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Who’s responsible for supply chain risk?

Who’s responsible for supply chain risk? | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"Given the wide diversity of supply chain risk that most companies are exposed to, shouldn’t we be thinking about just who in the organisation should be responsible for keeping tabs on it?
Supply chain risk exists in many varied forms. Damage to revenue may be inflicted by transport disruptions, natural disasters, strikes, political unrest – all of which may interrupt supply of product to the consumer or components to the factory. For these forms of impact to the supply chain, a logistics or materials operations management role might be considered an appropriate position to monitor and respond to such issues."

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Global supply chains on the increase, suggests WEF report

Global supply chains on the increase, suggests WEF report | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"World trade has recovered significantly since the global financial crisis in 2009. As of 2011, global trade was 8.2% higher than its 2008 peak. However, the geographic composition of trade has shifted, as the contribution of emerging markets has grown significantly, highlighted by 60% of the growth in imports and 52% of the growth seen in exports according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF's Global Enabling Trade Report 2012 suggests that this trend is only likely to grow in future."

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US inventories remain lean

US inventories remain lean | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"The US Department of Commerce's monthly business inventory report shows March inventories rose only 0.3% from February, the slowest rate since November 2011 (Ti Dashboard – Inventories: US Manufacturers' and Trade Inventories). This could suggest that businesses remain cautious as the economic growth rate slows to a more moderate pace. It could also suggest supply chains have become more efficient, particularly as sales increased 0.6%, resulting in a decline in the sales to inventory ratio to 1.27 from 1.28 in February. This ratio indicates that it would take approximately 1.27 months for a company to deplete its current inventory."

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FedEx Express complete Tatex acquisition

"FedEx announced it has completed an agreement to acquire Tatex, a leading French business-to-business express transportation company, initially reported by Ti on April 20, 2012.

Founded in 1976, Tatex, a privately-held company, has over 1,000 employees and a nationwide network with a central hub at Lieusaint, just south of Paris, and 35 shipping centres including six regional hubs. The acquisition will give FedEx Express access to a nationwide domestic ground network which carries 19m shipments and produces approximately €150m in revenue annually."

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DB Schenker Logistics opens near logistics centre in China

"DB Schenker Logistics has opened a new logistics centre in Kunshan, China. The 46,000 sq m centre located new Shanghai will support the business of its customer Kone, a supplier of elevator and escalator solutions.

DB Schenker has been providing services for Kone in Kunshan since the end of 2009. However, the current 26,000 sq m facility will not be able to cope with future requirements.

DB Schenker stores, labels and loads products for distribution at the site. In addition, it handles imports and exports of air and ocean freight for Kone between Europe, Australia and China. DB Schenker also operates a distribution centre in Finland for Kone."


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Signals at go as Gefco manages its own rail traffic flows

Signals at go as Gefco manages its own rail traffic flows | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"French automotive logistics specialist Gefco is now managing its own rail-borne automobile traffic flows in Europe.

“We have gone from a system based on single-wagons, operated by Fret SNCF, to one focusing on a dedicated network of block or full trains served by hubs,” Gefco’s assets manager, automotive transport and logistics, Philippe Robert, told IFW.

Fret SNCF’s multi-customer, multi-product services didn’t really offer the flexibility Gefco was looking for, he said, and the decision was taken not to renew the contract with the state-owned operator."

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Holland Township company makes big bet on building new driverless forklift

Holland Township company makes big bet on building new driverless forklift | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"Egemin Automation is literally raising the roof for its new robotic, high-lift, forklift the Lion.The company has just opened a $500,000 35-foot-tall plant addition at 11818 James St. to build and test its new automated, high reach forklift that is capable of lifting 5,500 pounds of material to a height of 25 feet.

“This is our newest Automated Guided Vehicle System for commercial, warehouse and industrial use and we didn’t have anywhere at our plant to test run the production vehicles,” Egemin Director of Engineering Tom Kaminski said."

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Logistics and transport costs affect fruit growers

"Fruit South Africa (FSA) has called on logistics and transport providers to help ensure industry survival, as South African fruit growers are at risk unless export supply chain services and costs improve.

Deflated returns on export fruit sales, escalating production costs, exorbitant logistics costs, and inefficiency and ineffectiveness at port level are converging to threaten the future of South Africa’s fruit growing industry, says FSA chairperson Justin Chadwick in the run-up to the inaugural Cool Logistics Africa conference, to be held in Cape Town this month."

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Norbert Dentressangle launches door-to-door air freight network

Norbert Dentressangle has launched Red Sky Connect, a managed, end-to-end air freight forwarding service. The service will be managed by Norbert Dentressangle Overseas.

The company is launching six initial routes, connecting China to Europe and the Americas, Latin America to Europe and the US, and the US to Europe, with further routes due to be added as Norbert Dentressangle Overseas' network continues to expand.

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London-Lyon rail motorway project unveiled

London-Lyon rail motorway project unveiled | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

Intermodal transport lobby group Cercle de l’Optimodalité en Europe (COE) has unveiled a rail motorway project aimed at linking London with France’s second economic centre, Lyon.

Initially, the service would operate one or two round trips a day from Barking, in north-east London, to connect with the HS1 high-speed line. Longer-term, the objective is to operate up to 10 round trips daily.

A study is under way to set up a combined transport facility at the Barking terminal to handle train convoys of up to 660 metres in length.

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CEVA launches cross border LTL services for road freight in Asia

"CEVA has announced the launch of a new less than truckload (LTL) service as part of CEVA Ground's cross-border road freight offering in Asia Pacific.

The company stated the new LTL service will enhance its existing full truckload (FTL) cross-border solution which runs from Singapore to China with an average of 500 trips each month for various multi-national customers in the region. The new LTL services will leverage CEVA's established FTL regional network to offer a wider range of services for its customers."

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KPMG sees big increase in logistics mergers and aquisitions

KPMG sees big increase in logistics mergers and aquisitions | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

The offer for TNT Express by UPS appears to have sparked interest in the prospect of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the logistics sector. The latest to predict a wave of purchases is KPMG.

Each year, the audit and consultancy company produces a survey of M&A activity the in transport and logistics industry. According to this survey, "the first quarter of 2012 saw a big increase in the value of deals announced, with a global value of US$19.7bn. The combined value of completed and announced deals for the quarter stands at US$27.9bn, bigger than in any of the previous four quarters." KMPG also suggests that Europe will be the centre of this trend, with the continent already seeing 87 deals this year, with a combined value of US$4.9bn.

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Mobile in European alliance with CEVA Logistics

Mobile in European alliance with CEVA Logistics | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"Agreement will see 20:20 Mobile and CEVA combine forces to push out greater offerings to the telecom space

20:20 Mobile has forged a strategic agreement with global supply chain management company CEVA Logistics in order to broaden its service portfolio in the telecoms space across Europe.

Under the deal 20:20 Mobile will combine its value added services and product and risk management capabilities with CEVA’s logistics expertise to improve clients supply chains."

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CEVA signs new deal with Carraro Drive Tech

"CEVA has signed a six-year contract with Carraro Drive Tech, a global provider of power transmission systems for agricultural and construction equipment. Under the contract, CEVA will provide Carraro Drive Tech with logistics solutions from its warehouse in Monselice, near Padova, within which Carraro Drive Tech, has opened its new spare parts headquarters.

At this location, CEVA will handle the spare parts for agricultural and construction machines equipped with Carraro's axles and transmissions and for tractors produced by Carraro's Agritalia division based in Rovigo. CEVA will manage the unloading, storage, picking, packaging and preparation of shipments to Carraro's final customers across the world, handling approximately 37,000 items for more than 200,000 anticipated orders each year. CEVAwill also offer added value solutions, such as kitting services for the assembly and disassembly activities.

CEVA will dedicate a 6,600 sq m area within the hub of Monselice for Carraro's operations, with flexibility of space to respond to and accommodate the customer's changing needs over the time. A surface area of 600 sq m will also host offices for Carraro's personnel."

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Packaging Grows Green

Packaging Grows Green | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"Many shippers are looking to replace fossil fuel-based packaging materials with more sustainable options. But they must do their homework to find the best—and greenest—fit."

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Norbert Dentressangle trials Renault hybrid in the UK

"Norbert Dentressangle has received delivery of Renault Trucks' 26 tonne hybrid vehicle in the UK as part of its commitment to testing alternative technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its transport operations.

The Renault Premium Distribution 310.26 6x2 rear steer hybrid will be undergoing operational trials with Norbert Dentressangle Transport Services and will operate from its Specialist Services Aylesford site. The truck will be utilised to make shared-user network deliveries for a range of customers in and around London.

The hybrid vehicle combines a diesel engine with an electric motor that delivers a significant reduction in fuel consumption of around 20%. The electric motor drives fuel efficiency by powering the vehicle from 0 to 12 mph (25 km/h) before the conventional diesel engine seamlessly takes over."

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CAT Logistics sale is a remarkable deal, says analyst

CAT Logistics sale is a remarkable deal, says analyst | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

"The recent deal to sell a majority stake in CAT Logistics Services (CLS) is a remarkable one, says Ti's Chief Analyst Thomas Cullen.

Platinum Equity, a US private equity company has agreed to pay US$750m for 65% of the equity of CAT Logistics Services (CLS). As is so often the case with private equity deals the rest of the terms are being kept secret, even, it appears, from the shareholders of Caterpillar."

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CEVA launches Iberian Control Tower in Alcobendas, Spain

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, has officially opened its Control Tower in Alcobendas, near Madrid, Spain.

The Control Tower is an innovative and integrated information hub that offers enhanced control functions to cater for all logistics services and has been structured in a similar way to the Milan Control Tower which was launched in 2010.

The Control Tower will allow the control of fundamental logistics operations from a single central point, at both national and international levels. In this way CEVA will strengthen the levels of service offered to customers, at the same time ensuring further cost optimization.

John Pattullo, CEVA’s CEO and Gianfranco Sgro, President of CEVA in Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa, joined Marco Galbusera, Managing Director of CEVA in Iberia, at the launch event on Tuesday 24 April, 2012, at which occasion the CEO expressed praise for a project which proves CEVA’s interest in investing in the Iberian market, giving additional momentum to the company’s business.

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DHL Express enhances network in Chicago

"DHL Express announced it has invested in enhancements to its pick-up and delivery services in Chicago, Illinois. The company has created earlier deliveries and later pick-up times for the area, supported by more than 40 new employees.

"After meticulous strategic planning and preparation, DHL Express is now able to provide business owners in the city with faster, more convenient service and shipping options," said Al Burba, Senior VP and General Manager of the Midwest/Mid-Atlantic U.S. for DHL Express."

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Red Sea Gateway Terminal launched by Saudi transport ministry

"The Saudi transport ministry has launched the Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), the newest flagship box terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, Arab News has reported. A world-class terminal spearheaded by the Saudi Industrial Services group SISCO, Red Sea Gateway is also the first privately funded, 'Build, Operate, and Transfer' (BOT) port development agreement in the kingdom, the ministry said. Covering over 500,000 sq m, the Red Sea Gateway Terminal was constructed to ensure efficiency within the whole supply chain and add 45% annually to the existing port's capacity."

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DPD expands Russian network

DPD has announced it is expanding its network of branches and representative offices in Russia, with new offices opened in Saransk (Mordovia) and Makhachkala (Dagestan).

DPD selected the two cities of Makhachkala and Saransk as they are the largest industrial centres in Dagestan and Mordovia, and are the main focal points of economic potential in these regions. The company announced that due to their location both cities will act as important transport hubs in its Russian network.

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Indian Authority Slashes Rates at PSA Chennai Terminal

Tariff Authority orders a 12.23 percent reduction

India’s Tariff Authority for Major Ports ordered a 12.23 percent reduction in tariffs levied by Chennai International Terminals, a PSA International facility.

The decision came after the private terminal operator filed an application with the port regulator for a 15 percent hike in rates, as part of a general tariff revision.


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Dachser continues growth trend

Dachser continues growth trend | Transport & Logistics | Scoop.it

Germany-based Dachser has reported double-digit growth in 2011, driven by growth in its air and sea logistics division.

Group revenue was up 13% to €4.3 billion in a year in which Dachser handled 49.3 million consignments weighing a total of 37.1 million tonnes.

“Following the crisis and a period of recovery the markets stabilised somewhat last year and Dachser was thus able to return to the growth corridor we have defined as being ideal for long-term organic growth,” said Bernhard Simon, head of the Dachser management board.

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CMA CGM reshuffles its Asia - South Africa and Mozambique services

CMA CGM has announced the reshuffling of its services on the Asia - South Africa and Mozambique trades in partnership with Maersk Line.

Both services will be jointly operated by CMA CGM and Maersk Line. The Asia – South Africa service will operate eight vessels of 6,500 TEUs and the Asia – Mozambique service will operate seven vessels of 2,200 TEUs.

From April 24, the new Asia – South Africa service will have the following rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Fuzhou – Yantian – Tanjung Pelepas – Port Louis – Durban – Port Elizabeth – Port Louis – Singapore – Nansha.

From May 8, the Asia- Mozambique service will have the following rotation: Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Pointe Des Galets, Toamasina, Maputo, Beira, Nacala, Port Louis.

The two new services will replace the current Shaka and Mozex services operated by CMA CGM.

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SCC Announces 2012 Global Supply Chain Excellence Award Winners

"Today the Supply Chain Council (SCC, www.supply-chain.org), a global not-for-profit management association, announced the winners of the 2012 Global Supply Chain Excellence Awards at the Global User Meeting in Miami. A panel of expert judges selected the winners in three categories:

- Philip Morris International won the Global Supply Chain Operational Excellence Award.
- Universidade Estadual de Campinas/LALT won the Global Academic Advancement Award.
- SAP won the Global Technology Advancement Award.

In addition, Philip Morris won the Overall Global Supply Chain Excellence Award, which recognizes the single organization that has made the greatest contribution to the supply chain management body of knowledge or practice within the past year.

The Global Operational Excellence Award recognizes an organization that demonstrates excellence in the design, operation or improvement of a supply chain. Philip Morris International (Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia), has manufactured and marketed tobacco products in Australia and New Zealand for 57 years."

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