Center consolidates DHL Global Forwarding's existing humanitarian logistics services for faster, more reliable supply chain support globally
It will enhance the global network for humanitarian logistics services, by connecting to expert regional teams based in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe
Center's location in Dubai facilitates collaboration with existing aid and humanitarian organizations based in the city, as well as logistics hubs including the International Humanitarian City
DHL Global Forwarding, the Deutsche Post DHL Group's air and ocean freight specialist, has consolidated its portfolio of humanitarian logistics services within its first Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics, designed to meet growing global demand for these logistics services. The Center will see close coordination across all DHL business divisions to provide all related services and products, to meet customers' needs. Fatima Ait Bendawad, a seasoned DHL manager with 15 years of experience in creating, providing and implementing solutions for complex humanitarian operations, has been appointed to lead the Global Competence Center for Humanitarian Logistics.
"The impact of conflicts and natural disasters on the world is evident and at DHL Global Forwarding, we have the capability, expertise and global network to render resilient logistics support to organizations who are highly committed to ensure that critical resources are delivered, to meet the needs of those who require them," said Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Middle East and Africa.
The Center offers non-governmental organizations, aid agencies, and their suppliers and manufacturers a broad range of services including air and ocean freight, customs clearance, warehousing and local distribution of humanitarian shipments. These services will be backed by control tower and data analytics services designed to offer heightened levels of freight visibility for humanitarian situations of any level of urgency and complexity. Organizations can also use the Center to tap into DHL Global Forwarding's global network of freight connections for rapid, efficient transport of resources; as well as sector-specific services including temperature-controlled and cold-chain shipments for life sciences and healthcare - critical for public health assistance projects involving the long-term delivery of medicines and medical equipment to developing areas.
With its geographical location and longstanding reputation as a cluster for global aid and relief organizations, Dubai currently plays host to several major logistics hubs including the International Humanitarian City, the largest humanitarian hub worldwide from which nine United Nations (UN) agencies and 48 NGOs currently run logistics operations.1 The Center will play the pivotal role of coordinating humanitarian logistics services globally, by leveraging expertise in regional hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe - to optimize the delivery schedule and routes to areas which need the resources.
DHL has extensive experience in disaster management activities - which includes the deployment of its Disaster Response Teams (DRT) consisting of DHL experts to provide on-ground logistics support in natural disaster zones; and the Get Airports Ready for Disasters (GARD) program, which runs joint workshops with the UN Development Programme to prepare local airport management for the logistical issues associated with natural disaster situations.
"The level of preparedness - whether it be expedited customs clearances, readiness to handle dangerous goods like chemicals or medicines, or processes for on-ground collaboration between multiple agencies2 - directly correlates with the efficiency of humanitarian logistics. Our work on the front line, has helped us build and maintain familiarity with the nuances of compliance, regulation and international standards that apply to movements of critical goods," said Fatima Ait Bendawad, Head of Global Humanitarian Logistics Competence Center, DHL Global Forwarding.
"Humanitarian logistics requires dedication and coordination with different stakeholders to get critical goods to those in need, gaining trust and working with numerous partners to coordinate shipments in situations which often require short turnaround times," said Massar Diop, Director of Humanitarian Logistics, DHL Global Forwarding. With more than a decade of experience working in this field, Massar has built a strong network of relationships with key UN agencies, NGOs and suppliers, to provide the best solutions to their needs, in different parts of the world.
Panalpina statement on unsolicited, non-binding approach from DSV
The Board of Directors of Panalpina announces that it has received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from DSV to acquire the company at a price of CHF 170 per share, comprising a mix of cash and DSV shares.
According to its fiduciary duties, the Board of Directors of Panalpina is reviewing the proposal in conjunction with its professional advisers.
Further announcements will be made as appropriate.
Acquisition of Quick International Courier
Significant global expansion in the high growth segments aviation and pharma & healthcare logistics
Enhancing global customer solutions portfolio
Kuehne + Nagel announces the acquisition of Quick International Courier, a market leading provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions globally. Quick is an industry specialist in providing tailor-made solutions to the aviation and pharma & healthcare industries, generating above USD 200 million annual net revenue. Quick consists of Sterling Aviation, QuickSTAT, Quick Healthcare and Quick Logistics who will continue to operate as independent product brands.
“Kuehne + Nagel’s M&A strategy is focused on expanding our footprint, creating synergies and acquiring know how. The acquisition of Quick is another accelerator to drive network growth and to enhance our global customer solutions portfolio”, says Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG.
“This acquisition is an important milestone in the implementation of our solutions strategy and a confirmation of our leading position in airfreight. With its unique expertise in time-critical shipments in the fields of aviation and pharma & healthcare ? both key strategic focus and investment areas for Kuehne + Nagel ? the company perfectly complements our existing global portfolio. Our customers will benefit from a much greater scope of services and capability for time-critical shipments, while Quick’s customers will get access to Kuehne + Nagel’s global network across more than 100 countries”, says Yngve Ruud, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel, responsible for airfreight.
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Jamaica, NY, Quick has about 550 employees specialised in “Next Flight Out” and “Next Drive Out” shipments among others. These shipments are usually urgent in nature and often global, complex and logistics intense with a high cost of failure while operated with strictly defined protocols and control points from order to delivery. Quick deploys different key regional support centres and control towers all over the world.
“We are looking forward to become part of the Kuehne + Nagel Group. Joining forces with one of the leading logistics providers offers us new growth perspectives within a worldwide operating network”, says Dominique Bischoff-Brown, CEO of Quick International Courier.
Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and to clearance by the competent merger control authorities.