Logistics

Video: The making of 'the ideal flower box'

Optimizing the floral logistics supply chain is the main goal of Holland Flower Alliance. One of its latest initiatives is the creation of the ideal flower box, which resulted in a 15 per cent increase of weight on airline pallets and boxes on the Nairobi to Amsterdam route. Want to see what this looks…

Tons of flowers shipped for Valentine's Day

T oday is Valentine’s Day and, true to tradition, AFKLMP Cargo shipped about 3,300 tonnes (+10% compared to 2018) of flowers to Europe from leading production and export countries such as Kenya, Ecuador, and Colombia over a two-week period in January and February. These included Kenya’s famous roses,…

Flower exporters fault night closure of JKIA runway

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is on the spot following its routine annual night closure of airport runway for maintenance between March and April, the period when the horticulture exports are at its peak. The Kenya Flower Council chief executive officer Clement Tulezi said the move affects their orders as well…

Ethiopian recognized as top performing cargo airline by Guangzhou Airport

Ethiopian Airlines has been awarded gold prize as the top performing cargo transportation airline at the Customers Annual Meeting organized by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport on 30th January 2019. The award was handed to Ethiopian for being the first airline among top ten cargo operators to Guangzhou Bayiun International…

"More efficient trolley transport with Lowpad Small"

The latest move of Eurotec on the AGV market is the release of the Lowpad Small. After a period of engineering and assembling, the Lowpad Small is now ready for introduction on LogiMAT 2019. The Lowpad Small is highly suitable for small load carriers such as dollys, trolleys and roll cages. One of the unique features is…

Shippers roll out the planes for Valentine's Day

Every year, millions of roses are gifted worldwide on Valentine’s Day resulting in a spike in demand for flowers in early February. To meet this requirement, major flower producing nations around the world including Kenya and Ecuador harvest and air-freight additional quantities of roses to important…

Turkish Cargo starts operations at Istanbul Airport on March 2

Providing services to 124 countries worldwide, Turkish Cargo will now also be offering its services from Istanbul Airport, thus carrying out its operations simultaneously on both Istanbul Airport and Ataturk Airport as of March 2, 2019. Following such date, the transportations to be performed by utilizing the cargo capacity on passenger…

"Belly cargo on the up for Schiphol carriers as hopes rise for Local Rule"

Schiphol’s airlines have stepped up their belly cargo operations as freighter capacity constraints continue to bite. Last week, the airport reported it had seen 4.2% growth in belly cargo in 2018, but overall cargo volumes were down 2.5% year on year. Total freight volumes were 1.7m tonnes, making Schiphol Europe’s third-largest air cargo hub;…

Logiztik Alliance Miami receives first maritime shipment of fresh flowers from Colombia

Flowers by the sea

2019 has begun and along with it the first of the peak seasons special days – Valentine´s Day and Women’s Day. Expectations are high, and the numbers suggest it might be a record-breaking high season for volumes. "Unfortunately, the supply of air freight over the last 12 months or so has not managed to keep up with the demand…

Kenya: High freight charges hamper small-scale flower exports

The number of flowers produced by small-scale farmers in Kenya has been on the rise in recent years, but few are able to sell them in the export market due to high freight…

US (FL): Flower distributor launches frequent flyer program

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors has launched a reward program for flower buyers regularly purchasing from Jet Fresh in Miami. “Jet Miles” is a frequent-flyer program which offers miles for purchasing flowers year-round. These miles can be redeemed for rewards such as credits on their account and towards…

Delta Cargo, Virgin Atlantic Cargo move to purpose-built facility at London Heathrow

UK: New warehouse doubles airlines’ existing cargo footprint

Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo are to move into the new purpose-built dnata City East, London Heathrow’s most state-of-the-art cargo facility. The move supports the airlines’ growing cargo businesses, enhances their trans-Atlantic partnership for customers, and future-proofs the joint venture’s…

DSV looking to take over Panalpina

The Board of Directors of Panalpina announced that it has received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from DSV to acquire the company at a price of CHF 170 per share, comprising a mix of cash and DSV shares. According to its fiduciary duties, the Board of Directors of Panalpina is reviewing the proposal in conjunction…

Finland: DSV's operations in Vantaa move to new premises

From 1 January 2019, Road and Air & Sea in Vantaa (Finland) will operate out of a new DSV facility in Vantaa. The new logistics centre comprises a total of 64,000 sqm and consists of three buildings; an office of 4,000 sqm, a terminal of 10,000 sqm and a warehouse of 50,000 sqm. It will accommodate approximately 500…

Air freight trends to watch in 2019

What is your air freight strategy for the year ahead? Demand growth, the type of capacity airlines are adding to the market, and tariffs are big trends to watch this year, according to Keith Nehring, General Manager, Air Product Development at C.H. Robinson. "The surge in demand for air freight that took off in…

Co van Es (Milestone Fresh): "Schiphol air cargo location meets one need"

"Lack of air and seafreight capacity quickly becoming dire"

This past summer, Milestone Fresh's air cargo division moved to a new location at Schiphol in the Netherlands. According to Director, Co van Es, the new building has proved to be an immediate success. "It is a nice-looking location, you can see from the A4 and N201. You can also see it if you are sitting…

Quest for the Ideal Flowerbox moves on to the next stage

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is supporting the Holland Flower Alliance (HFA) as they work towards implementing the Ideal Flowerbox, a standardised box and pallet to make the shipment of flowers more efficient and sustainable. The HFA successfully completed a two-month trial on the Nairobi, Africa to Amsterdam, Netherlands route,…

Kenya: Shortage of supply of flowers to international markets

Global air cargo expansion will sharply drop to two percent in 2019 compared to this year’s 10 percent growth, according to a report released last week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This year Kenya imposed 25 percent import tariff on Tanzania for products such as wheat flour while Dar es…

Video: Poinsettias from farm to consumer

The video below, uploaded by Lufthansa Cargo, gives a nice overview of how poinsettia plants are grown in Uganda and shipped to the consumer in Europe. The video was partly shot at Selecta One's Wagagai Farm.

Ethiopian Airlines exporting flowers from Kenya

Ethiopian Airlines has started using Eldoret International Airport in Kenya for the export of flowers and other goods directly to the European market. Airport manager Walter Agong on Tuesday said the carrier will be landing at the facility with electronic goods and taking off with horticultural products. “The airline…

DSV Indonesia opens new office in Medan, Sumatra

On 5 November, DSV Indonesia opened a new office in the city of Medan, taking over operational responsibility for all clients in the area and shipments in and out of all of Sumatra.  This is the sixth office in Indonesia, and it is located in Medan city. The location on Sumatra is optimal for gaining new business and is…

Early winter storm challenges trucking in Southeastern U.S.

Following an unusual and surprising winter storm over the weekend, growers and produce handlers and others in the Southeastern U.S. say it could have been worse. After dumping anywhere from…

US: The impact of the ELD mandate on truckload shipping

It’s been nearly a year since the electronic logging device (ELDs) mandate went into effect. Some had predicted that the industry would see mass carrier bankruptcies or a flurry of acquisitions of smaller carriers by larger ones, but that hasn’t been the case. Instead, thanks to the strongest truckload…

Kenya: Government to invest more in aviation infrastructure

President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed Kenya’s commitment to improving the civil aviation infrastructure, saying the industry plays a vital role in economic growth and national development. The President pointed out that air transport, together with support services, contributed 0.4 percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product…

Frankfurt Airport expands cargo hub

Twenty-three hundred hectares – that is the area of Frankfurt Airport, the largest airport in Germany. In 2017, Frankfurt Airport handled 2.2 million tonnes of airfreight and welcomed 64.5 million passengers. Therefore, it is the largest airport for airfreight handling in Europe. Forty percent of air…

"Air cargo in Africa undergoing sea change"

Kenya is the leading exporter out of Africa with over 16,000 tonnes perishables per month. Kenya Airways Cargo is expanding its cool chain facility to deal with the extra demand during peak seasons, in addition to expanding its warehouse. It has recently launched flights to John F Kennedy Airport in New…

Rotterdam and the Brexit effect

Rotterdam, home to Europe's biggest port, is watching the uncertainty in the UK over Brexit with real concern. The port will employ over 900 new customs officials to deal with the extra checks required if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Voices from the business community are making their fears known in a bid to remind politicians to make…

Royal FloraHolland:

"Constructive talks with customers about peak days in 2019"

At Royal FloraHolland, they are already working hard on preparations for the coming peak days. In recent weeks customers have given them some ideas on concrete areas for improvement. Yme Pasma (COO Royal FloraHolland), Bart Kerkmeer (Manager Logistics Naaldwijk), José Lauwerijssen (Manager Logistics Rijnsburg) and Ron…

Kuehne + Nagel wins Supply Chain Finance Award

At the annual ceremony in Amsterdam, the Supply Chain Finance Community awarded Kuehne + Nagel’s supply chain finance solution as the best program in the category Transport & Logistics. Kuehne + Nagel has leveraged its existing Tradeshift e-invoicing platform by adding a Supply Chain Finance (SCF)…

Emirates SkyCargo celebrates five years of uplifting roses from Ecuador

Roses are one of the most popular export commodities from Ecuador. Over the last five years Emirates SkyCargo has been facilitating exports of Ecuadorian roses as well as other flowers and perishables through its freighter operations to Quito. Emirates SkyCargo commenced its freighter operations to the Ecuadorian capital…

Give your truck wings and improve the aerodynamics

Wings on your truck seem to be of little use, but they do improve the aerodynamics of a truck. At high speed, the wings unfold and at low speed they fold back. The advantage of these wings is the fuel saving effect.

Kuehne + Nagel introduces myKN

With myKN, Kuehne + Nagel offers customers a single point of access to all online services, replacing the current Control Center. myKN allows to explore, quote, book and track as well as managing shipments and user accounts entirely online in a comprehensive self-service portal. Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “Customer…

Panalpina targets growth in Kenya – expanding cold storage at Nairobi Airport

Panalpina has doubled its cold storage space at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with the aim of growing the perishable volumes flown out of Kenya. The facility has been expanded by 1,500 m2 and offers Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's only dedicated loading bays for skidded or…

Kenya: "Data gaps big hurdle in fresh produce exports"

Lack of information sharing among the players in the fresh produce value chain has been identified as a key set back in the industry, degrading its potential in the agricultural industry. From farmers, transporters, cold storage chain providers and exporters, the silence along the chain is said to be a costly scenario…


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