Innovation in Contract Logistics: DB Schenker brings its first logistics robot in the Czech Republic into operation

Fully automated transport of trolleys ? Advanced navigation while avoiding obstacles ? Short implementation time

At its Contract Logistics site in Pardubice DB Schenker has implemented a new autonomous mobile robot (AMR). In the warehouse around 120 kilometers east of Prague the robot named MiR Hook 200 helps to detect and transport trolleys to make operations even more efficient. The robot comes from the Danish technology company Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) and was deployed in cooperation with DREAMland, a Czech distributor and integrator of autonomous and collaborative robots. While DB Schenker is using autonomous machines in various countries already, the new installation is the logistic company’s first robot in the Czech Republic.

Toma?s? Holomoucky?, DB Schenker Managing Director for the Czech Republic: “I am extremely pleased we have successfully implemented our first robot in our regular operations in the Czech Republic. Autonomous solutions such as this will enable us to optimize our logistics processes and relieve our staff by taking over simple warehouse tasks. We are proud to be driving innovation and building the warehouse of the future for our customers.”

Frantisek Kysela, CEO of DREAMland: “We are glad that we were able to help DB Schenker with automated transport at the site in Pardubice. We are looking forward to other joint projects in the future.”

Equipped with a 3D camera and laser scanner, the MiR Hook 200 can automatically detect trolleys ready for pick up by scanning the related QR codes in predefined zones, or by triggering the next task via any mobile device. The robot’s double battery provides an operating time of 16 hours, after which the AMR is sent to a charging station and fully recharged within three hours.

In operation in Pardubice, the new tool automatically picks up trolleys from the storage area loaded with items for shipping and carries them to the packing station, before transporting empties back to the storage area. Given a simple scalability, DB Schenker currently considers implementing the AMR at further logistics locations.

With a maximum towing payload of up to 500 kilograms, the robot can avoid both moving and stationary obstacles and adjust its route independently. It did not need major infrastructure changes for its implementation and could be deployed almost immediately with minimal investment. The MiR can additionally be easily converted to meet changing requirements with exchangeable add-on modules. The programming is done through an intuitive user interface, has a short installation time and could be programmed by DB Schenker staff, eliminating the need for a dedicated technician.

In Pardubice, DB Schenker employs over 100 workers and operates a logistics center with a focus on customers from the industrial and aerospace sectors. The logistics center has a total area of 70,000 square meters, five halls, a direct motorway link to Prague, and its own rail siding where up to six freight wagons can be loaded or unloaded simultaneously.

Kuehne+Nagel with higher profit in the third quarter of 2020

Strong improvement in key operating figures
Strict cost management drove earnings growth
Improved market environment supported Q3 performance
Free cash flow strengthened
Group ready for potential distribution of Covid-19 vaccines
Kuehne+Nagel Group, CHF million

The Kuehne+Nagel Group demonstrated profitable growth in the third quarter of 2020, following a first half year marked by the coronavirus pandemic. On a currency-adjusted basis, the company significantly improved key operating figures in the third quarter.

Net turnover for the first nine months amounted to CHF 14.8 billion and EBIT to CHF 790 million. Currency fluctuations had a significant negative impact on both net turnover (-5.7%) and EBIT (-5.9%) for the first nine months. Free Cash Flow increased by 31.4% in the first nine months.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, said: "With our motivated team, we are ready for further growth together with our customers, especially in the pharma & healthcare and e-commerce sectors. Even though we expect considerable uncertainties in the coming months, we are well prepared".

Kuehne+Nagel is ready for distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

Kuehne+Nagel is prepared to serve distribution services for Covid-19 vaccines, test kits and related materials
The multimodal pharma & healthcare network with over 230 certified sites worldwide forms the basis
The first contracts related to Covid-19 vaccine production were signed in Contract Logistics
Distribution by Air and Road Logistics is expected to start in 2021 (subject to product approval)
It is currently estimated that between 11 and 15 billion* vaccine doses may be needed globally
*Seabury Consulting Capacity Tracking Database (September 2020)

In the third quarter of 2020, the earnings development in Sea Logistics reflected a very positive reversal of trend compared to the first half of the year. The improvement is due to the recovery of demand from SME customers and the increase in imports to Europe and North America from Asia.

In the third quarter of 2020, container volume rose by 10.4% to 1.2 million TEUs compared to the second quarter. The unit's net turnover amounted to almost CHF 1.8 billion and EBIT improved by 12.3% year-on-year to CHF 137 million. The conversion rate reached 36.2%.

Process optimisation via local Customer Care Locations and central Operational Care Centres supported effective cost management and the future expansion of Kuehne+Nagel's leading market position.

*adjusted for a positive one-off impact of net CHF 63 million in Q3 2020 due to early settlement of the contingent consideration of an acquisition in 2018.

Improved market conditions in the third quarter of 2020, including the automotive sector and perishable goods, led to a greater than normal seasonal uplift in Air Logistics volumes versus the second quarter. Crisis goods, on the other hand, increasingly shifted to alternative transport routes.

At 354,000 tonnes, air freight volume in the third quarter was 12.8% lower than in the same period of the previous year, while net turnover increased by 8.7% to CHF 1.2 billion and EBIT by 89.9% to CHF 169 million. This includes a positive one-off impact of net CHF 63 million due to early settlement of the contingent consideration of an acquisition from 2018.

In September 2020, Air Logistics opened new pharma hubs in Brussels and Johannesburg with direct tarmac access. The even faster handling of goods and the guarantee of product integrity will provide customers with considerable added value, especially for temperature-sensitive vaccines.

Road Logistics
The third quarter of 2020 was characterised by a significant increase in shipments in the Road Logistics business unit versus the previous quarter. In particular, demand for domestic transport capacities in European countries reached pre-crisis levels. In North America, demand for all product segments ? with the exception of pharma & healthcare and e-commerce ? remained significantly below the previous year's level; however, an initial market revival has been evident since September.

The business unit's net turnover decreased to CHF 796 million in the third quarter and EBIT was down to CHF 12 million. The continued very weak demand for expo and event logistics had a significant negative impact on the result.

Kuehne+Nagel is preparing ? together with its customers ? for the future customs clearance (export and import) between the EU and the UK with a digital solution (Your Easy Brexit Solution).

Contract Logistics
Market share gains in pharma & healthcare services and in e-commerce fulfilment as well as stringent cost management led to a significant improvement in earnings in Contract Logistics in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter.

The business unit's net turnover in the third quarter was CHF 1.2 billion and EBIT was CHF 53 million. Adjusted for extraordinary income in the third quarter of 2019 and 2020 from real estate sales of CHF 21 million, and CHF 4 million respectively, EBIT increased by 44%.

The business unit is continuing to expand its e-commerce fulfilment activities which are driving a significant proportion of new business wins. In Sweden, for example, Kuehne+Nagel will operate a new distribution centre for Amazon.

Kuehne+Nagel invests in global vaccine distribution network

Newly opened Brussels and Johannesburg airside hubs with direct tarmac access crucial for speed and product integrity
Enhancing Kuehne+Nagel’s pharma & healthcare network encompassing more than 230 operations worldwide

With the opening of airside pharma & healthcare hubs in Brussels, Belgium, and Johannesburg, South Africa, Kuehne+Nagel adds two strategic elements to its global GxP-certified network of temperature-controlled facilities for the distribution of vaccines and other pharma & healthcare products.

As many of the temperature-sensitive products have very low to no stability outside of their stated temperature ranges, direct tarmac access at Kuehne+Nagel airside facilities even further minimises the risk of temperature excursions and ensures product integrity during the logistics journey. The new premises have dedicated areas for all ranges of temperature-sensitive products: <-20°C, +2° to +8°C and +15° to +25°C. In addition, these facilities have the ability to change or add dry ice as required for deep frozen shipment where temperatures need to be maintained below -60°C.

In Brussels, the new Air Logistics hub is located in the center of Brucargo at the confinements of Brussels airport, the first airport in the world with an IATA CEIV pharma certification. The new Kuehne+Nagel facility consists of 15,546 sqm of warehousing space and is fully connected to the recently extended Geel Contract Logistics pharma warehousing facility, as well as the pan-European KN PharmaChain Road Logistics Network managed from Luxembourg.

In Johannesburg, the expanded KN PharmaChain airside facility at the international airport answers all temperature-sensitive cargo handling, consolidation and storage requirements and offers a number of value-added logistics services before distribution in South Africa or into Africa. Additionally, the new facility provides a unique temperature-controlled plane side solution through the use of state-of-the-art KN PharmaChain cool dollies. Built to accommodate both lower deck and main deck pallet sizes, the cool dollies protect the integrity of the cargo from the aircraft directly into the airside facility’s GxP coolers.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne+Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, comments: "Today, new pharma & healthcare products tend to be more valuable, more temperature-sensitive and have additional requirements for storage and transportation conditions. Such capabilities and facilities are not easily available globally. The new hubs in Brussels and Johannesburg will ensure that our pharma & healthcare customers can fully rely on Kuehne+Nagel to handle the specific challenges of integrity as well as provide end-to-end visibility and regulatory compliance along the logistics journey of their sensitive products. So, they can focus on the health and well-being of their patients; because this is what matters the most."

Kuehne+Nagel’s quality-driven approach continues to set the industry benchmark for pharma and healthcare logistics. The company currently has over 230 GxP-certified operations worldwide ? included in the pharma & healthcare network are additional hubs offering solutions for temperature-controlled needs; they are located in the US, the UK, Denmark, Spain, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Singapore, India, Panama, the UAE and Australia.

DB Schenker’s new Singapore warehouse Red Lion marks 101-million-euro record investment in corporate history

DB Schenker’s largest investment in any single site globally ? Automated high-speed facility ? One of the few large-scale integrated air freight and contract logistics hubs ? 50th anniversary of DB Schenker in Singapore

This summer, DB Schenker successfully started operation of a globally leading regional hub for automated high-speed logistics. Worth 101 million euros, the Red Lion warehouse in Singapore is the single largest investment in any site globally in Schenker’s corporate history. Strategically located in the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS) at Changi Airport, the site sets a new standard in combining the world’s most advanced technological developments with the highest levels of sustainable warehouse management for its customers. With the opening, DB Schenker reinforces its commitment to the city state as the booming gateway to the Asia Pacific region and celebrates its 50th anniversary in the “Lion City”.

Jochen Thewes, DB Schenker’s Chief Executive Officer: “DB Schenker further strengthens its position among the world’s leading logistic service providers for the APAC region. Our new logistics hub makes us even faster and more reliable for our customers. The record investment in Red Lion marks an unparalleled milestone for our corporate history of almost 150 years. We are happy and proud to reinforce our commitment to Singapore as the heart of our logistics operations in Asia.”

Red Lion solidifies Schenker’s position in Singapore as the largest and most advanced third-party logistics provider in the ALPS. Combined, the mechanized air freight hub and contract logistics warehouse extend over 51,400 square meters on five floors, equal to the size of seven soccer fields. A next generation Warehouse Management System and a synchronized IT platform bridging the various automations enable Red Lion to increase warehouse productivity by up to 100% compared to manual processes, and to reduce lead time for customers by 40% compared to non-integrated facilities.

Incoming freight is processed through a ball deck, which increases speed and eases handling. Pallet lifters then move freight to the automated warehouse with Very Narrow Aisles (VNA) to optimize capacity. The multi-shuttle and carton live storage systems are complemented by Goods-to-Person (GTP) and Pick-To-Light technologies, conveyor systems, and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

Red Lion is also the first warehouse to offer an in-house designed roboticlabeling system, which utilizes 3D-vision technology and three robotic arms to apply labels in multiple languages on products of varying sizes, shapes, and configurations.

David Christmas, APAC Contract Logistics Board Member at DB Schenker:“Our new warehouse is a record-breaking facility full of technological and digital innovations. It is designed to serve customers with requirements for short lead times and high throughput. Our robotics will revolutionize product labelling. With our automation novelties, we are paving the way for our continuous journey in contract logistics toward a fully digital supply chain.”

Moreover, the building recognizes Schenker’s commitment to promote sustainable development and environmental protection. 1,440 photovoltaic solar panels, along with other sustainability features, enable energy savings of 34%. Thus, Red Lion is certified with the Green Mark Platinum label by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore as well as the LEED Gold Standard.

Schenker’s first branch in Singapore was set up in 1970. Since then, the business has seen tremendous growth, with the number of locations in the city state rising to 13, including DB Schenker’s regional head office for APAC. Schenker Singapore meets changing customer demands in the evolving logistics landscapes through innovations, consistency in quality, and
competences in key sectors such as semiconductor, healthcare, aerospace, high-tech and consumer goods.

DB Schenker’s new logistics service for the battery industry

Expert scenarios forecast that by 2030 there will be more than 130 million electric vehicles on the roads globally. While power and availability of batteries are key to of this transport shift, manufacturers face new challenges managing the logistics around their supply. Transport, return and recycling are highly complex due to their classification as dangerous goods and strict legal requirements for transporting and warehousing batteries. DB Schenker has now launched a new and dedicated service that combines individual national and international regulations concerning battery types and transportation modes.

Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker: “Batteries are the main drivers of the ongoing electrification of the world. With our global network, we can cover the whole logistics spectrum to create reliable solutions for safe and customized battery transport and storage. We believe that e-mobility will be a key driver towards a more sustainable future. With our new service dedicated to battery logistics, we are proud to be a facilitator of this game-changing development.”

As a fully integrated service provider, DB Schenker offers all modes of transport, as well as custom-made solutions for the complete life cycle of batteries. This includes the inbound temperature-controlled transport of materials to production sites plus the outbound transport of finished goods in approved and labelled dangerous-goods packaging.

In accordance with environmental standards, DB Schenker also enables the storage of batteries separate from other combustible goods. Lithium batteries in particular are always kept in dry and well-ventilated areas.

Furthermore, dust-free warehousing, after-sales services and all relevant transport documentation can be realized. Additional reverse logistics include the recycling or disposal of batteries according to national legislation and in close cooperation with selected partners, inclusive of damaged or defective batteries.

Rainer Kiefer, EVP Global Sales of DB Schenker: “Over many years we have gathered a deep expertise in the automotive, electronics and semiconductor industries. We are now combining our know-how and skills in a cross-industrial solution. Given our profound experience, we are also happy to offer consulting and training to companies with requirements for their battery supply chains”.

By combining Full Truck Loads, individual solutions and special agreements, DB Schenker’s land transport business unit is already able to cover 98 percent of the demand for ground services for hazardous cargo, including batteries. Ocean freight transport of batteries can be combined with land transport infrastructures to meet the highest standards for comprehensive door-to-door supply chain solutions.

As air freight is the fastest option to move goods to their destinations, DB Schenker is continuously working on the acceptance of battery transports on important routes. Over 100 of DB Schenker’s own operational air freight sites around the world offer FSR-A standards (Facility Security Requirements) which is the highest level of security certification in the industry.

Thanks to access to the vast network of DB Cargo, intermodal railway transport connections link battery production sites in Europe and China with final customers in various European countries. DB Schenker’s multimodal solution enables lower transport costs compared to air freight and shorter lead times compared to ocean freight. Beyond rail transport, the service range includes pre- and on-carriage by truck, transshipments via terminals and railports and various additional activities such as quality monitoring, documentation and customs clearance.

Sustainability at Kuehne+Nagel: Ten-year targets clearly exceeded

The Kuehne+Nagel Group has published its Sustainability Report 2019. The company sets out its performance in the areas of environment, social and governance (ESG). The report follows the structure of the Global Reporting Initiative as well as the 17 goals for sustainable development of the United Nations.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, says: "Sustainability is a social responsibility and is the duty of every individual. Following the successful completion of our environmental goals set ten years ago, we are now starting the next phase of our sustainability strategy. With our Net Zero Carbon programme, we are taking responsibility for sustainable logistics, hand in hand with our customers and partners".

The KN Green environmental programme initiated in 2010 was completed at the end of last year. All targets were reached or exceeded. Over the last ten years, Kuehne+Nagel was able to reduce the CO2 emissions of its own locations by an impressive 27%. The share of renewable energies in total electricity consumption was 18% and the recycling rate over the ten-year average was 77%. By the end of 2019, the area equipped with LED lighting technology corresponded to around 3.8 million sqm.

With Net Zero Carbon, Kuehne+Nagel has launched a sustainability programme for the next ten years. Kuehne+Nagel is playing a pioneering role in the logistics industry with this programme. By the end of 2020, the company's own CO2 emissions (Scopes 1 and 2 of the greenhouse gas protocol) will be neutral; by 2030, this will be extended to all transport by suppliers such as airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies (Scope 3). Net Zero Carbon leverages three fields of action: detection, reduction and compensation of CO2.

Kuehne+Nagel is a member of the SXI Switzerland Sustainability 25, the most important sustainability index in Switzerland. In addition, the company was awarded the prestigious EcoVadis Gold status.

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.”

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.

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.