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2018/05/03/(Thu)

DHL Global Forwarding adds another around-the-world flight in response to high demand [Integrator]

New bi-weekly transpacific air freighter provides additional space to improve intercontinental supply chains
Volume growth across industries continues to exceed available capacity
Wuxi airport added to the network as departure point to Germany and the European Market from China

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is deploying a second dedicated Boeing 747-400 Freighter to connect the US, Europe and Asia. The division is thus responding to strong growth in demand
for air freight, chiefly for outbound services ex Asia and on the conventional transpacific route, fueled by almost all industries. In addition to the first around-the-world air cargo service that has been established in September 2017, this second Boeing 747-freighter will be operating a network which includes the United States, South Korea, China and Germany.

"Demand is currently exceeding supply mainly due to the large economies performing strongly. On major trade lanes volumes are high, but capacities are low - a trend that will continue. To increase our operational efficiency and to offer our customers the best-possible solution, we thus decided to create further capacities we have direct control over," explains Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding.

With a capacity of up to 100 tons per flight, the aircraft provides significant and reliable freight space on the transpacific route from Shanghai Pudong Airport to Cincinnati, USA from where it returns to Incheon, South Korea. Afterwards it will connect Korea to Wuxi, China continuing to Frankfurt-Hahn in Germany, going back to Shanghai-Pudong Airport. With the re-routing of the first service to Wuxi Airport as well, DHL Global Forwarding will offer twice weekly departures from Wuxi, China to Frankfurt-Hahn - Germany.

The increasing demand for air freight capacities on Asian routes is fueled by all major industries. Specifically China's electronics, electric motors, electrical and mechanical appliances as well as medical equipment companies are bolstering demand. The Middle Kingdom's main export destinations are South Korea and Germany which are served by the new charter as well. But due to well-preforming global trade volumes are also increasing from the US and Europe.

The positive development of world trade and its continuation is also clearly shown by the DHL Global Trade Barometer. The index recently increased to 66 points in March from 64 points in January when the newly created barometer was initially published. With an index value clearly above 50, the DHL Global Trade Barometer signals solid further growth for global trade for the next three months.

"The gap between the well-performing world trade with a high demand for cargo space on the one hand, and at the same time a difficult capacity situation on the other side, has encouraged us in our decision to further deploy self-controlled capacity to the market," states Tim Scharwath.

The cargo aircraft has been leased from Atlas Air through an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance agreement (ACMI).

Posted at 21:33   パーマリンク

2018/04/30/(Mon)

Digital Transformation: Kuehne + Nagel further simplifies digital accessibility and collaboration [Forwarder]

New Kuehne + Nagel App for mobile accessibility
New web-based Control Center to integrate all online services
KN FreightNet extension for WeChat in China, making another leap towards product innovation and digitalisation

The Kuehne + Nagel Group is dedicated to expanding the e-touch capabilities of the forwarding industry. With the launch of three new digital solutions, Kuehne + Nagel is effectively contributing to one of its main goals of digitalisation: to facilitate and further enhance the interaction between its customers and the company.

With the new Kuehne + Nagel App (available for iOS and Android), customers are now able to conveniently track shipments handled by Kuehne + Nagel on mobile devices. Shipment statuses are directly displayed, with details available at customers’ fingertips. Updates can be received via push notifications, and all information can be shared easily with partners and colleagues through instant messaging channels, email and SMS. The Kuehne + Nagel App will be continuously updated to support additional information, collaboration and also operational services.

The new web-based Control Center is the starting point for the roll-out of myKN, a unique suit of online information and booking services all accessible and integrated in one platform. In a first step, the platform offers quoting, booking and tracking functionalities for shipments, which will be enhanced with further dashboard, reporting and collaboration features. Using a modern, user-centric and highly configurable interface, customers can personalise the Control Center to serve their specific needs.

Combining information management and collaborative tools, the new Control Center will increase transparency, streamline processes and simplify supply chain management for all parties involved. The Control Center is optimised for desktop as well as mobile devices and can easily be accessed via www.kuehne-nagel.com.

Designed for its growing customer base in Asia, Kuehne + Nagel will unveil a mobile-based seafreight booking and service application on WeChat, the most popular multi-purpose social network across the globe with nearly one billion daily active users, as an extension of KN FreightNet, Kuehne + Nagel’s fully digitalised platform for quoting, booking and tracking of shipments. This extension will be launched in June.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “Our aim is to be a data-driven value chain provider. By creating new digital services and interfaces we enable customers to easily connect and do business with Kuehne + Nagel. Moreover, we are working on seamless data exchange between different systems to drive automation and to minimise manual efforts, for our customers, partners and our own organisation.”

Posted at 22:41   パーマリンク

2018/04/26/(Thu)

New DHL and Magento Partnership to Help Online Merchants Go Global [Integrator]

Deutsche Post DHL Group announced that it has accepted an exclusive invitation to partner with Magento, the worldwide leader in cloud digital commerce innovation, as Premier Partner for Shipping. Magento's Premier designation recognizes global leaders and brings close collaboration in key categories of interest to e-commerce merchants.

"Magento connects merchants and shoppers. DHL connects shoppers with their goods," said John Pearson, CEO Europe and Global Head of Commercial, DHL Express. "Our collaboration will provide Magento merchants with industry-leading international shipping and value-added shipping features from DHL that easily and flexibly connect shoppers with their goods."

Accepting the Magento partnership emphasizes again Deutsche Post DHL Group's intention to be the leading global provider in e-commerce logistics. The Group's divisions together comprise the most international company in the world, present in 220 countries and territories, allowing online merchants to leverage the Group's unsurpassed global reach to execute their e-commerce strategy.

Online retailers connected with the Magento platform will be able to select from a range of DHL shipping services, with the partnership expected to expand over time to include an increasing portfolio of parcel, express, freight and other logistics services provided by the different DHL divisions.

"Commerce is no longer just about the "buy button" and our merchants are looking to meet their customers when and wherever they want to engage, buy, and receive their purchases," said Mark Lenhard, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Growth at Magento Commerce. "By partnering with DHL, our joint merchants will be able to offer improved customer experiences and grow their business by providing their customers with the fast, convenient shipping options they expect."

As a Premier Partner, DHL will connect with merchants through strategic placement on Magento properties and the core product merchant administration panel. In addition, DHL will have the opportunity to educate merchants on shipping integration best practices and how to increase cross-border shipping via the Magento Community online, webinars, thought leadership pieces, events including Imagine and MagentoLive, and in one-to-one meetings. DHL will also have early access to Magento product roadmaps so as to improve integrations and the merchant experience.

"We're particularly excited about the potential of Magento Shipping, and will integrate our most advanced shipping solutions there," said John Pearson. "Deutsche Post DHL Group has a history of working with leading technology partners like Magento. We will maintain our global leadership position only by innovating and adopting new technologies. Magento is at the leading edge of e-commerce technology, and DHL is the global logistics leader. Our association is sure to benefit both organizations - most importantly our e-commerce customers."

Posted at 21:47   パーマリンク

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