GEODIS and L-Acoustics Launch First Asia Pacific Distribution Center in Singapore

GEODIS, a leading global logistics provider, and L-Acoustics, the industry leader in premium professional sound, opened their new regional distribution center in Singapore. The distribution center, the first for L-Acoustics in the Asia Pacific region, is a testament to the manufacturer’s commitment to this strategic and growing market.
“Our mission is to strengthen our ties with clients, creating a hub from which we can provide ideal support,” explains Tim Zhou, CEO APAC at L-Acoustics. “The new warehouse will enable elevated customer service and faster delivery for their important projects.”
All L-Acoustics solutions are manufactured in Europe and prior to the opening of the Singapore distribution centre, orders for customers in the Asia Pacific region were fulfilled from France. The new centre will allow the company to better support clients throughout the region, shortening delivery times and streamlining the supply chain.

L-Acoustics and GEODIS have grown a global partnership which began in 2018 when GEODIS was trusted with the distribution of the manufacturer’s products in France and Europe, with GEODIS providing L-Acoustics with global end-to-end logistics solutions covering freight, and customs and trade compliance management. The choice to partner with GEODIS for the launch of a new distribution centre in Singapore stems from the company’s supply chain expertise and track record in setting up bonded warehouses which demand licensed storage facilities with robust security measures, skilled personnel and operational capabilities aligned with local customs regulations. The Singapore distribution centre is a bonded/zero-GST (Goods and Services Tax — GST) facility.
“Today marks a pivotal moment for L-Acoustics as we expand our regional logistics hub network with the help of our partner GEODIS, aiming to bring our customers the same level of service worldwide” says Hervé Guillaume, CEO at L-Acoustics Group.
“The foundation of our relationship with GEODIS is built on a shared spirit of innovation and performance, and a people-first mindset. Together, we champion hyper-care for our partners throughout all our operations.”
“This recognition of our shared values reaffirms that our commitment to excellence and care is valued by our partners,” commented Onno Boots, President and CEO of Asia Pacific and Middle East, GEODIS, “It is a testament to the strong relationships we have built, the service we provide, and the trust we’ve earned. Together, we will continue to raise the bar of excellence and support L-Acoustics in their growth.”

WACO System Welcomes Rotra Air & Ocean as New Members for Belgium and The Netherlands

The WACO System (WACO) has appointed Rotra Air & Ocean as network members for Belgium and The Netherlands–Rotra Air & Ocean N.V. and Rotra Air & Ocean B.V., respectively.
Established in 1909, family-owned Rotra has offices in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Brussels and offers worldwide services by air, ocean, rail and barge, as well as AEO-certified customs brokerage.
“We are pleased to welcome Rotra to the WACO network–the company has established itself as a tried and trusted freight forwarder but is also leading the way in digitalising the freight sector,” said Richard Charles, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), WACO.
“Rotra has digitised the entire supply chain through its in-house platform rotraNext, driving cost and time savings for customers and offering process control and quality through transparency.”
“As well as digital innovation, the company has an impressive track record in sustainability–with its commitment to being 100 per cent climate neutral, Rotra is a great example of how freight forwarders can contribute to sustainability.”
As of 2022, Rotra became the first climate-neutral certified freight forwarder in the Netherlands and Belgium by measuring and monitoring its CO2 footprint, implementing a SMART reduction plan, and offsetting residual emissions.
The company has over 100 years of experience in freight forwarding and expertise across several sectors, including dangerous goods, aerospace, aviation, automotive, pharma, healthcare, consumer goods and food.
“We are pleased to join The WACO System and look forward to collaborating with other network members on initiatives that support our values of reliability and sustainability in the global freight industry,” said Machiel Roelofsen, Director and Co-Owner of Rotra.
“We believe that the combination of our innovative platform with our expertise and personal touch can make a significant difference in optimising supply chains,” said Paul Rombeek, Managing Director of the Rotra Group.
This year, WACO continues to strengthen its network worldwide and is leveraging digital initiatives to benefit its members.

DHL eCommerce UK Unveils £7m Carbon-Neutral Site in Camberley

DHL eCommerce UK announces the opening of a new £7m facility in Camberley. The site is the first operationally carbon-neutral site in the DHL eCommerce UK network and is powered almost entirely by solar energy.
The building has obtained the highest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, A+, thanks both to the onsite renewable energy generation as well as IoT technology to minimise energy use, low-use water appliances and submeters and the use of equipment and materials throughout with low embodied carbon.
In instances when weather conditions necessitate the use of grid electricity, the site will source renewable energy.
The 3,000 sqm site will handle 10,000 parcels a day and features ten electric van charging points.
Camberley is the latest development to come from DHL’s £482m investment in its UK infrastructure to deliver sustainable growth. DHL will be opening its second hub in Coventry in the coming months, significantly increasing volume capacity and setting a new benchmark in eCommerce automation.
Stuart Hill, CEO DHL eCommerce UK, says: “The new Camberley site really demonstrates how our UK investment is being put towards sustainable growth, it’s a blueprint for the industry. With our Coventry Hub opening soon, we’re expanding capacity and enhancing service levels all across the country.”
The Camberley site has been built with employee wellbeing in mind and features biophilic design principles to improve employees’ connectivity to the natural environment, including a living wall in the lobby. In addition, employees have access to EV charging and a sustainable cycle shed to encourage employees to opt for sustainable travel.

Kuehne+Nagel to Launch Major E-commerce Hub in Dubai by 2025

Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) has started work on a new e-commerce centre located close to Dubai World Central (DXB) Airport.
The new facility will provide fulfilment and distribution services and is located in dedicated e-commerce area EZDubai, which offers exemption from customs clearance procedures within bonded logistics corridors.
It will offer 23,000 sq m of warehousing equating to around 45,000 pallet positions when it opens in the second quarter of 2025.
“With the development of this new e-commerce fulfilment centre, Kuehne+Nagel continues to show commitment to the UAE and Dubai, supporting one of the fastest growing economies globally,” said Lee I’Ons, Gulf Co-operation Council cluster managing director at K+N.
“The new facility brings our customers ‘ease of doing business’ in Dubai and across the region.”
Mohsen Ahmad, chief executive of the logistics district, Dubai South, added: “We are pleased to witness the groundbreaking of Kuehne+Nagel’s new facility, which will be of great added value to the logistics sector.
“We are committed to reinforcing the company’s expansion and growth, via our advanced services and solutions, and to contribute to Dubai’s position as a global logistics hub.”
The new facility is the forwarder’s second project announced in Dubai over the last year.
In December, the company announced it would operate social enterprise IDA Foundation’s healthcare hub for the Middle East and Africa region, located in Dubai.
The new IDA Foundation hub is located at the K+N facility at Dubai South and will serve as a centralised kitting and global health logistics centre for the region and beyond.

Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK Inaugurates Eco-Friendly ‘Rhenus Campus’

A sustainable warehousing development, known as the ‘Rhenus Campus,’ was officially opened in a launch ceremony in April, by third-party logistics (3PL) provider Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK.
The campus reaches high levels of sustainability by being certified “BREEAM Outstanding”. It is setting new standards for environmental protection, helping Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK to put sustainability at the forefront of its operations.
Rhenus Warehousing Solutions UK, which won the 2023 UKWA Award for Excellence in Sustainability, and Baytree are committed to pioneering environmental and social advancements associated with logistics buildings and creating new benchmarks in the sector.
The ‘Rhenus Campus’ is home to two warehouses, measuring one million square feet across 64 acres. The first warehouse is 210,000 square feet, whereas the second warehouse totals 771,000 square feet.
Significant reductions in whole-life carbon are being achieved, such as the CLT timber floors having 64 percent lower embodied carbon than a standard floor. Three air source heat pumps, enough to heat and ventilate the campus offices and provide frost protection for the warehouses, and 80 electric car charging points have been installed.
Renewable energy is being generated on-site via 2,288 415-watt solar panels, which give a total system size of over 949 kWp (kilowatt peak). The system will feed an estimated 870,000 kWh per annum into the campus – the equivalent power consumption of approximately 250 homes for a year.

DP World Launches State-of-the-Art Warehousing Operations in India

DP World, a leading global provider of smart end-to-end supply chain solutions, has commenced warehousing operations in Loutulim, Goa.
Located 31 km from the Mormugaon Port, 23 km from the Dabolim airport and 25 km from Panjim city, the Grade A warehouse is compliant with all safety standards and provides seamless connectivity to the Goa-Bangalore-Pune highway.
The facility is fully compliant for the storage and handling of chemicals and healthcare cargo.
With three operating docks and 2620 pallet positions, the 27,512 sq. ft. facility is fully equipped to handle and store chemical products. The new facility provides comprehensive safety features throughout the premises, including a dedicated pump room, advanced fire sprinklers, Rockwool insulation on the roof and bubble wrap insulation on the sidewalls. To ensure air quality and promote the well-being of employees, the facility has six air changes per hour and a dedicated Resident Safety Officer on campus to implement and monitor adherence to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS).
Speaking about the new warehouse in Goa, Anoop Chauhan, Head – Contract Logistics & Cold Chain Solutions DP World Subcontinent said, “At DP World, we are committed to building an integrated multi-modal supply chain network that will unlock trade opportunities for customers.
“The addition of our Grade A warehouse in Goa will strengthen our expanding warehousing network and deliver customers in the region with a seamless supply chain experience.
“This facility enabled with advance warehouse management systems will serve as a pivotal hub, providing customers with links to multiple markets within the country, thereby driving trade growth at local and national level.”
This facility adds to DP World’s warehousing network of over five million sq. ft. in India, strategically spread across more than 60 locations.
The Grade A warehouse in Loutulim will benefit chemical goods traders in Goa by providing them with customizable storage solutions, assured hygienic storage conditions, facility design and development, secondary distribution services, and complete visibility of shipment with reports and documentation like dashboard of stock available. Additionally, customers will also benefit from DP World’s seamless logistics solutions that will optimize their supply chain for maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness in Goa and beyond.

AGI Global Logistics Strengthens Services in Scandinavia Through Partnership with SSL

UK-based freight forwarder AGI Global Logistics has begun a new partnership with Swedish logistics company Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL).
The partnership is anticipated to strengthen and expand AGI’s freight and logistics services offered to customers operating in the Scandinavian market.
Jesse Ramirez, one of the directors of the AGI Immingham office, commented: “This new partnership will enhance our offering to our clients operating in the UK-SE-UK market, and it’s an incredibly exciting announcement.”
He added: “The new partnership will expand the range of services we offer, including the handling of customs formalities in-house, making for smoother and faster deliveries.”
Ramirez further said AGI is “looking forward to developing the partnership and offering new services in Sweden and across the whole of Scandinavia”.
Johan Ignell, managing director of Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, added: “The new strategic partnership with AGI is something the whole team across our seven offices at SSL are really excited about.
“We share the same core values around offering excellent customer service, and the partnership provides an opportunity to drive growth across Scandinavia for both businesses.”
As well as offering airfreight, road freight and sea freight solutions, AGI provides customs clearance, import and export documentation and storage services. The company has offices in the UK, Amsterdam and Oslo.

DHL Airfreight Volumes Surge 5.1% in Q1 Driven by Asia-Europe Trade Growth

Growth in trade between Asia and Europe was the main driver for a rise in DHL’s airfreight volumes in the first quarter of this year, although airfreight revenue and profit suffered.
DHL reported a 5.1% year-on-year rise in airfreight volumes to 435,000 tons in the first quarter.
First quarter airfreight revenue in the Global Forwarding, Freight (GFF) division dropped by 16.2% to €1.3bn and gross profit also fell 25.1% as lower freight rates put pressure on performance.
Revenue in the Global Forwarding business unit decreased by 19.8% to €3.2bn. Gross profit in this unit was down by 17.6%.
Total revenue in the GFF division decreased by 15.8% to €4.5bn in the first quarter “due to lower freight rates”.
Speaking about the divisions results, DHL further stated: “The decline in revenue at Global Forwarding, Freight is primarily due to lower freight rates. The division once again recorded volume growth in air and ocean freight compared to the weak prior-year period. Airfreight volumes rose by 5.1%, with the improvement primarily attributable to trade routes between Asia and Europe.”
In total, the Group achieved revenue of €20.3bn in the first quarter, a fall of 3.2% year on year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were €1.3bn, 19.8% down year on year. The Group noted “there was no significant upturn in the global economy in the first quarter of 2024”.
DHL chief executive Tobias Meyer said: “We are in an unusually long phase of low momentum in global trade. In this environment, we continue to focus on consistent capacity and cost management. However, we also see further growth potential.
“The demand for omnishoring and e-commerce solutions remains high and our customers are becoming increasingly aware of sustainable logistics – we can clearly see this in the demand for GoGreen Plus. With our portfolio, we are ideally positioned to benefit from an upturn in global trade. Despite all the challenges, 2024 is a year of opportunities.”
The first quarter results follow on from a 2023 airfreight revenue decline of 42.2% year on year to €6bn as volumes and rates declined.

UPS to Replace FedEx as USPS’s Primary Air Cargo Provider in Major Partnership Shift

UPS will become the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) primary air cargo provider, ending the agency’s more than 20-year partnership with FedEx.
“Together UPS and USPS have developed an innovative solution that is mutually beneficial and complements our unique, reliable and efficient integrated network,” UPS CEO Carol Tomé said in a press release.
The financial details of the deal between UPS and the USPS has not been revealed but it is believed to be “significant.
The USPS has been the largest customer for FedEx’s air express segment, despite the postal service moving away from transporting letters and packages by airfreight to road.
FedEx will continue to provide domestic transportation services by air for the USPS, until 29th September, when the current contract expires.
“The parties were unable to reach agreement on mutually beneficial terms to extend the contract, and negotiations concluded in March 2024, following extensive discussions,” FedEx said in a regulatory filing.
FedEx blamed the lack of an agreement on USPS’s proposed “strategic changes to its operations to reduce its reliance on the air network of FedEx Express,” which the carrier felt would have adverse effects on their operations and financial condition.
UPS’ shares rose 1.8% before the stock market opened, while FedEx’s stock fell more than 2%.

Saudia Cargo Strengthens E-commerce Logistics with Expansion in China

Saudia Cargo has announced its expansion into Shenzhen, China, with the introduction of two weekly flights which began in March. This strategic move signifies Saudia Cargo’s commitment to enhancing its presence in one of the most pivotal markets, underlining the importance of expansion and growth in China.
As a key player in the global logistics industry, Saudia Cargo recognizes the significance of China as a crucial market for its operations. The expansion into Shenzhen is a testament to the company’s dedication to meeting the growing demand for air cargo services in the region.
The two weekly flights will operate every Monday and Friday, offering consistent and reliable service to meet the needs of customers in Shenzhen and beyond. This expansion enables Saudia Cargo to facilitate the seamless transportation of goods between Shenzhen and Riyadh, with Riyadh being identified as the most lucrative international market for Chinese businesses.
“We are excited to announce the expansion of our operations in Shenzhen, China, with the introduction of two weekly flights. This expansion underscores our commitment to providing reliable and efficient air cargo services to our customers in China. With Shenzhen being a key hub for e-commerce, we see tremendous potential for growth and are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers in this dynamic market,” said Teddy Zebitz, CEO of Saudia Cargo.
“The introduction of regular flights to Riyadh presents significant opportunities for Chinese businesses, particularly in the e-commerce sector. Shenzhen is widely recognized as a hub for e-commerce, hosting major players such as Alibaba, Temu, and TikTok. By better servicing key clients, Saudia Cargo aims to cater to the increasing demand for air cargo services, especially for e-commerce,” he added.
Saudia Cargo’s commitment to serving the booming e-commerce domain is exemplified by the company’s strategic collaboration with major Chinese players, including Cainiao, the logistics arm of Alibaba. As Cainiao’s largest partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudia Cargo plays a vital role in supplying both domestic and global e-commerce markets. Saudia Cargo’s expansion into Shenzhen represents a strategic move to continue meeting the growing demand in e-commerce and capitalize on the Far East’s unprecedented network growth. With China firmly established as one of Saudi Arabia’s primary trading partners, the operations in Shenzhen will further strengthen trade ties between the two nations. With a focus on speed, reliability, and customer-centricity, Saudia Cargo is poised to reshape regional supply chains and establish itself as a dominant force across the e-commerce landscape.