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Kontainers and PORTRIX LOGISTIC SOFTWARE form unique partnership to allow for integrated rate management and digital front end capabilities

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2019 was a watershed year for digitisation in freight. The acceleration in adoption was clear to see, with all the major players ramping up efforts as well as starting to see returns on their digital programs. As we follow into 2020 amplified by the Covid Pandemic ,freight digitisation has never been so important. World class digital tools are no longer a nice to have but a customer requirement, as well as a driver of reducing the cost to serve.

Kontainers and PLS have become two globally respected FreightTech brands with a track record for delivery for many of the Top 20 global freight brands. Rate Management and Digital front ends are both critical tools in the current climate as well as being highly complimentary. Both companies have invested significantly in their API capabilities and intend to make it simple for Freight Forwarders to adopt both solutions in one engagement.

Freight forwarders are faced with a multitude of digital offerings however in 2020 none are as mission critical as customer facing and rate management solutions. Being able to access a joint Kontainers PLS solution in one will simplify purchasing decision’s and drastically speed up time to market.

CEO Graham Parker comments: “Kontainers has gained a global reputation for rapid deployment of digital front end e-commerce solutions for the  largest Freight brands all over the world. We have long admired PLS reputation in the Enterprise and believe a joint solution is a huge leap forward for what are by far the two most critical applications Freight Forwarders must now adopt in order to be continually successful this decade.”

PLS CEO Henning Voss comments “Having supported the digital journey of forwarders for years, we have seen first-hand the benefits with going digital as this seamless, efficient and high-quality customer service is exactly what is called for these days. Partnering with Kontainers enables our joint customers to benefit from a market-leading digital product and utilize their already complete and fully structured GPM rate database, without having to make any major changes to their already existing setup.”

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GEODIS supports rising medical company Labmed to supply health protection goods to Europe and North America

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GEODIS is providing LabMed with customs brokerage, short-term storage solutions and transport management services from LabMed’s factory in China via a distribution hub in Singapore to a wide array of international destinations including India, Malaysia, Germany and the United States.

“In terms of fulfilling our multi-faceted needs, GEODIS has been well up to the task,” says Wilson Ang, LabMed’s Regional Managing Director in Singapore. “The close attention and efficiency of the GEODIS staff has been impressive, from the local service in China to the performance at our many destinations.”

The partnership between LabMed, a family owned subsidiary of Kin Seng Hong Pte, and GEODIS began in early May 2020, with the immediate need to swiftly react to fast-changing market demands and devising flexible end-to-end supply chain solutions. LabMed has been called upon to significantly increase its production of surgical masks, sanitising gel and other PPE at its own plant in Dong Guan, Southern China.

From initial small shipments of 10 tons of sanitizer to India to bulk supplies of millions of masks to Germany, LabMed’s pipeline of PPE has grown rapidly to include other parts of South-East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

“In Asia-Pacific, GEODIS has a strong focus on enabling Asian based SME businesses to grow their markets”, comments Rene Bach-Larsen, GEODIS’ Sub-Regional Managing Director, ASEAN. “While GEODIS is a trusted partner to global multinationals, we also function as the lifeblood of regional economies through the services we provide.”

“During the current pandemic, we are even more intimately involved in the business of local customers who partner with us. As an essential service, we continue to fast-track their growth, using for instance, specially arranged weekly scheduled flights to many destinations and locating the necessary carrier capacity, whatever the mode. Our GEODIS colleagues at delivery locations around the world enable a truly door-to-door service for vital supplies to reach frontline workers and protect many more.”

The current crisis has required innovative responses from logistics professionals to achieve their customer’s delivery goals. Unprecedented demand peaks on certain trade routes, widely variable carrier capacity across transport modes, critical time constraints, staffing issues and communications challenges have blighted almost all international supply chains.  In providing such response, the application of ingenuity and tailored solutions benefit greatly from the ability of supply chain management to be controlled by one entity.

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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics implements CargoWise to further drive digitization

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Hellmann Worldwide Logistics announced the rollout of CargoWise, the integrated single-platform logistics solution of WiseTech Global. The new Transport Management System will be implemented for all Air and Sea freight operations across the global Hellmann network.

Hellmann, the globally active logistics service provider, will implement CargoWise to enhance operational processes within its global Air and Sea freight operations by standardizing systems and databases and enabling more efficient resource usage across the entire supply chain.

In addition, the integration of CargoWise with Hellmann’s customer facing solutions further optimizes customer experience by allowing for an automated and transparent information exchange with clients around the globe. Following the completion of a pilot phase, Hellmann will implement CargoWise across 42 countries including the US, Australia, Germany, the UK, India, South Korea, South Africa and Hong Kong.

“Transcending the challenges in global logistics sustainably and further developing the service quality for our customers, requires a global integrated platform that can provide end-to-end logistics execution. Essential to our decision was uncompromising delivery of real-time and accurate data visibility, a high degree of automation and a strong compliance and risk mitigation. Another argument in favor of CargoWise was the ability to integrate with existing systems,” said Reiner Heiken, Chief Executive Officer of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“We are passionate about providing our people with a stimulating and empowering working environment. With the global rollout of CargoWise, we will enable our staff to deliver their full potential and add further value to our customers.”

WiseTech Global Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Richard White, said: “We are pleased that Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has chosen CargoWise as their freight forwarding solution for their Air and Sea freight operations globally. CargoWise will provide Hellmann with a highly scalable platform that will not only improve compliance, safety, and visibility, but also enable invaluable improvements to productivity across their global supply chain ecosystem.”

Licensed across  around 150 countries, CargoWise enables logistics service providers to execute highly complex transactions in areas such as freight forwarding, customs clearance, warehousing, shipping, tracking, land transport, e-commerce, and cross-border compliance, allowing them to manage their operations on one database across multiple users, functions, countries, languages, and currencies.

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Tigers expands into new Rotterdam warehouse to support customers growing e-commerce business across Europe

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Supply chain specialist Tigers has expanded into a newly-built 50,000m2 omnichannel fulfilment facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, offering sustainable e-commerce products and low-cost last mile B2B and B2C solutions across Europe.

The carbon neutral warehouse has 60,000 pallet positions, 550,000 bin locations, and has been equipped with solar panels and energy-efficient LED lighting.

The hub’s proximity to the city of Rotterdam means that Tigers employees can travel to work by public transport or by cycling.

The omnichannel fulfilment set up, which is powered by Tigers SmartHub:Connect freight, e-commerce, and logistics portal, is benefitting customers gearing up to deliver growing demand in the B2C e-commerce market.

“We are seeing explosive growth in our B2C business, whilst B2B volumes have reduced during the lockdown,” said Shahar Ayash, Tigers’ Regional Managing Director, Europe.

“We can help customers explore new ways of moving quickly into B2C, even if they are set up only for the B2B market.

“Companies need to be innovative to keep supply chains moving and to ensure that the ever-increasing demand for e-commerce deliveries can be met in an efficient and environmentally-friendly way.

“Our new Rotterdam hub offers customers the space they need to grow organically and the tools and technology to do just that.”

Tigers, which has had a Rotterdam base for over 20 years, offers dedicated account management at the new mega hub, as well as turnkey e-commerce platform integrations, fiscal representation, and duty reporting in compliance with European law.

The new facility, located 10km from the Port of Rotterdam, is road and rail-connected and is part of the ongoing expansion of Tigers’ e-commerce fulfilment business.

To cater for the growing e-commerce market, Tigers has recently opened several new omni-channel facilities including one in Sydney, Australia, and another in Johannesburg,South Africa.

E-commerce already represents over 50% of Tigers’ business in Rotterdam, a key European hub for the Hong Kong-headquartered logistics operator.

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