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Expeditors acquires fleet logistics’ Digital Platform

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Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. a leading provider of global logistics solutions, announced that it has acquired Fleet Logistics’ Digital Platform.

The purchase will support Expeditors’ online LTL shipping platform, Koho (gokoho.com), and aligns with Expeditors’ strategy and focus on Digital Solutions. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“As we have said, we will continue to invest in technology and people,” said Jeffrey Musser, President and CEO. “This acquisition extends the services within our Digital Solutions division and evidences our commitment to making investments in our business. We are also excited to extend our system capabilities and welcome new talent.”

Benjamin Clark, Chief Strategy Officer, added, “This investment supports Expeditors’ online shipping platform Koho (gokoho.com), which helps small shippers quote, book, manage and track their LTL shipments online. Through our Koho pilot, working closely with Fleet, we were able to demonstrate our ability to meet an unmet need. Koho is the first idea to successfully navigate all stages of our innovation framework – from seed through to scale – and represents the culmination of our efforts to create our innovation team and framework.”

“I am very excited to be joining Expeditors,” said Max Lock, Fleet’s founder and CEO. “Combining Expeditors’ world-class systems and service standards with Fleet’s digital platform will help Expeditors further extend its capabilities.”

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The Company employs trained professionals in 176 district offices and numerous branch locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, time-definite transportation, order management, warehousing and distribution and customized logistics solutions.

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P&O Ferrymasters and Scan Global Logistics join forces to connect Benelux region and Sweden

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P&O FERRYMASTERS today announces it is joining forces with Scan Global Logistics to improve the daily service between the Benelux region and Sweden as it further strengthens its pan-European logistics network.

The partnership with the leading Nordic-based global freight forwarding provider will improve and strengthen both companies’ multimodal logistics footprints in two key northern European economic areas.

P&O Ferrymasters’ General Manager in Amsterdam, Marcel Manshanden, said: “This new partnership will further strengthen our capacity to find the right solutions for customers who face logistical challenges in transporting goods across Europe in a context of time-critical, cost-constrained supply chains. Our vision is to continue expanding our network into new geographies, enabling trade to flow more effectively and efficiently both for our customers and the economies which rely on the goods they supply. We look forward to the success this partnership will bring and to expanding our cooperation in the future.”

Scan Global Logistics’ Managing Director for Scan Global Logistics Road Sweden, Peter Anderson, said: “It is a strategically responsible partnership, which goes to show that even in times of uncertainty, opportunities arise and with our combined efforts, the customers of both companies will experience even better logistic options.”

P&O Ferrymasters and Scan Global Logistics will offer daily truck departures for Full Truckload (FTL), Less than Truckload (LTL) and Groupage services between the Benelux region and Sweden.  The partnership will use a combined cargo model, increasing the operational frequency and efficiency of the route, lowering costs for customers and expanding their range of logistics solution options. This latest step follows the introduction of a number of new services in the last 12 months, such as services connecting Budapest, Duisburg and Rotterdam, announced in June 2019, and also between Oradea and Lodz, announced last October.

P&O Ferries is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics company, last year sailing 27,000 times on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.  Together with its logistics business, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Britain from Asian countries via the Silk Road. P&O Ferries is part of DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions, enabling the flow of trade across the globe.

Scan Global Logistics is a global full-service logistics provider headquartered in the Nordic, who excel in uncomplicating logistics through tailored solutions made by skilled specialists, proud problem-solvers and passionate entrepreneurs. Since 1972, the core of Scan Global Logistics’ DNA has been a ‘can-do-attitude’, agility and the willingness to always go the extra mile, and sometimes to go left when others go right. For Scan Global Logistics, every challenge is an opportunity and at the core of the company lies the willingness to go above and beyond to bring anything to anywhere – whether by road, rail, ocean, air or any other modes of transportation.

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FedEx welcomes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement

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FedEx Corp. today recognizes the entry into force of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This agreement will benefit all three economies and make them more competitive around the world.

At FedEx, trade is our business, and expanding global trade is essential to our customers, our workers and our company. USMCA replaces the twenty-six-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), helping to streamline trade across the North American market, which is of critical importance to FedEx and our customers.

“We applaud the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada for working together to approve and implement an agreement that simplifies trade for the highly integrated North American supply chains,” said FedEx COO Raj Subramaniam. “Modernizing and expanding global trade through free trade agreements like USMCA breaks down trade barriers, creates new job opportunities and helps our customers reach new markets.”

USMCA makes North American trade easier and addresses issues including e-commerce and the protection of intellectual property. When it comes to day-to-day shipping for FedEx customers, USMCA offers several advantages:

  • The de minimis, or duty and/or tax exemption threshold agreed to by the three governments, increases for imports into Canada and Mexico, potentially reducing overall shipping costs.
  • Simplified clearance value limits increase, reducing the amount of documentation necessary. As a result, volumes of formal clearance decrease, lowering costs and increasing efficiencies.
  • Quicker clearance for more shipments will result in higher customer satisfaction.

The agreement is recognized in Mexico as the Tratado entre Mexico, Estados Unidos y Canada (T-MEC) and in Canada as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

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GEODIS partners commercially with Hellmann, expanding its operations within France-Germany axis

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GEODIS, a global leader in transport and logistics, and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, a global transportation provider head-quartered in Osnabrück, Germany announce the signing of a partnership agreement for the ground transport of goods between France and Germany, starting on September 1, 2020.

Already working together as partners in the UK market, the two companies aim to offer their customers a first-class level of distribution between the two countries.

Through this new arrangement with the Hellmann Group, GEODIS broadens its German distribution system, particularly in the central and northern part of Germany. For its part, Hellmann will entrust GEODIS with its French shipments.

The numerous branches of Hellmann’s network will be used on a daily basis to connect France with all major German industrial regions and will offer an average delivery time of 48 hours.

“This partnership positions GEODIS as industry leader in terms of trade between France and Germany. It will offer a unique cross-border grid that will allow our customers to enjoy attractive delivery times between both countries. We have been working successfully with Hellmann in Great Britain for several weeks. With our relationship now firmly established, we look forward to expanding this collaboration,” stated Stéphane Cassagne, Executive Vice President of GEODIS Distribution & Express.

France’s leading messaging network with 110 branches, GEODIS Distribution & Express offers express transport solutions, messaging, courier service, B2B and B2C delivery solutions, single or multi-package services ranging from 1 gram to 1 ton, as well as charter and pallet transportation services throughout France and Europe.

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