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Porsche & DB Schenker Move Forward with Third PDC Collaboration

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Porsche & DB Schenker Move Forward with Third PDC Collaboration

DB Schenker Canada has been confirmed as the official operator for Porsche’s Mississauga, Ontario-based parts distribution center, representing the logistics company’s third parts distribution centre (PDC) collaboration with the automaker. The collaboration confirms an overall reduction in parts lead time as Porsche previously received their spare parts and lifestyle goods from U.S.-based PDCs.

“The faster we can do repairs and get our customers’ cars back on the road again, the better,” says George Fremis, Manager, Parts Operations & Logistics, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “DB Schenker understands that mentality and our brand. That’s why they were a great fit for this new facility.”

DB Schenker Canada will provide support in the parts storage and inventory management, picking and packing, and final destination dispatch in Canadian regions. Reports confirmed the logistics company will operate 140,000 square feet of the facility’s 176,000 square feet. The remaining space will be utilized for a national training center, test vehicle storage, with talks of a“Porsche Classic Café” for hosting customers and highlighting the Porsche brand’s innovations.

Porsche is no stranger to partnerships with DB Schenker, however. The automaker is currently collaborating with the leading logistics company in China and South Korea. DB Schenker’s leading expertise and broad range of capabilities, specifically in automotive logistics is credited for the ongoing collaborations and confidence between the companies.

“DB Schenker presented the PDC solution that was comprehensive and that made the most sense for us,” Fremis said.

“They understood the service levels that we needed to achieve, and even brought in the project manager from the Porsche South Korea implementation to support our project,” he added.

“Our team in Canada is thrilled to be part of Porsche’s growing global network. We recognize our role as a crucial link to improve the “Driver Experience” by delivering world-class service. Ultimately, we intend to deliver on our mission to become our clients most trusted and valued supply chain partner.” says Brad
Samson, Site Manager DB Schenker Canada.

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SeaCube Announces Addition of 5,000 High-Cube Containers

Leading container leasing company SeaCube announced the addition of 5,000 refrigerated containers to its inventory. These additions will serve as added support for growing demand for refrigerated container leasing options for shippers.

Carrier Transicold – part of Carrier Global Container Refrigeration, manufactures the PrimeLINE ONE refrigerated containers jointly with Dong Fang International Container Co., Ltd., which is also part of the COSCO group. Carrier is best known for its offerings in innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

“We continue to specify Carrier Transicold for the majority of our refrigerated containers based primarily on our customers’ preferences,” said Bob Sappio, CEO of SeaCube. “More often than not, our customers want the Carrier machine, and the workhorse PrimeLINE system remains the standard-bearer, while interest in PrimeLINE ONE continues to grow.”

The 40-foot high-cube container additions are a combination of PrimeLINE and PrimeLINE ONE units. In addition to the 1,000 PrimeLINE ONE units added in 2020, SeaCube confirmed a total 2,950 PrimeLINE ONE refrigerated containers added in the past year alone, representing the highest number of any container leasing company.

Features of these containers delivering energy efficiencies include digital systems such as a digital scroll compressor, rapid pull-down, tight temperature control, high air-flow performance and more.

“SeaCube has long specified Carrier Transicold container refrigeration units, and we appreciate the opportunity to continue serving its needs with our popular PrimeLINE systems, which have been the industry leader in sales for more than a decade,” said Kartik Kumar, vice president and general manager, Carrier Global Container Refrigeration.

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DHL Announces First-Ever “Sustainable Logistics” Catwalk

Known as the J Winter Fashion Show 2020, DHL announced the upcoming fashion show spotlighting the relationship between the fashion industry and sustainable logistics solutions to take place on February 6 at DHL’s Express John F. Kennedy Gateway.  Fashion show producer and supermodel Jessica Minh Anh will be strutting the latest in innovative fashion  from Europe, Asia, Australia, and America while highlighting diversity, unity, creativity, and sustainability.

“Since shipping and logistics is such a big part of the fashion industry, I believe it is crucial to minimize environmental impacts by using green logistics solutions. What drew me to DHL is its great commitment to sustainability. From optimizing transport routes and rolling out alternative fuel vehicles, to operating energy-efficient warehouses, DHL is reducing transport-related CO2 emissions. It is important for me to partner with a company that prioritizes the health of our planet,” said Jessica Minh Anh.

IWG’s brand Spaces, Veestro, Warren Tricomi, scheimpflüg, Cream Ridgewood, Tone House, and Gotham Hotel were confirmed in the announcement as Anh’s selected partners for the show due to their prioritization of sustainable practices.

“We are very excited to join forces with Jessica Minh Anh in this historic project,” said Reiner Wolfs, Vice President and General Manager, Northeast Area, DHL Express U.S. “Her powerful message of motivating the younger generation to take action for a better future aligns perfectly with our vision for zero-emission logistics.”

Official fashion participants of the sustainable logistics fashion show will be released closer to the show’s debut.

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Dubai Trade Reports Significant Growth in 2019

Dubai trade represented significant growth and numbers throughout the first nine months of 2019, according to information released this week. Non-oil related trade volumes were reported with a 22 percent year-on-year increase compared to the same period the year before, resulting in a total of 83 million tons.

Additionally, the report highlighted export growth by 23 percent, re-exports growth by 4 percent, imports by 3 percent in regards to external trade. Volume for re-exports jumped 48 percent while export volumes jumped by 47 percent, at 12 million and 13 million tons overall for the period.

“The strong performance of Dubai’s foreign trade reflects the robust fundamentals of our economy and our ability to keep developing making ourselves ready for 2020 – the year of preparation for the next 50 years,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council.

“We are confident our external trade sector will keep the momentum. Government teams are going above and beyond to develop new initiatives that will improve our trade, including the Dubai Silk Road project, which will enhance Dubai leading position as a trade and logistics hub. We are working on a virtual trade zone, the first of its kind, which will help considerably in developing e-commerce regionally and globally. Different achievements are contributing towards an exceptional hosting of EXPO 2020 and beyond.”

The report also confirmed unwavering quarterly growth throughout 2019, with the third quarter representing the highest amount of growth (seven percent) for trade activity. Supported by the region’s foreign free trade zones, there was growth reported indirect trade, customs warehouse trade, land trade (11 percent), sea trade (five percent), and air trade (four percent), further establishing Dubai as a region primed for trade growth, agility, and success in 2020.

“The strong growth delivered by non-oil foreign trade is a healthy sign of how resilient and appealing the Dubai economy is and its efforts in developing its manufacturing facilities and free zones. Jebel Ali Free Zone is a world model that delivers unique services and facilities to investors and help develop the quality of goods circulated worldwide,” added Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.

“Dubai trade is agile and has strong accessibility to new markets thanks to its reliability and transparency. This helps us with our upcoming projects which we are delivering in 2020- the year of preparation for the next 50 years, based on an advanced infrastructure and the best AI applications which are expected to immensely change and disrupt the nature and structure of trade in the coming few decades.”

“Dubai Customs has recently won the innovation platinum award, with a 6-star rating from EFQM Global Excellence Award scoring 700 points, the highest among all participating organizations. Dubai Customs has become the first organization in the world to win this reputable global award based on the new rating system in 2019. Winning the EFQM award is an international recognition of our leading achievements and the advanced level we reached in customs innovation. Dubai Customs has dedicated a customs clearance channel for EXPO 2020 exhibitors and participants. In conjunction with the World Government Summit and EXPO 2020, Dubai Customs is hosting the 5th WCO Global AEO Conference between 10-12 March 2020 in cooperation with the World Customs Organization and the Federal Customs Authority” Sulayem added.

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Here’s How Your Business Can Prepare for Chinese New Year Shutdowns

It’s that time of the year once again where Chinese New Year is around the corner and preparations throughout Asian countries are underway. Countries including Korea and Vietnam are also expected to participate in the Lunar New Year celebrations around the same time as Chinese New Year, requiring other global businesses to consider what preparations need to be made in advance to ensure operations aren’t put to a halt.

In a report from Dachser Logistics, it’s estimated nearly 80 million Chinese workers will be traveling to their hometowns to honor Chinese New Year – also called the “Year of the Rat.” During this time, the Chinese manufacturing infrastructure completely shuts down, from businesses to factories for up to four weeks in the region. Dacher goes on to report that this can impact production for up to two months and lists various ways businesses can be impacted:

-All business during Chinese New Year will face delayed production time, as will quotation requests.

-Many workers will not return to their workplace immediately after the holidays, which means previously estimated production times might be extended.

-If orders are placed late, it is possible they will be placed further back in the production line.

-With more than a month’s worth of orders backed up to start with, factories will favor orders from their preferred partners.

“With the upcoming Chinese New Year period, it is a time of many challenges for importers and exports. Proactive planning and preparation are key to effectively navigate and managing supply chain issues that could occur during this time; ensuring that freight is handled consistently and without interruption. At Dachser, we aim to minimize any impact to our customers.” said Guido Gries Managing Director, Dachser Americas.
“We have reviewed the critical steps that are needed to prepare for Chinese New Year with our customers well in advance. This proactive preparation helps to ensure that there is minimal disruption to their global supply chains.” added Gries.
Dachser Logistics is no stranger to effective planning, however. The leading global logistics provider ensures its customers know exactly what measures can be taken to avoid delays, when holiday business hours take effect and how to keep the supply chain running for each anticipated holiday or possible disruption. These tips are as follows:

-Build up adequate inventory, considering a period of up to four weeks after Chinese New Year and even find out if your Chinese source has inventory in non-Asian locations, so you can use other supply chains.

-Inform your forwarder about your priority shipments, in case there is limited space.

-Book shipments well in advance of Chinese New Year.

-Reserve space on passenger flights for shipments that cannot be delayed. The rates are slightly higher, but this measure will keep your supply chain running.

Source: Dachser Logistics
BYD

BYD Kicks-Off 2020 with 100th U.S. Truck Delivery

Adding to its global delivery milestone of more than 12,000 truck deliveries, battery-electric manufacturer Build Your Dreams announced the official 100th U.S. based delivery of its battery-electric truck fleet. The second-generation BYD 8TT Class 8 Electric Semi will support operations for Anheuser-Busch’s Oakland-based distribution center.

“This is a great milestone for BYD, and it is just the beginning,” said Aaron Gillmore, BYD’s Vice President of Truck Business. “Our trucks are hard at work every day proving that electric is the new standard. 2020 will be a fantastic year for battery-electric trucks.”

The new truck’s primary focus will be delivering the brand’s beverages to grocery and retail stores specifically in the San Francisco Bay region. This fleet addition supports Anheuser Busch’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025 as part of its U.S. Sustainability Goals, pushing the company one step closer to attaining that goal and reducing harmful emissions in the meantime. Four additional Anheuser-Busch distribution center facilities in the Southern California region including Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona, and Carson represent 21 additional BYD electric trucks as part of the partnership with BYD.

“We are proud to continue to build on our commitment to sustainable logistics through our partnership with BYD in California,” said Joaquin Schlottmann, Vice President of Tier 2 Logistics at Anheuser-Busch. “By integrating zero-emission vehicles into our distribution fleet, we are taking another step towards reaching our sustainability goals and helping ensure our beers are delivered in the most sustainable way possible.”

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Digital Supply Chain 2020: Here’s What Industry Players Should Know

The new year is here and with it comes a new set of opportunities, challenges, technologies, and trends to keep a close watch on, regardless of what industry your business caters to.

In 2019, global businesses saw an influx of unpredictable economic and political changes directly impacting the supply chain and customers. This year kicked off with IMO 2020, spurring panic for those that waited until the last minute to launch compliance efforts.

Beyond these concerns remains a variety of changes on the 2020 horizon that Pervinder Johar, CEO of Blume Global shares with us and how global and domestic businesses can prepare for success in the new year. Here’s a peek behind this year’s logistics curtain.

While shipment journeys are complex and fragmented, efforts to improve the flow of products will take precedence.

All the data in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t execute on it. We’ve been talking about the potential of the digital supply chain for more than two decades. In 2020, the balance finally shifts from future potential to current benefits. Connected devices and IoT-enabled solutions are giving us more data than ever to make better decisions — connecting the legs of the supply chain path while simplifying information exchange. To improve the flow of products and information from point A to point B, we will see more shippers adding sensors on almost everything, not just the most expensive equipment.

Maximized capacity and minimized empty miles.

We will see a more concerted effort to reduce waste in the supply chain. Eliminating the empty miles and excess CO2 emissions will become a bigger focus for smaller companies as larger organizations use it as criteria when selecting supply chain partners. Major manufacturers, shippers, and carriers have the clout to move the rest of the market. Smaller companies will invest in sustainable initiatives and the reduction of carbon emissions as a cost of working with major companies.

Better technology and planning will close the gap between planning and execution.

Traditional, long planning cycles don’t align to the expectations of today’s consumers. In addition to moving products, companies must deal with the added expectations from customers around product availability and expedited delivery — and in short, customers want what they want, and they want it now. While the Amazon effect has elevated customer experience across the board, it has also resulted in companies stockpiling trillions of dollars of inventory – a cost that very few aside from Amazon can justify. As a result, we can expect to see fewer companies stockpiling inventory and more focusing on improving inventory management and execution.

The American Transport Research Institute (ATRI) conducts an annual report on the operational costs of trucking. In its 2018 report, ATRI found that trucking companies traveled over 9.4 billion miles in 2017 and 20.7 percent of all those miles were empty. The industry can do better.

It has become essential for LSPs to be able to securely collaborate with their customers, carriers, and other service providers on a neutral digital platform. Accessible data and predictive analytics will remain key competitive differentiators. By establishing a centralized, digital repository that provides the same access to all reliable data across the supply chain, retailers can promise improved customer experience, competitive prices and a higher quality offering.

Low- or no-cost TMS-like solutions will become a priority for motor carriers.

Motor carriers are a critical link in the supply chain — yet they are the most dispersed and least connected of transportation modes. While they carry a huge volume of cargo — more than 70 percent of domestic tonnage— the vast majority are part of small organizations: 90 % of firms operate six trucks or fewer (source: American Trucking Association). Carriers, LSPs and shippers need to embrace solutions that provide low- or no-cost TMS-like solutions that empower even a single-truck firm with access to logistics and supply-chain networks.

Smart technologies will decrease the amount of time it takes for an invoice to be processed.

Currently, LSPs, freight forwarders and shippers need to wait weeks/months for invoices to be processed, which impacts their bottom line. But, with the increased investment in and use of smart technologies by companies along the supply chain, the amount of time it takes for an invoice to be received and paid will significantly decrease. This will also lead to better and stronger relationships between companies along the supply chain.

Artificial Intelligence will reach its potential by becoming domain specific.

The potential productivity gains from AI are anticipated to be anywhere from $13.7 trillion to $15.7 trillion by 2030, according to the McKinsey Global Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, respectively. The next phase of AI success happens when technical capabilities are matched with industry-specific expertise. We are at a significant inflection point in the adoption of AI-enabled solutions. Linking domain expertise and data with technical innovation is necessary for technology to reach its full potential to deliver measurable, effective results to the companies that implement them.

Tariffs and trade woes mean new supply chain opportunities in Southeast Asia.

Bigger, more sophisticated supply chains will seek out new primary sources. In part due to the tension over tariffs with China, companies are moving their supply chains out of the country and building up new footholds in Southeast Asia. Aside from tariff concerns, companies are looking at overall cost of business and the availability of resources to meet their needs.

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Port of Baltimore Announces $1.8 Million Grant Towards Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Older diesel-powered equipment including forklifts, yard tractors, other heavy cargo machinery, and 44 dray trucks at the Port of Baltimore will soon be replaced with newer and cleaner equipment options as part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The Port of Baltimore announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contributed $1.8 million grant towards the initiative this week in conjunction with the EPA’s Clean Diesel Program.

“This EPA grant will help us continue cleaning the air around the Port of Baltimore,” said Governor Larry Hogan.  “Working with our federal partners, the Port is showing how to be a responsible steward of the environment and, at the same time, break cargo records, grow business and expand jobs for Marylanders.”

“We are proud of the Port’s continued leadership on cleaner and greener solutions and appreciate the support of EPA and Congress,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles. “These investments are important for Maryland’s steady progress on clean air, public health and climate change.”

Beyond the DERA, the grant provides dual-support for the Port of Baltimore’s Diesel Equipment Upgrade Program. The ten-plus year program has been successful in replacing a total of more than 200 dray trucks, 110 pieces of cargo-handling equipment and repowered 10 marine engines and retrofitted 16 locomotive engines.  Reductions resulting from this initiative include 3,304 tons of nitrogen oxide, 922 tons of carbon monoxide, 165 tons of particulate matter and 141 tons of hydrocarbons.

“Through initiatives like our Diesel Equipment Upgrade Program and EPA’s Clean Diesel Program, we have reduced pollutants in the air around the Port by more than 10,000 tons in the past 12 years,” said David Thomas, acting executive director of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA).

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Blume Global & Hapag-Lloyd Kick-off 2020 Partner Connectivity

This month marked the beginning of Blume Global’s support of Hapag-Lloyd’s global network of carrier partners. Hapag-Lloyd’s selection was confirmed earlier in December with a start date in January starting in North America to ensure that high-quality, door-to-door service capabilities were provided for its partners.

Known for being a global leader for shipping companies, Hapag-Lloyd boasts a fleet of 231 container ships, of which include competitively modern reefer containers that require expert handling and a level of visibility and partner connectivity that goes beyond the basics.

“Blume Logistics will help improve the quality of our door service for our customers including first and last-mile visibility while enhancing the efficiencies of our motor carrier partners”, said Uffe Ostergaard, President of Hapag-Lloyd North America Region. “Our North American customers are asking for enhanced end-to-end shipment visibility to better manage their supply chains and by implementing this integrated cloud-based solution we will be able to offer that value-added service.”

Blume Global will manage a streamlined connection for Hapag-Lloyd’s motor carrier partners, enabling digital and hassle-free capabilities for dispatch work orders, drayage rates, appointment scheduling, accessorial charges, live tracking, proof of delivery, invoicing and robust reporting.

“Blume Logistics helps companies successfully manage logistics execution across the supply chain network, and around the world, with first and last-mile shipment visibility and control over transportation spending. It also improves customer service quality and enhanced vendor relations,” said Pervinder Johar, CEO, Blume Global.

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Partnering to Help Children in Tanzania to Survive Cancer

A donation from leading temperature control packaging company Softbox Systems has enabled the charity International Health Partners (IHP) to deliver cold-chain oncology medicines, giving children in Tanzania the chance to recover from cancer.

The recent donation of a temperature control pallet shipper enabled IHP to send cytotoxic (chemotherapy) medicines to TLM, its aid partner in Dar es Salaam. These were used to treat Kanoni, a two-year-old patient, who is now free of cancer.

Last December, Kanoni was admitted to the hospital with a huge abdominal mass and severe pain. A CT scan and tests revealed that she had a kidney tumor. “When the lab investigated, it found her cancer was high-risk, and she needed medicine that could only be transported through cold-chain packaging,” explained Colleen Harrisson-Dodds, Logistics Director for IHP.

 

Previously, IHP and Softbox Systems have collaborated to send more than 2,000 treatments to Tanzania. Softbox donated its award-winning Silverpod pallet shipper, which enables the shipment of bulk consignments of goods, and can maintain product temperature stability for up to 120 hours.

Kanoni completed her treatment last month, and scans show the cancer has gone. “We’ve seen a remarkable improvement in her condition,” said Lilian Nydyetabula, the chief operating officer of TLM, which helped establish Tanzania’s first pediatric oncology service. “She gained weight and was able to move around and play with other children. Now, Kanoni is a totally different child from the one who arrived last December.”

Softbox Systems is a market leader that has won acclaim for its emphasis on high performance, sustainable and user-friendly packaging solutions. “It’s a pleasure to support IHP and rewarding to know that our packaging systems enabled the safe transportation of Kanoni’s life-saving treatment,” said Clive Bryant, Global Product and Marketing Director at Softbox Systems. “Our award-winning Silverpod range means that temperature-sensitive medicines arrive in perfect condition and ultimately save lives. We’re always looking for ways to enhance our products to facilitate the successful delivery of life-saving medicines all around the world.”

IHP is a leading coordinator of donated essential medicines, working with healthcare companies, logistics providers and aid agencies. Adele Paterson, CEO, said: “This is a wonderful example of the way we partner proactively. We’re delighted to work with Softbox Systems to enable the delivery of high-quality medicines to vulnerable people.”