squAIR-timber one of 1,000 selected sustainable solutions
squAIR-timber, the lightweight, cardboard fiber pallet-alternative developed by German trilatec GmbH, was recently accorded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label. This label, awarded by the solar flight pioneer, Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse Foundation, denotes squAIR-timber as being one of its chosen 1,000 innovative yet also economically attractive sustainable solutions. The lightweight pallet and beam alternative solutions, made from 100% recycled paper, weigh 80% less than their wood peers and can thus help to massively reduce CO2 emissions during transport. Weighing just 1.2 kg, one meter of squAIR-timber can carry up to 5 tons.
Andreas Langemann, Managing Director of trilatec GmbH, pointed to the solution’s attractiveness for special shipments, too: "When transporting pharmaceutical products by air freight, some of
our customers already rely completely on squAIR-timber, because the transition to our sustainable solution is easy and reliable, especially with standardized packaging," and elaborated on
its benefits: “We are particularly honored to have been awarded a label from the Solar Impulse Foundation because we believe that squAir-timber perfectly embodies the combination of economic
and environmental benefits. On the one hand, squAir-timber features massive cost and weight savings for airlines, and handling agencies have to spend less time setting up our transportation
system. On the other, the weight savings are already reducing CO2 emissions from global freight transportation today”.
Jettainer, the exclusive sales partner for squAIR-timber which it already presented at the ULD Care conference in Montreal, Canada, back in SEP19, was pleased with the award. “squAIR-timber is a really innovative system with huge potential to make air freight transportation more sustainable. We were extremely excited about this solution from the outset. It’s a perfect fit with our portfolio of innovative loading equipment and control solutions and with our mission of making logistics more sustainable,” Thorsten Riekert, Chief Sales Officer of Jettainer GmbH, summarized.
Condor, TUI, and Sunclass join cargo.one
The ECS Group members, Condor, TUI, and Sunclass have now placed their real-time capacity offer on the cargo.one e-booking platform. Available from Germany and other European countries from this month on, the latest additions expand the booking platform’s network reach to include a number of interesting destinations including the Canary and ABC Islands. An unusual step for holiday carriers to offer their belly space with real-time prices and instant confirmation to freight forwarders, and a sign of the times where every kilo of capacity counts – especially now in the run-up to Christmas.
Cedric Millet, Chief Strategy and Digital Officer at ECS Group, explains the reason behind enabling its Total Cargo Management airlines to digitally sell their space on various e-booking platforms: “As part of our overall transformation agenda, we decided to partner with several digital solutions providers and cargo.one is one of them. Online distribution is a needed service for us to allow our principals to rise from the COVID-19 crisis faster and stronger. Making the services of our partner airlines Condor, TUI and Sunclass available on cargo.one is a step forward in this strategy.”
Moritz Claussen, Co-Founder and Managing Director at cargo.one, commented: “Being able to offer freight forwarders the broadest possible network and capacity available for booking to any destination in the world is an important goal for us at cargo.one - in particular in the upcoming peak season. We look forward to welcoming Condor, TUI, and Sunclass with their unique networks to our platform. To partner with ECS Group on this integration marks an important milestone for the industry. It signals our joint commitment towards more collaboration amongst all participants of the industry to create a bright and sustainable future for air cargo.” cargo.one received $18.6 million in a financing round this summer, and continues to successfully grow and expand.
Qantas celebrated its centenary on 16NOV20
“Qantas is the oldest continuously-operating airline in the world and the only one that (normally) flies to every single inhabited continent on earth,” the press release reads, and points out that the airline whose name stands for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services, was founded just 17 years after the Wright Brothers successfully completed their first powered flight, and just two years after the first World War – incidentally at a time when “the last major global pandemic, the Spanish Flu” was just coming to an end. 100 years on since it was first founded in the Australian outback by two veterans of the Australian Flying Corps, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, together with local grazier Fergus McMaster, initially to transport mail between outback towns, the airline – like many others – faces the largest aviation crisis in history, but is optimistic about the future.
Qantas Chairman, Richard Goyder, said: “The history of Qantas shows it’s no stranger to a challenge or a crisis. That’s often when its role as the national carrier has really come to the fore. We want to use this moment to say thank you to all those who have supported Qantas over the years. And, in particular, to the many people who have dedicated some or all of their careers to this great company.”
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said: “Around the world, Qantas is probably best known for its safety record, endurance flying, and long list of aviation firsts. But for Australians, there’s nothing quite like seeing the flying kangaroo at the airport, waiting to take you home. We hope to be doing a lot more of that in the months and years ahead.”
The 100-year anniversary of the airline which, after a very uncertain start, quickly developed into the national carrier, and was the first airline to introduce Business Class, was marked by a low-level, evening flyover of Sydney Harbour.
Frozen seafood makes its way from Kerala to the USA in RAPs
Voted the best shrimp brand in the US back in 2008 already, and owning a 25% market share there at the time, Kochi, India-based Choice Canning Company which has been exporting frozen cooked shrimps to a number of countries since 50 years, recently had to source alternative transport methods due to the pandemic. Together with Emirates Sky Cargo, the Choice Group, carried out its first air cargo shipment using an RAP-t2 ULD. It was also the first time for Cochin International Airport Ltd’s (CIAL) handled seafood in this type of enhanced air circulation cool container which is normally used to transport pharmaceuticals. 188 cartons of frozen shrimp were kept at a steady -20°C using around 900 kg of dry ice and flew from CIAL’s Centre for Perishable Cargo to the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York on 15NOV20. It was the first of four shipments over the week, totally 750 cartons of frozen cooked shrimp. Previously these shipments went by sea.
Launch of The Asean Smart Logistics Network
On 14NOV20, during the 37th Asean Summit under participation in person by Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh, and with Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong and Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in virtual attendance, the Asean Smart Logistics Network (ASLN) was launched. The aim is to strengthen the region’s position and competitiveness in terms of improved logistics infrastructures and stronger supply chains. The current pandemic has thrown up many challenges which can be overcome more successfully through collaboration.
The ASLN’s first project is the construction of a 166.68 million USD SuperPort which will be located in the northern province of Vinh Phuc, Vietnam: an investment by the T&T Group of Vietnam and two Singaporean partners (YCH Group Pte Ltd and YCH Holdings). The Vinh Phuc Inland Container Depot Logistics Centre will serve as a transit point for domestic goods, exports, imports, and shipments traveling along the Hanoi-Lao Cai economic corridor and from China via the Lao Cai border gate. It will also act as an inland container depot, providing customs clearance services for exports and imports. The multimodal SuperPort, located near Hanoi, has ideal road, rail, air, and sea links, and will thus “provide crucial infrastructure support for Vietnam's growing exports and contribute to its human resource development goals,” according to PM Lee, who pointed out that this was “the largest logistics development by a Singapore firm in Vietnam. [This] has been made possible because of the mutual trust and comfort our peoples and businesses have in each other," going on to say that he was "encouraged that amidst the Covid-19 crisis, regional integration and cooperation have continued uninterrupted".
2GO CabinCargo launched as alternative to air freight
The Manila, Philippines-based 2GO Group Inc., the country’s largest integrated transportation and logistics provider, recently launched its 2GO CabinCargo product in response to the restrictions in air cargo capacities brought about by the pandemic and the grounding of a great number of passenger aircraft. Reduced capacities and flight frequencies led to supply chain disruptions. “2GO CabinCargo is the best alternative to air freight, while the airlines are reevaluating their plans,” 2GO chief operations officer Waldo Basilla said. “By using our ropax fleet, which are the fastest vessels in the country that offer special handling of cargoes, we now offer the best lead times closest to airfreight.” The 2GO CabinCargo product is a domestic road-sea service available between Manila, Visayas and Mindanao, whereby the 2GO cargo loads are positioned in locations on the shipping vessel that enable them to be first off at destination and discharged directly on to a truck which delivers direct to the customer, thus avoiding time-consuming transfers to terminal warehouses. “We deliver to consumers in the key ports of Visayas and Mindanao within five days, from pick-up to delivery. With this option, shippers can simply adjust their supply chains by a couple of days and reestablish their product flows,” Basilla said.
cargo-partner goes for worldwide CargoWise implementation
cargo-partner announced that it will begin rolling out CargoWise across all its stations in 40 countries in Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the USA in mid-2021, aiming for roll-out completion by MAR23. CargoWise, provided by WiseTech Global, is a cloud-based software licensed in 160 countries that enables logistics service providers to carry out complex transactions in all aspects of logistics from freight forwarding, to customs clearance, warehousing, shipping, tracking, land transport, e-commerce, and cross-border compliance.
Stefan Krauter, CEO of cargo-partner, explained: "CargoWise will be a revolutionary step in our next stage of growth. The ability to manage our global freight forwarding operations from a single platform that provides real-time visibility across our supply chain will enable cargo-partner to increase operational efficiency and focus on driving customer experience. We also expect to significantly improve cost efficiencies and productivity across our teams. […] Complementing our own visibility and collaboration platform SPOT, CargoWise was the clear leader in being able to provide us with the extensive functionality, configurability and flexibility that will support and drive our future growth initiatives."
WiseTech Global Founder and CEO, Richard White, stated: "This is a fantastic result for cargo-partner and WiseTech Global. As we continue to welcome more leading logistics service providers to adopt our CargoWise platform for full global rollouts, we move one step closer to delivering on our vision to be the operating system for global logistics. The deep functionality available within CargoWise will ensure cargo-partner has a strong foundation for future business growth."
Gebrüder Weiss pursues ambitious growth plans
Austrian logistics company Gebrüder Weiss is undeterred by the pandemic in its growth plans and recently announced that it intends to expand further in the air and sea freight sector in Germany. Speaking at the Aircargo Club Deutschland (ACD), Dr. Lothar Thoma, Managing Director Air & Sea at Gebrüder Weiss, gave insights into how one of the oldest companies in the logistics industry is using digitalization, initiative and teamwork to successfully implement its expansion strategy despite the difficult conditions. Those plans include a greater share of the Air & Sea market in Germany, building on Ipsen Logistics takeover in Germany, Poland and Malaysia this year. "By taking over the customers and employees of Ipsen Logistics, we have strengthened our position in the important German air and sea market. The addition of the new locations in Germany to our global network opens up new development opportunities for both our customers and our employees", Dr. Thoma explained, also talking about the challenge of connecting new locations and employees almost completely remotely. "The crisis has shown us that new locations can be integrated thanks to digital solutions without having to be on site. In order to integrate and protect the business and colleagues in the best possible way, we quickly equipped over 1,000 colleagues with home office devices and implemented security measures at the locations," Dr. Thoma said.
Prof. Dr. Christopher Stoller, President of the Aircargo Club Germany, also referred to the importance of digital strategies and solutions: "The successful integration of the new locations into the Gebrüder Weiss corporate structure once again shows how important the topic of digitalization is in the present. However, many companies still have a strong need for action not only when it comes to opening up new businesses, but also when it comes to paperless and transparent supply chains. As Aircargo Club Deutschland, we will continue to stimulate the exchange of ideas in the industry, not least to make the airfreight industry fit for the digital future."
Three new members join Pharma.Aero
Dubai-based logistics and transportation services company, First Priority Cargo, global 4PL BDP International, and Lima-based ground handler SAASA (Servicios Aeroportuarios Andinos S.A) are the three latest members to join Pharma.Aero.
Jeremy Mitchell, Director at Pharma.Aero, stated: “The membership of Pharma.Aero continues to grow with like-minded logistics companies”. In fact, the newest additions bring the total new members up to 8 within just the past 2 months. “We look forward to the new collaborations that could emerge between these new members and our existing members.”
Ditlip Sitlani, Vice President, Business Intelligence & Operations at First Priority Cargo said, “First Priority Cares! We strive to be the best in customer service and pharma safety is an important part of the end to end journey. We are pleased to join a collaborative organisation which understands the care and responsibilities we should all have in this industry. We look forward to adding value and sharing of our thoughts and new ideas with the entire Pharma.Aero membership.”
Simona Ravera, Director of Sales, EMEA LifeSciences & Healthcare, Business Development Solutions, at BDP International, commented, “Following our long-term strategic plan and initiatives related to the LifeSciences & Healthcare industry such as to build around customer needs and service models in end-to-end pharmaceutical logistics, BDP International is happy to be part of Pharma.Aero. The nature of this business requires strong industry cooperation. We do believe in a community and collaborative approach which promotes the exchanges of good practices.”
Enrique Vargas Loret de Mola, CEO at SAASA added, “SAASA's aim is to have the highest standards in the handling of Pharma by providing training tools to our team of collaborators and adequate infrastructure to ensure product integrity. To achieve this goal, we have to be at the forefront of new and best practices for the storage and handling of Pharma cargo and be part of a globally recognized network.”
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