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  1. Finnair Cargo has appointed Air Logistics China as its general sales and service agent (GSSA) in Mainland China. The Air Logistics Group company started working with Finnair Cargo in Nanjing on 1 August, and the agreement in Guangzhou, Xi’an and Chongqing will be effective from 1 September. Finnair Cargo sales director for Asia, Tomi Asikainen says: “We are very excited about our new co-operation in mainland China with Air Logistics Group. Finnair Cargo continues to develop its presence and services in Mainland China and in Asia, and Air Logistics Group have a strong team and resources which are being made available to our clientele there.” The airline has also appointed Global Aviation Services as its GSSA in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The agreement is in place for Global Aviation Services to provide cargo sales, marketing, customer service, administration and operational support in the two countries. Source
  2. The word “visibility” is commonly used in the supply chain world, and a lot of software companies are already addressing it. But it’s also one of the most targeted needs in blockchain logistics applications, along with traceability. They’re words that blockchain companies are touting as they begin rolling out pilots. The supply chain is ripe for blockchain, a decentralized digital ledger which tracks information in protected blocks. An average shipment can move between 30 different organizations, with more than 200 communications during its route. Given a supply chain’s complexity and that many of the involved companies don’t have compatible software, delays along the chain are common, and it may be difficult to know the location’s holdup. “I see blockchain as a game changer,” Brian Reed, a supply chain and blockchain consultant told Supply Chain Dive. From the biggest noise perspective, “IBM is enabling the largest amount of action,” Reed said. And it’s not being done alone — each initiative has a partner. IBM has over 400 blockchain projects using Hyperledger Fabric. This year, IBM is making news with a Maersk collaboration, developing a global trade platform for the shipping ecosystem. From end-to-end visibility throughout the supply chain to specific functions, these three blockchain applications, along with IBM, are looking to address the logistics issues. ShipChain The big idea Like the IBM/Maersk collaboration, ShipChain wants end-to-end visibility, theirs on one platform and including all shipping modalities. “Not everybody is tracking the package from the manufacturer to the customer’s front door. Different companies are focused on solving different problems,” said Cherie Aimée, ShipChain’s director of communications. ShipChain’s Track and Trace product executes smart contracts between shippers and carriers. They work on the Ethereum blockchain, using individually encrypted geographic waypoints, so that only the parties involved in that shipment have visibility. The main blockchain documents completed contracts, after delivery and confirmation. ShipChain’s goals are to enhance transaction time, reduce fraud and theft, and eliminate freight broker fees, thus reducing cost. Blockchain status They’re building their system and recruiting large corporations as their first users. “We are in this to really disrupt a massive industry and these things take time,” Aimée said. They’re testing as they go, doing a pilot with Perdue Farms. Challenges Companies like ShipChain are smaller than IBM, but gaining traction. “These guys are going to have the harder battle. They’ve got to have a solution that’s outstanding and completely different than everyone else, whereas IBM walks in with the name,” said Reed. Tokens ShipChain introduced SHIP tokens, sold to pre-sale participants, which can be used to for its programs requiring token payment, and for its driver rewards. Modum The big idea Modum, a Swiss company, provides data integrity for pharmaceutical companies. It is platform agnostic and uses smart contracts and external sensors to track environmental conditions for pharmaceutical products while in transit, and to verify the data when executing the smart contracts. While the sensors could eventually be used in other industries, Modum is focusing on pharmaceuticals, to help with regulatory compliance in the European Union, which requires proof that the products were maintained in certain conditions during transport. Blockchain status Swiss Post, Switzerland’s national postal service, announced recently that they would use Modum to deliver its pharmaceutical packages and other types of temperature-controlled products. Challenges This type of company “extends the solution into the hardware side,” said Reed. Requiring the sensors makes adoption more difficult. The idea of blockchain is being decentralized, flexible and interoperable with different players and technologies. “The more you focus it down, using only specific applications, you’re restricting your success.” Tokens The company sold MOD tokens, which are used by buyers for profit sharing, not for use on the blockchain. 300Cubits The big idea Using the Ethereum platform and smart contracts, Hong Kong-based 300Cubits aims to reduce cargo rollovers and no shows. Shippers and carriers agree to a TEU token deposit, forfeited if either side doesn’t meet their end of the contract. When Supply Chain Dive talked with 300Cubits last year, the start-up was still developing its contracting software and selling and distributing tokens. The booking deposit system had a few live pilot tests this spring, and the booking system went live in June. Challenges Reed questions whether blockchain and tokens are necessary for this type of system. “A lot of times you can get the same solution without blockchain. You can have auto payment on a procurement event, or a fines and fees angle, which is what (300Cubits) chose.” Tokens They’re distributing proprietary TEU tokens to industry users at no cost through July. The takeaway for supply chain leaders is to start learning. Companies like ShipChain know that technology like this takes time to develop and even longer to gain acceptance. Just like with the internet boom, once the momentum gets going, some companies will take off while others falter. As for which ones will succeed? “We won’t know the answer for another seven or eight years,” Reed said. Source
  3. Aug 23, 2018: Logistics services provider the RhenusGroup has opened its new subsidiary in New Zealand – Rhenus Logistics NZ. The first business site commences operation in Auckland on August 20, 2018. Rhenus Logistics NZ will provide comprehensive international and domestic logistic solutions as well as customs consultancy with a strong focus on the customer experience offering both 4PL & 5PL solutions. The Rhenus Group is aiming to expand its services in Oceania through its first branch in New Zealand. “Despite New Zealand’s geographical distance between supply point and customer markets and the challenges this creates from an international logistics perspective, New Zealand remains a leading supplier for both the global dairy and agriculture industries. New Zealand commodities within these industries are seen as premium products, along with its clean, green image,” says Mark Harrison, managing director of Rhenus Logistics NZ, who brings 25 years of experience in the NZ transport industry. The focus will be on the imports from both the Asian and European markets, given the high demand for products into New Zealand from these origins. The Trans-Tasman market between Australia and New Zealand will also be a key market. “We’ve been investing in the expansion of our network in the Asia-Pacific region for several years. We took over the Australian company O’Brien Logistics about one year ago and integrated it within the Rhenus Group. We’ve also opened many new business sites, for example in South Korea, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and in the Philippines,” adds Jan Harnisch, CEO Far East Asia. Source:
  4. Aug 17, 2018: In a recent move in July, Yusen Logistics (China) has launched an emergency arrangement service targeting air freight cargo arriving in Guangzhou, China. After arriving at Guangzhou airport, cargo will be collected from airport terminal within 6 hours as a minimum lead-time so as to provide customers swift import service. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is one of the three largest airports in China, ranking after Shanghai and Beijing. In April 2018, Guangzhou Terminal 2 started operation. And it is expected to be a hub linking various areas of China with different regions in the world. “With volume handling capacity increase hugely in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, it usually takes at least one day after arrival at the local airport to collect consolidated cargo. To achieve special requests for urgent cargoes, we established a special team in Guangzhou and launched an emergency order service that gives priority to import declarations. This will enable us to pick up cargo from the terminal within six hours after cargo arrival at Guangzhou airport,” stated Yusen Logistics through a statement. Going forward, Yusen Logistics will continue to provide bespoke supply chain logistics. https://www.stattimes.com/yusen-logistics-launches-express-air-cargo-service-in-guangzhou-china
  5. Forwarders are set to benefit as the air cargo industry slowly – but surely – moves towards digitisation. Yesterday, Lufthansa Cargo, one of the more technologically innovative carriers, announced a partnership with booking platform Freightos. This means forwarders will be able to view, instantly, a contracted price online and secure the capacity via connectivity between the carrier’s application programming interface and Freightos’ WebCargo product. The service, which is expected to cut transit time and cost, is first being rolled out in Europe, but will be expanded globally in the coming months. Röhlig Logistics joined the pilot programme earlier this year and said it was a useful tool. “The new functionality enables rapid quoting and booking of our shipments. Röhlig Logistics customers benefit through improved information flow and handling of their consignments. We are happy that we joined the pilot and look forward to extending this service further within our network.” Lufthansa Cargo said it was prioritising technology initiatives. “Through Lufthansa Cargo web service, we are driving the digitisation of our industry to offer our customers and partners a convenient and fast digital interface to our products and services,” said CEO Peter Gerber. Freightos WebCargo enables real-time pricing, capacity and e-booking for airlines that have the necessary digital capabilities. If capacity is unavailable, the system also supports manual online ad hoc pricing. Together, this means faster air freight, claimed Freightos. “Everyone’s talking about air cargo digitisation, but for most it’s just talk,” said Zvi Schrieber, CEO. “It’s fantastic to partner with a forward-looking airline like Lufthansa Cargo for this quantum leap in cargo booking. “The result of on-demand booking is that goods will move faster, with up to a day shaved off transit time, and tens of dollars saved per shipment.” Lufthansa is not the only carrier hoping to woo customers with technology. Air France-KLM Cargo has announced that pharmaceutical customers can now get quotations, book and receive information throughout the shipment process with its digital platform, myCargo. While the platform is already available for general cargo, it has been developed to help pharmaceutical customers track the current temperature of a shipment, the battery level in dry ice units and the voltage in active containers at ‘contact points’ in the airlines’ two hubs, as well as origin and destination. The airline said it would also “roll out an important tool to make our capabilities more visible for customers by the end of the year”. https://theloadstar.co.uk/forwarders-set-reap-rewards-benefit-lufthansa-af-klm-go-digital/
  6. Panalpina, the Swiss freight forwarding and logistics company, has opened a new, purpose-built logistics center in Singapore. Strategically located at Pioneer View, the new facility is constructed over six floors and offers 25,800 m2 of usable warehouse space, which is equivalent to 3.5 FIFA-standard football pitches. Speaking at the official opening of the facility, Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen said: “Singapore is a very important consolidation hub for ocean and air freight. The nation-state is investing in the expansion of its ports, and a fifth runway is under construction at Changi Airport.” He also stressed that 96 of Panalpina’s top 100 global customers have a base in Singapore. Against this backdrop, Panalpina plans to offer Air and Ocean Freight services including value-added logistics services to companies, particularly in the energy, healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, consumer and retail, as well as fashion industries. The majority of the space of the multi-purpose facility is already rented out to customers, and Stefan Karlen was keen to underline the importance of technologies to the Singapore facility, as well as to the company as a whole. Panalpina plans to test and use many new technologies in Singapore, including the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, and various automation systems. The new facility could also run 3D printers on behalf of customers, meaning it could one day become a hub for distributed manufacturing.
  7. CEVA Logistics has completed Phase One of a major global inbound aero logistics project for Rolls-Royce to manage shipments of aerospace parts for its civil and defence divisions. Over 1,200 shipments per week weighing on average 300-500 kilogrammes and ranging from small parcels to out-of-gauge are moved into multiple Rolls-Royce facilities across the UK, Germany, USA and Singapore. By establishing three global control towers at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, UK; Singapore and Jacksonville, Florida and by utilising its Matrix Supply Chain Management global platform, CEVA has been able to transform the way Rolls-Royce manages its inbound inventory. In order to achieve this, over 800 individual Rolls-Royce suppliers have transitioned onto CEVA’s Matrix system to provide Rolls-Royce with a single source for the data and visibility of its shipments. CEVA Logistics executive director, Leigh Pomlett says: “Using our business intelligence tools has enabled Rolls-Royce to have a new level of part visibility and at the same time interrogate their cost base to precisely match their business requirements. This rich supply of data then enables us to support the future evolution and continuous improvement of their supply chain.” Rolls-Royce and CEVA are now working in tandem to develop new opportunities for optimising transportation modes to further eliminate supply chain costs. Domestic plant to plant shipments and a new cross-dock solution combined with Matrix mobile are also planned for Phase Two of the project.