SEKO Logistics announces new senior vice president, global ecommerce

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS—SEKO Logistics(SEKO), the leader in end-to-end global logistics, announced its latest advancement in its global ecommerce business with the appointment of Richard MacLaren as the new Senior Vice President, Global Ecommerce.

MacLaren will be responsible for enhancing and executing the overall strategy and structure for the SEKO ecommerce business. He will lead the SEKO team in delivering high-velocity ecommerce logistics solutions for clients to excel global supply chain growth, quickly and sustainably.

Richard brings over 20 years of experience in supply chain, logistics, contract logistics, ecommerce, and cross-border ecommerce to this position. Prior to joining SEKO, Richard was the global senior vice president for consumer goods and ecommerce at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (Hellman).

He led teams across the world, including Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas. He was also part of the global leadership team reporting into Hellmann’s supervisory board in Germany. Following an early career in finance, Richard transitioned into sales and commercial roles followed by a leadership role involving the creation of a North American third-party logistics (3PL) and supply chain consultancy business.

“Global ecommerce demand only continues to increase,” said Steen Christensen, Chief Operating Officer at SEKO. “To efficiently and successfully cross borders, retailers are looking to partner with logistics providers who are prepared to meet their needs around on the world and in individual local markets. Richard brings that leadership expertise. He’s the right person to lead the future of our ecommerce business and help our clients move their supply chains forward.”

SEKO is a leader in ecommerce fulfillment, becoming one of the first companies to enter the market in 2011. Since, the company launched its dedicated business unit focused on global ecommerce solutions, called SEKO Ecommerce, in 2022, and monthly, SEKO ships over 10 million parcels around the world. With over 150 locations across more than 60 countries, SEKO prides itself on delivering consistent ecommerce shipping solutions locally, as well as providing access to the resources and expertise of a single, seamless worldwide logistics company.

“The global supply chain and ecommerce market is rapidly evolving, but the SEKO team has built a foundation to respond to these changes effectively. This team moves fast, with sound strategy, and I feel energized to be joining this group of logistics experts,” shared Maclaren. “Already, SEKO’s multi-channel fulfillment centers span the globe and allow clients to open up sales strategies to new markets and scale business with a single integration. Through our network of ecommerce hubs and multi-user logistics sites, we’re currently giving our clients the ability to maximize their global footprint effortlessly. My vision is to continue to hone that strategy and identify new opportunities to help our clients even more.”

CEVA Logistics integrates GEFCO brand with its growingglobal business

MARSEILLE, France—The GEFCO brand built in 1949 by French automaker Peugeot is now CEVALogistics.With their integration, a dedicated Finished Vehicle Logistics (FVL) organization has been created.

The French automotive logistics specialist was acquired in July 2022 by the CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, to which CEVA Logistics belongs.

GEFCO’s remaining business, mostly in contract logistics and ground transportation, is being integrated into CEVA’s existing operations. CEVA says it plans to finish integration activities and replace the GEFCO brand worldwide in 2023.

CEVA Logistics offers a full range of global logistics and supply chain services, including contract logistics and air, ocean, ground and finished vehicle transport. With the acquisition and integration of GEFCO, CEVA is now the largest France-based logistics company and a global leader in automotive logistics solutions. The company moved its global headquarters to Marseille in 2019.

Former GEFCO COO Emmanuel Cheremetinski will lead the new product organization, leading a global team of about 4,000 employees.

GEFCO’s former FVL division transported approximately 4 million vehicles a year using its fleet of 1,600 trucks, nearly 3,000 vehicle transport wagons and more than 100 vehicle compounds. CEVA’s existing FVL solutions in limited geographies have been integrated into the new product organization.

Prior to the GEFCO acquisition, CEVA already supported 14 of the top 15 global automotive manufacturers and many global automotive parts suppliers with logistics solutions, including inbound to manufacturing, component and aftermarket services. With the addition of full vehicle distribution and transport, CEVA can offer full lifecycle solutions to the global automotive industry.

“Our promise of Responsive Logistics requires high levels of industry know-how, so we are growing in both scale and expertise to co-create value with our customers. With our new CEVA colleagues who came from GEFCO, we are able to offer extensive global capabilities to a wide range of industries, including the automotive industry. Backed by the CMA CGM Group, we expect our growth to continue as we target becoming a Top 3 global 3PL,” said Mathieu Friedberg, CEO, CEVA Logistics.

Guillaume Col, Deputy CEO, Regions and Products, CEVA Logistics,noted:“With the automotive industry undergoing significant transformation, integrating a mature finished vehicle organization puts CEVA in a very strong position. With a unique depth of expertise and solutions at all stages of the automotive supply chain, we are already developing comprehensive, end-to-end solutions for this sector.”

Saudi investing $2.4 billion in a new venture with DP World

Dubai, United Arab Emirates—Saudi Arabia-based Hassana Investment Company, on behalf of the Saudi Arabian pension and social insurance organization, General Organization of Social Insurance, will invest approximately US$2.4 billion in a new joint venture with DP World, through which it will hold a stake of approximately 10.2% in Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone, and the National Industries Park.

The investment by Hassana implies a total enterprise value of approximately US$23 billion for the three flagship assets.

This investment is the second tranche of the sale by DP World, a global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider, of a strategic minority stake in these three UAE assets, following the first tranche US$5 billion investment which successfully closed in June 2022.

Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone and National Industries Park together comprise a best-in-class group of infrastructure assets, with a solid long-term track record of growth. Combined, they form a world-class integrated ecosystem for the supply and logistics chains of over 8,700 companies from around the world, serving more than 3.5 billion people globally. The three assets will remain fully consolidated businesses within the DP World Group, and their day-to-day operations, customers, service providers and employees will not be affected.

The Addleshaw Goddard team, led by partner Ian Le Pelley, acted as co-advisers to DP World alongside Clifford Chance. The DP World legal team was led by James Pointon, with assistance from Angela Wang.

“It was a real pleasure advising DP World on this complex second tranche investment in three of their key UAE assets. Jebel Ali Port is the largest international gateway port in the Middle East, and Jebel Ali Free Zone is the largest free zone, and these critical infrastructure assets play an important role in the global economy. This partnership will serve to enhance DP World’s assets and allow DP World to capture the significant growth potential of the wider market. In addition, the investment will further strengthen DP World’s balance sheet and support its target of achieving a strong investment-grade rating for the DP World group,” Pelley said in a statement.

Qatar Airways Cargo carries a day old chicks

Qatar Airways Cargo and broiler breeding stock supplier Aviagen have begun a partnership marked by an international shipment of day-old chicks.
Aviagen’s shipment of day-old chicks from Copenhagen in Denmark, transited through Qatar Airways Cargo’s specialised climate control centre in Doha, said Qatar in a LinkedIn post.
This first shipment launches Copenhagen as a new trade route to transport Aviagen’s chicks hatched at Baekke to locations all around the world.
Qatar Airways Cargo’s IATA CEIV Live-certified Next Generation Live Animals service includes a dedicated day-old chick process that has been fine-tuned to ensure minimum transit exposure, attentive handling, proper hydration, and optimum temperatures.
Qatar Airways Cargo senior manager cargo climate control products Miguel Rodríguez said: “Aviagen is an important customer, and we are committed to delivering on the specific requirements of transporting day-old chicks. With our extensive network and fleet of belly-hold flights and freighters connecting out of the state-of-the-art climate control centre at our Doha hub, we are able to provide seamless global transport for these precious animals, contributing to the sustainability goals to end hunger and provide communities with safe food supplies.”

SMEs move supply chains closer to home market to minimize supply chain disruption

US small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are moving their supply chains closer to their home market at a faster rate than predicted to help minimise supply chain disruption.
A survey from Gartner-owned consultant Capterra shows that 88% of the 300 SMEs surveyed plan or are currently in the process of switching at least some of their suppliers closer to the US in 2023.
Capterra said the move comes as businesses are faced with “economic headwinds, operational bottlenecks, and an ongoing need to remain competitive”.
“While industry experts predicted nearshoring to happen slowly over the course of several years, [SMEs] have already or are making a rapid shift to nearby suppliers,” the company said.
It added: “Small and midsize businesses are taking drastic action to optimise and innovate their supply chains.”
The survey also found that those surveyed rate economic inflation, lack of inventory and the economic recession among their top three concerns for the year.
“[SMEs] are disproportionately impacted by these challenges compared to larger companies with more resources to absorb rising costs and who have more buying power in the procurement process,” Capterra explained.
This reflects reports from last year claiming that larger retailers had built up higher levels of inventory than their smaller competitors.
However, the Capterra report also suggested that smaller firms may also be better at managing inventory levels than larger companies.
The survey showed that, while major retailers have been dealing with an influx of excess inventory, 67% of SMEs say their forecasting techniques have helped them avoid this same fate.
“Both seasonal and quantitative forecasting techniques are among the most commonly used by [SME] supply chain professionals in 2022 and going into 2023,” the reports stated.
Also, companies are also increasingly working directly with each other to place larger orders or with their supplier who then has greater purchasing power, the research found.
The number of SMEs in a group purchasing organization (GPO) has more than doubled in just the last year, Capterra said.
“The biggest surprise in the research is that nearshoring is happening much faster than predicted at small businesses,” said Olivia Montgomery, associate principal supply chain analyst at Capterra.
“What’s less surprising, but equally critical, is the shift we’re seeing toward collaborative procurement. Supply chains are becoming less of a back-of-the-house ‘secret recipe’ and more like a joint collective where everyone benefits.”

K+N completes its 1st engine shipment using Boeing 747-8F aircraft

Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) has completed its first engine shipment using its Boeing 747-8F aircraft.
The team in Chicago transported a nine-tonne Rolls Royce aircraft engine onto its B747-8F aircraft – named Inspire – from Chicago to Hong Kong.
According to K+N, it took four people, three pieces of machinery and one hour to load the engine into its aircraft.
The aircraft has been put into operation as part of the long-term charter agreement with Atlas Air, which sees K+N chartering the entire capacity of two B747-8Fs.
The two B747s are the last of the famous jumbo jets that will be built by Boeing.
K+N said the aircraft would be utilised on transpacific services and also linked to its intra-Asia network to provide better connectivity in the growing Asia Pacific region.
In addition to expanding its airfreight offering, 2022 was a busy year for the forwarder’s project logistics team, which was involved in delivering wind turbine components for the pilot phase of Chile’s Haru Oni project – an integrated hydrogen plant producing synthetic fuel from wind and water.

Rhenus Air’s pharma-focused business site at AMS gains GDP certificate

Rhenus Air & Ocean’s pharma-focused business site at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has gained the Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certificate.
The Dutch headquarters of Rhenus, which has been IATA CEIV Pharma accredited for years, follows the footsteps of the business site at Frankfurt Airport, which obtained GDP certification in the summer.
Rhenus said the GDP certification enables it to fulfil the EU’s guidelines for good distribution practice for human medicinal products.
This certification can only be obtained if all the processes along the supply chain are documented without any gaps and there is a quality management system – and this has been introduced according to the GDP guidelines at Schiphol, added the company.
By using both measures, Rhenus Air & Ocean said it is able to control the supply chain for pharmaceutical shipments in order to guarantee the integrity of the medication during transportation, handling and storage.
Peter Pasman, managing director at Rhenus Air & Ocean Netherlands, said: “The patientswell-being is the top priority.
“We therefore set ourselves the highest quality standards for our processes at all times. Our uniform procedures, having a compliant supply chain and safeguarding the integrity of the pharmaceutical products are key elements in this process.”
Rhenus Air & Ocean’s Schiphol facility has also recently had its CEIV Pharma certification renewed.
The gateway, which measures 7,200 sq m, has direct access airside with pharmaceutical dedicated temperature-controlled areas.
It also offers intelligent unit load device (ULD) handling and extensive security checks. This means that it is able to handle goods quickly and monitor customers’ shipments at a great extent.
“We strengthen our global position in the field of life sciences & healthcare by obtaining GDP certification at another Rhenus air gateway within one year. Thanks to providing uniform solutions around the globe, we’re continually enhancing our quality and service standards,” says Stephan Dülk, the Global Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare at Rhenus Air & Ocean.

Etihad Cargo recertified as meeting IATA’s CEIV Pharma standards

Etihad Cargo has been recertified as meeting IATA’s CEIV Pharma standards.

The cargo division of Etihad Aviation Group achieved IATA CEIV Pharma recertification following an audit by independent validators that assessed the carrier’s capacity to control and enhance its processes through a checklist that focused on Etihad Cargo’s Quality Management System incorporating supplier management, training programmes, processes and procedures, audit programs, and quality enhancement, among others.

Achieving recertification demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s and its dedicated pharmaceutical transportation product PharmaLife’s full compliance with specific pharmaceutical regulations, including IATA Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), Good Distribution Practices (GDP), a quality system for warehouses and distribution centres dedicated to medications and life sciences products.

The UAE’s national carrier first achieved IATA CEIV Pharma certification in 2019 in conjunction with its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport and Etihad Airport Services Cargo.

Etihad Cargo went on to become the first airline in the Middle East and only the third globally to hold the trilogy of CEIV Pharma, CEIV Fresh and CEIV Live Animals certifications, said Etihad.

Martin Drew, senior vice president – global sales & cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Cargo is proud to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma recertification following an extensive audit.

“This industry-wide standard ensures Etihad Cargo’s operations and staff comply with all applicable standards, regulations and guidelines expected from pharmaceutical manufacturers.

“The benefits of CEIV Pharma certification extend to Etihad Cargo’s customers, who can be assured the carrier’s dedicated pharma cargo management constantly monitor and analyse the quality and safety of Etihad Cargo’s PharmaLife product performance.

“Etihad Cargo fully supports Abu Dhabi’s vision of becoming a life sciences and pharmaceutical hub. Achieving recertification and providing world-class pharmaceutical logistics solutions demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s capabilities in seamlessly transporting life-saving medicines and the latest treatments around the world from the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub.”

Etihad Cargo has invested in its PharmaLife product since achieving IATA CEIV Pharma certification for pharmaceutical logistics in 2019.

In addition to launching dedicated thermal covers for PharmaLife products across its top pharma origin stations, Etihad Cargo recently announced the upcoming launch of a new 3,000 sq m pharma facility at its Abu Dhabi hub.

CCA adds 4 new members and a treasurer

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has added four members and appointed a new treasurer.

CCA has welcomed Brussels Airport, Boeing, Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), and Validaide as members.

It has also appointed Miguel Rodríguez, senior manager climate control products, Qatar Airways, as treasurer.

Boeing has been working closely with CCA members and recently participated in the CCA’s pharma event in Athens, Greece, presenting a case study on the performance of its aircraft’s temperature-controlled capabilities for a consignment of flowers from South America to Europe.

Brussels Airport has re-joined the CCA after a short hiatus to “support the organisation’s new drive to deliver programmes with tangible results”, said the CCA.

Sam Quintelier, cargo business development manager at Brussels Airport, attended the CCA’s AGM and perishables event in Rome, Italy earlier this year to demonstrate the airport’s new Perishable Management App developed to tackle wastage, and increase transparency between airline cargo handlers, freight forwarders and authorities.

SATS is the chief ground handling and in-flight catering service provider at Singapore Changi Airport and has developed a Cargo Terminal Network that spans over 10 major locations, such as Hong Kong and Dammam, harnessing innovation, technologies, and talents to feed and connect communities in over 60 locations and 14 countries across the Asia Pacific, UK and the Middle East.

Validaide was founded in 2016 to support the logistics industry with digital solutions for lane risk assessments and supplier qualification.

Stavros Evangelakakis, chairman, CCA, said: “Our ideas are striking a chord with the industry, and we are pleased to welcome our four new members as part of our movement for change.”

New treasurer Rodríguez brings over a decade of experience in air transport including senior roles in the temperature-controlled supply chain at Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

He replaces Eric Mauroux, founder and chief executive of FreshBizDev, who has served as treasurer since 2018.

“CCA would like to take this opportunity of thanking Eric for his commitment and hard work over the last few years,” said Evangelakakis.

“We wish him the best for his FreshBizDev business and look forward to working with him again soon.”

CCA, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, is currently looking for members to join its board of directors.

K+N to boost African healthcare and pharma logistics capability with new airside facility

Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) has struck a long-term agreement for a new airside facility at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport that aims to boost Africa’s healthcare and pharmaceutical logistics capability.

As part of this agreement, K+N will offer customers a set of logistics solutions, including warehousing, transportation, customs brokerage, supply chain management, and airside support to project-specific charters for both in and outbound shipments.

Core to this offering is a cold chain solution that ensures 24/7 temperature-control to safeguard the integrity of highly sensitive pharma products.

The new offering has been designed to support Africa’s aim to become more self-reliant in healthcare operations.

South Africa, Nigeria, and Algeria are leading the manufacturing charge in sub-Saharan Africa, while imports from Europe, North America, India and China remain crucial to meeting Africa’s demand for medicines and basic healthcare.

“Pharmaceuticals in particular are highly-sensitive, time-critical products,” said Gereon Niemeier, managing director, Kuehne+Nagel South Africa. “Every minute these products spend on the tarmac exposes them to temperature fluctuations, physical damage, and loss. Our new facility addresses all these challenges to ensure product stability throughout the journey.”

He added: “Our people have the expertise for plane-side access that other logistics providers don’t.

“In addition, the facility is so close to the charter parking area that we can provide in-person visibility resources, as well as a unique dollie solution, that greatly reduce the risk of ground handling errors as well as shipment claims.

“Onsite monitoring protects product stability – whether temperature-controlled, high value or time critical – throughout the entire journey.

K+N recently started dedicated freighter operations through a partnership with lessor Atlas Air.