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US trucker shortage concerns industry experts

According to the American Transportation Associations, the US could be short 160,000 drivers by 2028. ATA said projections show the industry needs to hire a million new…

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Europe flower buyers invest Sh60.9M in Kenyan farm workers

Flower buyers in Europe have donated cooking gas cylinders and solar panels worth €470,000 (Sh60.7 million) to farmers in Kenya. These are for use in their homes, a move aimed at promoting use of clean energy. It is under an initiative dubbed "Kenya Rose project", by Fair Trade Africa. Over 4,500 workers…

"Response to the reality of the supply chain crisis"

Post by Mike Parr - Managing Director at PML "Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, and The Food & Drink Federation have all publicly commented on the serious supply chain crisis which is threatening the nation. As a leading industry player and provider of world-class logistics and supply chain solutions, PML…

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AU: Floraly starts equity crowdfunding campaign

Online florist Floraly launched an equity crowdfund aimed squarely at growing its position in the almost $1 billion flower gifting space. Launched on Birchal, the crowdfunding platform recently used by Beer Cartel to grow its business, the company wants to use cash raised to expand its same-day delivery…

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NL: Rose growers may help solve a thorny carbon emission question

Rose growers may provide the ideal outlet for shipping emissions, following the introduction of a new carbon capture and storage (CCS) solution that also addresses carrier weight concerns. Described by developer Value Maritime (VM) as a “plug and play” system, the onboard storage technology captures CO2…

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"New things always come up in the floriculture sector"

It all started a few years ago on Saint Martin, where Cees Jan Roos' adventure at WBE began. Now, almost 10 years later, he is still working at WBE, but then at the office in the Netherlands. "After 2 years in Westland, I had the opportunity to go to Saint Martin to build a "new" office at KPMG. After 6…

"Our partner saved up to 700 tons of CO2 in 2020"

If we think of sustainability in our organisation, we usually think of how we can reduce energy, separate our waste and source our products via a certified grower. Of course, these are very important and part of our sustainability goals, now and in the future, writes OZ Planten. But what happens when we…

Lorry driver strike threat increases supply chain problems

There has been the threat of a strike by lorry drivers at two UK firms supplying the construction industry as well as convenience stores. This threat has raised the prospect…

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Kenya: “Flower exports are slower because of the bad weather”

“Currently the flower export from Kenya is 9% lower compared to last year, as the bad weather is affecting the farmers,” says Edward Muchiri, Exports Manager of Siginon Aviation, a Kenya ground handler based in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. In addition, there are many other…

British heavy goods driver says 40% pay rise shows industry's desperation

A survey by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates there is a shortage of about 100,000 drivers. It is affecting all kinds of deliveries. An HGV driver says his 40% pay…

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US: "Ida disrupts freight movement after making landfall as Category 4 hurricane"

Over the weekend, Ida barreled toward Louisiana with 150 mph winds that led to storm surges and flooding. The storm knocked out the power in New Orleans, leaving the city operating on generators. At least one person was killed. Rescue and relief efforts are underway, but the damage to infrastructure and…

DAT Truckload Volume Index fell 8% in July as congestion gripped supply chains

Truckload rates hit new highs and freight volumes remained elevated in July but retreated from June’s record levels, as shippers paid a premium for transportation amid pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. The DAT Truckload Volume Index was 222 in July, down 8% compared to June. The Index is an aggregated…

US (FL): Jet Fresh Flowers launches Fresh Delivery

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors is now delivering fresh-cut flowers in water to your door. Fresh Delivery, our new flower delivery service is transporting wholesale fresh-cut bunches to the floral trade in water and inside a refrigerated vehicle. The demand for delivery services has increased throughout…

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UK business groups demand action on driver shortage crisis

Against the backdrop of the ongoing shortage of HGV drivers, two of the UK’s biggest business groups, Logistics UK and British Retail Consortium (BRC),  on 22 August 2021 wrote…

After record demand, Ethiopia is expanding cargo and logistics services

Ethiopian Airlines Group, an aviation group in Africa, is establishing a global standard cargo Conversion program to convert the B-767-300 ER to dedicated freighter services in partnership agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tewolde…

"Shorter panels of silos easier to transport"

There has been a lot of talk about container transport in recent months. There are not enough available containers, with all the consequences that entails. One of those consequences is that overseas transport has become an expensive business. Empty space in the container is, more than ever, a thorn in…

Qatar Airways begins flower flights to Zimbabwe

Qatar Airways has boosted its commitment to southern Africa by launching a linked service between Doha and Lusaka (LUN) in Zambia and Harare (HRE) in Zimbabwe. Departing thrice weekly, the widebody will fly to LUN before continuing onto HRE. The operator says these flights will generate more than 30…

Brexit and staff shortage forces garden centre to give away £100,000 worth of plants

A Devon garden center firm is being 'forced' to give away £100,000 worth of plants for free because Brexit means they don't have the staff to look after the greenery. The Plants Galore centers in Plymouth, Newton Abbot and Exeter will be giving away plants this weekend on a first come first served basis,…

Digital freight forwarder Shypple acquires Milestone to become first digital forwarder platform for perishables

Shypple, the Rotterdam-based digital freight forwarding platform, today announces that it has acquired Milestone, a leader in perishable logistics, becoming the first digital freight forwarder in the market for air and ocean freight perishables. By joining forces with Milestone, Shypple adds capabilities…

Meet Anthura's international trade and logistics department

Every day tens of thousands of plants are shipped to dozens of countries in and outside Europe. This involves tight planning and organization and good cooperation with organizations such as Naktuinbouw and forwarding agents. A shipment requires the right documents and good coordination, both internally…

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New wrap to hydrate flower bouquets during transport

FloraLife, a division of Smithers-Oasis Company, introduces its FloraLife Bouquet Wrap to prevent wilting of cut flowers and bouquets during shipping and transport. FloraLife Bouquet Wrap is a highly absorbent material that continuously hydrates flowers for at least two days during shipping so that they…

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US: Last mile delivery options for florists and wholesalers

Last-mile logistics, also known as last-mile delivery, is the final stage of transportation, whether from a supplier to retailer or from a retailer to a customer. Usually, it refers to transport from a warehouse or distribution center to a business or customer. The last year has proven difficult for…

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Can growth and shape of potted plants be controlled with light?

The Greenhouse Horticulture business unit of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is researching how dynamic light spectra, in combination with temperature and nutrition, can be used to sustainably grow compact and resilient plants. Oreon is supplying its multi-layer fixture Embrace for this multi-year…

US: Sizeable benefits of shipping by ocean freight

Prime Group has long specialized in import logistics and export logistics support for produce and perishables goods such as seafood, flowers, and pharmaceuticals – specialty items that need to be shipped quickly and with maximum “personal” attention paid to freshness and quality. But not all cargo is…

May air cargo 9.4% above pre-COVID levels

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend. As comparisons…

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Floral logistics in a post-COVID world

While the floral supply chain has always been complicated, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it infinitely more complex. In order to get fresh flowers, cold chain management has to be organized carefully. Effective management ensures that good product quality is maintained as the cut flowers make their way…

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Floral Industry supply chain technologies to function smoothly

As it deals with perishable items, the global floral industry can find quality maintenance and availability of products difficult. Smooth function of the global supply chain is the key to this. Consumers expect their flowers to arrive in impeccable condition, even if they’re being imported from countries…

Kuehne+Nagel welcomes Partners Group as a minority shareholder of Apex

Kuehne+Nagel has agreed to sell to Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm, a 24.9% equity stake in Apex International Corporation ("Apex" or "the Company").…

SQ Flora on vacuum cooler of Weber Cooling

'Big quality win with new vacuum cooler'

This spring Weber Cooling installed a vacuum cooler at SQ Flora in Naaldwijk. Quality is key, as the cliché goes, and moreover, the trade is frowned upon when flowers keel over in the shop. Therefore, cooling back as much as possible is a must, and fastest and most efficient way to do this is with vacuum…


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