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Maersk intends to form joint venture with Grindrod in South Africa

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Maersk intends to form joint venture with Grindrod in South Africa. Image: Maersk
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In order to enhance its capabilities as a global integrator of logistics in South Africa, A. P. Moller – Maersk now takes the next step to partner with Grindrod Limited to provide logistics solutions.

Through this proposed joint venture, the logistics activities of Grindrod Intermodal business and the ocean activities of Ocean Africa Container Lines (OACL) will complement Maersk’s current Ocean capabilities and Logistics & Services, enabling customers seamless access to a wider range of end-to-end supply chain solutions. Maersk will have a 51% share in this proposed joint venture which will increase access to landside infrastructure and capabilities which are critical to delivering reliable logistics solutions.

With over 100 years of experience The Grindrod Group is a well-known and trusted partner in South Africa. It is the ambition of Maersk to build on the foundation of Grindrod to expand its offerings to customers.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Grindrod in this proposed joint venture, so that we can offer our customers even better value and true end-to-end integrated logistics solutions in South Africa. We will have a far greater ability to seamlessly integrate solutions between ocean and the landside whilst weaving into our organisation an increased capability and experience through colleagues from Grindrod, who has long held a strong reputation in the landside logistics space.” ,said Jonathan Horn, Maersk Southern Africa and Islands Area Managing Director.

Bringing together logistics operations skills and capabilities under this new proposed joint venture will create a base for growth and enable Maersk to excel in the Logistics & Services products execution through better serving customers via intermodal solutions in trucking, rail, depots, warehousing, and ocean feedering.

“Grindrod has been working with Maersk for many years in an area that both organisations are passionate about, understanding our customers’ requirements and finding cost effective and efficient routes to market. Our combined service offering will provide further flexibility and will ultimately contribute to making a positive difference in South Africa’s trade with the world.”, said Xolani Mbambo, CEO GRINDROD Freight Services.

Customers looking for end-to-end solutions in South Africa will continue to work with Maersk, however after closing most of the landside execution will be done by the proposed new joint venture.

The transaction is subject to obtaining regulatory approvals, including required competition law approvals. The new organization will be formed and go live within a few weeks of approval being granted by relevant regulators. Until then both companies remain separate and will continue to conduct their businesses independently.

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GEODIS inaugurates a new rail link between France and Italy

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A leading player in multimodal transport, the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business is expanding its network in Europe with the introduction of a road-rail solution linking the Paris region with northern Italy.

The line links Noisy-le-Sec in France to Novara in Italy and is intended to offer an alternative to road transport.

On a booked path, GEODIS operates 3 rotations per week i.e. 6 round trips and offers a loading capacity of 240 ITUs1 per week. This represents a saving of up to 75% in greenhouse gas emissions2.

Daniele Bernardi, Managing Director of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business in Italy, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a road-rail solution to our customers including delivery to or from France, for packaged products as well as liquids or powders; hazardous materials or waste. A single loading unit is used from the sender to the recipient (swap bodies, box containers and tanks). All our container carriers are equipped with GPS beacons to guarantee safety and real-time information.”

Marc Vollet, Director of Operations and Multimodal for the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business, added: “As the French leader in multimodal transport, we continue to develop rail-road solutions in Europe. This new France-Italy route provides our customers with additional capacity for cross-border multimodal transport and it emits three times less CO2 than transport by road.”

This project is part of the GEODIS Road Transport Line of Business’ “Green” strategy. It operates more than 100 trains per week on the European network.

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Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis

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Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Pixabay
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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, released its January report on the ongoing global shipping crisis and analysis for logistics and supply chain professionals. The report shows continued strong U.S. ocean container import volumes and economic indicators, which may point to similar levels of disruption for global supply chains in 2022 as in 2021.

While December was the second month in a row with declining container import volumes (see Figure 1), compared to December 2020 and pre-pandemic December 2019, it was still a record month with volumes up 1% and 25%, respectively. From a pattern perspective, the November/December decline is similar to 2019. Looking at year-over-year container import volumes, 2021 was 18% higher than 2020 and 22% higher than 2019. When considering the extent of the container import increase and the fact that higher volumes have persisted for 18 months, the chronic supply chain disruption that has ensued should not be surprising.

“In the U.S., consumer behavior driving a high ratio of goods to services expenditures (see Figure 2) is the fundamental driver of the current situation and doesn’t appear to be changing,” said Chris Jones, EVP Industry & Services at Descartes. “The new coronavirus variants are having multiple impacts keeping consumers from spending on services as opposed to goods and exacerbating existing resource shortages and the ability to move good efficiently. We believe 2022 is shaping up to be another congested and frustrating year for global supply chains and importers and logistics services providers need to view this as a longer-term situation and plan accordingly.

 

 

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

 

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

Descartes releases January report on global shipping crisis. Image: Descartes

 

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Bollore Logistics signs strategic and commercial partnership agreement with Balyo

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Bollore Logistics recently signed a partnership agreement with BALYO, a technological leader in the design and development of innovative robotic solutions for material handling trucks, to provide automated pallet movement for its warehouses in APAC. The agreement paved the way for an initial order contracted with BALYO to equip the Blue Hub with a “VNA” robotic truck.

As part of this collaboration, Bollore Logistics will host BALYO’s Singapore team at its B.Lab innovation center to design value-creating supply chain solutions in a variety of innovative applications, notably in the field of warehouse automation. By combining expertise and resources, Bollore Logistics will benefit from BALYO’s technological know-how, therefore accelerating its transition to robotics applied to autonomous pallet movement.

Discussions are currently in progress between the two organizations to acquire a robotic reach truck that will be introduced and put into service at the Bollore Logistics’ Green Hub. Following this trial phase, both parties intend to launch short-term studies to determine which Bollore Logistics sites in APAC can be equipped with BALYO solutions.

According to Pascal Rialland, CEO and Chairman at BALYO, “The signing of this partnership with Bollore Logistics, a world leader in logistics and transportation, is a tremendous growth driver for BALYO. We are delighted to be able to support them in their automation initiative from their lab in Singapore. This leading international hub is a unique place where BALYO will be able to demonstrate the added value of its robots for specific applications. We look forward to starting our partnership with the first installation in the Blue Hub before further deployments in APAC.”

Frederic Marcerou, Managing Director of Bollore Logistics Singapore commented: “We are very pleased to reinforce our collaboration with BALYO. This partnership is a great opportunity for both companies and will foster our mutual commitment to operational excellence. Together, we look forward to accelerating the integration of technologies in the supply chain industry and unlock growth synergies in the APAC region.”

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