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Descartes acquires Peoplevox

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Descartes has acquired Peoplevox, a leading provider of cloud-based ecommerce warehouse management solutions (“eWMS”).

Headquartered in the UK, Peoplevox serves the direct-to-consumer ecommerce community. Peoplevox’s web-based eWMS and ecommerce fulfillment solutions help customers seamlessly connect to webshop front ends, translate order information into a mobile-driven pick and pack process within the warehouse and then feed parcel delivery systems for shipment execution.

Descartes’ strategy is focused on growing and operating the most complete and interoperable global Logistics Technology Platform. Descartes’ Logistics Technology Platform uniquely combines the Global Logistics Network (GLN), a wide range of modular and interoperable logistics applications and the largest community of logistics-intensive companies in the world. The acquisition advances Descartes’ strategic objective to strengthen its global presence and leadership position by:

  • Expands Descartes’ network reach and concentration with additional connections into ecommerce systems, shipping systems, inventory planning, and purchasing systems prevalent in ecommerce;
  • Enhances Descartes’ ecommerce order management and warehouse management application footprint;
  • Expands Descartes’ community of direct-to-consumer ecommerce customers in the UK; and
  • Adds incremental ecommerce transactions that will generate additional shipment transaction content.

Extending Descartes’ Global Logistics Network

Descartes’ GLN is the foundation on which the applications and community are built. The GLN provides community members the flexibility to easily connect and collaborate with global trading partners. The Peoplevox acquisition expands reach and concentration with additional connections into ecommerce systems, shipping systems, inventory planning, and purchasing systems prevalent in ecommerce.

Enhancing Descartes’ offering of logistics management applications

Descartes’ product strategy is focused on expanding its logistics application functional footprint to provide its customers with the most comprehensive logistics management solutions in the industry. The Peoplevox acquisition enhances Descartes’ ecommerce order management and warehouse management functional footprint – in particular, strengthening mobile pick and pack capabilities.

Growing Descartes’ global multimodal logistics community

Descartes’ logistics community is the largest multi-modal network of logistics-intensive companies in the world, with parties using its cloud-based services in over 160 countries. The acquisition adds a community of direct-to-consumer ecommerce customers in the UK.

Expanding Descartes’ logistics trade data content

Descartes’ leading platform combines regulatory trade data and logistics trade data to improve market research, reduce the risk of transacting with denied or restricted parties, perform shipment classification and valuation to minimize duty spend, and improve shipment planning and execution. The Peoplevox acquisition adds incremental ecommerce transactions that will generate additional shipment transaction content.

 

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Maersk’s first intercontinental train from Europe to Asia dispatched from St. Petersburg

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The first Eastbound train on Maersk’s AE19 service was dispatched from St. Petersburg port in the eastward direction, carrying goods from Europe to Asia. The overall transit time of the new intercontinental service from ports in North Europe to ports in Korea and Japan will be between 23 and 32 days, which is a reduction by half compared to 52-57 days via the traditional Ocean route.

The train loaded with plywood and chemical products from North Europe left the FCT port terminal in St. Petersburg to the terminal VSC in the port of Vostochniy in the Russian Far East (both terminals are part of Global Ports group). Upon arrival to Vostochniy, containers will be loaded on Maersk’s short-sea vessels for delivery to Korea and Japan.

Maersk launched the AE19 service in August 2019 in partnership with Russian partners Modul and Global Ports to offer a complementary product for more time-sensitive cargoes moving from Asia to Europe, connecting the ports of Vostochniy and St. Petersburg in Russia.

“AE19 service provides our customers not only with a faster delivery solution, but also at a lower cost than airfreight. So far, the service has been used for westbound shipments from Asia to Europe only, however as the service has been experiencing a steady growth since the beginning of 2020, it has further enabled shipments in the opposite direction from Europe to Asia as well. The customer demand to develop the Eastbound service, especially within the automotive, technology, chemicals and industrial verticals, has further led to the launch of this service”, shares Kasper Krogh, Head of Intercontinental Rail at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Maersk provides its customers with flexible transport solutions, enabling them to find the most suitable options to transfer their goods. The customers can easily switch transport modes between Ocean and Rail solutions, which allows them to react quickly to changing market demands.

The next eastbound shipment on AE19 from St. Petersburg will be made on 08.04, and thereafter will be provided on fortnightly basis.

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FESCO and RZD Logistics expanding range of goods transported from Asia-Pacific countries to Europe within Trans-Siberian LandBridge service

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As a part of the development of the transit cargo expedited delivery service Trans-Siberian LandBridge, FESCO Transportation Group and RZD Logistics JSC are expanding the range of goods for transportation from Asia-Pacific countries to Europe and now are also going to transport hazardous cargo.

Containers with acids, used in the pharmaceuticals and industry, and with spare parts and various equipment were delivered from Qingdao (China) and Pusan (Korea) respectively to the Commercial port of Vladivostok (CPV, is FESCO’s entity) by regular FESCO service, where they were loaded on an expedited container train that arrived at Brest on March 10th, Vladivostok-Brest total transit time was 12 days. Then the containers were reloaded on the rolling-stock track 1435 and after arriving at the destination were delivered by truck to the warehouses of the clients in Poland, Belgium and Germany.

“We can see that the clients are interested in Trans-Siberian LandBridge service, so we have decided to expand the range of goods for transportation and added hazardous cargo transportation option, which is highly demanded now. Considering our competence, experience and having our assets on every stage of the intermodal transportation process, we can guarantee our clients delivery time compliance and, more importantly, safety during the transportation to any destination in Europe”, – says Maхim Sakharov, the President of FESCO.

“Hazardous cargo transportation from Asia-Pacific countries to Europe is quite a promising area of business. Today, when hazardous cargo is transported by sea, we are ready to offer the market a tried-and-true service within Trans-Siberian LandBridge, ensuring both cargo safety and delivery time double reduction”, – noted Dmitry Murev, general director of RZD Logistics JSC.

At the end of May 2019, the companies launched Trans-Siberian LandBridge service, and at the same time sent a test container from the Japanese port of Yokohama to the Wroclaw city in Poland. At the end of July, the geography of the service was expanded, enabling transportation from the Republic of Korea to Europe.

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VolkerRail is going to construct the Theemsweg Route railway track

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority is awarding the contract to construct the superstructure of the new Theemsweg Route, part of the Port of Rotterdam railway line to VolkerRail – part of VolkerWessels. Work is expected to start in the second half of this year.

The contract involves the construction of the track, the overhead lines and various components of the train protection systems. The substructure, a four-kilometre stretch of concrete viaduct and two steel arched bridges, has been under construction by the SaVe consortium since mid-2018. The implementation is taking place in close coordination with ProRail.

Bottleneck solution

The Theemsweg Route is a solution for the problems at the Calandbrug near Rozenburg. This steel vertical-lift bridge for rail, road and slow traffic in the Port of Rotterdam area is the connecting link in the Betuwe Route to the European hinterland. For ocean shipping, the vertical-lift bridge forms the gateway to the Brittanniëhaven.

Due to the anticipated growth in rail transport and ocean shipping traffic to and from the Brittanniëhaven, the Port Authority provides a capacity bottleneck solution for train traffic. The construction of the Theemsweg Route resolves this bottleneck.

Improved flow, sustainable alternative

Ronald Paul, Chief Operating Officer at the Port Authority: ‘We continually invest in the accessibility to the Port of Rotterdam and the region. As such, the port railway line and therefore the Theemsweg Route are of great importance. Good connections to the hinterland are essential for the Port of Rotterdam’s competitive position. Better utilisation of the existing Betuwe Route is not only useful from an economic point of view. Freight transport over rail is also environmentally friendly and safe.’

The construction of the entire Theemsweg Route involves an investment of around €300 million (excluding VAT). According to the schedule, the new route will put into use at the end of 2021.

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