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An interview with FCBF's Megan Conyers

What is really happening in floral logistics?

“Even if every driver would pick up a container every day, 1.000 containers would still be left in South Florida.” In this episode of ‘The Bloom Show', host Sahid Nahim talks with Megan Conyers, the Executive Vice President of the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (FCBF). FCBF is the most…

Ethiopian Airlines partners with industrial development corporation in launching of Zambia Airways

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has finalized preparations for the launch of Zambia’s National Carrier in a joint…

HAROPA PORT and Brittany Ferries inaugurate new Ireland-Le Havre freight service

In Le Havre, Brittany Ferries is launching a new freight service between Normandy and the town of Rosslare in Ireland. Underpinned by the dynamic generated by reorganisation…

CMA CGM achieves massive US$5.6 billion profits

CMA CGM Group has reported an astonishing surge in its profits during the third quarter of the year, reporting US$5.6 billion, while last year the company achieved US$567 million, according to the latest report. The third-largest container carrier in the world has marked additional remarkable gains…

US: Extreme supply chain problems dreaded regarding unvaccinated drivers

A mid-January deadline for the vaccine mandate was announced by the U.S. in mid-October. Last week, Canada announced a Jan. 15 deadline for truckers crossing into this…

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Kenya: "fresh produce left to waste in farms over standoff with airline"

A government policy that favors struggling national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) against its cheaper competitors to transport fresh produce to other countries continues to hurt other exporters. Exporters have complained about the lack of capacity on KQ to ferry their produce and the airline's expensive…

Jack Fleming - Chill-Chain

"It will be the people who can be transparent and forward thinking who will be least affected"

Chill-Chain connects businesses and shippers with haulers specializing in temperature-controlled transport to facilitate the movement of fresh produce and food. The UK-based…

US: Jet Fresh Flower distributors partners with Details flowers software

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors is partnering with Details Flowers. The family-owned and operated wholesaler, importer, and distributor located in Miami is working together with the floral software company encouraging flower buying within the platform. At the same time, Jet Fresh Flower Distributors is…

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Malaysian online florists collaborate

Online florist BloomThis and Coach fragrance have dropped a new collaboration that allows customers to send flowers and fragrances to their loved ones or to themselves. Featuring Coach's new fragrance, Coach Dreams Sunset, the collection is inspired by the story of two girlfriends going on a road trip…

P&O Ferrymasters expands size of reefer trailer fleet

P&O Ferrymasters today announces the expansion of its fleet of reefers - refrigerated trailers - to enable more customers to benefit from the end-to-end logistics company’s expertise in solving supply chain challenges for temperature-controlled goods. The 25 new specialist trailers are being introduced…

Preserving fresh cut flowers longer

Specialized in flexible controlled atmosphere, Janny MT brings solutions to organic and traditional growers to increase the shelf life of their fresh produces. Preserving flowers is a complex problem for the cut flower industry. Janny MT offers a flexible and natural solution allowing you to store during production peaks…

Adrian Dale - Tosca

"NeRa nestable, rackable, and stackable heavy-duty plastic pallet can deliver game-changing efficiencies"

In August 2020, Tosca, a specialist in reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, acquired Contraload NV, a company in plastic pallet pooling in the United Kingdom and European Union. The acquisition of Contraload enabled Tosca to service supply chains end to end, from the first mile to the last…

Kuehne+Nagel’s latest e-commerce center debuts in Luxembourg

Kuehne+Nagel is considerably expanding its contract logistics footprint with the opening of its latest fulfillment center in Contern, Luxembourg, comprising 34.000 m² of warehousing space. The opening ceremony was attended by Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Kuehne+Nagel’s Honorary Chairman…

HMM pilots IoT tech in reefer containers

Hyundai Merchant Marine will try out Internet of Things (IoT) technology on the shipping of refrigerated and frozen containers. According to an HMM statement, “it’s crucial…

Perishable Movements appoints new business developer for Europe

Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), a provider of logistics and supply chain solutions, has appointed Alessandra Tagliabue to the newly created role of Business Development Manager for Europe. Tagliabue, who has an established and proven track record in sales, joins the company following a micro business…

Floward signs MoU with Qatar Charity

Floward, an online flowers and gifts delivery destination in MENA and UK, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Qatar Charity (QC) in order to participate in the social responsibility programs and initiatives carried by QC. The signing ceremony was held at QC’s Headquarters and was attended…

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"Supply chain issues hitting all segments of agriculture"

Key ag leaders shared with the Department of Transportation that the most problematic supply chain issues for the ag industry include transportation costs, labor availability, rising energy costs, and challenges with obtaining inputs and products for the ag sector. In response to President Joe Biden’s…

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Nigeria’s export market totters on infrastructure

Nigeria is losing competitive strength in local and international markets due to inadequate cold chain facilities. Stakeholders have expressed concerns over the shortage of facilities and manpower to enhance distribution and transportation of temperature-controlled products, Daniel Essiet reports in the…

Cargolite launches Cargolite XL

"More efficient logistics using the new XL carton"

After nearly 5 years of supplying IPL, the purchasing arm of ASDA, with the Cargolite packaging concept, the major supermarkets in Britain have been advised by the British government to reduce the use of plastics. "Our Cargolite carton with plastic would be no exception even though our plastic frames are…

Christian Schouten and David van den Heuvel, start-up LogisticDocuments.com

"We need to do away with all the paper"

They call themselves fruit traders who have become process specialists. For two years, Christian Schouten and David van den Heuvel have been building a web platform on which live information about the status of shipments and the related ex- and import documentation is stored and shared. Since February…

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New strategy boost Delta Airlines cargo revenue

Global supply chain disruption, along with a new cargo strategy, has Delta Air Lines eyeing continued revenue and profit growth from cargo. “Delta Cargo is going through a transformation,” said spokeswoman Debbie Sheehan. “In the short term, the team is very focused on supporting our customers across the…

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Lack of parking, fines for breaks and general circumstances turns drivers away from UK

Drivers and unions have warned that facilities and working conditions in the UK are inferior to those in Europe and that the UK’s supply chain crisis will not be eased until…

Kuehne+Nagel happy with Q3 results

"We were able to exceed our prior-year results"

The Kuehne+Nagel Group reported a good business performance in the third quarter of 2021. All business units were able to exceed their prior-year results, in some cases…

David Thorne on the developments of EZRack

“We expanded our rental assortment, as it reduces costs to growers significantly”

“Some of the racks that we used to have available for purchase, will now also be available for rental in 2022. We notice that rental is a popular option for growers and retailers, as it reduces their costs significantly,” says David Thorne, Nursery Sales Manager of EZRack. The US-based company services…

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Lorry driver shortage:

UK government to lift rules on foreign haulier deliveries

In a government attempt to tackle supply chain problems, the rules on the number of deliveries overseas lorry drivers can make in the UK are set to be relaxed. Under the new plans, drivers will be able to make unlimited deliveries or collections within a 14-day period. Up until now, EU drivers could only…

Patrick Poulet, Kelvin Solutions:

France: “More cold chain information means more vase life information”

“It is an effective way to discover weak points in logistics, as you can see exactly where and when the temperature changes,” says Patrick Poulet, Head of Sales for Kelvin Solutions. The company offers cold chain solutions for several industries, including the floral industry. Their products include…

Brexit minister Lord Frost:

‘British renaissance has begun’ despite shortages troubling UK

Brexit minister Lord Frost has declared that the ‘British Renaissance has begun’ as the UK struggles with staffing issues linked to the departure from the European Union. At…

Container lines to make record profits at US $150 billion in 2021

Independent maritime research consultancy Drewry has revised its projections of profits by container lines. Profits are projected to reach an unheard-of high of US $150…

Sunswap to deploy a transport refrigeration unit into DFDS fleet

Engineering firm Sunswap has announced an agreement with international shipping and logistics company DFDS to deploy a Sunswap transport refrigeration unit (TRU) into their fleet in early 2022, following which an order for production units is expected to be confirmed. After a successful investment round…

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Freight rates up more than 90% in one year

According to the Xeneta Shipping Index, there has been another monthly hike in long-term ocean freight rates, with global container prices rising by 3.2% in September, meaning…

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Potential drivers show interest as UK haulage firm offers free HGV training

As Brexit forced thousands of European drivers to leave the country, and Covid got in the way of around 30,000 tests for potential new drivers last year, organizations such as…

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Truck drivers from India interested in UK short-term visas

Indian truck drivers are among the leading category of workers showing interest in new temporary work visas introduced by the UK to address supply shortages. Demand for the…

Air Canada begins work to enhance cold chain handling capabilities at its Toronto Pearson Cargo Facility

Air Canada announced the start of a $16-million project to expand and enhance Air Canada Cargo's cold chain handling capabilities for shipments such as pharmaceuticals, fresh…

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Lincolnshire flower grower's plea to scrap "farcical" rules on EU workers

A director of Lincolnshire flower and bulb producer has revealed a recruitment nightmare leading to lost trade because he cannot get the workers he needs from abroad or even locally. Taylors Bulbs, based in Holbeach, is having to compete with other businesses and sectors to hire forklift drivers,…

Logistics UK comments on government HGV driver visa scheme

On 29 September 2021, when addressing industry concerns over the temporary visas granted by government for HGV drivers this week, Elizabeth de Jong said: “Logistics UK is…

First workers under new scheme arrive from Vanuatu in New Zealand

The first flight bringing in 154 fruit pickers and other agricultural workers from Vanuatu has arrived at Christchurch Airport today. They are part of a new program which lets…

Flyscoot sees some green shoots but still navigates through crisis

Campbell Wilson, CEO of Singapore Airlines’ low-cost arm Scoot, is a Kiwi, and like everyone living in Singapore, he hasn’t left the tiny island city-state since the pandemic began in March 2020. “If I apply for a visit to my relatives in New Zealand now, I get a slot in one of the allocated quarantine…

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UK: 'We need urgent Government action so that flowers can be picked'

NFU county adviser, Holland (Lincs) Johanna Musson discusses problems in the agricultural and horticultural industries. " I started my role as NFU County Adviser for the Holland (Lincs) area one month ago. I began with a meeting with farmers and growers from Holland County, listening to the issues that…

UK government will not issue additional visas for agri sector

The UK government will not introduce any new visa schemes for agriculture and food businesses that are facing acute staff shortages, nor will it take additional action to…


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