Logistics News Briefing
June 2019
Top Stories
Digital Logistics
Perishables & Pharma
Regulation & Procedures
Express & eCommerce
Maritime & Waterways
Green Logistics

Fears of a trade war coupled with the uncertainties of the earnings season impacted investor confidence in May. Logistics companies are watching political and trade developments in order to adapt their short- and medium-term strategies, including digital transformation, which has evolved from vision to reality. This month’s briefing covers various projects encompassing Logistics 4.0 and technologies from blockchain to drone delivery and smart glasses. But the human touch has not disappeared - logistics professionals are preparing to meet partners again in June at the Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich. The more than 2,000 companies and 60,000 professionals attending the world’s leading logistics trade fair, where the focus will probably be more on 'software' than 'hardware', will include professionals from the grand duchy as well as Cluster for Logistics Luxembourg.

Top Stories

Luxembourg organisations prepare presence at Transport Logistic trade fair

Various Luxembourg-based companies and organisations will take part in the Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich from June 4 to 7. Arthur Welter Transport, Cargolux, the Cluster for Logistics, DuPont de Nemours, Global Airlift Solutions, LuxairCargo and Lux-Airport will be present in Hall B1 for air cargo, while CFL Multimodal, the Maritime Cluster, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxport/Lorang Gruppe, Société du Port de Mertert and Transalliance Europe will be in Hall B6 for freight transport and logistics. Luxembourg Trade & Invest will be exhibiting in both the air cargo and logistic services areas.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
See also: Luxembourg Trade & Invest
Cluster for Logistics to review decade of change at 10th anniversary event

Cluster for Logistics is marking its 10th anniversary celebration on June 14 with an event, hosted by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, on the theme of changes in Luxembourg’s logistics landscape between 2009 and 2019. Guests will include Chamber of Commerce director-general Carlo Thelen, finance minister Pierre Gramegna, former economy minister Jeannot Krecké and deputy prime minister and current economy minister Étienne Schneider.

Best source: Cluster for Logistics
Luxembourg ranked as world’s second most productive economy

Luxembourg has been ranked the world's second most productive economy among developed nations by the US-based Conference Board business and research organisation. It says GDP generated per hour of work amounted to $93.60 in the grand duchy in 2018, $3.90 less than Norway but around $10 more than Ireland. The grand duchy also headed Belgium in third place and the US in fourth.

Best source: Conference Board
See also: Luxembourg Trade & Invest
See also: Delano
Digital Logistics
Cluster for Logistics stages mobility start-up matchmaking event

The Cluster for Logistics, together with Luxembourg's Ministry of Mobility and Public Works and German tech-focused corporate finance firm CorpPearls, staged its second matchmaking event for mobility start-ups in April, with a third planned for July. CorpPearls has floated the idea of a Luxembourg Mobility Innovation Hub offering office space, mentoring services and targeted links to investors in the sector.

Best source: Lëtzebuerger Journal (in German)
Clear Logistics plans Luxembourg and Germany expansion

Logistics procurement start-up Clear Logistics is aiming to double the size of its workforce, currently 28-strong, by the end of this year as it prepares to move to new premises at the inland port of Mertert. The company is also building a presence in Hamburg with around 15 employees largely responsible for sales and marketing.

Best source: Lëtzebuerger Journal (in German)
DB Schenker completes German truck platooning trial

DB Schenker has completed the first real-world truck platoon test covering 35,000 kilometres. The trial, conducted with MAN Truck & Bus, the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences and sponsored by Germany's federal ministry of transport and digital infrastructure, was carried out on the A9 motorway between DB Schenker’s Nuremberg and Munich facilities, and ran smoothly 98% of the time.

Best source: Lloyd’s Loading List
Transport groups join forces to develop blockchain for supply chains

Maersk and the Port of Rotterdam are among various shippers, ports, importers and exporters as well as technology start-ups to partner with the World Economic Forum, the International Organisation for Public-Private Cooperation and more than 20 governments to accelerate blockchain deployment for supply chains. The grouping will develop an open-source toolkit to support supply chain decision-makers in their blockchain deployments.

Best source: Material Handling & Logistics
Vinturas launches blockchain-based automotive supply chain solution

Vinturas, a Netherlands-based grouping of leading European logistics service providers including Axess Logistics, Koopman Logistics, NVD and AutoLink, is rolling out a blockchain-based service to improve end-to-end automotive supply chain visibility. The platform, which uses IBM Blockchain technology, will enable OEMs and fleet owners to manage flows on a near-real time basis to improve planning, optimise inventories and networks, and reduce costs.

Best source: Vinturas
DHL rolls out smart glasses technology for warehouses

DHL Supply Chain is extending its deployment of smart glasses to various units to support the warehouse vision-picking process after successful tests in Europe and the US. The augmented-reality solution supports workers in reading barcodes, locating products and displaying storage compartments.

Best source: Aircargo News
Perishables & Pharma

Cool Chain partners conduct perishables data trial

Cargolux and fellow Cool Chain Association members Able Freight, AirFrance KLM, SmartCAE and Xtreme Technologies have completed an initial pilot of a project aimed at reducing food loss. The participants shared temperature data from a perishable consignment of five pallets of berries and avocados transported from Mexico to Kuwait, monitored via loggers powered by secure near-field communication technology.

Best source: Stat Times
CMA CGM unveils new pharma cargo unit

CMA CGM has launched a new division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products. The company will monitor pharma cargo from its head office in Marseille, as well as at its operational centres in Miami and Singapore, with data made available in real time to provide constant visibility of container conditions and technical configurations.

Best source: Port Technology
Patrizia acquires Dutch logistics assets for Europe fund

Patrizia Immobilien has spent €130.8m to acquire logistics properties in the Netherlands from DHG for its Patrizia Logistik-Invest Europa II fund. The deal comprises 131,000 square metres of logistics space in Rotterdam, Moerdijk and Bergen op Zoom, and follows the recent €59m acquisition of six German logistics properties for the same fund.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe
Goldman Sachs backs real estate investment joint venture

Goldman Sachs is backing Mirastar, a newly-established real estate joint venture between M7 Real Estate and two fund management executives to invest in big-box logistics properties. Mirastar and Goldman will target development opportunities as well as existing assets, primarily in western Europe.

Best source: Investment & Pensions Europe
Regulation & Procedures

Single Window for Logistics provides interactive export-import guide

The government's Single Window for Logistics is offering an interactive guide providing information to exporters and importers about the documentation required in the country of origin, required procedures, contacts at government agencies and controls to which goods are subject. Users can enter details relating to the origin, destination and category of goods to be imported to or exported from Luxembourg, or delivered elsewhere in the EU and transiting the grand duchy.

Best source: Single Window for Logistics
Express & eCommerce
DB Schenker deploys Einride autonomous truck in Sweden trial

After receiving approval from the Swedish authorities, DB Schenker has begun using start-up Einride’s fully electric, cab-less, autonomous T-Pod truck at Jönköping to transport goods on a public road between a DB Schenker warehouse and a terminal. Einride claims the T-Pod can reduce road freight operating costs by as much as 60% compared to a standard diesel truck with a driver.

Best source: Handelsblatt (in German, subscription required)
See also: Einride
Fret SNCF joins Xrail single wagonload freight grouping

French rail operator SNCF's freight business has become the seventh member of the Xrail Alliance, a grouping of rail cargo firms promoting single wagonload transport. Fret SNCF joins CFL Cargo, DB Cargo, Green Cargo, Lineas, Rail Cargo and SBB Cargo in offering seamless wagonload connections across 13 networks

Best source: Actu Transport Logistique (in French)
Champ launches electronic customs filing service for Japan

Champ Cargosystems has begun offering advance cargo information filing to the Japan customs service via its Traxon Global Customs compliance solution, and has already signed 15 airlines up to the offering. The system enables airlines and their ground handlers to send master air waybill, house manifest and flight manifest information electronically to customs.

Best source: Aircargo News
Cargolux receives first of three additional 747-400Fs

Cargolux has taken delivery of the first of three Boeing 747-400Fs to be added to the company’s fleet this year. The aircraft give the carrier the ability to add capacity when required, as well as to provide coverage for maintenance downtime as its existing 747-8F fleet enters a period of more intensive checks. The additional aircraft have been operated up to now by ASL Airlines Belgium.

Best source: Aircargo World
DHL Express launches drone delivery solution in China

DHL Express is launching a drone delivery solution to tackle last-mile logistics challenges in urban areas of China in partnership with Ehang, a Chinese producer of intelligent autonomous aerial vehicles. The initiative, the first of its kind launched by an international express company in China, includes fully autonomous loading and offloading and is intended to increase efficiency while lowering costs and energy consumption.

Best source: DHL
Air cargo prospects may improve later this year: Lufthansa Cargo’s Gerber

The second half of 2019 could prove better for air cargo than is widely expected, barring a disruptive Brexit, a deterioration in relations between the US and China, or an armed conflict in some part of the world, according Lufthansa Cargo CEO Peter Gerber. He says that one of the worst things a freight company can do right now is hold back on investment due to the uncertain climate, especially in a sector in urgent need of modernisation.

Best source: Aircargo News
Cargolux sets new date for beluga whale transport

Cargolux and Sea Life Trust have rescheduled the transport of two beluga whales from China to Iceland for June 19. The whales were due to be moved to a whale sanctuary near the island of Heimaey in April, but bad weather and rough seas meant the operation had to be postponed.

Best source: Stat Times
Maritime & Waterways

Port of Antwerp launches 24/7 terminals trial

The Port of Antwerp’s PSA Europa and PSA Nordzee terminals will operate 24 hours a day starting on June 3 as part of a six-month trial. If the test proves successful, the port will begin a two-year conversion phase to expand operating hours across other parts of the supply chain.

Best source: Journal of Commerce (subscription required)
Hamburg Süd adds Central America, Caribbean and South America service

Hamburg Süd and parent Maersk Line have launched a new standalone service to expand its offering to and from Central America, the Caribbean and the west coast of South America. The service is operated by post-panamax class vessels, each with 1,400 reefer plugs, and is designed to reduce transit times for perishables.

Best source: Seatrade Maritime News
Rotterdam Port Fund invests in bio-LNG producer

Rotterdam Port Fund and NIBC Bank have acquired a majority stake in Rolande, a producer of bio-liquefied natural gas and operator of LNG filling stations. Rolande says the move will accelerate the expansion of its European filling station network, and support the marketing of bio-LNG.

Best source: Petrol Plaza
CMA CGM orders Traxens container trackers

CMA CGM has placed an order for 50,000 Traxens trackers to monitor container location, temperature, shock intensity and the opening and closing of doors. The firm says clients will be able to plug into a near-real-time alert system throughout all stages of the shipping process.

Best source: Fruitnet
Green Logistics
European auto manufacturers back long trucks to cut emissions

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association is calling on policymakers to permit the introduction of 32-metre-long trucks on European roads to cut carbon emissions. The organisation says vehicles of that length could replace twice the number of 16.5-metre trucks, resulting in lower fuel consumption and a reduction of up to 27% in carbon dioxide emissions.

Best source: Logistics Manager
Port of Rotterdam food hub to begin operation by end-2020

The Port of Rotterdam is planning to construct the Rotterdam Food Hub at Calandkanaal at the entrance to the Maasvlakte extension to offer facilities for agricultural, horticultural and fishery sector products. Construction work will commence in June, with the first companies expected to be operational by end-2020.

Best source: Port of Rotterdam
Port of Rotterdam to host emission sniffer drones

The Netherlands' human environment and transport inspectorate is planning to deploy sniffer drones to check vessel emissions as they approach the Port of Rotterdam. The agency already uses a sniffer post located at Hoek van Holland, but a drone will enable it to extend its reach and carry out emissions checks further from the port.

Best source: NL Times

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