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Stellar Value Chain deploys reefer trucks to shuttle oxygen & vaccine to hospitals, creates 1.5 million sq ft warehousing space

As the country is reeling under acute oxygen shortage amid rising number of Covid-19 cases, Stellar Value Chain Solutions has set aside 1.5 million square feet of warehousing space and transportation services to beef up the supply of the life-saving element to hospitals on cost-free basis. The lion’s share of the warehousing space will come up in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore and in other metro/mini metro cities. Stellar Value Chain Solutions will also provide its fleet of refrigerated trucks for transporting Covid-19 vaccines besides facilitating storage of oxygen cylinders, oxygen equipment and oxygen concentrators forgoing the entire cost. The company has warehousing space across the country and robust express, less-than-truckload and temperature-controlled transportation infrastructure, which the company has decided to press into service for the nation. “In this moment of crisis, we stand by the country and volunteer our warehouses and transportation services for the fight against Covid-19. Saving the lives of our fellow citizens is the utmost priority for us at the moment. Even as the healthcare system is doing its best to fight the pandemic, corporates like us have to do our bit for the nation in such an unprecedented crisis. A number of large corporates are coming forward to reconfigure their manufacturing processes to produce more medical oxygen. We are coming forward to provide free of cost storage and transportation of all Covid related requirements such as Vaccines, Oxygen Cylinders, Oxygen concentrators, Mattresses, Beds and Other Medical Equipments” said Anshuman Singh, Chairman and MD, Stellar Value Chain Solutions.

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Cathay Pacific Cargo sets new standard for shipments with IATA ONE Record

Cathay Pacific Cargo has taken a significant step towards the end-to-end digitisation of the global supply chain by taking the lead in its third pilot of IATA’s ONE Record initiative in Hong Kong. The success of this pilot marks a major milestone for Cathay Pacific Cargo, which has pioneered the implementation of this initiative. Tom Owen, Director – Cargo, Cathay Pacific, says, “ONE Record is a very important programme, which is going to set the future standard for air cargo.” IATA ONE Record creates a ‘virtual shipment record’ for all shipments; a single-record view of a shipment that will enable data to be shared by all stakeholders across the air cargo industry. The programme builds on paperless operations of the e-AWB (Electronic Air Waybill). Cathay Pacific Cargo was the first airline to implement 100 per cent e-AWB operations in its home market and the airline has been the leader in its implementation around the world for the past 10 years, contributing to Hong Kong’s reputation as the leading international air cargo hub. IATA’s ONE Record initiative enables end-to-end transparency of consignments as they pass through multiple links in the chain from shipper to agent, airline, warehouse and statutory authorities such as customs, all following IATA’s protocols for APIs – the interface that enables users to connect to the system – security and data sharing. Henk Mulder, Head of Digital Cargo, IATA, adds, “The ultimate aim of the ONE Record programme is to enable a data-led digitisation of the global supply chain in order to improve service, speed and reliability, through the standardisation of competing or overlapping systems of the different stakeholders in the air cargo industry into one of shared …

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DB Schenker to roll out 25 new electric trucks and vans, aims to make Co2-free deliveries in Norway

DB Schenker proclaims the ambitious goal of zero-emission deliveries for its city distribution operations in all major Norwegian cities by the end of 2021. This objective has already been achieved for Oslo with the establishment of the Oslo City Hub. It is the world’s first green distribution center of its kind, and 100 % of the local delivery vehicles have been changed from Diesel- to Electric drive. The company has invested in a new electric vehicle fleet and is rolling out 25 new additional electric trucks and vans throughout the country this spring. The electric fleet will then consist of a total of 42 electric trucks and five electric bicycles that will contribute to a significant Co2 reduction of 1,500 tons per year in Norway. The investment in sustainable urban distribution will continue throughout 2021 until DB Schenker reaches its target of 100 per cent electric distribution in all major Norwegian cities. The electric vehicle fleet is part of the DB Schenker Group’s global target of 100 per cent emission-free city distribution operations by 2030. DB Schenker is also following its own example from Norway by rolling out an increasing number of electric vehicles in many European cities.

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Gateway Distriparks records highest ever monthly throughput of 26,426 TEUs in rail container business

Gateway Distriparks has announced its audited financial results for the quarter and Financial Year ended March 31, 2021. In March’21, rail container business recorded highest ever monthly throughput of 26,426 TEUs. Q4 consolidated EBITDA up 41 per cent YoY from Rs69.5 crore to Rs 98.1 crore and Q4 consolidated PAT up 299 per cent from 11.7 crore to 46.6 crore. The net debt reduced by Rs237 crore in FY21 to Rs 444 crore. The revival in the EXIM trade has been much faster than anticipated. In Q3FY21, the company witnessed a sharp recovery in its overall volumes for both our CFS and Rail Container business. The CFS business recorded peak throughput of 33,793 TEUs in month of March 2021 for the year whereas the Rail container business recorded highest ever monthly throughput of 26,426 TEUs in the month of March 2021, thus surpassing previous all-time high throughput of 25,676 TEUs recorded in December 2020. Commenting on the performance, Prem Kishan Dass Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director, comments, “The growth momentum we had gathered in Q3 has continued in Q4 as well. H1FY21 was impacted by COVID-19-linked disruptions, however as the year went on, we could see volumes bounce back month over month and reach a new all-time high. The 306-km long Rewari-Madar section of the WDFC (Western Dedicated Freight Corridor) was inaugurated in the first week of January 2021. The WDFC will bring in a lot of operating efficiency at our 4 owned ICDs in the North-West corridor leading to further improvement in service quality for our customers. The trials on the next section of Madar to Palanpur which will connect Mundra and Pipavav have already started and is expected …

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LogiNext plans to deliver oxygen cylinders, service to go live by early next week

Sharing his comments on the works LogiNext is doing to give oxygen supply a boost, Dhruvil Sanghvi, CEO, LogiNext, says, “While there is a fair supply of oxygen that exists, there is a disconnect when it comes to distribution chains. That said, there are proactive steps being taken to mobilise delivery partners for this purpose. The startup community in Mumbai has reached out to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to offer logistics support for oxygen delivery. LogiNext is in the process of launching a service in collaboration with over 50 delivery platforms in the country to help deliver oxygen cylinders, which should be ready to go live by early next week. The service will integrate an oxygen delivery option in addition to the regular delivery requirements that the platforms address.”

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SpiceJet airlifts 800 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong to Delhi

Amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic which has resulted in an acute shortage of oxygen in the country, SpiceXpress has airlifted 800 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong to Delhi via Kolkata for emergency use and distribution across the country. Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet, said, “SpiceJet is firmly committed to the service of our fellow Indians in these most trying and difficult times. Along with SpiceHealth, we have airlifted 800 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong for emergency use in India and we are looking at bringing more than 10,000 oxygen concentrators in the coming days from across the globe.” “We carried medicines and medical equipment and fruits and vegetables to all corners of India and the world when the pandemic hit us last year helping our country and our fellow citizens when they needed it the most and we will continue to serve with the same vigour. We have transported a record 88,802 kg of Covid vaccine shipment with a total dosage of 34 million Covid vaccines between January 12-April 12, 2021 and our efforts will only grow stronger from here.” SpiceHealth, a healthcare company launched by the promoters of SpiceJet, has been actively involved in the country’s fight against Covid-19. Since its launch in November 2020, SpiceHealth has conducted more than two million RT-PCR tests and has spread its operations across fives states – Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand.

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Gati-KWE offers deferred service options to help SMEs save on last mile distribution spend

Gati-KWE has upgraded its logistics solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by integrating a gamut of useful customised and solutions-based offerings. The company is also intensifying its reach among SMEs in metros as well as in tier-2 and 3 cities. Apart from offering technologically advanced domestic air and surface logistics solutions for the SMEs, as a part of its latest service offerings, Gati-KWE has launched deferred service offerings for companies with low bandwidth of last mile distribution spend but are willing to compromise on TAT. For SMEs catering to multi brand outlets (MBOs), the express logistics major has introduced seamless and tech-enabled multi-location pickup services which can be accessed through ‘Genie’, a WhatsApp chatbot (+91 74000 12000) offering instant assistance or customer portal on GatiKWE.com. “We have always been an SME-centric organization and witnessed a significant growth in this segment. Our deeper engagement with the SME sector has actually propelled us to expand our network and operational reach through continuous addition of OU (operating units) and channel partners. SMEs have emerged as the engine of growth for the economy. Thanks to the growing internet penetration, the geographical periphery of the potential markets of the number of SMEs is always increasing, so is the growth potential. Our tech-driven logistic solutions have been helping new-age growth-focused SMEs develop a well spread-out distribution network across India to scale businesses sustainably and grow exponentially. To make our services more impactful, we are customising our services as per the specific requirements of SMEs from tier 2, 3 cities, and beyond with the same vigour as that for a key account in a metro location,” said Manish Jain, National Head-SME, Gati-KWE. The SMEs have been …

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DACHSER builds new warehouse in Memmingen, provides space for 52,000 pallets of non-chilled food and food packaging

DACHSER is expanding its Allgäu logistics center with high-bay storage for non-chilled food and food packaging. The company is investing some EUR 25 million in the project. Designed for sustainable operations, the new warehouse is due to open in summer 2022. “Now is the time for us to invest in the largest expansion of our Allgäu logistics center to date,” Thomas Henkel, Branch Manager said at the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony, in adding, “Our existing customers are growing at a rate of about 5 per cent a year and they need more storage space. We also want to create capacity for new customer business.” Covering an area of just 7,500 m2 but at 32 meters tall, the new high-bay storage facility will provide space for 52,000 pallets of non-chilled food and food packaging. The warehouse is fully automated and designed to store fast-moving products from different customers with a high percentage of full pallets. Around 5,000 pallets a day will be stored or withdrawn from stock via 22 loading and unloading gates for trucks and over a handling area of around 2,600 m2. Installed conveyor systems will, for the most part, automate this process. On the upper level above the loading area, 2,300 m2 will be available for manual picking and finishing operations. A total of 40 employees from the Memmingen branch will work in the new high-bay warehouse. “Intelligent automation technology relieves employees – our scarcest and most valuable resource – of much of the manual storage or withdrawal work, so they can concentrate on value-added services that are more demanding,” explains Stefan Hohm, DACHSER’s Chief Development Officer who is in charge of worldwide contract logistics at the company. Climate-friendly …

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Kuehne Nagel marks strong growth in Q1, high demand for sea and air logistics services

Kuehne+Nagel’s start to the 2021 business year was marked by a strong demand in transport services, especially for pharma and e-commerce fulfilment. Kuehne+Nagel achieved an excellent result in this environment; net turnover of over CHF 6 billion, EBIT of CHF 431 million and earnings for the period of CHF 318 million were all significantly higher year-on-year. Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, says, “Exactly one year ago, when we were still at the beginning of the pandemic, we decided to commit to our proven strategy. Upon reflection, we are assured that we chose the correct path. In the first quarter of 2021, we were well-prepared to serve our customers’ robust demand for high quality logistics services despite the tense market environment. We expect this environment to remain challenging for the remainder of another atypical year.” Sea Logistics The positive profit trend reversal in Sea Logistics, already noted in the second half of 2020, continued in the first quarter of 2021. Kuehne+Nagel delivered intensified service to meet exceedingly high customer demands particularly in the US, in an environment of limited container capacities, reduced terminal productivity and increasing demand. Volume growth was particularly strong in the consumer goods segment. Container volumes in the first quarter of 2021 were up 2% year-on-year at 1.1 million TEU, despite a decline in recyclables demand. The unit’s net turnover was nearly CHF 2.4 billion and EBIT CHF 206 million. The conversion rate reached a record high of 42.7%. With a new alert feature in the online Seaexplorer platform, Sea Logistics customers are informed promptly about irregularities in container transport. This transparency proved particularly helpful to remedy disrupted supply chains during the Suez …

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Ministry of Road Transport publishes draft standard for Road-Train, reduces logistics cost

To revolutionise the transport of goods and reduce the overall logistic costs, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highway (MoRTH) has hosted the draft on the Automotive Industry Standards Committee and has amended AIS-113 Standard to include the safety requirements of Road-Trains. The standards have been prepared after examining European benchmarks, keeping in mind Indian operating conditions. “These standards shall pave the way for a breakthrough intervention for fast and efficient movement of goods along the long-distance freight corridors,” said the ministry. For the unversed, Road-Train is a motor vehicle wherein the traction is provided by the puller, which is connected to a serial combination of trailers or semi- trailers. These shall ply on select stretches to reduce congestion, save fuel and reduce noise & air pollution. The Automotive Industry Standards Committee has representatives from the relevant Ministries, Testing Agencies, Industry stakeholders, BIS etc. The amended standard AIS-113 (Code of Practice for Type Approval of Trailers / Semi-trailers of categories T2, T3 and T4 being towed by Motor Vehicles of categories N2 and N3) has been published for invitation of public comments, after which it shall be notified in due course.

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