CHR appoints Andrew Coldrey new vice president of Oceania

Global third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson has named Andrew Coldrey as vice president, Oceania, following the retirement of Mike Smith in December 2018 after more than 30 years of tenure. Andrew will report to Mike Short, president Global Forwarding at C.H. Robinson.
“I’m excited to have Andrew lead the Oceania team, where his main focus will be to increase customer success, and create greater focus on C.H. Robinson’s global product development,” said Mike Short, president, Global Forwarding at C.H. Robinson. “Andrew’s expertise and leadership skills will drive regional growth and advancement of Global Forwarding within Oceania, in close alignment with his teams in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the global network”.
Andrew has held various roles throughout the business, having started his career in freight forwarding with C.H. Robinson. Since 1995, he has been an integral member of the Oceania management team. He managed the New South Wales office, generated opportunity for regional growth as manager of international development, and led successful operational and commercial teams as regional director.
“I am thrilled to be leading the Oceania team, and I look forward to continuous learning, development and innovation in support of our people and customers,” Andrew said. “The greater focus of our operational and commercial teams will allow for more collaboration and overall business excellence.”
C.H. Robinson continues to deliver expertise and logistics services to global and local Australian and New Zealand companies. C.H. Robinson focuses on product development and innovation, which includes the expansion of Australian domestic services to include a local air service that complements coastal shipping. Further developments include customised technology that creates greater visibility for customers over their supply chains.

DHL launches AI-backed global trade indicator

Global logistics company DHL has launched a new tool to indicate current and future development of global trade, the Global Trade Barometer.
The Barometer, developed in partnership with professional services company Accenture, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse logistics data to provide a forecast of future trade.
“DHL has both a deep understanding of the driving forces behind global data volumes and the industry expertise to analyse and interpret market data,” said Tim Scharwath, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding – Freight. “The DHL Global Trade Barometer shows impressively how digitalisation – with the use of Big Data and predictive analytics – opens up entirely new opportunities.”
The Barometer examines containerised ocean freight data for import and export of commodities that serve as the basis for further industrial production, for example brand labels for clothing, bumpers for cars and touchscreens for mobile phones. Through AI and other statistical analysis processes, the data is compressed to a single value for global trade, and one each for the seven countries examined, who make up more than 75 per cent of world trade.
Results for January 2018 suggest continued growth in global trade over the next three months.
“The insights from the DHL Global Trade Barometer will help DHL customers to optimise their business processes, for example providing guidance for investment and supply-chain decisions,” the company said in a statement. “DHL itself will leverage the indicator to fine-tune is own resource planning for its international logistics operations.”
The company added that it anticipates the tool will have high significance beyond logistics, due to its suitability for use by banks, associations and economic research institutes.
“In a world characterised by volatility and uncertainty, we are contributing to greater transparency and predictability – for the benefit of our customers, our business and society,” said Scharwath.

DHL to bolster Irish and UK food supply chain

Taste Ireland, an Australian distributor of Irish and UK foods, has announced a new end-to-end freight agreement with logistics company DHL.
DHL Global Forwarding will ship Taste Ireland’s products on direct sailings to Australia, selected to minimise transit times and the risk of in-transit food expiry. DHL will ship temperature-sensitive products in its refrigerated containers.
Prior to shipping, DHL will consolidate and pack Taste Ireland’s orders from customers including supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths as well as Irish pubs in Australia, to reduce container numbers and optimise transport costs and times for the distributor.
“We chose to work with DHL because of their exemplary track record in handling time-sensitive food shipments with strict compliance, accuracy, and efficiency,” said Eamon Eastwood, CEO, Taste Ireland.
“As our business continues to grow at breakneck speed, we needed a forwarder who could not only simplify and speed up our shipping process across numerous line items, but give us full visibility of and confidence in our shipments’ freshness when they arrive at each customer’s door.”
DHL will also pre-clear Taste Ireland’s shipments with Australian customs, and offer door-to-door airfreight for more urgent shipments.
“We’re excited to be helping Taste Ireland as it makes the leap from SME to global supplier of repute, by giving them total visibility and compliance across every facet of the logistics process as well as the support of our world-class customs clearance processes,” said Tony Boll, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding – South Pacific.
“The time previously spent on in-house logistics management can now go into how Taste Ireland markets and sells Ireland’s favourite foods to meet untapped and increasingly hungry demand throughout Australia and the South Pacific.”

WiseTech Global acquires rate management solution providers

New South Wales–headquartered global logistics software group, WiseTech Global has acquired two global rate management solution providers – Netherlands-based provider of global air freight rate management solutions, Cargoguide, and US-based provider of global ocean freight rate management solutions, CargoSphere.
Cargoguide services customers across 84 countries, including DHL, Expeditors, UPS, DSV, Geodis, Panalpina, Kuehne + Nagel, Schenker, Toll and Yusen. and many other leading global freight forwarders and logistics providers.
CargoSphere services more than 100 customers including Kuehne + Nagel, Dachser, NNR Global Logistics, M+R Spedag, Livingston International.
“At WiseTech we are focused on improving productivity, quality, speed, visibility and manageability in the logistics industry and we are delighted Cargoguide and CargoSphere are joining the WiseTech family,” said WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White. “Combining their powerful air and ocean freight rate management solutions with the strengths of the WiseTech Global group and our leading integrated global execution platform, CargoWise One, will be a step forward for the freight forwarding industry.
“Both solutions will enhance existing rate management capabilities within CargoWise One, increasing efficiency, accuracy and workflow for our customers worldwide, while our innovation strength and development capacity will further accelerate multi-modal rate management developments. This will ultimately create a pathway to the deeper automation necessary to substantially increase productivity for freight forwarders grappling with exponential increases in volumes and margin pressure.”

New leadership for DHL Global Forwarding's freight division

Tim Scharwath has formally joined the Board of Management of Deutsche Post DHL Group as the new CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. The appointment was originally announced in May last year and, after a long garden leave period, Scharwath has now taken over the role from Group CEO Frank Appel, who managed the function in the interim. Scharwath previously led the airfreight business at Kuehne + Nagel International AG.
“Building on his extensive expertise, he will continue to foster the successfully initiated turnaround plan and positive EBIT development of the DHL Global Forwarding,” DHL said in a statement.
Frank Appel, CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Tim Scharwath the new member of the Board of Management for DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.
“The extensive work of restructuring and improving processes in the division is already paying off, as our results have shown. As a real expert in the freight forwarding world, I am certain that Tim is prepared for his new responsibilities and is the right choice to realize the ambitious goals we have for the DHL Global Forwarding, Freight division.”
Scharwath held several management positions within Kuehne + Nagel International AG. In his most recent role as Member of the Board, he was responsible for managing global air freight and the integration of acquired companies, and he also helped Kuehne + Nagel become the number-two air forwarder globally.
“I am enthusiastically looking forward to joining Deutsche Post DHL Group at a time of significant opportunity,” said Scharwath. “As we build a strong foundation for DHL Global Forwarding – Freight, I want to reinforce our core business model, lead a strong and proud organisation and enhance sustainable customer value.”

Fastway expands parcel-forwarding service

After expanding its parcel-forwarding offering for Australian e-shoppers, Fastway Couriers now provides access to global shopping destinations across 18 different countries across Europe, Africa, North America and Asia.
In a press release, the company noted that Australians pay up to 60 per cent more for clothing and up to 200 per cent more for cosmetics when they shop locally, according to research by Choice.
The Shop & Ship service is designed for situations when delivery to Australia is not an option.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than finding exactly what you want online at the price you want, and then going to check out to find that shipping to Australia is not an option,” said Richard Thame, CEO, Fastway Couriers Australia.
“In fact, our research shows that 40 per cent of Australian consumers shop online with international retailers because the prices are so much lower with 28 per cent wanting access to products that simply are not available here. Our customers tell us that, more often than not – even if the brands are available here – many of the products simply are not available.”
Fastway research found the most popular categories for online shopping to be wellbeing and beauty products, which represent 47 per cent of online purchases by women, and consumer electronics, which represent 53 per cent of online purchases by men.
“Shop & Ship offers the added benefit of charging on actual weight only, ensuring you only pay delivery on what you’ve purchased,” said Thame.
“That’s a real advantage that Shop & Ship has over other freight-forwarding options, many of whom charge on a cubic or volumetric basis, as well as the fact that we offer access to such a large number of countries.”

Toll confirms forwarding push

As reported in T&Lnews on Tuesday, Toll Global Forwarding (TGF) will use its new Asian forwarding and logistics operations, based on its BALtrans acquisition, as a platform to build the TGF network in the Middle East, South Africa, Europe and North America.
Toll Holdings of Australia acquired BALtrans Logistics in early 2008 and completed the re-branding of the company as Toll Global Forwarding on 27 February 2009.
Toll and BALtrans had highly complementary businesses in terms of strategy, capability, customers and industry segments with growth-oriented cultures and minimal network overlap.
Hugh Cushing, chief executive officer of Toll Global Forwarding, said: “The re-branding of BALtrans’ global offices to Toll Global Forwarding is a key milestone for Toll’s ambition to establish its own global presence. With a well-established network of freight forwarding professionals in 65 company-owned offices across 26 countries in Asia, Australia, The Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Toll Global Forwarding can provide a comprehensive portfolio of logistics products and solutions to address our customers’ requirements.”
Toll generates annual consolidated revenues of AUD$5.6 billion and operates an extensive network of more than 700 sites in 45 countries across the world.
Regional director Europe and Middle East, (South Africa/Americas/Asia) John Gomes said: “Toll and BALtrans are an excellent fit, with no overlap. As a result, customers of the BALtrans business have seen over the past year that joining Toll has been all good news, with additional financial strength and resources being added to what was already an impressive and growing operation.
“The time is now right for us to unify all our forwarding activities under a single global brand, that clearly demonstrates the size and scope of our operations, and paves the way for further expansion of our network and services.”
Toll was founded in Australia in 1888 by Albert F. Toll as a coal haulage business, using horses and carts. The business was the subject of a management buyout in 1986, and since then has made more than 60 acquisitions. The group was listed on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) in 1993, and now employs over 30,000 staff.
BALtrans was founded in 1982 and is a leading freight forwarding and logistics group in Asia Pacific with its headquarters in Hong Kong and over 65 offices worldwide. BALtrans offers a wide range of services including airfreight forwarding, sea freight forwarding, sea-air combination services, exhibition forwarding, air chartering, international household removal, marine insurance brokerage, project shipping and logistics provision. BALtrans was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited from 1992 to 2008. The acquisition of the Jardine Logistics Group in 2003 was a key milestone in BALtrans’ pursuit of growing through acquisition. BALtrans was acquired by Toll Group in February 2008.

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