Friday 15th Dec 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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Solving the global labour famine

The supply chain is experiencing a rather severe labour deficit – and it doesn’t look like it’s about to recover any time soon. In fact, according to The World Bank, the global problem is going either to remain the same, or in the worst-case scenario, deteriorate even further over the next five years.

DHL to open mega parcel centre

DHL Parcel is to open a mega parcel centre in Bochum, in the Ruhr region. By autumn 2019, the new site will handle up to 50,000 shipments per hour.

Global labour shortage could worsen

The shortage of logistics-related labour is a global problem that will either remain the same or worsen over the next five years, according to a new survey by The World Bank, which calls for a major expansion of training and skills development initiatives in developing countries.

Maersk to sell oil business to Total

AP Møller – Mærsk is to sell its oil and gas business to Total for $7.45 billion in a move that will enable it to focus on its core shipping and logistics operations.

IAG launches Nashville cargo route

IAG Cargo is introducing a new service to Nashville, Tennessee. Starting in May next year, the B787-8 will operate five times a week from London Heathrow.

22pc profit boost for DHL Supply Chain

An optimisation programme at DHL’s Supply Chain division helped it boost operating profit rise by 21.6 per cent to €124 million in the second quarter.

Brexit threat to key industries

The government has come under renewed pressure over the impact of Brexit on key industries including the motor industry, alcohol and tobacco.

Malory Davies FCILT, Editor.

Carrot spaghetti: supply chain hero?

It’s estimated that almost two million tonnes of food is wasted in the grocery supply chain every year. A study last year by WRAP, the food waste charity, calculated that action to increase prevention of waste could save businesses £300 million a year.

IoT could cut grocery supply chain costs

The Internet of Things has a key role to play in helping food and grocery companies improve their understanding of customers and reducing supply chain costs, research by the IGD suggests.

New HQ for Cargolux

Cargolux is moving to a new headquarters building next to its maintenance hanger at Luxembourg airport.

Oracle expands functionality of SCM Cloud

Oracle has expanded its Supply Chain Management Cloud application to provide a range on new functions including supplier collaboration, quality management, maintenance, sales and operations planning, demand management, and supply planning, as well as expansions across existing solutions.

XPO increases profit forecast

XPO Logistics has increased its profits guidance for 2017 and 2018 after increasing its first half adjusted EBITDA to $660.8m from $604.2m in 2016.

Truck-maker to use 3D printing for metal components

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has started using 3D printing to make certain metal components for older models of its trucks. A thermostat cover was the first 3D printed metal part to pass the company’s quality assurance process.

DHL extends city delivery pilot

DHL Express has extended its city hub concept for inner-city deliveries to The Hague, Netherlands with a new pilot involving electric vehicles.

First half profit boost for CEVA

CEVA increased its adjusted EBITDA by five per cent to $124 million in the first half of 2017. Turnover was up 2.6 per cent at $3.3 billion.

Australians win Amazon Robotics Challenge

The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has taken the overall prize in the Amazon Robotics Challenge. Nanyang Technological University of Singapore won the Pick Task, while MIT Princeton of the US, won the Stow Task.

Air freight demand grows by 3.2 pc

Strong growth for air cargo

Air cargo demand, measured in freight tonne kilometres, grew by 10.4 per cent in the first-half of 2017 compared to the first-half of 2016, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Ready to bet on the urban delivery market?

Countless millions of pounds, dollars and euros are being invested in innovative (and sometimes not so innovative) urban delivery systems. The risks in these ventures can be high – but then so can the rewards.

BMW picks Geodis for Korean parts logistics

BMW Korea has opened a new regional parts distribution centre for BMW, MINI and motorcycle spare parts in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, 70 kilometres south of Seoul.

UPS expands wine shipping service

UPS is expanding its ability to ship alcohol, wine and beer to consumers around the world using the UPS Express or standard shipping services.

Sales rise at Aramex

Aramex’s revenue grew by four per cent to AED 1,148 million in the second quarter of 2017, but net profit fell by 23 per cent to AED 97 million.

Dachser to open Austria site

Dachser is to open a new 215,000 sq ft site in Stans in Tyrol, Austria. The site will have 30 gates and a storage and logistics area covering approximately 50,000 sq ft.

Sales rise at Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel saw a three per cent rise in sales in the first half of 2017 to €497m while EBITDA was up by eight per cent to €242m.

Time to contribute to the debate on supply chain slavery

Supply chains in the fashion, construction and cleaning sectors are being targeted by the UK’s director of labour market enforcement, Sir David Metcalf, who has warned that he will be consulting on how to make full use of powers to jail the worst offenders.

NHS expands ethical procurement programme

NHS Supply Chain has widened its ethical procurement programme following the passing of UK Modern Slavery Act. It means that more than 200 suppliers are now subject to the Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) conditions.

UK could focus on emerging markets post-Brexit

The UK could try to boost its economy through trade with emerging markets if it is unable to preserve the basic outlines of its current relationship with European Union trading partners, according to Agility’s Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review.

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