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Maersk to acquire Martin Bencher Group

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A.P. Moller – Maersk has reached an agreement to acquire Martin Bencher Group, a Denmark-based project logistics company with premium capabilities within non-containerised project logistics.

Martin Bencher was founded in 1997 and is an asset-light logistics provider that specialises in project logistics. Martin Bencher’s core capability is designing end-to-end project logistics solutions for global clients, and the company´s competitive strengths include deep industry expertise, a solid track record, long-term stakeholder relationships as well as a highly skilled organisation.

“Martin Bencher will be an excellent fit to Maersk and our integrator strategy, strengthening our ability to provide project logistics services to our global clients. When Martin Bencher joins the Maersk family, we will be able to deliver project logistics services with a high degree of reliability, a proven track-record, and a strong focus on Health, Safety, Security and Environment. In addition to supporting our existing customers’ project logistics needs, we will also be able to provide a more comprehensive offering to a wide array of industries.” said Karsten Kildahl, Regional Managing Director in Europe of Maersk.

With the intended acquisition of Martin Bencher, Maersk will also introduce a new product, Maersk Project Logistics. Project logistics is a specialised service offering within the global logistics industry that covers the combination of solution design, special cargo transportation, and project management services – including detailed planning, orchestration, and sequencing of end-to-end shipments from suppliers to destination sites.

Such service requires managed transportation capabilities with deep technical specialist knowledge around specific supply chain elements such as handling of oversized and special lift cargo, conducting road surveys, and delivery planning as well as offload and assembly of the equipment on sites.

A strong project logistics solution offering is a key element for clients with logistics requirements for large scale projects across several industry segments, including renewable energy, pulp and paper, power generation, mining, automotive, aid and relief, government contracted logistics and industrial manufacturing.

Project logistics is not new to Maersk, as the company already has niche competencies based mainly in Europe and North America. However, in order to expand and mature the service offering, existing activities will be consolidated into a global product offering, benefitting the clients.

Together with the proposed acquisition of Martin Bencher, this will enable Maersk to significantly accelerate its project logistics capabilities and develop an unparalleled integrated offering to serve existing and future customers, also within new industries.

“We are thrilled to become an integral part of Maersk, which we see as an ideal fit for our people and clients. Clients requiring project logistics are aware of the constraints and challenges facing them and are seeking strategic partners with sufficient ambitions and strength to handle their entire global supply chain now and in the years to come. Together with Maersk, we will have the scale, commitment, and capabilities to handle the entire logistics scope of work for clients around the world – as well as expand into new industries.” commented Peter Thorsoe Jensen, CEO of Martin Bencher.

Martin Bencher Group is headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark and has a presence in key locations globally through 31 offices in 23 countries, with almost 170 employees.

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LogiNext signs up McDonald’s Philippines on its automation platform 

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LogiNext, a delivery automation platform helping fast food restaurant chains manage their delivery services has announced the addition of McDonald’s Philippines to its 1-click Carrier Integration Marketplace. As part of this new partnership, McDonald’s last-mile delivery provider, GrabExpress will also be onboarded onto their platform.

This one-of-a-kind partnership will now enable McDonald’s to automatically send delivery orders placed via its McDelivery app and web portal to the GrabExpress platform, to be delivered via a GrabExpress delivery rider.

LogiNext’s Carrier Integration Marketplace is a single click, no-code solution for brands like McDonalds to seamlessly integrate their delivery operations with some of the top delivery and technology providers across industries like Food & Beverage, Courier & Parcel and Transportation.

“The Carrier Integration Marketplace is a huge thing because it’s a win-win for everyone. Brands get easy access to carriers of their choice, and carriers (which could be food aggregator apps, delivery networks etc) can monetize their capabilities better. We’re super excited about adding GrabExpress to our marketplace given their reach and salience. This will enable other LogiNext clients to also access GrabExpress last-mile delivery services. We’re scaling up the marketplace aggressively so that more and more brands can take advantage of it,” says Dhaval Thanki, VP of APAC & MEA at LogiNext.

“McDelivery has become a high growth sales channel especially the past couple of years. Strategic investments made prior to 2020 have allowed us to set a strong foundation for delivery like having a clear technology roadmap, that enables us to onboard systems to stay ahead of the curve. LogiNext’s integration with GrabExpress is aligned with McDonald’s mission of a frictionless customer experience across all channels, allowing us to serve making delicious feel-good moments anytime, anywhere easy for everyone. Through this technology platform, we’ll be able to deliver signature McDonald’s meals faster and more efficiently,” says Oliver Rabatan, AVP of Marketing and Channels Lead at McDonald’s Philippines.

With GrabExpress joining LogiNext’s 1-click Carrier Integration Marketplace, new and existing LogiNext clients can now easily integrate their delivery operations with GrabExpress’s last mile service through pre-built APIs. Overall, this partnership will enable McDonald’s to march ahead as a progressive tech-enabled brand and push the entire F&B industry towards increased efficiency so they can keep delivering a great end customer experience along with meeting business objectives.

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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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Rhenus to achieve LCL carbon neutrality through a pilot project

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Rhenus Group, a leading global logistics service provider, announces positive progress in the efforts to achieve LCL carbon neutrality through a pilot project to ensure that the reduction of emissions complies with international standards. Rhenus is working with ClimatePartner, an independent consultancy, to verify the calculation methodology and offset the amount of CO2 through verified and audited carbon offset projects.

The ClimatePartner label, which confirms the carbon neutrality of the products under the Rhenus name, will be available to companies who engage Rhenus to export LCL shipments from the Central European Gateway in Hilden starting this year. Currently, the emissions from the operations during Q1 2022 have been calculated and offset, the rest of 2022 will follow. With the offset result from this pilot project, Rhenus has invested in a wind energy project which promotes less reliance on fossil fuels.

“Our LCL Gateway in Hilden is the biggest Rhenus consolidation hub worldwide and moving towards a sustainable direction is our focus. In parallel with minimising direct emissions, Rhenus is willing and ready to take the extra steps in developing services with a verified carbon-neutral label. This is only the start of our journey to decarbonising logistics services.” said Julian Broeer, Regional Head LCL Europe of Rhenus Air & Ocean.

“Contributing to sustainable logistics is a core objective of Rhenus and the green logistics efforts. We are encouraged by the promising progress thus far. Results and learnings of this pilot project will lay the foundation for our goal to achieve 100 percent carbon neutrality for all LCL shipments worldwide by 2030,” said Jan Harnisch, the newly appointed global Co-CEO of Rhenus Air & Ocean.

The pilot project is the first step in the Rhenus strategy to neutralise the carbon emissions of its LCL product by 2030, which was announced in late 2021. Future plans for Rhenus include opening more carbon-neutral trade lanes, expanding its sustainability product offerings and actively researching effective ways to efficiently reduce emissions.

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