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CEVA Logistics implementing new block train, multimodal solutions from China to European ports

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CEVA Logistics implementing new block train, multimodal solutions from China to European ports. Image: Unsplash
CEVA Logistics implementing new block train, multimodal solutions from China to European ports. Image: Unsplash
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CEVA Logistics continues to expand its range of ground and rail services from China to Europe, announcing today a new train-ferry service from Xi’an, China, to Immingham, U.K., as well as a premium offering on the company’s existing route from Xi’an to the Mukran (Sassnitz) port in Germany.

First train-ferry shipment arrived in the U.K. 

CEVA Logistics’ weekly multimodal train-ferry service from Xi’an to Immingham via Kaliningrad, Russia, will provide additional freight capacity for shippers amid unprecedented demand for transport and logistics services. The new route’s pilot shipment to Immingham left Xi’an by block train on March 18, going to Kaliningrad, where the cargo was reloaded the same day onto a ferry that arrived in Immingham on April 6. The pilot shipment for the new regular connection delivered 25 containers, including e-commerce goods with customs supervision code 9810. More trials will follow in May, with regular service starting by early June. CEVA’s aim for port-to-port delivery times is 18-20 days, with door-to-door delivery times not exceeding 25 days.

Premium service added in Germany

CEVA Logistics also upgraded its express block train solution from Xi’an to Mukran. Since April 1, the existing regular connection to Duisburg, Germany, has also been operating a high-speed and high-security premium service every Thursday.

In addition, CEVA will begin operating an additional regular block train on June 1 from Xi’an to Duisburg via Malaszewicze, Poland, with a port-to-port delivery time of 15 days.

Block trains central to CEVA rail strategy

CEVA Logistics continues to develop additional block train connections to expand regular China to Europe connections, including Spain, Italy and France. The company’s block trains provide responsive logistics solutions between Asia and Europe and serve the growing need to balance delivery time, cost and more environmentally sustainable transport.

Over the past two years, CEVA has accelerated its range of ground and rail solutions from China to Europe, most recently announcing in January a regular connection to Dourges, France. The Xi’an port will continue to play a significant role in further developments. CEVA Logistics has dispatched more than 50 block trains from the port since May 2020.

Says Xavier Bour, Global Ground and Rail Product Leader, CEVA Logistics: “CEVA Logistics remains committed to developing sustainable and reliable transport solutions with our rail products — along the Silk Road in particular. The Suez Canal crisis has highlighted the risks associated with single-mode, single-route transport, and our recent developments of more block trains, new routings and premium services are available, offering responsive logistics solutions to our customers and supporting them in achieving secure and cost-effective supply chains.”

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DSV Panalpina acquires Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business

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DSV Panalpina acquires Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business. Image: DSV
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Two years after the acquisition of Panalpina, DSV Panalpina is once again announcing a large acquisition: Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL). M&A is a well-known part of DSV Panalpina’s strategy and the company has demonstrated its ability many times in both acquiring and successfully integrating companies with similar business models. The value of the GIL acquisition is USD 4.2 billion

Global Integrated Logistics is part of Agility and one of the world’s top freight forwarding and contract logistics providers (3PL). In 2020, the company had USD 4 billion in revenue, mainly related to air & sea freight and a workforce of approximately 17,000 employees.

Increased competitiveness across divisions

DSV recently completed the integration of the company’s largest acquisition to date, the Swiss Panalpina, and with the acquisition of GIL, DSV Panalpina will become the world’s 3rd largest transport and logistics company with a combined pro forma revenue of approximately DKK 142 billion (around USD 22 billion) – an increase of around 23% – and a combined workforce of more than 70,000 employees.

Especially the Air & Sea-division, the largest division of DSV Panalpina, will be substantially strengthened with the acquisition of GIL and will consolidate the rank among the largest providers globally with close to 2.8 million containers (TEUs) and more than 1.6 million tonnes of air freight transported annually. The contract logistics capabilities, which are increasingly important due to complex supply chains and changing distribution channels, will strengthen DSV’s Solutions division with GIL’s additional warehousing capacity of more than 1.4 million square metres, mainly in APAC and the Middle East. Furthermore, GIL will add road freight activities to DSV’s network in both Europe and the Middle East and thereby increase DSV’s competitiveness across all three divisions.

Company synergies

DSV and GIL are a strong match with valuable synergies as a result of similarities in both business models, services and strategies. According to the Group CEO of DSV Panalpina, Jens Bjørn Andersen, there are many good reasons to join forces with the Middle Eastern transport and logistics provider:

“GIL and DSV are an excellent match, and we are proud that we can announce our agreement to join forces. The combination of our two global networks will provide us with the opportunity to offer our customers an even higher service level. GIL’s strong market position in APAC and the Middle East complements DSV’s network well and will support our long-term value creation ambitions. Our two groups already share a culture of entrepreneurship and local ownership, and we look forward to welcoming GIL’s talented staff to DSV.”

DSV has long been known for its acquisition strategy and has proven successful in both acquiring and integrating companies, most recently Swiss Panalpina in 2019 and American UTi Worldwide in 2015. The focus on scalability remains one of the key competitive advantages in freight forwarding with significant operational and commercial benefits in a highly fragmented market.

Conditions and approvals

DSV Panalpina and GIL expect to close the transaction in Q3 2021 provided conditions are met and necessary approvals are obtained. Until then, DSV Panalpina and GIL will continue to operate separately and independently.

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Geek+and AMH Material Handling deliver the robotic sortation project with Asda Logistics Services

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Geek+and AMH Material Handling deliver the robotic sortation project with Asda Logistics Services. Image: Geek+
Geek+and AMH Material Handling deliver the robotic sortation project with Asda Logistics Services. Image: Geek+
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Geek+, a global leader in robotic automation solutions, is excited to announce the successful collaboration with Asda Logistics Services (ALS) and AMH Material Handling to launch an intelligent sorting system in Asda’s distribution center. The system will provide Asda with the capacity to support continued growth across its parcel collection and returns business.

Sixty robots have been placed into the supermarket’s South Elmsall, West Yorkshire distribution center, allowing 2,000 parcels to be sorted each hour with 99.99% accuracy through its Asda toyou service.

The installation marks the first time the technology has been used in this way in the UK, supporting an increase in capacity for Asda toyou’s services as demand for parcel collection and returns services has grown at pace in the last 12 months. With the pandemic causing a change in customer behavior and an uplift in the number of purchases made online, Asda toyou experienced significant growth through the provision of a reliable, convenient returns solution that allowed shoppers to combine activities in a single trip to an Asda store.

At the same time, Asda toyou has expanded the number of retailers it supports. Over 100 are now available via the service, which has seen it process 65% more returns than at the start of 2020.

The project was implemented by AMH Material Handling, a top provider of material handling solutions, and Geek+. By integrating S20C robots into the existing ALS sorting system, it has provided Asda toyou the ability to respond to rapid changes in order volume and continue to provide excellent services during periods of peak demand.

Lit Fung, VP and Managing Director of Geek+ APAC, UK and Americas, says: “We’re proud to see AMH leverage our sorting system to support a leading retailer like Asda with the flexibility and efficiency needed to expand its Asda toyou business. The process for intelligent sorting is pretty straightforward. By letting a network of AMRs transfer incoming parcels from workstations to cages of corresponding destinations, we can improve accuracy and efficiency while also making the process more ergonomic for warehouse employees. With no need for fixed platform development, it makes it easy for Asda to scale operations in line with business growth. All they have to do is adjust the number of robots and destination chutes.”

Adrian Carter, Sales Director at AMH Material Handling, says: “We had a lot of fun delivering the solution as Geek+ sorting robots are a highly flexible technology that can be integrated and customized to work with existing equipment on customer sites, such as conveyor belts or other robots. It provides us a powerful tool for optimizing sorting operations according to the specific needs of each customer. And, as an integrator, AI-enabled robotics solutions add a new dimension to our services as it allows us to continuously support our customers according to changes in business needs.”

Jon Parry, Vice President of Asda Logistics Services (ALS) at Asda, says: “We’re pleased to be one of the first retailers in the UK to pioneer the Geek+ S20C robots in our National Sortation Centre working in collaboration with partners at Geek+ and AMH. The robots work alongside our colleagues, enabling us to drive greater efficiencies at times of peak demand, which have helped to boost the number of parcels we’re now able to sort through our Asda toyou service.”

Geek+ and AMH started to cooperate in 2019 when AMH recognized Geek+ robotics solutions provided industry-leading technology. Today, the two work closely together to provide clients all over the UK with great automation solutions.

 

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