Linfox opens warehouse in Vietnam

Linfox has opened a warehouse and distribution centre in Bac Ninh to service Hanoi and the northern Vietnam region.
The new facility is part of a strategic partnership with multinational fast-moving consumer goods company, Unilever.
The 100,000-square-metre site is one of the largest warehouse and distribution centres in northern Vietnam, offering 70,000 pallets positions, 60,000 square metres of ambient storage space and multi-tenancy.
The warehouse is equipped with cutting-edge technology such as a Microlistics system for warehouse management, and radio frequency (RF) devices to complete warehouse activities.
“The facility is strategically located at the VSIP Integrated Township and Industrial Park in Bac Ninh province, 20 kilometres from central Hanoi with connections to all major road systems, ” Linfox International Group CEO, said Greg Thomas.
“This will provide customers easy access to their inventory and will optimise distribution across the region.
“When designing the facility, we focused on incorporating many environmental features.
“The facility features motion sensored LED smart lighting to lower energy consumption and minimise the environmental footprint. We’ve also installed a rainwater harvesting system to reuse the rainwater and reduce the risk of stormwater flooding. This facility represents Linfox’s commitment to sustainability,” he said.
The new Bac Ninh facility is a significant investment for Linfox as the company expands into the Mekong region, with further investments planned in the near future. Operations will commence at the facility in March 2019.

Qantas Freight goes to Vietnam

Qantas Freight has commenced a direct weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service between Australia, Vietnam, China and the United States.
Executive Manager Qantas Freight, Stephen Cleary said the new route was a result of Qantas Freight seeking new opportunities to service the needs of its global customers against the background of a worldwide decline in demand.
“Vietnam is one of the few countries in the region that continues to see export growth, and we are very pleased to be able to support initiatives to grow trade between Australia and Vietnam and between Vietnam and the rest of the world,” Mr Cleary said.
“Our service will offer Vietnamese exporters one of the shortest transit times to the US and is conveniently timed to connect with our scheduled mainland China trucking services as well as passenger and freighter aircraft operating from Shanghai back into Australia.
“Importantly, we also have the option to add a second weekly service once global air freight volumes pick up.”
Mr Cleary said that the new service would operate under the flight number QF7585 direct from Sydney to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, approximately six kilometres from Ho Chi Mihn City, the country’s economic hub.
The service will depart every Thursday from Sydney and Ho Chi Minh City, arriving in Shanghai and New York early on Friday morning and Chicago early on Saturday morning.
Mr Cleary said Qantas Freight had recently made a number of changes to its freighter operations in response to the global decline in airfreight volumes
“In recent months we have successfully redirected capacity and resources from our European and Middle Eastern services to add Bangkok, Auckland, Melbourne, Singapore and now Ho Chi Minh City to our network,” he said.
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