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OOCL Logistics launches next-gen product ‘PODIUM® Precision’

OOCL Logistics is delighted to introduce PODIUM® Precision, the next-generation end-to-end supply chain technology that processes multiple real-time data sources to offer full visibility, convenient traceability and enhanced transparency on every shipment.PODIUM® Precision markedly improves collaboration and decision-making at every stage of the supply chain by leveraging intelligent data processing, automation, and performance optimization methods supported by today’s industry-leading technologies. With accurate predictive analytics capabilities, PODIUM® Precision provides new levels of insight in supply chain management and optimization which greatly contributes to the decision-making process when mitigating for any potential risks or unexpected shipment disruption events.

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CargoTalk announces its fifth digital conclave to be held on May 18

CargoTalk is back with its fifth conclave on May 18, 2021 at 11 am. The virtual conclave will have eminent speakers from the trade. With the focus on supply chain complexities in a never normal world, the summit will discuss the congestion issue the industry is currently facing and using real-time visibility to combat the port congestion disruptions. As this port congestion continues to cause downstream effects throughout the supply chain, industry is looking for insight into how delays will impact their shipments so they can remain agile and adjust plans as needed. Speakers will include Samit Datta, Head, Global Supply Chain, IT, Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence, Piramal Glass and Huseni Vohra, Director – Business Development, APAC, project44.

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Qatar Airways Cargo convoy reaches India, carrying 300 tonnes medical aid & equipment

Three Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighters has reached India , carrying approximately 300 tonnes of medical supplies from around the world to support COVID-19 relief efforts. The three flights departed one after the other bound for Bengaluru, Mumbai and New Delhi as part of Qatar Airways Cargo’s WeQare initiative Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said, “Having seen with great sorrow the impact this further wave of COVID-19 infections has had on people in India, we knew we had to be part of the global effort to support the valiant health care workers in the country. The cargo shipment included PPE equipment, oxygen canisters and other essential medical items, and consists of donations by individuals and companies around the world in addition to existing cargo orders.”

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Shortage of oxygen concentrators leads to surge in imports, simplifying processes is an excellent move: RS Subramanian, DHL

The second wave of COVID-19 has created an acute need for medical supplies. The country today faces shortage of oxygen supply support and other COVID 19 related goods. The overstretched Covid hospital due to the second wave and the current challenge in oxygen necessitates that Covid care be done at home to the extent possible. The centre and state governments have taken various measures to augment the production of medical oxygen in the country. CBIC too has undertaken large-scale efforts to ease and expedite the import of oxygen concentrators to deal with this acute shortage of oxygen the country is faced with. Commenting on the same, RS Subramanian, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DHL Express India, says, “The need and shortage of Oxygen Concentrators in the country has led to a huge surge in import of O2 concentrators by individuals, corporates, traders and aid agencies. It is critical that these life-saving shipments get delivered at the earliest. While simplified regulations are needed to speed up the process, it is critical that shipments come with correct documentation. The decision to simplify customs process, waive duty and also reduce GST are all excellent moves to help the general public in the current crisis situation.” There is a huge surge in imports of COVID-19 related emergency products from the USA, the EU, Far East and China by individuals, corporates for their own usage, by import traders and Aid agencies. In a welcome move, CBIC has simplified the procedures through a recent notification and instruction that will enable Express and Logistic companies to speed up clearances for emergency medical equipment – and help bring pandemic spread under control. Instruction No.07/2021-Customs clearly instructs expediting …

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Mahindra launches ‘Oxygen on Wheels’, ensuring swift supply in Maharashtra

Amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, India is dealing with an acute shortage of oxygen supply. The Mahindra Group has rolled out a free service initiative, ‘Oxygen on Wheels’ (O2W), which will strengthen the availability of oxygen by connecting oxygen producers with the hospitals and medical centres in dire need of it. O2W is launched in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Chakan, Nasik and Nagpur with over 100 Mahindra vehicles ferrying oxygen, at the present. Discussions are ongoing with the civic administration and government departments to extend this free service to other cities as well, most importantly to Delhi, which is facing an acute shortage. Given the overwhelming response in the past 48 hours, extending this initiative to deliver oxygen cylinders directly to patients’ homes is also under consideration. Talking about the initiative, Anish Shah, Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Group said, “We are committed to deploying our resources and capabilities innovatively to address the challenge on hand. Oxygen on Wheels meets an urgent need by partnering with local authorities to help save precious lives and reduce the pressure on our healthcare services.” Mahindra Group has been at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19. The Group’s efforts cover a wide spectrum – from raising funds to sustain the government’s relief efforts and providing ICU beds, emergency cab services, quarantine centres, to monetary support and dry rations for the underprivileged, to re-engineering its production lines and facilities to manufacture much-needed PPE, face shields, face masks and aerosol boxes to aid the fight against coronavirus. Additionally, the Group is closely working with the Government to setting up oxygen plants and building isolation centres. M&M’s plants as well as its suppliers …

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Volga-Dnepr transports five tonne Luna-25 space aircraft from Moscow to Blagoveshchensk

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered a Luna-25 full-scale mock-up from Moscow (Russia) to Blagoveshchensk (Russia) onboard an AN-124-100 freighter. A five-tonne full-scale overall assembly of Luna-25 spacecraft designed and manufactured by NPO Lavochkin, one of the leading aerospace companies, was transported to Ignatyevo airport for further trucking to the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The mockup is intended for complex tests of technical means and systems at the cosmodrome. Ekaterina Andreeva, Commercial Director, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, says, ‘This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our effective cooperation with NPO Lavochkin. Since 1996 not only have we transported over 300 tonnes of dedicated aerospace equipment with them but have significantly expanded the scope of our services – from airfreight to document processing, airport ground handling, dangerous goods declaration, trucking transportation and other components of smart logistics.” The main task of the Luna-25 space expedition is to test soft landing technologies on the moon’s the circumpolar region and conduct contact studies of the soil in the region.

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Alstom delivers 100th electric locomotive to Indian Railways for freight service

Alstom has successfully manufactured and delivered the 100th electric locomotive to Indian Railways. As part of the contract worth €3.5 billion won in 2015, the company will be supplying 800 fully electric high-powered double-section locomotives of 12,000 HP (9 MW) for freight service, capable of hauling 6,000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 km/hr. This is the largest Foreign Direct Investment project in the Indian Railway sector. In the financial year 2020-2021, Indian Railways recorded a freight loading of 1,232 million tonnes, which was 2 per cent higher than the previous fiscal. Introduction of faster trains has helped increase the average speed of transportation by 83 per cent leading to a shorter turnaround time and has supported the movement of essential goods during COVID-19 times . With the first Prima T8TM WAG-12B inducted for commercial service in May 2020, these locomotives are transforming the heavy freight transportation landscape of India. Deployed for operations on major freight routes, including Dedicated Freight Corridors, the Prima T8TM WAG-12Be-Locos have already clocked over close to 5 million kilometres hauling a wide range of commodities. These locomotives also made the inaugural run on the first fully operational sections of the Dedicated Freight Corridors, in December 2020. Some of the key commodities moved by these e-Locos include – coal, cement, food grains, fertilisers, petrochemical products, minerals, and posts/ parcels, across 17 States & 2 Union Territories.

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Pickrr announces zero delivery charges for NGOs supplying COVID-19 essentials

To contribute to the war against COVID-19, Pickrr has announced a 100 per cent subsidy on delivery charges for all non-profit organisations supplying COVID-19 essentials around the country. The company extend its support to all the NGOs and NPOS and urges them to join forces with India in taking on the pandemic with full strength. Commenting on the notable initiative, Rhitiman Majumder, Co-Founder at Pickrr, said, “The second wave of the virus has created massive chaos in our country, forcing many state governments to impose strict restrictions to stop the health crisis from becoming worse. During these unprecedented times, COVID-19 essentials should reach every destination on priority. We at Pickrr ensure to deliver all the essential health and grocery products without compromising the safety of your associates. NGOs supplying COVID-19 essentials can use our services without paying a single delivery charge and get the goods delivered at the right place and time”. The company works with the leading courier partners in the country, including Blue Dart, FedEx and more, to offer the best service to its customers.

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CMA CGM Air Cargo flies 28 tonnes medical supplies to India

The CMA CGM Air Cargo’s chartered Airbus A330-200 freighter, carrying 28 tonnes of medical equipment including eight oxygen plants worth more than Rs17 crore, landed in Delhi from Paris, France. The oxygen plants will be delivered to 8 Indian hospitals, 6 in Delhi, one in Haryana and one in Telangana, based on needs as identified by the Indian authorities. In addition to the oxygen plants, this airfreight will also include 28 ventilators and 200 electric syringe pushers which will be distributed to several hospitals based on needs to enhance their ICU capacities. This special cargo flight has been chartered free of charge by the French shipping and logistics group CMA CGM through its air cargo division. Alongside CMA CGM, many other French companies present in India have stepped up to pool their contributions and resources with the French government’s to carry out this exceptional solidarity mission. This support also falls within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM). On this occasion, the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Emmanuel Lenain, said, “We stand by India in these difficult times, just as India has always stood by France. In Spring 2020, when French hospitals were facing acute shortages, India provided lifesaving help through the export of critical medical drugs. The French people have not forgotten. India has, in fact, been at the forefront of international cooperation against the pandemic, including through sharing its massive vaccine production capacity with countries most in need. As President Emmanuel Macron said, “Solidarity is at the heart of the strategic partnership between France and India. A partnership between sovereign countries that have built an exceptional mutual trust and work together to enhance each other’s …

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Rapido partners with essential suppliers to aid last-mile delivery

As the ongoing lockdown restricts essential supplies for millions of Indians, Rapido has partnered with Zomato, Swiggy BigBasket. Delhivery, Grab, Xpressbees, and Udaan for last-mile delivery support Proful Lall, VP, Corporate Affairs, Rapido “As the nation fights its worst-ever pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions have been put in place to ensure the safety of citizens across the nation. As one of the largest mobility services in the country, Rapido has partnered with Zomato, Swiggy, BigBasket, Delhivery, Practo, Grab, Xpressbees, and Udaan, to support them with last-mile connectivity and deliveries of essentials to the people staying or nursing at home. These partnerships are live across Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Tirupati, and Guntur. Rapido is supporting these partners in the delivery of medicines, essential groceries, and food from restaurants, helping small-scale industries stock up their inventory, and finding more ways of contributing to the fight against COVID-19. We have undertaken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of our Captains and are proud of our on-ground COVID-19 Warriors working every day to ensure every citizen is staying home.”

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