Category Archives: Supply Chain

CMA CGM unveils container return incentive programme

To improve supply chain performance, CMA CGM has launched an industry first early container return incentive programme at the FMS terminal in Los Angeles and at its return locations in Dallas, Chicago, Memphis, and Kansas City. The 60-day incentive programme started on 16 May 2022 will continue until July 15 2022. “It will assist in putting back 43,000 dry containers into circulation within four days of pick-up. Clients are expected to receive a $300 credit per dry container returned to eligible locations during calendar days one to four. Followed by a calculation of incentive credits, which will be carried out on a weekly basis with a credit memo issued every 14 days to each applicable importer,” said a company release. Ed Aldridge, President, CMA CGM and APL North America, said, “We are committed to doing everything to increase the fluidity and velocity of America’s supply chain. Our new programme will result in an incentive credit for our importers, improve equipment availability for our exporters and expedite the flow of goods into and out of America’s heartland.”

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DHL Supply Chain expands India Fulfilment Network in Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai

With the focus on supporting growth of the Indian e-commerce ecosystem by expanding infrastructure and services, DHL Supply Chain has, after Bangalore, now expanded its India Fulfilment Network (IFN) to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and Delhi. The company has so far invested over INR 25 crores in capacity building through IFN. “The latest development is designed to be a launch pad curated for easing the B2C fulfilment process. It is a 360-degree supply chain solution for enterprises across sectors, allowing them to manage their fulfilment operations seamlessly in a fully online marketplace scenario. In addition to this, IFN also offers carrier agnostic transportation network linkages to brands and companies desiring to sell online, providing them with last mile delivery services to further bolster their independent dot.com models,” said an official release. Vikas Anand, Managing Director said, “Using IFN not only reduces delivery times, but also helps avoid long distance shipments across the country thus reducing CO2 emissions occurring from transport.”

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Pickrr to unveil 25 fulfillment centers by end of 2022

With an aim to expand its geographical presence, enable sellers to make swift deliveries to end-consumers, and to promote efficient last-mile deliveries, Pickrr is planning to unveil 25 new fulfillment facilities pan India. “Pickrr Plus Fulfillment centers are a network of tech-enabled establishments strategically positioned in the near vicinity of the end-consumer, enabling more than 90 per cent same-day deliveries at significantly lower freight costs,” said an official company statement. With new fulfillment centers, Pickrr wants to bridge the gap between D2C brands from their end-consumer regardless of the geographical distance. Gaurav Mangla, Co-Founder and CEO said, “The competition between digital-first businesses is increasing, and to build a competitive advantage, they need to serve their customers pan India, on time. By using Pickrr Plus fulfillment facilities, brands can associate with us and grow multi-fold by tapping a diverse range of untapped consumer pools and addressing all the last-mile barriers. Pickrr’s upcoming fulfillment centers will also help D2C brands make their customer experience more frictionless and establish a trust to gain their loyalty.”  

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LocoNav enabled Medallion Translinks to save Rs 7.25 crores in one year

LocoNav assisted logistics firm, Medallion Translinks, save more than Rs 7.25 crores in a year by deploying LocoNav’s fleet management and video safety solutions for its fleet of 170 vehicles. Pranjal Tulsiyan, Founder, Medallion Translinks, said, “Using LocoNav’s solutions gave us the confidence to diversify into a full-blown logistics business from being a traditional FMCG company. We have not only been able to reduce our costs significantly but also improve our fleet, driver, and cargo safety by using solutions such as e-locks and video dashcams. The solutions have enabled us to maintain a check on our drivers and prevent misuse of vehicles.”

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Continental Carriers wins ‘Most Dynamic Freight Forwarder During Pandemic’ Award

Leading Indian freight forwarder, Continental Carriers was honoured with the prestigious ‘Most Dynamic Freight Forwarder During Pandemic’ Award at the recently concluded India Cargo Awards, India’s topmost supply chain awards which helps create a platform to recognise those behind the success of the cargo and logistics industry. Continental Carriers received the accolade for its outstanding performance, proficiency in handling air cargo during COVID-19 and its contribution towards the global logistics and air cargo industry. The award was conferred to Vipin Vohra, Chairman, Continental Carriers Group of Companies by Amrit Lal Meena, Special Secretary (Logistics), Union Dept of Commerce and Piyush Srivastava, Senior Economic Advisor, MoCa at Crowne Plaza, New Delhi.

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Dachser revenue exceeds EUR 7 billion for the first time

Dachser increased its consolidated revenue by 26.0 percent to EUR 7.1 billion in FY 2021. After the lockdown-driven lateral detour of the previous year, the logistics service provider is back on a dynamic growth track. The positive outcome for 2021 is due to organic growth in shipments and tonnage of 6.3 percent, or 7.7 percent at the Group level. High freight prices, caused by the shortage of load capacity experienced by all carriers, set the seal on this jump in revenue. Burkhard Eling, CEO at Dachser said, “There’s no question that 2021 was exceptional in many ways, with some extreme challenges to overcome. It was marked by Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic, and global supply chains pushed to breaking point, all of which caused great uncertainty among our customers. Even in this situation, we managed to offer logistics solutions while still maintaining a high level of quality and service.”

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Logistics industry will be led by fleet technology in 2022

According to the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, India’s logistics sector is valued at $160 billion and employs over 22 million people directly. It is expected to grow at a 10% CAGR to $215 billion by 2022.Rudimentary methods of fleet management in today’s scenario are heavily impacting business efficiency as well as the safety of vehicles and drivers. Adoption of technology, especially AI and IoT, will have a transformative impact on the Indian logistics industry. The shift has already begun, with many companies introducing smart solutions to help fleet owners and operators manage their business efficiently. LocoNav offers a bespoke and comprehensive full-stack SaaS-based fleet technology solution that benefits several fleet owners and drivers across India and the world. Here is a detailed look into its Fleet Management Solution. LocoNav’s Fleet Management Solutions help fleet owners and operators run and manage their fleet in a safe and efficient manner. It can be used for all kinds of on-road vehicles such as cars, taxis, bikes, buses, trucks, ambulances, police vans, and even construction vehicles, helping fleet owners from different industries to keep track of their vehicles and stay on top of their business. It integrates over 2200 devices around the world and shares real-time alerts, rich analytics, customised reports, and more in a super easy-to-use interface which is available in over 14 languages such as English, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic, Spanish, etc. Here are the top 12 key features of the Fleet Management Solution offering: Vehicle tracking: With the help of a simple GPS tracker attached to the vehicle, fleet owners and operators can easily track the vehicle’s live location, speed, and distance covered on each and every trip. Fleet managers can …

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Locus listed in 2022 Gartner Market Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Tools

Locus, a global B2B SaaS logistics planning and dispatch optimization platform for last-mile delivery enterprises, announced its recognition as a Representative Vendor in the 2022 Gartner Market Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Tools. Gartner delivers actionable, objective insight to executives and their teams. “High-impact disruptions have made the structural design of networks and product flows harder to hold steady. The frequency with which organisations review the design of their supply chain networks has increased from being measured in multiples of years to months or even weeks, due to shifts in markets and consumer behavior.” Gartner said in the report. “A well-planned network design is indispensable for running frictionless last-mile deliveries. Given the growing complexities of modern supply chains, more brands are now rethinking their distribution networks. With ‘what if’ simulations and supply chain digital twin representations, we help enterprises design flexible and optimal distribution networks for the smooth flow of merchandise. Being listed as a representative vendor in the latest Gartner Market Guide is an absolute honour for us as we strive to make last-mile logistics effortless for enterprises across the globe with our tech,” Nishith Rastogi, CEO & Founder of Locus, said. Locus uses machine learning and proprietary algorithms to offer solutions like route optimization, real-time tracking, vehicle allocation, fleet utilization, insights and analytics.

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BLR Airport prepares for the return of international operations

With the resumption of international flights to and from India, the Bangalore International Airport (BLR Airport) has been witnessing 25 daily international departures, a significant increase from the earlier 10 per day. The airport has reinstated more than 90 per cent of routes compared to pre-COVID-19. With the gradual increase in international operations, BLR Airport’s route network is expected to be further enhanced with the resumption of routes and additional flights to cater to the demand.

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Second edition of Masterclass on Pharma Logistics to begin from Sept. 5

Following last year’s well-perceived first Masterclass on Pharma Logistics—an international joint initiative between the air cargo industry and world-renowned academic institutions—a second edition will take place from September 5 to 9, 2022 at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi. Apart from highlighting the current critical aspects of pharma logistics, this masterclass aims to create a unique opportunity for industry professionals to gain more in-depth knowledge, as well as for academics and Ph.D. students to obtain advanced insights into how pharmaceutical supply chains are organised and logistics processes are optimised through applied technology for the pharma and life science sectors.

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