Panalpina rolls out new IT platform in Germany Press Release • Jun 12, 2017 15:45 GMT [Forwarder]
Panalpina continues to upgrade its new operational IT platform and is in the middle of its roll-out in Germany. Ocean Freight is currently the prime focus and will be followed by Air Freight. Germany is already handling the highest number of transactions on the new platform. Panalpina’s new transport management system will secure significant operational benefits which will lessen the impact of current market volatilities and corresponding margin pressure.
As planned, Panalpina went live with its new transportation management system at the end of May, in different business units throughout Germany. Before the actual go-live took place in Germany, a major release upgrade was installed, that brought significant improvements and new functionalities to the system.
“With the go-live and phased deployment of our new transportation management system in Germany, we have successfully demonstrated the system’s ability to scale-up to higher volumes and are now tackling larger countries with more confidence,” says Alain Dejalle, chief transformation officer at Panalpina. “To put things into perspective: Panalpina Germany is our third biggest organization in terms of shipment transactions globally. The successful roll-out in Germany will further confirm the system’s capabilities. Germany is now the fifth country using our new operating platform, after Switzerland, Singapore, Italy and Canada, where the system has already been fully implemented.”
Once the roll-out in Germany is completed, about 30% of all transactions will be handled on the new platform. The preparations for deployment in the next big country, the U.S., are well advanced and its roll-out will be another important milestone in this project.
“Ensuring business continuity for our customers is always the top priority when we roll out the new system in a country,” explains Dominik Wiesler, Panalpina’s country manager for Germany. “I am happy to report there have been no disruptions or negative impacts on our customers. We’ve made great progress and our teams have done a tremendous job.”
During the ramp-up, Germany will focus on having all Ocean Freight transactions handled on the new system by July and all Air Freight transactions by October, at the latest.
Panalpina’s CEO Stefan Karlen says: “I am very pleased with the successful roll-out in Germany. This is an important milestone in our operations transformation program, and validates both the scalability and robustness of our approach.”
“While we see continuous strong volumes, we are still facing margin erosion, as previously communicated. As a result, we expect these market challenges to adversely impact our profitability levels and we anticipate lower results for the first half of the year, compared to the same period last year,” adds Karlen.
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Panalpina Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) [Forwarder]
Panalpina’s pioneering Panalpina first introduced LMS for the telecoms industry in Brazil in 2014 and soon afterwards expanded the offering to Panama and Dubai where a new state-of-the-art facility was officially opened in March. In the article, Mike Wilson, global head of Logistics and Manufacturing at Panalpina, says: “These state-of-the-art logistics hubs have been set up to accommodate the evolving dynamics in supply chains and are delivering tailor-made services.” Anthonie Verploegh, Panalpina’s head of Logistics and Manufacturing for the MEAC (Middle East, Africa and CIS) region, explains the latest set-up in Dubai, the value it offers to customers, including speed to market, and where the company sees more opportunity for growth with LMS.
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Panalpina Catch a train in China [Forwarder]
Increasingly, cargo catches a train in China and then travels more than 9,000 km to Europe.
Over the last few years, rail services that link Asia with Europe – such as the New Silk Road (south corridor) or the Trans-Siberian Line (north corridor) – have become an important alternative to air and ocean freight transportation. From 2014 to 2016, Panalpina’s rail volumes from China to Europe tripled and many major shippers now transport sizeable volumes by rail. The service is particularly attractive for customers in the automotive, manufacturing, technology as well as retail and fashion industries.
In September 2016, Panalpina launched its first own-controlled Less than Container Load (LCL) rail service from China to Poland. Own-controlled means Panalpina takes care of pick-up and consolidation in China and deconsolidation and delivery in Europe. “More than 150 customers have used the service so far, moving over 5,000 m3 of cargo such as automotive parts for tier 2 and 3 providers, tablets, equipment for manufacturing lines as well as clothes and shoes,” says Antonio Pacciolla, regional head of overland Europe at Panalpina. “We expect these volumes to grow further as more of our customers in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Sweden the Netherlands and Belgium are now considering this transport option.”
Panalpina consolidates cargo in Shanghai and, once per week, sends the stuffed containers on their 20-day journey through China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus into Poland. “We truck cargo to Shanghai from nearby Wuxi and Suzhou, from further away in the north – Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao – or from further south such as Ningbo, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen and all the way from Shenzhen.” The rail journey ends in Warsaw, where Panalpina deconsolidates the cargoes and distributes to final destination across Europe by truck.
As demand for this kind of rail service is on the rise, Panalpina will open a second consolidation point in Shenzhen in July, thereby considerably shortening pre-carriage distances in Southern China.
“The rail service is one-third the cost of air freight and twice as fast as ocean freight. It’s an interesting proposition that is catching on,” concludes Antonio.
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