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Aramex Acquires Australian Mail Call Couriers

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The leader of world logistics, Aramex has announced the acquisition of Australian company Mail Call Couriers, a leader in courier services for metro express deliveries. This new acquisition will strengthen the power base of Aramex in the Asia-Pacific region, allowing better capabilities for fast deliveries in Australia through its own technology base.

Mail Call Couriers is one of the leading express courier companies on the metropolitan markets of Australia, possessing a strong brand and reputation. Its strong brand and great local reputation for customer-focused technology and efficiency are well-known around the country. Since its founding back in 1982, Mail Call has been doing a wonderful job on the market with its “WantItNow” method of delivery, with an incredible 3 hour and evening delivery speed.

Consumers in Australia are buying a rising amount of goods from overseas thanks to e-commerce, with a steadily growing market of such products and services. The e-commerce market of Australian customers has been on the rise, with more than $7 billion rise in purchases, sourcing products and services from the Asia Pacific area.

Since Australia is the fourth largest market on the Asia-Pacific region, Aramex will have a strong chance to expand its influence across it, as well as to take advantage of the rising demand of Australian consumers across the board. With Mail Call Couriers now owned by Aramex, they will have a chance to further grow and benefit from its own strong record on the market as well as its management team. The company will allow a further expansion on the market and access to European, US and Asia Pacific regions for e-commerce in Australia, applying the “WantItNow” technology to other markets across the globe under the hat of Aramex. Now that the acquisition is complete, the customers of both Aramex and Mail Call Couriers will have a chance to enjoy the best of both worlds in the future.

The Joint Managing Director of Mail Call Couriers, Emma Cronin shared that they are proud of their business, founded more than three decades ago. The acquisition will allow customers to benefit from the international scale and expertise of Aramex’s massive global network while at the same time allowing them to enjoy some more personally-tailored services.

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Biocare: New Cold Chain Solution from Aramex for Time and Temperature Sensitive Medical and Clinical Samples

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Biocare, a brand new cold supply chain service from Aramex, is now available in key Aramex markets.

Aramex launched Biocare as an innovative solution for the healthcare industry, providing a temperature controlled delivery solution suitable for laboratories, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, to move clinical specimens and medical samples domestically and globally. The Biocare Solution comes with temperature controlled boxes which maintain the required temperature for a period of 72 hours.

The solution enables laboratories, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies to ship specimens or samples under preserved temperature and delivered within a set time frame.

Temperature sensitive clinical specimens or medical samples are placed in special boxes that maintain their temperature for up to 72 hours. The temperature inside the box is monitored during the entire supply chain, from pickup to delivery.

What differentiates Biocare is that the new solution from Aramex goes further than existing medical courier services as it provides a start to finish complete cold supply chain solution. This includes handling clearance processes and documentations required to enable the Biocare boxes to move swiftly through customs, so that both temperature and delivery time can be guaranteed.

Biocare was launched as a pilot service in Middle East before being introduced Asia and Africa. The service will be rolled out to more markets over the next twelve months.

Sami Hammoudeh, Global Director of Customer Relationship Management at Aramex, said: “Aramex identified a need in the market, as the healthcare industry wanted an end-to-end solution for moving clinical specimens and medical samples to different destinations. We developed the Biocare solution after interviewing customers and understanding their exact needs. To give you an example, we learnt that without an end-to-end solution to maintain temperatures, clinical specimens and medical samples were getting damaged. A blood sample that is transported incorrectly can cause haemolysis, i.e., breaking of red blood cells, which in turn lead to additional costs for extracting the blood sample and shipping it again. A major benefit for the healthcare industry is the added value that Biocare brings – it is not only a very cost effective solution but also a specialized service designed with our customer in mind.”

Biocare caters for both infectious and non-infectious samples and moving these using a Biocare solution will provide shippers with a durable transportation, packed per IATA regulations and will be delivered within 72 hours (or less depending on the destination required). The Biocare solution enables samples to be delivered across continents within the three day timeline, rather than just within Middle East.

Hammoudeh added: “This is Aramex’s first foray into cold chain solutions on an international scale. Previously, we offered these services on a local level in a much more limited capacity. The launch of Biocare is very timely in light of projection for the health market globally; in the GCC alone it is expected to reach $43.9 billion by 2015, alongside projections for the Middle East’s population to reach 520 million by 2030, both of which will create increased demand for services like Biocare.”

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(From APC) A local courier firm is looking to make arranging next day deliveries easier than ever following the opening of a new drop-in centre earlier this month.

Poole-based Roadlink Logistics, part of the APC Overnight network, is the only privately owned courier company in the local area able to provide nationwide next day deliveries to customers walking in off the street.

The company makes on average 16,000 deliveries per month in the local area and receives over 600 parcels from local individuals and businesses for nationwide delivery every day.

The decision to open a new fast-track drop-in centre followed a 250 per cent increase in demand for over the counter delivery requests during 2013.

Andy Trim, Depot Principal at Roadlink Logistics, commented: “We know just how important on time delivery services are to customers, particularly when sending packages overnight, so were keen to make it as quick and hassle free as possible.“

“Whether sending a package to a friend in Frome or a cousin in Cardiff, local residents can pay us a visit, and ensure their delivery arrives at its destination on time.“

APC Overnight is the UK’s largest independent parcel company, with 115 depots across the country.

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An Easter campaign run by APC Overnight at its Cannock headquarters has led to a sizable donation of arts and crafts materials to a local children’s hospice.

Staff at APC Overnight, the UK’s largest privately owned next day parcel distribution firm, donated a variety of craft items, puzzles and educational workbooks over the Easter period to provide fun activities for the children and families cared supported by the charity’s Hospice at Home service.

Acorns has a team of experienced, specially trained nurses and healthcare assistants who provide respite care to children within their own home. They are currently supporting 26 families in the local community, each of whom will receive some of the materials donated by APC Overnight staff.

Tara Barnes, Head of Sales & Marketing at APC Overnight, said: “Acorns supports children and their families across the Midlands who are in need of care and support and we are always delighted to be able to donate to such a fantastic cause. It was great to see so many of our staff show their generosity over the Easter period and we will certainly continue to support the great work of Acorns’ Hospice at Home scheme at every opportunity.“

Charlotte Anson of Acorns, added: “We support our children and families in many different ways but this is only possible with the backing of local businesses and the community. Donations, both cash and gifts, are vital in enabling us to run our services, including Hospice at Home. With 26 families to support, we have no doubts these items will be put to very good use.“

“On behalf of the children, families and staff at Acorns, I’d like to say a thank you to APC Overnight for once again providing us with such wonderful support.“

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Blue Dart Sales at Rs. 1,932.51 crores

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Blue Dart Express Limited, South Asia’s premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, today declared its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2014, at its Board Meeting held in Mumbai.

The company posted Rs. 124.40 crores profit after tax for the year ended March 31, 2014. Income from operations for the year ended March 31, 2014 stood at Rs. 1,932.51 crores. Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. said, “Inspite of the strong headwinds faced by the Indian economy and high cost pressures, Blue Dart has performed reasonably well on all fronts and capitalized on its Quality, Consistency, Reliability, Passion and Commitment. We look back with great pride at the efforts our teams have put in to remain a Provider, Investment and Employer of Choice”.

He adds, “Looking forward, we will continue to drive our business with insane customer centricity, strengthen our market share in the air and ground express segments and sustain our leadership position in Blue Dart Country. I thank every Blue Darter, our customers, shareholders, partners and all other stakeholders for their commitment and support.”

During the year ended March 31, 2014, Blue Dart handled over 126.40 million domestic shipments, 0.91 million international shipments and over 513,474 tonnes of documents and parcels across the nation and 220 countries worldwide.

The Board of Directors have recommended a final dividend of Rs. 15/- per share for the year ended March 31, 2014. Together with the interim dividend of Rs. 35/- per share declared on February 5, 2014, the total dividend for the year ended March 31, 2014 works out to Rs. 50/- per share.

About Blue Dart:

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia’s premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 33,867 locations in India. As part of the DP 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 territories 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 Platinum Award’, one of ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ by The Great Place to Work® Institute four times in a row, ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Education’ – Global HR Excellence Awards 2011-2012, 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).


  • Net Sales/income from operations (inclusive of fuel surcharge and currency adjustment factor) has recorded an increase of 12.90 % for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
  • The Company had changed its Accounting year to commence from 1st April of every year and to end on 31st March of the following year, to proactively comply with the Companies Act, 2013. Consequent to this, the previous accounting period was for the fifteen months period from January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
  • ACMI Charges (forming part of Freight, handling and servicing costs) for the year ended March 31, 2014 includes a one time amount of Rs.1,200 lacs provided for the repair of a returned leased aircraft engine during the quarter ended December 31,
  • The Board of Directors have recommended a final dividend of Rs. 15/- per share for the year ended March 31, 2014. Together with the interim dividend of Rs.35/- per share declared on February 5, 2014, the total dividend for the year ended March 31 2014 works out to Rs.50/-per share.
  • The Board of Directors of the Company in its meeting held on October 15, 2013 approved a `Scheme of Arrangement’ under Sections 391 and any other applicable provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 and/or Companies Act, 2013 (the “Scheme”) for issuance of unsecured, redeemable, non-convertible, fully paid up debentures of Rs. 10/- each (Rupees Ten Only), by way of Bonus, to be allotted out of Surplus in the Statement of Profit and Loss of the Company, to the shareholders as viz; 7 Debentures under Series I Debentures, 4 Debentures under Series II Debentures and 3 Debentures under Series III Debentures respectively for every 1 (one) equity share of the Company held by the Shareholders on the Record date to be fixed for this purpose. BSE Ltd. and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. have given their no-objection to the Scheme vide their letter dated March 21, 2014. Further, the Hon’ble Bombay High Court has directed that a meeting of the (i) Equity Shareholders; and (ii) unsecured creditors of the Company be convened on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm respectively at Hotel Hilton, Andhrei (East), Mumbai, for the approval of Scheme. The Company is in process of issuing notice of Court Convened Meeting to Equity Shareholders and unsecured creditors of the Company.
  • The Company is primarily engaged in a single segment business of integrated air and ground transportation and distribution of time sensitive packages in India and is managed as one entity for its various service offerings and is governed by a similar set of risks and returns. The said treatment is in accordance with the guiding principles enunciated in the Accounting Standard on Segment Reporting (AS-17) as notified under Section 211(3C) of the Companies Act, 1956 read with the General Circular 15/2013 dated September 13,2013 of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in respect of Section 133 of the Companies Act,2013.
  • The Consolidated Financial results represent those of Blue Dart Express Limited and its Wholly Owned Subsidiary Company, Concorde Air Logistics Limited. The Company has consolidated its results based on the Accounting Standard on Consolidation of Financial Statements (AS-21) as notified under section 211(3C) of the Companies Act, 1956. The 49% holding in Blue Dart Aviation Limited, its Associate Company has been consolidated in accordance with the Accounting Standard on Accounting for Investments in Associates in Consolidated Financial Statements (AS-23) as notified under section 211(3C) of the Companies Act, 1956 read with the General Circular 15/2013 dated September 13,2013 of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in respect of Section 133 of the Companies Act,2013.
  • The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 are the balancing figures between audited figures in respect of financial year ended March 31, 2014 and the published year to date figures up to the third quarter of the current financial year.
  • The prior period’s figures have been regrouped and reclassified wherever necessary to conform to current period’s classification.
  1. The above results were reviewed by the Audit Committee and were thereafter approved by the Board at its meeting held on May 9, 2014. There are no qualifications in the Auditors’ Report issued in the financial statements as of and for the financial year ended March 31, 2014.
    By Order of the Board
    For Blue Dart Express Limited
    Anil Khanna
    (Managing Director)
    Date : May 9,2014
    Place : Mumbai


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Aramex Announces record profit growth in the First Quarter of 2014

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Aramex (DFM: ARMX), the leading global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, recording a robust start to the year. Aramex’s Net Profits increased 14% to AED 78.7 million, up from AED 69.3 million in Q1 2013. Revenues in the first quarter of 2014 increased to AED 852 million, up 6% compared to AED 803 million in Q1 2013.

The performance was driven by substantial growth in Aramex’s key geographies in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and across its core businesses in express, logistics and freight.

Commenting on the results, Hussein Hachem, Aramex CEO said: “We have started the year strongly. The first quarter of the year has built on our record performance in 2013, giving us a solid platform for the first half of the year. International express in particular achieved excellent growth, driven by increasing demand and revenues from regional and global e-commerce.”

“Despite recent concerns over growth prospects in emerging markets, our continued focus on delivering against strategy has enabled us to achieve record profits once again.” added Hachem. “We will continue to aggressively invest in our core markets. We will be actively pursuing acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, expand our oil and gas services in North and East Africa and will continue to build on our e-commerce proposition through the remainder of 2014. Given the healthy business growth and significant market opportunities, we remain bullish on our prospects through the rest of the year.

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Joint Venture Between Aramex and InPost Will Transform Regional E-commerce

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Aramex, the leading global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today announced the signing of a Joint Venture with InPost, the world’s largest parcel lockers network. The agreement formalises the partnership between Aramex and InPost and will ensure consumers across the Middle East and Africa will be able to access private automated parcel lockers for all e-commerce activities.

The new partnership with Aramex will create a network of automated parcel lockers that will be set up across the region in all major cities and towns. The move will support the development of the rapidly growing e-commerce industry in the Middle East and Africa by providing online businesses, and consumers purchasing online, with an innovative solution for sending and receiving packages. Through these new, automated self-service terminals, e-retailers will be able to send goods ordered online direct to parcel lockers, whilst customers will be able to collect their e-shopping at preselected terminals at their leisure.

Commenting on the signing, Iyad Kamal, Chief Operating Officer of Aramex said: “InPost have a long and highly successful track record in developing world-class products and services in Europe and Asia and we are delighted to now be partnering with them across the Middle East and Africa. There are numerous synergies across our businesses and this partnership offers some exciting opportunities to further develop and grow our e-commerce proposition, enhance our last mile delivery solutions and improve the overall customer service experience for our clients.”

“Across our markets in the Middle East and Africa, we are seeing the rapid growth of the e-commerce industry and our new partnership with InPost will enable us to continue to capitalize on this trend by strengthening our e-commerce services. To sustain this growth, more efficient platforms and systems for the e-commerce community are required and our partnership with InPost will play an important role in developing this market,” Kamal added.

Further commenting on the initiative, Rafal Brzoska, Chief Executive Officer of InPost said: “Aramex has deep local knowledge of the Middle East and Africa in particular and is a very natural partner for our growth strategy. Having already established an extensive global network, we are excited about the considerable opportunities across the e-commerce sector in the Middle East and Africa and proud to be introducing parcel lockers for the first time to the region.”

The rapid growth in the region’s e-commerce industry has been driven by an increasingly affluent, urban population; increased appetite and demand for e-commerce products and services and an increasing number of new e-retailers entering the market. The e-commerce market in the UAE alone is currently valued at over $2.9 billion and is expected to grow to over $5.1 billion by 2015, according to estimates .

Aramex and InPost expect the formal launch of the new service towards the end of 2014.

Strong winds affecting travel, business for truck drivers

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Strong winds are making travel treacherous for drivers, especially those handling big rigs. The movement a typical motorist feels while driving in windy conditions is only amplified in a semi.

“If you think about a sailboat on Lake Michigan, the truck is about the same mass. So we have a lot of different issues we have to deal with,” said trucker Alan Cardella with Con-Way Freight.

Cardella has been in the trucking business for almost 20 years and says he’s dealt with all kinds of weather conditions.

“I’ve been in blizzards, ice storms, I’ve been in wind storms,” Cardella said. “With high winds like this, we really need to know what’s going on beside us.”

The blowing conditions are affecting operations with drivers being rerouted and loads being distributed differently.

“This weather, it has a lasting impact,” said Matt Little, Con-Way Service Center Manager. “It delays us so much. We feel that for several days afterwards.”

Con-Way has staff working through the night to make sure drivers get from point A to point B safely.


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Averitt earns third-straight Carrier of the Year award from Walmart

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn (February 25, 2014) — Make it a threepeat for Averitt Express. The transportation provider was named Walmart’s LTL Regional Carrier of the Year for the third-straight year.

This is also the fourth time in six years that Averitt has been recognized by the retailer. In addition to the three regional carrier awards, Averitt also earned the 2008 Rising Star Award from Walmart.

“When Walmart chooses a carrier partnership, we look for companies who provide outstanding service, effective communication, and for a company that will exemplify Walmart’s mission to ‘Save people money so they can live better,’” Kevin Jones, Walmart vice president of inbound transportation, said in a letter of commendation. “Averitt Express has continued to provide Walmart with exceptional service while maintaining excellent safety standards.”

Jones also cited Averitt’s ability to exceed Walmart’s expectations for prompt and professional service.

“Our team’s most valuable asset is our people. Averitt associates make every effort to satisfy our customers and deliver outstanding service,” said Gary Sasser, Averitt’s president and CEO. “We’re honored when customers like Walmart feel that our efforts are worthy of recognition. This is truly a team effort, and we’re proud of how our associates continue to rise to challenges and follow through on our commitments to our customers.”

Averitt is one of several regional LTL carriers that provide transportation from thousands of vendors to Walmart’s distribution centers. Often, these shipments are held to strict must-arrive-by-date (MABD) standards, and Averitt has proven to be successful at meeting those requirements.


Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. Averitt specializes in delivering customized solutions for service offerings that include climate controlled, cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, retail distribution services, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing services. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), and transportation and operations management systems. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit


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Toll to energise oil and gas operations for Santos

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(Toll, 21 February 2014) Australia’s leading provider of transport and logistics to the resources sector, Toll Group, has been awarded a suite of contracts with leading oil and gas producer Santos Limited with a forecasted revenue in excess of $275 million over five years.

Toll resecured its role as a major logistics provider for multiple Santos operations across Australia.

The scope of work includes linehaul, infield and national freight support for Santos’ exploration drilling and production operations in the Cooper Basin, Mereenie crude haulage, linehaul in the northwest Western Australia as well as ongoing support for Santos’ Queensland GLNG operations.

Toll Global Resources CEO David Jackson said Toll Group was excited about continuing to provide services to one of Australia’s largest independent oil and gas companies.

“The Santos contracts confirm  Toll Energy as the leading provider of logistics support to Australia’s oil and gas industry, and extend a successful relationship that began in 2007,” Mr Jackson said.

“It shows quality logistics support for remote and difficult locations is possible, and it should encourage other companies to invest in operations in Central Australia.

“We look forward to providing critical support as Santos continues to expand its Australian operations.”

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