Monthly Archives: January 2014

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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Toll cements its commitment to the fuel sector

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Australia’s leading provider of transport and logistics, Toll Group, has secured a significant tender with Shell for a range of transportation services across Australia that is expected to generate revenues of approximately $250 million over five years.

The initial five-year term involves bulk fuel deliveries to service stations in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

The contract also includes interstate deliveries of both fuel and lubricants.

Toll Liquids General Manager Tim Kehoe said the new contract builds on the strong relationship that Toll has with Shell both as a large user of transport fuel and as a supplier of bulk fuel transport.

“We are really pleased to be expanding our business with Shell,” Mr Kehoe said.

“Our businesses are well aligned in our determination to put safety first at all times and Shell has recognised this in awarding the work to Toll.

“This contract supports our fuel distribution strategy perfectly and further confirms Toll’s commitment to sustainable investment in the sector.”

Contracts are expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Source: tollgroup.com

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Averitt launches industry’s first 100 percent mobile-enabled website

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn (January 23, 2014) — Averitt Express has launched a redesigned version of its corporate website, AverittExpress.com.

The new AverittExpress.com is the industry’s first 100 percent mobile-enabled website. Every shipping tool that is available on the site — literally dozens of tools — is mobile-friendly across all types of devices, including smartphones and tablets. This aspect makes the new site unique among transportation providers in Averitt’s class.

In order to create a site with this degree of mobile flexibility, developers spent months completely rebuilding the site using an innovative web design approach known as “responsive web design.”

AverittExpress.com was completely redesigned to provide a better user experience, with such features as:

  • Faster speeds
  • Simplified navigation
  • Expanded tracking tools
  • Easy-to-follow tutorials to explain how specific tools work
  • Improvements to Ship Plus®, our one-stop online shipping interface
  • More video and interactive media than ever before
  • And much, much more

“Redesign really doesn’t accurately describe the process our team has spent on this project, listening to customer feedback and applying it to a website that works no matter what you’re using to access it,” said Phil Pierce, Averitt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “To do that, we’ve completely rewired the site to improve speed, reliability and ease of use. Once we finished with that, we renovated the rest of the site to make it much more modern, and much easier for our associates and customers to use.”

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ABOUT AVERITT EXPRESS

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 AverittExpress.com.

From: http://www.averittexpress.com/public/aboutUs/newsRoom/newsReleases/2014/all-new-averitt-website.jsp

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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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AAA Cooper Transportation® Selected Again as Unishippers’ Regional Carrier Partner of the Year for 2013

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For 3 years in a row, Unishippers selected AAA Cooper Transportation® as the Regional Carrier Partner of the Year for 2013. Unishippers evaluates their carrier partners based on the areas of Quality, On-time Service, Claims Ratio and Customer Service. Unishippers, their agents and customers recognized AAA Cooper Transportation® for excellence and dependable support.

From: http://www.aaacooper.com/News/RecentNews.aspx

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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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KWE-Kintetsu World Express Open of Massive Warehouse (65,800 ㎡) in Singapore

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We are pleased to announce that KWE-Kintetsu World Express (S) Pte Ltd opened a new warehouse in the Jurong West area of western Singapore in January of 2014 (as released in Jul 11, 2012).

The warehouse has four floors totaling 65,800 ㎡, one of the largest spaces used among the warehouses run by the KWE Group. Situated in a convenient location with good access to an expressway, the new warehouse has an air-conditioned space of approx. 7,500 ㎡ with each of its floors equipped with unloading docks totaling 24, respectively. The main categories of items handled by the warehouse are high value-added products such as electronic hardware and components as well as semiconductors and medical-related items.

In recent years, companies in Singapore have shown a growing need to establish an Asian region logistics hub in the country. In addition to providing logistics services by utilizing the newly-opened warehouse,we will continue to deliver one-stop services based on a combination of air, sea and cross-border trucking services in ways that meet such customers’ needs.

Name KWE Singapore Logistics Center
Business description Storage, distributive processing , etc.
Address 7 Wenya Street, Singapore 648180
Telephone +65-6790-2920
FAX +65-6790-2926
Number of employees 56
Total floor space 65,800 ㎡
Start of operation Jan 1, 2014

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Resource: http://www.kwe.com/news/2014/0116.html

DSV wins BIFA’s European Logistics Award

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The DSV Daily Pallet service has been awarded for excellence

The judges were impressed by DSV’s decision to conduct extensive customer research and then invest in IT systems and new operational structures to set up DSV Daily Pallet. The judges continue:

This (DSV Daily Pallet, ed.) has resulted in shorter transit times and further improved reliability which has increased customer satisfaction

The benefits of DSV Daily Pallet

DSV Daily Pallet offers daily departures to 32 European countries via a hub in Germany and operates in addition to DSV’s existing direct routes. The service includes easy online booking, daily pick-up and departure and on-time delivery.

“We are delighted to have won the European Logistics award,” says Chris Malyon, Director Sales & Marketing in the UK. “We have listened to our customers and designed a completely new service to meet their needs so it is gratifying to have our efforts recognised by the BIFA Freight Service Award judges.”

The industry’s most coveted awards

The 2013 BIFA Freight Service Awards marked the event’s 25th anniversary. The event has long been sponsored by some eminent companies, and is recognised as one of the most prestigious in the industry. The competition encourages and rewards high standards and professionalism, representing the ultimate recognition of special achievements in different sectors of the industry.

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Resource: http://www.dsv.com/About-DSV/media/latest-news/2014/01/DSV-wins-BIFAs-European-Logistics-Award

CONTRACT LOGISTICS – INTERNATIONAL WITH STANDARDS

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DACHSER has expanded its worldwide contract logistics network – with new projects and facilities in places such as China, Germany, the Iberian Peninsula, France, and Spain. The network-compatible solutions are based on global standards that are precisely tailored to the requirements of local customers with the help of local expertise.

This year, DACHSER expanded the existing multi-user warehouse in the Swedish community of Jönköping into a distribution center for Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. The site serves several customers and stores 10,000 items on 6,000 pallet spaces and over 10,000 floor storage spaces. A contract logistics solution for the office furniture industry in France is also new: In Savigny-Sur-Clairis a 30,000 square meter central warehouse has opened its doors for office furniture in France. It offers room for a total of about 35,000 pallets or furniture containers (Corlettes). Jobs range from commissioning to labeling, to handling full truckloads and less than truckloads, to cross docking.

Azkar, the new Spanish member of the DACHSER family, operates a total of 27 warehouses in Spain and Portugal, with 200,000 square meters of warehouse space and sophisticated warehouse technology, such as pick-by-light, sorter technology and automatic high bay storage. In Wuhu near Shanghai, DACHSER has assumed the management of an automobile supplier’s consignment warehouse, which is operated in three shifts. In this location, about 11,000 raw material items are transshipped for 80 suppliers in a total of 9,000 pallet spaces. DACHSER has taken over the processing of orders for 55 suppliers and is supplying the plant using the Kanban system. The production area is directly supplied via shuttles. DACHSER is expanding its contract logistics network in Germany as well. This year, new warehouses have been commissioned in Dortmund, Langenau (food), and Überherrn (hazardous materials), among other places.

Five million delivery orders a year

“The internationalization of contract logistics necessitates globally operating structures and consistent systems and standards – in consultation, training, knowledge management, and especially in information technology,” explains Wolfgang Reinel, manager of the Logistics Consulting Division at DACHSER. “Today, with Mikado, our self-developed warehouse management system, we are already processing more than five million delivery orders and 30 million items per year throughout the world.” Mikado is available in 13 language versions and is integrated with the Domino and Othello transport management systems, which were also developed in-house. “This makes it possible to have seamless transport and contract logistics services.”

Completely integrated on an international level

The result is customized fulfillment logistics, which allows companies to completely outsource the management of their items. “With our approach, which offers completely integrated contract logistics services on an international level, customers can focus their entire attention on their core business. In the final analysis, this is what is essential in order to continue competing successfully. “In the meantime, efficient, extremely precise supply chain management and distribution logistics are crucially important for the success of many companies. Successful contract logistics can be identified by the fact that it ‘quietly’ manages the logistics processes in the background,” Wolfgang Reinel notes in conclusion.

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Resource: http://www.dachser.com/de/en/Contract-logistics-International-with-standards_1801.htm