Friday, July 28, 2017

The Friday Logistics and Freight Industry News Round Up

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WORLDWIDE – This week's look at some smaller topical items in the world of freight and logistics begins with the news that, following their Advice on Towage article, the Shipowners' Club has now produced an infographic for those seeking further guidance on the subject of ocean towage. The infographic includes information on customary and uncustomary towage, the fitness to tow survey, manning requirements and procedures and systems that should be in place prior to departure.

UK – Barry-based PM Rees has taken delivery of a SANY SDCY-80K6G empty container handler to add to its fleet of Konecranes machines, all supplied by Cooper Specialised Handling. Chris Barnes, Sales Director at Cooper Handling, said:

"The addition of another empty container handler to its fleet represents an important investment for PM Rees, and we're delighted that the company has once again turned to us, as its preferred handling solutions provider, for advice on how best to support customers that require empty tank services."

PM Rees is highly experienced in national and international road haulage, including the transportation of hazardous goods, bulk liquids, powders and containers. The family-owned and managed firm also provides a comprehensive range of associated services, including isotank container washing, testing and repairs, vehicle and tanker servicing and maintenance, trailer rental and tachograph calibration and inspection.

UK – KK Fine Foods Plc, a family owned food manufacturer based in Deeside, has outsourced its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) requirements to TrueCommerce. The company had previously relied on traditional manual processes for exchanging orders and invoices with its customers, however after a steady increase in customer requests to trade electronically the company made the decision to look for an EDI provider. Jon Hill, Sales Executive at TrueCommerce, said:

“We are delighted to welcome KK Fine Foods to the TrueCommerce network. We look forward to helping the company increase internal efficiencies whilst maximising the level of service they deliver to their customers as they continue to grow.”

UK – A giant storage tower is already helping the supply chain services company, Core Management Logistics (CML), to win new business with online retailers. The custom-built space saving storage system, known as a pick tower, has been installed at CML’s Lutterworth warehouse. The new structure with coverage of approximately 60,000 square feet can accommodate between 50,000 and 100,000 product locations – making it ideal for e-commerce. The tower features static, adjustable shelves and hanging garment rails served by a 3-level reversible conveyor system and garment elevators. CML’s Managing Director, Mark Webb commented:

“As a logistics company, we’re committed to finding new ways to increase operational capability and expertise for our new and existing clients. Our new pick tower provides an impressive increased capacity and it’ll allow online retailers, both small and large, to efficiently distribute their goods with speed, accuracy and ease. Our pick tower will now enable us to complete every aspect of customer fulfilment and returns processing, from pick to store or pick to consumer.”

NETHERLANDS – Nestlé and Kuehne + Nagel have entered into an intensive partnership in the Netherlands. Over the next five years, all products by Nestlé - Netherlands will be warehoused, transported and delivered by Kuehne + Nagel. As of 2018, all Nestlé - Netherlands’ chocolate, coffee and culinary products as well as pet and baby foods will be warehoused in the new Kuehne + Nagel distribution centre in the Dutch town of Veghel, purpose built for the new partnership.

Kuehne + Nagel will be responsible for all logistics flows of Nestlé Netherlands and will be offering all supply chain services required by the customers of the food manufacturer, including warehousing and distribution. Diederick de Vroet, Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel Netherlands, said:

”The Fast Moving Customer Goods (FMCG) industry is of strategic importance to Kuehne + Nagel. We are therefore very pleased to enter into a long-term partnership with Nestlé - Netherlands. We have proven our ability to reliably and effectively operate all channels from the same logistics concept, and to anticipate changes promptly. We thereby can provide Nestlé - Netherlands with the right logistics solution.”

NETHERLANDS - Cargo volumes at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol grew 8.7% to 866,713 tonnes between January and June 2017, up from 797,069 tonnes during the same period in 2016. Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, said:

“The Schiphol Cargo Community has worked on a series of new initiatives this year, which demonstrate our commitment to delivering safe and efficient cargo products, and our excellent first half-year performance is the result of this collaboration. We are pleased that our continued focus on developing innovative solutions, such as our Compliance Checker and the Milkrun, for our growing base of e-Commerce and pharma customers has helped to deliver strong growth in the first half of the year.”

US – Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has ordered six more Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes from Konecranes for the Port of Savannah, Georgia. Delivery will be in the first half of 2020. The STS cranes currently on order have a lifting capacity of 66 tons, an outreach of 61 meters, and a lifting height of 46 meters above the dock. GPA Executive Director, Griff Lynch, said:

"We are making this investment in order to stay ahead of demand as our customers devote larger vessels delivering more cargo to Savannah. By 2020, we will have 18 Neopanamax cranes and the ability to work three 14,000-TEU vessels at a single terminal simultaneously.”

The Port of Savannah currently operates 146 Konecranes RTG cranes and 26 Konecranes STS cranes, with 4 more under delivery in 2018. The new 6 units will add the total number of Konecranes STS cranes in the terminal to 36.

PHILIPPINES – AAI Worldwide Logistics Inc. has completed first phase of implementing Ramco Systems’ ERP solution for Logistics. Rico Brizuela, Chairman, AAI Group of Companies, said:

“This is a major leap in our digital journey to become the Philippines’ number one logistics company. As more companies abandon disparate manually operated systems for paperless processes, Ramco’s user-friendly technology will enable us to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-changing logistics industry.”

Ramco Logistics Software is an integrated Cloud-based platform for Third Party Logistics, Freight Forwarders, and Parcel / Courier service providers seeking a high-performance logistics software.