Logistics News Briefing
December 2018
Top Stories
Digital Logistics & e-Commerce
Perishables & Pharma
Intra Logistics, Real Estate & Warehousing
Integrated, Third Party & Express Logistics
Maritime & Inland Navigation
Multimodal, Intermodal & Sustainable Logistics

The end of the year has been marked by insecurity driven by political issues including protectionism, trade conflict and Brexit that will impact global trade in 2019, along with additional risks for emerging markets. GDP growth for 2019 has been revised downward by 0.2 percentage points for the world as a whole and is forecast at 1.9% in the euro area. Air freight demand remains depressed, and Europe faces a growing truck driver crisis with around 150,000 unfilled vacancies. On the upside, e-commerce is still growing strongly and last-mile delivery companies are being challenged to develop new models to meet the demand. A great deal has been achieved this year, but supply chains will have to be resilient to cope with volatility and potential disruption. We wish you well-deserved and restful holidays as we gear up for a new year that will mark the 10th anniversary of the Cluster for Logistics.

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Top Stories
Europe faces huge truck driver shortfall: report

Europe is heading towards a truck driver crisis with around 150,000 unfilled job vacancies across the continent, according to a report from research and consulting firm Transport Intelligence. Germany faces a shortfall of 45,000 truck drivers, with around 30,000 people leaving the profession every year, while France has a shortage of 20,000.

Best source: The Loadstar
Cargolux to retain Champ to operate core IT services

Cargolux has denied media reports that it is planning to bring all its IT services in-house and cut ties with Champ Cargosystems, a spin-off from its own IT operations from 2004. The air freight carrier, which owns Champ together with Geneva-based air transport technology group SITA, says it will continue to provide its core cargo IT services, though Cargolux's in-house team will take over non-core activities such as crew rostering and flight planning.

Best source: The Loadstar
Cluster for Logistics conference examines Brexit challenges and opportunities for supply chains

As Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the European Commission approached a critical stage, the Cluster for Logistics held its biannual conference, Moving Barriers in Supply Chain, on November 15, 2018 at the Chamber of Commerce. The C4L's second conference of the year included a keynote speech by British ambassador to Luxembourg John Marshall and addressed topics including the challenges and opportunities arising from the new relationship between the UK and EU, trade tariffs, protectionism and legislative matters affecting trade.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics Luxembourg
Digital Logistics & e-Commerce
Lufthansa Cargo takes stake in digital air cargo booking platform

Lufthansa Cargo has acquired a stake in Berlin-based digital booking platform, which operates a platform for booking and marketing air cargo capacity. Earlier this year Lufthansa Cargo invested in US start-up Fleet Logistics, which matches demand with the available capacity of logistics providers.

Best source: The Loadstar
Kuehne+Nagel launches enhanced online booking platform

Kuehne+Nagel has launched the myKN online booking platform to replace the Control Center service. The customisable system is designed to offer customers greater transparency, enabling them to obtain quotes as well as reserve and manage shipments.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Dachser switches to lithium battery conveyors

Dachser will replace its 6,000 ground conveyors across Europe with lithium-ion battery vehicles by 2022. The batteries have three times the lifetime of existing products and significantly shorter charging times, and are expected save 1.6 tonnes of carbon emissions per vehicle annually.

Best source: The Loadstar
Autonomous trucks to be viable within 10 years: study

More than three-quarters of transport businesses expect autonomous trucks to become a viable option within the next 10 years, according to a survey conducted by the International Road Transport Union. However, the implementation of new technology is hamstrung by its cost, say 71% of respondents, while 50% cite a lack of understanding of the kind of technology available.

Best source: Engineering & Technology
Perishables & Pharma
Maersk to launch reefer data service next year

Maersk Container Industry will launch its Sekstant Global Guidance reefer digitalisation service in 2019. The platform will deliver data to refrigerated container operators from all points along the transportation chain, and can enable geofencing, equipment condition status and reefer lifetime reports.

Best source: Port of Hamburg
DHL Global Forwarding expands perishables service

Air and ocean freight operator DHL Global Forwarding is partnering with Geneva-based inspection, verification, testing and certification firm SGS to extend its global network of Flexitank solutions for perishables. The companies have launched Flexitank pilot projects in the Benelux countries, as well as in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand and Malaysia, to provide customers with a one-stop-shop for liquids shipping.

Best source: Markets Insider
Intra Logistics, Real Estate & Warehousing
GLP launches €2bn European logistics development fund

Singapore-based logistics provider GLP has launched a European logistics investment fund, GLP Continental Europe Development Partners, together with QuadReal Property Group and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The GLP CDP I fund, which will invest in the development of logistics facilities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, is expected to reach €2bn of assets under management when fully invested.

Best source: Private Capital Journal
Broekman acquires VLS Group’s Benelux warehousing assets

Rotterdam-based Broekman Logistics is acquiring VLS Group’s warehousing activities in the Benelux countries, comprising 150,000 square metres of storage space. The company says the move bolsters its position in warehousing, distribution and value-added logistics for packed and specialty chemicals.

Best source: American Journal of Transportation
Panalpina allies with Honeywell on warehouse logistics solutions

Panalpina is partnering with Honeywell to develop technology solutions for employee productivity and the connected supply chain to boost accuracy and efficiency at its warehouses. The two companies will work on areas such as voice direction, warehouse automation and mobile hand-held devices.

Best source: Cargo Airports & Airline Services
Integrated, Third Party & Express Logistics
E-commerce growth driving last-mile transformation: report

Last-mile-delivery companies are moving fulfilment hubs closer to consumers, rolling out flexible models such as parcel lockers, and exploring new technology to accommodate ongoing growth in e-commerce growth, according to Shortening the Last Mile: Winning Logistics Strategies in the Race to the Urban Consumer, a report commissioned by DHL from research and consultancy firm Euromonitor. The authors say the challenges for carriers include increasing load factors, lowering costs, connecting more rapidly with end-customers, moving shipments between different transport modes, and reducing their environmental impact.

Best source: edelivery
See also: DHL
Maritime & Inland Navigation
Maersk calls for viable carbon-neutral vessels by 2030

Maersk says it needs carbon-neutral vessels to be commercially viable by 2030 if it is to reach its goal of achieving neutrality across its operations by 2050. The company says it plans to invest significant resources in fleet technology over the next five to 10 years, having already spent $1bn on developing and deploying energy-efficient solutions over the past four years.

Best source: Marinelog
Port of Hamburg trials Hyperloop freight link

The Port of Hamburg is constructing a 100-metre high-speed Hyperloop train link at the Altenwerder container terminal to trial the suitability of the technology for container transport. The port has formed a joint venture with Elon Musk's Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to develop and market a Hyperloop transport system for shipping containers.

Best source: Wirtschaftswoche (in German)
CMA CGM joins Freightos online platform

French-based container shipping provider CMA CGM has become the first ocean carrier to be listed on the Freightos online freight marketplace. The Marseille-headquartered group says the platform gives clients direct access to pricing, routing, and sailing information, as well as guaranteed capacity.

Best source: Port Technology
Leading shippers to create container standards organisation

CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk, MSC and Ocean Network Express are in talks to establish a new association to facilitate digitalisation, standardisation and interoperability in the shipping industry. Executives are looking to develop common IT standards that could be made available free of charge to all container shipping sector participants.

Best source: Port Technology
Maersk adds customs brokerage to trade finance services

Maersk is adding a customs brokerage service to its digital trade finance offering launched last year. Maersk Customs House Brokerage, provided by the company’s Spanish customs agent, Transamar, facilitates communication between government agencies and importers and exporters, preparing submissions, as well as calculating and paying taxes, customs and excise duties.

Best source: Global Trade Review
Multimodal, Intermodal & Sustainable Logistics
Chinese air cargo carrier extends freight links between Luxembourg and Asia

China Southern Cargo has launched a weekly direct service between Shanghai and Luxembourg. The Chinese cargo airline has appointed LuxairCargo as its handler at Luxembourg Airport. The LuxairGroup freight handling business already provides services for Cargolux's direct flights to Shanghai and China Airlines' route between Luxembourg and Taiwan, as well as indirect services to China operated by Silk Way West Airlines, Qatar Airways Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo.

Best source: Paperjam (in French)
Logistics consortium promises competitive China-Europe trucking service

CEVA Logistics Greater China is aiming to launch truck services between China and Europe following a successful trial on a 7,000-kilometre route between western China and Poland. The initiative’s partners, which comprise Dutch-based CEVA, the International Road Transport Union, Jet-rail International Transportation in Shanghai and Alblas International Logistics in the Netherlands, claim the service will lead to a cost saving of about 50% over air transport, and will be between 30% and 50% faster than rail.

Best source: Air Cargo News
Alibaba to create smart hub at Liège Airport

Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has signed an agreement with the Belgian government to establish its Electronic World Trade Platform in Liège. Under the agreement, Alibaba will create a €75m smart hub at Liège Airport to boost overall logistics efficiency and support export activities by SMEs.

Best source: China Daily
Nikola unveils plans for hydrogen-electric truck production in Europe

US-based low-emission truck manufacturer Nikola Motor has unveiled a long-range hydrogen-electric truck that it claims will be the first on the European market able to operate with almost complete autonomy. The vehicle, boasting a range of up to 1,200 kilometres, will go into production in Europe in 2022-23 and offer redundant braking and steering, 800Vdc batteries and a 120 kW hydrogen fuel cell.

Best source: Greenbiz
European air freight demand up 1.4% in October

European air freight demand was up 1.4% in October compared with a year earlier, while capacity grew by 1.9% from October 2017. IATA says seasonally-adjusted international air cargo demand remains deflated, which may indicate the onset of a broader weakening in demand.

Best source: International Air Transport Association
Zeebrugge reports 7.7% traffic growth over first three quarters

The Port of Zeebrugge handled a total cargo volume of 29.8 million tonnes during the first three quarters of 2018, up 7.7% from a year earlier. Roll-on/roll-off traffic increased 8.2% to almost 12 million tonnes, while liquid bulk cargo jumped 48.7% to 4.7 million tonnes, mainly as a result of increased LNG shipments.

Best source: Port of Zeebrugge

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