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Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada

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Steve Magirias, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada, in an exclusive interview with Freightcomms talking about technology in healthcare and supply chain industry.

1. Deploying drone delivery solutions for supply chain solutions, What do you think about the future of the supply chain industry with drone services?

There are may opportunities for drones to play a key role in the supply chain industry around delivery. The technology is advancing every day and as the regulations change, drone use cases will expand greatly into many areas of the supply chain industry including final and middle mile delivery services. Each day we see continual advances from many players in the industry including Drone Delivery Canada and this helps to continue to showcase the possibilities with drones.

 

2. Drone Delivery service is the need of the hour? or we are looking at new business routes through the means of the Pharma and Healthcare industry?

We are looking at all routes for drone delivery that provide our customers with value as well as a competitive advantage over other means of delivery. The healthcare industry is one of the key markets we are focused on as we believe we can improve on the delivery service on certain aspects of the healthcare industry.

3. What is the contribution of DSV Canada as a global freight forwarder in Drone Delivery solutions, how it will add value in the drone delivery sector?

DSV Canada is a strategic partner for DDC. We work together to identify opportunities within their customer base where drones can provide unique value to these customers. For the Care by Air project, we are very fortunate to partner with Halton Healthcare, McMaster University, Air Canada and EllisDon to bring this project to reality. By working on these innovative projects with our partners, we look to add value to our customers and to display the many benefits of drone delivery technology.

4. How do you think the healthcare industry will change by adopting new ways of procuring supplies?

Drone delivery can improve existing methods of supply procurement for hospitals by providing instantaneous delivery of crucial supplies. This just in time delivery model can also help reduce inventory costs for hospitals and ensure critical supplies are received when they area required. With the ability to avoid road congestion, drones provide an efficient, quick and environmentally friendly mode of delivery.

 

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

5. With successful adoption of drone delivery mode in the healthcare industry, what is your take on the global drone development industry and what are your expansion plans in the healthcare vertical globally?

We are currently focused on the healthcare industry within Canada to showcase our capabilities as well as the opportunities that drones provide to the healthcare industry. In the future, we will look to expand outside Canada to be able to bring our technology to other markets where we can have a positive impact on healthcare sectors.

 

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

Exclusive Interview: Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada. Image: Drone Delivery Canada

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DB Schenker starts its charter flights between Europe and South America

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DB Schenker offers additional charter capacities across the Atlantic. The new route starts from the Netherlands and reaches Brazil after two stopovers in the USA. In South America, direct connections to Argentina and Chile are available. The weekly freight charter flight provides 50 tons of capacity and expands DB Schenker’s growing intercontinental flight network.

Thorsten Meincke, Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight at DB Schenker: “To keep economies running, companies require stable supply chains. By expanding our flight network to South America, we provide a new source of reliable capacity to the market. We are happy to say that the demand is already high.”

Every Sunday night, the flight leaves Amsterdam (AMS) and stops in New York City (JFK) and Miami (MIA) on Monday before reaching Viracopos (VCP) near São Paulo on the same day. On Tuesdays, a direct connection can be made to Buenos Aires (EZE), and Santiago de Chile (SCL) can be reached on Wednesdays. An airline partner will be operating the new transatlantic route with Boeing 767 freighter jets. The charter flight’s stopover in Miami allows access to numerous further destinations in the operating carrier’s portfolio.

The first bookings include a diverse range of goods, including many automotive parts. Temperature-controlled cargo and dangerous goods can also be transported upon request. Within Europe, the flights seamlessly connect to DB Schenker’s land transportation network.

DB Schenker, is committed to providing innovative supply chain solutions that challenge the status quo. As a global industry leader with more than 150 years of logistics experience, the company supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods.

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Halifax Stanfield officially opens new Air Cargo Logistics Park

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The ribbon has been cut at the new Halifax Stanfield Air Cargo Logistics Park, marking the official opening of Atlantic Canada’s largest air cargo processing facility.

Halifax International Airport Authority was joined by the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, the Honourable Steve Craig, Nova Scotia Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and MLA for Sackville – Cobequid, Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, air cargo tenants, cargo logistics chain partners, and other stakeholders to celebrate the grand opening of the park.

Funding for the construction of the ACLP was first announced in 2018 by the Government of Canada, which contributed $18 million of the total project cost of $36 million through the National Trade Corridors Fund. Funding for the project was also provided by the Government of Nova Scotia and HIAA.

The ACLP includes a new building with cold storage space, cargo processing facilities and offices, which has been fully leased to two tenants: Cargojet and First Catch Fisheries. Five new cargo aircraft aprons, or parking spaces, were also constructed alongside the building.

This infrastructure expansion complements existing cargo processing capabilities offered at Halifax Stanfield by Gateway Facilities and other service providers, enabling more commercial and logistics businesses in Atlantic Canada to connect to global air cargo opportunities. With a total of eight cargo aircraft aprons, cold storage capabilities, and other logistics enhancements, the ACLP increases capacity and improves efficiency for global cargo carriers operating at Halifax Stanfield, contributing to economic activity.

In 2021, 34,769 metric tonnes of cargo, valued at $496 million, were processed at Halifax Stanfield. According to the latest Halifax Stanfield economic impact report, in 2020 cargo exports contributed $664 million to the provincial economy.

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Kerry Logistics to start four charter flights a week from Hong Kong to USA

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Kerry Logistics Network Limited is ramping up its Kerry Freight Controlled Network with four charter flights a week from Hong Kong to Huntsville, Alabama, USA, providing guaranteed and reliable services to its customers.

Weekly direct flights depart from Hong Kong to Huntsville on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and are supported with B2B, B2C and B2B2C door-to-door services to different cities in the Americas, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Bogota, Mexico City, Santiago, Lima, and Montevideo. One highlight of this service is its ability to handle pure battery, in addition to other sensitive cargoes such as pharmaceuticals, perishable and dangerous goods.

Mathieu Renard Biron, Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding of Kerry Logistics Network, said, “Our HKG-HSV charter service is welcomed by a wide range of customers, in particular electronic brands and e-tailers since its inaugural flight in April 2022. Last month, we successfully expanded our KCN to include three weekly flights from Hanoi, Vietnam to Huntsville. We are also in dialogue with some of our key accounts to further extend our services to the Mainland of China and other parts of Asia.”

“Backed by KLN’s long-term partnership with best-in-class carriers, extensive coverage of major air transit hubs and strong in-house customs clearance capabilities, KCN is expected to meet the recurring demand for secured air freight services in an uncertain world,” added Biron.

Launched in August 2021, KCN is a time-definite solution that offers standard air freight services to customers with guaranteed space and long-term pricing, fulfilling the needs of customers looking for stable and long-term solutions.

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