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By: Transglobal Express Date: 08/10/2015 16:39 Category: DHL
Kerem Inanç, General Manager at DHL Global Forwarding, has warned that air cargo faces growing competition from China-Europe rail services, which are increasingly popular with shippers. Attending the Caspian Air Cargo event in Baku, Inanç told delegates that lower costs and lower CO2 emissions are attracting shippers to ever-improving, faster rail services. Factors cited as traditional advantages of air cargo, which is typically viewed as the better option for high-value and temp... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 08/10/2015 12:45 Category: UPS
The world’s biggest delivery companies—UPS, FedEx and DHL—are all making a big push into the health care logistics industry. Health care logistics is not a simple business. The contents of delivery usually require very particular conditions for transport and storage, such as temperature control (some deliveries require sub-zero refrigerators), high security, and even attendant pharmacists. But health care logistics is a booming sector with a global market worth $70 billion (U... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 07/10/2015 16:33 Category: TNT
The shareholders of TNT Express have unanimously approved FedEx’s acquisition of the company, it was announced this week. This news comes as the deal still awaits regulatory approval from the European Commission, which is undertaking an anti-trust investigation and may insist on concessions even if the bid is approved. The deadline for their decision is January 2016. The company also needs approval from Brazil and China within a reasonable timescale for the deal to go through. UPS has r... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 07/10/2015 10:49 Category: FedEx
FedEx and UPS are raising fuel surcharges again this year, in the run-up to the busy Christmas season. The price of diesel fuel has dropped about a third in the last year, and jet kerosene by almost half (to $1.37 USD a gallon). In the last quarter, FedEx and UPS both reported that fuel costs were down approximately 35% overall. But FedEx cites the costs of heavier packages and a growing number of residential deliveries as the reasons for the price hike. UPS say that they maintain a fuel surch... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 06/10/2015 12:53 Category: Air Freight
The US Airforwarders Association (AfA), which represents 360 air forwarding companies, is celebrating the conclusion of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement, which aims to lower tariffs, improve customs clearance, and make the supply chain more efficient. It also seeks to ensure a more level playing field for business competition. The Transpacific Partnership Agreement is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest regional trade agreement, involving the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific ... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 02/10/2015 12:22 Category: UPS
UPS has begun to use a new system of delivery using its Access Point programme, leaving parcels at nearby drop-off points if a first delivery is not successful. This is instead of attempting second and third deliveries. In July, UPS announced it would be introducing Access Points to 2,400 new locations in a hundred cities across the USA. The Access Point system allows customers to pick up their packages at local convenience stores, grocery stores, and other commercial drop-off points in their n... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 02/10/2015 10:44 Category: FedEx
Following FedEx's bid to acquire rival company TNT, the European Commission may demand concessions that would have a significant impact on the deal. The EU’s regulatory body has been investigating the proposed acquisition to determine if FedEx would be violating antitrust rules in European markets, particularly pertaining to small parcels delivery. If the EU serves FedEx with a formal complaint, negotiations could follow that may lead to FedEx having to sell assets. In turn, this could d... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 01/10/2015 17:01 Category: FedEx
FedEx has donated $1 million (USD) in aid of refugees migrating from the Middle East, in the form of cash, supplies and transport. They are collaborating with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Heart to Heart International, and Direct Relief to provide hygiene kits, medical supplies, and local Red Cross support, as well as donating toys and other items from FedEx employees. More than 300,000 people have fled countries in the Middle East seeking safety in... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 30/09/2015 16:51 Category: DHL
Hot on the heels of Hennie Heyman’s appointment as new CEO for the Sub-Saharan Africa region, DHL Express has announced that it will be launching a new entrepreneurial training programme in the region called Growing Beyond Borders. The aim of the programme is to educate small and medium enterprises about the benefits of international trade, providing practical guidance for finding the relevant geographical opportunities. It will be launched in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Mauritius in... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 30/09/2015 14:51 Category: Air Freight
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that air freight volumes stabilised in August, following a two month period of decline. The report is based on global data for air freight markets, broken down into regions. Carriers in the Middle East saw the most significant growth at 10.4%, followed by African airlines at 2.3% and European at 0.7%. Not everyone saw growth, however: volume for Asia-Pacific airlines contracted by 1%, North American airlines by 3.3%, and Latin Ame... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 28/09/2015 16:44 Category: UPS
UPS has opened a new contract logistics centre in the UK to cope with increasing customer demand from the retail and high-tech sectors. The new facility is located in North Warwickshire near the existing Birch Coppice sorting hub, with global access via their hub at East Midlands Airport. The centre was opened by local Member of Parliament (MP) Craig Tracey, who commended the company for their commitment to the local area. According to their press release, the new facility gives them an extra ... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 28/09/2015 16:06 Category: DHL
DHL has appointed Hennie Heymans as its CEO of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa. Heymans was previously Managing Director of the same region. Sub-Saharan Africa is no small responsibility, with 51 countries and territories. DHL has over 3,500 employees, 250 facilities and five regional hubs in the region, as well as 14 dedicated aircraft. Heymans joined DHL Express in 2001 and the company has seen major development under his aegis, according to Ken Allen, Global CEO of DHL Express. The Sub-Sahar... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 25/09/2015 15:57 Category: General Freight
Major market changes wrought by disruptive technology, online commerce and broader economic upheavals have driven up the pressure on the express parcels industry to unprecedented levels, according to Transport Intelligence, a UK logistics consultancy. As such, the industry has been forced to develop more sophisticated delivery strategies to meet the requirements of its customers. One difficulty, says the report, has been the need to square the impracticality and costliness of home deliveries w... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 24/09/2015 11:18 Category: General Freight
Truck operators are finding it hard to recruit young talent amidst negative perceptions of the industry, even as increasingly sophisticated truck engines demand new skillsets. John Goralski, manager of fleet maintenance education at FedEx, says that the company is not finding it easy to fill open positions for technicians, despite recruitment drives at colleges. Many young people aren’t aware of the complex technology and broad skills required by the newest trucks. Goralski gives the exa... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 23/09/2015 16:12 Category: TNT
TNT is introducing a new road connection to Georgia, in the Caucasus region. TNT will be the first express delivery service provider to offer economy service to and from the country, according to their own statement. This connection will help to reduce transit times to Moscow by up to 48 hours. The new link will connect Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital, to TNT’s European Road Network (ERN), via Istanbul, Turkey. The service will be for parcels and palletised freight, allowing larger and ... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 22/09/2015 16:28 Category: General Freight
A report from financial services company AXA UK and independent financial analyst Douglas McNeill has predicted massive savings for the logistics industry from the use of driverless vehicles. The report, The Future of Driverless Haulage, cites four factors: labour, fuel, insurance and vehicle utilisation. If more vehicles were computer-controlled, claims the report, cost reductions would come from the need for fewer drivers, fuel-efficient driving, lower insurance costs (if it means vehicles ar... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 22/09/2015 12:52 Category: General Freight
It’s difficult to tell which event will inspire the most religious fervour: the Pope’s visit to the East Coast next week, or the release of Apple’s new iPhone 6s. But the Pope’s upcoming trip may cause delays for those hoping to get their hands on their new iPhones. Delivery services including UPS and FedEx are expecting shipment delays due to heightened security and road closures in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. between September 22nd (today) and September... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 21/09/2015 15:23 Category: Air Freight
As haulage prices rise due to the refugee crisis in Europe, shippers are opting for air freight as a more efficient alternative. Countries afflicted include Hungary, Germany, Austria, Serbia and Croatia. The cost of logistics has been pushed up by delays and extra waiting times due to closed or restricted borders in the Schengen Area (the 26 European countries that don’t require passport control at their common borders) and problems at the Channel Tunnel between Calais and Dover, includin... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 21/09/2015 14:31 Category: General Freight
The European Union has announced that its new Union Customs Code will come into play on May 1st 2016. The aim of the new Code is to modernise and integrate the existing customs system, in order to facilitate cross-border, intra-EU trade. The plan to put together a new Union Customs Code began in 2013, but there have been delays as the British International Freight Association (BIFA) have waited for the EU’s Commission Inter-Services Consultation to approve it. One of the aims of the upda... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 18/09/2015 14:40 Category: Worldwide Courier Service
This weekend, in Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city, FedEx and UPS employees will be competing against each other in a friendly ice hockey game. The event is intended to raise awareness of United Way of Anchorage, a charity that helps children and families with access to healthcare, schooling and affordable housing. It's a local branch of the worldwide United Way organisation. UPS and FedEx have both worked with the organisation for over 30 years, raising billions of dollars. The mat... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 18/09/2015 12:28 Category: DHL
Richard Crook, Fleet Director for delivery company DHL, spoke on the subject of electric vans at the London Transport Committee meeting this week. He claims that introducing electric vans would worsen congestion in the London area. Crook cited the inefficiency and impracticality of electric vehicles, which would cost two and a half times as much to operate as diesel vans. They would also require twice as many drivers per fleet. These factors in conjunction would lead to more congestion on the r... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 17/09/2015 16:02 Category: FedEx
FedEx has lowered its full-year forecast of predicted earnings after a somewhat underwhelming quarterly report, citing higher running costs and lower demand than they had expected. Their estimate for earnings per share dropped from $10.60-$11.10 to $10.40-$10.90. FedEx’s export revenue per package has fallen by 7% and the number of internationally shipped packages by 5% in the last three months. Their income went up 6% to $692 million (USD), and revenue up 5% to $12.3 billion—but sh... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 17/09/2015 12:42 Category: Air Freight
An Air Canada flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Toronto, Canada, was diverted in order to save the life of a pet dog travelling in the cargo hold. A heating unit had failed and the dog risked freezing to death over the Atlantic Ocean. The flight was rerouted to Frankfurt, Germany, causing a delay of approximately 75 minutes. While the heating unit was not, according to the pilot, critical to the completion of the journey, most of the 200 passengers are said to have been sympathetic to the pilot&... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 16/09/2015 16:26 Category: Air Freight
The International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s head of cargo Glyn Hughes, speaking last week at the FIATA World Congress in Taipei, warned of the growing threat of lithium batteries that are being sold through e-commerce and shipped via air freight. Hughes called for vigilance, warning against the wilful neglect of regulations and the shippers who deliberately attempt to circumvent them. There has been an influx of this due to the proliferation of consumer-to-consumer exchanges onli... Read more
By: Transglobal Express Date: 16/09/2015 15:13 Category: Air Freight
Major air carriers Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines have banned the transport of "exotic" hunting trophies on ethical grounds. The ban applies to lions, leopards, elephants, rhinoceroses and buffalo. The embargo from these three American airlines is significant because American citizens easily make up the largest contingent of hunters. The ever-growing list of other airlines that have now banned hunting trophies includes British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Emirates, Qa... Read more

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