GROUND、新型汎用ピッキングハンド『mGrip(エムグリップ)』を国内初披露

GROUND株式会社(本社:東京都江東区、代表取締役 CEO:宮田 啓友、以下「GROUND」)は、同社が国内で販売権を有する米国Soft Robotics社(本社:米国マサチューセッツ州、CEO:Carl Vause、以下「ソフト・ロボティクス」)が開発した新型汎用ピッキングハンド『mGrip(エムグリップ)』を2019年5月16日(木)〜18日(土)に石川県産業展示館で開催されるMEX金沢2019「第57回機械工業見本市金沢」にて国内初披露します。

『mGrip』の対象物をピックアップするフィンガーには、ソフト・ロボティクスが独自開発し、特許を取得している素材が採用されています。これにより、重さ、素材、形が異なる非定型な個体を人間の手のように高い精度とスピードでピッキングすることが可能です。また、稼働する環境に合わせて構成や設置場所を柔軟にカスタマイズし、導入までのダウンタイムを最小限にしてオペレーションを開始できます。米国では、EC事業者の物流、食品製造業や自動車部品工場などで既に導入、活用されています。



A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S to accelerate growth in Logistics & Services through further integration

APM Terminals Inland Services will be integrated into Maersk Logistics & Services from 1 August 2019, providing customers with seamless access to a wider range of logistics & services offerings. This is a next step for A.P. Moller - Maersk in the implementation of our strategy to offer end-to-end solutions to our customers.

The Inland Services portfolio is a network of inland terminals around the globe consisting of 36 business units with over 100 locations. By bringing together all operations skills and capabilities within logistics, it creates a base for growth and enables Maersk to excel in the execution within Logistics & Services products.

"APM Terminals can fully focus on becoming a world-class port operator, while Maersk, with the integration of Inland Services, will continue to focus on ocean transportation as well as logistics and services product development and delivery,", says Søren Toft, EVP and Chief Operating Officer A.P. Moller - Maersk and continues:

"By structurally adding Inland Services to Maersk, customers will have a seamless access to a wider range of logistics and services offerings. It puts Maersk in an even better position to differentiate its offering and scale the Logistics & Services portfolio to an even broader customer base."

APM Terminals will continue to serve shipping line and landside customers with services on and around the port premises such as traditional storage and terminal handling as well as newly developed services such as fast-gates. While focusing on its core offering, APM Terminals is also continuing to collaborate with Maersk for customers who are looking for end-to-end solutions.

"The even closer collaboration enables both APM Terminals and Maersk to reduce complexity and eliminate service overlaps, so that both brands can focus on their core strengths and provide greater value and a better experience to customers," says Morten Engelstoft, CEO APM Terminals and EVP A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Today, Inland Services offers a vast arrange of services for both shipping line customers and landside customers. For shipping line customers, the offering of Inland Services centres around depot, container equipment maintenance and repair and transportation. For landside customers, Inland Services is supporting these customers by integrating their supply chains locally through services such as transportation solutions, CFS and warehouse, depots and temperature-controlled handling and storage environments.


Consolidated shipments now faster from China to Europe with Panalpina’s direct rail service

How would a fashion store in Europe ensure that it gets diverse goods from everyday apparel made in Shanghai to sports shoes made in Beijing in a fast and cost-efficient way? Panalpina’s brand new high-speed rail cargo service from China to Europe is proving to be a fast, economical and reliable version of a modern Shanghai express.

Panalpina has launched a high-speed rail Less than Container Load (LCL) service direct from Shanghai, China to Duesseldorf, Germany, with weekly guaranteed departure. This is the third line in Panalpina’s rail cargo portfolio, alongside Shanghai-Warsaw, which started in 2016, and Shenzhen-Warsaw, which followed in 2017.

The first two 40-foot high containers were consolidated in Shanghai in mid-March and chugged their way to Duisburg. The journey took 18 days and covered 9,000 km, moving through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Upon reaching Duisburg, the goods were transferred to the deconsolidation point in Duesseldorf and then distributed straight to the customers’ doorsteps.

The bulk of rail shipments from Asia to Europe are for industries such as automotive, consumer and retail, fashion, hi-tech, manufacturing and telecom. Most of the products are destined for Germany, the largest market, but deliveries also go to the surrounding countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and sometimes stretch even further to the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Panalpina’s Shanghai-Duesseldorf line runs as a weekly cargo service filling two 40-foot high containers. The Shanghai-Warsaw line currently handles six to seven 40-foot high containers a week, while the Shenzhen-Warsaw line handles one to two a week.

“The high-speed service direct from Shanghai to Duesseldorf is an unbeatable way to enable quick, end-to-end, door-to-door deliveries for customers,” says Slawomir Krzyskow, Panalpina’s regional overland manager, rail services Europe. “As Panalpina manages and controls all operations on both ends, their cargo is always safe in good hands, starting with the pick-up from almost any place in China and consolidation in Shanghai, and right through via rail to Duesseldorf for deconsolidation and last-mile delivery across Europe. Panalpina built its rail services with trusted partners who are able to guarantee reliable service and high punctuality.”


Newport Cargo now legally merged with Panalpina

Newport Cargo has legally merged with Panalpina. The acquisition was completed in August 2018 and it has added tremendous value to Panalpina’s Perishables Network in expertise, customer base and business development.

“I’m very proud of the integration plan and project team,” says Laurent Riesen, Panalpina’s country managing director for Argentina and Uruguay. “They set ambitious deadlines and met them even for critical topics such as legal requirements, system and connectivity continuity. The most telling outcome of this transition and how effectively it was handled is that we retained all of our business during the transition.”

Some other key achievements of the transition include:

New office set up to ensure integration and potential synergies both in the Buenos Aires downtown office and airport office
Miami Perishables LATAM Gateway set up in Panalpina’s network
Strengthened business development in Chile and improved cross-selling for dry cargo throughout the network
“I am honored to have been part of this outstanding integration and merger process. It would not have been possible without all the local and regional teams who supported the effort,” says Riesen.

Frank Hercksen, Panalpina’s regional CEO for the Americas, comments, “As we embark on another perishables acquisition and merger in LATAM, I hope the achievements of the teams in Argentina can serve as inspiration for our teams in Colombia and Ecuador.”


Panalpina expands its network of GDP-certified sites

Straight from bagging Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certifications for 11 sites in 2018, Panalpina expects to get over 10 sites certified to GDP in 2019. With currently 37 GDP-certified locations around the globe, the logistics provider is well-positioned to serve the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry with comprehensive, end-to-end supply chain solutions.

Panalpina obtained GDP certifications for these sites in 2018, 10 of which were audited by external certification body SGS and one by a local health authority:

Americas: Nashville, San Francisco, Panama, Bogotá, Montreal
Europe: Innsbruck, Lisbon
MEAC: Dubai
APAC: Narita, Hyderabad, Singapore
With that, the third-party logistics provider is staying on course to expand its network of GDP-certified sites in key regions geared to serve the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry and meet their demands in handling, storing and distributing their products according to the European Union GDP guidelines and the World Health Organization GDP guidelines.

Panalpina’s Hyderabad facility, for instance, will capitalize on India’s projected growth to be the sixth largest pharmaceutical market in absolute size, according to the Make in India initiative. India accounts for 20 percent of global exports in generics, making it the largest provider of generic medicines globally.

Up next for GDP-certification in the second half of 2019 is Panalpina’s warehouse in Cajamar, São Paulo, which is exclusively dedicated to the cold chain segment and is able to store various types of temperature-controlled cargo. Stretching over 4,000 square meters, the facility has three cold chambers for different temperature ranges: -20°C, from 2°C to 8°C, and from 15°C to 25°C.

Over the coming months, Panalpina is extending its global GDP footprint to cover over 10 key locations in the Americas, Europe, MEAC and APAC.

“We are stepping up our in-house training capabilities to ensure that employees have the qualifications and training required for GDP,” says Lindsay Zingg, Panalpina’s global head of quality, health, safety and environment. “Targeted and faster training enables Panalpina to get more sites certified.”


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