Scania to use rail transport to ship cabs from Oskarshamn

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Scania’s cab factory in Oskarshamn has signed a letter of intent with its host municipality to increasingly utilise rail transport. The cabs produced there are shipped to Scania’s chassis assembly centres in Angers, France, Södertälje, Sweden, and Zwolle in the Netherlands.

Scania in 2016 inaugurated its state-of-the-art new cab production facilities in Oskarshamn, fully equipped with nearly 300 industrial robots for manufacturing cabs for the new generation Scania trucks that have been introduced in 2016–2017.

With 2016 as base year, Scania’s target is to halve its carbon emissions by 2025. Scania wishes the be perceived as the benchmark in sustainable transport and therefore cannot solely rely on road transport and is examining multimodal approaches. “To reach the target, Scania regards rail transport as the basis for establishing a world-class intermodal system making use of several means of transport,” according to the agreement signed with Oskarshamn Municipality.

Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn. Photo: Gustav Lindh 2016

Although Scania is not directly involved in establishing the local rail combi terminal, it supports the idea as the basis for enabling a great share of transport on tracks. “Our intention is to utilise capacity at the planned rail combi terminal for receiving material from suppliers as well as shipping produced cabs to assembly plants in Europe.”

In parallel, Scania has underlined the importance of upgrading the road infrastructure to and from the cab factory and logistics centre. “The infrastructure as a whole is inadequate for our production volume and especially as we foresee increasing production,” says Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn.

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FedEx plans to create common logistics standards in association with BiTA

FedEx partners with BiTA to create transparency and security through blockchain

Blockchain for logistics is the talk of the town, with multinational corporations pushing for pilot programs and undertaking initiatives to gain leverage in the market space. FedEx, being a global leader in logistics and as a company known for its eagerness to innovate and stay ahead of the curve, has joined Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).

FedEx has its reasons to keep a tab on technologies that can usher greater transparency and data security to logistics processes. The company comes into the blockchain sphere in the wake of a high-profile cyber attack on its TNT express branch in Europe last year. Reports indicate that the integration of TNT into FedEx operations would cost the company a whopping $1.4 billion over the next four years – a number that was revised from an initial forecast of $800 million.

FreightWaves spoke with Dale Chrystie, vice president of strategic planning & analysis at FedEx Freight, and Kevin Humphries, senior vice president of IT at FedEx Services earlier this week, about the prospects of blockchain and how they look at FedEx’s association with BiTA.

“We are proud to be a founding member of BiTA and the BiTA standards board, because we want to work on developing common standards around blockchain technology in the transportation industry,” says Chrystie. “We continually try to enhance the customer’s experience, and blockchain is tied to that. We try to make it easy for our customers to do business with us. Since the technology is around making data more secure and transparent, we see that it holds a lot of promise.”

“FedEx has a long history of innovation in the logistics space since the beginning,” adds Humphries. “One of our focuses has always been to find innovative ways to provide the kind of visibility that our customers need to get all the information up and down the supply chain. And blockchain is opening the door to that by giving customers even more visibility to their package before it gets in our hands and after it leaves our hands.”

By many counts, the blockchain revolution cuts parallels to the time when people woke up to the idea of the internet. Companies have realized the amount of data that supply chains create every day and the potential of the existing data pile they are sitting on. In that regard, safety and transparency of data are of utmost importance, leading to the significance of blockchain.

“We have millions of records a day in our system, and we think of blockchain as a secure chain of custody that could transform the logistics industry. We believe it holds a lot of promise in that space and would streamline all that data exchange in a very secure way,” explains Chrystie.

“The nature of the distributed ledger and having common definitions & standards is something that is applicable from origin to destination in the supply chain. So we are pretty hopeful that blockchain will have many use cases,” adds Humphries.

FedEx is also looking to work on some blockchain pilot programs, with some of them already underway. “Our early work is in dispute resolution, where we have customers both upstream and downstream from us, trying to speak back in a common language. We are trying to determine if that data is common and in some cases, we as carriers, don’t necessarily have all the data that we would like to have,” notes Chrystie. “And if we could agree on these elements and standards, we think we can drive a lot of efficiency in the process, and that’s just one example.”

FedEx is developing a few pilots to make sure it has an edge in the technology. Pilot programs help the company grow its knowledge on technology implementation across different platforms and also in understanding its scalability and performance characteristics, believes Humphries.

Although blockchain is still in its nascent stages of growth, it looks like it is here to stay. “I would foundationally go back to the fact that it is innovation,” concludes Chrystie. “Innovation is in our DNA at FedEx. We have been at the cutting edge for decades, and at this point, we think blockchain is a fantastic technology coming along, and we certainly want to play in this space.”

Via Frieghtwaves

NEW GEFCO BRANDING HIGHLIGHTS NEW AMBITIONS FOR RECENTLY TRANSFORMED GROUP

gefco-logistics-supply-chain-transport-partners-unlimited-new-logoGEFCO, a global provider of industrial supply-chain services and the European leader in automotive logistics, has revamped its brand identity with an updated logo and brand-new signature. GEFCO’s new brand signature, Partners, unlimited reflects the Group’s ambition of reinforcing cooperation with partners and customers to create more value across the global supply chain. In the coming years, GEFCO will also pursue growth through international expansion and innovation, aiming to always go the extra mile in a fast changing-market. 

A major transformation, with expansions into new markets

Since its change in shareholding in 2012, GEFCO has reinforced its activities to cover a wider scope, from freight transport by road, air, rail and sea to fourth-party logistics (4PL). GEFCO’s promise is to free its clients from their logistical burdens and help transform their supply chain into a value chain. With this in mind, the company has developed new activities, such as GEFCO Industrial Services, which manages high-value modular sub-assembly operations at its clients’ manufacturing plants.

While maintaining a significant volume of business with PSA, its historical customer, GEFCO has diversified its client portfolio on the automotive market and opened up to other industrial sectors. These new sectors (aviation, manufacturing, heavy equipment, energy, life sciences and healthcare, fashion, consumer goods, food and electronics, etc.), now account for approximately one third of GEFCO’s revenues.

GEFCO has also expanded its global footprint in 60 countries.
Thanks to its 13,000 employees of 90 nationalities, the Group now serves 300 destinations worldwide.

GEFCO’s organic growth has been accompanied by strong external growth. In particular, the integration of IJS Global in 2015 has enabled the company to boost its Freight Forwarding service offering and consolidate its presence in China, South-East Asia and the United States. More recently, in January 2018, GEFCO Group acquired Spanish company GLT to reinforce its position in the booming Europe-Morocco import-export market. The Group will pursue its strategy of targeted acquisitions, supported by an extremely healthy financial situation.

Updated branding to reflect a unique culture and strong ambition

GEFCO’s updated branding is the result of a two-year company-wide project to research its DNA and to better understand what makes the brand unique to its customers and partners. In essence, what sets GEFCO apart is a culture we call “Infinite Proximity” supported by a determination to build long-lasting relationships through cooperation to earn trust and create more value across the supply chain.

Luc Nadal, President of the GEFCO Management Board, commented: “Our open-mindedness, combined with our ability to listen and learn from our partners, means we always go the extra mile. Our updated branding reflects this, with a new logo and signature. The new yellow box with our brand name represents a window onto the world, while our new signature, Partners, unlimited, expresses our ambition and reaffirms our commitment to our customers and partners.”

The word “Partners” conveys the cooperative mindset in which GEFCO builds relationships with its ecosystem (customers, suppliers and employees), based on proximity and shared growth. “Unlimited” expresses the company’s aim of continually pushing back the boundaries in terms of expertise, geographical scope, sustainable growth, creativity… and of course innovation!

A focus on innovation

GEFCO operates in a constantly changing environment, with fast-evolving customer needs and market geographies, increasingly complex social and environmental regulation, and disruptive digital technologies that are transforming production processes and consumer lifestyles.

For some years now, GEFCO has been integrating new technologies into its supply chain management. In particular, the Internet of Things (IoT) helps the company offer high-value services, especially in terms of traceability, while big data is facilitating planning and optimizing logistics to offer both savings and environmental benefits.

More recently, to meet the needs of consumers who are increasingly looking for ultra-personalized services, GEFCO has developed My Car Is There, a service enabling end-clients to manage the delivery of their new vehicles through a mobile app.

To unlock creative energy at GEFCO, the Group is launching an Innovation Academy with the aim of identifying innovative employee projects and providing the right resources to support their development.

GEFCO is taking a “test and learn” approach to monitoring innovations such as “clean” engines, warehouse robots and 3D-printed spare parts. Finally, the Group is engaged in a process of shared innovation through cooperation with accelerators and incubators, and directly with start-ups, schools and laboratories. This cooperative approach will enable GEFCO to grow in areas as diverse as e-carpooling and online maintenance/repair service centres for consumers.

Luc Nadal concluded: “The supply chain market will continue to undergo a spectacular transformation. New solutions are disrupting the automotive market: electric engines today, hydrogen engines tomorrow, and shared/autonomous vehicles in the not-so-distant future. We need to stay ahead of the curve by integrating these innovations and offering our clients the best technical solutions at the right time and price. In a way, we will be switching our approach to managing innovation from responding to change to effectively anticipating it. Our new brand signature reflects our commitment to continually push back the boundaries and pursuing our path to excellence and growth.”

Via gefco.net