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United Cargo Earns “Best Air Cargo Carrier – North America” Award

United Cargo Earns “Best Air Cargo Carrier – North America” Award

During this year’s annual Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards in Hong Kong, United Cargo was recognized as the “Best Air Cargo Carrier” for the North American region.

Hosted annually by Asia Cargo News, selected nominees and winners are determined through a different approach with the help of more than 15,000 reader and e-subscriber votes. Consistency in service, innovation, customer relations, and management are all taken into consideration when vetting winners for the annual awards.

“United Cargo’s primary goal is to build and sustain long-term relationships of mutual benefit with our customer partners,” said United Cargo President Jan Krems. “Our team is especially proud to again receive this award representing the voice of our customers, because it confirms we are delivering a consistently excellent level of service worldwide and enhancing our partners’ success. I salute United Cargo team members in more than 300 locations around the globe for their commitment to quality.”

This news follows an announcement made earlier this month confirming the carrier will begin transporting and leasing Swiss-based temperature-controlled containers provided by SkyCell. United Cargo will be the first U.S. carrier of SkyCell’s containers, enabling safe and effective logistics for biopharmaceuticals and temperature-sensitive items.

“TempControl’s transport of vaccines and other high-value biopharmaceutical shipments is increasing rapidly,” said Jan Krems, President of United Cargo. “Extremely precise, long-duration temperature control is required for the safe transport of these highly-sensitive shipments. 

“SkyCell is excited to partner with United to increase the availability of SkyCell containers for the U.S. pharma industry,” said Richard Ettl, CEO of SkyCell. “United and SkyCell share the goal of eliminating temperature excursions and reducing the CO2 footprint in global pharma transportation.” 

Source: United Cargo

Integrated Solutions & Dedicated Fleets—How They can Maximize your Supply Chain

As the demands facing manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors continue to evolve, so must the services transportation and logistics companies provide their customers. All parties involved are recognizing that integrated solutions—a blending of multiple transportation and distribution options—can enable companies to maximize their resources and streamline their supply chains. With one-dimensional measures proving inadequate for overcoming what are often very particular supply chain challenges, transportation and logistics companies have implemented various custom services which take into account the distinct business characteristics of their clients and effectively provide an even greater value proposition.

Companies are wise to consider choosing a service provider offering an integrated business model which encompasses their transportation and logistics needs. By partnering with an integrated solutions provider, companies are afforded the opportunity to implement an assortment of options specifically designed for meeting all of their transportation needs with a single point of contact. These services can range from value added warehousing and less-than truckload offerings to freight brokerage options, all of which can be sourced accordingly to satisfy the complex demands placed upon businesses’ supply chains. An integrated solution thus permits shippers enormous flexibility and convenience in their operations.

One of the most advantageous services integrated providers can offer is dedicated contract services.  Utilizing a dedicated option, business owners are alleviated from the stressors and costs that correspond with owning and managing a truck fleet. A custom dedicated supply chain solution is more adept at incorporating specialized equipment demands and can execute unique delivery requirements especially well. For example, companies in many industries require turn-key or after-hours delivery, while some may require heated or refrigerated transport, tankers, or other distinct equipment.

Custom supply chain solutions are engineered to accommodate these unique circumstances for many client verticals. Equipment and maintenance issues, complying with updated federal and state regulations, recruiting qualified drivers and being exposed to liability claims are just some frequently encountered issues a custom dedicated solution can help resolve.

Even if a company owns a private fleet or outsources their transportation or distribution to a third party, there may be hidden opportunities to add value, at which point a cost-benefit analysis weighing options such as fleet supplementation and other integrated solutions should take place. There are many different needs and expectations involved when it comes to addressing the specific demands within an industry or company.

Custom services in the transportation and supply chain industry can take many forms, but there are common pain points which often exist across industries. These include: recruiting qualified drivers and warehouse specialists; ever increasing customer service and shipment velocity demands – later pickup and quicker transit times; better visibility and communication enabled by technology; the need for continuous process improvement, unencumbered by internal company politics or relationships; and opportunities to curtail rising transportation and distribution costs.

Even though each industry has unique supply chain challenges, integrated providers can draw upon their knowledge of these common areas when analyzing the needs of customers. A successful collaboration must include a partner with demonstrated experience and understanding of these key components.

Utilizing an asset based supply chain provider; with expertise in operating dedicated fleets, LTL networks, brokerage services, and engineered integrated solutions throughout the supply chain, enables organizations to focus on their core competencies while enjoying the efficiencies derived from optimization.

Frank Granieri is Chief Operating Officer of A. Duie Pyle and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He joined Pyle in 2012, bringing more than 15 years of transportation industry, logistics and executive management experience to his role with the company. Facilitating company activity in marketing, sales, technology and logistics consulting, he is also responsible for A. Duie Pyle’s Custom Dedicated, Warehousing & Distribution and Brokerage business units, which comprehensively serve a wide-array of industries. 

Forbes Recognizes Hub Group in 2019 List of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers

Leading supply chain solutions provider Hub Group has made the Forbes List of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers for the second time in a row, placing at number 18 out of 500 companies in the Transportation and Logistics category.

This list highlights companies that support a culture that makes employees feel secure, understood, needed and inspired. Hub Group placed number 22 overall in 2018.

An anonymous employment recommendation and satisfaction survey conducted on over 30,000 employees determines which companies make the final list. The consecutive recognition reiterates the company’s focus on employee wellness and growth through mentorship and career advancement training, and rewarding its top talent.

The company currently has 4,377 employees and is the only transportation and logistics company listed within the first 50 in the overall list. Landstar System and USA Truck are the only other companies that made it within the first 50 placements with the same category.

“We believe the employees of Hub Group are our most valuable asset. We are continuously evaluating and improving our strategy for employee engagement through training, professional development programs and internal growth. Our goal is to encourage a corporate culture that is collaborative, empowering and inclusive,” said David Yeager, Hub Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are honored to be recognized by Forbes two years in a row.”


Tigers Opens UK Facility Despite Brexit Environment

As e-commerce demands continue to increase, global solutions provider, Tigers, announced its new Thurrock facility this week. The new facility will serve as a larger space for operations currently held at the company’s Basildon location and adds an additional 50 jobs to the company’s employment portfolio.

“We have always viewed the UK as an important market and remain committed to investing in the expansion of our e-commerce and fulfillment operations,” said Andrew Jillings, CEO, Tigers. “The Thurrock facility significantly expands our UK presence and provides us with a strategically located hub to cater for increased customer demand.”

Located near the London Gateway off the M25, the facility’s location provides an advantageous location close to all main road routes to the Midlands, Wales, northern England, and Scotland. The expansion will also continue efforts for UK-investment goals.

“This is a multi-million-pound investment by Tigers in the UK, despite Brexit, and not only will it create new jobs, it will also secure our future as a leader in the logistics and supply chain industry as e-commerce demand continues to grow,” said Shahar Ayash, Managing Director UK and Europe, Tigers.

Velocity 2019 MercuryGate User Conference

Billed as “the premier industry event for transportation and logistics professionals,” the conference includes the world’s leading shippers, logistics providers, industry experts and, of course, MercuryGate software experts.

The three-day conference will feature keynote speakers Adrian Gonzalez, president of Adelante SCM, and American Blockchain Council’s co-founder and executive director, Jack Shaw. The conference will take place at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas with topics of discussion focusing on blockchain, parcel shipping, TMS best practices, high velocity multimodal frieght, and much more.

This year’s event will kick-off the morning of May 5 with a full day of activities including an exciting escape room experience at Escapology, a Pink Jeep tour, and a supercar driving experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The day will conclude with an official Welcome Reception at the Madame Tussauds of Las Vegas.

Don’t miss out on this informative, fun, and unforgettable conference May 5-7 and RSVP your spot today.

GlobalTranz Boasts Ninth Acquisition in Two Years

Circle 8 Logistics is the latest company to be added to the list of acquisitions for leading third-party logistics solutions provider, GlobalTranz. The company confirmed the acquisition this week, confirming added support for expansion efforts specifically in the Chicago region while adding value to 3PL initiatives.

“Circle 8 has a strong history of providing its customers with superior services and logistics solutions,” said Renee Krug, CEO of GlobalTranz.  “Circle 8 has combined a focus on people, processes and technology to drive growth via unique solutions for its customers and strong carrier partnerships. The combination will further accelerate our growth and market leadership in the 3PL industry,” she added.

Circle 8 is a third-party multimodal transportation and logistics services provider with a reputation of ethical business practices combined with its extensive history of satisfied customers represented in its 98 percent customer retention rate.

“Since the founding of our business in 2001, Circle 8 has provided innovative solutions with honesty and integrity,” said Mike Lewis, co-founder and co-CEO of Circle 8.

The Lombard-based company represents the ninth acquisition for GlobalTranz since January 2017.

“GlobalTranz is clearly executing on its strategy of driving growth both organically and via complementary, accretive acquisitions,” said Bob Farrell, executive chairman of GlobalTranz. “Our unique hybrid combination of the best independent freight agents in the industry with our strong direct channels is a clear differentiator. Circle 8 will further enhance our channels to market.”

Cathay Pacific Confirms Pharma.Aero Membership

Pharma.Aero announced during this year’s IATA World Cargo Symposium that Cathay Pacific – a CEIV Pharma certified company, is now a full member supporting the shipping of time-sensitive pharmaceutical products.

“We are excited about Cathay Pacific joining our collaboration group as a full member. Their active involvement in the pilot of the pharma corridor project is a clear added value,” said Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero. “In collaboration with Pharma.Aero and our pharma shipper members, key performance indicators of the pharma corridor will be clearly defined, targeting to set A2A pharma handling standards.”

With Pharma.Aero’s goal to provide excellence in end-to-end air transportation of pharma products, the Cathay membership is given the assurance of a streamlined and accurate method for airport-to-airport (A2A) temperature-controlled handling.

“India and Bangladesh are both big markets for Cathay Pacific, especially when it comes to shipments of pharmaceutical products. Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai followed by Dhaka have always had large number of pharma shipments and this continues to grow,” said Cathay Pacific Regional Head of Cargo for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Rajesh Menon.

“United States, Canada and Australia are key trade lanes for India and Bangladesh. PharmaLIFT is an important product and our handling expertise is a key USP we provide to our agents. Collaborating with Pharma.Aero, this offering will only become stronger to provide quality in the transportation and expert handling of valuable and sensitive pharmaceutical products,” he concluded.