IT Center of Excellence in Lisbon celebrates its second year with more growth

Panalpina continues to expand its digital capabilities through its IT Center of Excellence (CoE) in Lisbon, with more office space, new employees and more projects aimed at accelerating the company’s IT initiatives.

Panalpina’s IT CoE in Lisbon, Portugal, recently inaugurated another extension of its office. The event marked the center’s second year of operations, showing steady growth.

The new space features 33 modern workspaces, a kitchen and lounge, three meeting rooms and two phone booths, creating a mix of quiet rooms and open space inviting collaboration.

The CoE also welcomed more talent, with 40 new employees joining in the course of 2018. The extended office space allows for a total of 126 workplaces, a number the CoE expects to reach in the first half of 2019.

“Our software engineers, IT experts and business analysts in Lisbon work with corporate key account managers to serve global customers, understand their needs and develop solutions,” said Ralph Halter, Panalpina’s Head of IT Strategy and Planning. “We are building up core IT competencies in Lisbon that will help us quickly and efficiently provide service solutions for our worldwide customers, be it creating a new customer portal or improving order management processes.”

More capacity for going digital

The IT CoE in Lisbon has become the first-stop for all Panalpina’s corporate IT initiatives, with almost 100 employees working on key customer projects, robotic process automation, warehouse implementations, and supporting global infrastructure and applications. All these are aimed at reinforcing Panalpina’s products and functions with excellent service at optimized cost, to increase efficiency and better serve customers by moving to the forefront in its use of digital technologies.


DHL Express builds new state-of-the-art hub at Copenhagen Airport

DKK 1 billion (approximately EUR 134 million) investment raises DHL operations to new heights
Hub will be ready in 2023 and able to handle five times as many packages as today

Vallensbæk - DHL Express will make its largest ever investment in Denmark and the Nordic countries with a new hub at Copenhagen Airport. The hub will significantly improve the speed and quality of DHL Express' activities in the region. With new state-of-the-art automated systems, DHL will be able to handle nearly 37,000 packages per hour, 24 hours a day, in the 26,172 m2 building, which also includes offices. The company, which was voted Denmark's best workplace in November 2018, therefore expects to add 100 new jobs.

"We want to grow through quality. Therefore, we are investing significantly into the expansion of our infrastructure to increase efficiencies and to improve delivery capabilities. Our international hubs are the backbone of our global network which connects businesses from all industries and private customers alike, and enables them to benefit from the ongoing e-commerce growth." says John Pearson, Global CEO of DHL Express.

Packages to and from Denmark usually travel via the DHL hubs in Leipzig, Germany, or East Midlands, UK. However, once the new hub at Copenhagen Airport is built, planes will reach their destinations more directly and without additional stops along the way. Fewer stops mean faster delivery, which is critical for many companies' business and vital for consumers today.

"We are experiencing enormous growth in our cross-border online trade," states Atli Einarsson, Managing Director of DHL Express in Denmark. "We are also preparing for our customers' growth, including manufacturing companies within the pharmaceutical and fashion industries. This massive upgrade of our facility will turn it into one of the most modern of our 19 regional hubs worldwide. This demonstrates the importance of our country's future role in the network. The new regional hub will benefit businesses and consumers in Denmark and throughout the Nordic region."

Future-proofing capacity

DHL Express is in the midst of further strengthening and future-proofing its business. In 2018, the logistics giant announced to purchase 14 new Boeing 777 air freighters and five Airbus A330s, expanding the fleet to over 260 planes. In Denmark, the company also broke ground on a new terminal in the central city of Fredericia at a price tag of more than DKK 100 million (approximately EUR 13.4 million). It is slated to open in early 2020.

"The new investments here in Denmark and at other locations in our network are part of our global plan to promote our future growth, efficiency improvements in day-to-day operations, and the quality for which our customers choose us," says Einarsson.

Copenhagen Airport Group CEO Thomas Woldbye considers DHL's billion-kroner investment as an important investment for Denmark - and a pat on the back for the airport, following many years of strong and close collaboration. "Air freight is crucial for maintaining and developing the Copenhagen Airport as a key Northern European hub. We consider expansion a key target in our strategy, and we are very grateful that DHL has chosen CPH for their new hub. We can see growing demand for high-quality air freight facilities to handle the increasing volume of freight to and from places like China. It also meets the needs of consumers, who do more and more of their shopping online. This really is great news for Denmark and the region!" declares Woldbye.

DHL Express' new freight terminal will be located on a 43,116 m2 site in the eastern freight area of the airport, where a new Airport Business Park is in the works as well.The new 36,500m? hub (including warehousing and offices) almost quadruples the capacity of DHL Express in Brussels. At full capacity, the hub's two automated sorting systems can process up to 42,000 packages per hour, making it the fifth largest hub in the global DHL network. It offers air and ground links to a broad number of European destinations, as well as direct intercontinental connections to the Americas, Middle East and Africa.

Koen Gouweloose, Vice President of DHL Brussels Hub, said: "This new hub is a great example of some of the latest state-of-the-art logistics technology. It allows us to process even more packages even more quickly and efficiently. As a hub, this allows us to play an important role in the network, while paying close attention to security and working conditions for our 1,200 employees, who are in turn ensuring that our clients are receiving the great service they expect from DHL Express."

At the official opening of the new hub, DHL Express welcomed 200 VIP guests, among them Belgian politicans, including Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Jan Jambon, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services Alexander De Croo, Federal Minister of Mobility François Bellot, and Flemish Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts, and major customers, such as the RSC Anderlecht football club and luxury leatherwear producer Delvaux.

Danny Van Himste, Managing Director of DHL Express Belgium and Luxembourg, said: "The new hub allows us to provide an even better service to our customers. We can help Belgium be even better connected to Europe and the world. We are addressing the needs of customers of all sizes and from all industry sectors in the Belgian market. With the hub giving us extra capacity, speed and flexibility, national borders should be no barrier to our customers."

As part of DHL's GoGreen program the new hub reduces the company's ecological footprint by 768 tons of CO? per year, thanks to its more efficient sorting techniques and better insulation. It is also certified to the TAPA 'A' security standards.



レンゴー 八潮流通センターでAI技術を活用した新運営システムが完成

レンゴー株式会社(本社:大阪市北区、会長兼社長:大坪 清)は、連結子会社のレンゴーロジスティクス株式会社(本社:大阪市西淀川区、社長:森實 光博)が運営する八潮流通センター(埼玉県八潮市)において、AI技術を活用した製品荷揃え計画・トラック誘導に関する新たなシステムを完成し、このたび運用を開始いたしました。
八潮流通センターは、わが国最大の板紙製紙工場である当社八潮工場の製品物流の効率化と迅速な輸送を目的として2015年に開設した物流センターで、約25,000tの板紙製品を収容可能です。
トラックへの製品積込みのための荷揃えは、製品が異なるエリアに分散して在庫されていることも多く、また、トラックバースの空き状況も把握しなければならないことから自動化が遅れていました。今般、運用を開始した新システムは、自社開発のAI技術により、従来、オペレーターが行っていた製品荷揃え位置の立案作業を自動化するとともに、最も効率的、かつ、フォークリフトの交錯も考慮した安全性の高い計画の立案が可能となりました。また、担当者ごとの計画のバラツキも解消し、平準化と全体的な計画精度の高まりにより積込み時間の削減も実現しました。
このたびの新システムの導入により、トラックの入場誘導から、製品の荷揃え、積込みに至る一連のシステムが完成し、物流センターの運営効率の向上と同時に、トラックドライバーの拘束時間も削減することができました。
当社は、物流部門を担うレンゴーロジスティクス?とともに、今後とも、物流現場の業務改革を進め、輸送品質とサービスの向上を図るとともに、荷主企業の立場からトラックドライバーの働き方改革にも寄与してまいります。


FedEx Trade Networks Rebrands as FedEx Logistics

FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) announced that FedEx Trade Networks, Inc. is being rebranded as FedEx Logistics. The new name describes the company’s ability to meet its customers’ increasingly complex and industry-specific supply chain, transportation, value-added services, and brokerage needs. FedEx Logistics provides specialty solutions that complete a simple, seamless and powerful global trade experience for FedEx customers around the world.

“We’re adding tremendous value by bringing all of the specialty services we offer under the FedEx Logistics banner,” said Richard W. Smith, president & CEO of FedEx Logistics. “The global solutions we offer are dynamic and customizable, and the experience for our customers is more streamlined, more efficient and better represented as a collective competitive offering as FedEx Logistics. Our simplified customer interface and comprehensive ability to meet every logistics need will have a profound effect for FedEx customers, our team members, and on our industry as a whole.”

FedEx Logistics will continue to operate from its global headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. The organization’s service offerings include:

? Air & Ocean Cargo Networks
? Trade Brokerage & Facilitation
? Custom Critical Services
? Supply Chain Services
? Cross Border E-Commerce & Fulfillment
? Forward Depots & 3D Printing

The capabilities within these specialty logistics service offerings include air and ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage and international trade compliance, warehousing and transportation management, time- and temperature-controlled deliveries, critical inventory logistics, solutions for cost-effective international e-commerce trade and fulfillment, and repair and return services.

Serving more than 200 countries, FedEx Logistics leverages the power of the extensive international FedEx transportation network to provide customers a single source for end-to-end management of their shipments and global supply chains.

About FedEx Logistics
FedEx Logistics plays a key role within the FedEx portfolio, connecting 95 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) with its comprehensive suite of specialty logistics solutions. The company provides air and ocean freight forwarding, supply chain solutions, specialty transportation, cross border e-commerce technology services, customs brokerage, and trade management tools and data from a single trusted source. For more information, visit fedex.com/logistics.


Kuehne + Nagel on Brexit decision: “Free trade basis for prosperity”

No Brexit still the preferred solution
Risk of chaos following disorderly Brexit
Kuehne + Nagel well prepared to ensure flow of goods

In response to the House of Commons vote in the UK, Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, emphasises the importance of open markets.

“The House of Commons has made a historic decision which we need to respect. Kuehne + Nagel is committed to global free trade in principle which ensures prosperity for everyone. So from our perspective, “No Brexit” would be the preferred solution, since any form of Brexit is bound to increase trade barriers.

A disorderly Brexit is the worst solution. It will impose massive restrictions on the exchange of goods between the European Union and the United Kingdom. We appeal to the responsible bodies in London and Brussels to do the utmost to prevent this scenario. As far as we are concerned, we are focussed on ensuring the constant flow of goods for our customers”, says Trefzger.

Kuehne + Nagel has engaged customers and own industry experts over the past years to assess all possible impacts. In order to cope with the effects of a disorderly Brexit Kuehne + Nagel has taken steps to review all options to secure capacity on trade routes with Europe outside of the Kent corridor both by sea and air. Moreover, the company has commenced recruitment of additional customs clerks.

Kuehne + Nagel was asked to participate in the UK Government Cross Border Steering Group and will use this opportunity to define sustainable solutions as the set of Brexit conditions becomes clearer.


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