Friday, August 2, 2019

A Rove Around Some of the Smaller Freight, Shipping and Logistics Stories of the Week

A Look at Some Supply Chain Tales You Might Have Missed
Shipping News Feature
UK – The first item in this week's look at some smaller stories in the world of shipping and freight related matters will doubtless divide readers, having as it does a whiff of Big Brother about it (or more efficient processing dependent on one's point of view). Supply chain and online fulfilment specialist Walker Logistics has invested in labour tracking software from Kronos at its 250,000 square foot multi-user storage facility in Berkshire.

Walker says the technology, scheduled to go live early in September, allows shop floor personnel to register exactly what processes they are undertaking and for which particular client account they are working at any given time. This accurate monitoring then translates to a precise breakdown of costs for each client and operation.

UK – The decision by Boris Johnson to appoint his brother Jo to his cabinet as Minister for both Education and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy sparked a positive reaction from apprenticeship provider GB Training MD, Lawrence Barton, who said he welcomed Johnson’s new responsibility for both higher and further education (HE and FE) meaning a seat in Cabinet meant skills and apprenticeships should finally get the voice they deserve in Government.

He added however that a simplified, streamlined skills funding system was essential as currently the skills funding system is riddled with a systemic bias in favour of FE colleges at the expense of independent training providers. This bias is leading to funding bottlenecks, which mean money isn’t getting to where it’s needed.

EUROPE – SAVVY Telematic Systems provides a range of digitalised products to allow the monitoring and control at range of a variety of logistics operations. Now the group has expanded its contract with Transwaggon (TWA) for a further five years and will equip a total of 7,500 of the client’s rail wagons with its SAVVY® CargoTrac-ExR-M1 telematic devices which can reliably track the freight wagons in use even under difficult conditions of up to -40°Celsius.

TWA's rail freight wagons can now be used in potentially explosive atmospheres and SAVVY says the telematics units are ‘robust, absolutely maintenance-free, flexibly configurable and highly intelligent’, only triggering a notification when certain threshold values are exceeded.

GERMANY – AUSTRIA – The Deutsche Post DHL Group, provider of mail and logistics services, has strengthened its cooperation with Austrian Post in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In order to profit from the booming cross-border e-commerce business, the companies will collaborate in last-mile parcel delivery in Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Under the agreement, In Time s.r.o., a subsidiary of Austrian Post, will deliver parcels sent by DHL customers to Slovakia, while Deutsche Post DHL Group's Czech subsidiary, PPL CZ s.r.o. will deliver parcels sent by Austrian Post customers to Czech Republic. Both relationships are expected to begin in September 2019.

BRAZIL – EASTERN EUROPE – Three hospitalised seafarers, who were supported by Sailors’ Society following the death of two of their crewmates off the coast of Brazil, have returned home to Eastern Europe. The tragic incident on July 17 was believed to be a poison gas leak while crew were cleaning the pipeline on the MV AP Dubrava. Croatians Gjusti Jerinic and Mirko Seman, along with Ukrainian Oleksandr Maphenko, were all hospitalised after the incident.

Ailton De Souza, one of Sailors’ Society’s chaplains who are specially trained to offer emergency crisis support to seafarers following trauma at sea, visited the men in hospital, offering them emotional support and acting as an interpreter. He said they were suffering both with their physical health and the trauma of losing their friends.

US – Earlier this month, freight trucking group Schneider began offering intermodal services at the BNSF Barstow, California ramp. This new intermodal ramp service provides shippers in the Eastern part of Southern California, Las Vegas and Western Arizona markets with a more cost-competitive transportation option to Chicago and north eastern markets.

Service to and from the Barstow ramp will go directly to Chicago five days per week. It offers a five-day transit time that’s cost and service competitive with truckload. The new ramp is located just northeast of San Bernardino, California, only 150 miles from Las Vegas. With the addition of the new Barstow ramp, Schneider says it now offers intermodal service to more than 40 ramps throughout North America.

SOUTH KOREA – CEVA Logistics is pleased to announce it has been chosen by iHerb to provide air export services to Japan and Singapore from their newly opened logistics and distribution centre near South Korea's Incheon International Airport, the country’s main gateway airport. The vitamin and supplement supplier will benefit from a jointly implemented data transfer system that will help it streamline its business, and from CEVA’s global network that will provide it services enabling it to scale up its business in the future.

AUSTRALIA – NEW ZEALAND – Mail and distribution group Asendia, formed by La Poste and Swiss Poste, has launched Asendia Oceania a move aimed at the cross-border eCommerce market. The company says it has developed several local strategic partnerships. eShopWorld, will provide a digital platform and global infrastructure offering in-country pricing strategies, (including duties and taxes), and a local checkout that adds optimised address entry and local payment methods.

SelluSeller will be offered as a bundled service amongst Asendia Oceania solutions. This will give online retailers a single software solution for selling in major Asian, European and American marketplaces. Local logistics partners Tigers Australia and First Global Logistics NZ will provide a regional footprint for B2C and omnichannel fulfilment solutions. Tigers Australia has a warehousing network across Australia (Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney) whilst First Global Logistics has facilities in Auckland and Christchurch.

Photo: (L-R) Sailors’ Society Chaplain Ailton De Souza with tragedy survivors Olexandr Maphenko and Mirko Seman.