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Virgin Atlantic partners with SkyCell for safe and secure shipment of pharma products worldwide

SkyCell has partnered with Virgin Atlantic to contribute to its safe, secure, and sustainable shipment of valuable vaccines and pharma products. Virgin Atlantic will use SkyCell containers covering the full range of biologics transit temperature requirements: -80°C, -25°C to -15°C, +2°C to +8°C, and up to +15°C to + 25°C. The partnership will give customers confidence that their pharmaceutical shipments will arrive at destination safely, as the innovative hybrid containers – which have an average runtime of 202 hours – have a failure rate of less than 0.1 per cent. This is compared to an industry standard failure rate of up to 12 per cent, which cost the pharma industry $34.1 billion in 2019 alone. SkyCell’s containers have a number of additional innovative features, including shock absorbent feet to reduce vibrations and double doors system to eliminate potential humidity damage to the cargo. These containers also save large amounts of CO2, thanks to their lightweight, environmentally friendly material, design and efficiency. This partnership will further enable Virgin Atlantic to deliver pharmaceuticals through its Pharma Secure service, which was introduced for all urgent, valuable, and vulnerable pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments last year. Meeting the rising needs for pharmaceutical and life science products, Virgin Atlantic together with SkyCell offers end-to-end compliance and assurance of vaccines and other vital medicines. Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, comments, “Our partnership with SkyCell takes our already well-established pharmaceutical offering to the next level. We want to offer our customers peace of mind so they can book confidently with us, knowing their precious cargo will arrive safely, securely, and on time. It will allow our customers to lease self-charging, temperature-controlled containers to boost …

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dnata obtains IATA’s ‘CEIV Fresh’ certification in Singapore

A global air services provider, dnata, has been awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Perishable Logistics (‘CEIV Fresh’) certification at Singapore Changi Airport for achieving the highest quality and standards in the temperature-controlled handling of perishable products, including fresh fruits, meat, fish, dairy and flowers. The transport of perishable goods by air increases constantly with growing consumer demand for healthy products all year round. The most important aspects of air transportation of perishables are time and temperature management to prevent food loss. The CEIV Fresh program meets these exacting requirements primarily based on the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) which combines professional regulatory and operational input from industry and government experts. Sam Gould, Head of Cargo – Singapore, dnata said, “There is an increasing demand for safe air transportation of temperature-sensitive goods. We constantly invest in infrastructure, training and process improvement to ensure that these delicate products reach the end-customer in perfect condition. IATA’s CEIV Fresh certification demonstrates the quality and reliability of our services, and supports Changi Airport’s positioning as the preferred cargo hub for time-, and temperature-sensitive shipments.” In addition to the CEIV Fresh certification, dnata holds IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (‘CEIV Pharma’) accreditation which demonstrates its ability to move pharmaceutical products under the strictest standards across its operations.

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SpiceJet, B Medical Systems to open pharma logistics centres at Indian airports

B Medical Systems, the Luxembourg-based pharma cold chain solutions provider, has signed up an agreement with SpiceXpress to open pharma logistics centres of excellence at Indian airports to facilitate transportation of vaccines, pharma preparation and biological specimens. B Medical Systems manufactures medical-grade vaccine refrigerators, laboratory freezers, ultra-low freezers, and transport boxes that can store and transport any vaccine in the temperature range of -86 °C to 8 °C. B Medical Systems has been working closely with governments across the world to strengthen their national vaccine cold chain for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine. Sanjiv Gupta, CEO, SpiceXpress, said, “For the first time that the cold chain industry can lease the boxes from the pharma logistics centre of excellence which will be operated by SpiceXpress. We have not only tied up with one of the world’s best companies to give the best packaging solution but also a very new concept to the Indian manufacturers to save money and time while using these packets.” B Medical Systems will provide medical-grade transport solutions to SpiceXpress for the transportation of the Covid-19 vaccine and various pharmaceutical preparations across the country. The collaboration also covers the opening of several pharma logistics centres of excellence across several airports in India. Jean Claude Kugener, the ambassador of Luxembourg to India, said “This new cooperation will strengthen our bilateral cooperation and contribute hugely to the strong partnership between both countries that the prime minister Narendra Modi and prime minister Xavier Bettel had highlighted during their bilateral virtual summit a few months ago.’’ Jesal Doshi, CEO of the B Medical Systems’ India operations, said, “We are excited that our transport boxes that are also manufactured in India will …

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Okinawa Autotech to supply electric two-wheelers for last mile delivery in association with Welectric

Okinawa Autotech has announced a strategic partnership with Welectric, a company engaged in the business of providing electric two wheelers on lease rental to various corporations and individuals. With this partnership, Okinawa and Welectric will collaborate to focus on working with companies involved in last mile delivery operations across India to help them switch their two wheeler delivery fleet to electric vehicles. Welectric already has a fleet of over 150 electric two-wheelers and plans to scale up its fleet to over 2,000 in the next 12 months. With this partnership, Welectric will procure electric scooters from Okinawa including the latest – Okinawa Dual – India’s first customisable B2B Electric two-wheeler – launched in January this year to propel ‘services on wheels’. This partnership will not only allow businesses to pledge for the environment and social responsibility by using electric vehicles instead of ICE ones but also result in reduced operating costs and improved employee riding convenience. Commenting on the partnership, Jeetender Sharma, MD & Founder, Okinawa Autotech, states “We are thrilled to partner with Welectric, a digital enabler in the sales, finance, maintenance, and aftermarket services for electric two-wheelers. With the rise of ecommerce and last-mile deliveries fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become imperative for businesses in the delivery segment to consistently innovate, reduce operational costs, and increase efficiency, especially amidst rising fuel prices. I believe that our electric two wheelers will be a superior solution and a good alternative to the people involved in the last mile delivery. This year, we are expecting a mass transition of two wheeler users to electric scooters and this partnership is one step ahead in this direction.” Vikas Jain, CEO & …

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Etrio partners with Zypp Electric to supply 3-wheelers for last-mile delivery, electrifying intra-city logistics

Etrio has joined hands with Zypp Electric to scale up the latter’s last-mile delivery with a 3-wheelers fleet. Under this association, 100 Etrio flagship brand Touro three-wheelers are going to be operational soon and this will scale up to 1000 three-wheelers in the next six to eight months. Zypp will deploy Etrio’s Touro Mini in Delhi NCR i.e Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad & Faridabad. This will further be bolstered by presence across geographies in India. Etrio will provide end-to-end service support through its dealer network along with a dedicated relationship manager for maximum uptime. Commenting on the announcement, Deepak MV, Co-founder & CEO, Etrio said, “Since the launch of Touro early this year, we have seen a phenomenal response coming in from both institutional and retail customers. Touro Mini sets a new standard in the e-rickshaw/ e-loader category and the positive feedback on the product has bolstered our efforts to build best-in-class products for the last-mile delivery market. Our association with Zypp Electric is a major stride in our mission to electrifying intra-city logistics. We are delighted to partner with Zypp Electric with this product offering and are committed to providing the best of service to upscale their three-wheeler fleet and to our overarching goal to become an undisputed market leader in this category.” Akash Gupta, Co-founder & CEO, Zypp Electric said, “Zypp is a leading and largest two-wheeler logistic brand, boosting last-mile deliveries through its robust fleet and cutting edge technology via App and dashboards to all its partners. Having said that, Zypp wanted to go a step further and do an alliance with a strong OEM in the three-wheeler segment where partnering with Etrio has been a great …

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Wan Hai Lines to launch weekly service between South China – Vietnam – West India

Wan Hai Lines has launched a new weekly service between South China – Vietnam and West India (China West India no.8, CI8), further expanding on its already extensive intra-Asia and West India network by. The service will be operated by WHL independently and is composed of four container vessels with a capacity of 2,100 TEU. The maiden voyage is scheduled to arrive in Hong Kong on April 30, 2021. The CI8 is the sole service in the market offering direct link between Vietnam and West India and shall provide clients with faster transit time and more service options. It will also strengthen Wan Hai Lines’ current service deployments to better serve customers’ needs. Port rotation of the service is as following: HONG KONG – NANSHA – CAI MEP – PORT KLANG NORTH PORT – NHAVA SHEVA – COLOMBO – PORT KLANG NORTH PORT – DA NANG – HAIPHONG – HONG KONG

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Dachser air & sea freight business saw growth of 5.2%, road business declines by 2.2%

Seeing a slight decrease of 0.9 per cent compared to the previous year, Dachser’s consolidated net revenue totaled EUR 5.61 billion. In contrast to the decline of 2.2 per cent in the road logistics business field, the air & sea logistics business field saw growth of 5.2 per cent. The business field benefited from having airfreight charter capacity of its own as well as from high freight rates for intercontinental transport. At the Group level, the number of shipments dropped by 2.5 per cent to 78.6 million, while tonnage fell by 2.9 per cent to 39.8 million metric tonnes. “We have delivered on our promise to be a rock of stability during the coronavirus crisis,” says, Burkhard Eling, CEO, Dachser. The compny kept its customers’ global supply chains running without interruption and came up with flexible solutions to capacity bottlenecks, particularly on intercontinental freight services. At the same time, the company provided the best possible protection for its employees’ health and supported its longstanding service partners in Europe. “Following a solid first quarter, the lockdowns in many European countries meant sometimes drastic declines in overland transport shipments,” says Eling. He adds, “There was a clear improvement by June, however, with volumes remaining more or less consistently above 2019 levels. Our business model has proved that it can withstand crises, at the same time boasting strong growth potential and adaptability.” Revenue at the air & sea logistics business field benefited from the shortages in air and sea freight capacity, and the corresponding rise in freight rates, throughout 2020. Buoyed by its activities in Asia, the business field upped its revenue by 5.2 per cent to a total of EUR 1.2 billion. …

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We should aim at US$ 350 billion exports in FY’22 to not only cover the lost ground but also help to move to double digit growth: President, FIEO

March exports showed a whopping double digit growth of almost 60.50 percent clocking US$ 34.45 billion compared to March 2020. Reacting to March 2021 export figures, Sharad Kumar Saraf, President, FIEO, said that the monthly exports showed a whopping double digit growth of almost 60.50 percent clocking US$ 34.45 billion compared to March 2020, showing not only impressive signs of further revival for the sector but for the overall economy as well. This has been mainly on account of 28 out of 30 major product groups of exports showing either a very impressive high positive growth starting with triple digit and almost all ending with a very high double digit growth defying all the odds during these difficult times. FIEO President added that the exports of other cereals, oil meals, iron ore, jute mfg. including floor covering, carpet, electronic goods, gems and jewellery, engineering goods, cereal preparations and miscellaneous processed item, rice, spices, cotton yarn/fabrics/made-ups, handloom products etc., meat, dairy and poultry products, ceramic products and glassware, drugs and pharmaceuticals, organic and inorganic chemicals, plastic and linoleum, handicrafts excl. Hand-made carpet, Marine products, Man-made yarn/fabrics/made-ups etc., Mica, coal and other ores, minerals including process, Petroleum products, RMG of All Textiles, Coffee, Fruits and vegetables, Leather and leather manufactures, Tobacco, and Tea were the sectors, which contributed towards showing such a whopping performance by the exports sector during the month. Such a whopping growth in exports during the month also helped in taking the merchandise exports to over USD 290 billion for FY 2020-21 during such difficult and torrid times, which was well forecasted by FIEO said Saraf. FIEO Chief also reiterated that the support and help provided by the Government …

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Cargoflash Infotech partners with EDIFly, enabling encrypted messaging for air cargo management solutions

CargoFlash Infotech has partnered with the Luxembourg-based EDIfly to provide innovative messaging software for aviation and logistics sectors. Starting April 2021, CargoFlash has embedded the technology of EDIfly into its cloud-based, digital platform to enable free, encrypted messaging for its air cargo management solutions. With this partnership, CargoFlash can now enable all users of the advanced EDIfly technology to benefit from the free, web-based exchanges with stakeholders in ground handling and warehouse management, airline trucking, forwarding, logistics, cargo community systems and even governments, for that matter. The implementation is completely seamless for CargoFlash’s clients as EDIfly relies on the same IATA addresses, already in use by the legacy aviation messaging providers, including SITA and ARINC. With this recent association, EDIfly shall add value to the exchanges of CargoFlash’s communication as there is an instant proof-of-delivery through a digital signature, allowing complete process control for its business partners. Conceptualised by a team of air cargo domain’s veterans and experts, having over 500 years of combined experience, the next-generation ‘nGen’ by CargoFlash is an end-to-end air cargo management system delivering solutions to the global aviation cargo industry. Through the ‘nGen’, the company caters solutions to airline carriers, GHAs, GSSAs and forwarders. ‘nGen’ provides instant, integrated and seamless solutions to the Air Cargo industry for reservation, revenue management and accounting, D2D and warehouse management. “Some clients on the comprehensive nGen management platform by CargoFlash work without a connection to legacy Type B providers while relying on the global IATA messaging standards and end-to-end encryption instead of using unsecured email for mission-critical communication. With the quick implementation and seamless integration, we aim to rapidly spread the disruptive concept that EDIfly can bring to the …

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DB Schenker & Antonov move 82 tonnes of pharmaceutical equipment from Frankfurt to Chicago, building up vaccine production capacities

DB Schenker has transported equipment for a vaccine filling line this week, on behalf of US-based healthcare company Nexus pharmaceuticals. With a total volume of 82 tons, it was necessary to charter an Antonov An-124 aircraft for the flight from Frankfurt-Hahn in Germany to Chicago-Rockford in the US. The transported material comprised of a vaccine filling machine with isolator from the German specialized engineering companies Bausch + Stroebel and Franz Ziel. Once the production line is operational, it has the capability to produce up to 30 million doses of vaccines per month. The design and fabrication of the machine already began years before the pandemic. Thorsten Meincke, Member of the Management Board for Air and Ocean Freight, DB Schenker, says, “With our expertise in intercontinental transports, we want to support the global fight against the pandemic by building up vaccine production capacities where possible. More than ever, logistics truly matters. We are proud to be able to realize short-term air freight solutions for our customers even in times of limited market capacities.” John Cook, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations of Nexus Pharmaceuticals, adds, “Nexus Pharmaceuticals is keenly aware of the need for an increase in global vaccine production capabilities and as such has aggressively taken steps to address the situation. The filling line and associated isolator represent critical pieces and their arrival is the culmination of Nexus’ commitment to addressing medical needs during the pandemic. Nexus’ investment with DB Schenker’s tremendous support was instrumental in the fast-tracking of the commissioning of our state-of-the-art sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.” From the two companies’ locations in Ilshofen and Billerbeck, DB Schenker transported the equipment to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport from where an Antonov An- 124 …

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