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CEVA Logistics wins five-year contract with Airbus in Hamburg

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In a further strengthening of its international aerospace business, CEVA Logistics is pleased to announce it has been awarded a five year contract to manage spare parts and components for Airbus at the aircraft manufacturer’s site in Hamburg, Germany.  Effective February 2020, CEVA will become responsible for consolidating spare parts and components at the site from other locations across Europe, including Germany, France, Spain and the UK.

Improvement Projects

At the 21,000 sq metre facility, CEVA plans to implement more than 20 improvement projects to transform and improve the efficiency of the site over the next five years.  Dedicated to spare parts kits, the facility is expected to expand in the coming years to cater to Airbus’ own production development plan.

Quality and Value-Added Services

The stock that will be managed is divided into shelving, pallets and large scale parts with an average of 31 kit line items. The core process are Inbound and require 100% quality, put away, picking of materials and advance kitting with outbound and special consolidations projects being available to meet special airline requirements. The CEVA team will put particular emphasis on quality and value added services.

Service performance for Airbus will be improved across the board with new KPIs introduced year on year. Helping the customer with new challenges such as additional warehouse units and an improvement project strategy for the following years will also be areas of focus.

Says CEVA’s CEO, Mathieu Friedberg: “CEVA’s exceptional capabilities in aerospace logistics have been recognised by Airbus with the awarding of this long-term contract. Our two companies have successfully worked together on other projects previously and the depth of CEVA’s specialist knowledge in this industry combined with its operational and delivery solutions have been key to securing this new business.”

CEVA has taken on some 250 staff at the site under TUPE.

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CEVA Logistics is mobilized to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic around the world

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As a key part of its innovative service initiatives to help customers through the COVID-19 crisis, CEVA Logistics has already delivered significant additional volumes on behalf of numerous customers around the world. Air, air charter, ocean freight, ground transport and rail freight have all been deployed to ensure that shipments can be delivered in spite of the operational challenges created by the global pandemic.

USA

In North America, CEVA Logistics is handling the distribution for one of the medical technology companies appointed by the US Government to manufacture and supply COVID-19 test kits. The CEVA Logistics US freight management team has leveraged its wide expertise in expedited ground, critical airfreight and final mile deliveries to ensure these vital shipments reach hot spots at hospitals and laboratories across the country. This has included areas such as New Jersey, Seattle and Chicago.

SPAIN

CEVA took charge of the Import process, Customs clearance and delivery of the important airfreight shipment for Huawei’s donation of one million masks to the Spanish health service. CEVA staff, Huawei’s Spanish team and the airport authority in Madrid collaborated throughout the operation to ensure the masks reached the distribution points the same day the shipment landed.

UK

Demand for PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) supplies for frontline healthcare workers is growing exponentially. In response to this, CEVA Logistics is working in conjunction with iMakrstudio and Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, building a server farm at a secure location in south-east England which will host 200-250 3D printers. This week the 3D printers will start making protection visors, and CEVA will manage the infrastructure and logistics which includes assembly of the visors, ready to despatch and deliver to hospitals across the region.

Maintaining essential services

CEVA Logistics continues to supply essential services for the community, guaranteeing deliveries of hundreds of vital parcels a day to supermarkets, hospitals and pharmacies. The company is also maintaining advanced stock at wholesalers to anticipate all scenarios.

Mathieu Friedberg, Chief Executive Officer – CEVA Logistics, says: “Keeping frontline services operating in this global time of crisis is our duty and a  team challenge between CEVA Logistics and its partners. As customers and patients are relying on us more than ever, we remain committed to ensure supply chain continuity to the highest possible standards.”

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Kuehne + Nagel sells major part of its UK contract logistics portfolio

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Kuehne + Nagel enters into a definitive agreement to sell a major part of its UK contract logistics portfolio to XPO Logistics. The scope of the transaction includes the drinks logistics, food services and retail & technology businesses. These operations generated a turnover of approximately CHF 750 million in 2019 and are supported by 7’500 employees.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, comments: “One year ago, we first announced the strategic review of our contract logistics business to improve profitability and focus on our core, scalable solutions. We have now reached a major milestone in this effort, having secured an agreement to sell significant non-core assets in the UK. With XPO Logistics, we are pleased to have found a good new home for our customers and employees.”

Kuehne + Nagel remains highly committed to excellent customer solutions and service in the UK across all business units, including contract logistics. In particular, the company retains the industry verticals aerospace, government and pharma. These are amongst the Group’s scalable leverage areas.

Both parties have agreed not to disclose financial details. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including merger clearance by the competent competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year.

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UPS supports the administration to serve the economic and healthcare interests of the nation 

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UPS continues to deliver for customers even as Coronavirus uncertainty is requiring greater flexibility and creativity to adapt to new social distancing and other health maintenance protocols.

Recently, the White House through the Rapid-Response Taskforce for Coronavirus Testing Sites asked UPS to assist with the logistics planning and operations to support the opening and regular operation of drive-up Coronavirus community-based testing sites in several cities. UPS is ready to assist with transportation support as needed for the community-based testing sites.

“UPS is proud to provide logistics and transportation support to assist with the Administration’s special Coronavirus multi-city testing program.  We stand ready to assist to help keep our communities safe,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO.  “We are mobilizing our air and ground network planning and operations teams and we are prepared to fully support this urgent testing program.”

In this dynamic environment, the company is informing employees, suppliers and customers of several measures it is using to avoid the spread of the disease, in line with CDC and WHO recommendations.

Governments around the world have recognized that UPS’s global network, and those of other essential logistics companies, must continue to operate.  They have allowed UPS to continue operating at high levels of speed and efficiency even in unusual circumstances and in locations where the public is being advised to stay home and avoid contact with others.

UPS is a significant part of the fabric of the global economy.  The company transports more than three percent of global GDP and about six percent of U.S. GDP daily.  UPS employees are proud of the critical role the company plays for its customers, communities and the economies in countries where it operates.  The company provides extensive support to major healthcare companies with services ranging from supply chain management to shipping, storage and fulfillment of medical devices, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials specimens.

UPS is ready to assist with other critical logistics and transportation support as needed.  The company and The UPS Foundation play leading roles in humanitarian assistance in times of public crisis.  UPS was among the first companies to provide air cargo shipments of face masks and other personal protective equipment when the Coronavirus spread began in China in January.  UPS is serving this same role in the United States and in other countries around the world, beyond China, that are grappling with this virus.

Today UPS is adapting to new business realities by modifying the procedures its drivers use for residential and business deliveries.  In order to minimize contact with recipients, UPS drivers may ‘release’ shipments without the need for a signature.  When an adult signature is required due to the contents of the package, UPS drivers may now affix a form on the customer’s door for them to sign, allowing for the signature to be collected while maintaining acceptable social distances.

“We know our customers rely on UPS to maintain the flow of goods throughout their supply chains.  We are committed to rapidly adjusting our processes to ensure our employees, customers and communities can maintain normal daily life to the greatest extent possible while we adjust to the new realities of this pandemic,” said Abney.

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