Monthly Archives: October 2012

Schneider Logistics selects AAA Cooper Transportation® ranked in Top 100 Motor Carriers by Inbound Logistics Magazine, 2 years in a row

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AAA Cooper Transportation® continues to help shippers gain a competitive edge through innovative solutions, cost-saving strategies and true partnerships. Thanks to Inbound Logistics magazine editors for recognizing AAA Cooper Transportation® as a 2012 Top 100 Trucker, 2 years in a row!

Aramex launches its new route from China to Europe

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Aramex has launched a new Sea-Air route from China into Europe. The new service is a faster and a more cost-effective delivery solution for shipments between Asia and Europe.

Aramex will utilise Vancouver as a new transit hub thereby avoiding congestion in other cities. The company has also secured available ocean capacity from China as well as guaranteed airfreight slots from Canada into the UK, the Netherlands and France. The Sea-Air service takes just 18 days, is appropriate for all products, and can meet increased demand while at the same time maintaining the balance between cost and time.

“In a constant drive to deliver the best value for our customers, we are aiming to provide a faster, more economical service for clients who require pre-Christmas delivery but are currently experiencing service delays through traditional routings,” said Jim Armour, UK Managing Director at Aramex.

“By working closely together to design this truly quality service, our teams in Canada, the UK, France and the Netherlands have created a new routing which will enable customers to receive their goods and meet their supply chain demands. Customers currently struggling to ship their freight out of China can rely on us to deliver an efficient solution,” he added.

Averitt improves LTL transit times from Atlanta to Midwest and West Coast

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2012) – Averitt has rolled out improved less-than-truckload (LTL) service times from Atlanta to the Midwest and West Coast through two new The Reliance Network Express Lanes.

With the improvements, LTL shipments moving from Atlanta can now receive two-day service to Ohio, Indiana and the majority of Michigan. Midwestern cities that are part of the new The Reliance Network Express Lane program include Cleveland, Indianapolis and Detroit.

The improved LTL transit times from Atlanta to the Midwest were made possible by operational adjustments within Averitt’s network, as well as the network of Lakeville Motor Express, a member of The Reliance Network.

In conjunction with Mountain Valley Express, also a member of The Reliance Network, end-of-the-week LTL shipments from Atlanta to the West Coast can also now benefit from two- and three-day premium delivery service at no extra cost.

Western U.S. cities that are part of the new The Reliance Network Express Lane program include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacramento in California; Reno and Las Vegas in Nevada; and Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona.

“Timely, reliable transportation from the South to other parts of the country continues to be important to our customers,” said Phil Pierce, Averitt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re glad to provide faster service and develop improved transit times through The Reliance Network.”

The Reliance Network is a group of regional carriers, each known for its award-winning customer service and dependable on-time delivery, working together to provide LTL, truckload and supply chain freight services throughout North America with a single source of accountability. TRNet members include:

  • Averitt
  • Canadian Freightways
  • Kingsway Transport
  • Lakeville Motor Express
  • Land Air Express of New England
  • Mountain Valley Express
  • Peninsula Truck Lines
  • Pitt Ohio

For more information about the new TRNet Express Lanes visit:

About Averitt Express
Now in its 41st year of service, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company’s service offerings include cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), and transportation and operations management systems.

DPD UK invests £4.3m in three new depots creating up to 150 new jobs

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Birmingham, 10 October 2012 – Leading parcel company DPD has invested £4.3m on three new state-of-the art depots in London, Southampton and Dundee.  The new depots, which collectively are expected to create up to 150 new jobs, will expand DPD’s capacity to respond to a significant increase in B2C volumes driven by its hugely successful one-hour time slot service, Predict.

DPD will create up to 70 new jobs with the opening of a new London depot on Mandela Way, Southwark.  The 4,500 sq m new depot, which will be fully operational in October 2012, will enhance DPD’s capability to handle increased volumes of parcels in central London.  It will help relieve pressure from the company’s existing London depots at London Bridge and Kings Cross.  The depot represents a £1.5 million investment by DPD.

DPD has commissioned a new £2.3m purpose built 4,000 sq m depot to replace its existing warehouse at Chandlers Ford in Southampton. The new 3.5 acre site on Hamilton Business Park, Hedge End will be fully operation in October 2012.  The relocation of the depot provides DPD with improved transport links to the motorway and will make it easier for customers visiting the depot to collect parcels.   Up to 30 new jobs will be created to cover new routes in Southampton, Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

DPD will open a new 2,700 sq m depot on Fowler Road on the West Pitkerro Industrial Site.  The company currently operates from four depots in Scotland – two in Glasgow, then Edinburgh and Aberdeen.  The new £0.5m depot will be fully operational in October 2012 and will create 50 new jobs to service up to 50 new routes.  DPD’s volumes have grown considerably in Scotland and the depot site will be important geographically for customers in the Dundee/Perth area who are currently served by Edinburgh up to 60 miles away.

Dwain McDonald, DPD UK’s CEO commented, “In recent years we have seen an unprecedented increase in our parcel volumes due mainly to Predict, our unique one-hour time slot service. The new depots will improve our capacity and are further evidence of DPD’s ongoing investment in our infrastructure.  Deliveries on behalf of the e-commerce industry now represent half of our business and we expect this growth in e-retailing to continue to go from strength to strength.  Successful delivery is a crucial part of the home shopping experience and this announcement underlines our commitment to improve our service to customers right across the UK.”

Estes Earns Two Home Depot Carrier of the Year Awards

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RICHMOND, VA—The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, recently gave two Estes entities 2012 Carrier of the Year awards in their respective categories.

Estes’ specialized division was recognized as the 2012 Direct to Customer Carrier of the Year and Estes Forwarding Worldwide (EFW), a wholly owned subsidiary of Estes Express Lines, the 2012 LTL Carrier of the Year.

Specialized has worked with The Home Depot on innovative ways to improve customer service. Together, the two companies piloted several programs last year that enhanced performance and provided a wider range of customer delivery options. Specialized began its relationship with Home Depot in 2004 serving 59 stores in two states. Today, the division of Estes serves nearly 300 locations and will make an estimated 195,000 deliveries to consumers on behalf of Home Depot by the end of 2012.

EFW earned the award for its outstanding commitment to customer service and dedication to the alliance between the two companies. For example, in response to Hurricane Irene last year, the EFW team transported 10,000 shipments of emergency supplies in two weeks to Home Depot stores from Florida to Maine. The LTL Carrier of the Year award was presented to EFW on September 19, 2012, nine years to the day from the first shipment Home Depot tendered to the company. Today, EFW is the preferred expedited carrier for Home Depot and handles an average of 20,000 shipments annually.

“To be recognized by a customer for outstanding work is the highest honor we can receive,” said Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines. “We deeply value our relationship with The Home Depot and remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service that have been the cornerstone of our company since 1931.”
About Estes Express Lines
Richmond, VA-based Estes is a full-service freight transportation provider offering an entire range of shipping solutions including LTL, Time Critical, Volume & Truckload, Global and Custom Solutions. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes and still owned by the Estes family, the company has grown from a small, local carrier into one of the most respected total-solutions providers in the industry. More information about Estes and its shipping options is conveniently available on

About Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,250 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics Supports Riverbed Technology’s Singapore Expansion

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IT Leader Taps Menlo’s Multi-client Facility at Airport Logistics Park to Establish New Regional Distribution Center

SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 09, 2012

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), today announced it has been selected by Riverbed Technology, the performance company, to provide warehousing and distribution services in Singapore. More than 19,000 organizations worldwide depend on Riverbed® to understand, optimize and consolidate their IT infrastructure, through solutions that overcome performance issues caused by distance, distributed computing, and ever increasing amounts of data. The company’s new regional distribution center in Singapore adds to the company’s two locations in the United States and The Netherlands.

Menlo Worldwide provides traditional warehousing and distribution services and a custom warehouse management system to Riverbed from its 119,336-square-foot multi-client warehouse facility, which is strategically located within the Free Trade Zone at Airport Logistics Park at Changi Airport in Singapore. Additionally, Menlo provides value-added services including kitting, packing, returns management and configure-to-order, yielding increased order fill rates and lower inventory.

“We wanted to better serve our customers in Asia-Pacific, and accomplished this by working with Menlo Worldwide in Singapore,” said Mike Havey, vice president of operations at Riverbed. “Menlo Worldwide has the expertise and on-the-ground knowledge necessary to allow us to immediately attend to the business of customer satisfaction through faster order turnaround times. Their adoption of lean principles and their superior reputation as a leader in global logistics makes them the ideal partner for Riverbed in Singapore.”

Menlo’s multi-client warehouse management solution offers flexibility in contract commitment length, the ability to share existing IT platforms, an experienced management and labor infrastructure, requisite equipment and assets, and a more extensive geographic network of pre-configured warehouse operations.

“At Menlo, we’ve worked hard to build the strong global presence and flexible services and solutions our customers need to succeed in today’s competitive business environment,” said Desmond Chan, managing director, South Asia, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “We’re thrilled to work with Riverbed in Singapore and look forward to helping to further optimize their supply chain and successfully grow their global operations.”

The company has multi-client facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and six locations in Singapore. Additional locations in Asia-Pacific include Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shanghai Waigaoqiao, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Wuhan, China; Bangkok, Thailand; Mumbai and New Delhi, India; and Sydney, Australia. All of the company’s facilities worldwide operate under the Lean principles of continuous improvement and reduction of waste.

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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company.

GLS New hub in Milan

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GLS Italy invests in Milan in new main site and state-of-the-art technology. The new site offers more space and automatic sorting of parcels.

GLS Italy has consolidated its strengths in Milan and grown in size. Italy’s second-largest parcel and express service provider has moved into a new main site in the southeast of the city. The San Giuliano Milanese site is equipped with state-of-the-art sorting technology and has more space. Customers benefit from fast, reliable processing – both nationally and internationally.

Since August, GLS has been processing consignments here on an area covering around 12,000 m2. Parcels are sorted by a fully-automatic sorter that is able to handle up to 8000 items an hour. The conveyor system is installed at a height of 3 metres, enabling large packing pieces and pallets to be simultaneously processed at ground level.

GLS uses 60 ramps at the new complex for loading, with more than 13,500 m2 of area available for parking and manoeuvring. Moreover, international goods are cleared for customs, with a customs warehouse integrated into the site.

As the complex also has more office space, GLS is planning by January 2013 to bring together several units onto the site that were previously spread across Milan. The International division offices have already moved to the site, and GLS Italy’s head office will follow at the turn of the year. In total, 200 GLS employees will work at the new site, which is strategically located on the ring road connected to the city’s two highways and also close to the A1.

Aramex closes key acquisitions and forms Joint Ventures in Asia and Turkey

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Dubai, UAE; December 08, 2010: In line with its long-term strategy to strengthen its presence in emerging markets, Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today announced a series of strategic acquisitions and partnerships in Turkey, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

The company has increased its shareholding to 100% of Aramex Turkey, previously a partially owned subsidiary that has performed strongly in the country, achieving continuous annual growth to date. This acquisition positions Aramex as a fully committed logistics and supply chain provider in Turkey, allowing the company higher levels of flexibility to expand its presence and carry on further investments in the world’s 16th largest economy, which registered average annual real GDP growth of 6% between 2003 and 2008.

Aramex has also acquired a majority stake in Avanti, a leading express courier company in Malaysia, providing Aramex with a platform to enter the country’s expanding logistics and supply chain sector. This acquisition will pave the way for the introduction of the full suite of Aramex portfolio of products and services in Malaysia, including integrated logistics solutions, international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, records and information management solutions, and e-services, such as e-business solutions and Shop&Ship, the company’s online shopping delivery service.

In addition, Aramex has acquired a majority stake in Expo Express Services, the company’s subsidiary in Bangladesh, reinforcing Aramex’s operations in this high-growth Asian nation. With pro-investment government policies, a sustained influx of multinational firms and continued expansion in exports, Bangladesh has witnessed year-on-year GDP growth of between 5-6% since 1996.

In Vietnam, Aramex has formed a joint venture partnership with Masan Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Masan Corporation, to launch advanced logistics solutions in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Masan Corporation is the majority shareholder of Masan Group which is one the largest listed private-sector companies in Vietnam. This partnership, will allow Aramex to start introducing its complete range of products and services in Vietnam in 2011.

“Aramex has embarked on a new phase of growth and expansion and this is just the beginning of the company’s investments in key emerging markets,” said Fadi Ghandour, Aramex founder and CEO. “Today’s announcement marks the first step towards the fulfillment of our strategy of being the company of choice in these emerging markets. We hope to soon announce further investments in Africa and Asia, and continue to build up on this strategy well into 2012.”

Othman Aljeda, Chief Executive Officer, Aramex Asia, said: “These acquisitions and joint ventures are a culmination of Aramex’s efforts over the past two years towards building a comprehensive network in Asia. They will enable us to offer our comprehensive logistics and transportation services, and facilitate the expansion of our customer base and extend our market presence in Asia.”

He added that the increased presence in Vietnam and Malaysia will strengthen Aramex’s existing South East Asian network in Singapore and Indonesia, while the acquisition in Bangladesh will complement Aramex’s operations in India and Sri Lanka.

Blue Dart and DHL sweep awards at the 6th Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave

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Once again it was time to bring out the bubbly with Blue Dart, South Asia’s premier number one express air and integrated transportation, distribution and logistics company and DHL, the world’s leading logistics company winning key awards at the 6th Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave (ELSCC) held on 27th September 2012 at the Taj Land’s End, Mumbai. Blue Dart took home the honours in the categories of ‘Best Air Express Provider of the Year – Domestic’ (Blue Dart Express Ltd.), ‘Best Air Cargo Carrier of the Year’ (Blue Dart Aviation Ltd.) and ‘CSR initiative of the Year’ (Blue Edge: Empowering Lives programme). In the individual category, Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. won the ‘ELSC CEO of the Year’ award. DHL, on the other hand, received the awards for ‘Best Air Express Provider of the Year – International’ (DHL Express) and ‘Best Logistics Service Provider of the Year – Air Freight’ (DHL Global Forwarding).

These awards were a result of an independent research agency entrusted with the task of choosing the winners with the key parameters being the ability to adapt the business to meet the changing dynamics of the new economic era, drive renewed growth and gain market share.

The Express Logistics and Supply Chain Conclave, held on an annual basis are recognized as one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the country. R. S. Subramanian, Country Manager, DHLE was part of an esteemed panel at the CEO Round Table on “The New Fundamentals for Growth, Agility and Competitive Advantage”.

Commenting on the awards, Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. said, “These awards are yet another manifestation of the group’s stature in the supply chain logistics and express industry and our commitment to continuing excellence in delivery capabilities that have seen us emerge as a ‘Provider of Choice’ to some of the best known brands in the country. As a good corporate citizen, social responsibility has been a key element in our core strategy. We are committed in letter and spirit to support initiatives that ‘make a difference and enable the future’. I dedicate these awards to all Blue Darters who have made Blue Dart, the great company it is today.”

R. S. Subramanian, Country Manager, DHL Express said, “As the leader in international express, DHL continues to provide superior quality of service to its customers through innovative products and services. It is a pleasure to receive this industry award as recognition of the tremendous effort put in by our employees at every service touch point.”

These awards are truly a reinforcement of the group’s Leadership position in India.

About Blue Dart:

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia’s premier courier, and integrated express package Distribution Company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 33,665 locations in India. As part of the DHL Group (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain), Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart’s market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability. Some of these include SUPERBRAND and ‘Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Gold Award’ 6 years in a row, one of ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ by The Great Place to Work� Institute twice successively, ‘Organization that offers the best returns to consumers’ – 6th Social & Corporate Governance Awards 2010, BSE Best CSR Practice Award and 22nd CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Fair Business Practices Award – 2010 in the category of Service Enterprises (Medium) to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach).

DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

Unique in international shipping: with DPD consignees specify the day of delivery

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  • Predict is now available for shipping between Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovakia
  • DPD is the first parcel service provider in the industry to provide interactive notification of delivery and specify the delivery time window for international shipments, too
  • DPD planning to extend the service throughout Europe in response to rapid growth in international e-commerce

Aschaffenburg, 1 October 2012 – International parcel and express service provider DPD is expanding its Predict service and offering a solution for international shipping which is unique within the industry: for the first time consignees of international parcels can now specify the day on which their parcel is to be delivered. In addition they are notified of the time window during which their parcel will arrive. After establishing Predict in Germany and many other European countries DPD is now also making the service available for international shipping between Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Slovakia.

“Together with the growth in cross-border distance selling, the need for convenient services for the consignors and consignees of international shipping is also growing”, explains DPD CEO Arnold Schroven. “Thanks to our international Predict service shippers of cross-border parcels can provide their customers with a unique offer. DPD now plans to extend this unique service to more European countries”.

With the innovative new Predict service consignees receive, depending on what they have specified, either an email or a text message on their mobile phone informing them when their parcel will be delivered. If the delivery date is not convenient for the consignee, he or she can use a standardised reply to postpone the delivery. DPD offers consignees at least three alternative delivery days. And to ensure that consignees do not have to wait all day for their parcel, DPD informs them on the morning of the delivery day about the time window during which the shipment will probably arrive. Currently this lies between two and six hours.

“Predict ensures satisfied consignees”, comments DPD CEO Schroven. “Most consignees prefer to have the goods they order delivered to their home. And if they can specify when the goods are to arrive, they are also sure to be at home during this time.”

Successful first delivery means fewer returns

Thanks to this communication with consignees DPD can reduce the number of unsuccessful delivery attempts to private households significantly, which saves time and unnecessary journeys during delivery operations, and consequently CO2 emissions. “Because successful first delivery attempts reduce the number of returns in distance selling, shippers have welcomed the service with enthusiasm,” states Mr Schroven, adding: “In addition this international service is very much in line with the EU’s intention to further promote international e-commerce.”