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Uber Freight and Waymo Via partner to accelerate the future of logistics

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Uber Freight and Waymo Via announce a long-term strategic partnership to connect their technologies and deploy autonomous trucks at scale on the Uber Freight network. This partnership brings together the power of Waymo’s autonomous driving technology with the scale of Uber Freight’s network and leading marketplace technology, unlocking a road map for the thoughtful and safe implementation of autonomous trucks on roads across the US.

The agreement is an important milestone that includes a deep product integration and long-term collaboration roadmap that involves building the tools and infrastructure specific to the successful deployment of autonomous trucks for Uber Freight’s shipper and carrier customers. Carriers that purchase trucks equipped with the Waymo Driver in the future will be able to opt in to Uber Freight’s marketplace through user-friendly applications letting them seamlessly deploy their autonomous assets on the Uber Freight network.

These applications will provide a streamlined experience for onboarding, load booking and execution, trailer transfers, and payment while also enabling an ecosystem where human drivers and autonomous trucks can collaborate effortlessly in a hybrid network to move freight. Both companies envision a future where autonomous trucks tackle the long-haul portion of driving, easing some of the burden of the increasing demand for freight while also enabling drivers to shift into short-haul jobs that enhance the occupation’s quality of life. Additionally, the companies will explore what the transfer hub model could look like with Uber Freight’s universal trailer pool program, Powerloop, for easy and fast transfers between autonomous trucks and human drivers, streamlining operations between the first, middle, and final mile.

As part of the long-term agreement, Waymo Via intends to reserve billions of miles of its goods-only capacity for the Uber Freight network. For shippers, the scale and depth of this partnership means that Uber Freight, alongside Transplace, will be able to integrate autonomy seamlessly into shipper networks and advise on how best to adjust their supply-chain strategies for a hybrid network future — where autonomously-driven trucks and human-driven trucks operate side by side to move freight more efficiently and safely. Uber Freight is also uniquely positioned to combine shipments from its $17 billion of freight under management to maximize utilization of autonomous and human-driven trucks, and continuously optimize routes once the technology is deployed, driving savings and improving service and reliability for shippers.

“Uber Freight’s extensive, efficient, and reliable digital network is essential to making autonomous trucks a reality,” says Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight. “We are uniquely positioned to be the preferred network for autonomous trucks, with the scale and the marketplace expertise to deploy autonomous trucks in a way that benefits the entire industry. This partnership is an exciting leap forward, and ​​we are proud to work alongside the amazing team at Waymo Via to pioneer a hybrid freight network that truly empowers carriers and will ring in a new era of logistics.”

“Uber Freight’s network of shippers, carriers, and marketplace technology is a great match for the Waymo Driver,” says Charlie Jatt, Head of Commercialization for Trucking, Waymo Via. “Through this partnership, we can empower carriers to fully utilize their investments in the Waymo Via solution through Uber Freight and create a great experience for shippers, while keeping our focus on developing the core Driver technology. We’re really excited to see how this partnership can impact the logistics industry and solve critical challenges over the next decade and beyond.”

“Partnering with Uber Freight opens up really interesting opportunities for us to help scale the Waymo Driver,” says Boris Sofman, Head of Engineering for Trucking, Waymo Via. “By combining the Waymo Via solution with the Uber Freight platform, we’ll be able to apply proven marketplace technology to help carriers dynamically deploy the Waymo Driver where it’s most valuable and most capable. We can’t wait to see what else comes from this deep collaboration.”

This partnership comes at a time of high fuel costs, a shortage of drivers, and rapidly increasing demand. The future of the industry will rely on a combination of autonomously driven and human-driven trucks deployed efficiently and at scale across a digital and optimized network. The innovative hybrid freight model between Uber Freight and Waymo Via will be the key to unlocking much-needed capacity for shippers, increasing fuel efficiency, providing carriers with the opportunity to scale their businesses, and ultimately streamlining global supply chains to the benefit of everyone.

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DHL inaugurates a new transhipment hub in Johannesburg

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DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international air, ocean, and road freight services provider, has inaugurated a new transhipment hub and head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The sustainable, primarily solar-powered complex was officially opened on Thursday, 22 September 2022. Located in the Sky Park Industrial Estate it provides easy access to “OR Tambo International Airport”.

The facility’s temperature-controlled chambers and Good Distribution Practices-trained personnel enable the new hub to cater to the unique needs of Africa’s rapidly advancing life sciences and healthcare sector. The facility’s opening marks a significant addition to DHL Global Forwarding’s extensive logistics network, further strengthening its positioning on the African continent and in South Africa while enabling the group to handle its customers’ requirements more efficiently.

Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa, said: “We are proud that this new facility was built to the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency in line with DHL Global Forwarding’s goal of reaching net-zero logistics-related emissions by 2050. Already, our climate protection initiatives and CO2 emissions reduction programs have had a positive impact on logistics supply chains globally and building sustainable infrastructure like this solar-powered facility takes us closer to our goal.”

The new EUR 7-million facility includes offices and a 10,000 m2 warehouse. It will serve as a hub for transport, logistics, and warehouse solutions, as well as international freight expertise for different industries. This includes a strong focus on Africa’s life sciences and healthcare sector, which with an expected annual growth rate of 6.3% and anticipated revenue of EUR 7.1 billion by 2023, is one of the booming industries in the country. To serve the needs of the LSH sector, the site has been designed to meet the DHL Global GxP Pharma standards and the highest Transported Asset Protection Association security standards.

At the facility’s opening ceremony, Clement Blanc, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding for South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa said: “A new facility in Johannesburg is a natural next step in our efforts to support economic growth and accelerate the pace of supply chain transformation undergoing in South Africa. This facility expands global connections to Africa, ensuring that sectors like LSH can operate smoothly, access an efficient and reliable logistics network, and continue to grow.

Blanc continued: “The strategic location of our new facility at ‘OR Tambo’ will enable us to enhance our service offering to clients. We are excited to be able to transport both time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical goods and health products, among other services. I am confident in our ability to assist our customers in developing and expanding their businesses and continuing to aid the socio-economic growth of South Africa and the greater Sub-Saharan African region.”

The new facility will also create skilled jobs in Johannesburg. DHL Global Forwarding has expanded its total workforce in South Africa by 11% since 2021. The company also has a strong commitment to supporting and driving the participation of SMEs in the economy and ensuring that they have a place in global supply chains.

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DP World completes implementation of of the CARGOES TOS+

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DP World, the leading global logistics company and provider of smart supply chain solutions, has completed the implementation of the CARGOES TOS+ Terminal Operating System at DP World Southampton in the UK.

DP World Southampton is one of the UK’s major deep-water ports, with an annual throughput of 2 million TEU, and the new terminal operating system implementation comes following DP World’s £40m investment into the port last year.

The CARGOES TOS+ solution is designed to optimise operations for efficient cargo and container handling at port and terminal facilities. Among the host of new features now available to DP World Southampton with CARGOES TOS+ is a highly accurate simulation modeling capability, where terminal operations and the results of planning can be seen in advance and fine-tuned before changes are made in the production environment.

Other new features include deadline handling for rail yard moves and dynamic zoning of quay cranes. This allows improved planning of discharge operations and empty container selection, to minimise travel distance and congestion.

Since the go-live of CARGOES TOS+ at the start of April 2022, quay crane gross moves per hour has increased, whilst truck turnaround time has decreased. Additional features of the CARGOES TOS+ platform will be enabled at DP World Southampton over time to bring further productivity gains to the port.

The switch to CARGOES TOS+ from the legacy Navis N4 TOS system is a particular milestone for the CARGOES Ports & Terminals team as it is the first time CARGOES TOS+ has been rolled out at a port running straddle carrier operations.

DP World Southampton has garnered industry accolades for achieving the fastest landside turnaround time in the UK as well as being the most reliable rail feed, with dual track access to the country’s main rail network feeding 22 trains a day. Southampton has the highest percentage of containers moved by rail in the country, and together with its sister terminal London Gateway, takes the equivalent of 300,000 trucks off British roads each year.

The terminal is a pure straddle carrier port, operating a fleet of hybrid straddle carriers that service 14 quay cranes. Southampton has recently replaced diesel with vegetable oil-based HVO biodiesel, cutting net emissions from the terminal by over 80%.

Matt Stride, Business Optimisation Manager – Operations, Project Lead, DP World Southampton, said: “As the first straddle carrier terminal and one of the first big European terminals in the DP World portfolio, the leap from the Navis platform to CARGOES TOS+ represented a significant milestone for us and also for the CARGOES TOS+ group .

“As a highly competitive terminal, DP World Southampton embraced the prospect of a new TOS in order to increase productivity, reduce delays and build a platform for the future.

“The team in Southampton look forward to the next stages where more of the terminal operations will fall under TOS+ management and control.”

Steve McCrindle, Port Operations, DP World Southampton, further stated: “This was a fantastic team effort, not only to develop and deliver the first straddle carrier module, but the go-live was a resounding success, resulting in a seamless migration, no unplanned downtime and zero impact to our customers. The two teams have worked extremely well together. Full credit goes to CARGOES for understanding our requirements and ensuring we had the correct people and expertise throughout the project journey.”

Mohammed Rahmah, VP CARGOES Ports & Terminals, said: “The Southampton terminal is a new success story for the team. At CARGOES, we focus on adding value to terminals by developing the most advanced features possible. We have end-to-end solutions catering for all elements of terminal operations, from gate systems to internet of things capability. With a host of tools to choose from, we aim to deliver the solutions that ports and terminals need as they adapt to the future of global trade.”

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Maersk inaugurates two new warehouses in India

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Strengthening its position as a global integrated logistics company, A.P. Moller – Maersk inaugurated two new warehouses in India, that are strategically located near the National Capital Region in the northern part of the country. Soren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Navneet Kapoor, Executive Vice President, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Richard Morgan, Managing Director, Maersk West & Central Asia, and Vikash Agarwal, Managing Director, Maersk South Asia, inaugurated the facilities from New Delhi.

“Logistics is moving up the strategic agenda of organisations. Our conversations with customers are turning into holistic, partnership-based discussions through which they seek resilient solutions to their supply chains that are insulated from unforeseen disruptions.” said Soren Skou, CEO, A.P. Moller – Maersk. He added, “An important element of end-to-end logistics is warehousing & distribution. Expanding the warehousing footprint is fundamental to our strategic growth, especially in an important market such as India and helps us offer our customers truly integrated logistics solutions.”

The 420,000 sq. ft. Farrukhnagar Warehouse is a brand new, state-of-the-art warehouse connected to the busy manufacturing hub of North India. With close proximity to the Western Direct Freight Corridor, Farrukhnagar Warehouse will be a key facility for retail, FMCG and large eCommerce customers. The 100,000 sq. ft. Maersk Dadri Warehouse, located within the Inland Container Depot, offers customers bonded warehousing solution. Being at the confluence of Western and Eastern DFC, having a rail head connection, proximity to eight national highways, and Jewar Airport coming up within 60 km range, this warehouse has all the prime attributes that will add value to customers’ supply chains.

“Today, we have inaugurated our sixth and seventh warehousing facility in India this year. Our ambition to support our customers with truly integrated logistics solutions is taking the right shape. Our customers have already utilised around 75% of the capacity of our existing warehouses, showing their faith and trust in our solutions. This also encourages us to keep investing in our warehousing expansion in India.” said Richard Morgan, Regional Managing Director, Ocean & Logistics.

As an integrator of logistics, Maersk is developing and providing solutions ranging from ocean transportation to landside and air transportation, contract logistics including warehousing & distribution and depots, custom clearances, visibility solutions and so on. When supply chains were impacted due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, Maersk’s resilient end-to-end solutions ensured customers’ cargo kept moving. The integrated solutions allow Maersk to have greater control over the movement of the cargo throughout the journey and thus bring resilience to the supply chains. With the expansion of W&D facilities, Maersk is strengthening its position further by providing a larger array of services through a single window to its customers.

Earlier this month, Maersk completed the acquisition of LF Logistics, a Hong Kong-based contract logistics company with premium capabilities within omnichannel fulfilment services, e-commerce, and inland transport in the Asia-Pacific region. LF Logistics has seven warehouses in India, which have been added to Maersk’s network. The total warehousing footprint offered by Maersk to its customers in India now stands at around 3.3 million sq. ft. from over 20 warehouses.

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