Friday, May 26, 2017

The Friday Freight and Logistics News Round Up

A Collection of This Weeks News
Shipping News Feature
US – XPO Logistics announced the opening of a third regional distribution centre for European Wax Center, one of the fastest growing beauty lifestyle brands in the United States. The new 40,000 square foot facility in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, marks a major expansion of XPO’s supply chain management relationship with the company.

The Camp Hill distribution centre will initially serve European Wax Center’s growing franchise base in the eastern US. It joins XPO-operated facilities in Portland, Tennessee, and Sparks, Nevada. Ashfaque Chowdhury, President, Supply Chain–Americas and Asia Pacific for XPO Logistics, said:

“This is an excellent example of the total capabilities package we can deliver to fast-growing specialty retailers — integrating traditional warehouse management with process innovations and tailored network support. Our dedicated solutions will help European Wax Center accelerate growth while managing a complex supply chain.”

US – Direct vessel calls from the Port of Oakland to Southeast Asia are up 50% this spring. The news was celebrated by two US Ambassadors to the region who visited the port. Ambassadors William Heidt (Cambodia) and Joseph Donovan (Indonesia) came to Oakland as part of the US-ASEAN Business Council’s annual US Ambassadors’ Tour to study Oakland’s role in Southeast Asian trade. Port Executive Director Chris Lytle told them it’s growing rapidly. Lytle told the Ambassadors:

“Southeast Asia is a dynamic region with significant export potential and increasing demand for US products. It’s imperative that we position ourselves to serve this market.”

UK – Gideon Hillman Consulting have completed a contract with Premier Foods to develop a strategy to optimise and where possible consolidate logistics operations of their sweet treats and grocery businesses. The Gideon Hillman Consulting team assisted Premier Foods to consolidate the company logistics operations into a single depot.

HONG KONG – MOL Liner has strengthened its refrigerated cargo segment by purchasing 2,200 new refrigerated containers. The new order consists of 2,000 40-foot and 200 20-foot refrigerated containers. These new units are equipped with advanced temperature control and enhanced dehumidification technologies which helps transport temperature-sensitive cargo such as meat, fruits, vegetables, seafood and pharmaceutical, to distant markets without degradation of quality. Yutaka Hinooka, Chief Operating Officer, MOL Liner, said:

“MOL is one of the world’s largest containership operators in the refrigerated cargo segment. With these new units, we will be able to provide state-of-the-art equipment to our valued customers

CHINA – Kuehne + Nagel signed a strategic cooperation with Jiangsu Taicang Port Authority and Shanghai Port Authority Zhenghe Terminal to promote a sea link between the Shanghai and Taicang ports. The Port of Taicang, located at the south bank of the Yangtze River estuary near Shanghai, is widely considered to be a significant satellite port to Shanghai’s Yangshan megaport.

Under the agreement, Kuehne + Nagel will cooperate with both port authorities to support the shuttle service which is in line with the Jiangsu Provincial Government strategic development plan to bring greater attention to the Taicang Port area. The sea-link aims to reduce CO2 emissions and improve efficiency by serving as a greener alternative to trucking between Jiangsu and Shanghai.