C.H. Robinson acquires Italian logistics company

C.H. Robinson continues to expand its global footprint with its second acquisition of 2019. The company has acquired Dema Service, an Italian-based provider of European road transportation.
“The acquisition of Dema Service is an exciting milestone for C.H. Robinson and will strengthen our existing footprint in Italy, one of the largest road transportation markets in Europe. We are eager to work with Dema Service’s customers to offer our full suite of logistics services to help improve their supply chains,” Jeroen Eijsink, President of Europe for C.H. Robinson said.
The company recently acquired the freight forwarding group Space Cargo, which expanded C.H. Robinson’s presence in Spain and Columbia.
Dema Service is a privately-owned logistics company providing road transportation services across Europe. Headquartered in Pescara, Italy, Dema Service has approximately 100 employees and three offices located in Italy, Poland and Czech Republic.
“We are excited to join C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest third-party logistics (3PL) providers, and contribute to the company’s strong presence in Europe. Our extensive local market knowledge in combination with C.H. Robinson’s global network will allow us to provide world-class service to customers,” Mauro de Lellis, Co-Founder of Dema Service said.
C.H. Robinson will integrate Dema Service into its European Surface Transportation division and single global technology platform, Navisphere.

Government secures European airfreight agreements

The Australian Government has settled new air services arrangements with Cyprus, Italy and Greece. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new arrangements were part of the Government’s plan to expand Australia’s aviation footprint in the region.
“Australian airlines now have the ability to significantly expand existing code share operations to Italy, as well as an opportunity to start weekly freight services between the two countries.
“The revised air services arrangements with Greece provide even greater flexibility for Australian and Greek airlines. In addition, each country’s airlines will now be able to operate an unlimited number of freight services between Australia and Greece.
“The new arrangements between Australia and Cyprus mean that, for the first time, the airlines of both countries can start operating services between Australia and Cyprus, either using their own aircraft or via code share with other airlines.”
Over the past 12 months the Australian Government has concluded a number of other new air services arrangements, notably with China, Taiwan, Israel, Peru, Fiji and Kiribati.

Sydney-based WiseTech Global acquires Italian business

Sydney-based logistics software specialist WiseTech Global has announced the acquisition of Italian software provider ACO Informatica.
According to WiseTech Global, ACO Informatica will remain under the joint-leadership of Managing Director, Raffaele Uria, and General Manager, Bruno Soldati, with the company to be integrated within the WiseTech Global group. It’s the second time in 2017 the company has acquired a European business, after taking over German software company znet group in January.
“We know the ACO team well, both for their innovative customs clearance solutions for Italy and as a WisePartner for CargoWise One,” said Richard White, WiseTech Global CEO. “Now with the team as part of our WiseTech Global family we will work together on delivering more powerful capabilities for customers in the future.”
In addition, ACO will continue to supply products in Italy including U-by-Cargo, Logimatica and Acciseweb along with WiseTech’s powerful global logistics execution platform, CargoWise One.
“At ACO, we have a strong track record of delivering value-adding logistics solutions for our customers,” commented ACO Managing Director, Raffaele Uria. “We are delighted to join the WiseTech Group and together we will focus on providing high productivity customs border clearance and logistics execution software to the Italian and broader European markets.”
Across 125 countries, CargoWise One enables logistics service providers to execute highly complex transactions in areas such as freight forwarding, customs clearance, warehousing, shipping, land transport and cross border compliance and to manage their operations on one database across multiple users, functions, countries, languages and currencies.
Headquartered in Milan, ACO Informatica provides customs and logistics solutions to over 200 customers including DHL, Italsempione, Saima Avandero DSV, SNATT Logistica and Traconf.

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.”

Three dead as ship topples control tower

At least three people are dead and six injured after a container ship crashed into a control tower in northern Italy.

The control tower which was reportedly more than 50 metres high, was destroyed on impact.

According to Reuters, two of the people killed were harbour officials while the third was one ff the pilots.

Seven people were also reported missing after the accident, three of whom are believed to have been trapped in the lift of the control tower and may have fallen into the sea.

The accident happened as staff were changing shifts, meaning there were more people than normal in the tower.

"It is a terrible tragedy," the head of the Genoa Port Authority Luigi Merlo told local Genoa television station Primocanale.

"At the moment there is no explanation for the accident."

The accident happened as the ship, the Jolly Nero, was moving out of the port with the help of tugboats.

"A thing like this has never happened, we are devastated," said Stefano Messina, one of the directors of the family-owned local fleet operator Ignazio Messina and Co.

The captain was quoted as saying: "Two engines seem to have failed and we lost control of the ship.

The Jolly Nero is a 238-metre-long container ship with a gross tonnage of 40,594 tonnes.

Investigations into the accident are continuing.

Image: Francesco Pecoraro/AP

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