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Logistics Bulletin


Monday 18 January 2021

This week’s Logistics Bulletin reports on preliminary results for 2020 at Deutsche Post DHL. The Company increased consolidated revenue by 5.0% and achieved a record EBIT performance, with strong results in each business unit, except Supply Chain. Post & Parcel Germany saw full year revenue up 7.0% with EBIT climbing 29.0%; Express’ full year revenue increased 12.0% with EBIT up 35.0%; Global Forwarding, Freight saw full year revenue increase 5.0% as EBIT jumped 13.0%; Supply Chain’s full year revenue was down 7.0% with EBIT down by 53.0%; and eCommerce Solutions increased revenue by 19.0% with a significant turnaround in profitability from losses in 2019.

Elsewhere this week, Alibaba Group’s logistics arm, Cainiao Network, has launched a container-booking service for air and sea freight, connecting 200 ports in 50 countries. The Company’s new cross-border, port-to-port shipping fee will be 30.0% to 40.0% lower than the average market rate, with booking confirmation available in as few as two business days after an order is placed by the merchant. The announcement comes at a time when the global container shortage problem has increased shipping costs, putting more pressure on import and export businesses. According to United Nations trade data, around 60.0% of goods are shipped by container via 180.0 million containers worldwide.

Corporate and market news...

  • Deutsche Post DHL reports record annual EBIT
  • Matson reports 139.1% growth in Q4 China trade volumes
  • Peak season deliveries climb 37.4% at Yodel
  • Rhenus acquires LOXX logistics group
  • Hellmann acquires remaining stake in Hellmann East Europe
  • Phoenix Logistics acquires Sam Dunn Express and Sam Dunn Enterprises
  • DB Schenker aligns with DPD and stops shipments over Brexit challenges
  • Yusen Logistics launches operations in Chile

Service developments... 

  • Cainiao launches container-booking service
  • Bolloré Logistics launches same-day arrival air service between China and Europe
  • Smart Solution Logistics to collaborate with Allalouf Logistics
  • CEVA Logistics launches Jinhua – Dourges train solution
  • GEODIS expands and renames its specialist Project Logistics business

Outsourcing news...

  • FM Logistic awarded Pepperfry contract for omnichannel logistics services in India
  • XPO Logistics to provide logistics and transport of DnaNudge portable COVID-19 test kits
  • Pro:Direct Sport extends contract with Unipart Logistics
  • Maersk extends relationship with The Ocean Cleanup
  • Mars partners with DHL to drive environmental supply chain benefits

Warehouse and distribution centre developments...

  • Volkswagen establishes regional parts distribution centre in Malaysia
  • Lidl expands in Moerdijk
  • DSV builds integrated logistics centre in Stockholm
  • FedEx Batu Kawan Station offers customers greater connectivity in Malaysia
  • Kerry Logistics Network opens chemical logistics centre in Cangzhou China
  • Amazon expands investment in metro Detroit

IT, fleet and environmental developments...

  • GEODIS City Delivery enables even faster urban deliveries
  • Kuehne + Nagel and Air France KLM Cargo launch first zero emission air freight route
  • DHL Express invests to meet continuous growth in cross border time-sensitive shipments
  • FedEx Express will be the first customer of GM’s new, integrated solution
  • Lineage Logistics partners with Turvo to launch Lineage Link
  • C.H. Robinson and SAS unlock new era of dynamic business planning in Retail and CPG
  • Metapack to lead shipping services for HelloFresh
  • Pets At Home renews its partnership with Microlise
  • Kenco launches material handling equipment telematics solution
  • ADC acquires eCommerce fulfilment provider, ShopperKit
  • sennder raises funds to accelerate digitalisation of European trucking and drive expansion
  • XPO Logistics surpasses 300,000 App downloads for digital transportation platform

Personnel and  HR developments...

  • Former Amazon executives join Freightera
  • ABF Freight President Tim Thorne to retire later this year
  • B&H Worldwide appoints Head of Global Sales
  • CFO set to leave Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • XPO Logistics announces senior leadership for Logistics segment spin-off


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