Freight Forwarding & Logistics

Jan de Rijk gains IATA pharma certification

Trucking specialist becomes one of the first logistics service suppliers in the air cargo supply chain to meet the new standards

French forwarder Clasquin eyes further acquisitions

Medium-sized player looking to expand again, with Germany, UK, Italy and Benelux ‘of particular interest’

Norbert Dentressangle posts 16% growth

Group ‘reaches new milestone’ following Jacobson purchase, but still eyeing further US expansion

Tough year for Damco

Freight forwarding unit records worst return on invested capital performance of all Maersk businesses

K+N grows market share and profits

Forwarding giant reports ‘excellent’ performance in air freight, ‘turnaround’ in overland business, and 7% sea freight growth

Ceva wins Xiaomi logistics contract

Agreement covers management of its e-commerce distribution centre in Malaysia

Seko opens Felixstowe branch

Network of UK operations now extends across eight locations

Cheaper fuel ‘to boost logistics M&As this year’

Lower oil prices will provide additional capital for acquisitions, predicts PwC report

Gefco ‘to axe around 530 jobs in French units’, unions claim

Firm said to lack competitiveness in industrial logistics in France

Kintetsu World Express to buy APL Logistics

Japanese forwarding and logistics group agrees US$1.2 billion purchase from NOL, to compete with biggest global firms

Americas ‘diamond in the crown’ for DSV

CEO talks further about performance and ambitions in region, and warns of pressure on margins if it continues to gain market share

French 3PLs improve financial performance

SNCF Logistics reports 30% growth in operating profit

Freight forwarders savour a bumper year

Larger players post container volume growth way ahead of the industry average – a trend that looks set to continue

French Customs seize illegal shipment of 19,000 seahorses

Endangered species concealed in air freight consignment bound for China

Advice & Insight

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits

How the world shops cross-border

New study on trends in global cross-border shopping reveals UK as top three exporter of online purchases

SHD Logistics Awards’ audience set to grow by 40% in event’s second year

Finalists will be celebrating on 19 March at 5* London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

Technology trends in logistics in 2015 - Part 3

PJ Benoit, from freight booking automation specialist Freightos, outlines the key cutting-edge developments most likely to significantly affect the freight and supply chain sector – this year, and into the future…

Freight People

Geodis Wilson names new EMEA VP

Matthias Hansen has been interim regional VP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis

DGF appoints New Zealand country manager

Michael Dhu takes on new role for DHL Global Forwarding

Geodis India appoints new national sales manager

Martijn Tasma takes responsibility for sales and market development of group’s freight forwarding and logistics business in the country

Hansa Heavy Lift appoints new EMEA head

Addition of Maximilian Harmstorf marks end of HHL’s restructuring to a regional system

Thomas Kraus joins Geodis as group marketing director

Former CEO of TNT Express Germany charged with ‘developing a cohesive and differentiating marketing strategy’ for French group

Have Your Say

The sales performance gap

Smaller freight forwarders will continue to be outgunned by their larger competitors until they learn how to think and act differently, claims Paul Kelly

Building for the future

Vital logistics infrastructure projects will only go ahead if local residents get a share of the benefits, argues Multimodal’s Rob Jervis

Fuel surcharges – a level playing field?

The price of jet fuel and crude are closely linked, and jet fuel costs have also dropped sharply, falling by 45% between Jul-14 and Jan-15. However, fuel surcharges have hardly moved, says Andy Cliff, managing director of Straightforward Consultancy Ltd

Can the cloud solve your freight forwarding challenges?

Gerry Daalhuisen, from transport software specialist Kewill, outlines some of the issues and potential benefits

Eight surprising customs rules

From exporting edible insects to baby formula, FedEx managing director of Global Trade Services, Harald Schoenfelder, reveals some little-known customs rules that could easily catch cargo shippers off guard