Kuehne + Nagel to boost $30m Derrimut facility

E-commerce continues to drive new construction in Melbourne’s west with national developer Vaughan Constructions signing a new deal with global logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel to significantly enhance its $30 million Derrimut facility.
The design & construct contract will deliver an 8,000 square metre extension to the 20,000sqm Boundary Road distribution centre with an expected completion date of November 2018.
Vaughan Constructions director Mark Byrne said the new facility will aid Kuehne + Nagel in delivering goods with optimised speed and accuracy as competition in the integrated and contract (3PL) logistics sector intensifies within the booming online retailing economy.
“The entry into the market by the world’s biggest online players has brought Australia into a new phase of online shopping as consumer expectations rise, driving the need for all players to offer the sort of premium service that has delivered success for the top firms.
“And of course that has impacted our business across the country from Melbourne to Sydney to Darwin and elsewhere, with logistics firms gearing up for the challenge by updating and expanding their operations,’’ Mr Byrne said.
He said Vaughan’s recent building portfolio completions included a string of e-commerce related industrial facilities for leading logistics providers including Linfox, GMK, K&S Freighters, and Northline with the recent completion of works on a 6,000 square metre extension of GMK Logistics facility in Gregory Hills NSW and Linfox’s $10 million, 3,000 square metre, North Star intermodal facility at East Arm wharf in Darwin.
Mr Byrne said Kuehne + Nagel’s digitalised platform, which allowed customers to track shipments in real time, was one part of a wholistic service providing online retailers with a competitive edge.
“Acting as an arm within the retailer’s own business, they can offer next-day delivery to the consumer’s doorstep while reducing, and in some cases eliminating, rental and sales labour costs,’’ Mr Byrne said.
According to an IBISWorld report the transport, postal and warehousing sector is now worth $188 billion annually, employing well over half a million workers, with forecasts of continued growth.

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.”

Kuehne + Nagel to manage Carcano Antonio’s in-house logistics

Italian company Carcano Antonio has awarded a six-year contract to Kuehne + Nagel to manage its in-house logistics.
Specialising in the field of aluminium foil rolling and converting, Carcano has two production plants in Delebio and Mandello, where it applies a fully integrated and traceable production process, from the raw material to the finished product.
In order to simplify the current logistics model and to increase operational efficiency, Kuehne + Nagel will now implement an equally standardised operational approach across the company’s entire logistics operations.
Within the partnership, the logistics provider will reportedly be responsible for the set-up and storage of coils coming from the manufacturing sites and picking and shipment to the customers, including domestic and international transport.
Thirty workers that were previously employed at Carcano’s warehouses are expected to be transferred to the in-house logistics operations carried out by Kuehne + Nagel in order to ensure a seamless transition of processes.
In addition, Kuehne + Nagel said it will support the design of the layout and set-up of Carcano’s new logistics centre in Andalo, which is currently being built.
“We selected Kuehne + Nagel thanks to its values, know-how, credibility and the constant attention paid to people: a careful choice of the right partner can ensure a total integration of the logistics in our industrial system,” commented Paolo Mari, Organization Development Director of Carcano.
Ruggero Poli, Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel Italy said: “We are very pleased that Carcano chose Kuehne + Nagel to manage their logistics activities. This new contract is a result of our proven expertise in production logistics and motivates us to continue innovating and developing solutions that effectively support our customers in their day-to-day business challenges.”

Kuehne + Nagel opens new LCL Shanghai gateway

Logistics company Kuehne + Nagel has further strengthened its less-than-container-load (LCL) offerings in the Asia Pacific region with the establishment of a national gateway in Shanghai.

Already operating existing direct services in Shanghai, the new gateway is designed to serve as an alternative to the company’s other two gateways in Singapore and Sri Lanka,

The new gateway is aimed at providing Kuehne + Nagel customers with a broader range of routing options and enhanced connectivity, reliability and flexibility for their LCL shipments.

A total of 28 new gateway services have been operational from Shanghai effective as of May 1, 2012, the company said in a statement.

The 28 new gateways feature fixed-day, weekly sailings from Shanghai to Europe, Latin America, South America and the Middle East. 

The company said that with the availability of domestic feeder and trucking services, LCL shipments from the northern and central Chinese ports of Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Ningbo and Xiamen can be “seamlessly connected” with Kuehne + Nagel’s bonded warehouse facilities in Shanghai prior to their further deliveries to overseas markets.

The newly implemented routes are operated by Blue Anchor Line, Kuehne + Nagel’s in-house NVOCC.

With the new gateways, Kuehne + Nagel’s LCL portfolio in Asia-Pacific now encompasses 276 direct as well as 145 national and multinational gateway services, according to the statement.

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