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UN supply chain plan to deal with pandemics

The United Nations World Food Programme is to collaborate with NEC Corporation  for the development of the first information platform to provide end-to-end visibility of supply chains for pandemic interventions, on behalf of the Global Pandemic Supply Chain Network.

Profits rise at Agility

Agility saw EBITDA rise 15.4 per cent to KD 155.2 million in 2016 despite a fall in revenue of 5.3 per cent to KD 1,234 million.

Groupe CAT acquires Sintax

Groupe CAT, the French specialist in vehicle logistics, has bought Sintax Logistica – a major player in vehicle logistics in Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco.

Air freight demand grows by 3.2 pc

Strong growth for air cargo demand

Air cargo demand rose 6.9 per cent in January 2017 compared to a year earlier, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Panalpina EBIT drops 6pc

Pressure on margins in both air and ocean freight hit profits at Panalpina, with adjusted EBIT some six per cent lower at CHF109.9m for 2016.

The Oscars need a bit of logistics expertise

Millions of times every day logistics operators get the right package to the right place at the right time. Occasionally things go wrong, but rarely so catastrophically as they did for one of the world’s biggest accountancy and consultancy partnerships, PwC.

UPS trials drone delivery

UPS has tested an autonomous residential drone delivery; launched from one of its package vehicles.

DHL on demand delivery for Sub Saharan Africa

DHL Express is launching its on demand delivery service in Sub Saharan Africa. The service is now offered in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mauritius & Tanzania.

Amazon patents parachute for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented the transport of goods from drones to homes via parachute. This comes soon after the e-commerce giant patented an airborne fulfilment centre designed for service deliveries made by drones.

Cimcorp to exhibit 3D Shuttle at IntraLogisteX

Cimcorp is a leading global supplier of turnkey automation for intralogistics, using advanced robotics and software technologies and will be exhibiting at this year’s IntraLogisteX exhibition.

Profits rise at Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel opens new packaging service

Kuehne + Nagel has launched ‘KN Packaging’ a one-stop-shop contract packaging service. The service uses “state-of-the-art” software, collaborative robots and cooperation with local packaging providers.

Air cargo demand up 3.8pc

Global air cargo demand last year was up 3.8 per cent on 2015 – nearly double the average growth rate over the past five years, according to figures from the International Air Transport Association.

Operating loss of $428m for UPS

UPS produced an operating loss of $428 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, despite increasing revenue from $16.1bn to $16.9bn.

IATA messaging combined with UNCTAD system

IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has now been fully integrated into the UNCTAD automated customs management system, ASYCUDA World, which is now used in 90 countries around the world.

Real time parcel tracker set for launch

A device that allows the location and condition of a parcel to be monitored in real time will get its official launch at the end of this month.

Profits rise at Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel wins six-year contract

Kuehne + Nagel has won a six-year contract with Carcano Antonia, an Italian aluminium foil rolling and converting company, to manage its in-house logistics.

DHL opens Sydney e-com centre

DHL e-commerce has opened a fulfilment centre in Sydney to support demand for overseas goods among Australia’s online shoppers.

SSI Schaefer completes beverage DC in Germany

SSI Schaefer has completed the development of a large beverage distribution centre in Germany for A. Kempf Getränkegroßhandel, a subsidiary of Edka Südwest. The new site includes a combination of manual and fully automated picking systems.

DHL and Landbell form environmental partnership

DHL Supply Chain has signed a strategic partnership with waste management specialist Landbell to provide environmental management services that are compliant with EU legislation.

Fufilment by Amazon delivers 2bn products in 2016

Fulfilment by Amazon delivered over two billion items for its marketplace sellers last year. The fulfilment service delivers products to the customers of independent sellers and brand owners in Amazon Marketplace, a similar platform to eBay.

Are you ready for the challenge of the New Year?

Just before Christmas the news emerged that Amazon has applied for a patent on an airborne fulfilment system that uses an airship floating at 45,000 feet to hold stock and a fleet of drones to handle the actual deliveries.

DHL takes over UK Mail

Deutsche Post DHL Group has completed its £243 million takeover of parcel and logistics company UK Mail.

SingPost appoints new CEO

Singapore-based postal service SingPost has appointed Paul William Coutts as chief executive officer. Coutts will begin his new role on 1 June 2017.

Yusen launches in Switzerland

Yusen Logistics is expanding its network by launching in Switzerland. It will operate from a location close to Zurich Airport – the site will open on 1 January 2017.

Yusen Singapore aquires Swisslog autonomous robots

Yusen Logistics has chosen Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions to implement its AutoStore Automated System in Singapore. The system involves the use of autonomous robots, which sit on top of an aluminium grid.

UPS launches electrically-assisted tricycle

UPS has launched its first eBike – an electrically-assisted tricycle which is designed to deliver packages. The launch, which is in a testing phase, coincides with the delivery company’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions.

Sanofi consolidates distribution in Brazil

Pharmaceuticals group Sanofi is consolidating logistics for three divisions in Brazil by establishing a new distribution centre in Guarulhos, near São Paulo which will be operated by DHL Supply Chain.

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