Valentine’s Day roses won’t come cheap after Kenya capacity crunch

If you haven’t yet picked up the traditional dozen roses for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, it isn’t too late – but be prepared to pay a premium over even the typical seasonal increase, after an airfreight capacity shortage nearly stranded the blooms in Kenya. As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, the increase […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 14, 2018

Perishables Power Play: How forwarders are adapting to e-commerce disruption

Less than three hours after the chartered 747-8 freighter, named “The Spirit of Panalpina,” touched down at the U.K.’s Stansted Airport, the last load of frozen guacamole was in the hands of the customer in Braintree, Essex. The pale-green concoction of fresh mashed avocados, tomatoes, onions, garlic and other spices was chilled to precisely -18°C, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 1, 2018

Panalpina continues acquisitions spree in Belgian perishables sector

Focusing again on its stated goal of becoming the “world leader” in the perishables market by 2020, Swiss forwarder Panalpina has continued its recent string of acquisitions in the sector, announcing its intent to purchase Belgium-based Adelantex and AD Handling. Financial terms of the agreement were not released by any of the companies. The two […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 19, 2017

Panalpina flies UNICEF relief aid to Africa

Swiss forwarder Panalpina chartered a cargo flight on Dec. 16, carrying about 80 tonnes of supplies from the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to South Sudan. This is the fifth partnership between UNICEF and Panalpina on a relief flight to Africa. The flight transported supplies, including emergency shelters, water treatment equipment and medical kits […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 18, 2017

Panalpina to expand supply chain management offerings

Panalpina has consolidated its supply chain experts and offerings under one centralized entity called Supply Chain Solutions, saying that it will increase its supply chain team and offerings in the upcoming months. Supply Chain Solutions is “investing in people, IT and infrastructure” to increase flexibility, customization and visibility for customers, said Karl Weyeneth, Panalpina’s chief […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 15, 2017

Panalpina moves toward waste-reducing ‘circular economy’

Panalpina is making strides toward what it is calling a “circular economy,” designed to reduce waste by extending the life of products through reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. The Swiss forwarder received a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to research supply-chain concerns with the circular economy, alongside its research partner Cardiff University […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • December 4, 2017

Top 4 forwarders that may be ripe for M&A activity in 2018

Although mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the 3PL community so far in 2017 were not quite as numerous as they were in 2016, many airfreight industry analysts say the current boom times for air cargo should make 2018 another banner year for consolidation in the still fragmented freight forwarding business. Just two months ago the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 30, 2017

Panalpina units to go live with Validaide supply chain platform in early 2018

Panalpina says that all of its remaining business units are scheduled to go live with the Validaide platform by the end of the first quarter of 2018. The airfreight shipment-focused tool qualifies suppliers and assesses transport route risks, and shares that data with producers of medicinal products so that they can assess the capabilities of […]
  • Lewis King
  • November 27, 2017

Panalpina acquisition spree adds German cool chain company

Panalpina’s recent acquisition spree picked up pace this week with a second trophy added on Sept. 28, this time in Germany, where the Switzerland-based logistics company agreed to buy Germany-based Cool Chain Group (CCG), from its parent company, Rungis Express. With CCG added to the roster, Panalpina will gain an experienced team of employees and […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 29, 2017

Panalpina adds Interfresh Airfreight Handling to its perishables chain

As the next step in its goal to become the world leader in perishables transport by 2020, Swiss freight forwarder Panalpina said in an agreement reached yesterday that it will acquire Dutch company Interfresh Airfreight Handling for an undisclosed amount. Interfresh specializes in customs clearance and last-mile distribution of perishables imported from Africa, the Asia-Pacific […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 28, 2017

Panalpina launches digital customer platform with instant rate quote feature

In its latest move toward digitization, third-party logistics provider Panalpina launched an online rate quote function for its new online customer portal. The Swiss company said it completed a successful pilot project with selected airfreight customers to introduce its automated online quotation and booking platform for ad hoc cargo. Calling the roll-out a “first step,” […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 20, 2017

Panalpina’s Air Connection acquisition expands Kenya perishables position

Freight forwarder Panalpina has made another move in its effort to become a market leader for perishables forwarding in Africa with its acquisition of Air Connection, Panalpina announced today. The purchase of Kenya-based Air Connection, a specialized flower and vegetable forwarder, follows Panalpina’s acquisition of another Kenyan perishables forwarder, Airflo, which was completed in 2016. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • September 7, 2017

Panalpina re-opens in Houston after Harvey

Third-party logistics provider Panalpina resumed its Houston operations at 8 a.m. this morning in local time, after Tropical Storm Harvey caused massive flooding across the city. Panalpina’s Houston facilities escaped the flooding and currently have full power, the company said in an announcement. Panalpina’s employees in the region are accounted for, and the company announced […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 31, 2017

Air logistics firms prepare for Houston recovery as floods continue

While the misery continues along the Texas/Louisiana coast as the lingering Tropical Storm Harvey continues dumping record-breaking rains on the already saturated region, carriers and logistics firms are planning how the Houston area can resume operations amid the growing catastrophe. In a short statement released this morning from Panalpina, the Swiss forwarding giant said its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • August 29, 2017
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