Career Tracks: World Shipping Council elects CEOs co-chairs – FreightWaves

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, and Jeremy Nixon, CEO of ONE, have been elected co-chairs of the board of directors of the World Shipping Council (WSC).

The board of directors also announced this week it had welcomed Matson Navigation and X-Press Feeders as new WSC members.

Jansen and Nixon have begun serving a two-year term as co-chairs. They succeeded Ron Widdows, who had served as the WSC chairman for more than a decade and previously announced his intention to step down once a successor was elected.

“WSC today is the unified voice of liner shipping and covers a wide range of industry topics, engaging with governments and organizations all over the world. We expect that to only expand as we head into the future and WSC continues its work to shape the future growth of a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, safe and secure shipping industry,” Nixon said.

John Butler, president and CEO of the Washington-headquartered WSC, welcomed Matson Navigation and X-Press Feeders to the organization.

“Expanding our membership broadens our perspective when representing the liner sector and we look forward to participation from Matson and X-Press Feeders’ representatives,” Butler said.

Both companies elected to appoint representatives to WSC’s board of directors. Matt Cox, Matson’s chairman and CEO, and Tim Hartnoll, executive chairman of X-Press Feeders, have joined the WSC board.

Hyliion

Hyliion has hired Jose Oxholm as vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Texas-headquartered Hyliion, which offers electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, said Oxholm will be responsible for the company’s legal and compliance functions.

Oxholm has more than 20 years of automotive and transportation experience and has held top management positions at LoJack, Ford Motor, Goodyear and Meritor, Hyliion said.

“Jose is a seasoned leader whose deep industry experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow and make progress toward our commercialization strategy,” said Thomas Healy, founder and CEO of Hyliion.

Davies Turner 

Davies Turner has promoted Tony Cole to head of ocean.

Cole is tasked with leading Davies Turner’s ocean freight-forwarding services.

He replaced Kieron Larkin, who is leading a strategic review of the company’s computer systems and software that will underpin all its freight-forwarding services. 

Cole joined U.K.-based Davies Turner in 1990 as ocean import manager. While head of supply chain services, he was instrumental in the launch and development of Davies Turner’s direct weekly Express China Rail service in 2018.

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Baltic Exchange enters airfreight market with pricing index – FreightWaves

The Baltic Exchange, a centuries-old provider of maritime market information, has turned its attention to the sky by entering a partnership with air cargo pricing publisher TAC Index.

The London-based exchange will generate six outbound airfreight indices and 17 individual destinations, which will be offered under the Baltic Air Freight Index (BAI). TAC, based in Hong Kong, will keep these indices current.

The BEI indices will be priced in U.S. dollars per kilogram of freight and cover the key air hubs of London, Hong Kong, Chicago, Shanghai, Singapore and Frankfurt, Germany, to main international import regions, the exchange said.

This activity will be operated by Baltic Exchange Information Services Ltd., with TAC Index serving as the “calculating agent.”

Rates are provided to TAC by large international freight forwarders and published each Monday by the Baltic Exchange. The indices are available on the exchange’s website, www.balticexchange.com, to subscribers to the BAI data.

“This would provide the air cargo industry with new ways of managing its freight rate risk and potentially bring in new market participants,” said Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson in a statement.

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Geodis in US links to Shopify, Amazon – FreightWaves

European third-party logistics services provider Geodis has expanded its position in U.S. e-commerce by recently integrating its system with online marketplaces Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

“As online shopping has accelerated, Geodis is constantly strengthening and evolving our IT solutions to provide the brands we serve with easy, efficient and effective ways to get their products to consumers,” said Pal Narayanan, the company’s chief information officer in the Americas.

The 3PL’s integration with Shopify allows it to fulfill online orders and provide real-time data between the digital marketplace and supply chain services.

The integration with Amazon allows Geodis to provide “drop shipping” for customers. “This enables brands to sell products through Amazon while continuing to utilize Geodis as its logistics partner to fulfill orders and ship directly to the end customer,” Geodis said.

Geodis this year has expanded its logistics services for e-commerce shippers, realizing the uptick in online orders and deliveries of shipments that have been accelerated by ongoing coronavirus pandemic social distancing requirements.

In September, the 3PL introduced MyParcel, a four-to-six-day, end-to-end transport service for online purchases between U.S. retailers and European customers. The service’s all-in rate is promoted as cheaper than two-to-three-day international express and closer to postal rates, without the 8-to-12-day or longer transits.

Geodis will also hire up to 8,000 seasonal employees in the U.S. to handle an anticipated surge in freight volumes due to online shopping during the end-of-year holidays. The company cited a recent eMarketer report that forecasts e-commerce shipments will increase 18% to $709.78 billion this year.

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Dachser desks help US retailers weather holiday shopping season – FreightWaves

Dachser USA has established desks of logistics professionals to assist retailers with weathering changes in how customers purchase holiday items during the coronavirus pandemic and the disrupted supply chain.

The freight forwarder noted that ocean freight capacity is tightening and landside transport gridlock is already on the horizon as the U.S. heads toward the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping period at the end of November.

“This is a make-or-break time for some of our customers,” said Guido Gries, Dachser America’s managing director, in a statement. “Capacity issues across the supply chain and last-mile challenges are creating implications that could seriously impact delivery dates.”

Gries said the new customer service desks, which are located in Atlanta and Los Angeles, are in “constant contact with customers and is working tirelessly to develop solutions to tackle drayage capacity, transit delays, unloading issues and potential demurrage charges.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many U.S. retailers to switch from traditional in-store purchases to online orders and deliveries.

According to Salesforce’s 2020 forecast, global online sales are expected to increase 30% year-over-year to $840 billion this holiday season, compared to 8% growth in 2019.

“Retailer promotions are starting earlier than ever before in an effort to mitigate the risk of last-minute crowds in the stores,” Dachser USA said. “To adhere to pandemic guidelines, retailers are adopting new approaches by offering curbside pickups, limiting the number of customers in stores, encouraging online shopping, as well as not opening doors on Thanksgiving Day.”

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Rail manufacturers Wabtec and Greenbrier share plans to fight climate change – FreightWaves

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ensuring better energy usage and waste management are some of the short-term and long-term goals that Wabtec Corp. (NYSE: WAB) and Greenbrier Cos. (NYSE: GBX) shared in their 2020 sustainability reports.

“Our position as a global transportation leader gives us a unique perspective on the megatrends that are impacting our customers and other stakeholders, namely: climate change, automation and digitization, and urbanization,” stated Wabtec President and CEO Rafael Santana.

Wabtec

Based on 2019 benchmarks, Wabtec made goals in 2020 to reduce GHG emissions intensity, energy intensity and water consumption each by 30% by 2030. Wabtec plans to meet these goals using many tactics, including renewable energy in select locations, local operations to minimize transportation and new technology to increase fuel efficiency and lower emissions. 

Though Wabtec didn’t announce specific environmental goals for 2021, its sustainability report said the company is on track to meet its 2030 goals. 

“In this report, we are announcing a series of aggressive goals to improve our performance on global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters. In key areas, we are committing to a 30 percent improvement by 2030. Our ‘30 by 30’ strategy sets clear, defined metrics and makes it easy for us and others to measure our progress,” Santana noted in the sustainability report.

In 2020, Wabtec built the first 100% battery-electric locomotive in the world, the FLXdrive. When operating in tandem with diesel electric locomotives, the FLXdrive can save 10%-30% in fuel and emissions. Wabtec boasts several other fuel-saving technologies such as its auto engine start/stop, which reduces noise pollution and eliminates up to 6,500 gallons of fuel per locomotive per year, lowering emissions.

Freight accounts for 66% of Wabtec’s portfolio as a rail manufacturing company. Wabtec offerings include locomotives, advanced braking systems, various mission-critical components and lifecycle services for its customers. 

Additional environmental efforts mentioned in Wabtec’s sustainability report include approaching a circular economy, using predictive maintenance, reducing waste and harvesting rainwater.

Greenbrier (GBX)

GBX announced 2021 goals to measure its energy consumption and carbon emissions intensity in relation to production. Producing different railcars requires different levels of energy and emissions intensity, so measuring is a necessary starting point. This is the first GBX report to include its Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions. The numbers show Greenbrier’s Scope 2 emissions decreased from 2019 to 2020 while Scope 1 emissions increased, which GBX attributed to acquiring American Railcar Industries (ARI) and adding new locations.

GBX did not share any specific long-term goals regarding energy or emissions reduction plans, but it did state its GHG emissions are “low for a manufacturing company.”

In 2021, GBX has committed to tracking its recycled steel content for material as supplied. Long term, GBX stated, “our utilization efficiency can be improved through increasing the recycled steel content in our supplied steel above the industry average of 93.3%.” Other environmental topics covered in Greenbrier’s ESG report include hazardous waste management, water usage and air pollutants.

“Greenbrier is committed to improving our environmental performance, both by reducing our environmental footprint and by meeting or exceeding the ecological requirements in the countries where we operate,” the report stated.

Greenbrier operates in South America, Europe and North America, providing customers with freight railcars, marine barges and a variety of freight railcar services. According to its ESG report, GBX builds 40% of all freight railcars in North America. 

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Baltic Exchange enters airfreight market with pricing index – FreightWaves

The Baltic Exchange, a centuries-old provider of maritime market information, has turned its attention to the sky by entering a partnership with air cargo pricing publisher TAC Index.

The London-based exchange will generate six outbound airfreight indices and 17 individual destinations, which will be offered under the Baltic Air Freight Index (BAI). TAC, based in Hong Kong, will keep these indices current.

The BEI indices will be priced in U.S. dollars per kilogram of freight and cover the key air hubs of London, Hong Kong, Chicago, Shanghai, Singapore and Frankfurt, Germany, to main international import regions, the exchange said.

This activity will be operated by Baltic Exchange Information Services Ltd., with TAC Index serving as the “calculating agent.”

Rates are provided to TAC by large international freight forwarders and published each Monday by the Baltic Exchange. The indices are available on the exchange’s website, www.balticexchange.com, to subscribers to the BAI data.

“This would provide the air cargo industry with new ways of managing its freight rate risk and potentially bring in new market participants,” said Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson in a statement.

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Geodis in US links to Shopify, Amazon – FreightWaves

European third-party logistics services provider Geodis has expanded its position in U.S. e-commerce by recently integrating its system with online marketplaces Shopify (NYSE: SHOP) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN).

“As online shopping has accelerated, Geodis is constantly strengthening and evolving our IT solutions to provide the brands we serve with easy, efficient and effective ways to get their products to consumers,” said Pal Narayanan, the company’s chief information officer in the Americas.

The 3PL’s integration with Shopify allows it to fulfill online orders and provide real-time data between the digital marketplace and supply chain services.

The integration with Amazon allows Geodis to provide “drop shipping” for customers. “This enables brands to sell products through Amazon while continuing to utilize Geodis as its logistics partner to fulfill orders and ship directly to the end customer,” Geodis said.

Geodis this year has expanded its logistics services for e-commerce shippers, realizing the uptick in online orders and deliveries of shipments that have been accelerated by ongoing coronavirus pandemic social distancing requirements.

In September, the 3PL introduced MyParcel, a four-to-six-day, end-to-end transport service for online purchases between U.S. retailers and European customers. The service’s all-in rate is promoted as cheaper than two-to-three-day international express and closer to postal rates, without the 8-to-12-day or longer transits.

Geodis will also hire up to 8,000 seasonal employees in the U.S. to handle an anticipated surge in freight volumes due to online shopping during the end-of-year holidays. The company cited a recent eMarketer report that forecasts e-commerce shipments will increase 18% to $709.78 billion this year.

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Dachser desks help US retailers weather holiday shopping season – FreightWaves

Dachser USA has established desks of logistics professionals to assist retailers with weathering changes in how customers purchase holiday items during the coronavirus pandemic and the disrupted supply chain.

The freight forwarder noted that ocean freight capacity is tightening and landside transport gridlock is already on the horizon as the U.S. heads toward the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping period at the end of November.

“This is a make-or-break time for some of our customers,” said Guido Gries, Dachser America’s managing director, in a statement. “Capacity issues across the supply chain and last-mile challenges are creating implications that could seriously impact delivery dates.”

Gries said the new customer service desks, which are located in Atlanta and Los Angeles, are in “constant contact with customers and is working tirelessly to develop solutions to tackle drayage capacity, transit delays, unloading issues and potential demurrage charges.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many U.S. retailers to switch from traditional in-store purchases to online orders and deliveries.

According to Salesforce’s 2020 forecast, global online sales are expected to increase 30% year-over-year to $840 billion this holiday season, compared to 8% growth in 2019.

“Retailer promotions are starting earlier than ever before in an effort to mitigate the risk of last-minute crowds in the stores,” Dachser USA said. “To adhere to pandemic guidelines, retailers are adopting new approaches by offering curbside pickups, limiting the number of customers in stores, encouraging online shopping, as well as not opening doors on Thanksgiving Day.”

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Dutch airfreight wholesaler gets wings – FreightWaves

Rinaldo Vels saw a niche in the airfreight industry by offering couriers, truckers, e-commerce services and startup freight forwarders access to airline cargo capacity as a wholesaler.

Wholesalers traditionally consolidate airfreight shipments for forwarders at lower rates than if they deal directly with the airlines and secure access to the most efficient overseas flights.

Newly formed Wholesale by Vels, Amsterdam, is targeting forwarders without their International Air Transport Association (IATA) licenses.

“Forwarders who are not IATA licensed are not allowed to book directly with the airlines,” Vels told American Shipper. “Therefore, we provide these companies the option to make use of our services and [IATA] license, where we provide full transparency about the airfreight costs.”

Vels, a 20-plus-year airfreight veteran in the Netherlands, said the process to incorporate the company, including receiving its IATA accreditation, took more time than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company currently has a staff of three and an automated platform to manage its service.

Wholesale by Vels will initially provide outbound services from the Amsterdam airport to destinations in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the U.S. and inbound capacity from Asia-Pacific and the U.S.

“Our goal [in the beginning] is to establish a few key routes to and from the U.S. in cooperation with our partners,” Vels said.

While Wholesale by Vels manages consolidations under its own IATA license, it will work with appointed cargo-handling agents to provide physical cargo handling, including labeling, weighing and conducting dimensional checks. Vels said his company will also handle dangerous goods, if requested.

“The future of air cargo is clearly digital, but we have a new generation of companies and staff whose digital competence and capabilities are not matched by practical knowledge and experience. To be successful, you need both,” he said.

The ongoing global pandemic in many trade routes made access to airfreight capacity costly and limited. Yet Wholesale by Vels has pulled through with securing airfreight capacity for some of its large forwarder clients. “We operated three full charters out of China, even before we received our IATA accreditation,” Vels said.

“Airlines are open to the wholesale business, which in our case, it is all about the relationships we have with the airlines at Amsterdam airport,” he said. “We have a serious amount of different airlines with which we have long-lasting, personal relationships.”

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Career Tracks: World Shipping Council elects CEOs co-chairs – FreightWaves

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, and Jeremy Nixon, CEO of ONE, have been elected co-chairs of the board of directors of the World Shipping Council (WSC).

The board of directors also announced this week it had welcomed Matson Navigation and X-Press Feeders as new WSC members.

Jansen and Nixon have begun serving a two-year term as co-chairs. They succeeded Ron Widdows, who had served as the WSC chairman for more than a decade and previously announced his intention to step down once a successor was elected.

“WSC today is the unified voice of liner shipping and covers a wide range of industry topics, engaging with governments and organizations all over the world. We expect that to only expand as we head into the future and WSC continues its work to shape the future growth of a socially responsible, environmentally sustainable, safe and secure shipping industry,” Nixon said.

John Butler, president and CEO of the Washington-headquartered WSC, welcomed Matson Navigation and X-Press Feeders to the organization.

“Expanding our membership broadens our perspective when representing the liner sector and we look forward to participation from Matson and X-Press Feeders’ representatives,” Butler said.

Both companies elected to appoint representatives to WSC’s board of directors. Matt Cox, Matson’s chairman and CEO, and Tim Hartnoll, executive chairman of X-Press Feeders, have joined the WSC board.

Hyliion

Hyliion has hired Jose Oxholm as vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Texas-headquartered Hyliion, which offers electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial vehicles, said Oxholm will be responsible for the company’s legal and compliance functions.

Oxholm has more than 20 years of automotive and transportation experience and has held top management positions at LoJack, Ford Motor, Goodyear and Meritor, Hyliion said.

“Jose is a seasoned leader whose deep industry experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow and make progress toward our commercialization strategy,” said Thomas Healy, founder and CEO of Hyliion.

Davies Turner 

Davies Turner has promoted Tony Cole to head of ocean.

Cole is tasked with leading Davies Turner’s ocean freight-forwarding services.

He replaced Kieron Larkin, who is leading a strategic review of the company’s computer systems and software that will underpin all its freight-forwarding services. 

Cole joined U.K.-based Davies Turner in 1990 as ocean import manager. While head of supply chain services, he was instrumental in the launch and development of Davies Turner’s direct weekly Express China Rail service in 2018.

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