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2017/05/30/(Tue)

Panalpina Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) [Forwarder]

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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.

Posted at 21:49   パーマリンク

2017/05/27/(Sat)

Panalpina Catch a train in China [Forwarder]

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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.

Posted at 14:26   パーマリンク

2017/05/03/(Wed)

Panalpina to acquire Kenyan freight forwarder specialized in perishables [Forwarder]

International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina is to acquire Air Connection, a Kenya-based forwarder specialized in the export of flowers and vegetables. The move comes after Panalpina’s acquisition of Airflo in Kenya in 2016 and only two weeks after the company formally announced the launch of its global Perishables Network.

Panalpina will acquire the family-owned Kenyan company Air Connection, subject to conditions. The companies reached a respective agreement on May 2, 2017.

“The acquisition of Air Connection will strengthen our existing global Perishables Network and our position as the clear market leader in the perishables arena in Kenya,” says Stefan Karlen, Panalpina’s CEO. Air Connection is specialized in the export of flowers and vegetables from Kenya to multiple destinations including the Netherlands and the UK, and is currently the country’s fourth largest forwarder in terms of air freight export volumes. The merged company will handle around 70,000 tons of perishables air freight per year.

The activities of Panalpina and Air Connection in Kenya complement each other. “While most of Panalpina’s flower exports from Kenya currently go to auctions in Amsterdam, we are specialized in direct shipments to customers,” says Manjit Brar, owner and managing director of Air Connection. “And while Panalpina is strong with big charter shipments from Kenya to Europe, our strength lies in smaller shipments on scheduled passenger flights to over 150 destinations worldwide.”

Direct shipments are a trend in the perishable market, explains Conrad Archer, managing director of Panalpina Airflo: “Increasingly, buyers of perishables want to source directly from the producer and producers want to sell directly to the country of consumption. Direct shipping bypasses intermediaries, reducing touch points in the supply chain. It removes unnecessary costs, potential delays and most importantly allows a fresher product to be offered to the consumer. At the same time, this development will make sophisticated end-to-end solutions even more important than today. Joining forces with Air Connection will offer additional opportunities to grow the perishables business in Kenya, especially with the export of vegetables, herbs and cuttings.”

The merged company will employ over 350 staff in Nairobi and offer 3,000 m2 of cold storage capacity, which is soon to be extended even further to 4,000 m2. It will also run an office at the port of Mombasa where Panalpina plans to develop the ocean freight business for both perishables (using reefers) and dry cargo. The dry cargo activities involve the import of textiles and export of fashion products, mainly to the USA. Manjit Brar, who founded Air Connection in 1993, will remain as a consultant.

The companies have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the deal. The acquisition is subject to approvals by the relevant competition authorities.

Posted at 21:16   パーマリンク

Panalpina expands footprint in Denmark [Forwarder]

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As part of its global growth strategy, Panalpina has acquired Carelog, a Danish freight forwarding and logistics company with a strong foothold in ocean freight and roots in the western part of Denmark. Carelog and Panalpina complement each other ideally in terms of geography, product strengths and customer mix.

Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd. has acquired a majority stake in Carelog Freight Service A/S and its subsidiaries. The transaction was completed yesterday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“We want to increase our market share in Denmark,” says Stefan Karlen, Panalpina’s CEO. “The country has many export-oriented companies and its biggest industries, namely manufacturing, consumer, retail, fashion as well as healthcare, are industries that we focus on and serve globally.”

Founded in 2008, the Danish freight forwarding and logistics company started out with customers in the furniture and fashion industry and then expanded to other sectors such as machinery and agriculture. While Carelog is especially strong in ocean freight, Panalpina is traditionally strong in air freight. The merged company employs approximately 70 people that provide ocean freight, air freight and logistics services from six locations in all regions of Denmark including in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense.

“Carelog has a very healthy customer base while Panalpina has the global network and profound industry expertise that will together allow us to service the international companies optimally. We are proud to become part of a larger family and reputable brand. And although we may merge with a global player we will always be conscious of our roots and stay flexible for and committed to our existing local customers,” adds Lars Engbo, managing director of Carelog. Engbo, who was one of the founders of Carelog, has been appointed as managing director of the new company that operates under the name of Panalpina Carelog.

“Panalpina and Carelog together create a respectable mid-sized freight forwarding and logistics company in Denmark and provide a solid foundation for further growth,” says Volker Boehringer, regional CEO Europe at Panalpina. “In a market that is dominated by few enterprises, we have now a broader geographical footprint and a stronger, more balanced product offering. The ambition is clearly to become a leading player in Denmark.”


The two companies have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the deal.

Posted at 21:15   パーマリンク

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