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The software provider Sixfold now offers live data on delays at border crossings

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Faced with the Corona crisis, most European countries have closed their borders. However, the EU intends on taking new measures to ensure that the movement of goods can continue as unimpeded as possible and that the European domestic market is supplied. These measures are imperative, as there are currently traffic jams at national borders causing delays in the supply chain.

In order to provide the affected truck drivers and commuters with the best possible information, the software provider Sixfold now offers a platform that uses anonymised telematics data to provide details on waiting times at the borders.

For the port of Hamburg in particular, hinterland traffic, most of which is rail-based and congestion-free over long distances, is an elementary part of the logistics chain. Thanks to the new online service, a number of shippers and transportation companies can now provide information about the congestion situation and keep a better eye on freight traffic.

Click here for the service: https://covid-19.sixfold.com/

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Businesses supposed to remain open throughout COVID-19, reminds FTA

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FTA, the business group representing the logistics industry, wants to reassure the public that it is working hard to keep the nation trading during the COVID-19 pandemic, and is busy supporting all sectors of the economy, in line with government advice.

FTA wants to make clear that businesses are supposed to remain operational as usual. Only non-essential retail shops and public venues are required to shut.

Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at FTA, comments: “FTA wants to remind the public that generally businesses are supposed to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has made clear in its rules that only non-essential retail shops and public venues must shut; otherwise, businesses are supposed to remain operational as long as they comply with the guidance around hygiene, home working and social distancing.”

“The logistics sector remains focused on keeping the nation trading throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; this is essential to not only ensure businesses continue to receive the goods and raw materials they need to remain operational, but to limit the economic impact of this crisis. However, safety will always be the number one priority and should government guidance change, logistics will be ready adapt to the new rules.”

Under government rules, businesses must meet the following requirements to remain operational: have their staff work from home wherever possible, but if they must work in the office or similar working environment, they must remain 2m apart wherever possible. Workers are also permitted to travel to their jobs if it is not possible to work from home, even if these jobs are not “key worker” jobs.

Government guidance states that “With the exception of some non-essential shops and public venues, we are not asking any other businesses to close – indeed it is important for business to carry on.”

The full guidance is available online, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Efficient logistics is vital to keep the UK trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. FTA is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for safe and efficient logistics. We are the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.

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LLamasoft announces offerings to accelerate recovery from COVID-19 supply chain disruption

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LLamasoft, the leading provider of AI-powered supply chain analytics software to 750 of the world’s leading brands, is announcing a comprehensive solution offering available through their LLamasoft COVID-19 Response Center to help customers who are affected by production, shipping, and distribution delays as well as demand variability due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The offer leverages their strategic partnership with JD Logistics, their 200+ data scientist and global services team and their cloud-based analytics platform.

The LLamasoft COVID-19 Response Center is a collection of llama.ai applications and services built for the express purpose of helping enterprises restore their operations, adapt to fast-changing circumstances, and once restored, to evolve their supply chain for long-term resilience against future disruptions.

There are three concentrations of resources available through the LLamasoft COVID-19 Response Center.

  1. Restore – This offering is designed to help organizations rapidly perform detailed analysis necessary to identify options and trade-off decisions given both the current and evolving state of their extended supply chain.
  • JD Logistics Dedicated Shipping Service: JD Logistics will provide expedited shipments for LLamasoft customers from Wuhan, China, or other impacted locations in China, to arrive at the customer’s intended location(s) globally. JD Logistics, the logistics arm of JD.com, provides extensive on-the-ground expertise and existing infrastructure to make these expedited shipments happen in the quickest timeframe possible.
  • COVID-19 Newsfeed Application: This is a free application that delivers consolidated COVID-19 global virus status and consolidated news feeds, customized to the user’s preferences, from multiple global news sources in one easy to use source.
  • COVID-19 Impact Analysis Solution: Pairs expert supply chain consultants with a company’s current operating data in a predefined app to help rapidly analyze the impact on current supply chain execution, diagnose exposure and impacts to production, distribution and inventory availability to enable evaluation of options and trade-offs to balance supply and demand and to rapidly restore operations.
  • LLamasoft’s Augmented Analytics: Provides highly skilled data engineers and analytics consultants to augment existing resources to help companies respond more rapidly to the onslaught of questions needed to quickly restore services levels.
  1. Adapt – Once supply chain operations are restored, LLamasoft is providing a solution offering to enable companies to identify vulnerabilities and re-design their supply chain to balance risk, service and investment under future volatile market conditions.
  • Evaluates the current vulnerabilities and thresholds
  • Determine risk appetite/tolerance in the organization
  • Develop analytics-based playbooks
  1. Evolve – The third area of concentration uses the full breadth of LLamasoft software, enabling companies to create a long-term risk management plan and an anti-fragile supply chain, further positioning the enterprise for continued resilience against future disruptions.
  • Dynamic Sourcing
  • Dynamic Network Design
  • Marketing Sensing Capabilities
  • Digital Twin for on-going analytics

“The effects of coronavirus on global supply chains in every industry is extraordinary and LLamasoft is actively working to help our customers get their supply chains operating at full capacity sooner,” said Razat Gaurav, CEO of LLamasoft. “Combining our supply chain expertise with data science, modelers and engineers, we are working to assist our customers to ensure appropriate changes are made with the volatility in demand and supply, and trade-off decisions to respond and adapt to changing conditions are rapidly available to decision makers. I urge our customers to take advantage of these resources today.  We are here to help.”

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Christmas level volumes as EV Cargo reports industry cooperation

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Logistics firms and their customers are working together to meet the demands of increased food and drink volumes, according to one of the industry’s leading operators.

EV Cargo Logistics is reporting volumes at similar levels to Christmas as the UK experiences a significant spike in consumer spending across the grocery sector. The company is working with subcontractors and other hauliers to help deliver increased volumes while liaising closely with customers – many of which have relaxed timed-slot restrictions.

And they say that despite operational challenges there is clear evidence of a collaborative spirit across the industry as a whole.

This week a call from EV Cargo Logistics business Jigsaw for hauliers with spare capacity generated over 150 responses in just 48 hours, and CM Downton has moved driver and vehicle resource from manufacturing-based customers to food and drink.

To ensure it has the capacity to deliver over this period, EV Cargo has implemented its comprehensive business continuity plans – including splitting planning teams across a number of depots, segregating staff teams and supporting colleagues with enhanced health and safety procedures.

Duncan Eyre, EV Cargo Logistics chief executive said: “Driven by the increased demand for groceries created by the likelihood of an extended COVID-19 lock-down, our current food and beverage volumes are at Christmas levels. We’re working closely with other quieter hauliers and traction providers to manage the situation and there’s a different atmosphere across the industry – a real spirit of everyone cooperating and collaborating to ensure the shelves stay full. Our grocery customers have relaxed delivery slot restrictions and are working closely with us to manage volumes.”

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