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  K+N and On Running Mark Ground-breaking for New Luxembourg Hub




Kuehne + Nagel held the ground-breaking ceremony of a new contract logistics centre in Luxembourg. The event also marked the ten year contract extension between Kuehne + Nagel and On AG, a cooperation that started in 2010.

The new contract logistics centre, due to open in the second half of 2020, will serve On as its advanced European distribution centre for both off- and online channels and will play an important role in the rapid international expansion of the Swiss company specialized in performance running shoes.

”In view of the increasing demand for pan-European e-fulfillment services for dynamically growing companies like On, Kuehne + Nagel is positioning itself as an integrated logistics provider in Europe. Kuehne + Nagel’s innovative and digital solutions are key to meet this increasing demand,” says Tobias Jerschke, Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel BeLux. Marc Maurer, COO of On AG, adds: ”On is gaining more fans faster than ever before.

On’s supply chain capabilities are essential to the success of the company and we are happy to lay the foundation for future growth. Kuehne + Nagel’s new logistics centre in Luxembourg will play an important role for our European demand, so that we can continue to deliver happiness to all our B2B partners and B2C customers.”

The new state-of-the-art facility is ideally located in Luxembourg, within close proximity to highways and airports which enables fast access to all European destinations. With 20 loading bays, the total warehouse capacity built will be 20,000 m² and is extendable up to 30,000 m². An advanced three-level storage and handling area will support the picking, packing and high-speed sorting of the shoes.

Once completed, Kuehne + Nagel will leverage the new hub to offer even more customers its proven end-to-end expertise, especially in the area of e-commerce. The main focus lies on consumer and industrial goods as well as spare parts.

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| DATE : 2019.09.17

  OOCL Introduces New Advances to MyOOCLReefer Services




Building on top of an exceptional service when it was first launched in 2011, OOCL’s latest offering comes in the form of a significant advancement in upgrading the MyOOCLReefer (MOR) service by leveraging the latest technologies in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile and telematic devices to bring an unprecedented level of transparency, visibility and convenience to shippers when managing their reefer cargo shipments with us.

This level of access to information on the container can greatly help shippers in their cargo protection and inventory management process. At sea, the real-time monitoring of the shipment’s schedule and substantially more accurate Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) can give shippers more control over the supply chain where timing of their products to shelf is of paramount importance.

On land, customers will appreciate the AI’s constant oversight on possible deviations to the container’s reefer settings where they can immediately take recovery action to any major impact affecting the cost, profit margin and market value of the shipment.

“OOCL has a very comprehensive network covering many major produce trading regions and we have recently extended our network to serve the Latin American and African markets as part of our focus on growth in these sectors,” said Mr. Andy Tung, Co-Chief Executive Officer of OOCL. “An increasing amount of our reefer business is related to temperature-sensitive cargo.

In response to the rapid growth in this trade as well as demand for quality services, we recently invested in the purchase of 4,500 new reefer containers to modernize our fleet, technological upgrades to our MOR services, and resources to train our reefer professionals to ensure OOCL delivers on that mark of quality.”

Meeting customers’ MOR shipment needs has never been more effective and easier when useful information such as the container’s real-time location, both on land and at sea, as well as visibility over temperature, humidity and other atmospheric data are right at their fingertips, anytime, anywhere. Much of the technological advancement supporting MOR’s container tracking capability at sea has in large part been a result of a close collaboration with software solutions provider CargoSmart, a sister company of OOCL.

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| DATE : 2019.09.17

  ONE Further Expands Refrigerated Container Fleet




Ocean Network Express (ONE) is expanding its current refrigerated container (reefer) fleet of 240,000 TEU by adding another 6000 (40” HC) units, including 500 units equipped with advanced Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology which slows down the respiration and ripening process to maximize the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

These reefer containers will be made available for accepting new bookings towards end of the year to meet reefer peak season global demand around the world.

ONE has one of the largest, state of the art reefer fleet in the world, equipped with the most advanced technologies designed to handle perishable cargo demand. With this new investment of 6000 reefer units, coming on the heels of last year’s industry leading procurement of 14,000 units, ONE demonstrates its strong commitment to meet growing demand for containerized reefer trade, which remains strongly augmented by expansion of middle class in Asia constantly demanding healthy food choices. I

n 2019 so far, the growth in global refrigerated container trade has outperformed the growth in global container trade and ONE expects the growth momentum to be maintained for remaining months of the year.

ONE is currently working towards the application of latest IoT technology into its fleet of reefer containers which allows real time visibility of critical information such as temperature, humidity inside the container, thereby enhancing value chain proposition of perishable trade.

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| DATE : 2019.09.17

  CEVA Logistics Expands its Presence in Ho Chi Minh City




CEVA Logistics today officially opened its new facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, doubling the size of its local operation. CEVA’s new facility, strategically located close to the two cargo terminals of the country‘s busiest airport Tan Son Nhat International, and a short drive from the container port of Cat Lai will enable CEVA Logistics to further develop its best-in-class services in Vietnam.

CEVA has a long-established presence in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City and in the capital city of Hanoi serving one of the most dynamic and fast-growing markets in East Asia. In line with the country‘s economic growth over the last two years, CEVA‘s own business has grown rapidly in both freight management and contract logistics and with increasing customer demand across the board making the move to newer, larger premises essential.

The World Bank is indeed predicting that Vietnamese economic growth will continue to be around the 6.5% per annum mark in coming years, particularly as a result of the free trade agreements (FTAs) which Vietnam signed with the European Union and the USA in 2016. The agreements include abolishing certain customs duties and creating easier market access. This makes Vietnam an even more attractive production country for many companies.

Vietnam’s remarkable development record along with its enhanced ability to connect with the world’s biggest economies, makes it an ideal import\export hub and a strategic destination for companies looking to build manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia.

Nicolas Sartini, Chief Executive Officer, CEVA Logistics said: “With CEVA’s demonstrated competencies in air, ocean and ground already well established, our flexible business model has also enabled us to move quickly to tap into Vietnam’s new opportunities for growth. Thanks to our dedicated staff, our long experience, and now our expanded footprint, we are ready to help our customers grow their operations in Vietnam and beyond.”

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| DATE : 2019.09.10

  First Aerial Vehicle Prototypes for Aerospace Group FACC Transported




Global freight forwarding and logistics company DSV Panalpina is transporting some futuristic freight autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) for moving people or goods efficiently in cities.

Under a partnership between Austrian aerospace group FACC and Chinese technology company EHang, specialists transported the first prototypes by air freight, also taking care of customs brokerage and last-mile delivery.

Flying to work could become a reality in the next years, thanks to autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) or air taxis that help relieve traffic congestion in cities by using airspace as a “third dimension” for transport in urban areas.

AAVs are environmentally friendly: they are electric-driven using high-performance batteries with short charging times. EHang, the Chinese technology company specializing in air mobility that built the world’s first electric AAV, offers one-seat and two-seat models. Weighing between 300 and 360 kg, these can take maximum payloads between 440 and 620 kg, and reach speeds of up to 130 km/h.

AAVs need minimal space for take-off and landing. Besides transporting people or goods, these auto-pilot vehicles can be used to fly emergency goods or to perform high-risk operations in the event of environmental catastrophes. Paired with fast computers and big data, they promise a smart and viable solution for low-airspace, short-distance urban mobility within and between cities.

EHang entered into a strategic partnership at the end of 2018 with the leading Austrian aerospace group FACC, under which the AAVs will be optimised and made ready for serial production. A total of 300 aerial vehicles will be produced until the end of 2020 at FACC. DSV Panalpina has been tasked with transporting the first prototypes by air freight, including customs brokerage and last-mile delivery.

The business relations of former Panalpina with FACC go back to 15+ years. The first AAV prototype was transported in October 2018 and the freight forwarder’s teams have been helping to move them from Hong Kong airport to Linz, Austria.

The outlook for air mobility is promising. As the population of the world’s cities keeps growing, it is projected that 5.2 billion people will live in urban regions by 2050, about one billion more than today. The proportion of urban dwellers will then be 68 percent of the world’s population, meaning that people will be affected by space constraints and traffic congestion on the roads each day.

Taking to the air and flying to work could be the next smart and sustainable solution for urban mobility. Demand for aerial vehicles is expected to soar to EUR 32 billion over the next decade, according to the Aerospace & Defense Radar report by consultancy firm Roland Berger.

< Korea Shipping Gazette >    
| DATE : 2019.09.10

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