchased 14 new vehicles to enhance their
our business that we receive the highest possible discharge rates.
services, investing £300,000 and reaffirming its commitment to
Cargo handling and transport are a key component to this, and the
effective movement of product from vessel to store is vital. We have witnessed a significant improvement in the servicing of our business
We are delighted that ABP has appointed Felixstowe Agencies
through the Port of Ipswich.
Ltd to carry out haulage services at the Port of Ipswich, providing a seamless and efficient service to its customers. We look forward
Across its network of 21 ports, ABP has many years of unparalleled
to a mutually beneficial partnership.
expertise in safely handling a wide range of sensitive agricultural
Tim Meyer, Managing Director, FAL
materials, including high value combinable crops, fertiliser, feed and supplements.
The Port of Ipswich has also recently invested more than £ 4 million in two new bulk storage terminals, the Orwell Bulk and Cliff Bulk
We are proud to have been working closely with Felixstowe
Terminals, adding more than 7,000sqm of storage space, and also
Agencies Ltd. since 2013 to service customers at the Port of Ipswich
unveiled a new fertiliser bagging and blending facility at the port.
and we look forward to continuing our collaboration in future. Our extensive portfolio of facilities, backed by well-equipped operations help ensure safe and time-efficient handling for our customers, providing the flexible solutions they need to keep Britain trading. Andy Constable, Head of Operations – Port of Ipswich, ABP
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at abports.co.uk
o d ay,
British Ports (ABP)
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and
announce the appointment of
other transport related businesses creating a unique national
Lee Armstrong as ABP’s new
network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
Group Head of Commercial (Rail). This is a new role created
The company contributes £7.5 billion to the UK economy
to develop and drive the new
every year and supports 119,000 jobs. Our current investment
company strategy around rail
programme promises to further increase our contribution to
and support our customers’
regional economies around the UK.
broader logistics requirements. ABP... Lee is currently the Commercial Director of GB Railfreight and has over
• Handles over 1.5 million vehicles every year
30 years’ experience in the rail sector. Lee has worked across a range
• Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
of different roles across; operations, general management, programme
• Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
management, strategy, business development and commercial functions.
• Has 1,000 hectares of open storage • Handles around 90 million tonnes of cargo each year
Lee will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill to drive
• Owns 5,000 hectares of port estate
our new strategy around the development of our rail services.
• Has 87km of quay
Rail is a key part of our new strategy – we already have a rail freight
Our five-year investment programme across the group is
terminal at Hams Hall and 16 of our ports are rail connected. We
worth £1 billion. Our investment is designed to respond to the
are looking for more innovative logistics and supply chain solutions
needs of our customers whose business relies on our ports for
for our customers and we are delighted that Lee has agreed to join
access to international and, in some cases, domestic markets.
us to the lead delivery of our rail strategy. Julian Walker, Chief Commercial Officer, ABP 3 MARCH 2020
ABP APPOINTS NEW
GROUP HEAD OF COMMERCIAL (RAIL) FORWARDER magazine
AIR & SEA PORTS
PORT OF TYNE SUPPORTS HEALTH & WELLBEING 4 MARCH 2020
IN NORTH TYNESIDE
ocal people in North Tyneside are set to benefit from improved
Activities will include healthy walk and run sessions, confidence and
health and wellbeing, thanks to a new partnership between the
self-esteem building, coping techniques for anxiety and depression,
Port of Tyne and Tyneside and Northumberland Mind.
and Wellness Recovery Action Plans.
Through its sponsorship of Tyneside and Northumberland Mind’s
We are delighted to enable Tyneside and Northumberland Mind
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Community Sessions, the Port will
to deliver their Healthy Body, Healthy Mind sessions within North
support those experiencing mental health problems to access
Tyneside. The Port of Tyne is committed to supporting its local
wellbeing and resilience sessions, workshops and activities within
community, and we hope that the sessions will help vulnerable or
their local community.
socially-isolated people within the community to thrive. Louise Tinkler,
The support from the Port of Tyne will enable our activities to
Director of Human Resources & Communications, Port of Tyne
reach people that we would otherwise be unable to. Many people within our local community face barriers to attending our services
The funding from the Port of Tyne will enable Tyneside and
– due to finances, stigma or disabilities – and the Port’s support will
Northumberland Mind to deliver sessions through to October 2021.
enable us to deliver engaging, interactive sessions in a community venue that they already access and feel comfortable attending.
Since 2007, the Port has supported over 680 organisations, engaging
Lisa Taylor, Wellbeing & Resilience Projects Co-ordinator,
with more than 680,000 people.
Tyneside & Northumberland Mind The Healthy Body, Healthy Mind sessions will offer practical tools and techniques to help build resilience, with the aim of giving people the confidence to effectively self-manage their mental health.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at portoftyne.co.uk
ABOUT PORT OF TYNE Port of Tyne is one of the UK's major deep-sea ports operating in bulk and conventional cargo, car terminals, cruise & ferry, port centric logistics, offshore and estates Overall the Port of Tyne adds some ÂŁ690 million gross value added to the economy of North East England supporting over 14,000 jobs directly and indirectly For more information about Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, please visit: tynesidemind.org.uk
AIR & SEA PORTS
28 FEBRUARY 2020
EXTENSION TO SUCCESSFUL UNIFEEDER SERVICE P D Ports welcomes the announcement of an additional UK
Short-sea services are the lifeblood of our ports and our valued
hub port added to the successful Unifeeder Teesport â€“
partnership with Unifeeder offers more routes for customers in and
Europe service launched in 2018.
out of Europe and into the UK. Adding additional UK port calls to the existing weekly rotation further supports the flexibility offered to
The service, introduced in August 2018, connecting Teesport with
customers shipping goods between the UK and Europe and reduces
Dunkerque and Antwerp will now call at London Gateway as part
the need for land transport for cargo. We have invested heavily here
of the existing weekly rotation.
in the North East and our customers are increasingly searching for routes that offer direct access to their markets. Using Teesport with its excellent road and rail connections, and in particular its well established twice-daily Scottish rail service, opens up the north of England and Scotland; providing cross-channel services linking the Netherlands, Belgium, France and into Germany using road transport. We understand that customers want direct access and guaranteed schedules. There has been an increasing demand to move away from the congestion at some of the major European and UK ports and using Teesport, along with our other locations means we can partner with companies offering solutions that work for both the UK and mainland European customers. Kim Catterick, General Manager â€“ Key Accounts, PD Ports
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at portoftyne.co.uk
he Port of Tyne has announced it will be the first UK port
We are excited to join this innovative, world-leading and
to join the Connected Ports Partnership. The global data
collaborative initiative. We look forward to learning from each
and resource sharing initiative was welcomed by the new
other and being the first in the UK to work towards co-creating
Maritime Minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP, as she congratulated the Port
a global hub of connected ports by extending important maritime
of Tyne on being at the forefront of driving innovation across the
developments such as data standardisation.
North East’s international logistics cluster.
Matt Beeton, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne
The development of our world-leading maritime ports is
Since launching the UK’s first Maritime 2050 Innovation Hub,
fundamental to our success as a global trading nation and I’m delighted
the Port of Tyne has been collaborating to develop solutions to
to see the Port of Tyne become the first in the UK to join this exciting
technological challenges facing the maritime sector and the wider
partnership. This announcement underlines our commitment to a
smarter, cleaner and more efficient maritime industry that supports 181,000 jobs and generates billions of pounds for the economy.
The Connected Ports Partnership is about co-creating new models of data exchange, and collaboration is vital for sustainable
Connected Ports is a collaboration between a network of global
development across international gateways. Ports have a major role
operators, which include the ports of Rotterdam, Gdansk, Helsinki,
to play in using smart technology that can improve global logistics.
Hamburg and Los Angeles.
Joyce Bliek, Director Digital Business Solution, Port of Rotterdam
In order to take major steps forward in the efficiency and cost reduction
The first step in joining the Connected Ports Partnership will see the
of world trade lanes and reduce carbon emissions, it is necessary to
Port of Tyne advance the seamless trade in sharing data by adopting
have a shared logistics system. Through pooling data and resources, the
shared technology to co-develop a mutual platform for monitoring
Connected Ports Partners aim to transform the way ports operate.
shipping and environmental data.
PORT OF TYNE FIRST UK PORT TO BECOME A CONNECTED PORTS PARTNER 2 MARCH 2020
AIR & SEA PORTS
25 MARCH 2020
PORT OF HAMBURG:
LEASE AND FEES DEFERRAL FOR THE PORT SECTOR A ll tenants of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) in the port
In order to relieve the burden on passenger shipping, including
of Hamburg can apply for the interest-free moratorium
barges, which was particularly hit hard by the Corona crisis, the
of the building- and land lease for the months April, May
HPA will waive all port dues – the so-called combi-dues – for the
and June. Payments can be deferred until December 31, 2020. The
entire second quarter of 2020.
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg furthermore supports the port
industry in the current difficult situation by deferring charges. Ocean
Senator for Economics Michael Westhagemann: “The Port of
carriers, inland shipping companies and port skippers for example
Hamburg must continue to operate without restrictions, even in
are able to request a moratorium for port dues payments for the
the most difficult times. That is why we help the port companies – in
months of April, May and June. This deferral can also be granted
addition to the rescue package put in place by the Free and Hanseatic
until December 31, 2020.
City of Hamburg for all companies affected by the Corona crisis throughout Hamburg – inter alia through the deferral of leases and
In the case of berth occupancy charges, particularly environmentally
fees. Quick action is necessary now. That is why I have asked the
friendly vessels are to be relieved to a considerable extent. The
HPA for immediate implementation of these measures.“
decisive factor here, is the so-called tier-level of the ship, an international emission classification. From March 17 to June 30, 2020
The rescue package and protective umbrella also includes the Port
the following extended rebates are applicable to all ocean-going
of Hamburg. The coordinated aid package will also help this part of the
vessels for their laytime:
maritime industry to stem the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Especially in the current situation, the Port of Hamburg can rely on the
• 100% rebate for vessels that have continuously obtained shore power from renewable energy in the port • 90% rebate for tier-3 vessels and/or vessels that have obtained shore power,
support of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Our assertion still applies. We make what is necessary possible. Arrangements for the implementation of the other components of the rescue package are currently in full swing. Yesterday’s decisions of the Federal Government
• 50% rebate for tier-2 vessels
are currently being incorporated into our relief efforts.
• 20% rebate for tier-1 vessels.
Andreas Dressel, Senator for Finance
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at hafen-hamburg.de
n the last few days media have reported about bottlenecks in
With the recovery of the Chinese economy, which is already making
the supply of empty containers. Generally, these referred to the
itself noticeable, shipping, cargo handling, and seaport-hinterland
Container Availability Index (CAx) published by the firm xChange.
transport in China will be heading back toward normal operations. In
Since the supply of empty containers is crucial for port customers
view of a slowing economy in Europe, we do not expect to see shortages
in trade, industry, and transportation, Port of Hamburg Marketing
in the supply of empty containers in Hamburg or the hinterland.
(HHM) conducted a flash poll this week asking shipping lines about
Axel Mattern, CEO, Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM)
the current situation. The results will be of interest to consigners, since the poll showed that shipping lines see no appreciable scarcity
HHMâ€™s director pointed out that individual shipping lines might run into
of equipment in the Port of Hamburg or the German seaports.
temporary bottlenecks in supply if short-term imbalances between
Furthermore, they are not expecting any shortages to arise.
the flows of import and export container shipping occur. Scarcity can thus occasionally result from fluctuating supply and demand in inland
The shipping lines mentioned several factors that provide for a stable
areas. The depots in the hinterland play an important role in supplying
supply of empty equipment. Most shipping companies plan their
the market with empty equipment for shippers in the various regions.
disposition of empty boxes about 3 â€“ 4 weeks in advance. Generally, they take advantage of markets with an oversupply, such as the
According to Mattern, seaborne foreign trade on the whole can
USA, Great Britain, and Israel, as the source for empty containers
count on the situation easing as soon as shipping between Asia and
in Hamburg or other Northern European ports. Direct shipping of
Europe returns to normal and the demand for export containers
empties from China is rare and has not been necessary recently.
declines in connection with the changing economic conditions.
SUPPLY OF EMPTY CONTAINERS 23 MARCH 2020
AIR & SEA PORTS
rom the commencement of the shipping era, ships were
Emission Control Areas (ECA’s)
initially able to travel great distances by using sails and
Under MARPOL Annex VI, the International Maritime
oars. With the advent of the first Industrial Revolution,
Organization (IMO) can establish ECAs, where vessels have to
steam engines were the new cutting-edge technology. As
comply with the organisation's nitrogen and sulfur emissions.
the years went by, the internal-combustion engine was also
There are currently four ECAs, two of them in Northern
introduced, being part of the new introduced technology that
Europe. These are located in the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea
came along with the second Industrial Revolution.
area; the North American area (including coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea
The internal combustion engine remains the main drive used
area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).
not only by the shipping industry for the movement of large and smaller vessels throughout the globe, but also on a vast scale in
From 1 January 2015, it has been imposed that vessels consume
many segments of our modern economy (transport, industry,
fuel with less than 0.1% sulphur content while operating in these
manufacture, etc.). In general it is fed with fossil fuels like natural
ECAs (unless vessels have the necessary equipment – such as
gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.
scrubbers – to reduce sulphur emissions, or if they consume fuel such as LNG, or have a dispensation conferred by Reg. 14.4.4).
Pollution prevention Because of the adverse impacts that many vessels had to the
The European Union and China
environment due to operational or accidental causes, in 1973
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is also highly
the International Maritime Organization (IMO), introduced the
aware of the adverse impact of the shipping industry’s fuel
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from
emissions to the environment.
Ships (MARPOL), aiming to prevent the pollution of the marine
States have a strong preference for a global approach led by the
environment by ships. One of the most recent developments
International Maritime Organization (IMO) as this will be most
was the introduction of IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI – Prevention
of Air Pollution from Ships – which was introduced and entered
from 2018, all large ships (above 5000GT) using EU ports, to be
into force on 19 May 2005.
obliged to report their verified annual emissions.
According to the above mentioned annex, initially the sulfur
In August 2015, China also commenced several procedures
content of marine fuels has to be limited to 4.5% on a global basis,
in order to control more effectively maritime pollution. The
being further reduced to 3.5% from January 2012. Furthermore
National People’s Congress issued a number of amendments
the requirement by IMO to reduce sulfur content, will be further
concerning 'China’s 15-year old Air Pollution Prevention and
limited to 0.5% by 2020, unless IMO decides there is insufficient
control law.' According to the new regulations, vessels berthing
low sulfur fuel available, which will prolong the imposition of the
to Chinese ports must comply with government’s fuel emission
0.5% limit to 2025.
standards; otherwise strict fines will be imposed. In particular
The EU and its Member
But further to this opinion, EMSA has also decided
vessels must be certified for meeting the Chinese government’s
economically viable. The reason is that many shipping lines
emissions standards. Finally the Chinese ministry of transport
already operate with small profitability margins, thus such
also designated its own ECA’s.
investments cannot guarantee them a safe return in investment especially in the volatile shipping market. On the other hand the
Impact for Ship-owners
use of the more expensive low sulphur fuel oil in the long run
As ship owners see the forthcoming changes on reduced fuel
can also reflect a high cost operation of their fleet.
emissions, they have to react by either changing the fuel quality by using more expensive low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) (such as marine
According to Wang and Notteboom (2014), the use of LNG in
gasoil 'MGO' instead of heavy fuel oil 'HFO') or by reducing
the nearby future is expected to gain first momentum in niche
the emission level by using an exhaust gas cleaning or scrubbing
markets such as small ferry routes and regular liner traffic. In the
system (EGCS), or finally by investing in LNG technology.
longer run (perhaps from 2020) the adoption of LNG as a ship fuel on a global scale will rest on three main factors:
It is true that the option of installing scrubbers can be viable only
price difference between LNG and low sulphur fuel oil; (2) the
for the existing fleet, as it is not feasible to convert a vessel’s
global emission regulations (e.g. the global SOx limits enforced
Diesel machinery to LNG, due to fundamental technical and
in 2020 or 2025); (3) the availability of LNG bunkering facilities
expensive changes that must take place in the ship’s design
in a global context.
(greater space needed for LNG tanks and their installation). However even this solution cannot be guaranteed as 100%
Mr. Aris Kourkoubetis Bsc (Hons), Msc, contributing writer
THE IMPACT OF LNG POWERED VESSELS DEVELOPMENT ON PORTS & SHIP-OWNERS FORWARDER magazine
TECH & DIGITALISATION Digitalisation: leveraging digitisation to improve business processes.
(Digitisation: converting information from a physical into a digital format. Digital Transformation: the use of new, fast and frequently changing digital technology to solve problems.)
Related topics Robotics Drone technology Cloud data
TECH & DIGITALISATION
3 MARCH 2020
VISIBILITY, SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY TO DIGITAL SUPPLY NETWORK SOLUTIONS
lemica, the leading cloud-based Digital Supply Network
• ePOD (Proof of Delivery) – Shorten delivery cycles to customers
for global manufacturing industries announces the addition
by automating the assignment of shipments to drivers. Control
of extensive features to the Digital Supply Network and
which shipments are active for GPS tracking for enhanced
Supply Chain Solution suites which enhance product safety and
customer service. Optimize customer delivery requests in
customer experiences. Significant improvements for visibility of
multiple languages and special delivery instructions to drivers.
product shipments, track & trace, electronic proof of delivery, visual
• Transport & QuickLink Email Move – Improve product safety with
route progress, and self-service data enrichments were delivered
Hazmat data and simplify shipment booking requests with carriers
across the Elemica Buy, Sell, Move, and See solutions.
globally in multi-languages in a cost-effective consistent manner. • Pulse – Delight your customers’ experiences by collaborating on
Having optimal visibility into the supply chain creates safer
realistic promise-based on-time, in-full measures regardless of
products and services and builds on customer loyalty and ultimate
the method the orders are received. Reduce customer service
satisfaction. These enhancements improve the use of inventory,
costs for addressing order and shipment status inquiries by
streamline onboarding for inter-business connectivity, improve
using end-to-end supply chain visibility and monitoring that
search including hazardous material (Hazmat) criteria, and allow
incorporates the complete order-to-cash and procure-to-pay
for more in-depth visualization for track and trace of product safety
workflows of order and shipments.
and knowing where orders and shipments are at all times. Arun Samuga, Chief Technology Officer, Elemica
• Trace – Give customers the ultimate visibility into carrier shipment route progress including vessel tracking for ocean shipments.
Other improvements include updates to:
Elemica continually updates the Digital Supply Network software
• ENRICH – Elemica’s data management solution reduces costs
with multiple revisions per year, fulfilling client requests for additional
associated with connecting supply chain partners by offering
benefits, along with adding improvements to reduce supply chain
easy to use mass update capabilities of product, location, unit of
costs while making the software more robust, yet easier to use.
measure, and conversion mapping of data in a self-service mode.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at tiaca.org
IACA, The International Air Cargo Association, will deliver
provide more market-based data and analysis. Under the terms of the
the very latest market and route analyses to its members
agreement, CLIVE will provide market data for TIACA’s Cargo Pulse
after signing an intelligence sharing agreement with CLIVE
newsletter as well as regular market trends content for social media and
Data Services, creators of the new ‘dynamic load factor’ analyses.
speakers at the Association’s conferences on market and route trends.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed by TIACA and CLIVE
CLIVE’s first-to-market analysis consolidates data shared by a
supports the common interests of both partners to deliver timely
representative group of international airlines operating to all corners
and accurate market data and aims to show the air cargo industry
of the globe. Based on both the volume and weight perspectives of
in the best possible light to all industry stakeholders, regulators and
the cargo flown and capacity available, it gives the air cargo industry
relevant government ministries.
the earliest possible barometer of market.
As part of the transformation of TIACA, we are promising to deliver
Working with TIACA enables us to put our market intelligence in
more content to our growing membership - but only content of value
front of a large group of respected decision-makers, who we hope will
to their businesses and which accurately represents and promotes the
embrace our new load factor methodology. This represents another
global air cargo industry. CLIVE’s dynamic load factor is registering a lot of
important step forward in getting the industry to accept there is
interest because it breaks with tradition and is changing the way air cargo
a new and more accurate way to measure how full flights are,
usage is measured based on the realities of today’s market. It is also the
commented Niall van de Wouw.
fastest source of data, which is also very appealing for our members. Steven Polmans, Chairman, TIACA
CLIVE Data Services, which has also joined TIACA to enhance this collaboration, will deliver its first market analyses to the Association’s
A recent TIACA survey showed that its members are looking to
members this month.
the Association to educate the industry on air cargo economics and
TIACA JOINS FORCES WITH CLIVE DATA SERVICES OPERATIONS
9 MARCH 2020
TO DELIVER AIR CARGO MARKET & ROUTE ANALYSES
making information ﬂow…
TECH & DIGITALISATION
10 MARCH 2020
VERIZON CONNECT INTEGRATED VIDEO UTILISES
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & MACHINE LEARNING USHERING IN NEW ERA OF SMART VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
erizon Connect continues to provide innovative fleet
Delivering our commitment to customers means creating
management solutions for businesses of all sizes with
innovative solutions, powered by the latest technology that helps
the introduction of Verizon Connect Integrated Video, a
our customers move their business forward. We’re delivering next-
powerful smart video solution with features that can help customers
level solutions, powered by advanced AI and machine learning to help
improve safety and mitigate risk.
our customers be safe, productive and efficient all over the world. Derek Bryan, Vice President EMEA, Verizon Connect
Verizon Connect Integrated Video uses artificial intelligence (AI) to intelligently capture and automatically classify video according to
Additional features include...
how severe an event is, showing only what is relevant and important
• Speed Overlay, which enables operations managers to easily
to business owners and operations managers, as well as machine
view the speed of the vehicle directly within the video clip
learning to help businesses improve driver behaviour and protect
to determine if speed is the factor that caused the event
the bottom line. Verizon Connect Integrated Video also provides
• Video on Demand, which allows operations managers
real data insights to help commercial drivers stay safe on the road
to request 40-second increments of available footage
and protect them against false claims. For more information on how Verizon Connect Integrated Video can help businesses improve safety and mitigate risk, visit verizonconnect.com/uk/solutions/fleet-dash-cam
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at verizonconnect.com
ABOUT VERIZON CONNECT Verizon Connect is guiding a connected world on the go by automating, improving and revolutionizing the way people, vehicles and things move through the world. Our full suite of industry-defining solutions and services puts innovation, automation and connected data to work for customers and helps them be safer, more efficient and more productive. With more than 3,000 dedicated employees in 15 countries, we deliver leading mobile technology platforms and solutions. For more on Verizon Connect, visit www.verizonconnect.com/uk
TECH & DIGITALISATION
HANWELL LAUNCHES EMS UPGRADE 23 MARCH 2020
TO BOOST ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
comprehensive software platform that provides critical
Further improvements to the software range from animated alarm
safeguards against compromised environmental conditions
display for quick identification of type of alarm per sensor to a RH/T
to avoid spoilage for sectors such as food, heritage,
band frequency analysis chart with user set band sizes, a Conset
pharmaceuticals and healthcare has been upgraded by Hanwell
sensor control state column for live viewing, an Analyse Dew Point
Solutions Ltd to further improve performance for customers.
and Absolute Humidity on RH/T graphs, plus an EMS Mobile APP installer as well as support for RL4000 Thermocouple sensors.
Hanwell, trailblazers in the manufacture of wireless environmental monitoring equipment, has launched version 1.0.10 of its pioneering
Letchworth-based Hanwell is renowned in particular for its
EMS software, which now includes auto-scaled overlay of all sensors
leadership in monitoring systems, designing and manufacturing
in zone on charts. EMS is a cutting-edge system, developed by the
British-engineered solutions vital to helping organisations meet
British manufacturerâ€™s specialist software engineers to interface
strict regulations across the globe.
seamlessly with Hanwell Pro and Hanwell IceSpy environmental monitoring solutions, in an industry-leading hardware/software
We have been listening to our customers so that we not only
combination that frees up staff time and eliminates errors by
keep pace with the times but stay at the forefront of environmental
minimising or even removing manual checking processes.
monitoring technology which is crucial to many of our core customer markets. We strive to make our products future proof and upgrading
Designed to give maximum flexibility, the EMS platform provides
EMS so comprehensively is yet another example of how we are
even more peace of mind for companies seeking environmental
meeting demand for instantaneous and far-reaching data access and
monitoring solutions by improving speed of preventative action with
control across multiple market sectors.
immediate email and SMS alarms if pre-set parameters are breached.
Ian Robinson, Managing Director, Hanwell
It offers enhanced control of data and events from anywhere in the world via cloud- or server-based configuration. Interactive graphs,
Multi-award-winning Hanwell is the UKâ€™s leading manufacturer of
tables and plan views enable multiple users to easily analyse data in
wireless environmental monitoring equipment, suitable for tracking
multiple ways from multiple sites.
conditions in the heritage, food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and related sectors.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at hanwell.com
ABOUT HANWELL SOLUTIONS Hanwell Solutions Ltd encompasses more than 100 years
Hanwell’s Mission Statement defines the organisation and
of accumulated experience in designing, engineering and
its primary objective:
manufacturing first-class British electronic instrumentation. The
consistent and accurate environmental monitoring solutions
company’s industry specific environmental monitoring and control
that protect and preserve what matters most to our clients.
To offer the world’s most reliable,
systems lead the way in accuracy, radio telemetry and software, and the firm operates in the heritage, pharmaceutical, industrial,
Hanwell is part of Ellab, a global leader in thermal validation
food and healthcare sectors under a Quality Management System
solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical and food processing
which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001.
industries. Visit hanwell.com for further information.
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HGV SAFETY TECHNOLOGY 23 MARCH 2020
...A WIN-WIN INVESTMENT?
s HGV fleet managers seek to cut operating costs, an
Almost three quarters of respondents had purchased vehicle
industry survey has found that some are questioning the
camera and/or vehicle CCTV systems in recent years. Respondents
affordability of safety upgrades to vehicles. But does cost-
recognised that technology could play an important role in improving
cutting in the short term risk losing out on future savings? Emily
road safety and reducing accidents by eliminating blind spots and
Hardy of Brigade Electronics examines the case for technology-
other common hazards.
based safety systems. But what of the remaining 27% who had not purchased camera In the face of ongoing commercial pressures in the UK and global
technology upgrades for their fleets? Of this group, 25% said they
economy, fleet managers undoubtedly have their fair share of
had not bought such technology because they considered it to be
challenges to overcome. The high cost of fuel, rising insurance
premiums and increased environmental responsibilities are just some of the factors affecting profit margins for managers running HGV
Clearly every fleet manager must make tough decisions as they seek to
and heavy plant fleets.
justify spending and balance the books. However, further results from the Brigade survey do suggest that the short-term outlay for camera
With so many elements to consider, it can be hard for fleet managers
systems can reap worthwhile financial benefits in the long term.
to know which area to prioritise: fuel economy, safety features, driver training...the list goes on. In reality, however, these elements intertwine:
Of the respondents who did buy safety technology, 47% said the
for example, good driving practice promotes better fuel economy, while
objective was to reduce insurance costs. Once installed a third (33%)
technological upgrades such as vehicle camera safety systems can slash
had seen a cut in insurance premiums as a result of installing a vehicle
accident rates and, by implication, lead to lower insurance premiums.
camera system and/or vehicle CCTV. With premiums in general on the rise due to the long-term impact of the Ogden discount rate, this
Technology upgrades – are they worth it?
represents a considerable benefit that pushes against the prevailing
A recent survey by Brigade Electronics delved deeper into the
tide of spiraling insurance costs.
motivations of fleet managers when considering whether or not to invest in technological safety upgrades, specifically camera systems. 245 fleet experts were interviewed on a wide range of topics, and the results make fascinating reading.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at brigade-electronics.com
How can camera systems help to reduce insurance premiums? In short, vehicle camera systems help prevent accidents by giving the
leaner fleets on our public roads and on work sites.
driver a clear view around the vehicle. Fewer accidents lead to fewer
Technology should be embraced as an opportunity
claims and, in turn, reduced insurance premiums. Fraudulent claims
for risk reduction, lower costs and, ultimately,
can also be prevented with the help of mobile digital recorders.
enhanced safety for drivers and the road users
These systems capture footage from vehicle-mounted CCTV to
around their vehicles.
provide irrefutable evidence in cases of conflicting reports, crash for cash claims and vandalism. Camera monitor systems enable HGV drivers and plant operators to
ABOUT BRIGADE ELECTRONICS
manoeuvre and drive safely. In the Brigade survey, 41% of respondents
Brigade Electronics is a worldwide market-leading provider
said they have noticed a reduction in incident reporting following
of safety devices and solutions for commercial vehicles
installation of camera systems, and 27% reported a reduction in
personal injury claims. Brigade’s products work to reduce the risk of collisions and Companies that do invest in such technology are quick to appreciate
protect vulnerable road users by minimising vehicle blind
the benefits: in the survey, 49% of respondents said they buy regular
spots and assisting drivers to manoeuvre safely.
additional upgrades, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety for their fleet.
Founded in 1976 by Chris Hanson-Abbott OBE, Brigade Electronics introduced the very first reversing alarm to
But it’s not just insurance premiums that are positively affected when
Europe and has been at the forefront of championing vehicle
HGV safety and security systems are installed. 80% of respondents
and plant safety ever since, pioneering new products, and
also reported an improvement in driver behaviour, and 23% reported
developing and patenting new technology.
increased fuel economy, thanks to improved driver awareness and ability to manoeuvre safely in even the most challenging conditions.
Brigade’s product portfolio includes 360-degree camera systems, camera monitor systems, White Sound® reversing
One company which has experienced significant benefits is Wren
alarms, obstacle detection sensors, obstacle detection radar
Kitchens. Its Transport Manager, Lee Halls, said:
and digital recorders.
the return on fitting cameras to be five times the investment over a five-year life cycle. While a survey can only provide a snapshot of industry views at any one time, it’s clear from these figures that vehicle camera systems should always be considered in the drive towards safer, FORWARDER magazine
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lectric driving is sustainable. But generating your own green
Mobile, fast and not fossil fuelled
electricity on location is even more sustainable. That is the
Mobile, fast and not fossil fuelled. Jeroen Ritzer-van Dinther
idea behind the new EV charging unit from Power Sonic.
consulted various market parties with these important conditions.
The first version of this green mini-power plant was commissioned
He was often told 'yes but' or 'we can't.' With the exception of
in November 2019 for Mobilis in The Netherlands.
the energy storage specialists from Power Sonic, who took up the challenge enthusiastically.
Solar panels, wind turbines and biofuel installation The EV charging unit is a mobile unit where drivers can charge
As a supplier of battery solutions, we think a lot about smart
their electric cars at almost any location. The required electricity is
applications and customized solutions. We have a lot of experience
generated with solar panels and wind turbines which are placed on
with storage applications, for example, the telecom sector and data
top of the unit and a generator within the unit that runs exclusively
centres. The Mobilis initiative appealed to us. Together we have
on biofuel. An entirely off-grid solution.
further developed the idea. RenĂŠ Assies, Managing Director of Power Sonic
The EV charging unit was designed for TBI company Mobilis to help them reach their CO2 reduction targets.
Power Sonic is an American company that also has offices in the UK, Mexico, France, Israel and the Netherlands. The first EV charging
Significantly reduces our CO2 footprint
unit has been built in the UK. The unit was delivered in mid-October
Jeroen Ritzer-van Dinther, sustainability coordinator at Mobilis:
on the site of Voorbij Funderingstechniek in the Port of Amsterdam,
To significantly reduce our CO2 footprint, we want Mobilis to have
which, just like Mobilis, is also part of TBI.
an almost entirely electric vehicle fleet by 2025 at the latest. That transition started in 2018. My management asked me to investigate
Six electric cars at the same time
how we can also involve our project locations. A suitable grid
You can charge six cars can charge at the same with the mobile
connection is not arranged there from day 1, sometimes this is not
charging unit. The EV charging unit stores the self-generated power
even possible at all. Or it is far too expensive to install a fixed loading
in redundant batteries; If one battery has to be charged, the other
facility for a limited period.
battery will take over power delivery. RenĂŠ Assies commented: We have engineered the unit for the future. Lead acid batteries were the chosen battery for Mobilis due to their recyclability. However the solution is also available utilising lithium technology. The generator within the unit is also ready for hydrogen.
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Additional power on-site
A smaller version of the EV charging unit is also available. These can then
The now-developed EV charging unit is a 1.0 version, emphasises
be placed modularly and in series, depending on the customer's demand.
Jeroen Ritzer-van Dinther.
We now focus primarily on charging
electric cars. But the principle is so simple that the containerized
The potential of this concept is enormous
solution can also be connected to a building site to supply electricity
The current 40ft containerized solution can be transported to any
there. There are already 32 Amp. 3 phase connections on the e-CO2
location at any time. No special exemptions are required for their
container. A mains connection of 3x125 amp. may then be lowered
transportation. Mobilis and Power Sonic expect a lot from the
to 3x80 amp. or even 3x60 amp. This immediately results in a cost
innovative EV charging unit and plan a commercial rollout of the
reduction. An on-grid solution as well as an off-grid one.
product. Not only for the construction and transportation world, but also for hotels and in other places where it should be possible
As mentioned, a connection to the electricity grid is also possible. Power
to charge electric cars. Think of new residential areas where a semi-
can then be supplied to the grid if there is peak demand and power can
temporary solution can be offered. René Assies:
be supplied to the unit if the demand on the grid is low. The EV charging
is very suitable for temporary and green power supply in remote
unit can for example, serve as a permanent unit and generate income
places. The potential to further roll out this concept is enormous.
from demand side response schemes such as DFFR and FFR.
With the introduction of our first EV charging unit, we want to
create support in the market. We want to be able to help enable Only organic residual products
businesses within areas of restricted capacity such as sea ports
from the immediate vicinity
and air ports to transition to electric vehicles without the worry
The solar panels and wind turbines are the primary energy sources.
of excessive costs or lack of power. The EV charging unit can be
The biofuel generator acts as a backup in the event of insufficient
customized for larger fleet vehicles such as HEV’s as well.
Matthew Spendiff-Smith, Head of Marketing &
We only use organic residual products, preferably
products from the immediate vicinity of our project locations.
Communications, Power Sonic
ENABLING BUSINESSES TO
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hile you may think that your standard fleet management procedures are enough, a fleet management software can offer many advantages.
One of the most significant benefits that many business owners never expect is how the fleet tracking software can help their drivers.
Improved Cargo Management It can be challenging to make the most out of the cargo space you have available. An inventory and cargo system
offered by a fleet management platform can make all the difference. You can try to make the most of your cargo. You can also allocate the best vehicles for specific shipments for improved fuel efficiency.
Drivers Can Get to Destinations More Efficiently There are so many unexpected obstacles that can delay
Best of all, the costs you save in operations can be spent on rewarding
drivers, including weather conditions, traffic jams, accidents,
drivers. You can payout bonuses for successful jobs. This will make
and road closings. A good fleet management software will consider
drivers want to stay with your business, which is very important
all obstacles and offer suggestions in real-time.
for long-haul deliveries. As you know, the industry suffers from a shortage of drivers.
Increased Delivery Efficiency
Drivers want to be more productive and take on more routes.
suggestions on what can be improved.
If there is a giant traffic jam 10 miles away, it should offer an alternative route to prevent drivers from getting stuck in traffic. Drivers should be alerted of upcoming weather conditions as they travel so that they can be better prepared. A lot of the advanced information isn't available in many GPS systems.
Better Driving Performance Even the best of drivers can make mistakes, especially if they're driving long distances. What may surprise business
owners is that a good fleet management platform can help optimize driving performance. It can warn drivers if they're going either too slow or too fast. It can also track overall performance and make
But schedules, dispatch, and client transparency can lead to
delays and unnecessary downtime. By using fleet tracking software,
This is a win for drivers as it lets them drive efficiently and stay safe
business owners can help optimize their operations and reduce delays.
on the road. It's also a win for the business owner as well as helps prevent costly accidents. Business owners can reduce the risk of
This is a win for the business owners as it helps them be more
having to spend money on repairs and insurance rate hikes resulting
cost-efficient with the way their fleets are being managed. It's also
a win for drivers as they can take on more routes. They also do not have to waste time waiting for clients to get ready after getting to the destination.
It Prevents Drivers From Dealing with Downtime It's easy to overlook maintenance and repairs for vehicles.
As a result, drivers may have to deal with being stranded on the road if there's a problem with the vehicle. This hurts both the drivers and you as the business owner. Fleet management software can help decrease the likelihood of this scenario happening.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at fleetbridge.com
Software can help run diagnostics and keep track of the maintenance and/or repair work the vehicle has been through. It can recommend maintenance work or repairs when needed. This information can be used to schedule the necessary work when there are no deliveries needed. As a result, there will be less unexpected surprised on the road. Drivers also do not have to deal with delays if the maintenance work is vital such as work on brakes that need to be replaced for a long trip. These are some of the different ways that fleet tracking software can help drivers. It's a minimal investment for business owners compared to the returns they can expect to see from improved fleet operation efficiency. Brian MacIntosh, President, FleetBridge
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usinesses that are looking to cut routing distances and costs
Routing software makes it simple
will inevitably consider this question. Companies want to
Route optimisation software is designed to quickly geocode
find ways to scale while saving time and fuel, but might not
anywhere from 1 to over 1,000 orders or tasks, route them, and
know how to do this. That’s where route optimisation comes in.
then assign them to drivers.
Route optimisation is a process used to plan service and delivery
The software’s built-in algorithm helps users save time, money and
routes. This is performed in a way that ensures efficiency, consistency,
fuel by planning the most efficient routes. The software does this
each time, no matter how much information it’s given.
In layman’s terms, the system is meant to complete deliveries and
A more sophisticated programme will enable users to track the
services in a way that’s quick and inexpensive, all while factoring
movements of drivers in real time, as well as to follow the completion
of tasks or deliveries.
Businesses that want to resolve their routing issue might refer to it
Ultimately, businesses seek routing solutions when their logistics
as a pain (or something more colorful). Salespeople have spent over
issues become too difficult to manage manually, or when overseeing
a century looking for ways to resolve this issue, which led to the
a mobile workforce gets too overwhelming.
coined term Travelling Salesman Problem. With the help of a route optimisation programme, users not only The problem with working alone
can plan the quickest and most direct routes with the push of a
Most people who seek route optimisation as a solution will attempt
button, but also can have any number of parameters factored into
manual route planning. The ones who try to solve routing problems
the routing, including:
on their own soon find the process to be time-consuming and mentally draining.
• Time windows • Date restrictions
When more variables are added to the orders, the complexity of the
• Vehicle capacities (size, attributes, layout, etc.)
process increases exponentially. This makes manual planning nearly
• Drivers’ hours & constraints
impossible to perform and leaves more room for error.
• Number of stops and distances between them • Duration of stops
For these reasons, planning routes on one’s own can be like solving a math problem: the more complicated it gets, the more one needs
These are critical logistics issues that businesses with a mobile
a calculator – or some other technology – to help them out.
workforce must confront. The system simplifies route planning so that companies can streamline their work and delivery schedules.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? Further information can be found at optimoroute.com
With the right routing software system, users immediately notice
When the benefits of these features are realized, companies discover
a dramatic improvement in their scheduling. The programme
that they’re able to focus more time and resources on scaling their
accommodates thousands of tasks and orders, regardless of the
business, rather than on planning routes and on driving.
constraints that exist around either the schedule or the drivers’ abilities. Users can balance workloads, if necessary, and they can
What’s more, the software increases the chances of drivers getting
make plans for both pickup and delivery.
to each of their destinations on time, all while decreasing the number of people required for the workload.
OptimoRoute goes a step further In addition to the capabilities listed above, OptimoRoute can simplify
The result of this is happier customers and therefore better businesses.
its users’ schedules with other advanced features. This software
The software is able to make numerous configurations based on the
supports long-term weekly itineraries, multi-day routes, and allows
data users give it, and then quickly calculate shorter, cheaper routes.
customers to track a worker’s whereabouts. Users are able to see a return on investment shortly after adopting This is done with the help of advanced tools, such as Live Tracking
suitable route optimization software, which explains why such
ETA and Realtime Order Tracking . To top it all off, communication
programmes are rapidly growing in popularity.
is carried out more clearly with the help of a mobile app to relay information to all parties and keep everyone informed.
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STOCEXPO THANKS INDUSTRY 23 MARCH 2020
he team at StocExpo want to thank the bulk liquid storage
We’re now working to connect all registered attendees further with
industry after the show went ahead on 10-12 March. Read
our long list of leading exhibitors either through online platforms
the full statement here:
or other media. We will be announcing a supplementary event to connect the industry later in the year. Over the next few months, we
We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the industry for
will continue to work to support the industry however we can and
supporting StocExpo 2020 in very difficult circumstances.
help ensure we all weather the storm. And of course, we look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver a successful StocExpo 2021!
In the immediate run up to the show, the coronavirus was still in the containment phase in the Netherlands and most other European
The StocExpo team
countries, and during this time, the government authorities continued to tell venues and organisers to run events.
We anticipated that the situation would likely disrupt the show
Easyfairs organises and hosts live events, bringing communities
but since many exhibitors had freight in transit, flights and hotels
together to visit the future. The company currently organises
booked, we had to go with government advice at that time. Also, we
220 events in 17 countries (Algeria, Belgium, China, Denmark,
were still receiving live registrations from terminals and oil majors,
the Emirates, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands,
despite various travel bans being in place, so we remained vigilant
Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the
whilst open for business.
United Kingdom and the United States) and manages 10 event venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (Antwerp,
It’s times like these that we are reminded what a resilient industry
Ghent, Mechelen-Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem,
the bulk liquid storage sector is. We are extremely grateful to all
Hardenberg, Venray, Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm).
our exhibiting companies, visitors and conference delegates who
Easyfairs strives to be the most adaptable, agile and effective
attended despite the situation, and we are pleased to hear that many
player in the events industry by employing committed
good conversations took place.
individuals, deploying the best marketing and technology tools and developing strong brands. For more information, visit easyfairs.com
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ELA, the International Exhibition Logistics Association, launched
IELA believes that the exhibition and event industry is a truly
the campaign TOGETHER STRONG last March 5th, both to
global industry made of resilient, creative and strong people:
support and honour every single individual in the exhibition and
Passionate minds that find new ways to support the industry,
event industry in this time of uncertainty, and to foster business in
supportive institutions in close contact with governments since
thousands of vertical industries all over the world.
day 0, problem solvers who are already offering their alternatives and solutions, associations from all over the world joining forces
In these challenging times where confinement measures are changing
with one common goal.
everyone’s life, the power of human beings to be able to adapt to any situation is a strong pillar on which the industry can count and rely.
Together with associations, organisers, venues and service providers etc, we are building the contingency network to cater to the
This is our industry, our passion, our world.
industry’s needs. For this reason, and due to the nature of home office participation which offers unrelenting flexibility to combat the loss of cancelled activities, IELA invites all event professionals to join the initiative TOGETHER STRONG and support Global Exhibitions Days, TOGETHER and STRONG! #GED2020 #togetherstrong
23 MARCH 2020
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30 MARCH 2020
CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO
INCLUDE IMPORT TAXES IN PAYMENTS TO BE DEFERRED T he Institute of Export & International Trade is calling on
Support for importers
the government to include import taxes in its COVID-19
The IOE&IT is calling on the government to consider the following
measure of deferring the VAT, duty and excise payments
measures to support the import of much-needed products to the
that businesses are required to make.
UK during the COVID-19 outbreak:
• Earlier introduction of postponed import VAT accounting,
In his package of help for business, unveiled this month, Chancellor Rushi Sunak said the government would defer the next quarter of VAT payments to help companies stay afloat.
announced in the 11 March budget, and scheduled to start from 1 January 2021 after transition from the EU ends.
• For ‘deferment account' holders, payments are collected by 15th of the following month. The IOE&IT is asking for an extension
Import VAT excluded
for these payments, starting from 15th April.
However, this measure excluded the payment of import VAT, duty and excise, which are currently due at the time of import.
• For importers and agents who do not hold deferment accounts, temporary deferment accounts were to be made available under hard-Brexit planning, without an initial requirement for a bank
When goods are imported into the European Union (including the
guarantee. The IOE&IT asks for this to be re-introduced as a
UK), import VAT is charged as a percentage of the value of the
imported goods. At this time businesses importing goods need all the help available to Even though VAT can be claimed back by businesses, there can be
keep operating. These firms are essential in keeping the UK economy
a delay from the time of import until the date of refund - this can
functioning. Deferring VAT payments will help with cash-flow and ensure
place a cash flow strain on the importer.
that businesses, many of which are small-to-medium sized, will be able to continue operating. Such firms are already having to cope with declining demand, problems sourcing products and significant increases in transport costs. Deferment of import VAT will be an essential lifeline. Marco Forgione, Director General, IOE&IT
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TA, the business group representing the UK’s logistics industry,
As Ms Bastidon continues, there is also no need to quarantine drivers
has today (26 March 2020) urged all EU member states to act
and other workers who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19:
upon the EU guidelines on green lanes for goods at borders,
Quarantining workers at borders without reason is simply placing
in order to ensure the continuous flow of trade and support essential
the whole supply chain under even greater threat. European logistics
services, keep shops full and protect the economy. The call comes
as a whole is facing a significant shortage of workers, particularly among
after many logistics operators have encountered significant delays at
drivers, and the industry which keeps the economy working efficiently
the EU’s internal borders, which is disrupting the delivery of goods,
simply cannot afford to sustain the gaps in the workforce which these
and the integrated supply chains, that are urgently needed as the
unnecessary delays are causing. At present, society is relying on logistics
European continent fights the current Coronavirus outbreak.
to deliver – more now than at any other time – but our operators are being hampered by unnecessary checks and red tape.
Green lanes at borders are intended to ensure freight flows freely to and from different countries, but many operators have faced, and
Ms Bastidon is also urging EU member states to temporarily suspend
are still facing delays of up to 14 hours at the EU’s internal borders.
all road access restrictions currently in place in their territories:
Currently, crossing the border should take no more than 15 minutes, as specified in the EU’s guidelines, and on behalf of our members and
COVID-19 has created an exceptional set of circumstances
their partners across Europe, we are urging member states to facilitate
which logistics operators are negotiating their way through to keep
the movement of vehicles to protect supply chains and the delivery of
businesses, schools, hospitals and homes supplied all over Europe
essential goods. While we are all facing such an extraordinary trading
with the goods and services they need. The industry now needs
environment, procedures at green lane border crossings should be
the support of all European governments to support their efforts,
minimised and streamlined to what is strictly necessary. We are urging
by suspending restrictions such as weekend, night and sectoral bans,
EU member states to ensure checks and screening can be carried out
and to provide stimulus to facilitate the operation of such a vital
without the need for drivers to leave their vehicles, and they should not
sector of the economy. Logistics is committed to delivering for
be asked to produce any documentation except ID, driver’s licence and,
society but needs governments to provide support to ensure the
if necessary, a letter from the employer, as specified in the EU guidelines.
continued movement of goods without obstruction. This will ensure
Electronic submission and display of documents should be accepted.
the safety and resilience of the continent’s interconnected supply
Pauline Bastidon, Head of European and Global Policy, FTA
chains at such an extraordinary time.
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26 MARCH 2020
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s a result of Brexit, increasing scrutiny will be placed
some of the nation’s most deprived communities to level up the UK
on import and export regulations. And, as part of
economy. It is the government’s ambition that this will, in turn, create
government’s ambition to become an outward-looking
hotbeds for innovation that will encourage dynamic environments,
country that champions global free trade, it is intending to introduce
capitalising on new ideas and fostering the conditions that will attract
up to ten new freeports across the country. In this article, FTA’s
new businesses and investors.
Head of Multimodal Policy, Alex Veitch, explores the purpose of freeports and the steps government is taking towards their
Throughout the consultation, government is seeking feedback on
reintroduction in the UK.
a variety of issues and possible benefits of freeports. These could include what beneficial customs and tax arrangements might be
Freeports are designated zones established by government that,
granted for businesses using, or located in, a freeport, as well as how
while located geographically within a country, are legally considered
planning rules might be amended to incentivise growth of maritime
to exist outside its borders for customs purposes. As a result,
ports and how regeneration and innovation could be encouraged.
companies inside these areas can defer the payment of taxes until products are moved outside of these zones to be sold, or,
During this process, government is also consulting on how the application
by importing goods to store or manufacture on site before re-
process should work, for example, how to encourage combined bids
exporting, they could pay very little to no tax.
from ports, local authorities and other stakeholders. Furthermore, due to the limited number of freeports due to be established, a transparent
Freeports are not a new concept; there are currently more than
selection criterion will need to be established and throughout the
80 of them across the EU, the majority of which existed before
consultation, government is seeking public opinion on this.
their host state even became an EU member. From 1984 to 2012, seven freeports were established across the UK but these were
As the only business group that represents all of logistics, FTA is
withdrawn under David Cameron’s leadership. And despite being
working with its members in order to ensure their views are correctly
permitted under EU rules, previous UK governments have been
represented in our response to government. To date, many have
hesitant to support the concept. However, the current government
indicated support for the proposals on permitted development,
has a more positive view and has launched a consultation – due to
which would bring maritime ports into line with airports and railways.
close on 20 April 2020 – to set out its vision for freeports, with the
However, those businesses involved in international trade have stressed
aim of announcing the new locations towards the end of the year.
the need for any new customs and tax arrangements to add value and benefits beyond those available in existing customs regulations.
A key part of the government’s vision is to establish freeports as national hubs for global trade and investment across the UK.
Overall, FTA is taking a positive initial approach to the concept, in
These locations aim to intensify the economic impact of our ports
line with views expressed by its members. With the UK’s departure
– across all transport modes – by enhancing trade and investment
from the EU now a driving force behind many policy changes, FTA
and generating increased economic activity across the UK. It is
is eager to see what value these changes might add for UK PLC.
hoped that this will subsequently promote regeneration and create high-skilled jobs in ports and the areas around them, prioritising
Alex Veitch, Head of Multimodal Policy, FTA
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fter years of confusion, Brexit is now a reality. Retailers
versus just a UK VAT number. And this will need to be checked and
can no longer bury their heads in the sand and pretend it’s
enforced to prevent failed deliveries. An 8 or 10-digit HS code will
not happening. Brexit will have a tangible impact on the
also have to be supplied to support efficient customs clearance and
day-to-day operations of UK businesses. Recent reports of border
enable accurate duty and tax calculations are added for all products.
delays causing concern for fresh food delivery is just one example of many that are already possible. A strong Brexit strategy for retailers
Supply chain delays
all boils down to preparation. However, many businesses are still
When trading with EU nations, British retailers will notice additional
unsure how Brexit will impact them and the changes they’ll have to
border checks, and major delays to their supply chain. This is
make as a result. But, how can companies plan for what they don’t
something that needs to be built into every delivery company’s
forecasting going forward.
Documentation and procedures
Above all, communication is key. Operating transparently will ensure
I have no doubt Brexit will surely see the end of free trade movement
consumers receive order notifications, keeping them fully informed
in the EU for the UK, and when that significant change occurs,
throughout the process. Retailers will need their delivery providers
alterations to paperwork and procedures will follow. Reforms to
to keep them abreast of how long a delivery’s going to take in real-
trading will be a cause for concern for unprepared retailers and
time, so they can set expectations with shoppers accordingly and
their delivery companies, both practically and within documentation.
ensure customer satisfaction doesn’t suffer. Further to that point,
Post-Brexit legislation will mean they need to update their processes
ecommerce businesses will need to adapt their delivery promises on
in order to be compliant depending on the EU country they’re
their websites, as opposed to simply updating customers via SMS.
delivering to. With that in mind, retailers need to ensure the delivery
This needs to be calculated accurately so retailers aren’t made to
companies they work with go paperless with their admin to prevent
seem dishonest or ill-informed.
costly clerical errors. What’s more, delays in the supply chain, caused by custom checks, Following the introduction of laws and regulations, there will be
will lead to retailers being forced to hold more stock in their supply
plenty of red tape, and storing this information on paper will create
chain than they’re used to. This will have a direct financial impact on
a logistical nightmare for organisation and compliance. By adopting a
those businesses, who’ll either need to expand storage capabilities
paperless clearance system, expensive delays caused by misreading
or hire more staff to cope with the increased volume of stock.
handwritten customs documentation are avoided. Submitting documents electronically to customs also eliminates the need to print
Totally transparent duties and taxes
and manually attach them to shipments, saving paper, time and hassle.
The most obvious obstacle that Brexit poses on delivery companies and retailers, is the duties and taxes added to product prices
It’s also important for retailers to take note of some of the extra
depending on the shipping destination. With extra costs now
information they’ll now need to provide at customs, post-Brexit.
attached to trade goods between EU countries, the overall cost of
For example, customers will need to present a European Union
delivery will go up, and it’s on retailers and their delivery provider
Registration and Identification Number in order to ship to the EU
of choice to consider who’ll pay that extra fee.
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With the cost of delivery in the EU rising, delivery companies will
Scaremongering in the media would lead some retailers to believe
likely need to reflect that in their price, so the added cost doesn’t
they can’t prepare for Brexit due to a lack of clarity on its impact, but
fall to them. That means that duties and taxes will likely be passed
that’s not true. In fact, the route to success in a post-Brexit world,
onto retailers, and retailers will inevitably be forced to pass that fee
is for those retailers to prepare ahead of time. What should be
to customers, rather than absorbing it themselves.
abundantly clear is that the choice of delivery provider for retailers, will impact their strategy, and ultimately their success.
Ecommerce retailers will need to communicate these new duties and taxes to consumers at the point of checkout so they’re aware
Brands need to find a partner that gives them access to the
of the charge prior to, and at purchase. Unexpected fees will simply
breadth of carrier services available but through one multi-carrier
lead to cart abandonment worsening or goods being refused at the
delivery partner with multi-carrier services and technology that
border. In the grand scheme of things, duties and taxes will make
can be accessed through a single relationship and single, one-off IT
UK retailers less competitive versus those based in the EU, and that
integration. This will be key to navigating the early changes Brexit
will directly impact on export revenues.
will enforce. Daniel Ennor, Chief Commercial Officer, Global Freight Solutions
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here once there was Brexit, now there is
One of the main risks is that companies, or third parties acting
COVID-19. In these troubled times it is difficult
on their behalf, seek to ease the anticipated border friction by
to look beyond the next day, but from 1 January
making a â€˜greaseâ€™ or facilitation payment, typically being a small
2021, when the post-Brexit transition period ends and the United
payment made to a government official to facilitate or expedite
Kingdom leaves the European Union customs union and single
the performance of a routine action. Whether made to leapfrog
market, the UK Government has confirmed that it will introduce
lengthy port queues or secure faster export clearance, regardless
import controls and customs declarations requirements on EU
of their size or frequency, facilitation payments are illegal in
goods, making the UK border a more burdensome and riskier
the UK. This contrasts with the position under US law where
place for businesses who rely on or orchestrate the movement
such payments are lawful in tightly prescribed circumstances.
of goods across it. Affected companies should be taking steps
Notwithstanding the US legal framework governing the making
now to strengthen their internal controls and policies designed
of such payments, logistics companies and those providing freight
to guard against the risk, however remote it may seem, of
forwarding and customs clearance services, have historically been
improper payments being made at the border.
the subject of significant criminal enforcement actions on both sides of the Atlantic, by the UK Serious Fraud Office, and US
From 1 January next year, customs officials on both sides of the
Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission,
UK/EU border will be obliged to collect VAT and excise duties,
including high-profile cases against Panalpina and F.H. Bertling.
customs duties, and conduct other regulatory checks on goods flowing in both directions. Not only is this likely to cause delay
All this is not to say that starting 1 January 2021 we will see
and frustration to businesses but the combination of the key
a flurry of criminal enforcement activity against companies
roles played by specialist third parties (such as freight forwarders
involved in the movement of goods across the UK/EU border,
and customs clearance agents) and government officials (customs
but rather that the world and with it the risk matrix governing
agents) and inherently complex customs laws and import/export
their European businesses will have shifted and they would be
regulations which govern the successful cross-border transit of
well-advised to review and update their policies and controls
goods, results in an increased corruption risk compared to what
around facilitation payments accordingly.
was formerly a largely frictionless border. Lloyd Firth, Counsel, UK White Collar Defence & Investigations practice, WilmerHale
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BUDGET 2020 3 MARCH 2020
...FISCAL INCENTIVES MUST GO AHEAD NOW (NOT WAIT FOR END OF TRANSITION PERIOD)
iscal incentives to support transport and logistics businesses
The administrative burden on transport operators involved in cross-
and promote investment are vital as the UK navigates
border activities is mounting as the industry prepares for the realities
the uncertain Brexit transition period, according to tax
of Brexit. To alleviate this pressure, the Government should reset the
specialists at accountancy firm, Menzies LLP.
timetable for the introduction of the new Customs Declaration Service, which according to the most recent round of IT tests, is not yet ready to
Despite the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announcing
go live. The latest information suggests that the current CHIEF system
a “welcome lift in business confidence” at the start of 2020, the
could be phased out as early as September 2020 and operators are
Government can’t afford to neglect the needs of SME businesses,
concerned that they won’t have access to right software to process
the backbone of the UK economy.
declarations. There is growing consensus that the current CHIEF to CDS migration schedule set by HMRC is unachievable.
The industry is expecting the Chancellor to continue the freeze on
Sean Turner, indirect tax senior manager and transport &
fuel duty in the forthcoming Budget Statement on 11 March 2020.
logistics sector specialist, Menzies LLP
However, this is unlikely to placate the industry at a time when administrative pressures are mounting.
The Chancellor should also consider introducing new fiscal incentives to help the freight and logistics industry to get through Brexit. Businesses in the sector are concerned that they lack access
to skilled people capable of providing customs declaration
MENZIES is a top 20 firm of accountants, finance and
services. After Brexit, this skills shortage could severely impact
business, and private client advisors that operate out of a
the industry, as the volume of customs declarations (c. 55 million
network of offices across Surrey, Hampshire, London and
per year) could increase five-fold. The Government has already
Cardiff, providing our clients with easy access and local
introduced grants to subsidise the training of customs declaration
knowledge. Described as the ‘best performing firm outside
specialists by businesses or industry intermediaries. However,
of the top 10’ by Accountancy Magazine, MENZIES has over
more could be done in this area – for example, a targeted fiscal
400 employees and an annual turnover of more than £40m.
incentive could be introduced, making any capital investment by operators in training initiatives tax deductible.
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strategy. SmartFreight is making a significant contribution because
packaging solutions, has credited international shipping
of the advantages the cloud-based system provides, says Claudio
software specialist SmartFreight for improved efficiencies in
Calabresi, Allpack’s SAP consultant.
its logistics operation, through an integrated freight management system designed for businesses using multiple carriers for their shipping needs.
The financial reconciliation is one of the great
reasons why we use SmartFreight – thanks to them we know the
SmartFreight offers automatic Carrier Management Solutions (CMS)
cost of each delivery. We store the information in our system so at
to manage high volume deliveries through one channel, with all
the end of the month we can reconcile the carrier invoices. This is
the UK’s top carriers and the choice of the quickest, cheapest or
a great cost and time-saving result for our financial department as
it cuts out manual errors like duplicate invoices.
Allpack uses a mix of its own fleet and external carriers for
Speedy delivery is of the essence for most of Allpack’s customers,
nationwide next-day or same-day delivery of innovative and cost-
but having a green option from SmartFreight is also important for
effective packaging from its distribution centre in the West Midlands,
the company’s vision of reducing its impact on the environment.
with SmartFreight playing a key role in providing the optimal delivery
Claudio also flagged up the benefits of access to a single carrier
option for the firm.
system instead of many carrier portals.
As well as sourcing the best transport solution, SmartFreight’s
More than 300 organisations across the UK and Ireland are already
technology provides financial reconciliation, eliminates dupliction
using the SmartFreight platform, particularly suited to e-commerce,
of freight details and invoices, consolidates consignments and gross
distribution and manufacturing businesses for optimising their
profit calculations as well as enabling client and customer tracking
deliveries of goods, whether they require the greenest, cheapest
– a synchronisation of data which is helping Allpack to significantly
or fastest option.
reduce costs and increase productivity. Award-winning SmartFreight is part of the WiseTech Global group, a The family-run packaging business, which offers a consignment stock
leading developer and provider of software solutions to the logistics
solution whereby customers only pay for what they have used, is
industry globally with customers including more than 8,000 of the
moving to new premises in late 2020 as part of an ongoing growth
world’s logistics companies across 130 countries.
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mperial has opened its latest multi-user warehouse, located
Quality, safety, and precision are paramount to today’s industrial
in Werne, Germany. The new facility provides an under-cover
client, and we are committed to continuously enhancing our
storage area of 22,000 sq.m., with racking for over 21000 pallets
logistics offering to enable our clients to strengthen their own
and 11,000 parts bins already installed, and over 8,500 sqm of floor
storage space. In addition, the facility features 24 truck doors, a
Christian Lohmann, Vice President Commercial Industrial,
yard and parking area of 7000 sq.m., container loading and unloading
Imperial Logistics International
facilities and a paperless order picking system. The Industrial sector has been identified as a key target market for The location of the facility provides easy access to Germany’s A1 and
Imperial, whose integrated service portfolio is designed to cater for
A2 autobahns, and is well-served by courier and express companies.
a wide diversity of product types and dimensions.
Adjacent land is available for potential future expansion.
too large for our systems and facilities,
One major client has already transferred its logistics operations
to the new Imperial facility, from nearby manufacturing sites. The
proven multi-user warehousing concept, which is now attracting
Imperial team is now responsible for receiving, warehousing and
major blue-chip clients. The increased scale of operations we achieve
processing of hundreds of inbound lines, combining components
through such a shared facility justifies top-quality resources including
from external suppliers with finished goods from the customer’s
the latest technological solutions. Sharing facilities and resources
own production facilities. Imperial is also handling inventory control
across multiple users also balances out individual clients’ seasonal
for outbound lines, as well as providing frequent trailer shuttles to
fluctuations, maintaining optimal utilisation year-round. That enables
and from manufacturing sites.
us to operate a pay-as-you-use billing model, reducing user costs and
No product is
This new facility is a further expansion of our
assisting budgeting and cash flow. In addition, we are able to pass on Imperial is employing Lean management methodology to drive
savings through consolidated purchasing of packaging materials.
efficiencies, and all processes undergo regular analysis to facilitate cost reduction and cycle time improvements for clients.
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NEW 200,000ft DISTRIBUTION CENTRE 19 MARCH 2020
IN THE PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON
pediator (AIM: XPD), a leading provider of freight
Import Services’ new distribution centre will be just 100 metres
management services across the UK and Central and
away from where the deep sea container ships dock and with this
Eastern Europe is pleased to announce that its subsidiary,
new facility, our teams will be able to discharge containers efficiently,
Import Services Limited, the Southampton based port centric
process orders and deliver straight to the point of demand.
logistics company, has signed a 20 year lease with Associated British
Historically, Import Services has not always had the capacity to meet
Ports for a new 200,000 sq ft distribution centre at Southampton’s
demand, this new facility will not only enable us to meet demand but
Container Port. The opening of this new facility will take our UK
also capture additional market share by being able to offer superior
warehousing capability to approximately 700,000 sq ft.
services. The timing of this expansion could also work favourably with the UK’s move outside of the European Union.
Associated British Ports has begun development of the new
Stephen Blyth, CEO, Xpediator
distribution centre and it is expected to complete in Q1 2021. We were pleased to work with Import Services on this The new warehouse site is designed to connect with Import Services’
investment to expand their operations on the port. Following
existing quayside distribution centre, doubling Import Services’
the previous expansion in 2015, we are delighted to continue to
operational capacity. Together, the enlarged facilities will enable
our long-standing relationship of investing to support a key port
Import Services to hold stock under bond for order processing and
customer and to ensure that port-centric operations continues to
distribution across the UK, continental Europe and global markets.
deliver the most environmentally conscious, effective and efficient part of a logistics supply chain.
With 24 new access doors, VNA pallet storage configuration plus state of the art equipment and systems, the new warehouse is designed to boost throughput for containers and road vehicles, providing swift passage to market and alleviating the need to transport containers inland to distributions centres which will reduce time, cost and carbon from supply chains.
Clive Thomas, Head of Commercial & Property, ABP
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he Baltic Exchange’s subsidiary, Baltic Exchange Information
to maintain adequate records. BEISL engages an accounting firm
Services Ltd (BEISL), has been authorised by the UK’s
to conduct an annual review of its compliance while panellists are
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as a benchmark
subject to regular audits. To achieve its authorisation as a benchmark
administrator under EU Benchmark Regulation. This means that the
administrator with the FCA, BEISL has strengthened its governance
Baltic Exchange’s daily dry bulk, tanker and gas freight indices are
arrangements, adding an independent BEISL Oversight Function.
regulated by an EU National Competent Authority. There are now three bodies responsible for the oversight of the We are very pleased to have received authorisation from the
Baltic’s benchmarks: BEISL Board of Directors which has overall
FCA. This status ensures that financial institutions, including freight
responsibility for the administration of the benchmarks; Baltic Index
derivative traders using European clearing houses, will be able
Council which brings together market expertise to ensure that the
to continue using Baltic Exchange data for settlement purposes.
BEISL benchmarks reflect the economic reality of the shipping markets
Users of our index administration services can be assured of
measured; and BEISL Oversight Function whose main role is to ensure
our strong governance, robust benchmark design, transparent
regulatory adherence in all areas of benchmark related activities.
methodologies and clear accountability. Our high standards of design and governance uphold confidence in the global shipping freight benchmarks that we produce.
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Having come into effect on 1 January 2020 for EU administrators,
of physical and derivative contracts. Its international
EU Benchmarks Regulation requires administrators of a range of
community of over 640 members encompasses the majority
benchmarks to put in place appropriate governance arrangements,
of world shipping interests and commits to a code of business
to have effective controls to ensure the integrity of input data and
conduct overseen by the Baltic.
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EMEA CARGO CRIMES DOUBLE IN A YEAR 24 MARCH 2020
TO 8,548 INCIDENTS, WITH LOSSES EXCEEDING €137 MILLION
argo thefts from supply chains in Europe, the Middle East and
The Association also recorded thefts from supply chains in more
Africa (EMEA) more than doubled to 8,548 incidents in 2019
countries in the EMEA region than ever before – 48 in total
and involved losses of product worth well over €137 million,
compared to 35 in the previous year.
according to the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA). Of this total, 10 countries accounted
The incident rate is the highest recorded in TAPA’s 23-year history
for 94.6% of the cargo crimes reported in 2019:
as the leading Security Expert Network for everyone in the supply chain and reflects criminal attacks on all modes of transport; air
• Germany – 2,905, up 1,945% year-on-year
cargo, ocean freight, road freight and rail freight.
• France – 1,542 – up 817.8% • United Kingdom – 1,199, down 53.6%
In its Incident Information Service (IIS) Annual Report 2019, the
• Netherlands – 680, up 55.6%
Association also reveals average losses for major cargo crimes of
• Sweden – 607, up 1,114%
€536,889 and an average daily loss in the EMEA region last year
• Spain – 388, up 53.9%
• Russia – 371, up 290.5% • Italy – 159, up 174.1%
The intelligence data is based on cargo losses reported to TAPA’s IIS
• Belgium – 120, up 118.1%
by international law enforcement agencies, insurers, manufacturers
• South Africa – 118, up 195%
and logistics service providers. Despite the high numbers, however, the Association continues to emphasise that it is still not receiving
While the UK was the only country to report fewer incidents to
reports on the large majority of cargo crimes it believes are taking
TAPA’s incident database in 2019, the Association is aware that UK
place across the region.
police have information on more than 4,000 cargo crimes across the country over the course of the year.
In 2019, the number of incidents rose 114.7% to 8,548 versus 3,981 in 2018. Of these, only 39.1% of reports provided any financial value
Higher incident rates were also recorded in many other
for the goods stolen, which accounted for a combined €137,991,499.
countries in the region, including:
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Losses were recorded in 16 separate TAPA IIS product categories, • Czech Republic – 73, up 421%
with 12 suffering combined losses of €1 million or far higher; phones,
• Romania – 68, up 165.3%
clothing and footwear, cosmetics and hygiene products, car parts,
• Denmark – 50, up 1,150%
computers/laptops, cash, jewellery/precious metals, furniture/
• Hungary – 44, up 450%
household appliances, food and drink, metal, tobacco, sports
• Poland – 40, up 344.4%
equipment, and no load (theft of truck and/or trailer).
In terms of major losses, the top five countries – based
During 2019, only 220 Theft from Facility crimes were recorded,
on crimes reporting a value - were heavily influenced by a
reflecting the growing reluctance of cargo thieves to take the risk of
small number of very high value thefts, notably in Albania
targeting warehouses and distribution centres where security systems
and South Africa:
and on-site personnel increase their chances of getting caught.
• South Africa - €19,334,171
Commenting on the 2019 data, TAPA EMEA’s President & CEO,
• Netherlands – €15,875,292
Thorsten Neumann, said:
• United Kingdom – €13,377,226
record rate in the EMEA region since 2014 and previous analysis by
• Germany - €10,918,393
the European Parliament and industry associations put the total cost
• Albania – €10,000,000
at more than €8 billion a year in Europe alone. Our statistics only
Cargo crime has been growing at a
show the incidents reported directly to our IIS database but they In the second tier of losses for crimes with a value of
are the best possible indicator of the growing risks companies are
between €50,000 and €100,000, three of the 21 countries
facing and, naturally, a significant cause of concern for supply chain
with incidents in this category accounted for the majority
security, loss prevention and risk management professionals. There
of the total £15.9m loss:
is no doubt that the supply chains of TAPA members globally are among the most resilient in the industry because of the steps they
• Russia – €5,166,599
are taking to protect goods in transit or being stored in facilities.
• Germany - €3,748, 444
This includes adopting our industry standards for facilities and
• United Kingdom – €3,250,207
trucking operations. However, for the industry-at-large, the risks are now greater than at any time this century.
The biggest single loss reported to TAPA’s IIS in 2019 was the theft of €17,440,800 of jewellery/precious metals stolen from an Origin
TAPA’s full 56-page Incident Information Service (IIS) Annual
Facility in Gauteng province in South Africa. This was one of 19
Report 2019 was produced exclusively for global members of
crimes with 7- and 8-figure loss values. Overall, the 179 major cargo
thefts last year – classified as incidents with a loss of €100,000 or more – represented a total loss of €96,103,152.
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LIVERPOOL-BASED FAMILY BUSINESS HELPS
RAISE ASPIRATIONS OF LOCAL SCHOOL PUPILS Y outh charity The Prince’s Trust and Liverpool-based
Denholm Logistics Group is a proud supporter of The Prince’s
business Denholm Logistics Group last week organised a
Trust. Being headquartered in Liverpool and with facilities across
‘World of Work’ day for pupils of Calderstones School in
Merseyside and throughout the UK, we are keen to encourage
the Allerton area of Liverpool.
and inspire young people in our local communities. Young people have the opportunity to develop an exciting career in logistics and
Hosted by a patron of The Prince’s Trust, ‘World of Work’ days are
maritime services and our ‘World of Work’ tour has been a great
designed to give students an insight into a business, its sector and
way of introducing pupils of Calderstones School to the various
career pathways, to raise the aspirations of young people, including
options open to them within our industries.
those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Niall Denholm, Managing Director, Denholm Logistics Group
Employees at Liverpool-based Denholm Logistics Group designed
We are delighted to have partnered with Denholm Logistics
and hosted an interactive workshop for twelve 12 and 13-year-
Group for this ‘World of Work’ day. The workshop allowed pupils
old students of Calderstones School. The students were able to
to learn about local industries first-hand and encouraged them to
track a simulated shipping container from the Far East into a UK
think about what careers could suit them in the future.
port and onward to a Denholm warehouse via inland haulage. The
Jo McKnight, Head of Operations, The Prince’s Trust, Merseyside
workshop also gave the pupils the opportunity to learn about freight forwarding, port agency, transportation and warehousing activities,
Denholm Logistics Group is a division of diversified family-owned
using the latest technology deployed by Denholm.
business The Denholm Group, which announced a new partnership with The Prince’s Trust in 2019 that is designed to create lasting change for young people.
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TA, the only business group representing all of the logistics
overview for management; Operator licence compliance; Shipping
sector, has today (30 March 2020) launched an online version
dangerous goods by sea; and Transport Manager CPC options.
of the Operator Licence Awareness Training Course (OLAT)
to ensure operators can continue to receive vital compliance training
As of 23 March 2020, FTA has followed government guidance and
under the government’s ‘social distancing’ rules. The e-OLAT will
suspended temporarily all its face-to-face training events. However,
form one of six training courses now available to access online; FTA
our online training modules – delivered through interactive
has suspended temporarily all face-to-face training events under
webinars, quizzes and e-learning resources – are guaranteed to
COVID-19 government guidance.
keep delegates engaged. Training remains of critical importance to personal development and organisational resilience; we are pleased
Keith Gray, General Manager of Training, Audits and Standards at FTA comments:
to be able to support businesses during this challenging time.
While the government has now restricted use
of classroom based, face-to-face training under its ‘social distancing’
Efficient logistics is vital to keep the UK trading, directly having
rules, the need for transport operators to run their fleets safely,
an impact on more than seven million people employed in the
efficiently, and in line with government regulation remains the
making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology
same. To help logistics businesses keep their operations running
and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move
as smoothly as possible during this difficult time, we are pleased
across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never
to launch e-OLAT, an online version of the Operator Licence
been more important to UK plc. FTA is one of the biggest business
Awareness Training Course, delivered through a Virtual Learning
groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for safe and
efficient logistics. We are the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea
In addition to e-OLAT, FTA has five training courses available
and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such
to access online, including General Security Awareness Training
as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the
(GSAT); Introduction to dangerous goods by air, road and sea –
efficient movement of goods. 26 MARCH 2020
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Job Overview Are you looking for a career in a freight forwarding and want to work for the world’s number 1 sea freight forwarder then we have an excellent opportunity at our Birmingham Branch to join our International Supply Chain team.
Your role We are currently recruiting for a Seafreight Customer Care Specialist on an initial 6 month contract to join our International Supply chain management department who will be responsible for providing best in class customer service to our customers managed by the supply chain team every day. As part of your role as a Customer Care Specialist you will be liaise daily with internal and external customer ensuring this is carried out in a timely and professional fashion.
Your responsibilities • Provide excellent customer service all day, every day to our
customer base. • Seeking ways to add value to their business and communicate these effectively to the relevant parties to change processes for the better • Build a close and robust relationship with our customers to guarantee that they will turn to us when they require help and will trust us with potential other business opportunities • To ensure that all shipments are undertaken to meet, as a minimum, or exceed the customer’s expectations in terms of the standard of service provided, cost agreed and specified time frames • Communicate effectively with all overseas offices to arrange importation of freight based on customer-specific requirements. This includes but is not limited to Customs clearance, deliveries and import documentation control. • Utilise our customer solutions teams to put relevant and informative reporting in place to show important value added areas for improvement • Monitor and report on shipments and communicate any updates /or non-conformances to the affected parties, i.e. customer, customs team or Intermodal team
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in a timely manner. Damage/claim reporting, TIP reporting.
operational errors to a minimum and alerting management to potential problems. • Be responsible for accurate accounting across your customer base and conforming to the current • To attend customer/supplier visits where required and ensure that all reporting must be accurate and delivered according to agreed deadlines
Your skills and experiences • Previous experience in customer facing/service role ideally
in a logistics/supply chain environment would be advantageous • Excellent written and oral skills and confident liaising with customers and colleagues • Previous Seafreight experience is advantageous • Ability to work to deadlines, and under pressure in some situations. • Good organisation skills and able to work on own initiative and as part of a team. • Proficient use of Microsoft Office – specifically Word, Excel and Outlook.
Good reasons to join If you would like to become a valued member of our team then we will also make sure that you’re rewarded for your commitment and expertise. We are offering a competitive salary and 23 days holiday plus bank holidays and life assurance. You will also have the opportunity to join the contributory Kuehne+Nagel pension plan and benefit from our Route 2 Rewards scheme which offers discounts and savings on a wide range of high street or internet goods and services.
About Kuehne+Nagel With over 82,000 employees at some 1,300 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world’s leading logistics companies. As an employer, Kuehne + Nagel stands for equal opportunity and we are committed to diversity in our teams with regard to people with disabilities. We believe that you can make a valuable contribution to Kuehne + Nagel and look forward to receiving your application.
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Your role This role will be accountable for all departmental activity including Health & Safety, achievement of business KPIs, labour, training, team development and engagement, quality, environment and security.
Your responsibilities • Responsible for managing cost performance in line with
forecast / budget ensuring appropriate measures are in place to manage variation • Devise and implement operational and financial KPI targets to ensure business and customer requirements are achieved • Develop strong relationships with internal and external customers to better understand key business drivers and devise tactical improvement plans to support continued growth / success • Promote a culture of Continuous Improvement by capturing and leading CI initiatives / projects and developing support structures through CI training workshops • Identify resource requirements for each department based on forecast activity and devise tactical plans to manage shortages / surplus • Interrogation and approval of departmental spreadsheets / reports as required to ensure the integrity of KPI data • Operate and interrogate Warehouse Management Systems (WMS, GRIP) to identify potential improvements • Conduct regular customer and supplier reviews
Your skills and experiences • Strong PC skills including Microsoft Office applications • Good knowledge of creating and interrogating spreadsheets
• Ability of interpreting data • Experience of managing large teams • Managing costs against a budget • Development and understanding of KPIs • Health & Safety legislation • Appraisals and disciplinary
• Global freight forwarder • Outside sales / BDM role, working in and around Manchester and the North West • MUST have experience in freight forwarding, with provable GP of at least £100k p.a. • Car, bonus / commission, pension, life assurance, health insurance
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• Freight forwarding inside sales • Warm desk worth €300.000 per annum • Financially secure global freight forwarder, 900+ staff • Smart offices, great team atmosphere, healthy business
EXPORT AIRFREIGHT OPERATIONS CLERK COLNBROOK, UK £COMPETITIVE, D.O.E., HOLIDAY: 22 DAYS MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9AM TO 5PM (SOME EVENING & WEEKEND WORK, OVERTIME PAID) email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 275 951
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org | +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 email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 628 787
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org | +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.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER WARWICKSHIRE (BUT NATIONAL ROLE) £35,000 BASE + CAR ALLOWANCE + BONUS email@example.com | +44 (0)1454 628 787
• Air, road and Warehousing specialist • You should have provable billings above £500k pa • Your role will be national – bring the business and get 5% bonus on everything
• 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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Job Overview No matter your dreams and ambitions, Maersk offers exciting career opportunities in a truly international working environment. When you join Maersk, the world becomes your workplace. You will feel the diversity and dynamics of our international business from day one. We commit to providing possible best development and career growth to all our employees through digitalized learning ways in order to keep them up with development of technological changing. Are you a seasoned FTL expert searching for an opportunity to negotiate and manage large supply chain contracts and be responsible for coordinating the logistics and procurement of all transportation services for multiple facili-ties for Maersk? As FTL Product Manager you will be responsible for pricing new businesses and developing relations with vendors as well as maintaining high quality of service and internal operations.
We offer • International experience working for the world´s leader, in a dynamic, global industry.
• Work with colleagues and clients across the world. • Excellent training development opportunities and global
career prospects. • Enhance your communication, problem solving and relation building skills. • Competitive salary and excellent bonus package.
Key responsibilities Product development responsibilities – developing, maintaining and communicating an attractive FTL service value proposition to new and existing customers.
• Accountable for developing an FTL product strategy that
provides a platform for future Maersk product development and enhancement • Accountable for increasing awareness in the commercial organisation of the opportunities in FTL through development and communication of new service solutions, campaigns and promotions
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• Accountable for ensuring the compatibility between FTL
product offering and the supply chain solution products offered by Maersk • Accountable for capturing and escalating ‘success stories’ from significant customer wins and supporting knowledge transfer to team members for ongoing competency improvement • Facilitates the acquisition of new business and supports the Sales organization • Promotes customer relations and grows customer base • Prepares offers in response to clients’ quote requests • Visits a predefined number of potential customers • Supports business development processes: tender, analysis, solution design, cost & pricing and service offering • Monitors market trends and competitor activity in order to identify new business opportunities • Ensures efficient operations and continuously optimizes the operations by implementing standard pro-cesses in line with corporate guidelines and targets • Co-operates in the development and implementation of business operations and reporting systems
We are looking for • 8-10 years of logistics background, preferably responsible
for FTL • Knowledge of Freight Forwarding is required • Solid knowledge in all aspects of road freight services delivery: processes & documentation, regulations, local and international market specifics • Proven track record of targeting, pursuing and winning a sizeable portfolio of new customers, through combined personal and collaborative selling efforts • Proven track record in a matrix, multi-cultural organisation, building strong relationships and networks both locally and internationally • Numerate, financially astute and analytical • Fluency in German and English is ideal
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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.
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• 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.
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Key info • $40k-$50k • Minimum of 2 years in ocean export role • Full documentation A-Z
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Key info • Salary based on experience • 5+ years managerial experience • Working for a top 25 global freight forwarder
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.
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26 FEBRUARY 2020
WITT O’BRIEN’S EXPANDS CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WITH
ACQUISITION OF NAVIGATE W itt O’Brien’s, LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings
This acquisition broadens our support for the maritime industry
Inc. (NYSE: CKH) ('SEACOR'), announced today
at a critical time. Ship owners and managers face an evolving range
the acquisition of the maritime crisis and corporate
of disruptions that can put their operations and reputations at risk.
communications agencies Navigate PR Ltd, Navigate Response Ltd,
These include disease pandemics, cyber-attack, hurricanes, and oil
Navigate Response Asia Pte Ltd and Helix Media Pte Ltd. (together
spills. We believe the best approach is to integrate outstanding
known as 'Navigate').
emergency management with effective crisis communications. We’ve partnered with Navigate for two years, so we have a strong working
Witt O’Brien’s specialises in crisis and emergency management
relationship. While our initial focus will remain in the maritime
for both governments and corporations, worldwide. It is a market
sector, we see significant potential to grow our combined offerings
leader in maritime emergency management, supporting more than
in both the private and public sectors. We’re delighted to welcome
11,000 vessels trading in US waters. Navigate is a leader in crisis
the Navigate team to our family of businesses.
and strategic communications for the global maritime sector. Based
Tim Whipple, Chief Executive Officer, Witt O’Brien’s
in London and Singapore, the group supports the owners and managers of more than 4,000 vessels across several asset classes. It
Navigate’s founders Mike Elsom, Bill Lines in London and Ed Ion in
also supports leading maritime organizations with a wide range of
Singapore will continue in leadership roles. They will report to Managing
corporate communications services.
Director Sean Fitzgerald, a communications industry veteran who joined Witt O’Brien’s in 2019, following a career in increasingly senior positions at Ketchum, the global corporate communications agency, as well as Mattel and Levi Strauss. Bill Lines added:
represents a shipping industry first: the integration of world-class crisis management with a global crisis communications and reputation management capacity, in one seamless offering. Witt O’Brien’s shares our commitment to innovation and resiliency in the maritime sector. We are hugely excited about the future and look forward to serving our clients as one team.
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elmar International Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Rotra, LLC (and Rotra Brokerage Services,
ABOUT DELMAR INTERNATIONAL
Inc.). Established in 1984, Rotra is a light asset logistics
Delmar International Inc. is a privately held Canadian based,
company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in the
leading global supply chain solutions provider, with offices
Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, offering international freight
located at major gateways and 1500 employees worldwide.
forwarding, customs brokerage, and warehousing and distribution
Delmar remains strategically asset light while positioned
services. Rotra has enjoyed longstanding success servicing North
and partnered to service its clients around the world.
American and European importers and exporters, with a wide range
Delmar’s core product offerings include: International Freight
of logistics services specializing in the transatlantic trade.
Forwarding (Air, Ocean, and Ground), Customs Services, Warehousing & Distribution, Technology Solutions, Supply
Our acquisition of Rotra is a strategic opportunity for Delmar
Chain Management, and Trade Consulting Services. Serving
to both increase our substance in the ever-important U.S. Midwest
SME to Fortune 500 companies, Delmar offers solutions and
market and to further grow our presence in European markets. For
strategies to optimize any supply chain. From the first to the
over three decades, Rotra has successfully serviced and grown its
last mile, Delmar is Logistics Made Simple.
customer base in this geographical sector. There is a strong cultural fit here with substantive synergy and opportunity for both entities and we couldn’t be more pleased to incorporate their family into ours. Robert Cutler, CEO, Delmar International The transaction significantly raises the capabilities and size of Delmar’s USA footprint and workforce, which now exceeds two hundred employees, and operates from coast to coast with seven
DELMAR INTERNATIONAL 5 MARCH 2020
branches throughout the United States.
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DELSOL ACQUIRES NORTH WALES HAULAGE BUSINESS T 9 MARCH 2020
he leading logistics company in North Wales has continued
We are delighted to have acquired the HF Owen business.
its expansion with the acquisition of a long-established
The company is well respected across North Wales and has a loyal
customer base. The purchase further consolidates Delsol’s position as the leading logistics business in the region.
Delivery Solutions (Delsol) has bought Caernarfon-based haulier HF
Dave Phillips, Managing Director, Delsol
Owen Transport and Storage.
The acquisition follows a successful 2019 for the company which Delsol purchased the company, which has been trading since 1972,
increased revenues by 20%. This included increasing the number of
for an undisclosed amount from the retiring owner Harry Owen.
deliveries from 1500 to 1650 each day, the expansion of its dedicated storage facility to 120,000 sq. ft. and the introduction of a new
The company will continue to trade under the HF Owen name and
warehouse management system.
three members of the founder’s family, including daughter Helen and son Harry junior, will continue with the business along with 10
The company also achieved the prestigious British Retail Consortium
(BRC) Certification for Storage and Distribution. It is a member of The Pallet Network, The Alternative Parcel Network (APC
Delsol has also begun an upgrade of HF Owen’s fleet of 10 vehicles.
Overnight) and The Hazchem Network.
It means that Delsol, which has its own depot in Caernarfon as well
Tony Parry, who co-founded Delsol with fellow director Simon
as one in Sandycroft, now employs over 170 staff and has a fleet of
Walker in 1999, said:
more than 120 vehicles.
standing still and continuing to invest in the business, whether this
We recognise the importance of not
is recruiting and training the best people, investing in the quality of The company, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019, offers
our fleet or integrating the latest industry technology. Customer
parcel delivery, haulage, storage, pallet distribution, air and sea
service has been key, providing a flexible and friendly service. Our
freight and transport of hazardous chemicals.
customers are our greatest advocates and our best referrers of new business. Without our dedicated staff and loyal customers, we would not be where we are today.
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trengthens Ecommerce Fulfilment and Warehouse
Successful ecommerce supply chains require flexible fulfilment
Management Capabilities on the Global Logistics Network
systems that can scale up and down during peak periods, while maintaining connections with a complex ecosystem of sales
Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX),
and delivery channels. Our web-based eWMS was built with
the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in
this ecosystem in mind. It helps customers turn fulfilment into
commerce, announced that it has acquired Peoplevox, a leading
a competitive advantage. By combining with Descartes, we see
provider of cloud-based ecommerce warehouse management
an opportunity to extend our market reach and integrate with
complementary technologies to manage the full lifecycle of domestic and cross-border ecommerce shipments.
Headquartered in the UK, Peoplevox serves direct-to-consumer
ecommerce customers around the world. Peoplevox’s web-based
founder, Peoplevox; VP Industry Solutions, Descartes
eWMS and ecommerce fulfilment solutions help customers seamlessly connect to webshop front ends, translate order information into a
Like our investments in Oz, pixi and ShipRush, Peoplevox adds
mobile-driven pick and pack process within the warehouse and then
density and domain expertise to what is an increasingly important
feed parcel delivery systems for shipment execution. The company’s
area of our business – ecommerce. We’re thrilled that Peoplevox
customers include direct-to-consumer brands, ecommerce retailers and
is joining Descartes to help us better serve businesses looking to
traditional retailers with physical stores looking to enhance their online
enhance their direct-to-consumer fulfilment performance. We
presence to meet the need for omni-channel deliveries to consumers.
welcome Peoplevox employees, customers and partners to the Descartes community. Edward Ryan, CEO, Descartes Peoplevox is headquartered in London, England. Descartes acquired Peoplevox for GBP 19.4 million (approximately US $25.2 million), net of working capital, satisfied from cash on hand and Descartes’ existing line of credit.
DESCARTES ACQUIRES PEOPLEVOX 4 MARCH 2020
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Buyer seeking an acquisition
A leading global supply chain business looking to acquire an established customs broker / clearance company in Benelux.
The ideal company will have a warehousing / cross dock
Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands
facility and be experienced in Fiscal procedures and
It would also be a distinct advantage if the directors
were either looking to remain or have a clear succession plan for exit.
Customs clearance Warehousing
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MEDIA & MARKETING
unning your own website isn’t a walk in the park. It needs to look sharp, run smoothly and regularly requires your
COMMIT TO CONTENT
One of the best ways to drive traffic and website interaction is by
undivided attention. If your website is a successful one, it
posting unique content on your site. Many websites achieve this
can be a champion of your company. So how can you ensure you’re
through a blog feature, writing posts that could spark interest from
getting the best out of your website?
web users within their industry. For example, you might want to
START THE RACE RIGHT
write informative posts, which will remain timeless and relevant to users who search for the keywords that happen to be featured
You wouldn’t run a race with a sprained ankle. Chances are, you’d
within your post. Alternatively, your posts could be industry news
have lost the race before it had even begun. Effort and time wasted,
related, which will attract attention from anyone searching live,
and you’d probably end up in a worse state than you started. Think
trending buzzwords. It’s ideal to switch up your posts and maybe
about this principle, but with your website. Why post content and
even create categories once your posts become more numerous.
expect results when it’s not running (excuse the pun) properly in
If you’re struggling for inspiration, just ask yourself what sort of
the first place? Is your website’s performance up to scratch? Is it
content you would be interested in reading about.
designed with both aesthetics and usability in mind? Does it have enough high-quality content to drive your site to Google’s top results? These are all questions you should be asking to make sure your website is at its optimum running pace.
CONSIDER GOOGLE ADS (AKA ADWORDS)
It will provide you with traffic (the website kind, not the transport kind), but you will have to be prepared to dig into your pocket. Although there is a fee, your website will reach the top tier on Google’s search results with keyword searches. Once you start receiving more traffic, you will notice a spike in sales leads and customer interaction. While this can become expensive, it might be a good idea to dip your toes in the water of Google Ads to get some traffic to your site and to hit the ground running. Something to consider before you splash your cash on advertising is to plan your budget, your goals and how long you intend to advertise for.
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DON’T TRY TO CHEAT THE SYSTEM ...IT WON’T WORK ANY MORE
'Once I crack Google’s code, life will be a breeze,' I hear you say. I’ll stop you right there. Google is much more than a bunch of
rules that web users have to abide by to in order to achieve decent results. In fact, Google constantly changes its algorithms to prevent
manipulation of the system. Did you also know that Google analyses every page and the links to and from your website? This is called
‘crawling’ – essentially, search engines trawl throughout your website and rank you according to what they find. Don’t get comfortable, SEO-related rules are designed to keep you on your toes!
CTRL+C then CTRL+V, right? Nope. Absolutely not. Set down your coffee and pause your wellness podcast, because what I’m going to say next is very important. You mustn’t copy and paste your
content. Blog posts, ‘about’ sections, company profiles, services...
this rule applies to the lot. A blinding mistake a lot of people make is ripping content from a random site, posting it as their own. This is
not only plagiarism (and could even land you with a fine attached to a copyright lawsuit), but can also have hugely detrimental effects on your SEO. The world of SEO is a complex one, but the simplest rule
to remember is that the more unique content you have, the better. If you can’t avoid reposting content, such as with a supplied press
release or a bulky technical reference, it is essential to credit the
source with a backlink to the source, and highly advisable to insert a canonical link. These essentially prove that you recognise that the
content is duplicated and that you are aware of the original source already existing. Google will then not penalise you for this.
This avoidance of duplicate material should extend to the rest of
your site as well, even with your own, original content. Don't have the same content repeated within the site or you'll be punished by Google. Instead, make sure you rewrite any information that you
intend to repeat, for example a summary of a service on the home page and the more elaborated version on the services page.
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KEEP IT SIMPLE
DON’T NEGLECT KEYWORDS
to enhance your SEO. Firstly, keep your post’s URL (www.etc...)
searching for a topic remotely relevant to your website may stumble
as simple as possible. If your title is above five words, then make
across your website thanks to a beautiful little keyword you once
There are a few key tips to keep in mind when writing content
sure you customise your URL link to something still relevant to the article, but shorter. A post URL of ‘www.webpage.com/blog/howto-make-sure-your-post-URL-isnot-too-long’...is probably too long. This doesn’t mean that you have to change the title of your article – your CMS (Content Management System, e.g. Wordpress) should allow you customise your post URL. Perhaps www.webpage.com/blog/keepingURLs-simple would be better suited. Another point to consider is paragraph size, sentence structures and repetition of words. Keep your sentences simple and brief if you can – this reads much better and increases
The clue is in the title: key. Keywords are vital to your SEO. Anyone
A POST URL OF ‘WWW. WEBPAGE.COM /BLOG/HOWTO-MAKESURE-YOURPOST-URL-ISNOT-TOO-LONG’ ...IS PROBABLY TOO LONG
wrote a few times in an article. Cargo, freight, airlines, goods, shipping: in the case of the logistics industry, these are little Easter eggs you can leave around your site for an internet browser (and potential customer) to discover. Bingo! They discover your website and are likely to take a nose around. If you’re wondering what the world is talking about online, visit Google Trends. Google Trends displays the current, most talked-about keywords being searched for online. Although don’t be surprised if the majority of keyword trends include Kardashian, Love Island, Jeff Bezos or Game of Thrones! Sometimes it’s just in the
your website’s readability for Google’s crawlers. Your opening paragraph
craft of making even the most contrasting topics fit. I mean, you see
should be fairly succinct, around four-to-five sentences. Feel free to go
what I did there, right? I just bagged myself four of the most talked-about
into more detail in the main body of your text, but remember that
keywords in one article ;-)
nobody likes a big slab of copy. It’s daunting and unappealing. Break up your text with headers, images and paragraph breaks. Even use ‘pull quotes’ to illuminate important elements of your article. Repetition of keywords can be bad for SEO. Again, don’t underestimate Google. It knows if you’re trying to outsmart it by cramming too many keywords in one paragraph. Note that you gain a loyal reader by creating interesting, relatable content. As a writer, I can say that connecting with your reader should always be your #1 priority.
UTILISE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS (IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE...GET ONE!)
ANALYSE YOUR SITE
Social media is easily one of the most successful and quickest
audience would be completely inappropriate and nothing would be
network-building tools. Just one retweet could reveal your brand
achieved. Apply this mentality to your website, and ask yourself
to thousands of other Twitter followers. Internet users check
whether your website and its content is reaching the right target
their social media on their lunch breaks, waiting in queues, sat
audience. If it’s not, then the chances are you’re not getting the
on a train, even whilst waiting for the kettle to boil. Reaching
optimal results. Take a look at Google Analytics and dissect your
new audiences couldn’t be easier. Link to your social media from
website’s structure and activity. Using this data-analysing tool, you
If you were to see a professor giving a university-level lecture to a class of toddlers, you’d think...pretty pointless, right? The target
will be able to review your audience demographic, your most popular webpages, your organic visit levels and much more. This is a great way to see what areas you’re acing, and whether there are elements of your site that need to be improved. Consider and address the points above, and you’ll be ready to ace the race. And remember, this is all a lot to take in and a lot to commit yourself to as a business owner or marketing executive. SEO work is one of the services we offer, so get in touch with the team if you'd be more comfortable leaving it to the professionals...I doubt anyone would blame you! Rachel Jefferies, contributing writer, FORWARDER magazine
your website, and link to your website from your social media. If you’ve posted a new blog post, tweet about it. Post it on LinkedIn. Use hashtags to extend to a wider audience. Some of the biggest brands reach far more people these days thanks to their social media marketing; just look at Apple, Nike, Spotify. Again, more traffic and a higher click rate will boost your website’s interaction performance and Google ranking. FORWARDER magazine
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WHAT’S BEEN SAID...
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Peter Murphy, ernational
Midlands Mediterranean Introducing... Loadie
AIRFREIGHT & AIRLINES Solent Scandinavia
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UK DISTRIBUTION & NETWORKS
OCEAN FREIGHT & SHIPPING LINES Heathrow & London Iberia
Liverpool & North Wales Indian subcontinent
Essex, Kent & Sussex Eastern Europe
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Featuring... Retail Transport Services
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WAREHOUSING & STORAGE
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WAREHOUSING & STORAGE
Heathrow & London Eastern Europe
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Featuring... Freight Logistics Solutions
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CUSTOMS CLEARANCE & BONDED WAREHOUSING Felixstowe & Ipswich Western Europe Celebrating... 20 years for RTS
THE LAST WORD...
CEO OF MORGANS AIRPORT SERVICES GSE
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sit here on a sunny Heathrow morning, A380s flying overhead, baggage dollies rattling by and the PA system bellowing (on the edge of being obscene) and I wonder: why is there the same
20 people making themselves heard in aviation? All of these people have one thing in common: they've been in the industry since 'the good old days.' The 1970s and 1980s allowed the aviation industry to be a sexy, attractive industry to work in; commercial flight was finally affordable to the masses and cargo had just started to rise. The afternoon lunches, the limitless expense cards, the wining-and-dining of customers and suppliers alike â€“ all in the name of airport relationships. The airport, by the sounds of it, had a charm that couldn't be described, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. I've asked many people what made these times so good and I'm still yet to receive a full explanation, it's almost always ...thanks for clearing that up!
well, it was just the good ol' days
Morgans Airport Services
Fast forward to the present and we're seeing the airports boom in
Budget, low-cost and lower-cost airlines have spearheaded the
all sectors. Whilst there are airlines shutting down like computers at
industry into cutbacks, the once blooming hedge that is the aviation
5pm, the business is still ever-growing, so I wonder: why isn't there
industry now pruned slightly too much to be deemed attractive.
such excitement from the next generation to work at the airport
The cost cutting implemented industry wide is making for a hard
...and I think I've sussed it.
time within all sectors of aviation but the public want cheap cheap cheap. That’s great for consumers, but what about staffing?
The airline industry grew so fast that they had to offer attractive
There has to be a point where enough discounts are enough discounts.
packages to the masses to bring them over form other industries. Many 50+s have completely different backgrounds in their early 20s,
All in all, the aviation industry hasn’t lost a single per cent of its
from catering to car sales, but the pizazz and pay packets offered
character, from the people behind the scenes to the pollution that
made them all migrate – and stay.
hovers over Heathrow at night, it feels homely and welcoming. It can’t be explained to people out of the industry, but it’s just a
The next generation hasn't seen the same boom and money-
wonderful place to be. The money certainly hasn’t left the airport
throwing of the past; instead the boom has been in technology.
now, it's just that other industries have got larger coffers to head
The once air-obsessed generation is now heired by the tech
hunt potential aviation lifers. Aviation is a life sentence, but it’s the
generation and no one knows what will happen when the airport
best we’ll ever know.
boom generation retires.
THE LAST WORD... THE TEAM...
CRAIG EDITOR-IN-CHIEF RICHARD ADVERTISING DOM ADVERTISING NICK ADVERTISING TIM DESIGNER MOHIT SOCIAL MEDIA
A FINAL WORD FROM
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