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Descartes MacroPoint and FreightWaves SONAR integrated to deliver advanced transportation capacity management solution

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Descartes Systems Group, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, and FreightWaves, an industry-leading provider of data, analytics and news for global supply chains and logistics, announced that FreightWaves SONAR Lane Score data is now available in the Descartes MacroPoint Capacity Network. The combination provides freight brokers with a single solution to see available capacity and market pricing intelligence per transportation lane.

“The ripple effect of low freight availability over the last year and a half particularly highlights how tight capacity can impact rates and margins for brokers and shippers, as well as the need for new transportation solutions,” said Travis Rhyan, Chief Product Officer at FreightWaves. “We chose to work with Descartes because of the breadth and depth of its network and unique approach to addressing the transportation capacity challenges we face today.”

The Descartes MacroPoint Capacity Network allows brokers to search its network and contact over 216,000 carriers and their assets on more than 1 million truckload transportation lanes in North America. The lane network shows available carrier density, helping brokers prioritize loads where transportation capacity is constrained. Once the lanes are prioritized based on specific parameters such as carrier ranking, equipment type needed, available capacity, outreach frequency and others, brokers can systematically communicate with the best fit carriers operating within the network.

SONAR Lane Score from FreightWaves allows logistics professionals to view market conditions on each lane via a simple score system that represents how attractive—or not—it will be to cover open loads in that lane. This insight allows decision makers to prioritize lanes where capacity is tight to proactively adapt to market rate movements and minimize risk.

Integrated to the Descartes MacroPoint Capacity Network, SONAR Lane Score delivers a critical indicator of lane attractiveness which, combined with the calculated inbound capacity score from the Descartes solution, provides immediate insight into current market conditions across the North American over-the-road network. The combination also enhances day-to-day outreach as brokers can use lane scores as automation triggers to send offers to the most appropriate carriers servicing the network. Together, Descartes and FreightWaves facilitate and automate load coverage decision-making processes by giving logistics professionals critical data points to prioritize and execute in a reliable and more cost-effective way.

“Today’s transportation challenges are too complex to be addressed by traditional manual methods and assumptions,” said Xavier Bignon, Senior Product Manager at Descartes. “FreightWaves’ SONAR Lane Score helps to simplify the capacity sourcing decision-making process, making it easier for brokers to serve their customers and maximize their bottom line.”

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Hapag-Lloyd to acquire J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited

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Hapag-Lloyd signed a binding agreement under which it will acquire 35 % of J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited from a Bain Capital Private Equity affiliate. Additionally, Hapag-Lloyd AG signed a binding agreement with JMBPL and its promoters, the Kotak family, to subscribe to a capital increase by the company and raise Hapag-Lloyd’s shareholding to 40 %. The contracting parties agreed to not disclose any financial details of the deal.

J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited is a leading private terminal and inland transport service provider in India. The operations comprise container terminals, a multi-purpose terminal, inland container depots, container freight stations and additional logistics activities, such as rail service offerings across India. The company employs around 5,400 staff and handles a combined container volume of approximately 1.6 million TEU. J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited recently won additional concessions for operating container terminals in Nhava Sheva and Tuticorin.

“Terminal and infrastructure investments are a crucial element of our strategic agenda and India is one of our key growth markets. Acquiring a significant share in J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited will significantly boost our presence in India with a trusted local partner and it is another important step to build up our terminal and infrastructure business,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd.

In driving its Strategy 2023, Hapag-Lloyd has continuously expanded its involvement in the terminal sector, most recently through an agreement to acquire the terminal business of Chile-based SM SAAM. Hapag-Lloyd also has stakes in the Italy-based Spinelli Group, the JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven, the Container Terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg, Terminal TC3 in Tangier, and Terminal 2 in Damietta, Egypt, which is currently under construction.

The closing of the transactions is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and to additional conditions customary for a transaction of this kind.

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DHL Supply Chain opens its fully-automated robot picking system

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DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, is now operating a fully-automated robot picking system at a logistics center in the Lower Saxon municipality of Staufenberg for an important long-time customer, Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf. The system, AutoStore, is made by robot specialist Element Logic and covers 6,000 square meters, making it one of the largest fully-automated storage and order fulfillment systems in Germany. It’s located in one of the five halls at the location, each of which offers 10,000 square meters of space and 50 loading bays. DHL Supply Chain operates this massive logistics center for a range of customers.

Nationwide e-commerce for fashion retailer Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf is just one focus of DHL Supply Chain’s operations in Staufenberg. The location also ships merchandise to end customers in Austria, Poland and the Netherlands. The center handles inbound new merchandise and returns, the warehousing of 3.5 million fashion items, order picking and packing, and the shipping of the goods to end customers.

The AutoStore system there allows merchandise inventory to be fully monitored and controlled, ensuring high efficiency in storage and retrieval. This enables customer orders to be processed and shipped with greater speed and reliability. The interplay of the flexible and modularly expandible robotics solution with the local employees reduces throughput times for individual customer orders, from order placement to dispatch from the warehouse, simplifies operational processes for employees, and increases operating efficiency.

AutoStore offers space-saving warehousing and fully-automated order fulfillment. The basis of the system is a 16-level high aluminum framework in which inventory is stacked and stored in 196,000 plastic bins. Above the bins, the aluminum framework forms a structure called the “grid.” The robots, 160 of them, use the grid to maneuver while picking the items for each individual order fully automatically. The goods are then further processed and prepared for shipping by their human counterparts at 21 “ports.”

“We are thrilled to facilitate the omnichannel growth of a long-time customer like Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf with the help of this automated solution,” says Rainer Haag, CEO of DHL Supply Chain Germany & Alps. “It enhances our partnership and is an investment in the future success of both our companies. E-commerce is one of DHL Supply Chain’s strategic growth sectors. The use of this system is another important building block in the expansion of our e-commerce business and automation strategy. Staufenberg is an ideal location for this operation in terms of transport connections and offers us a direct link to our sister divisions DHL Paket and DHL Express. On average we can deliver 85% of parcels by the next day to recipients in Germany.”

Marco Rebohm, Managing Director of Mode Logistik GmbH & Co. KG, is also pleased with the new AutoStore fulfillment system in Staufenberg. “This type of solution enables us to better meet the needs and expectations of our customers,” he says. “And the higher speed and reliability of the system makes it possible for us to easily handle our steadily growing order volumes. Our vision is to be the leading multi-brand omnichannel retailer for fashion in Europe by 2026, and AutoStore is an important milestone on that path.” Mode Logistik GmbH & Co. KG is a subsidiary of the Peek & Cloppenburg group and oversees logistics for the multi-brand fashion retailer. “We’re happy to have DHL Supply Chain as our partner,” Rebohm continues. “It’s a company with whom we can develop and implement new solutions hand-in-hand.”

District Administrator Marcel Riethig from Göttingen is also excited about the cooperation between Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and DHL in the area. “It offers enormous opportunities to the people of Staufenberg, the surrounding communities and the region,” he says. “Our central location in the heart of Germany means that Staufenberg also has the potential to benefit from future growth in the logistics sector. The logistics park has played a very important role here for years now. It’s part of the commercial area adjacent to Lutterberg and right next to Autobahn 7.” Bernd Grebenstein, mayor of Staufenberg, also views DHL’s local presence as positive. “That area is the location of what we often call ‘DHL City’. You’ve got DHL Supply Chain, the DHL Paket center and DHL Express center all in one place. The logistics sector has been a welcome partner for the town of Staufenberg for years now. We intend for it to stay that way.” Provided, of course, that traffic doesn’t become too heavy.

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CEVA Logistics opens a multi client, carbon-neutral warehouse in Colombia

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CEVA Logistics recently opened a new multi-client, 15,000-square-meter warehouse in Bogota, Colombia, allowing the company to better serve the strategic growth needs of its customers in South and Latin America.

The new facility is the first carbon-neutral CEVA warehouse in the country and consolidates the operations of three other former sites in Colombia, while also adding space for new customers. The new site employs 150 CEVA team members in a range of roles.

Operating a carbon-neutral site

In keeping with CEVA’s core principles of environmental stewardship and technological leadership, the new warehouse was designed to meet growing customer demand for both innovation and sustainability. Carbon-neutral, the facility has earned EDGE certification for its use of energy and water saving initiatives, including water recycling, solar panels and photocatalytic paint, as well as its broader recycling initiatives.

Serving top brands, with room to grow

The Bogota facility will serve existing technology, industrial and automotive clients, who have shifted from other CEVA operations in Colombia. The new warehouse also serves several new customers, including a new automaker, whose spare parts operation will occupy roughly one-third of the total space.

In addition to its sustainability measures, the Bogota warehouse will employ advanced security measures, as well as leading-edge software, workflow, and picking and sorting technologies to ensure safety, speed, accuracy and efficiency. The facility also positions CEVA for future growth in a thriving region.

Mauricio Galindo, managing director for Colombia and Ecuador, CEVA Logistics, said: “Our commitment to responsive logistics extends to our facilities. This new site will serve numerous customers, allowing us to generate value in their supply chain through the highest operational standards, all while minimizing our impact and footprint through carbon-neutral operations.”

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