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A charter for Chad – Panalpina donates UNICEF relief flight

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Dec 08, 2016 – For the fourth consecutive year, UNICEF and Panalpina have joined forces to fly relief goods to an African country where population movements, food insecurity, malnutrition and natural disasters have led to a health emergency and precarious humanitarian situation. In the morning hours, a Panalpina chartered cargo aircraft landed in Chad with more than 80 tons of life-saving goods on board that are essential for water treatment, sanitation and nutrition programs.

More than 80 tons of relief goods such as blankets and tarpaulins used for shelter, therapeutic food for malnourished children, medical equipment and drugs, provided by UNICEF, arrived in Chad’s capital N’Djamena this morning on a flight chartered and donated by Panalpina. The company’s Charter Network had organized the relief flight which left Liège the night before. The goods will address acute needs in the areas of health, hygiene and nutrition but also children’s recreation, particularly in refugee camps.

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Panalpina successfully adds logistics manufacturing services to telecoms industry

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Panalpina, one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL) has added Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) to its operations for a large telecoms company in Brazil. The company now manages the assembly of semi-knocked down units for base stations. Panalpina not only executes the final assembly, but takes full ownership of the whole process – from planning to quality control. It is one of the first times that a telecoms company has successfully outsourced manufacturing to a 3PL.

Logistics is changing – rather than simply transporting goods from A to B, there is a growing trend for partners to take more ownership and responsibility for their customer’s supply chains.Some logistics companies now provide value-added services that take on more of a manufacturing role in the supply chain. Panalpina is one of those companies.

At a facility near São Paulo, Panalpina now handles assembly, warehousing and outbound delivery of telecoms equipment for an important global customer. The 32,000 m2 facility replaces five separate warehouses that the customer used to operate, one for each section of its supply chain.

The partnership between the two companies has been a success. The customer took a risk in changing its supply chain model by giving manufacturing responsibility to a 3PL. This was only possible because Panalpina offers more than simple manpower. Panalpina takes care of all the planning that goes along with high quality manufacturing. Giving the 3PL a leadership role means that some order cycle processes can be run in parallel instead of in a sequence, which has greatly reduced order fulfilment times.

Final assembly and testing

The five sections of the customer’s supply chain are terminals (cell phones, tablets, modems), spare parts for terminals, semi-knocked down (SKD) assembly, finished goods and spare parts for finished goods. “SKD is where the real action is; out of the 220 people that work at the facility, 140 work on SKD,” says Mike Wilson, Global Head of Logistics at Panalpina.

SKD alone consists of five different assembly lines. In the final assembly and testing line, Panalpina staff assemble base station boards and cabinets, and run software updates and tests. Finished products are then packaged, labelled and passed to the warehouse next door for outbound delivery.

“Adding Logistics Manufacturing Services to our offering is a major part of our strategy, and is the future of our industry. It allows us to deliver faster time-to-market while cutting costs,” explains Wilson.

Expertise

In a first for the industry, Panalpina often hires people with a background in Electronic Manufacturing Services to fill its logistics positions. These people come with knowledge and experience of managing complex manufacturing and supply chains in an outsourced environment. This gives Panalpina a distinct advantage as it has the expertise to look at a customer’s business from their perspective and understand the critical touch points in their supply chain. Panalpina understands the planning and operations involved in both logistics and manufacturing and this was a key reason why the company could take on more of the customer’s operations.

“We speak our customer’s language and that gives them confidence. We’re all on the same team with the same ideas about what needs to be done and how to make it work,” says Krasimir Banchev, Panalpina’s expert for value-added logistics services.

Technology

Technology is another key component in ensuring the customer’s chain runs smoothly. With trucks coming and going every day, managing the inbound and outbound flow of goods is crucial. Panalpina uses RedPrairie, an advanced IT tool for warehouse management. On the assembly line, Panalpina is fully integrated into the customer’s internal system.

This state-of-the-art system gives Panalpina complete visibility of inventory to maintain optimum levels while reducing cost wherever possible. It allows the company to monitor its performance and gives the customer transparency to ensure its expectations are met.

“We want to set the benchmark for fully integrated, value-added logistics and raise expectations of what a logistics service provider can do,” concludes Wilson. “The operation in Brazil is a great example of how we can make improvements across more of the supply chain. And we are busy building our next value-added success already”.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers’ supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs around 16,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.

From: http://www.panalpina.com/www/global/en/home/news_media/latest_news/14_01_30.html

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Panalpina targets 500 LCL Ocean Freight services in 2014

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Panalpina added a record number of Less than Container Load (LCL) services to its network in 2013, reaching 450 weekly services worldwide. Some services were altered and others added as the company expands and improves its global LCL network, which is expected to reach 500 services by the end of 2014.

Panalpina enters the New Year with a bigger and better LCL network. The company’s drive to expand its global footprint has seen it add 41 LCL services in the past year while also adapting many of its current routes to offer an improved service. Panalpina’s most recent additions include Santos to Veracruz, Dubai to Dammam and Singapore to Casablanca.

“Our new and improved LCL network cements our place as one of the most flexible and reliable LCL service providers in the world,” says Frank Hercksen, Panalpina’s global head of ocean freight. “As the modal shift from air freight to ocean freight continues, we are giving customers more options and better choices to handle any transport need anywhere in the world.”

Rather than simply expanding its LCL network, Panalpina monitors and evaluates trade growth and global economies to identify routes where an LCL service can either be implemented or improved. Over the course of 2014, the company expects to add a further 50 services to its LCL network, taking its total to 500. Roughly 15% of Panalpina’s current 450 LCL services operate two or three sailings a week, adding to the network’s flexibility.

Industries

The majority of Panalpina’s LCL services are used by the automotive and manufacturing industries, which accounted for almost 30% of its LCL volumes in 2013. Consumer & retail and fashion customers follow close behind with 25%. Interestingly, LCL use from hi-tech and telecoms customers came in third. These industries accounted for a little under 20% of the LCL volumes in 2013. This is mostly down to the rise in consumer electronic shipments moving from air freight to ocean freight, as a cost saving measure.

“Our LCL network is a flexible and cost effective alternative to air freight that many of our existing air freight customers appreciate – particularly from the hi-tech and telecoms industries,” says Clas Thorell, global head of ocean freight LCL at Panalpina.

Regions

Intra-Asia remains very much in focus for Panalpina’s LCL network. In the past two years, the company has significantly increased its services in the region to well over 100. Its busiest LCL trade lane is China to Southeast Asia.

Following close behind Intra-Asia shipments are shipments travelling from Asia into Europe, Latin America, the US and Canada. Latin America is another key region where new LCL services are under constant development.


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Optimized logistics spend, more flexibility, reliability and improved supply chain

Panalpina is one of the world’s leading LCL service providers. LCL offers the possibility of consolidating multiple consignments from multiple customers in one Full Container Load (FCL). Customers can ship low volumes without having the cost commitments of a full container. Hence, LCL gives customers with lower volume shipments access to the economies of scale in ocean freight that are normally restricted to full container movements. Panalpina’s global LCL network consists of numerous direct LCL services and strategically located hubs. Customers benefit from an optimized logistics spend, more flexibility and seamless door-to-door services with the highest level of schedule integrity and reliability in transit times.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers’ supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs around 16,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.

From: http://www.panalpina.com/www/global/en/home/news_media/latest_news/14_01_24.html

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Alastair Robertson to leave Panalpina

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Panalpina’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Alastair Robertson, has decided to take on a new challenge outside of the industry.

Alastair Robertson joined Panalpina in 2007 as Head of Global Human Resources and joined the company’s Executive Board in 2008. Over the past seven years, Robertson has transformed and professionalized the organization’s HR department.

Robertson will take on a new challenge outside of the freight forwarding and logistics industry. He will leave the company during the course of the year.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers’ supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs around 16,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.

From: http://www.panalpina.com/www/global/en/home/news_media/latest_news/14_01_23.html

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Panalpina introduces new advanced CO2 calculation tool for customers

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Effective immediately, Panalpina will automatically calculate all customers’ emissions from the transport services they use based on the reporting standard EN 16258. This recently introduced European standard includes upstream emissions from fuel production, other greenhouse gases besides CO2 and energy consumption. The state-of-the-art tool “EcoTransIT World” will run more accurate reports for customers so they can develop effective strategies to reduce the environmental impact of their global transport chains.

EcoTransIT calculates emissions for each shipment including pre- and on-carriage movements based on distance, weight, transport mode, and the type of vessel or aircraft. The latter can usually be derived from flight numbers. For air freight, the actual routing – this can involve several airports – is used. For ocean freight, the ship size and speed reductions are considered. Distances are calculated using comprehensive GIS (Geographic Information System) data. Besides worldwide up-to-date road networks this database also contains the geographic coordinates of over 100,000 airports and ports.

All necessary shipment information is sent from Panalpina’s communication platform to EcoTransIT servers where sophisticated algorithms are applied to calculate CO2 emissions and other parameters, such as particulate matter, as precisely as possible. The results are sent back to Panalpina where all the data is stored. Panalpina can then use this data to run reports and send them to the customers as needed.

“EcoTransIT is a proven technology for mass calculations with a flexible interface. With the new system we can run far more accurate and detailed reports and do it much more efficiently than in the past,” says Lindsay Zingg, global head of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment at Panalpina. “Our next step will be to make the tool directly accessible to our customers. Our goal is also to be able to give up-front online information on the CO2 impact of a single shipment. Our final stage will be to include CO2 levels and other environmental data in invoices.”

EcoTransIT is aligned with the recently introduced EN 16528 European standard for the calculation and declaration of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of transport services. The standard goes beyond the usual CO2 reporting and emissions are disclosed as CO2 equivalents (CO2e). CO2 equivalents include greenhouse gases other than CO2. For transport processes these include methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), which are converted to CO2 equivalents with a factor of 25 and 298, respectively (i.e. 1 kg of CH4 is equal to 25 kg of CO2). Upstream emissions from fuel production are also included in the new standard, while the total energy needed to make a shipment is expressed in gigajoules (GJ).

“We want to be a pro-active player in environmental aspects. By providing our customers with the best possible accuracy and transparency for measuring the environmental impact of their shipments, we enable them to make informed decisions about the optimal mode of transport and routes,” comments Zingg.

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Panalpina’s PanGreen program

Panalpina considers environmental protection to be a key obligation. PanGreen is Panalpina’s global program for green solutions and part of its strategy for sustainable growth. Under PanGreen, the company has achieved global certification to the standard ISO 14001. An internal CO2 monitoring system has been put in place and subcontractors are encouraged to reduce their CO2 emissions. The new advanced CO2 calculation for customers’ shipments based on the reporting standard EN 16258 marks the latest achievement of the PanGreen program.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers’ supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs around 16,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.

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Panalpina outperforms market in second quarter

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In the second quarter of 2012, the Panalpina Group achieved a gross profit of CHF 363 million. This was only slightly below the previous year (-2%), despite a globally receding air freight market and several rate increases by ocean carriers that put pressure on margins. Panalpina’s volume growth in both Ocean and Air Freight was above the average market growth. Due to continued cost discipline EBITDA could be kept stable at CHF 34 million quarter-on-quarter. The Group achieved a consolidated profit of CHF 17 million.

“We managed to gain market shares. We did better than the market not only in ocean freight but also in air freight where the market declined further in the second quarter of 2012“, said CEO Monika Ribar. “In ocean freight, the carrier’s steep rate increases on important routes caused margin headwinds but thanks to our record volumes we could still increase the division’s gross profit.”

Sluggish development of global economy reflected in regions’ performance

Net forwarding revenue in the second quarter went up by 2.4% to CHF 1,668 million. Gross profit in the second quarter almost reached previous year level. It came in at CHF 363 million (-2%) despite a globally receding air freight market and several rate increases by ocean carriers. Continued growth in Latin America led to a new second quarter (and half year) gross profit record of CHF 43 million (+7.5%). The sluggish development of the global economy was reflected in the other regions’ performance. Gross profit in Asia Pacific decreased to CHF 75 million (-3.8%) due to slowing exports to mature markets. In the EMEA region strong exports could only partly offset weak imports resulting in a decrease of gross profit to CHF 179 million
(-2.2%). In a weak environment, gross profit also decreased in North America to CHF 66 million (-5.7%). The Group’s gross profit margin decreased to 21.8% in the second quarter (22.8% in Q2 2011) mainly due to the rate increases by ocean carriers but remained stable at 22.7% for the first half.

Market share gains in Ocean and Air Freight

Ocean Freight recorded a new volume record for the second quarter (and half year). Panalpina shipped 7% more TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) than the year before, again growing more than twice as fast as the market (market: +3%). Gross profit per TEU of Ocean Freight decreased by 5% as carriers enforced considerable rate increases in particular on the Far East Westbound route. These rate increases could not yet be fully passed on to customers in the second quarter. Still, the lower unit profitability was more than offset by the higher volumes, leading to an increase of gross profit to CHF 110 million (+2%).

In Air Freight, too, Panalpina did better than the market. As the market weakened further in the second quarter, receding by 4%, Panalpina’s volumes decreased by 3%. Contraction of gross profit (-6%) was mainly due to the lower volumes. Gross profit reached CHF 162 million in the second quarter of 2012. Gross profit per ton of Air Freight decreased by 3% year-on-year but was stable quarter-on-quarter.

Moderate gross profit growth in Logistics (+1%) reflected the slowing economic environment. Q2 gross profit reached CHF 91 million.

Continued cost discipline kept EBITDA sequentially stable

In 2011, Panalpina made important investments especially in its product divisions. Because of an expected weak market development for 2012, the Group then introduced cost containment measures in the last quarter of 2011. Due to continued cost discipline EBITDA could be kept stable at CHF 34 million quarter-on-quarter. EBITDA-to-gross profit margin also remained stable quarter-on-quarter. The Group achieved a consolidated profit of CHF 17 million in Q2. For the first half of 2012, a loss of CHF 23 million resulted because of the provisions of CHF 59 million for the EU and Swiss antitrust fines made in the first quarter.

Outlook

“We anticipate a soft recovery of the air freight market in the second half of 2012 and continued market growth in ocean freight. Further significant rate increases in air and ocean freight seem unlikely“, said Ribar. Panalpina expects the air freight market to contract by 1% for the whole year. In ocean freight, a market growth of 3-4% is expected. The Group’s target is to outperform the market. Panalpina’s group-wide cost containment measures including a hiring freeze remain in place. As of August 1st 2012, Ribar will act as the Group’s CFO ad interim until Robert Erni takes office.

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About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, combining intercontinental Air and Ocean Freight with comprehensive Value-Added Logistics Services and Supply Chain Services. Thanks to its in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina provides globally integrated end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers’ supply chain management needs. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies. Panalpina employs approximately 15,500 people worldwide.