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Röhlig Logistics is expanding its global network

The owner-operated logistics company Röhlig continued to expand its global network in 2019.

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Röhlig Logistics is expanding its global network. Image: Wikimedia/ Berliner1984

The owner-operated logistics company Röhlig continued to expand its global network in 2019.

Mexico: New national subsidiary

In Mexico, Röhlig has acquired 100 percent of the shares in its previous joint venture. “We now operate independently in the Mexican market under the name Röhlig,” says Michael Gerding, Managing Director of Röhlig Mexico.

“Mexico is an important industrial location for the Americas. Numerous international companies produce there, especially those from the automotive industry. For our local customers, we want to be present in this dynamic region with our own subsidiary, ” says Ulrike Baum, member of the Röhlig Global Executive Board, outlining the strategic approach.

As part of the expansion of its local presence, Röhlig Mexico has also opened another office in Puebla. “Several of our major customers are based in Puebla,  and the region is generally regarded as the headquarters of the automotive industry in Mexico,” explains Michael Gerding. Röhlig Mexico now has branches operating in Mexico City, Monterrey and Puebla.

Further new locations in China, USA, Australia

Röhlig has opened  five additional offices in three countries worldwide over the past several months. Röhlig attaches great importance to being represented in booming regions all over the world.

In this way, the logistics company supports its customers in developing their local business with local know-how and at the same time offers them a connection to its global network. In China, Röhlig has expanded its presence in the west of the country with three new offices, namely Chengdu, Chongqing and Xi’an. West China is projected to be a new major manufacturing hub, a future air freight hub, and a gateway for rail transport between Asia and Europe.

In the United States, Röhlig now also operates from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area is one of the most economically important markets in the USA. And in Australia, Röhlig has opened a location in Newcastle, New South Wales, a region with great economic potential.

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American Airlines Cargo undergoes major modernization upgrade

American Airlines Cargo recently launched the first phase of its single largest investment to-date with the roll out of a new cargo end-to-end management system

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American Airlines Cargo undergoes major modernization upgrade. Image: American Airlines Cargo

American Airlines Cargo recently launched the first phase of its single largest investment to-date with the roll out of a new cargo end-to-end management system.

The overhaul replaces the majority of the organization’s legacy technology, narrowing 90 systems down to less than 10. Not only do the new tools bring an upgraded customer experience, the evolution of the investment is part of a broader initiative to modernize the entire business.

The technology transition impacts more than 8,000 team members in cargo and airport operations, and more than 30,000 customers. A team of more than 700 people across 300 locations globally and more than 150 business, technology, and vendor partners at the airline’s new headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas supported the implementation process.

Jessica Tyler, Vice President Strategy and Development for American Airlines Cargo, has led the technology initiative since its genesis nearly three years ago. From the start, her team has been united in the belief that a people-first philosophy is necessary for this kind of transformation to succeed and move the business into the future.

“The technology changes are complex and massive, but the work to support people through this kind of journey is just as complex and has been a priority for us. While standing up the new system has been a huge accomplishment, I’m most proud of our people. Even with the challenges of a project this size, we continue to have a ‘bring it on’ attitude and remain focused on moving forward. The way the team cares for one another is what makes us uniquely ready for change,” said Tyler.

“As our team continues to evolve through digital enhancements and investments in technology, we want to lead the effort to challenge and change the way players in the industry interact and collaborate – that’s exciting work to be a part of.”

The new system is powered by the iCargo platform and implemented in partnership with IBS Software. The platform has a host of modern technology components, driving transformation in Sales, Operations, Customer Experience, and Accounting, allowing for more efficient online channels, better tracking, greater efficiency in warehouses, and a robust back-end system that will further strengthen both the customer and team member experience.

IBS Software has a proven track-record and breadth of experience running complex transformations for similar carriers. The transition to iCargo provides the foundation for a host of innovations and initiatives expected to be rolled out in in the next 12 months and beyond.

“The scale and size of the American Airlines Cargo enterprise challenged us to dig deep into our experience and skills to lead this implementation,” said Philip Scaria, Program Manager for IBS Software and lead of the modernization effort. “The commitment of team members across the globe and their willingness to embrace change has made all the difference.”

In addition to leading Cargo’s modernization efforts, Tyler also heads the product innovation and alliances teams. Her organization focuses on the future outlook – specifically how Cargo plans and invests in the right technologies, products, partnerships and ways of doing business to best serve customers.

She will be speaking at Air Cargo Americas in Miami on October 31 as part of the Innovations and Technology Advancements in Air Cargo panel.

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Air Partner plc opens office in Dubai  

Air Partner plc, the global aviation services group, is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Dubai as it looks to extend its offering to the Middle East and grow market share in the region.

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Air Partner plc opens office in Dubai. Image: Pexels

Air Partner plc, the global aviation services group, is pleased to announce the opening of its new office in Dubai as it looks to extend its offering to the Middle East and grow market share in the region.

The office, which is located in Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), offers Air Partner’s full suite of Charter solutions, comprising Group Charter, Private Jets and Freight. In addition, clients have access to the Group’s Consulting & Training services in Aviation Safety Management and Fatigue Risk Management.

It is headed up by Jobby George, who was recently appointed as General Manager. Jobby has extensive experience in VIP and commercial aviation in the region, having previously worked at Chapman Freeborn in Dubai for nine years, most recently as Commercial Manager for Middle East & India. Prior to this, he held sales and finance roles at Air Partner for five years, also in Dubai.

The Dubai office is the fourth Air Partner office to be opened in the last 18 months, following openings in Los Angeles in June 2018 and Houston and Singapore in early 2019, as the Group continues to invest for future organic growth.

Customers have access to Air Partner’s full 24-hour flight operations centre, ensuring they have instant, year-round access to the Group’s services and expertise, wherever they are in the world and whatever the time.

Commenting on the expansion, Mark Briffa, CEO of Air Partner, said: “We are delighted to have opened an office in Dubai in line with our strategy to grow our global footprint and expand our reach beyond our established markets. Dubai is one of the world’s leading financial hubs and so it was a logical step for us to establish our first office in the Middle East here, given the range of sectors and customers that will benefit from our extensive portfolio of services. We see a wealth of opportunity, both in Dubai itself and the surrounding areas, and are excited about our fauture in the Middle Eastern market. It’s an exciting time for the city as it gears up for Expo 2020 Dubai next year and we look forward to being part of it as we support new and existing customers.”

 

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines have successfully completed a record transportation of 27 RKN Envirotainer containers onboard a single flight 

AirBridgeCargo airlines (ABC) have successfully completed a record transportation of 27 RKN Envirotainer containers onboard a single flight.

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines have successfully completed a record transportation of 27 RKN Envirotainer containers onboard a single flight. Image: AirBridgeCargo Airlines

AirBridgeCargo airlines (ABC), one of the leading global carriers of pharmaceuticals by air, have successfully completed a record transportation of 27 RKN Envirotainer containers onboard a single flight, delivering an important and urgent vaccine product from Milan, Italy to Beijing, China on 30th of October for one of their global partners, Kuehne+Nagel Italy.

All 27 active containers were delivered to the ground handling company ALHA, Milan ready to ‘load and go’ onboard one of the AirBridgeCargo’s Boeing 747-8F services to hub in Moscow with further connection to Beijing.

ABC’s dedicated pharma team together with the local operations and customer service teams have coordinated and monitored each step of the transportation, starting from priority booking on all flight sectors to overseeing loading process, as well as smooth and seamless offloading in cargo HUB Moscow and loading onto connecting flight to Beijing the same day.

Additional support was provided by ABCs Control Tower, who managed real-time, round-the-clock monitoring of the flight.

AirBridgeCargo is continuing to enhance its “abc pharma” product by offering a multifaceted and personalized approach.

 

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