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E-commerce & global logistics provides the key to unlock local shutdowns: DHL Express

In its new Whitepaper, ‘The Ultimate B2B E-commerce Guide: Tradition is out. Digital is in’, DHL Expres predicts strong growth for the B2B e commerce market in the coming years. 80 per cent of all B2B sales interactions between suppliers and professional buyers will take place in digital channels by 2025. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the pace of digitalisation and the purchasing behaviour of technology-savvy millennials, who are now of an age to be the professional B2B decision-makers, are the main drivers of this global e-commerce growth. What is predicted for the future of the B2B sector, has already been visible in the significant B2C e-commerce rise over the last years, where DHL Express experienced high growth rates particularly during the holiday peak seasons (e.g. Easter, Christmas) and mega shopping days (e. g. Black Friday, Cyber Monday). In total the B2C E commerce volumes within the DHL Express network increased in 2020 by approximately 40 per cent, compared to 2019. This positive business development is also reflected in the FY2020 financial results of the company: With a total revenue of €19.1 billion (+11.9 per cent year-on-year) and EBIT of €2.7 billion (+34.9 per cent) the Express division of Deutsche Post DHL Group closed 2020 with the best result in its more than 50 years history. “Even in times of worldwide shutdowns, globalisation has shown its resilience, fuelled by digitalisation and the power of global trade”, says John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express. “These trends have led to an ever growing number of consumers to shift their shopping activities online. The pandemic has accelerated this development like never before, with a sharp rise in businesses selling their goods …

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Welspun One launches ‘Partner Portal’ to digitise land buying and & leasing in warehousing sector

In an industry-first move, Welspun One Logistics Parks has introduced a unique, online ‘Partner Portal’ to effectively collaborate with their external stakeholders, especially landowners and brokers. The goal of this platform is to create a transparent and efficient mechanism that will enable sharing of leads and create a direct communication channel with Welspun One’s land buying and leasing teams. Presently, the process of lead generation in the warehousing and logistics sector is confined to traditional modes of communication. The introduction of an online and integrated platform is a major step forward by Welspun One to bring about digitisation in the industry, and is in line with initiatives like ‘Digital India’ where there is an increasing emphasis on creating online infrastructure. Elaborating on this unique feature, Anshul Singhal, Managing Director, Welspun One Logistics Parks, said, “High internet penetration and adoption of technology has accelerated digitisation across verticals. The industry needs a seamless platform to eliminate outdated and lengthy processes involved in land and leasing transactions. With our distinctive, tech-enabled offering – the ‘Partner Portal’, we aim to build a high level of transparency, seamless communication, and timely updates through a single, online channel.” He added, “All the leads fed into the channel are evaluated under a CRM that allows us to sort deals faster and help focus the efforts of the real rainmakers of the industry, our broker community.” The feature can be availed by landowners, brokers, customers and International Property Consultants (IPCs) by simply registering on the company website’s Partner Portal section. The registrant is then provided with unique credentials that allows access to a specific dashboard and enables them to introduce new leads for land transactions and/or for fulfilling …

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Chairman-Elect, FFFAI urges for smooth connectivity and logistics infrastructure to strengthen trade among BBIN

In view of tremendous potential of cross border trade between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Shankar Shinde, Chairman Elect, the Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations in India (FFFAI) has recommended for seamless multimodal connectivity and strong logistics infrastructure in each of the above countries. Speaking at a webinar on ‘UN TIR System and its benefits of expansion to Bangladesh and other BBIN countries’, which was organised by FICCI in association with IRU Geneva, ICC Bangladesh and FFFAI, Shinde observed that accession to TIR Carnet would be immensely beneficial for the hassle-free cross border trade in this region. It would be pertinent to mention that FFFAI is one of the associates of TIR Carnet and have been working with the Government of India for International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) project, under TIR Carnet. He also emphasised on well-defined policies to be framed up by the respective governments and well-trained officers including Customs and allied agencies engaged at the border check posts. Based on the INSTC route experience, where FFFAI had launched a trial run of containers, Shinde stated that point to point vehicle movement would be the pragmatic solution instead of re-working of unloading and reloading transshipment, to save cost and reduce dwell time. Accordingly, accession to TIR would expedite the process in this regard. He, however, highlighted various other challenges as regard to cross border cargo transportation, as witnessed in INSTC route. Shinde further suggested that the governments will have to provide more impetus on private logistics companies, NVOCC or multimodal logistics operators’ participation in the BBIN project and also important would be to create a BBIN website portal with complete information for trade participation and addressing issues. …

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PLUSS obtains US Patent for its Celsure™ temperature-controlled box

Pluss Advanced Technologies (PLUSS) has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its Celsure™ box which is designed using Phase Change Material (PCM) technology to maintain specific inside-temperature. The Celsure™ box is a simple box-in-box transport solution with over 40 variants to maintain different inside-temperatures, ranging from -77C to +89C, for times ranging for a few hours to a few days. The Celsure™ box serves as a better and safer alternative to dry ice and conventional ice-packs and has reduced costs and complexities in transport and storage of perishables, vaccines and temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products. The patent was granted to the innovative method of arranging PCMs, which leads to precise inside-temperature control, under varying ambient conditions. The company has received a patent for Celsure™ from the European Patent Office in Germany also, and has applied for a patent in India, Singapore, and Brazil, as well. “PLUSS was formed to innovate on speciality polymers, to address India’s industrial and social and environmental challenges. With our genesis in research, we have been able to develop unique low-cost solutions for temperature control, using the concept of thermal energy storage. Our solutions have been adopted commercially, and the US Patent is a testimony to the robust technology being used for operational and cost efficiency in transporting temperature sensitive cargo,” said Samit Jain, Managing Director, PLUSS Advanced Technologies.

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Pharma.Aero & HLA sign MoU to handle last-mile delivery of pharmaceuticals during crisis situation

Recognising the importance of developing air cargo supply chains to handle and transport pharmaceuticals, especially for the last-mile delivery, in humanitarian contexts or in crisis situations, Pharma.Aero and Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This collaboration will not only underline common interests between the two organisations, but also enable both organisations to combine forces in strategic projects that will improve quality in global air cargo industry, with a focus on crisis-prone countries, as well as emergencies and humanitarian projects. Jeremy Mitchell, Director, Pharma.Aero stresses the importance of this new collaboration, “By joining forces with HLA, we bring the human interest aspect into the Pharma.Aero network and platform. This will create more leverage and added value in all our undertakings as well as broaden our scope and impact when reaching out to the entire pharmaceutical air cargo supply chain.” “HLA aims to increase understanding and forge alliances between aid organisations, the private, public and academic sectors” adds George Fenton, Chief Executive, HLA, “The newly formed partnership with Pharma.Aero will enable us to add significant value to our network and gear up the effectiveness and efficiency of members by raising awareness of standards, facilitating access to training and career development opportunities, and encourage collaboration among a broader range of humanitarian logisticians.” Trevor Caswell, Vice Chairman Pharma.Aero and responsible for Projects, points out that “Both organisations share the same vision; being a neutral platform of international best-practice and knowledge sharing, and fostering community collaboration by trust. In setting up joint projects that emphasize the growing importance – both for the rapidly changing aid system as well as for the supply chain – of ‘local actors’ and ‘last mile’, …

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BRUcure readiness label launched, to indicate company’s readiness to store COVID-19 vaccine

Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Company’s dedicated Covid-19 vaccine taskforce, BRUcure has launched readiness label. This label can be used by companies in the taskforce and indicates that a company is fully ready to transport, handle or store the Covid-19 vaccine. Furthermore, the label strengthens the image of the taskforce company that is using the label. To obtain the label, acompany should have dedicated pharma storage if it needs to store the vaccine. There is approximately 30,000 square metres of cold pharma storage at BRUcargo and it seems to increase as some companies are extending their capacity. The companies who obtained the label also follow the BRUcure Guideline Document on top of the existing Pharma Handling SOP’s and apply the guidelines that Air Cargo Belgium has created where applicable. The companies use the Airside Pharma Transporter (APT) in procedure. It aims to guarantee there is no temperature deviation for the Covid-19 vaccine shipments. The companies intend to implement the digital platform called CargoFlow Explorer. It is a digital solution developed by Nallian (invested by BAC) in order to get a full visibility for all pharma shipments. Currently, 15 companies within the BRUcure Taskforce have already obtained the label such as Aviapartner Cargo, Bolloré Logistics, DHL Global Forwarding, Dnata, EFL Global, Expeditors, FB Logistics, Hazgo, Kuehne + Nagel, Lufthansa Cargo (Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines), Singapore Airlines, Swissport Cargo Services, TUI, United Airlines, and WFS.

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Chairman-Elect, FFFAI urges for smooth connectivity and logistics infrastructure to strengthen trade among BBIN

In view of tremendous potential of cross border trade between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Shankar Shinde, Chairman Elect, the Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations in India (FFFAI) has recommended for seamless multimodal connectivity and strong logistics infrastructure in each of the above countries. Speaking at a webinar on ‘UN TIR System and its benefits of expansion to Bangladesh and other BBIN countries’, which was organised by FICCI in association with IRU Geneva, ICC Bangladesh and FFFAI, Shinde observed that accession to TIR Carnet would be immensely beneficial for the hassle-free cross border trade in this region. It would be pertinent to mention that FFFAI is one of the associates of TIR Carnet and have been working with the Government of India for International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) project, under TIR Carnet. He also emphasised on well-defined policies to be framed up by the respective governments and well-trained officers including Customs and allied agencies engaged at the border check posts. Based on the INSTC route experience, where FFFAI had launched a trial run of containers, Shinde stated that point to point vehicle movement would be the pragmatic solution instead of re-working of unloading and reloading transshipment, to save cost and reduce dwell time. Accordingly, accession to TIR would expedite the process in this regard. He, however, highlighted various other challenges as regard to cross border cargo transportation, as witnessed in INSTC route. Shinde further suggested that the governments will have to provide more impetus on private logistics companies, NVOCC or multimodal logistics operators’ participation in the BBIN project and also important would be to create a BBIN website portal with complete information for trade participation and addressing issues. …

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Ethiopian Airlines marks one year of ‘Preighter’ operations

Ethiopian Airlines completed one year of cargo only service on a passenger aircraft on March 25, 2021 with its Boeing B787-900. The first flight departed from Addis Ababa to Kinshasa carrying more than 16 tonnes of much-needed PPE and other shipments inside the cabin and the belly of the aircraft. Following the sharp decline in passenger number due to the pandemic, Ethiopian swiftly shifted focus to cargo operations and became among the very few pioneers to load cargo on passenger aircraft’s cabin. Immediately afterwards, Ethiopian demonstrated remarkable agility in its response to the increased cargo demand in the wake of the pandemic by reconfiguring 25 passenger aircraft into freighters using its own internal MRO capabilities and distributed the much-needed Personal Protective Equipment and medical supplies across the globe. A year since its first Preighter operation, Ethiopian has operated 5,645 Cargo flights on the cabin of passenger aircraft and transported more than 121,750 tons of cargo across its vast global network. The flights added an immense value to the total of 33,182 flights and 735,869 tons of cargo transported during the period from March 25, 2020 to March 25,2021. Commenting on the milestone, Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Group, said “The single Preighter flight that started on this day last year has helped our airline navigate the storm so far. We are extremely honored to have served our customers during the most difficult times. Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has been a critical player in the global fight against the pandemic by distributing medical supplies and PPE to places with limited access to transportation. “ Since the start of its first cargo flight on passenger seat last year, Ethiopian has been increasing …

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JNPT inaugurates Inter Terminal Route, reducing the container movement distance from 5 kms to 2.5 kms in one direction

In a major push and with a vision to achieve seamless trade, new Inter Terminal Route connecting BMCT Terminal with all the other four Container Terminals of JNPT was inaugurated at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). The newly inaugurated route will reduce the container movement distance between BMCT and the other JN Port Terminals from the existing 5 kms to 2.5 kms in one direction. This route will be used exclusively for the movement of TP (Transhipment) & ITRHO (Inter Terminal Rail Handling Operation) containers between BMCT and other terminals of JN Port offering a smooth and continuous flow of ITRHO and TP containers. The Inter Terminal Route was inaugurated by Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT in the presence of Unmesh Sharad Wagh, IRS, Deputy Chairman, JNPT and HODs, JNPT Terminal Operators and other stakeholders. Sethi said, “The inauguration of Internal Terminal Route will help in smoothening the overall trade cycle and further enhance our efficiency. It will further streamline the movement of rail containers between BMCT with all the other four Container Terminals at the port. JNPT has also taken various other initiatives under ‘Ease of Doing Business’ that has helped save significant amount of time and cost for the EXIM community.” ITRHO aims to maximise train placement, track productivity, efficiency, cost effective handling, reduce dwell time of import ICD boxes, connecting export ICD boxes to respective terminals in time and also increase rail quotient at JNPT. Trade will be benefitted, as the new route would ensure timely connection of export containers arriving by trains in mixed condition to the particular vessel in any of the terminals and also enhance the train handling time at JN Port. Overall the …

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CMA CGM Air Cargo adds New York & Atlanta to its network

Three weeks after the launch of its commercial operations, CMA CGM AIR CARGO is opening two new regular destinations from Liege in the United States: New York (JFK) and Atlanta. The company’s airfreight division is deploying four Airbus A330-200F, with two already in activity, highlighting its commitment to offering diversified and agile solutions to customers. Liege-New York-Atlanta, CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s new regular route CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s second Airbus A330-200F will begin regular commercial operations from Liege, Belgium, to New York and Atlanta, United States. It completes the existing service between Liege and Chicago. From March 28, with two aircraft deployed between Europe and North America, CMA CGM AIR CARGO doubles the offered capacity to better serve our customers on this trade lane. New York and Atlanta, two main destinations to increase our U.S. coverage With New York (JFK) and Atlanta, we now serve two global airports in the U.S. These airports offer world-class infrastructure to propose intermodal connections in the region, including the South-East of the country.

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