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Postal association names new chief executive
The International Post Corporation (IPC) has named Holger Winklbauer to succeed Herbert-Michael Zapf as the new chief executive of the IPC. Zapf is stepping down after 10 years in the role.
Winklbauer, who has served in a variety of roles in the logistics industry including CEO of DHL Global Forwarding in the Netherlands, will take over from Mr Zapf at the end of July 2016.
IPC is the cooperative association of 24 national postal services from major countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, which provides assistance to its postal members, whose business activities include mail, parcels, express, e-commerce, logistics, retail and banking services.
IPC was founded in 1989 and its headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium,
C.H. Robinson uses Riege’s ‘Scope’ to speed up customs clearance
The Netherlands based 3rd Party (3PL) and Supply Chain Logistics company, C.H. Robinson, intends to speed up customs clearance in Germany and the Netherlands by introducing a new software named ‘Scope’ which has been developed by the German based Riege Software International.
C.H. Robinson has been looking for some time for what they term as a smarter and stronger software solution for their customs clearance operations.
The decision to go for Riege’s Scope was made because they are convinced that it offers a much-needed timesaving and highly efficient software product.
This was confirmed by C.H. Robinson’s Customs Manager, Bob van Leeuwen.
The initial implementation was made already in September 2015 and after some additional modifications, has now been introduced also in Germany.
C.H. Robinson was founded in 1905 and is one of the world’s largest 3rd party logistics providers, employing over 13,000 staff and reached a gross revenue of US$13.5 billion in 2015.
Lufthansa Cargo gives DACHSER “Planet Award of Excellence”
The Global Partner Council, which is the annual meeting of Lufthansa Cargo’s largest customers and the LH Cargo senior management, has awarded the Kempten, Germany based forwarder, DACHSER, the coveted “Planet Award of Excellence.”
The award was given for what LH Cargo sees as DACHSER’s outstanding performance in their global cooperation.
It was noted that DACHSER flew the highest market share of all Lufthansa Cargo’s Global Partners last year. Praise also came for the stability and sustainability of the close business relations during the past year.
A major deciding factor for choosing DACHSER was their growth last year in the transport of temperature- sensitive cargo and perishables, live animals, express shipments, dangerous goods and hi-value freight.
Fraport 1st quarter show mixed results
The figures for the first three months of 2016 show that Fraport, Germany’s largest airport operator, has mixed results.
Passenger figures rose to 13 million, an increase of 3.3 percent on the Q1 last year.
Higher revenues were also achieved due to increasing the airport and infrastructure charges as well as those for aircraft handling.
A move which did not go down well with many of the airport’s customers.
The Fraport subsidiaries in Lima and Ljubljana and the Twin Star AMU Holding contributed to a positive result.
The Q1 adjusted Group revenue rose by 2.6 percent in the first quarter to EUR572.5 million.
EBITDA however fell by 4.9 percent to EUR 145.6 million due to what Fraport states as higher costs resulting from a new collective wage agreement and non-capitalized investments.
There was no mention (so far) of cargo movements and trends in the first quarter.
IAG CARGO present Q1 results
Revenues for the first quarter of this year for IAG Cargo fell by 1.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
Q1 showed the cargo consortium made up mainly from British Airways World Cargo and Iberia, with additional partners Aer Lingus, Vueling and bmi generated a combined revenue of EUR262 million
Cargo volumes declined by 1.8 percent while yields dropped by a notable 6.9 percent.
IAG Cargo’s new CEO, Drew Crawley commented that “these are respectable results in the face of a challenging market. The trading conditions experienced towards the end of last year have continued into 2016.”
IAG Cargo continues on their road to network expansion and will open new routes from Madrid to Shanghai and Johannesburg this year as well as further expansion into Lima, San Juan and San Jose to cater for the pharmaceutical and perishable markets.
John Mc Donagh / Nol van Fenema