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Kuehne + Nagel establishes one European region [Forwarder]

In order to further increase the growth momentum, Kuehne + Nagel will establish an integrated region Europe as of January 1, 2019.

Under the roof of the region Europe with its head office in Hamburg, Kuehne + Nagel will consolidate the management for all European countries. Dr. Hansjörg Rodi, who has been responsible for the Central and Eastern European region and Managing Director for Germany since October 2016, will lead the region Europe.

The responsibility for running the German organisation will be handed over to Mr. Holger Ketz, currently head of airfreight in the Central and Eastern European region. The whole management for Germany will be located in Bremen as of January 1, 2019.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “The formation of a European Region is an important step in the development of the whole Kuehne + Nagel Group, enabling us to manage our business even more efficiently and customer-oriented. Furthermore, we are pleased that Kuehne + Nagel Germany will have its future head office in Bremen, where Kuehne + Nagel was founded in 1890.”

Posted at 13:23   パーマリンク


Leading international provider of automotive logistics solutions in China: Kuehne + Nagel establishes Joint Venture with Sincero [Forwarder]

Kuehne + Nagel announces a partnership with Sincero, a Chinese automotive logistics group with a nation-wide operation coverage, to invest in a joint venture focusing on contract logistics for the automotive sector. Kuehne + Nagel will hold majority share of the joint venture.

Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics: “Contract logistics for the automotive industry is a strategic focus area for Kuehne + Nagel globally and especially in China, the biggest automotive market. The joint venture confirms Kuehne + Nagel’s position as a leading international provider of automotive logistics in China. Following the recent launch of our digital platform for e-fulfilment centres in China this investment further strengthens our presence in Asia.“

In recent years, Kuehne + Nagel has been developing a strong automotive footprint in the country by organically expanding the partnership with premium European brands. The company will now enlarge this footprint by almost seventy per cent serving major Chinese brands and Tier 1 suppliers.

Jiang Jun, Sincero’s Chairman of the Board: “Establishing the joint venture with Kuehne + Nagel is a strategic move to comply with the irreversible globalisation trend of economics and competitive landscape of the automobile logistics industry, thereby to complement each other's strength in global network and local expertise.”

Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The joint venture is subject to customary closing conditions and to clearance by the competent merger control authorities.

Posted at 21:50   パーマリンク


analpina: Air freight peak season: it’s not all up in the air [Forwarder]

In 2017, Panalpina warned of the impending peak-season capacity crunch, pre-procured extra flights to operate regular charters across the globe, and advised partners and customers to make changes in their preparations and RFQs so that they could meet their transportation needs.

We closed the year having transported 995,900 tons of air freight, the highest volume in our company’s history.

This year, we have taken similar steps early on to secure air freight capacity for our customers.

We let them know of the negative impact of procurement being penny wise and dollar foolish as the later you commit, the more expensive it will get. The less you pay, the more likely your cargo will sit on the tarmac or in a transit warehouse waiting to be uplifted or picked up for onward distribution. And we don’t want that to happen.

Air freight rates remain around 15-20% higher than in 2017, and we’ll see further increases as we inch towards Q4 (the increases vary by trade lane).

And we are continuously reconfirming allocations and ensuring additional capacity across the world: Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa are only some of the hottest markets.

But securing capacity will not be enough in the months ahead. “It’s not just about capacity this year, now we’re significantly increasing our focus on execution on the ground,” says Lucas Kuehner, Panalpina’s global head of Air Freight.

For more on how to move cargo during peak season get in touch with Panalpina Air Freight.

“We’re informing airlines and their third-party handlers of our shippers’ requirements. Time to market is critical and you have to be able to execute, not promise and have the cargo stuck for three days in someone’s warehouse,” adds Kuehner.

As Kuehner told The Loadstar, all parties are interested in clean execution, but this year it will take better alignment between shippers, freight forwarders, airlines, ground handlers, airports and trucking companies to ensure that it happens flawlessly.

Ground ability will be a key factor

Capacity constraints will cause delays and they could worsen if operations on the ground, i.e. trucking, warehousing, ground handling and customs clearance, can’t deal efficiently with the high cargo volumes.

Problems on the ground such as terminals in Europe struggling with a surge in volumes are something likely to happen again in the fall.

Some airports in Asia-Pacific could be in for a surprise, too.

The current global trade tensions could cause a shift of cargo flows or even the manufacturing base in Asia-Pacific.

Products could be routed from China to countries like Malaysia, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, relabeled and repacked, and then flown to their final destination from there, causing capacity crunches and putting a strain on airport infrastructure.

“This year, we are not only in close contact with our customers and airlines, but we are also talking to ground handlers and truckers to look at possible bottlenecks. We are even drawing their attention to specific arrival dates and times for incoming cargo from different airlines so that they can prepare accordingly. This includes providing tonnages and special handling requirements,” concludes Lucas. “All our preparations at this stage have one goal – to successfully use the capacity we have secured for our customers during peak season.”

And in 2018, more than ever, that will depend on a clean execution on the ground. Capacity is king, but it alone is worth nothing if everything else falls apart.

Posted at 23:05   パーマリンク

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