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Tmall Global expands cold-chain offerings

Tmall Global launched a new logistics feature that makes it easier for global brands to sell fresh food from around the world to Chinese consumers.

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Tmall Global expands cold-chain offerings. Image: Alibaba

Tmall Global launched a new logistics feature that makes it easier for global brands to sell fresh food from around the world to Chinese consumers.

Alibaba’s dedicated cross-border e-commerce site has created an end-to-end service that handles shipping for temperature-sensitive products, from foods to pharmaceuticals, solving a problem faced by any brand looking to sell fresh items to China: namely, the need to hire multiple logistics partners to fulfill an order.

The controlled temperatures used throughout the links, including warehousing, processing, packaging and transportation, help guarantee product quality and freshness. Tmall Global also handles customs clearance, online, with items receiving approval immediately after the order is placed. Once in China, the goods are stored in Tmall Global’s warehouses, allowing for fast delivery – in as little as 24 hours.

“We’re seeing a growing appetite for fresh, high-quality food, especially among younger consumers,” said Sonic Gao, head of the food category at Tmall Global.

“They want fresher, healthier food that are low salt, low sugar, low fat. This makes it even more important to have robust cold-chain infrastructure to bring more of these products to consumers on our platform,” he added.

China’s cold-chain network represents a relatively small part of the logistics industry, but it is forecasted to grow considerably over the next few years, driven by policy support and rising demand for fresh food and medications. The cold-chain logistics market is expected to reach over RMB 339 billion ($48.2 billion) this year, up 17.6% compared to last year, according to the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing.

Black Friday Debut

Tmall Global said it would also offer sales and marketing opportunities to help brands directly reach and engage consumers to better sell these fresh goods.

“Brands can gain first-hand knowledge of who their customers are and their preferences through their stores. These insights can inform their future decisions, helping drive product innovation and market expansion,” Gao said.

During its Black Friday campaign last month, Tmall Global released the first batch of products using the service, which included fresh milk from California and plant-based meat from Hong Kong’s Green Monday. The site said that more cold-chain offerings would be available on the platform, such as cheese and butter, as more merchants make use of the service in the coming months.

The California Milk Advisory Board, a government-affiliated organization that promotes premium dairy products from the state, was also one of the first merchants to use the cross-border cold-chain solution.

“With a solid consumer base and outstanding reputation as a leading platform in the market, Tmall Global is the perfect partner for us to not only move forward the sales of, but also build the brand prestige of real California milk dairy products in the China market,” said CMAB International Market Director Glenn Millar.

Green Monday sold about 4,000 packs of “Omnipork,” a plant-based protein that looks and tastes like pork, in just two days of launching on the platform. It also sold out all of the “chicken” nuggets it had stocked up for the first day.

David Yeung, Green Monday’s CEO and co-founder, said that while the plant-based eating trend is relatively new to China – compared to the U.S. or Europe, where the diet is more widely adopted – the early results of its debut on Tmall Global have been “incredibly encouraging and positive.”

“Tmall Global creates a unique window for foreign brands and products to reach mainland consumers,” Yeung said. “In China, where the market and the geography are truly enormous, being able to deliver frozen products nationwide and service a vast majority of customers interested in our range of leading plant-based brands and products is incredibly valuable.”

“It also is a synergistic platform to showcase the full range of our products. Their marketing input and support are also incredible, as it creates the buzz throughout China about our launch,” he said.

Tmall Global tapped the network resources of Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao to power the new service. This comes as Cainiao rolls out a series of specialized, cross-border supply-chain solutions for global brands, such as customized shipping for perishables with a short shelf life, cosmetics and jewelry.

“More than 400 international brands have made use of our tailored solutions so far, where we offer a full chain of fulfillment services, from storing cargo in our bonded warehouses to packaging and last-mile delivery,” said Sun Beibei, head of the Global Supply Chain division at Cainiao Smart Logistics Network.

This has helped brand partners reduce an average of about 10% in costs and improved delivery speed by five to 10 days, she said.

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CoEnterprise releases new supply chain solution to help companies achieve full visibility, eliminate chargebacks, prevent late payments/shipments, and minimize disruption

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CoEnterprise, a data-driven enterprise software and services company that solves data challenges in real-time, today announced they have released Syncrofy for Supply Chain (SSC), a real-time visibility platform that helps companies achieve full product order visibility from purchase order to shipment, eliminate costly fines and fees, and correct late payments and late shipments before they happen.

Tailored for supply chain professionals, SSC enables companies to consolidate information that’s scattered throughout multiple systems and make it accessible for all users in all departments, without having to leverage IT staff or resources. It stands apart from other platforms on the market today by its ability to calculate fill rate and lead time for both orders and shipments without customization or configuration and reconcile invoices against purchase orders, shipment documentation, and receipts to identify quantity and price discrepancies.

According to industry analyst IDC, supply chain investments aimed at strengthening processes via technology will result in a 15% productivity boost by the end of 2021. Furthermore, having access to the right tools to help analyze supply chain data, and to gain further supply chain visibility, are among the top strategic priorities of companies worldwide in 2020.

“In talking with customers during these uncertain times and doing our own market research, we found that most companies are doing business with blind spots in their supply chain,” said Michael Rabinowitz, CEO of CoEnterprise. “A recent survey showed that only 6% of companies have full visibility into their supply chain. This makes it difficult to effectively track orders and reconcile what was ordered against what was shipped and invoiced—commonly leading to vendor chargebacks, late shipments, and ultimately a failure to get paid on time.”

“Syncrofy for Supply Chain helps customers identify those potential problems before they happen by providing them with the full order lifecycle right down to the line item level,” said Rabinowitz. “It provides supply chain insights and indicators right out of the box that you can’t get from other applications. It’s like having your own supply chain advisor right by your side, anytime, anywhere.”

With SSC, customers can expect to:

– Reduce revenue leakage by up to 30% due to late shipments (for retailers)

– Reduce chargebacks by up to 30% by correcting errors before they happen (for suppliers)

– Eliminate late payments to suppliers, saving an average of 2% on payments

– Guarantee suppliers are paid on time, ensuring negotiated discounts (2% or more) while improving credit worthiness

– Achieve an ROI of up to three times their initial investment

SSC will help supply chain teams make smarter, better-informed decisions and save, on average, over 53% of the time they currently spend on research. It will also alleviate the burden on IT teams and significantly improve customer satisfaction. Additionally, SSC will make it easy for organizations to  implement a chargeback program so they can monitor obligations and carry out an improvement plan.

“We are extremely excited to introduce Syncrofy for Supply Chain to the market,” said Jennifer Tattenbaum, VP of Product at CoEnterprise. “As companies struggle to analyze their supply chain and plan for the next black swan event, Syncrofy will be a critical tool that will provide them with the full visibility, valuable insights, and collaborative features they need to identify and prioritize challenges and get on the same page with their internal teams and trading partners.”

Syncrofy for EDI already helps many Fortune 100 companies and SMBs across various industries and verticals see and analyze their EDI data while improving their EDI operations and processes. SSC extends the value of Syncrofy for EDI by providing critical business insights across the supply chain for companies worldwide.

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Sanofi and GSK in advanced discussions with European Union to supply up to 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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Sanofi and GSK are in advanced discussions, with the European Commission (EC) for the supply of up to 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine candidate developed by Sanofi in partnership with GSK, is based on the recombinant protein-based technology used by Sanofi to produce an influenza vaccine, and GSK’s established adjuvant technology. The doses would be manufactured in European countries including France, Belgium, Germany and Italy. This marks a key milestone in protecting and serving the European population against COVID-19.

“Today’s announcement helps to ensure that millions of Europeans will have access to a potential vaccine protecting against COVID-19, once proven safe and effective. It has been our steadfast commitment to provide a vaccine that is affordable and accessible to everyone, and we are grateful to the European Commission for their ongoing engagement and shared support of this effort,” said Thomas Triomphe, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Sanofi Pasteur. “Together with GSK, we are working relentlessly to develop and produce a vaccine to address this global health crisis.”

Roger Connor, President of GSK Vaccines added “GSK is proud to be working in partnership with Sanofi to make this vaccine available as soon as possible in Europe. Both companies have significant R&D and manufacturing capability in Europe and are already working hard to scale up production across our networks.  This announcement from the EC supports our ongoing efforts”

Sanofi is leading the clinical development and registration of the COVID-19 vaccine and expects a Phase 1/ 2 study to start in September, followed by a Phase 3 study by the end of 2020. If data are positive, regulatory approval could be achieved by the first half of 2021. In parallel, Sanofi and GSK are scaling up manufacturing of the antigen and adjuvant to produce up to one billion doses per year overall.

Sanofi and GSK are committed to making the vaccine available globally

Sanofi and GSK recently signed agreements with the United States where they have longstanding partnerships with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and also with the UK Government. The partners  plan to provide a significant portion of total worldwide available supply capacity in 2021/22 to the global initiative “Access to COVID‐19 Tools Accelerator,” a global collaboration of leaders of governments, global health organizations, businesses and philanthropies to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

On the front lines in the fight against COVID-19

In addition to the recombinant protein-based vaccine in collaboration with GSK, Sanofi is also developing a messenger RNA vaccine candidate in partnership with Translate Bio. With several innovative vaccine platforms currently investigated across the industry, mRNA is considered among the most promising. Sanofi expects a Phase 1 study to start by the end of the year, and, if data are positive, an approval at the earliest in the second half of 2021. Translate Bio has established mRNA manufacturing capacity and Sanofi expects to be able to supply annual capacity of 90 to 360 million doses.

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DB Schenker’s new Singapore warehouse Red Lion marks 101-million-euro record investment in corporate history

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DB Schenker successfully started operation of a globally leading regional hub for automated high-speed logistics. Worth 101 million euros, the Red Lion warehouse in Singapore is the single largest investment in any site globally in Schenker’s corporate history.

Strategically located in the Airport Logistics Park of Singapore at Changi Airport, the site sets a new standard in combining the world’s most advanced technological developments with the highest levels of sustainable warehouse management for its customers. With the opening, DB Schenker reinforces its commitment to the city state as the booming gateway to the Asia Pacific region and celebrates its 50th anniversary in the “Lion City”.

Jochen Thewes, DB Schenker’s Chief Executive Officer: “DB Schenker further strengthens its position among the world’s leading logistic service providers for the APAC region. Our new logistics hub makes us even faster and more reliable for our customers. The record investment in Red Lion marks an unparalleled milestone for our corporate history of almost 150 years. We are happy and proud to reinforce our commitment to Singapore as the heart of our logistics operations in Asia.”

Red Lion solidifies Schenker’s position in Singapore as the largest and most advanced third-party logistics provider in the ALPS. Combined, the mechanized air freight hub and contract logistics warehouse extend over 51,400 square meters on five floors, equal to the size of seven soccer fields. A next generation Warehouse Management System and a synchronized IT platform bridging the various automations enable Red Lion to increase warehouse productivity by up to 100% compared to manual processes, and to reduce lead time for customers by 40% compared to non-integrated facilities.

Incoming freight is processed through a ball deck, which increases speed and eases handling. Pallet lifters then move freight to the automated warehouse with Very Narrow Aisles to optimize capacity. The multi-shuttle and carton live storage systems are complemented by Goods-to-Person and Pick-To-Light technologies, conveyor systems, and Automated Guided Vehicles.

Red Lion is also the first warehouse to offer an in-house designed roboticlabeling system, which utilizes 3D-vision technology and three robotic arms to apply labels in multiple languages on products of varying sizes, shapes, and configurations.

David Christmas, APAC Contract Logistics Board Member at DB Schenker:“Our new warehouse is a record-breaking facility full of technological and digital innovations. It is designed to serve customers with requirements for short lead times and high throughput. Our robotics will revolutionize product labelling. With our automation novelties, we are paving the way for our continuous journey in contract logistics toward a fully digital supply chain.”

Moreover, the building recognizes Schenker’s commitment to promote sustainable development and environmental protection. 1,440 photovoltaic solar panels, along with other sustainability features, enable energy savings of 34%. Thus, Red Lion is certified with the Green Mark Platinum label by the Building and Construction Authority in Singapore as well as the LEED Gold Standard.

Schenker’s first branch in Singapore was set up in 1970. Since then, the business has seen tremendous growth, with the number of locations in the city state rising to 13, including DB Schenker’s regional head office for APAC. Schenker Singapore meets changing customer demands in the evolving logistics landscapes through innovations, consistency in quality, and
competences in key sectors such as semiconductor, healthcare, aerospace, high-tech and consumer goods.

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