DHL and Tetra Pak get first digi twin warehouse up in Asia-Pac

DHL Supply Chain has successfully implemented an integrated supply chain solution for Tetra Pak’s warehouse in Singapore, one of its largest globally. This is the first smart warehouse for DHL in Asia-Pacific to deploy the digital twin technology, which involves using digital models to better understand and manage physical assets. Read more

Yojee signs three-year deal with Geodis

Yojee, an Australian logistics technology start-up, has announced a three-year master services agreement with global logistics provider Geodis.
The Agreement will govern multiple projects across Asia Pacific where Yojee will provide its SaaS logistics and supply chain management technology on a project by project basis on standard commercial terms over three years, with: setup; subscription; professional service; and transaction fees applicable.
“We are excited to be selected for this opportunity as we have strategically aligned ourselves to the current needs of the market with innovative technology and are uniquely positioned both technically and geographically to understand and deliver a solution against the requirements of Geodis, a true global leader. This milestone validates our mantra of any business of any size, and also proves the capabilities of our world leading logistics technology,” Ed Clarke, Managing Director at Yojee said.
Geodis aims to digitise its logistics operations, optimise efficiency and enhance customer experience across Asia Pacific for land transport and cross-border logistics.
Land transport includes express, line haul and container trucking and can be both domestic and across borders in Asia, where Yojee’s proprietary software provides unique advantages in areas such as visibility, compliance and invoicing.
“After searching the market it became apparent that Yojee has built a unique solution that supports modern logistics requirements, drives efficiency and supports customer requirements. We work with over 1,000 partners across the region and face challenges in cross-border trucking which is solved by Yojee’s enterprise grade solution,” Dinesh Kenapathy, South East Asia Road Network Director at Geodis said.
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Airbus trials drone delivery to ships

Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone.
This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage.
The trials are being undertaken in conjunction with partner Wilhelmsen Ships Services,.
During the trials, Airbus’ Skyways drone will lift off from the pier with a payload capability of up to 4 kg, and navigate autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial corridors’ to vessels as far as 3 km from the coast.
“We are thrilled to launch the first trial of its kind in the maritime world. Today’s accomplishment is a culmination of months of intense preparation by our dedicated team, and the strong collaboration with our partner, as we pursue a new terrain in the maritime industry,” A Leo Jeoh, Airbus’ Skyways lead said.
“We are also happy to be taking a step forward for Airbus’ urban air mobility endeavour, as we continue to explore and seek better understanding of what it takes to fly safe and reliable autonomous flying vehicles safely,” he added.
“The now proven, seamless operation of drone deliveries from shore to ship, in one of the world’s busiest ports proves the hard work, investment and faith we, and indeed our partners, placed in the Agency by Air project over the past two years was not misplaced,” Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Services said.
“Delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to master via launch boat, is an established part of our portfolio of husbandry services, which we provide day in and day out, in ports all over the world. Modern technology such as the unmanned aircraft systems, are just a new tool, albeit a very cool one, with which we can push our industry ever forward and improve how we serve our customers,” he added.

Robotics and supply chain optimisation at the DHL APAC Innovation Day

Supply chain optimisation platforms, digital payment, robotics and unmanned aerial solutions were amongst the inventions which took centre stage at the DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Day this week, hosted at the DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Centre in Singapore.
The Most Innovative Customer Award went to a DHL collaboration with Schindler Lifts to develop a bespoke web-based tracking and optimisation platform for their operations in Australia. Based on two years of past shipment data, the platform allows the elevator manufacturer to shave more than $500,000 from their annual running costs and gives full visibility over the warehousing, shipping and last-mile delivery of its elevator shipments.
“The platform has enabled visibility at every stage of the process from collection to final delivery at the specified site address. Should any unexpected changes occur, both DHL and Schindler have the ability to instantly adjust with the amended delivery dates,” said George Lekkas, Strategic Procurement Manager, Schindler Lifts Australia. “Many logistics players are touting the potential of real-time tracking and data analytics to transform supply chains, but DHL has put those ideas into practice in a way that not only overcomes our unique shipment handling challenges, but can easily scale to meet ongoing growth in the Australian construction industry.”
The Innovation Day also saw an award go to a digital payment solution developed by DHL eCommerce subsidiary Blue Dart, which enables couriers in India to collect cash-on-delivery (COD) payments through mobile Point of Sale devices and 15 different secure digital wallet options instead of physical cash. The system, which rolled out just as the Indian government took INR 500 and 1,000 notes out of circulation, enabled delivery staff to not only continue but also increase collection of COD payments, saving them more than 29 man-months between October 2016 and February 2017.
“The digital payment solution enables Blue Dart and DHL to continue providing Indian consumers and merchants with the COD options that they prefer, in a way that minimises many of the security and handling risks associated with cash handling,” said Daniel Matthews, General Manager, Systems, Blue Dart. “Given the significant impact of the demonetization on COD throughout India, the system’s success highlights how merchants can maintain sales and differentiate themselves by bringing traditional delivery processes into the digital era.”
Infinium Robotics won the popular vote in the DHL Innovation Day’s Startup Challenge, with the majority of the event’s attendees being convinced by the company’s vision to automate warehouse stocktake and inventory processes with autonomous drones. The platform and Infinium’s drone hardware will be further explored by DHL for piloting in real operations.
“When flying indoors, drones face none of the regulatory issues that have stymied their widespread adoption for last-mile deliveries and other outdoor applications,” said Junyang Woon, CEO, Infinium Robotics. “Infinium’s platform automates everything from highly precise indoor navigation to recharging at a network of charge points, allowing warehouse operators to reliably track, manage, and optimise their inventories in real-time and at significantly reduced costs. That, in turn, improves everything from worker safety – often put at risk due to the sheer height of warehouse racks – to the productivity of warehouses in today’s 24/7 fulfilment environment.”
Other highlights of DHL Asia Pacific Innovation Day included keynote sessions on artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, and new models for innovation being applied in Asia’s cities.

Telstra warns container ships off its subsea paths

Australian telecommunications and media company Telstra reportedly has to divert captains of up to 50 container ships per month found to be travelling in close proximity to its subsea cable infrastructure paths.
Darrin Webb, Executive Director, International Operations & Services and Managing Director, Northeast Asia, Telstra Corporation Limited has released an official blog posting sharing the efforts the company must go to in order to protect its underwater connectivity.
According to Webb, the container ports of Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the world’s busiest and shallowest, regularly keep Telstra’s cable maintenance team busy. “Unfortunately, the combination of heavy traffic from big commercial vessels, shallow water and the sheer number of cables that connect to landing stations around these ports, does not bode well for our cables.”
In order to avoid damage, Telstra’s maintenance team monitors the location of each container ship in relation to their cables through the ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS). The AIS provides information on each vessel, such as their unique identification number, position, course, and speed. “If a ship gets too close, our team will make a call to the captain so they can adjust their course. On average, our team contacts 30 – 50 container ships a month,” Webb said.

Paul Coutts joins SingPost as Group CEO

SingPost has announced the appointment of Paul Coutts as Group CEO, effective 1 June 2017. He will also serve as a Non-Independent Director of the SingPost Board.
Coutts joins SingPost from Toll Group’s Toll Global Forwarding division, where he has served as CEO since 2013.
Simon Israel, Chairman of SingPost, said, “The SingPost Board is delighted to announce Paul’s appointment as Group CEO. Given his seniority and the experience he brings from an extensive logistics and postal career including global leadership roles, Paul is well positioned to provide overall leadership to the transformation of the Group, integrate SingPost’s eCommerce logistics platforms and build out a globally competitive business.”
Coutts said, “It is exciting to have the opportunity to lead SingPost through a transformation into an eCommerce logistics company. The natural fit of postal services with eCommerce logistics, together with Singapore’s strategic position as a hub, provides a platform to build a world-class business.”

More flights to India

Qantas will commence its new Australia-Mumbai services from 2 June 2009.
Qantas executive general manager, John Borghetti, said Qantas would now offer flights from seven Australian cities to Mumbai via Singapore.
“Customers will now be able to fly to Mumbai from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, further opening up access to the Indian sub-continent from Australia,” Mr Borghetti said.
“India is an important market for Qantas. We will now offer 21 flights from Australia each week which will connect to our three-flights-per-week service between Singapore and Mumbai.”
QF51, originating in Brisbane, will operate from Singapore to Mumbai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The return QF52 service from Mumbai will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
In addition to its own services from Australia, Qantas also code-shares on Jet Airways flights between Delhi and Singapore, and Mumbai and Singapore, offering customers access to an additional 40 Indian destinations across Jet Airways’ extensive domestic network.
QF82 Singapore-Adelaide will now operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to align with QF52 Mumbai-Singapore services.

Singapore Airlines climbs 51%

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has made an operating profit of $675 million in the third quarter of financial

year 2007-08, an increase of $227 million (+50.7%) from the same period of the immediately preceding financial year.

Growth in passenger carriage and yields produced Group revenue of $4,276 million; $482 million (+12.7%) higher compared to third quarter 2006-07.

On the cost side, Group expenditure increased $255 million (+7.6%), to $3,601 million. Fuel expenditure increased by $99 million (+8.0%) to $1,327 million as fuel prices climbed to new highs. Fuel cost accounted for 36.9% of the Group expenditure.

The parent airline Company posted an operating profit of $513 million (+67.6%), contributing 76.0% (+7.7% points) to the Group’s operating profit. The operating results of the three major subsidiary companies are as follows:

• Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo): Profit of $73 million (+39.5%)

• Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS) Group: Profit of $47 million (+2.0%)

• SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC): Profit of $19 million (-27.9%)

For the first nine months of financial year 2007-08, the Group posted an operating profit of $1,656 million, a year-on-year improvement of $675 million (+68.9%). Group revenue grew $1,042 million (+9.6%) to $11,865 million, while Group expenditure increase was contained below revenue growth; up $367 million (+3.7%) to $10,209 million.

Singapore Airlines carried 4.96 million passengers in the 3rd quarter, 3.5% more than the preceding year. Passenger traffic (in revenue passenger kilometres) grew 2.7%, while capacity (in available seat kilometres) grew 2.0%, resulting in a 0.6 percentage point improvement in passenger load factor, to 81.3%.

Passenger breakeven load factor, at 67.7%, was 3.2 percentage points lower than the same period of the immediately preceding financial year, as passenger yield grew at a higher rate (+12.7%) than unit cost (+7.7%).

On the cargo side, SIA Cargo’s freight traffic (in load tonne kilometres) for the third quarter was down 2.6% year-on-year; about in line with the decline in cargo capacity (in capacity tonne kilometres) of 2.4%. As a result, cargo load factor declined marginally by 0.2 percentage point to 62.9%. However, cargo breakeven load factor at 57.9% was 2.4 percentage points lower on higher cargo yield (+2.8%) and lower unit cost (-1.3%), as a result of route rationalisation and cost control efforts.

During the third quarter, Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A380-800 and its eleventh Boeing 777-300ER. Both new aircraft feature Singapore Airlines’ newest cabin products.

As at 31 December 2007, the operating fleet comprised 94 passenger aircraft – 19 B747-400s, 69 B777s, five A340-500s and one A380-800, with an average age of six years and seven months.

SIA Cargo commenced new freighter services from Brussels to Chicago and Los Angeles in November 2007.

In the last quarter of the current financial year, demand for air travel, as reflected in advance bookings, continues to be firm. Beyond the near term, however, the prospects are uncertain, with financial markets under stress and growing concerns about potential recession in America.

Pricing of futures indicates that oil prices will hold at current high levels, and expenditure on fuel will be partially mitigated by hedging and recovery of incremental costs from surcharges.

Singapore – Brisbane three times a day

Singapore Airlines Boeing B777

From today, Singapore Airlines is adding three weekly flights between Singapore and Brisbane. From July, the service will become three times daily, with a further four weekly flights added.

The new flights will operate every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from today, before increasing to daily from 2 July 2008. The first of these flights departed Singapore at 0010hrs and arrived in Brisbane at 0935hrs. In the opposite direction, SQ256 took off from Brisbane at 0930hrs and touched down at Singapore Changi Airport at 1530hrs.

Like all services to Brisbane, the new flights will be operated using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. These aircraft are popular with air cargo forwarders as they can accomodate standard ULDs under the floor and carry up to 24 tonnes in addition to the passenger load.

The new southbound services to Brisbane will provide more connections for customers from north Asia (including Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong) as well as South East Asia. Northbound, the flight will provide good connections to Singapore Airlines’ network throughout South East Asia and India.

“Brisbane is the centre of one of Australia’s most attractive tourist regions. Demand for flights to Brisbane has been growing over the past few years, as many overseas visitors seek access to the tourist attractions it has to offer – the famous Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and areas to the north, like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, which all use the Brisbane gateway,” said Mr.

“In building our frequencies on this route, we are committing to work closely with Tourism Queensland and the Queensland Government, which are both very supportive of the long-standing relationship we have with the state’s tourism industry.”

The services are also expected to find good support from Queensland’s burgeoning fresh food export industry.

Besides Brisbane (three times daily from 2 July), the Singapore Airlines network to Australia also includes Adelaide(daily), Melbourne (three times daily), Perth (19x times) and Sydney (four times daily from June). All Singapore Airlines flights to Australia depart from Changi Airport Terminal 3.


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