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U-Freight strengthens partnership with Easyship

U-Freight Group (UFL) is further strengthening its relationship with Easyship.



U-Freight strengthens partnership with Easyship
U-Freight strengthens partnership with Easyship. Image: Pexels

U-Freight Group (UFL) is further strengthening its relationship with Easyship, the leading global cloud-based shipping software and technology platform that enables e-commerce merchants to ship their products worldwide.

With the increasing demand for cross-border e-commerce, Easyship and U-Freight have strengthened their partnership, extending access to the company’s E-commerce Fulfilment Centres (EFCs) in the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. The expanded warehousing and fulfilment partnership with Easyship will provide affordable access to the U-Freight Group’s award-winning cross-border e-commerce solutions for merchants, allowing for fully integrated logistics for online merchants, at any stage.

“We see tremendous potential in our expanded partnership with U-Freight, by providing a real breakthrough in simplifying the complex supply chain process all the way from label generation to the end-users’ homes,” said Augustin Ceyrac, co-founder, Easyship.

“We believe that developments like automating affordable warehousing will lead to a significant change in global shipping. Easyship strives to be a leader in promoting accessibility to enterprise solutions, for all businesses, and this partnership further enables this goal.”

The stronger partnership is just the latest step the organisations have taken to ensure e-commerce startups have access to the latest automation technology and logistics providers worldwide. To date, tens of thousands of companies worldwide have come to trust Easyship with their e-commerce and logistics needs. The strengthened partnership between Easyship and U-Freight attests to their ongoing commitment to working with the top partners in the world of e-commerce to provide startups and SMBs with the same tools and services to which enterprise-level businesses enjoy access.

Over the last several years, U-Freight has been a pioneer in developing logistics services for the business-to-business e-commerce market, which resulted in the company being early-qualified by China Customs and CIQ as a licensed Cross-border E-Commerce Enterprise, as well as a Cross-border E-Commerce Logistics Service Provider.

Simon Wong, U-Freight’s chief executive officer (CEO) explains: “In regards to cross-border e-commerce business, last year was the U-Freight Group’s busiest to date, and much of it was due to our partnerships with Easyship and other online platforms.

“By expanding the partnership with Easyship into other markets in Europe and North America, we will allow even more shippers to take advantage of our e-commerce fulfilment services with the pricing and transit times they require to gain customer orders and build brand loyalty.

“We are keen to be the logistics partner of choice for the growing number of online channels and platforms, which entrepreneurs are using to sell their own designs and products, cross-border.

“Customers that use U-Freight via the Easyship platform will benefit from complete data transparency, with real time inventory updates, plus web and mobile app access for immediate management and status updates of order instructions, plus subsequent live reporting of delivery tracking.

“The entrepreneur’s customers will receive push notifications on order status, and the service will be backed by a ‘live chat’ facility enabling instant customer service follow up.

“The Easyship platform provides every seller’s online store with a shipping gateway, as well as premier all-in-one shipping tool that provides rate comparisons, automates tax and duties for worldwide deliveries, plus pre-filled customs documentation for all countries.

“And, of course, those businesses on the Easyship platform that have regular orders and want to expand their business to overseas markets, can take confidence from the fact that the U-Freight group has been successfully providing international freight forwarding services for the last 50 years.”

The growing partnership between the two companies showcases their commitment to empower SME e-commerce merchants and startups, to easily access the global market while also allowing them to scale in an efficient and cost-effective manner.


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BDP International enters US customs brokerage portfolio



BDP International enters US customs brokerage portfolio. Image: Pixabay
BDP International enters US customs brokerage portfolio. Image: Pixabay
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BDP International, a leading privately owned global logistics and transportation solutions company has announced the acquisition of DJS International, a Dallas-based customs brokerage and freight forwarding company.

DJS provides customized logistics solutions to a diverse group of more than 800 long-tenured customers across all modes of transportation. As a proven leader in international trade, transportation and customs brokerage services, DJS will readily complement BDP’s diverse portfolio of logistics and global trade management solutions, with trade compliance and inbound logistics as key focus areas.

“The similarities between our two companies are astounding; both built from humble beginnings, family-owned and operated, strong customer relationships, and both expanding in prominence as major global players in the industry,” noted BDP Chairman & CEO, Rich Bolte. “Trade compliance continues to be filled with new complexities and challenges; it’s a major focus area for our customers and therefore it was a natural fit to extend our reach in this area of expertise. We’ve always had a significant presence in the US Gulf region but with DJS we can provide a wider array of specialized and customized solutions for our customers in this new normal world.”

DJS will operate as a subsidiary of BDP, guaranteeing access to BDP’s entire global network and portfolio of services. BDP and its partners will reap the benefits of DJS’s proven position as a leader in trade management. With this new partnership, BDP International and DJS customers can expect a unique service experience backed by a combined century of industry know-how, expertise, and experience.

“Our team at DJS is a family, and we pride ourselves on the notion of delivering service excellence to our customers – we adapt and fit to their ever-changing needs in this complex world,” noted David Meyer, DJS president and chief operating officer. “We wanted to partner with a company who had similar corporate values rooted in delivering service excellence and look forward to working with our 5000 new BDP family members while leveraging BDP’s technology, visibility, and global presence to continue helping our customers streamline and simplify their supply chains.”

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NZ Post plans to invest close to $170 million on infrastructure – starting with a new Wellington ‘super’ depot for parcels



NZ Post plans to invest close to $170 million on infrastructure - starting with a new Wellington ‘super’ depot for parcels. Image: Flickr/ 70_musclecar_RT+6
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The investment programme begins with construction of a new ‘super depot’ for parcels, in Grenada, Wellington. The programme also includes a new processing centre in Wiri, Auckland, due to open in 2023, and an upgrade to the Southern Operations Centre in Christchurch in 2022.

The Wellington super depot is due to open in 2022. NZ Post plans to invest around $18 million in the latest global technology that will sort and scan parcels at a much faster rate than what we have now.

“We know that customers really want complete visibility of where their parcel is at all times of its journey – and this technology will improve our ability to do this,” says NZ Post Chief Executive, David Walsh. “We’re making this multi million dollar investment to support New Zealand businesses – both growing new businesses as well as major ecommerce giants.

“NZ Post is forecasting significant growth in the amount New Zealanders will buy online in the next decade – this was before the explosion in online shopping during the COVID-19 period. Last year online shopping in New Zealand grew 13% with almost 50% of adult New Zealanders now shopping online, and we are expecting this growth to continue. We’re pleased to be able to invest confidently in our future, to meet the growth in online shopping.

“The depot will have a 10440 square metre processing floor – about the size of a rugby field – with plenty of room for processing New Zealanders’ parcels.

“We are proud to be contributing to the Wellington regional economy over the next two years, with the projects main contractors, Aspec Construction Wellington LTD, expecting to employ around 350 people through 60 sub-contractors on this project,” says Ash Pama, the property owners’ representative.

During the COVID lockdown period, NZ Post received over 3.5 million parcels in the first two weeks of Alert Level 3. It had been planning for this quantity of parcels in 2023.

Supporting our commitment to be carbon neutral from 2030, the Wellington super depot will incorporate a range of environmentally sustainable design features and has also been designed to accommodate a large solar power installation once battery technology makes this a viable option for our operation.

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Port of Long Beach sees cargo increase



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Cargo shipments rose at the Port of Long Beach in May as the economic effects of COVID-19 started to subside.

Dockworkers and terminal operators moved 628,205 twenty-foot equivalent units of container cargo last month, a 9.5% increase from May 2019. Imports grew 7.6% to 312,590 TEUs, while exports climbed 11.6% to 134,556 TEUs. Empty containers headed back overseas jumped 11.4% to 181,060 TEUs.

The Port has moved 2,830,855 TEUs during the first five months of 2020, 5.9% down from the same period in 2019.

“Our strong numbers reflect the efforts of our Business Recovery Task Force, which is setting the path for efficient cargo movement and growth,” said Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. “Our focus on operational excellence and world-class customer service will continue as we prioritize our industry-leading infrastructure development projects.”

“We aren’t out of the woods, but this is the gradual growth we have anticipated as the United States starts to rebound from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 and the trade war with China,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.

As part of its recovery efforts, the Port of Long Beach has activated an internal Business Recovery Task Force that works with customers, industry partners, labor and government agencies to ensure terminal and supply chain operations continue without disruption, along with expediting shipments of crucial personal protective equipment.

May marked the first month in 2020 that cargo shipments rose at the nation’s second-busiest port, and followed seven consecutive months of declines attributed to the U.S.-China trade dispute and the COVID-19 epidemic.

Manufacturing in China continues to rebound from the effects of COVID-19, while demand for furniture, digital products and home improvement goods is increasing in the United States.

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