PhilaPort officially opened its first Terminal in over 45 years. Governor Tom Wolf along with the facilities operator Glovis America’s CEO and Head of Americas of Hyundai Glovis Mr. JinWoo Jeong cut the ribbon marking completion of construction and the opening of the state-of-the-art VPC.
Glovis America will process over 200,000 Hyundai, Kia and other original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicles this year. “Pennsylvania needs a top tier Port facility to compete in global markets,” said Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO. “This new facility the best of its kind on the East Coast.”
The new 108, 000 ft2 VPC at Southport is equipped with a state-of-the-art body shop including two car washes with two double prep stations and two joined double paint booths. Specially heated floors – To assist productivity in winter weather conditions. The VPC at Southport is capable of servicing 200 cars per hour and fully processing over 1,000 cars daily.
Many of the unique features of this site are not found in other Ports. Southport was built as one continuous facility, located directly adjacent to PhilaPort’s Pier 122 – a dedicated auto berth. This layout allows autos to be discharged from the vessel and driven straight to the first point of rest, located on the same terminal. The facility is also the only one of its kind on the East Coast built above the 100-year floodplain. Southport is located at a unique nexus of deep-water and highways and is serviced by two class I railroads – CSX and NS, with additional service by CN.
“The new vehicle processing centre is just one step in my Port Development Plan, which is generating long-lasting economic growth in southeastern Pennsylvania by making Philadelphia the best place to ship and receive goods on the East Coast,” said Governor Wolf. “This terminal alone will stimulate an estimated $124 million in economic activity, as well as create as many as 2,500 good, family-sustaining jobs.”
From its headquarters in Colombo customers will be offered a full range of multi-modal services including air, ocean, sea-air Customs brokerage and road transportation solutions alongside the benefits of additional services operated within a Free Zone.
CEVA's customers will, therefore, have direct access to the company's complete range of additional services along with the company's market-leading IT capabilities.
Says Fuat Adoran, CEVA's Executive Vice President IMEA, India, Middle East, Africa: “With our own operations being set up in Sri Lanka we are now able to take our operation in Sri Lanka and the Maldives to the next level. CEVA Logistics’ customers will find we are able to deliver more efficient solutions across a greater range of services. Inbound customers will be able to take advantage of the strong domestic network we can now offer across Sri Lanka while exporters in this rapidly emerging economy will now have wider international access for their shipments.”
CEVA will add greater value to the predominantly export-driven Sri Lankan economy, serving industries such as garments & textiles, machinery & electronics amongst others. CEVA enters the market at a time when the country is bidding to position itself as a regional logistics centre.
The Packaging Systems Division within SSI SCHAEFER will act as the sales entity pursuing returnable, moulded particle foam packaging opportunities and support coverage throughout North America.
This agreement allows SSI SCHAEFER to provide design, manufacturing and distribution support to large industrial manufacturing customers with emphases within the automotive industry. “This agreement continues our path to provide the widest array of product to our customers,” stated Andy Schumacher, Vice President of Packaging Systems Division for Schaefer Systems International, Inc. “This agreement is truly a win-win for both parties. It expands the SSI SCHAEFER product portfolio, while extending the Woodbridge sales team,” continued Schumacher.
“With this agreement, Woodbridge and SSI SCHAEFER have more than 100 years of combined experience serving the global market,” said Woodbridge VP & GM, Formed Plastics, Dean Varley. “This partnership strengthens Woodbridge’s goal of providing sustainable reusable products to the market while exceeding customer expectations.”
Expanded particle foam is a semi-rigid closed cell foam. Beads are moulded inside an aluminium tool and fused using steam. Almost any shape is achievable; it is non-abrasive, lightweight, and cost efficient for reusable packaging. By nature, it is highly resilient and absorbs energy upon impact, which prevents shock from transport making it ideal for sensitive components. The product is an excellent option for parts with complex geometries, require ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative) protection or an environment that necessitates fire retardant packaging. Returnable particle foams include expanded polypropylene (EPP), expanded polyethylene (EPE) and polystyrene/ polyethylene blend (PS/PE).
While physical logistics networks remain indispensable, electrification in local transport is already making an important contribution to the achievement of the energy turnaround today. However, commercial use of electric drive on long-haul and heavy-duty routes is not yet feasible. This is where sustainable fuels play a crucial role as they could be pivotal in reducing the climate impact of transport emissions.
In addition, experts from science, associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provide insights into the possible uses and current limitations of sustainable fuels. At the beginning of October Deutsche Post DHL Group reiterated the importance of sustainability as it announced its new “Strategy 2025”.
“We want to connect people and improve their lives. And for the Group, this has long since included environmental and climate protection,” says Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. “Our aim is to achieve zero-emission logistics by 2050. But this goal cannot be achieved with efficiency measures and a modern fleet alone. We also need to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean alternative energy sources. This is why, strong cross-border and cross-sectoral cooperation between the political, business and scientific communities is so crucial,” he explained.
Key findings of the study:
Some of the alternative fuels available today can already help significantly reduce emissions with minor or no modifications to engines and infrastructures. Concerns about the availability and sustainability of biofuels are leading to a growing interest in what are known as e-fuels. These synthetic fuels can be produced from renewable energies and carbon dioxide (CO2). “There's a lot to be said for e-fuels. They can be seamlessly integrated into existing vehicles and infrastructure. At present, however, they are not economically competitive. And, as with e-mobility, there is still not enough green electricity available to ensure that their production really is climate-neutral,” explained Dr. Thomas Ogilvie, Labor Director and Board Member for Human Resources and Corporate Incubations at Deutsche Post DHL Group, who presented the study’s findings in Berlin at the aireg – Conference for Sustainable Aviation Fuel 2019 in late October. “We believe synthetic fuels will reach mass market viability in the next five to ten years. In our view, progress will depend on a cross-border, cross-sectoral approach and the development of global standards to promote the production and use of sustainable fuels internationally,” Ogilvie added.
The “Sustainable Fuels in Logistics” white paper can be downloaded free of charge as a PDF file from www.dpdhl.com/sustainable-fuels
As part of the NACV (North American Commercial Vehicle Show), Daimler Truck Financial, part of the business field of Daimler Mobility, presents the telematics-based financing option “Dynamic Lease” for the first time.
Dynamic Lease enables customers to adjust the leasing rates to the actual use of the vehicle. The first vehicle to be launched with this technology in the first quarter of 2020 will be the market-leading heavy-duty truck Freightliner Cascadia.
Franz Reiner, CEO of Daimler Mobility AG: “With the increasing networking of our vehicles, we can also meet our customers’ desire for more flexibility and transparency with products such as Dynamic Lease. For our truck customers, the dynamic control of their leasing tariffs on the basis of kilometres actually driven means additional financial flexibility for their fleet planning.”
With traditional leasing, the customer forecasts the mileage of the truck for the coming years before signing the contract. If the customer exceeds the mileage, an additional payment has to be made so far. With Dynamic Lease, customers are billed only for the kilometres actually driven, in addition to the standard contractual basic fee. A customer’s leasing package is linked to a serial number for each truck. With the customer’s consent, data on the total mileage of this truck is automatically transmitted to Daimler Truck Financial via connectivity systems. This enables the vehicle-specific rate to be calculated for the customer on a monthly basis.
Tobias Waldeck, Head of Daimler Truck Financial: “Dynamic Lease is the future of truck financing. By networking the vehicles, we can record the actual mileage of the vehicles and adjust the tariff for the customer according to how much the vehicle has actually been driven.”
Daimler Mobility is testing similar “pay-per-use” solutions in pilot projects in other markets.
He is a member of the Group’s Management Committee, which is chaired by Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.
Stéphane Cassagne holds a postgraduate degree in business law. He began his career in the Legal Affairs Department at Calberson in 1993, becoming Department Head in 1998. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs for the GEODIS Group. In 2007, he took responsibility for the Group’s real estate, insurance and customs portfolios. Since 2013, he has served as Group Corporate Secretary.
Alongside his new duties, he will retain his role as Director of Group Real Estate.
“Stéphane Cassagne has all the necessary qualities and skills to succeed in his new missions. His great experience and knowledge of GEODIS are strengths that will contribute to the success of our ambition of being the growth partner for our clients,” said Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.
The videos, which are available free of charge to logistics companies, showcase the benefits of working within the sector through a series of bitesize case studies.
The short films cover a variety of subjects, from an industry-facing edit aimed at attracting more supporters to Think Logistics, to student-focused interviews and several ‘day in the life’ shorts demonstrating to viewers exactly what working in the sector is like. The clips are designed to be promoted on social media channels and company websites.
Sally Gilson, Head of Skills Campaigns at FTA, commented: “With 64% of transport and storage businesses now facing severe skills shortages, it is imperative we attract new individuals into the workforce. A career in logistics can offer the variety, flexibility and opportunities for promotion that many young workers find attractive. That is why we need to ensure young people are aware of the benefits the sector can afford; these short films will help to communicate this in an accessible and easily sharable format. I hope all logistics businesses will utilise this free-of-charge tool.”
Steve Granite, the founder of Think Logistics, said: “This is an opportunity for companies of all sizes to use these films free of charge to raise awareness of the sector and directly benefit from increasing the size of their talent pool for opportunities in their businesses. Having been involved in Think Logistics from the start, I have seen countless examples of the benefits young people can bring to an organisation; we hope these videos will enable companies to easily demonstrate what opportunities are available and how the reality of working in logistics is very different from what people may think.
“These films are not the property of Think Logistics; we consider them the property of the sector, as we hope they will support new talent coming through, change perceptions of the profession and increase the number of people who consider logistics as a career path. I’d like to thank Department for Transport for the funding provided to produce these films, on behalf of the logistics sector.”
To access the films please visit: http://bit.ly/NOVUSTrust or to download copies for offline use please visit: http://bit.ly/ThinkLogisticsFilms