Crane Logistics appoint Marco Nazzari as regional VP EMEIA

Crane Worldwide Logistics has appointed Marco Nazzari to serve as regional vice president for EMEIA, overseeing continued growth across the region.

The supply chain solutions company has aggressive growth plans for the remainder of 2018 and says that Nazzari will be a critical leader to increase the pace of growth in the region in 2019 and beyond.

Crane Worldwide Logistics president and chief executive officer, John Magee says, “We are excited to welcome Marco to the Crane Worldwide Logistics family. Marco has extensive experience in the shipping and freight industry, which will be a tremendous asset to our valued clients and teams.

“His most recent executive role at CEVA and his tenured track record proves he is incredibly talented and knowledgeable and will be a highly valued member of the team.”

Nazzari has more than 25 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry, including his most recent position at CEVA where he was global head of freight management sales and lead the company’s field sales and route development teams.

Bombardier Transportation appoints Hufton as MD and Chairman of the Board

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has appointed senior rail executive, Phil Hufton, as its new Managing Director and Chairman of the Board for Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, effective immediately. In addition, Mr. Hufton will become the Head of Projects UK and lead the UK management team.

“We are delighted to welcome Phil Hufton to our Bombardier team,” said Per Allmer, President, Western Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia at Bombardier Transportation. “He is a proven leader with a deep knowledge of the rail industry and extensive experience in delivering complex railway operations, maintenance and renewals. In his new role, Phil Hufton will drive the performance of our UK business, focus on customer satisfaction and strengthen our leadership team.”

Mr. Hufton joins Bombardier from Network Rail where he was Managing Director, England and Wales. Prior to that, he held various senior executive positions with London Underground, including Chief Operating Officer and Asset Performance Director. His career before London Underground included manufacturing and engineering around the world, mainly in the rail industry.

Mr. Hufton succeeds Richard Hunter as Chairman and Managing Director: Mr. Hunter held the role since 2015. In March 2018, Mr. Hunter was appointed as President of Rail Control Solutions and Wayside for Bombardier Transportation worldwide. After handover, Mr. Hunter will be dedicated to this global role.

In the UK management team, Mr. Hufton will join forces with Andy Derbyshire to focus on current projects and business growth. Mr. Derbyshire joined Bombardier in December 2017 as Director of Critical Projects with responsibility for the AVENTRA product platform. Mr. Hufton and Mr. Derbyshire will drive the organization to maintain its leadership position as the UK’s best provider of rail technology, quality and performance.

Raytheon names Scott A. Lupkas vice president, Pension Investments

Raytheon Company has named Scott A. Lupkas vice president, Pension Investments. Lupkas will oversee Raytheon’s pension and retirement funds including the company’s investment strategies and assets for US employee benefit plans. Lupkas will report to Kevin DaSilva, vice president, treasurer.

“Scott’s diverse investment experience positions him well for the critical role he will play overseeing Raytheon’s pension and retirement plans,” said Kevin DaSilva.

Lupkas joins Raytheon from the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was the senior managing director of Diversifying Strategies. While there he managed investment strategy for hedge funds, liquid alternatives and private credit asset classes. His previous roles include senior leadership posts at Verdis Investment Management and the Brown University Investment Office.

Lupkas earned his MBA from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business from New York University.

Gulfstream promotes Pedro Ruiz to regional vice president

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently promoted Pedro Ruiz to the position of regional vice president of new aircraft sales for Brazil and southern South America. In addition to Brazil, Ruiz will provide Gulfstream sales expertise to customers in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. He reports to Fabio Rebello, regional senior vice president, Sales, Florida and Latin America, Gulfstream.

Ruiz joined Gulfstream in 2007 as a manufacturing technical specialist on the Gulfstream G450 and Gulfstream G550 programs. He then held several increasingly more senior roles in continuous improvement throughout the company. More recently, he served as a sales development manager for Florida and Latin America before being promoted to regional sales manager for the same region.

Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, where he also completed a Master of Manufacturing Management degree. He is a graduate of Gulfstream’s Management Development Program.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Ruiz is based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Major appointments at flybmi

Peter Simpson, Group CEO of Airline Investments Limited recently announced a robust restructure and long-term succession plan for flybmi with Jochen Schnadt, currently Chief Commercial Officer, assuming the role of Managing Director effective 11 October 2018.

As part of this long-term succession plan, Tim Shattock joined flybmi as Interim Managing Director earlier this year to assist in this transition process and Shattock will now return to his native Dublin to take up a new leadership role.

“It has been a pleasure in being part of the flybmi team for the last few months and I am very confident that great things lie ahead for flybmi and its people. I would like to thank everyone in the company and wish the Team every success for the future”, said Shattock.

With Schnadt now assuming the role of Managing Director at flybmi, having been with the company for the last three years, the organizational structure will be adjusted to better address the key needs of flybmi going forward.

A key part of this organizational adjustment will be the appointment of Malcolm Sutherland as flybmi’s new Chief Operations Officer overseeing all operational functions of flybmi, reporting to Schnadt. In addition, Schnadt will continue to have the Directors for Sales & Business Development, Fabrice Binet, Revenue & Planning, Barry Oaten and Customer & Marketing, Antony Price, reporting to him alongside the Chief Financial Officer, Paul Roberts and Head of People, Suzanna Smith.

Commenting on his new role Schnadt said, “I feel very privileged to have been asked to take on the MD role and to be able to work with the great team that we have to move things forward to the next level. I am also delighted to welcome Malcolm to the Team, who with his previous experience in Virgin Atlantic and the Thomas Cook Group will add tremendous value to the Team and effort at flybmi, joining us at this very exciting time.”

On his appointment to the role of Chief Operations Officer, Malcolm Sutherland said, “I’m delighted to be joining flybmi and looking forward to working with all of our operational teams to deliver a great experience for our customers.”

Simpson said, “I am confident that these appointments will add further strength to the management team at flybmi, as the Company continues to drive expansion in the European regional markets”

Peter Bond, co-owner of the airline, will assume the position of Co-Chairman of Airline Investments Limited, taking on a more active role to further strengthen the day-to-day running of flybmi and Loganair.

Accelya, Mastercard partner to provide an end-to-end payments management solution for airlines

Accelya, recently announced that it is partnering with Mastercard Payment Gateway Services to launch the Accelya Payment Gateway, a platform that offers global payment acceptance across a vast array of payment methods.

Mastercard Payment Gateway Services provides advanced payment processing and fraud prevention technology to merchants, technology partners and acquirers. The Accelya Payment Gateway combines this expertise of Mastercard Payment Gateway Services with Accelya’s airline know-how to create a fully scalable and reliable payment gateway that also keeps pace with emerging technologies like e-wallets and alternate forms of payment.

Speaking on the occasion, Davide Messina, Senior Vice President, Payment Gateway Services, Europe, Mastercard Payment Gateway Services, said, “Mastercard Payment Gateway Services leverages a global infrastructure to provide reliable, safe and secure processing solutions for more than 3 billion transactions annually. By bringing together Mastercard’s global gateway and innovative digital solutions with Accelya’s experience and understanding of the airline industry, airline customers now have a one-stop payment solution.”

The Accelya Payments Management Solution already comprises of the IATA-endorsed CardClear (aggregation and billing), Payment Reconciliation and Chargeback Claims Management modules and is used by over 160 airlines globally.

Teresa Rivera, Head of Airline Payments Management, Accelya said, “With the addition of payment gateway, the Accelya Payments Management Solution ensures growth and revenue protection lie at the centre of airlines payments strategy. The solution enables a robust payment acceptance strategy while providing unique vision and control over the lifecycle of each transaction, delivering a true order-to-cash platform for airlines.”

Neela Bhattacherjee, EVP, Financial Solutions, Accelya said, “Accelya is committed to helping airlines stay ahead of the curve with an end-to-end view of their financial processes. Our partnership with Mastercard and continued investment in our Payments Management Solution reflects this sentiment.”

Oman Air adopts e-AWB replacing paper airway bill

Oman has adopted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) electronic airway bill (e-AWB) standard in replacement of the paper airway bill – the contract of carriage for international airfreight shipments.

The introduction of the e-AWB standard in the Sultanate will reinforce Oman’s position as an internationally competitive logistics hub with a digitally connected and integrated air cargo supply chain, says national carrier Oman Air.

“The use of e-AWB allows freight forwarders and traders to communicate directly with over 120 airline operators around the world to report and manage their shipments. Omani traders will also benefit from the use of the e-AWB as it will remove barriers to trade by facilitating early (pre-arrival) reporting to customs and earlier release, reducing cargo storage time and costs,” said the carrier.

“In support of the implementation process, IATA and CHAMP Cargo Systems will offer freight forwarders low-cost online facilitation for the creation and sharing of e-AWB messages. This means that local businesses can benefit from the electronic reporting, without the need to invest in building digital systems in their businesses.”

Oman Air Cargo and Asyad conducted an e-AWB workshop in September for trade partners and airlines by inviting delegates from IATA and CHAMP systems to share the best practices and create awareness about e-AWB. On this occasion Oman Air Cargo became e-AWB compliant by signing the IATA Resolution 672, Attachment D agreement. Oman Air Cargo is the commercial cargo division of Oman Air, National Carrier of the Sultanate of Oman.

IATA regional cargo manager MEA Mazen Al Homsi said, “The adoption of e-AWB will develop the air cargo community in Oman. IATA has been signing up more carriers, airports and freight forwarders into the e-AWB system. The e-AWB system that Oman Air Cargo is implementing will allow it to safely and proficiently empower its freight customers to perform the most essential tasks for cargo booking and data capture.”

Hellmann Logistics unveils track-and-trace system

Germany-based 3PL Hellmann Logistics has entered a partnership with London-based ‘internet of things’ (IoT) company, Hanhaa, to provide real-time tracking services for its customers, encompassing its global supply chain with the tech company’s tracking product, ParceLive.

Hardware installed within shipments collects data – such as location, temperature and humidity – of a package, which are transferred online instantaneously via Hanhaa’s wholly owned mobile network, Hanhaa Mobile. Hellmann’s customers across industries, including automotive, healthcare and renewables, will be able to access and utilize data via a digital portal.

“We recently started to develop a digital front end which, for us, means customers can go online and deal with us in a digitized way,” CEO of Hellmann Logistics Stephen Christensen told an international news website in August, hinting at future investments in the company’s technology infrastructure.

Gone are the days when a shipment was tracked through the supply chain at each point of transfer by scanning a barcode, Hellmann said. Customers, especially those dealing with fragile or temperature-sensitive cargo, are expecting more in-depth data on the status of their shipments, the company said.

Live tracking services are just one of the innovations on the company’s radar. In the same interview, Christensen told of the company’s intention to explore the potential of robotics automation, artificial intelligence and predictive software.

Singapore logistics sector launches plan to speed up tech adoption

Singapore’s logistics sector is stepping on the gas pedal in its technology adoption efforts, with a three-year plan outlining ways for various stakeholders to digitalize their processes and collaborate with each other.

Senior Minister of State announced the industry-led roadmap, developed by the Singapore Logistics Association (SLA), recently for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon at the Singapore Logistics Forum 2018.

Under this plan, platforms will be established to showcase innovative technology and digital applications in logistics.

The plan also involves piloting proof-of-concept projects through the Centre of Innovation Supply Chain Management @Republic Polytechnic (COI-SCM@RP) and other partners, as well as driving the adoption of automation.

SLA will work with the Logistics Alliance, a six-member industry group, on these initiatives.

Besides technology adoption, the roadmap will focus on areas such as attracting talent, strengthening collaborations between companies, internationalization and providing support and advice to firms.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between various stakeholders was also signed during the forum.

The MOU was inked by Commodities Intelligence Centre (CIC), Zallsoon Information Technology (Wuhan Co Ltd), Global eTrade Services (GeTS), PIL Logistics, YCH Group and Warehouse Logistics Net Asia (WLNA).

Under the agreement, PIL Logistics, YCH Group and WLNA will provide their integrated supply chain solutions such as shipping, freight-forwarding and warehousing to support the trade flows on CIC’s global B2B e-trading platform for commodities.

CIC, which operates the same name first-of-its-kind platform in Singapore, is a recent joint venture between China-based Zall Group, Singapore Exchange and GeTS.

Carrefour streamlines in-store logistics with scan&go technology

A new ‘scan&go’ scheme is being rolled out by Carrefour in its Dubai supermarkets in a bid to raise customer service levels.

The new technology at Carrefour in City Centre Mirdif allows customers to scan and bag the items they wish to purchase as they journey around the store.

It will eradicate the need to queue at checkout after completing their shopping, according to Hani Weiss, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

‘scan&go’ is the latest innovation from Carrefour as part of Majid Al Futtaim’s ongoing commitment to creating seamless shopping experiences for all its customers.

How to use scan&go:

Scan your MYCLUB barcode and pick up your personalized scanner

Dock the device in your trolley, proceed to scan and bag items as you wish

The scanner’s intuitive touch screen lets you view all the items in your basket and allows you to easily add or deduct items to monitor your total bill

When you’ve finished shopping, simply scan your QR code at the designated scan&go terminal, insert your card to make a payment and exit the store

The new initiative comes as Majid Al Futtaim Retail seeks to enhance the front-end and back-end operations of its flagship Carrefour brand in the region.

The group recently launched a Dh300-million regional distribution center in Dubai that is capable of processing 42 million cases of products each year, handling more than 100,000 orders per day and storing up to 200,000 items at a time.

Carrefour’s new centralized ability to consolidate imports for redistribution around the region will also benefit customers in other markets operated by Majid Al Futtaim by giving them easy access to a wider range of products not historically available in their locale.

The scan&go technology is not the only example of automation within the Carrefour brand either, Carrefour plans to add a further 240,000sqtf of retail logistics space in the coming two years, which will be fully automated, manned by the latest in retail industry robotics.