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DHL announces additional EUR 335 million expansion of its strategic Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong to bolster regional trade [Integrator]

Marks DHL's total commitment in this strategic hub at over EUR 520 million

With an expected 50% increase in annual throughput, the expanded Central Asia Hub will further boost the company's global multi-hub strategy

DHL Express announced a EUR 335 million expansion plan for its Central Asia Hub (CAH), in partnership with the Airport Authority Hong Kong. This expansion brings DHL's commitment to this strategic hub to over EUR 520 million, making it the largest infrastructural investment by DHL Express in Asia Pacific to date.

Strategic investment to take on growing trade volumes
The expansion is timely as the CAH has recorded an average 12% year-on-year growth in its shipping volume in the past decade. As one of three global hubs for DHL, the expanded CAH will continue to act as the core hub of the DHL Express global and Asia Pacific regional network, handling more than 40% of its total Asia Pacific shipment volumes.

Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express, said: "Given the expected rise in international e-commerce and intra-Asian trade, DHL is committed to strengthening our global network and services. Based in a strategically important location to DHL, the expanded Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong will not only bolster our operational capacity in Asia Pacific, but also facilitate the rapidly-growing international trade demands in the region and around the world."

The expanded CAH will be equipped with an enhanced material handling system that will improve productivity and increase the hub's throughput capacity - from the current 75,000 pieces of shipments per hour to 125,000 pieces per hour. When operating at its full capacity, the annual throughput of the expanded CAH is expected to go up by 50% to 1.06 million tonnes per annum. As a dedicated and purpose-built air express cargo facility at the Hong Kong International Airport, the expanded CAH will handle six times more in terms of shipment volume than when it was first established in 2004.

Ken Lee, CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, said: "Connecting with more than 70 DHL Express gateways in the region, the Central Asia Hub plays a significant role in strengthening our existing network of hubs in Asia Pacific, including Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok. The expansion will also help us capitalize the growth in intra-Asian trade lane that currently contributes to 40% of our revenue in Asia Pacific. Equipped with fully automated X-ray inspection machines, it will increase the speed of our shipment inspection by three times - enabling us to expedite the processing speed of shipments that come through the CAH."

The expanded CAH is expected to begin operations in Q1 2022, in time to capture strong demand in the Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) region and completion of the Three Runway System for the Hong Kong International Airport in 2024. The expansion of the CAH will deliver about 50% increase in warehouse space to 47,000 square meters.

Already a TAPA Class A-certified facility, the expanded CAH will boast a state-of-the-art security system with a total of 520 CCTV cameras and an advanced access control system. The CAH also features a Quality Control Center (QCC) which monitors flight uplift/landing times in real time, reporting any irregularities on the spot, which in turn enables DHL to proactively notify customers in the event of flight delays or cancellations. The QCC is linked to the Asia Pacific Network Control Centre in Hong Kong and more than 70 gateways and over 500 service centers in over 40 cities in other Asian countries.

Strategically located in Hong Kong, within a four-hour flight time to major cities in Asia Pacific and in the PPRD region, the CAH is complemented by a well-established Asia Air Network which is served by over 800 commercial daily flights.

Posted at 22:38   パーマリンク


UPS Joins Top Alliance To Create Blockchain Standards For Logistics [Integrator]

UPS said it has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), a forum for the development of blockchain technology standards and education for the freight industry.

UPS sees the need to create industry standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together with established technologies. In the future, blockchain standards and intercompany collaboration will support the logistics strategies that enable UPS customers to participate in global trade and finance.

“Blockchain has multiple applications in the logistics industry, especially related to supply chains, insurance, payments, audits and customs brokerage,” said Linda Weakland, UPS director of enterprise architecture and innovation. “The technology has the potential to increase transparency and efficiency among shippers, carriers, brokers, consumers, vendors and other supply chain stakeholders.”

UPS, which is investing in capacity and leading operations technologies to build the Smart Logistics Network of the future, views blockchain as a truly disruptive technology that could change many facets of global commerce.

In particular, UPS is exploring blockchain applications in its customs brokerage business. UPS is one of the world’s largest customs brokers, and a key objective of its brokerage strategy is to digitize transactions. Blockchain technology would help by improving transaction accuracy and by replacing existing paper-heavy and manual processes. This will benefit all parties involved in the transactions. Such an application would be highly secure and would generate valuable efficiencies for shippers who rely on UPS for customs brokerage.
UPS wants to leverage blockchain technology to facilitate execution and visibility of trusted transactions between UPS, its customers and government customs agencies. Blockchain, a digital database using blocks that are linked and secured by cryptography, can be used to keep record of any information or assets. This includes physical assets, like transportation containers, or virtual assets, like digital currencies.

More than 300 companies have applied for membership to BiTA. Now, UPS and Coyote Logistics, a technology-driven, non-asset based truckload freight brokerage company that UPS acquired in 2015, are BiTA members.

Posted at 16:50   パーマリンク


More space for more opportunities in Prague [Forwarder]


Panalpina has grown fast in Czechia the last few years. To keep pace with demand, the company decided to consolidate its three warehouses into one facility of almost 7000 m2 within the modern logistics center in Pavlov (Panattoni Park Prague Airport II), close to Vaclav Havel Airport Prague. Moving to this strategic location allows Panalpina to distribute shipments to customers across Europe and the globe more efficiently, thus facilitating Czech exports.

“Having everything in one place increases our efficiency and brings unprecedented flexibility and operational synergies. Now we have more dedicated space for value-added logistics services so that we can offer tailored solutions to our customers,” says Robert Sgariboldi, Panalpina’s country manager for Czechia and Slovakia.

Panalpina and the site’s developer, Panattoni Europe, invited customers and business partners to the opening ceremony in September 2017. Almost 200 people visited the new logistics center which offers value-added logistics services for multiple customers, including customs clearance for both imports and exports.

Panalpina’s air cargo volumes flown out of Prague airport regularly exceed 200 tons per month, putting the company among the top three Czech air freight forwarders according to IATA (International Air Transport Association) statistics. By far the highest volumes come from the automotive industry, with telecoms being second, and high-tech in third place.

Services such as pick and pack, labeling, quality inspection, stock level management with full inventory visibility have become standard, and Panalpina offers even more. When dispatching telecommunications infrastructure equipment for one of its customers, for example, Panalpina not only organizes on-site deliveries but also uploads the latest software. “We are growing rapidly, even more than expected, so we are already negotiating to extend the space we rent in order to cover all the future needs of our customers,” says Sgariboldi.

Posted at 21:03   パーマリンク

DHL Packstation on course for continued success [Integrator]


Network in Germany expanded to a total of 3,400 Packstations
Packstations to offer mobile parcel stamps and other new features
Smaller models installed in Germany and around Europe

Without DHL Packstation, online shopping would be practically unthinkable for more than eight million registered customers in Germany alone. DHL Parcel has expanded its network to include roughly 3,400 Packstations, with more than 340,000 compartments in over 1,600 cities and municipalities nationwide. This means that it takes ten minutes or less for 90% of the population in Germany to reach a nearby DHL Packstation where they can send and collect DHL items. DHL Parcel will continue to expand its network of Packstations in Germany and is already planning to install additional Packstations in major German cities. Certain other locations will also be added and offer a new, more compact Packstation type. Thanks to the smaller design, the new Packstations can be set up in places unsuitable for the larger and more common Packstations already in use. The first Packstations of the new type are already in operation in Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Bochum and Cologne. By the end of 2018, several hundred more of the new Packstations are to be installed across Germany.

"Our Packstation network is the only of its kind in the world and remains a true breakthrough in parcel delivery. The ongoing development of the Packstations is also a key success factor. We have again significantly expanded the number of locations in Germany and plan to continue adding new ones in the future so that we may offer our ever-growing customer base a way to send and receive private items in a way that can be integrated even more smoothly into their daily schedules," explains Achim Dünnwald, CEO of DHL Parcel. "This is why we are specifically looking for central public locations where we can install our Packstations, such as in supermarkets and train stations."

DHL Parcel is not only expanding the number of Packstations - it is also making them easier to use. Towards the end of the year, for example, it will be possible to print out mobile parcel stamps directly at the Packstation. This means that customers will not only be able to visit DHL retail outlets and print out parcel stamps previously purchased online; they can also go to one of the roughly 3,400 DHL Packstations nationwide and then send their parcel directly. The parcel stamp can be purchased at any time using DHL online franking or the DHL app. The order confirmation e-mail sent to the customer will contain a PDF download link and QR code, allowing them to print out the parcel stamp directly at the Packstation. This service will be replacing the purchase process for classic parcel stamps at the Packstations. In addition, the collection and payment for cash-on-delivery items will only be offered at the 13,000 Deutsche Post DHL retail outlets.

Another change is the new customer card, which will initially be given to newly registered customers. Existing customers can continue using their old customer cards. In the future, lost or defective customer cards will then also be replaced with the new model. The new card has the same magnetic strip as the old card, along with a new barcode that makes using the Packstation even easier. This way, the customer can simply scan the barcode when they collect their item, enter the mTAN they are sent and then collect the item from the Packstation. The same two-factor authentication used in the past, which requires the customer card and item-specific mTAN sent to the mobile telephone number saved in the system, ensures that the parcel Packstations continue to offer the same consistently high standard of security as they always have. Only when both security factors have been verified can the item be taken from the Packstation.

The DHL Packstations have not only enjoyed longstanding popularity in Germany; DHL Parcel has already successfully deployed the parcel Packstations in Austria and the Netherlands, too, and is currently running a test project with the new station model in the Netherlands. "After launching in the Netherlands, we shall then continue rolling out our Packstations in other European countries," says Achim Dünnwald. With a European network currently consisting of around 4,900 Packstations or similar collection stations, DHL Parcel is again showing that it is the leader and innovator in the cross-border parcel business.

Posted at 21:00   パーマリンク

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