DP World Joins with TradeLens to Digitize Global Supply Chains

DP World, a leading enabler of global trade, has completed the early stages of integration with TradeLens a blockchain-based digital container logistics platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM).

The collaboration between DP World and the TradeLens platform will help accelerate the digitization of global supply chains. DP World aims to connect all its 82 marine and inland container terminals, as well as feeder companies and logistics divisions with TradeLens. In 2019 DP World’s terminals handled 71.2 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) containers from around 70,000 vessels.

TradeLens brings together data from the entire global supply chain ecosystem including shippers, port operators and shipping lines. It also aims to modernise manual and paper-based documents, replacing them with blockchain enabled digital solutions.

For DP World the data from its integration with TradeLens will improve operational efficiency with earlier visibility of container flows across multiple carriers. Such visibility includes confirmation of the transport modality that follows the port stay for each container, which in heavy transhipment or rail ports enable better yard planning. It will also expand the capabilities of DP World’s digital platforms created to move online the management of logistics. The DF Alliance, SeaRates, LandRates and AirRates enable shippers to move cargo to and from anywhere at the click of a mouse, across DP World’s network and beyond.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Office of DP World said: “Our decision to team up with TradeLens is driven by our vision for intelligent logistics, reducing costs and creating value. DP World is working to deliver integrated supply chain solutions to cargo owners, backed by our global network of ports, terminals, economic zones and inland operations. By working with TradeLens we will accelerate the digitisation of global trade. Modernising the processes by which logistics operate is critical to building more robust and more efficient supply chains which will help economic development and generate more prosperity.”

TradeLens provides visibility across the entire supply chain, from booking to clearance to payments and is built on a wealth of input from the industry including direct integrations with more than 110 ports and terminals, 15+ customs authorities around the world and an increasing number of intermodal providers.

“It is very encouraging to see the continued adoption of the TradeLens platform among global logistics players as it helps global supply chain customers expand and explore the benefits of digital documentation flows. In turn, the broadened geographic scope of the platform provides new opportunities for TradeLens ecosystem participants to innovate and develop digital offerings on the platform,” said Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean and Logistics, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

“At its core the TradeLens business model is an open and neutral platform to spur collaboration and digitization between all parties in the supply chain ecosystem. We are excited to welcome DP World and eagerly await the creation of new potential ways of working for shippers and consignees in global trade. With 4 of the 5 largest global port operators actively engaged with TradeLens, the coverage of the ecosystem continues to expand rapidly,” Mike White, CEO GTD Solutions and Head of TradeLens

DP World has already connected Cochin Port (India) with the TradeLens platform via API technology. Plans to collaborate with other DP World business units, including the feeder line Unifeeder, have also been initiated.


FedEx and Microsoft join forces to transform commerce

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) on Monday announced a new multiyear collaboration to help transform commerce by combining the global digital and logistics network of FedEx with the power of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud. Together, FedEx and Microsoft aim to create opportunities for their customers through multiple joint offerings powered by Azure and Dynamics 365 that will use data and analytics solutions to reinvent the most critical aspects of the commerce experience and enable businesses to better compete in today’s increasingly digital landscape.

“FedEx has been reimagining the supply chain since our first day of operation, and we are taking it to a new level with today’s announcement,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx. “Together with Microsoft, we will combine the immense power of technology with the vast scale of our infrastructure to help revolutionize commerce and create a network for what’s next for our customers.”

This new strategic alliance represents a long-term commitment between the companies to fuel innovation, collaborate on product development and share subject-matter expertise. Today, FedEx networks link more than 99% of the world’s gross domestic product across 220 countries and territories, and Microsoft Azure is trusted by more than 95% of Fortune 500 companies. By combining the breadth and scale of the FedEx network and the Microsoft cloud, businesses will have an unprecedented level of control and insight into the global movement of goods.

“Now more than ever, organizations are counting on an efficient and capable supply chain to remain competitive and open for business,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together with FedEx, we will apply the power of Azure, Dynamics 365 and their AI capabilities to this urgent need, building new commerce experiences that transform logistics for our mutual customers around the world.”

Announcing FedEx Surround ? driving digital illumination of the physical world

FedEx Surround, the first solution resulting from the FedEx and Microsoft collaboration, allows any business to enhance visibility into its supply chain by leveraging data to provide near-real-time analytics into shipment tracking, which will drive more precise logistics and inventory management. While most carriers are reactive to global logistics dynamics with limited visibility options built into a package’s journey, FedEx Surround will provide near-real-time insights ? down to the granular level of ZIP code, for example ? to shine a digital light on the progress and movement of physical inventory.

The benefits offered by FedEx Surround will extend to any business with a supply chain and particularly those that depend on highly time-sensitive deliveries. For example, a hospital may urgently need a package to help save a life, or a part may need rapid transport to a manufacturing facility to avoid an operational shutdown. In each instance, the near-real-time data insights provided by FedEx Surround offer a significant advantage to not only the organizations using the platform but also the people they serve.

FedEx Surround can also collect multiple data points gathered through the enhanced scanning and proprietary IoT technology of FedEx and analyze them using Microsoft’s broad suite of AI, machine learning and analytics solutions. This will provide participating businesses with not only enhanced visibility of a package’s location during its journey, but also knowledge of global commerce conditions and external challenges in near-real-time, such as severe weather or natural disasters, mechanical delays, clearance issues, and incorrect addresses. This unprecedented level of data-driven insight will give FedEx Surround customers the opportunity to intervene early and act to avoid logistical slowdowns before they occur to reduce friction and costs. And with every package that ships, FedEx Surround will analyze past trends to identify future opportunities for streamlined shipping, creating a stronger and more resilient commercial ecosystem.

Information regarding FedEx Surround availability will be shared beginning this summer, and customer access will be rolled out in the months ahead.

FedEx and Microsoft expect to announce additional solutions as part of their collaboration in the coming months, which will leverage even more Microsoft technologies, including Dynamics 365. This includes reimagining commerce experiences for businesses to offer consumers more integrated ways to shop, and faster and more efficient deliveries.


myDHLi: DHL Global Forwarding launches innovative one-stop customer portal for digital logistics

Unique follow + share functions provide seamless collaboration with customers and suppliers
Customers experience superior online services for full shipment visibility and control in one platform
Launch to begin in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa
New digital solution reflects Deutsche Post DHL Group's Strategy 2025: "Delivering Excellence in a Digital World"
Bonn - DHL Global Forwarding, Deutsche Post DHL Group's air and ocean freight specialist, has launched myDHLi, the only fully integrated online platform for freight forwarding customers. myDHLi's highly intuitive user interface makes it easy to use and ensures that customers have all relevant information at hand. Reflecting already well established social media functions like follow and share, relevant information can be easily accessed across organizations and trading partners. Completely transparent management of freight rates, offers, transport modes, carbon emissions, and all other relevant shipment data is readily available with just a few clicks and can be displayed in detailed analyses and reports. One of the most unique aspects is the benefit of full visibility and control over all shipping and transport modes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

"Despite accelerating digitalization and super-fast connectivity customers have a need for reduced complexity. And that is exactly what our tool does," says Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. "We have created a one-stop customer portal that is tailored to the needs of our customers. By combining services like online quotation and booking with shipment tracking, document accessibility, and data analyses we are creating not only 360-degrees visibility, but also have laid the foundation for customers to manage their logistics - anytime and anywhere. We strongly believe that digitalization bears the potential to ease and improve the daily business of shippers and freight forwarders simultaneously. This is even truer during unpredictable and challenging times such as those we are currently facing with COVID-19, and which might now act as an accelerator for digitizing the industry. That is what digitalization means to us and why we made it a cornerstone of our strategy 2025."

The platform merges existing online services like myDHLi Quote + Book and myDHLi Analytics with new services and features, and incorporates them into one innovative platform. Services like a very efficient search capability enhance the user experience. On top, developed completely in-house, the new tracking service uses end-to-end information to make shipments across air and ocean visible nearly in real-time. This gives users complete control - from pick-up to final delivery. The service also offers raw data Excel extracts. Another new feature is myDHLi Documents, which offers quick and easy access to downloadable shipment documents. All documents - quotes, commercial invoice, packing list, house bill, invoice, proof of delivery, etc. - are stored in one place. The designers adapted a mobile-first approach for seamless use on all devices. Built-in popular social media features like follow and share functions simplify communication along the supply chain by enabling customers to exchange information with colleagues, customers and suppliers. Furthermore, data can be easily analyzed and exported or directly integrated to own systems, based on a suite of APIs.

myDHLi features a modular build-up. Users can individualize their portal by selecting the specific services they want. Thanks to the single sign-on registration process, all services are available from the beginning. No additional registration or sign-in processes are needed. myDHLi is free of charge for all DHL Global Forwarding customers.

The launch begins with a pilot phase including selected customers from five continents (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa). myDHLi is being rolled out in waves to ensure a smooth region-by-region transition. Interested customers can register for onboarding to myDHLi. Regular updates based on customer feedback will be shared. The previous customer portal, DHLi, will be available until the myDHLi roll-out is complete.

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight is continuously working on new services to offer its customers a state-of-the-art experience - all in line with Deutsche Post DHL Group's Strategy 2025 goal of "Delivering Excellence in a Digital World."

Further information available at https://www.myDHLi.com.



CEVA Logistics launches its Truck -Rail -Truck service, a new solution to keep cargo moving across Asia

A multi-modal solution available for customers in Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand sourcing goods from China
This new offer can save up to four days waiting time as jams increase at national borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Shanghai, 7 May 2020 ? CEVA Logistics has designed an innovative Truck-Rail-Truck (TRT) solution to keep customers’ freight moving across Asia during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prevents long waits at border crossings

China and the Southeast Asian region are facing flight suspensions and reductions, space limits and operational restrictions in addition to long waits at border crossings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEVA Logistics introduced TRT as a practical and innovative multi-modal transport solution to remedy these issues. Several CEVA technology customers have already taken advantage of it to keep their cargo moving over the last month.

Export documentation requirements for the TRT service are the same as an all-trucked service and Customs clearance can be achieved within three hours.

Saves four days on current transit times

The China-Vietnam road border crossing point between Pingxiang and Lang Son currently suffers from backlogs of 2-4 days. To avoid this, shipments are picked up by CEVA across South and East China and loaded into 45’ hi-cube (HQ) containers.

They are taken by truck to the cross-border train - which operates three times a day - and into Vietnam, where they are then unloaded onto trucks and delivered to final destination. Shipments bound for Thailand which were taking up to 8 days are now arriving in 3-4 days. The new service is also being used by CEVA customers in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

Says Guillaume Col, CEVA Logistics’ Chief Operating Officer: “With our TRT solution, serious traffic jams at the border crossings can be avoided. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it really is the best solution for customers wishing to move urgent shipments between China and Southeast Asia. As a pioneer in TRT service, we will keep exploring our Road & Rail network between China and Southeast Asia to further develop these services.”


Kuehne + Nagel sets benchmark with IATA CEIV re-certification for entire KN PharmaChain air network

First-in-the-industry full network IATA CEIV re-certification
Confirmation of the highest quality and safety of KN PharmaChain

Kuehne + Nagel and IATA announce first-in-the- industry IATA CEIV re-certification of the entire KN PharmaChain GxP Compliant Air Logistics network, currently including 94 locations and covering all continents.

Development of IATA CEIV Pharma is a response to the demands of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and sets the standard for pharmaceutical shipments via airfreight. In 2017, Kuehne + Nagel was the first to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its entire KN PharmaChain Air network.

A thorough review conducted by IATA CEIV Pharma auditors has proved once again that corporately developed quality standards, operational processes and training programs fully comply with IATA requirements, thus confirming the highest quality, safety of the award-winning KN PharmaChain product. A unique web-based risk assessment tool is used to complete a risk assessment at a lane level, which allows for agile and reliable risk mitigation.

Transparency and control of documentation are achieved via a validated document management system (DMS) that manages all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and working instructions. During the transportation process, KN PharmaChain customers can additionally benefit from real-time monitoring and visibility through the use of active transmitting sensors and proactive intervention via the dedicated 24/7/365 Pharma CareTeam. At each stage of the shipment, Kuehne + Nagel’s highly trained pharma experts ensure quality, end-to-end visibility and regulatory compliance.

Reinier Danckaarts, Global Head of Air Logistics Product Development, comments: "We are proud to be the one and only logistics service provider that has received CEIV Pharma re-certification for the entire pharma network. Achieving this milestone proves the highest standards we have set with our KN PharmaChain service offering, which translates into superior quality and compliance of our customers’ pharmaceuticals and medical equipment shipments. Together with IATA and our supply chain partners, we will keep driving this standard to ensure service excellence and first-in-class performance of our transportation service."



CEVA Logistics deploys Automated Mobile Robots at its Melbourne super-site, speeding up operations by 400%

Fast and easy-to-implement solution for eCommerce dramatically speeds up operations
Advanced robotics meshed seamlessly to CEVA Logistics’ Matrix Standard warehouse management system
Market-leading concept can be scaled up across CEVA Logistics’ global network
Marseille, France, 27 April, 2020 ? As a key part of its strategy to innovate and automate, CEVA Logistics has deployed Automated Mobile Robots (AMR) at its Australian super-site ? Truganina ? near Melbourne in Australia. In a world-first for a Goods to Person (GTP) implementation for the company, the introduction of robots has already achieved a 400% increase in the speed of operations within the 250,000 sq m facility.

Improved throughput and picking rates for eCommerce customer
In order to provide a better service for one of its largest e-commerce clients in Australia, CEVA has invested in a goods-to-person AMR solution to improve throughput and picking rates. Using Geek+ robots from one of the world's leading providers of advanced robotics and AI technologies applied to logistics, CEVA has found a standard solution which could be scalable across CEVA operations globally to be used for other customers around the world.

Fast implementation delivers scalable solution
The AMR robot brings the shelf to the picker and the project took only three weeks to go-live, including the installation of eight robots working across a trial 400 sqm of warehouse space. Each robot can pick shelves up to 500 kg and they are controlled by centralised control system. All staff pickers have undergone a two week training induction during the implementation phase.

Milton Pimenta, CEVA Logistics’ Managing Director Australia and New Zealand says: “With the scale of CEVA’s operation at the super-site we could immediately see this AMR solution was a very fast and efficient picking productivity and throughput option for us. AMR is the future for e-commerce operations, and we are excited to stay ahead of the competition in offering this kind of solution.”

CEVA worked on a co-investment basis with Cohesio Group (a part of international technology group Körber, - a leading integrator and developer of tech solutions that enable rapid optimisation of workflows and processes) during the pilot phase and the companies worked together to create and then deliver a scalable customer centric solution. They will now continue the relationship to deliver AMR robot solutions to other warehouses across the CEVA global network.


Avidbots expands partnership with DHL to install Neo Robots in warehouses worldwide

New collaboration will bring Neo floor-scrubbing robots to many of DHL's thousands of sites worldwide

DHL and Avidbots, the company that brings robots to everyday life to expand human potential, today announced an expanded partnership to install Neo floor-scrubbing robots in warehouses, hubs and terminals worldwide. Together, DHL and Avidbots will bring the most advanced floor-cleaning automation tool to many of the thousands of sites DHL manages in 220 countries and territories. The new partnership builds on an earlier cooperation signed in 2019 between Avidbots and DHL in North America.

"We're excited to deploy additional Avidbots at DHL warehouses across the globe, propelling our digitalization journey forward," says Matthias Heutger, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation & Commercial Development at DHL. "Floor-cleaning robots, while a simple innovation, reduces up to 80% of labor hours spent cleaning. This frees up our staff to engage in more value-adding, customer-centric work while driving our Strategy 2025 digitalization agenda forward."

DHL will deploy Neo floor-scrubbing robots in warehouses it manages worldwide. Neo is used in many commercial locations and is especially suited to dynamic warehouse environments. Using advanced 3D sensors, cameras, and AI, Neo autonomously navigates in warehouses, automatically detecting and avoiding obstacles such as humans, boxes, forklifts, and other robots. With Neo, warehouse floors are always clean and dust free, ensuring optimal operations as well as worker health and safety.

"DHL's strong vote of confidence in the Neo floor-scrubbing robot is a testament to the hard work the entire Avidbots team has put into building the world's only fully-autonomous floor-scrubbing robot," said Faizan Shiekh, CEO and co-founder of Avidbots. "We're thrilled to expand our partnership to deploy Neo robots in DHL warehouses on every continent."

While most robotic floor-cleaning machines are simply manual models retrofitted with software that allows them to travel a few pre-programmed routes, Avidbots Neo is the only fully-autonomous, AI-driven commercial floor-scrubbing robot, delivering the industry's highest quality floor maintenance. Neo is currently deployed at hundreds of sites on five continents, including warehouses, airports, malls, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sites, and train stations. Neo has gained a particularly large customer base in the warehouse space as it is the only floor-scrubbing robot to effectively operate in dynamic environments with many continuously moving obstacles. Other floor-cleaning robots must be pre-programmed to follow set routes, but this doesn't work effectively in warehouses where goods and people are always on the move. Only Neo leverages the most advanced AI to understand its environment, avoiding large and small obstacles and re-routing its pathway on the fly.

DHL and Avidbots will work closely together over the next year to identify warehouses worldwide that could benefit from Neo floor-scrubbing robots.



First quarter of 2020: Kuehne + Nagel resilient in the face of crisis

Sea Logistics: reduced exports from Asia
Air Logistics: special charters partially compensated volume decline
Road Logistics: lower demand in Europe and North America
Contract Logistics: restructuring progressed successfully
Stable cash flow and solid liquidity


Schindellegi / CH, April 27, 2020 ? As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, business volumes declined sharply in the first quarter of 2020. Kuehne + Nagel Group's net turnover, gross profit and earnings were significantly below last year's levels. Furthermore, currency fluctuations had a significant negative impact.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, comments: "The coronavirus pandemic is an immense global challenge, also for Kuehne + Nagel. Industrial production and trade volumes weakened significantly. In this situation, Kuehne + Nagel maintained its operational performance, closely managed a number of specialty businesses and won new customers. In the case of basic commodities and pharmaceuticals, transport volumes were maintained at a respectable level. Our company will face major challenges in the coming months, but is well positioned in view of its customer proximity, agility and digital offerings. A high level of liquidity characterises the company's solid financial strength".

Sea Logistics

With a significant double-digit decline in volume demand to and from China, the business unit Sea Logistics was affected by the impacts of the coronavirus crisis at an early stage. On the other hand, reefer shipments (pharma, amongst others) and export volumes from Latin America (perishables in particular) developed well. With 1.075 million standard containers (TEU), 71,000 fewer units were transported in the first quarter than in the same period last year (-6.2%).

Accordingly, the business unit's net turnover fell by 6.9% to CHF 1.7 billion and gross profit by 9.9% to CHF 344 million. EBIT fell by 29.5% to CHF 79 million. Exchange rate effects had a negative impact of 5.3% (net turnover) and 3.6% (EBIT).

Even in the current environment, customer interest in CO2-neutral Sea Logistics solutions remained high. As part of Kuehne + Nagel's Net Zero Carbon programme, all CO2 emissions from less-than-container shipments (LCL) have been offset since the beginning of the year.

Air Logistics

The business unit Air Logistics was particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic from March onwards, when a large number of passenger flights were cancelled on the supply side. Global airfreight capacity fell by around 60% in just a few weeks. On the demand side, the lockdowns in China, Europe and finally America led to a sharp drop in consumption resulting in lower airfreight volumes. In contrast, short-term charter solutions for pharma and time-critical transports were in greater demand.

At 372,000 tonnes, airfreight volume in the first quarter was 9% below the same period of the previous year. Less pronounced was the 6.8% decline in net turnover to CHF 1.1 billion and the 5.8% decline in gross profit to CHF 307 million. EBIT fell by 11.3% to CHF 71 million. Currency effects had a negative impact of 5.0% on both net turnover and EBIT.

Significant progress was made in the implementation of the Group's own Transport Management Solution AirLOG and other digital platforms.


Road Logistics

The business unit Road Logistics had a solid start into the new business year. From March onwards, however, volumes in Europe (especially France, Great Britain and Italy) and North America (primarily the intermodal business) declined significantly. All sectors were affected, with the exception of e-commerce and pharma.

In the first quarter of 2020, the business unit's net turnover fell by 4.2% year-on-year to CHF 863 million and gross profit declined by 1.4% to CHF 281 million. EBIT fell to CHF 17 million. Currency effects had a negative impact of 4.8% on net turnover and 4.2% on EBIT.

In Europe, the two acquisitions Rotra (Belgium and Netherlands) and Joebstl (Austria and Eastern Europe) were integrated as planned. Performance in Asia remained encouraging, with Kuehne + Nagel reporting increased demand for its digital platform solution eTrucknow.

Contract Logistics

In the business unit Contract Logistics, the supply of automotive production and retail was particularly affected by the impacts of the coronavirus. However, demand for basic goods, pharma and e-commerce services increased.

In the first quarter of 2020, the business unit's net turnover fell by 6.1% to CHF 1.2 billion compared with the same period of the previous year, gross profit by 4.0% to CHF 946 million and EBIT by 34.6% to CHF 17 million. Currency effects had a negative impact of 4.9% on net turnover and 3.8% on EBIT.

The environment required a rapid and comprehensive adjustment of resources, with added support from further progress in restructuring Contract Logistics. Over the quarter, 90% of all Kuehne + Nagel distribution centres worldwide operated without interruption.




Kuehne + Nagel’s SeaExplorer keeps supply chains running

New feature: reliable sailing schedules offer full transparency in times of capacity constraints
Mitigate supply chain disruptions through comparative shipping information
Enhanced visibility of CO2 emissions per routing

Kuehne + Nagel has launched an enhanced version of its SeaExplorer online platform. Especially in the current volatile market environment, transparency is crucial for companies requiring sea freight services. Industry sources predict a high rate of cancelled sailings in various trades in the coming weeks. Schedule reliability is currently at 65%, the lowest level in the past ten years.

The new SeaExplorer features come just in time to mitigate these disruptions. In one single digital platform, it is now possible to find the best option for container shipping needs, including transparency on alternative routings and sailings. SeaExplorer customers can improve their shipment planning and inventory management with the help of artificial intelligence and the access to big data.

Otto Schacht, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for sea freight, says: "Given the challenges of Covid-19, the enhanced SeaExplorer supports shippers not only with realistic lead times for routings, but also with service updates and up-to-date sailing schedules showing alternative departures for blanked sailings. This allows customers to quickly and efficiently compare options across all liner services to easily adjust routings according to their requirements for speed and reliability."

As a new key feature, SeaExplorer also provides detailed visibility of CO2 emissions per service loop and port to port routing ? a core element of Kuehne + Nagel's Net Zero Carbon programme. "This feature allows our customers to choose the most sustainable transport option", says Otto Schacht.


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