Freight Forwarding & Logistics

DSV eyes swift turnaround for UTi

Most of acquired company’s $60m losses in 2015 came in freight forwarding, which ‘had strong operational capabilities’ but ‘lacked efficient support infrastructure’

DHL Global Forwarding ‘could be sold off’ - report

Deutsche Post declines to comment on whether it is exploring several options for its underperforming freight management business

US importers increasingly sourcing flowers direct from growers

E-commerce capabilities enabling buyers, particularly in North America, to source from farmers, predominantly those in Kenya

DSV targets US$90m of UTi synergies in 2016

3PL begins integration process and search for $230m in annual cost savings, but declines to indicate the number of job losses the integration will incur

Q4 forwarding gains complete successful year for DSV

Strong margins and volume growth reported in air and ocean freight, although group expects a challenge lifting loss-making UTi’s earnings ‘to DSV levels’

XPO sues YRC for ‘misappropriating trade secrets’

Legal claim for damages and injunctive relief accuses US rival of unfair competition, raiding key LTL employees, and intentionally interfering with their contractual non-disclosure obligations

C.H. Robinson captures forwarding market share

US group outperforms analysts’ expectations in Q4, despite double-digit falls in ocean and air freight pricing

UPS downplays concerns about Amazon’s logistics ambitions

CEO doubts e-retail giant’s moves towards operating its own air express network will significantly affect pricing

CEVA implements new US customs brokerage system

Logistics firm completes nationwide rollout ahead of ACE deadline at the end of this month

Sweden’s Dacotrans merges with GH Transport and Key Logistics

Combination of the three former sister firms creates a medium-sized freight forwarding and logistics business

Damco launches China B2C logistics programme for e-commerce

Maersk forwarding subsidiary claims the service covers the entire process from inbound goods management and consumer order receipt to final delivery

XPO makes 190 ‘planned’ LTL job cuts

US logistics group says workforce reduction marks progress with previously identified synergies in the less-than-truckload business acquired from Con-way

WACO System launches ‘associate vendor’ membership

Chapman Freeborn and Cargoguide are first to join freight-management network under new affiliate status

Fake explosives create panic at FedEx Paris-CDG hub

Union complains after staff discovered what looked like bombs, but turned out to be training materials bound for the US embassy in Tunis

XPO offloads top Menlo executives

Report says roles of president, COO, and sales VP of former Con-way contract-logistics business were already covered by existing executive team

Advice & Insight

Save the date!

Global Freight Awards 2016: 3 November at the Lancaster London hotel

Chinese New Year in logistics

Warrant Group’s business development director, Andy Simpson, discusses planning for this holiday in the logistics industry

One to Watch: Rwanda

UK exports to Rwanda totalled an impressive £7 million in 2014

Half of SMEs in the transport sector lack ethics policy

Over half stated that they have been on the receiving end of unethical business practices

Big data in the supply chain

Priority Freight’s Ed Bembridge says logistics managers are now able to monitor every stage of operations and manage assets more effectively

Freight People

Nadia Ribeiro returns to head CEVA Logistics in South America

Richard Vieites moves to the company’s North American operations to become EVP of Contract Logistics

SEKO Logistics appoints chief sales officer

Carol Kijac spent 17 years with Expeditors, ultimately as VP sales and marketing for the Americas

CEVA Logistics appoints senior VP for global healthcare operations

Kamaljit Hunjan joins from General Electric Healthcare where he was responsible for logistics strategy

Crane Worldwide Logistics adds to its Latin American team

Brazil-based Paul Higgins to lead its project operations in the region

Ken Lee wins AP role at DHL

Replaces retiring Jerry Hsu as CEO of group’s Asia Pacific express operations

Have Your Say

Seven reasons why investing in training is essential

Andy Dennis, founder and principal of Advisory Services, discusses the importance of developing understanding as well as necessary knowledge among staff within the international freight and logistics sector

Container weight verification rules – a key issue in 2016

Shippers, packers, forwarders, carriers, terminals, and regulators must all prepare thoroughly for 1 July, says TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox

Cross-Channel pricing review - Quarter 4

Despite lower fuel prices and less Christmas price pressure than usual, UK import prices reached record levels in the fourth quarter, driven probably by concerns on cross-channel delays and low export volumes, reports Freightex CEO Tim Phillips

Big Data in the Supply Chain

Priority Freight’s Ed Bembridge says logistics managers are now able to monitor every stage of operations and manage assets more effectively

The situation in Calais can no longer be tolerated

There is an urgent need for a safer, lasting, and more humane solution