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.

First keynote confirmed for Global Shippers Forum

The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have revealed the first keynote speaker for the Global Shippers Forum and ICHCA International Conference 2018 on 10–11 May 2018, to be held at the MEGATRANS2018 trade event at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Ana Hinojosa, Director – Compliance and Trade Facilitation at the World Customs Organisation (WCO), will present on 10 May.
Hinojosa was elected Director of the World Customs Organisation’s Compliance and Trade Facilitation unit in January 2016, and previously was President of the Executive Women in Government organisation in the US, and Deputy Assistant Commissioner at US Customs and Border Protection.
This is the first time Hinojosa has been in Australia to meet the local customs broker and freight forwarder community. She will be presenting on existing and emerging trade facilitation projects and the future of global customs compliance.
Click here to register for the conference or to find out more.
Early-bird rates are currently available for members of the following organisations:
Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA)
International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA)
Container Transport Alliance of Australia (CTAA)
Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA)
Australian International Movers Association (AIMA)
Australian Horticulture Association (AHEA)
Women’s International Shipping & Trade Association (WISTA)
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)

Bumper acquisition week for WiseTech Global

Sydney-based logistics software provider WiseTech Global has recently made three major acquisitions, bringing Australasian land transport solution provider CMT Transport Solutions, Australasian specialist tariff compliance solutions provider Digerati and Taiwanese forwarding and customs solutions provider Prolink under its umbrella.
CMS provides its flagship Transport Management System (TMS), Freight 2020, to over 130 corporations including ABC Transport, SRT Logistics, McColls Transport, Richers Transport, Cahill Transport, Secon Freight Logistics, K&S Group, Greyhound Freight, John L Pierce Transport and many large road and freight transport houses in Australia and New Zealand.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said: “WiseTech Global has been investing research and development resources into machine learning, natural language processing, robotic process automation and guided decision tools. We will be working with the talented CMS team and our customers as we progress our Land Transport and integrated Telematics development pipeline for the next generation of road and freight solutions.”
CMS Managing Director, Robert Mullins, said: “Joining WiseTech, the market leader with scale and capacity to accelerate innovation, allows us to combine our vision and deliver on a product roadmap utilising CMS’s decades of road freight industry knowledge.”
Remaining under the leadership of Managing Director, Robert Mullins, and General Manager, Grant Walmsley, CMS operations will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group.
Digerati provides its Inbound, Outbound, TradeWiseNZ and iClear Online compliance solutions to over 140 corporations including DHL, Expeditors, FedEx, Panalpina, Schenker, UPS, Yusen and many of the largest brokerage and logistics houses in Australia and New Zealand.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said: “We will be utilising the Digerati data set and customer experiences in our development pipeline for the next generation of border compliance, aimed at substantially increasing timely, accurate and complete customs entries for our customers, to better manage the exponential increase in transactions at the border.
“With the advent of global border initiatives such as Trade Single Window, Trusted Trader, Known Shipper, C-TPAT, AEO and Supply Chain Security and an ever-increasing critical need to secure borders and ensure that international trade is both safe and efficient, the work we are doing is vital to the next generation of cross-border compliance.”
Prolink provides its automated customs compliance and forwarding solutions to over 350 corporations including DHL, UPS, Yamato, Morrison, Hellmann, Hankyu Hanshin, Dolphin, Evergreen, Pacific Star, THi, Leader-mutual, OEC and many of the largest logistics service providers in Taiwan and China.
WiseTech Global CEO, Richard White, said “Given Prolink’s leading position in customs and forwarding solutions across Taiwan and their successful expansion into China and Hong Kong, we are pleased to welcome the Prolink team to the growing WiseTech Global family. Acquiring Prolink’s competitive leadership, market knowledge and cross-border compliance expertise in Taiwan and China gives us additional regional strength to accelerate our growth throughout Asia.”
Remaining under the leadership of President, Paul Lin, and General Manager, Glendy Kuan, Prolink operations will be integrated within the WiseTech Global group.
 
 

DHL extends Road Runners partnership in Tasmania for express freight

DHL Express has signed an extended service partnership with pick-up and delivery agent, Road Runners, in Tasmania.
The new partnership will bolster DHL’s coverage in the major metropolitan areas of Hobart, Launceston and Davenport, extending it across regional areas in Tasmania, including Flinders Island and King Island.
Road Runners is a wholly Tasmanian-owned company with more than 25 years of experience in delivering to Tasmanian addresses.
“Road Runners has been our trusted partner in Tasmania for the past decade,” said Gary Edstein, CEO and Senior Vice President, DHL Express Oceania. “This new agreement with Road Runners further solidifies DHL’s commitment in delivering to Tasmanian customers, and reflects our ongoing growth in volumes in the country’s southernmost state.”
DHL Express Australia has experienced a significant increase in the number of shipments addressed to Tasmanian recipients since deliveries began close to 10 years ago, the company reported and in the last five years, DHL shipments to Tasmania have increased by 20 per cent.
“In recent years, DHL Express has witnessed a marked increase in deliveries as a result of the e-commerce boom,” said Edstein. “Consumers are growing increasingly confident when it comes to making purchases online and Tasmanian consumers are no exception to this trend, with the vast majority of Tasmania-bound shipments delivered to a residential address.”
As part of the agreement, Road Runners will operate four DHL-branded vehicles on behalf of the company to help cater for the rapidly growing number of shipments destined for Tasmania’s major cities. In Hobart, two dedicated vehicles have been deployed to cover the city’s routes, alongside one in Launceston and another in Davenport.

Shippit brings Australian logistics veteran on board

Online logistics management platform Shippit has appointed Dominic Culbert as its Head of Logistics.
Culbert joins Shippit from his most recent role as the Group Logistics and Delivery Solutions Manager at Mysale Group, where he oversaw the implementation and setup of OzSale’s international and domestic delivery network, comprising of over 65 shipping lanes across 10 countries.
Prior to this, he was Head of Distribution at BCP Marketing Services and developed supply chain solutions for Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, Palm, and Apple.
With over 18 years of experience in ecommerce logistics, Culbert will be responsible for driving the Shippit’s logistics strategy as it strengthens its position in Australia and expands into the APAC market.
“When it comes to managing the end-to-end shipping process, Shippit is doing it better than anyone else in the space, which is what attracted me to the role,” said Culbert. “I’m excited about further developing and growing their platform.
“I see numerous opportunities to drive improvement in ecommerce shipping around tracking, visibility and cost savings, particularly in the Asian markets, which are growing in leaps and bounds.
“Shippit has the ability to fill a niche in this region where customers want cost effective, seamless international solutions. For us that means expanding our offering such as adding new carriers and new capabilities to cater to the needs of global retailers.”
“Locally, a majority of companies aren’t well informed about how to optimise their shipping. A big part of our role will be educating retailers about the variety of shipping options available and then improving and broadening our service to continue to meet our customers’ needs.”
Shippit Co-founder, Will On, said the hire was a strategic part of Shippit’s vision and would help to drive its growth trajectory.
“This marks a major milestone for our business,” said On. “Dominic’s appointment is amongst a number of strategic positions we have created. He was instrumental in the global success of OzSale and his experience is second to none. We couldn’t be more fortunate to have him on board to join us in driving the vision we have set for Shippit.”

AusPost partners with Qantas on supersized air-freight

Australia Post and Qantas have welcomed the largest aircraft to join the dedicated domestic air network used exclusively by Australia Post and StarTrack customers.
Bob Black, Chief Operations Officer, Australia Post Group and CEO, StarTrack, said the addition of the B737-400 was great news for Australian consumers and retailers, and further strengthened Australia Post’s delivery network.
“We’re delighted to be able to offer local businesses access to the best value delivery service in the market; a fully integrated eCommerce and logistics network in the sky and on the ground,” said Black.
“This new aircraft is the largest type of freighter aircraft operating scheduled services in Australia and gives us greater capacity and flexibility.
“We know that online shopping continues to grow because of the price, range and convenience of products available on domestic and international marketplaces.
“The main aim for us is to help Australian businesses, including those in rural and regional areas, stay strong in a competitive and global market, and this new plane sets us apart from our competitors.”
The B737-400 freighter is capable of carrying 16,500kg of cargo and is part of a dedicated network of six aircraft – all branded in StarTrack livery.
The air-freighter’s arrival is part of a five-year contract worth more than $500 million for the transport of Australia Post and StarTrack’s range of premium and express products and services until mid-2020. The agreement includes priority access to cargo space in Qantas Group’s passenger fleet.

DB Schenker wins freight forwarding and customs clearance contract

DB Schenker has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide international freight forwarding and customs clearance services to Chevron Australia.
The three-year contract covers freight logistics movements as well as customs clearance requirements for Chevron’s interests in Western Australia.
To support the contract, DB Schenker will utilise its global network of oil and gas offices. The operations team in Perth will be supported by the DB Schenker iTeams software solution that allows for full visibility and tracking through all stages of the logistics cycle.
“We are proud to continue our relationship with Chevron. With our dedicated people around the world we have a strong record of operating safely and efficiently even on the most remote sites,” said Frank Vogel, Director Projects/Oil & Gas, AU/NZ. “The contract will support our goal to become the market leader in the industry by 2020.”

Sadleirs Global Logistics receives Australian Trusted Trader accreditation

Sadleirs Global Logistics has announced that it is the first national customs brokerage and international freight forwarder to be fully accredited as an Australian Trusted Trader by the Australian Border Force (Customs).
“This is another pioneering milestone for Australia’s oldest family business,” Sadleirs wrote in a press release. “We were initially selected and are now fully accredited as a result of our strong security practices and very long history of compliant behaviour.”
Australian Trusted Trader is a trade facilitation initiative that recognises businesses with a secure supply chain and compliant trade practices. It provides accredited businesses with a range of trade facilitation benefits.
Australian Trusted Trader is an Authorised Operator (AEO) programme, one of many such programmes operating internationally. AEOs work to secure the international supply chain, while facilitating the movement of legitimate trade.
 

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