Panalpina joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance – BiTA [Forwarder]
Panalpina has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), a forum of leading tech and transportation companies for the development and implementation of blockchain standards in the freight industry. The company sees many advantages of blockchain technology for freight forwarding and logistics operations in general, but also for specific areas such as perishables in particular.
Panalpina has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), bringing over a century of experience in the freight forwarding business into the development of blockchain technology, which has the potential to disrupt the sector.
BiTA is a forum of leading tech and transportation companies for the development and implementation of blockchain standards. Members aim to educate the market on blockchain applications and encourage their use through implementation.
Blockchain creates a digital record of every transaction made in a decentralized and secure way using cryptography.BiTA standards will address how the technology will impact contracts, freight payments, asset maintenance and ownership history, chain of custody of freight, and other issues facing the industry.
“Our goal is to bring together leading companies in the freight and technology industries that have a vested interest in the development of blockchain technology. As an asset-light company with a very long history in the freight forwarding and logistics industry, Panalpina’s contribution will be very valuable,” says BiTA president Chris Burruss.
Blockchain use in freight forwarding and logistics is still in the early adoption phase, but Panalpina is already being approached by vendors, partners and customers inquiring about it.
Twofold approach to integrating blockchain technology
“It is likely that many blockchain clusters will emerge, for example centered around ports and customs authorities, carrier groupings, as well as third-party logistics providers and regional logistics networks. When it comes to using blockchain applications and managing and interacting with all these different clusters, we have chosen a twofold approach that will be coordinated by a new digital innovation unit,” says Ralf Morawietz, chief information officer at Panalpina.
“On the one hand, we will look at ways to integrate blockchain technology in complex core systems in the long-run. Here the focus is clearly on reliability, standardization and partnerships with bigger, established companies. We will also take part in the wider industry discussion in this context,” explains Luca Graf, Panalpina’s head of digital innovation.“On the other hand, we will run pilots and trials using blockchain, likely together with start-ups. The focus here lies on exploration and specific market and customer needs.”
Panalpina sees many advantages of blockchain technology for freight forwarding and logistics operations. One advantage is the better tracking of orders and assets. Because of the decentralized nature of a blockchain, no single entity is in control of the tracking process, which will increase transparency in the supply chain and ultimately improve consumer trust. In the area of perishables, for example, blockchain technology can be used to reliably track products from farms to grocery stores, which allows for very precise and quick reports or recalls.
Other benefits range from better scalability of operations to optimized capacity monitoring and pricing, fewer errors in payment processing and auditing, improved compliance, easier identification of attempted fraud, theft prevention, ease of building trust and gaining real-time feedback from customers.
Posted at 22:09 パーマリンク
Panalpina launches scheduled flights to Querétaro, Mexico [Forwarder]
Panalpina has added QuerétaroInternational Airport (QRO) in Mexico to the “Speedy” loop of its Charter Network, which also connects Mexico City (MEX) and Guadalajara (GDL) with Panalpina’s air freight gateway in Huntsville (HSV), Alabama.
Querétaro’saddition to the regular connections of the Panalpina Charter Network means Panalpina is the only freight carrier to serve three international airports with scheduled flights within and out of Mexico.
Panalpina is also the first and only company to offer a transatlantic flight from Querétaro to London Stansted Airport (STN) in the UK and to Luxembourg (LUX) via Huntsville (see schedule below).
Government representatives, members of the port authority, partners and customers will be present at an event today to celebrate the first scheduled landing of the Spirit of Panalpina at Querétaro International Airport. A customer induction took place yesterday, May 17.
The new Querétaro lane reflects Panalpina’s growth in aerospace and the continuous adaptation of the company’s Charter Network to meet evolving market needs and customer demand in Mexico.
The final decision to accelerate the integration of Querétaro into the Panalpina Charter Network was made at the 2017 Paris Airshow during meetings held with government and private stakeholders.
“Panalpina has been committed to Querétaro for over five years now. We have been working closely with Querétaro airport operatives and government authorities, strategic airline partner Atlas Air, and Huntsville International Airport to build on the continued success of the Network,” says Matthias Frey, global head of the Panalpina Charter Network.
One of the results of this combined effort is the inclusion of Querétaro in the 747-8 airport compatibility list, as the increased wingspan of the 747-8 puts it into ICAO airport design category F.
Panalpina flight schedule between Europe and US / Mexico
Every week, Panalpina’s 747-8F now flies the following transatlantic (Dixie) and Mexico (Speedy) routes:
- LUX to HSV to QRO to GDL to HSV to STN to LUX: 1x (Mexico loop on Fridays, new QRO stop instead of MEX)
- LUX to HSV to MEX to GDL to HSV to STN to LUX: 1x (Mexico loop on Mondays)
- LUX to HSV to LUX: 2x
In addition, Panalpina offers one more transatlantic roundtrip (LUX to HSV to LUX) using a Cargolux full charter, bringing the total number of scheduled transatlantic roundtrips to five.
Bienvenidos a Querétaro
Panalpina has a long-standing history as the market leader in air freight in Mexico with offices opened in 1963 and the first flight of the Panalpina Charter Network taking off in 1990.
“Panalpina’s own scheduled flights connecting the US and Europe with Mexico are a well-known and appreciated product in the Mexican market thanks to a remarkable on-time performance and top-notch equipment,” says Enrico Boehme, Panalpina’s country head of Air Freight Mexico.
Querétaro is located in the Bajio region, Mexico’s fastest growing economic area with key industries such as automotive and manufacturing and one of the largest aerospace industry clusters in the world. The city has many similarities with Huntsville, another engineering and aerospace hub, which hosts NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center among others.
Only last month, Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto opened the world's largest industrial technology fair in Hanover, highlighting the importance of Latin America's second-largest economy, and Querétaro sits right at the center of it.
“Panalpina is a pioneer in the Mexican air freight market and the new scheduled flights to and from Querétaro are another testimony of that. They offer our customers access to our global network, greater flexibility for their supply chains and room to grow. We give local and multinational companies in Mexico the opportunity to export, import and resupply from their worldwide network in a seamless way,” adds Boehme.
Even more flights into Mexico
With 995,900 tons of air freight transported globally, 2017 was a good year for Panalpina. And Mexico had a lot to do with it, not only with scheduled frequencies: of the 100 extra flights Panalpina pre-procured to operate regular charters during the peak season across the globe, 25 were Boeing 747 freighter planes flying into Mexico. So far in 2018, Panalpina has organized eleven ad hoc charters for Mexico and ten more are already scheduled for the next few weeks.
Panalpina also operates an extra transatlantic roundtrip from Luxembourg to Huntsville and back using a Cargolux freighter that, like all of Panalpina’s Huntsville inbound flights, can connect with an exclusive trucking service and ad hoc charters to all the hotspots in Mexico.
“This unique combination of scheduled and ad hoc charter flights, as well as overland services, means that we can efficiently and reliably distribute imported products to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Querétaro, Puebla, Monterrey, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes, and elsewhere,” explains Frey.
Building on a long history in Mexico, investing in its future
While Panalpina’s outbound flights in the late 90s were primarily used for the booming high-tech industry and exponential demand for computer technology in northern Mexico, the now-dubbed “Speedy” lane brought all kinds of machinery and automotive cargo into the country, becoming an important part of the supply chain for the remarkable industrialization Mexico has experienced in the last decades.
But things did not stop there. For example, Panalpina’s transatlantic fixed schedule plays a strategic role for flying perishables out of Guadalajara, ensuring that Mexican fresh produce is safely steered through the Panalpina Perishables Network on the way to its final destination.
“We look forward to expanding the cooperation with our customers in different sectors and are very happy to inaugurate the new Querétaro lane today,” concludes Frey.
Posted at 13:58 パーマリンク
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
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