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2017/12/07/(Thu)

Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel agree to 17 percent CO2 reduction by 2020 [Forwarder]

Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel have committed themselves to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their common container-transport activities. The Carbon and Sustainability Pact that both companies concluded in the last few days calls for a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per container moved by Hapag-Lloyd by 2020 compared to 2017. The agreement between the largest seafreight logistics company and one of the largest liner shipping companies in the world also allows for potential for additional reductions on selected routes.

In the document, both companies clearly state that they “want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to influence the logistics sector.”

In doing so, the two companies particularly wish to give Kuehne + Nagel customers options based on transparent data. Hapag-Lloyd will thus make it possible for Kuehne + Nagel to use information about the CO2 emissions of the ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet, which has previously been verified by the independent Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), in its communications with customers.

With their Carbon and Sustainability Pact, both companies have also committed themselves to a series of additional actions to better protect the environment. For example, there are plans to optimize the movement of empty containers as well as to identify alternatives to truck transports using ships or trains. In addition, there are also plans to use the most modern and eco-friendly reefer equipment whenever possible as well as to use containers with steel rather than wooden floors where appropriate.

Posted at 22:28   パーマリンク

Panalpina A taste for less waste [Forwarder]

In today’s world, the purchase of a product often marks the end of a supply chain. But the end point has to change, and change fast, as consumers question the traditional linear process of “take, make, dispose”. More and more consumers are demanding that manufacturers and retailers ensure that the products they buy do not end up as waste. “Waste can be defined as anything that has no ultimate liable owner and no economic value,” says Geneva-based professor Walter Stahel, one of the leading thinkers on the circular economy. In the circular economy, products and services are redesigned to eliminate waste and extend the life of physical assets through reuse, remanufacturing and recycling – and logistics companies have an important role to play in managing the life cycle of these assets.

New research into the circular economy to be presented in May

To this end, Panalpina and its research partner, Cardiff University, together with a number of other leading industry partners, have been awarded a substantial research grant from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) for additional fundamental research into the supply chain implications that arise from the circular economy. The research is being carried out at the Panalpina Centre for Manufacturing and Logistics Research.

“The take-make-dispose supply chains of the past are morphing into the distributed, circular and sustainable supply chains of the future,” explains Mike Wilson, Panalpina’s global head of Logistics and Manufacturing. “But the transition to the circular economy brings challenges to traditional manufacturing and retail supply chains and the grant has allowed us to intensify our research and help our customers address these challenges.”

Dr. Borja Ponte Blanco, who recently published a paper on the topic (more in a later post), is leading the new research and in May 2018, Cardiff University and Panalpina will present the early findings from it at the CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems in Stockholm, Sweden.

New member of the European Remanufacturing Council

In another move that underpins the company’s thought leadership in the area of circular supply chains, Panalpina has also become the first logistics company to join the European Remanufacturing Council. The Council represents companies from all sectors intent on extending product life cycles through remanufacturing. The aim of the Council is to grow remanufacturing sales in Europe from €30 billion to €100 billion by 2030.

“There is a new generation of consumers that questions why waste is regarded as normal and Panalpina provides the enabling services for a global circular economy that reduces such waste,” says David Fitzsimons, director of the European Remanufacturing Council. “We are delighted to welcome Panalpina as a new important Council member. The company’s contribution to the research agenda in remanufacturing is already significant and its foresight in this domain is impressive.”

As the circular economy grows more in importance, Panalpina is seeing increased demand for reverse logistics, which includes screening and repairs for its customers’ products. “We are well aware of the challenges that retailers and manufacturers are faced with as they shift towards circular supply chains, and with our global network and remanufacturing capabilities we are in a position to help them succeed in the transition,” says Wilson.

Extended Product Life Cycle Management

Panalpina provides an Extended Product Life Cycle Management service, which allows its customers to return, screen and repair products anywhere in the world. The company uses its global freight forwarding network, its logistics and manufacturing facilities and a selected network of suppliers to provide its customers with a range of circular supply chain services, including pickup and return, screening (in-house), remanufacturing (refurbishment and repair), reselling and recycling.

“The circular economy demands a new mindset and behavior from all stakeholders – consumers, politicians, manufacturers as well as third-party logistics providers. Our strategy is to enable the circular economy by providing in-house and subcontracted services through which our customers can manage their assets more efficiently. We look forward to playing our part and working with all our partners as we continue to shape the future of supply chains.”

Posted at 22:28   パーマリンク

2017/12/03/(Sun)

First A330-300P2F enters service with DHL [Integrator]

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DHL's international express operations to benefit from a new-generation and efficient mid-sized A330 freighter

DHL Express has become the first operator to take delivery of the A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus. The delivery, which took place at EFW's freighter conversion facilities in Dresden, following the successful completion of test flights in October and awarding of the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in November. DHL Express has firm orders for eight A330-300P2F units in total, with additional options to receive another 10.

"DHL Express is very excited to be bringing the first A330-300 P2F into commercial operation within our international air network," said Geoff Kehr, SVP, Global Air Fleet Management, DHL Express. "The first aircraft is scheduled to strengthen our Asia Pacific air network, bringing added capacity and increased efficiency to a market where we are seeing dynamic express volume growth."

The A330P2F conversion program, launched in 2012, is a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and their joint venture EFW. ST Aerospace, as the program and technical lead for the engineering development phase, is responsible for applying for the STCs from EASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Airbus contributes to the program with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the industrialization phase and marketing for the freighter conversion program.

The A330P2F program has two variants - the A330-200P2F and the larger A330-300P2F. The latter is ideal for serving the international express B2B and e-commerce cargo markets, which typically have a higher volume and lower density. The aircraft can carry up to 62 metric tons over 3,650 nautical miles, while offering 20 percent more cargo volume and lower cost-per-tonne than other available freighter aircraft types with a similar range.

Posted at 17:53   パーマリンク

2017/11/30/(Thu)

DHL simplifies air freight quotations and bookings [Integrator]

New Online Freight Quotation and Booking service from DHL Global Forwarding offers simple and competitive air freight quotes and e-bookings
Right balance between freight speed and cost plus coverage for pre-paid and collect shipments

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, introduces a new Online Freight Quotation & Booking service for international air freight transportation. The new service rapidly creates competitive customer quotations based on door-to-door all-in rates and transit information. The quotation and booking service connects to DHL Interactive, DHL Global Forwarding's online customer portal, where it additionally provides shipment tracking and the creation and distribution of customized shipment reports. This easy to use online service is available in more than 40 countries, covering most key lanes and point pairs globally. Through this new capability, shippers and consignee's can quote and book shipments for all commonly used pre-paid and collect trade terms from a computer or any mobile device.

"International shipping doesn't need to be a complex task. From searching for the right supplier through to getting a competitive price, this should be easily available online" says Angelos Orfanos, Global Head of Marketing & Sales, DHL Global Forwarding. "Our new Online Freight Quotation and Booking service has been designed to make it easy for any business to rapidly get a competitive air freight shipment quote that can then be booked with us online."

The quotation and booking service provides an immediate price for general cargo air freight up to 2,000 kilogram per shipment and offers two speeds of service through DHL's Air Connect and Air Economy products. Customers can therefore select between different transit time options, giving them a choice between cost and speed of delivery.

Customers are provided with a comprehensive quote based on the pick-up and delivery location plus their shipment details including weight and dimensions. The quoted door-to-door all-in rate can also include import and export customs as well as cargo insurance.

This online quotation & booking service is already available in more than 40 countries around the globe including; USA, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, covering many of the major global trade lanes. Through the introduction of this service DHL Global Forwarding will become a digital industry leader by providing the most extensive offer of air freight services online.

Posted at 21:53   パーマリンク

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