With extensive expertise in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals market and being recognized as one of the leading logistics operators in the country for this segment, Panalpina Brazil announces the expansion of its operations with a considerable investment in end-to-end logistics solutions for the cold chain.
The most significant aspect of the venture involves the company warehouse in Cajamar, São Paulo, now exclusively dedicated to the cold chain segment, with the capability to store various types of temperature-controlled cargo, such as medicines, cosmetics as well as food and perishables. The facility, with over 4,000 m? of total area, has three cold chambers: the first is set to -20°C; the second to temperatures ranging from 2°C to 8°C; and the third, and largest, covers temperatures from 15°C to 25°C.
Tonet also stresses the facility’s sustainability. “For the fluids that are used for cooling down the warehouse, we chose to adopt a solution of ammonia, which is eco-friendly and sustainable, because it is an organic rather than a chemical substance. In other words, the production process does not involve the use of fossil fuels; on the contrary, it uses a natural compound,” he adds.
Besides warehousing, Panalpina Brazil also offers national and international logistics for temperature-controlled cargo. “Our transport and distribution network was fully revamped and today it has a much broader scope with nationwide coverage and international connections. For deliveries in Brazil, we also use domestic air freight. Both our air and road subcontractors are able to handle any type of temperature-controlled cargo in a fully compliant manner,” he points out.
Tonet also highlights the monitoring system adopted by the company, SmartView. The system allows customers to monitor, in real time, the cargo temperature and humidity using sensors and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology installed at strategic locations, such as at the airports of Guarulhos (SP) and Viracopos in Campinas (SP), at the logistics operator partner terminal in Santos (SP), and at the Panalpina warehouse in Cajamar (SP). While Panalpina’s operations in Guarulhos and Viracopos are already GDP-certified (Good Distribution Practice), Cajamar will follow this year.
Panalpina Brazil’s latest solutions and the company’s full portfolio of products and services will be presented at the largest logistics, freight forwarding and foreign trade event of Latin America, Intermodal South America, which will be held from March 19 to 21, at São Paulo Expo, in São Paulo.
Austrian Post selected as delivery partner of Deutsche Post DHL Group in Austria
Both companies will explore additional collaboration opportunities in e-commerce
Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world's leading provider of mail and logistics services, has entered into a long-term partnership with Austrian Post. Under the agreement, Austrian Post will deliver parcels sent by DHL customers to Austria. The agreement is still subject to review by the German and Austrian competition authorities. Once the partnership has been approved, the collaboration is expected to launch in 2019.
Customers will benefit from high-quality parcel delivery services, including short delivery times for shipments. The collaboration will thus allow both parties to create further profitable growth and jointly tap the potential of the growing cross-border e-commerce business.
"The expansion of our parcel business in Europe is proceeding successfully. This has culminated in a very attractive agreement which enables us and Austrian Post to strengthen and accelerate our growth in Austria and beyond. We will be exploring additional collaboration opportunities with Austrian Post in the future as we continue to focus on developing our international e-commerce business as a key growth driver for our Group," said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. "The agreement is a further step towards improving our quality and productivity in the European parcel business."
"We are delighted to have Deutsche Post DHL Group as our partner. Our nationwide delivery throughout Austria stands for quality and reliability," said Georg Pölzl, CEO of Austrian Post. "Pick-up stations, self-service zones, reception boxes and the features of our app are unique and are very well received by our customers."
This agreement has no impact on Deutsche Post DHL Group's business activities in international express, freight transport and supply chain solutions in Austria.
DHL Global Forwarding's Start-up Helpdesk in Berlin is currently supporting Japanese e-tailer ZOZO with its market launch in Germany. With ZOZO already selling its custom-fitted apparel in over 70 countries, consumers in Germany can now also use the ZOZO app to have individualized t-shirts, shirts and pants delivered to their home. DHL's tailored supply chain solution for ZOZO includes transport by rail, air and ocean freight from China to Germany, customs clearance services, as well as the last mile delivery to customers via DHL Parcel and Deutsche Post.
For ZOZO customers, it all begins with free delivery of the ultra-thin ZOZOSUIT via DHL parcel for customers in Germany or Deutsche Post's new international commodity mail service (Warenpost International) for European customers. A tight-fitting black bodysuit featuring some 350 electronic measurement points, the ZOZOSUIT combines with the special ZOZO-APP to create a 3D-rendering of the body via the customer's smartphone, which ZOZO then uses to produce perfectly fitting clothes. Thousands of ZOZOSUITS are sent every month through Europe's postal network.
Currently, ZOZO produces its custom-made apparel in China. Deutsche Post DHL Group's air and ocean freight specialist DHL Global Forwarding handles transport from ZOZO's production facilities in Wuxi, Lianyungang and Qingdao to Germany, along with customs clearance. As part of its service, DHL applied for a deferment account so that ZOZO can avoid paying import sales tax directly (19% of the merchandise value) and manage cash flow more effectively. Shipments are then delivered to ZOZO's customer warehouse in Ludwigsfelde, Germany.
Additional ZOZO shipments originate in Shenzhen, where ZOZO's fulfillment partner packs and labels the DHL packages and bundles them for weekly air freight delivery to Frankfurt. After clearing customs, these are then delivered by truck to DHL's parcel center in Obertshausen. From there, DHL Parcel takes over to handle domestic and international deliveries directly to end customers.
"By combining the customized logistics solutions offered by both DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Parcel, we were able to create a secure and trouble-free supply chain for ZOZO," explains Nicolai Rehberg from the DHL Start-up Helpdesk. "Starting in March, Deutsche Post's new international commodity mail service (Warenpost International) will be used for delivering the ZOZOSUITS".
DHL's solution also takes advantage of the Belt & Road Initiative. Late in 2018, DHL rail service brought the first containers from Nantong to Germany via the new Silk Road. With a transit time of approximately 20 days, the rail connection offers a good alternative to ocean freight - especially in terms of transition time.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with DHL," says Susanne Burger, Managing Director of ZOZO Germany GmbH. "It's great having such a reliable partner at our side to help spread the #zozorevolution."
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