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CEVA Logistics has been chosen to operate a warehouse for IKEA in Mexico

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CEVA Logistics has been chosen to operate a warehouse for IKEA in Mexico. Image: Pixabay
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CEVA Logistics Mexico has been appointed to operate a new dedicated warehouse to support IKEA Mexico’s operations in the country. This facility opening is an extension of the existing successful global partnership between CEVA and the world’s largest furniture retailer.

The Mexico City IKEA Store will become the company’s first retail location in Latin America and CEVA has been awarded a multi-year contract to operate it.

CEVA will be responsible for all operational activities of the new CEDIS (Distribution Center). CEVA will utilize its Matrix® IT platform to manage all the warehouse processes. The partnership between CEVA and IKEA Mexico heralds economic growth in the region and the creation of job opportunities.

This new market is another addition to the expanding portfolio of business CEVA has developed with IKEA globally over the past five years.

Says Dominik Dittrich, CEVA’s Executive Vice President of Contract Logistics, North America: “We are delighted to have been awarded this long-term contract with IKEA Mexico. This is testimony to our expertise in customer and retail logistics and to our dedication. Our experienced team members are working hard to get everything in place in time for the official opening and we are excited to support the IKEA Mexico team in this new adventure.”

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GEODIS to host emissions calculator to assess carbon footprint

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GEODIS’ commitment to a socially and environmentally responsible business dates back over 10 years. Now, its online emissions calculator that determines the carbon footprint of a freight shipment is freely available on its website.

The calculator measures air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions generated by an individual shipment’s journey, comparing the performance of different modes of transport (air, rail, road, sea, inland waterway, etc.). For each shipment of goods, the calculator gives an overview of the various options, making it an invaluable aid in choosing the most environmentally friendly transport.

The tool performs calculations that take into account the goods being shipped, their origin, destination and mode of transport before providing a quantitative evaluation.

“The precise measurement of emissions generated by one’s activities is a precondition for improvement. This initiative provides a transparent and reliable way to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants for each mode of transport” says Cécile Bray, Senior Expert Climate and Carbon Accounting at GEODIS.

A user-friendly solution

This new, intuitive service is available in English and French. It is developed in partnership with EcoTransIT World, whose methodology is accredited by the Smart Freight Centre’s Global Logistics Emission Council’s (GLEC) framework.

GEODIS’ actions recognized by the CDP*

Aware that climate change is a major challenge in the transport sector, GEODIS has set its sights on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% between now and 2030.
In 2019, the company was awarded an A- rating by the CDP. With this rating, the CDP recognized GEODIS as a pioneering company that is implementing appropriate actions to report, control and effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Only 6% of the
 companies assessed by the CDP worldwide received an equivalent or higher rating.

To reduce its carbon emissions, GEODIS:

– strives to optimize transport plans by implementing approaches that improve trucks’ load factor and avoid empty miles

– develop the use of rail for multimodal transport

– has integrated vehicles that use cleaner energy into their fleet (natural gas and electric)

GEODIS also commits to providing its customers with solutions to reduce their carbon footprint at each step of the supply chain.

*CDP is a non-profit international organization that manages the largest environmental reporting platform devoted to companies and cities.

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Rhenus invests automotive logistics

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Logistics specialist, the Rhenus Group, has invested in its automotive offering, with the launch of its Full Vehicle Logistics department in the UK to further meet the needs of its automotive customers worldwide.

The Rhenus Group, which has a longstanding history working across the automotive sector, has expanded its in-house capabilities to offer customers a full range of logistics services under one provider.

To date, Rhenus UK has largely supported the automotive sector with the transportation of vehicle parts and sub-assembly projects, with the support of its automotive competence centres across Europe. With the introduction of Full Vehicle Logistics, it has increased its capabilities to work on additional specialist automotive movements, from transporting one-of-a-kind prototypes through to managing full customs clearance for individual vehicle shipments across the globe.

The Full Vehicle Logistics team focuses on servicing three key customer groups – individuals, dealerships and OEMs.

Spencer Davern, Air & Ocean director at Rhenus UK, commented: “The launch of Full Vehicle Logistics allows Rhenus to further expand its automotive offering and focus on the movement of complete cars via air, ocean or road. The fact we have invested in a new department during these unprecedented times is a testament to our dedication to the automotive sector. As we head towards the completion of Brexit, it is going to be more beneficial than ever for businesses to keep their transportation needs under one roof, with a provider that can deliver complete support from start to finish, including customs clearance.

“I’m proud to be working with such a talented team and look forward to completing many more high security, high profile and high value movements.”

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Coyote Logistics latest study to evaluate sustainable SCM

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As more industries and businesses prioritize sustainable practices in order to build a greener future, Coyote Logistics, a leading global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, released the results of its latest proprietary research study titled “Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Driving a Smarter, More Sustainable Future.” The study revealed that 81% of companies are more focused on sustainability today than they were three years ago, and to be successful their supply chains must play an integral role in owning sustainable initiatives across their networks.

Conducted in partnership with third-party market research firm Martec, the survey analyzed where global shippers stand today on sustainability to garner a better understanding of how supply chain leaders are approaching it and where they see the greatest opportunities for growth. 250 global shippers across various industries, company sizes, verticals and seniority levels were surveyed to explore buying habits and perceptions about the evolution toward a more sustainable supply chain.
“At Coyote, we understand the industry is prioritizing sustainability today more than ever before, and that this trend will only continue. As a leader and innovator within the supply chain, Coyote is committed to delivering insights and innovative solutions that support sustainable practices, which are being driven by our Coyote Collective industry forum,” said Mike Sinkovitz, SVP of Coyote Transportation Management. “With our advanced technology, proprietary research and over a decade of industry experience, we’re uniquely positioned to support the advancement of sustainable processes across a wide range of logistics services. The first step is understanding where the industry stands today, which is why we are eager to share the results of this study.”
Notably, the study found the trend towards sustainability within the supply chain is dominant among companies of all sizes, and the same is true across different verticals. This common commitment reinforces that, regardless of company size or industry, sustainability is here to stay. As organizations look to implement change in their own networks, they need the collective support of all business areas, often with supply chain at the forefront of these initiatives.
“Sustainable practices and operations are now the expectation among customers and key stakeholders. As a result, supply chain professionals need to prioritize these initiatives across their entire networks to achieve continued success,” said Sinkovitz.
Consumers impact supply chain sustainability efforts
To better understand how important sustainability is to the consumers that drive supply and demand, the survey investigated their perspectives about purchasing products or services from brands that operate in a way more favorable for the environment, including in their approaches to supply chain management. 84% of respondents were more likely to base a purchase decision on a brand’s sustainability practices. In response to this trend, 77% of companies with revenues between $1M–$199M have increased their focus on sustainability within the last three years. This reinforces the importance of green practices for consumers and the acknowledgment of this trend among shippers.

Consumer loyalty based on sustainable efforts was also clearly demonstrated. 61% of respondents noted their willingness to wait longer for the delivery of their purchases if they know it’s better for the environment. Despite this, same-day and next-day delivery options are commonplace.

“The study’s data clearly outlined this juxtaposition between consumers’ desire for quick deliveries and sustainable shipping practices. Delivering on both requires a holistic, collaborative effort from all members of the supply chain,” said Sinkovitz.

Due to increased demand for more environmentally friendly products and services, a focus on supply chain sustainability is critical: 98% of global shippers now have at least one team member dedicated to green initiatives. However, only 25% take it a step further and require information on sustainability within their RFPs, showing a lack of consensus on how to plan for and measure performance.

What this means for the supply chain

With more global shippers having dedicated team members focused on sustainability initiatives and 81% being more focused on these efforts than they were three years ago, it is apparent the need is being recognized. Supply chain professionals are building long-term sustainability goals that they expect to meet within the next four to five years.

The supply chain has “woken up” to the fact that sustainability should be prioritized if lasting success is to be achieved. Companies reported sustainability practices generated a return on investment (ROI) based on key performance indicators, which included cost savings (67%), benefits to company reputation (59%) and reflection of industry leadership (52%), among others.

Whether members of the supply chain have already implemented environmentally friendly practices or they’re just getting started, prioritizing sustainability is going to be critical to achieve continued success. The data uncovered in the survey serves as a guide to support these efforts and represents a starting point in the pursuit of a more sustainable future within the supply chain.

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