Alibaba.com and Kuehne + Nagel to expand partnership

Our sister publication, Cargo Facts reports the world’s second largest air freight forwarder by volume, Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel, signed an MoU to offer outbound logistics services to shippers listed on China’s largest business-to-business platform, Alibaba.com. The MoU will expand the scope of a pilot program launched last year which integrated the forwarder’s “KN FreightNet” digital shipment […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 12, 2017

Grünenthal to use Kuehne + Nagel’s pharma logistics

Swiss forwarder Kuehne + Nagel is partnering with pharmaceutical research company Grünenthal to reorganize the pharma company’s worldwide transportation network for highly sensitive pharmaceutical products. Grünenthal has production sites in Europe and Latin America, with a footprint in 32 countries, and products available in 155 countries. The pharma giant will use KN PharmaChain, K+N’s multi-modal […]
  • Lewis King
  • March 31, 2017

Forwarders see higher volumes in Q4, but not all see higher profits

Today our sister publication, Cargo Facts reports: Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina, two of the world’s largest forwarders and logistics services providers, are headquartered in Switzerland, but while their head offices may be close, their fourth-quarter results are far apart. Despite both carriers reporting significant increases in airfreight volumes, year-over-year, in the fourth quarter of 2016, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 3, 2017

Freightos study: Will forwarders and IT ever get along?

The freight business is moving online, but not everyone is eager to get on board. The most recent annual “State of Online Logistics Sales 2016 Mystery Shopping Survey,” conducted by Freightos, found that large forwarders have made surprisingly little progress with their online freight booking platforms. “I think it’s time for this industry to catch […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 2, 2017

K+N first logistics firm to earn network-wide CEIV-Pharma cert

Kuehne + Nagel has become the first logistics provider to earn IATA’s CEIV certification for pharmaceuticals to cover its entire KN PharmaChain air network, which involves 86 locations worldwide. The certification, earned through IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceuticals (CEIV-Pharma) program, is an assurance that shipments of sensitive pharmaceuticals are handled with […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2017

Airfreight volumes, earning continue to rise at Panalpina in Q3

Panalpina announced a slight increase in earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in spite of what it referred to as a “challenging market.” Airfreight volumes for the Swiss forwarder increased 9 percent, year-over-year, for the first nine months of 2016, even as the overall air cargo market decreased by an estimated 1 percent during the […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 26, 2016

Airfright earnings down 4.8 percent at K+N in ‘tense’ third quarter

Kuehne + Nagel said a “tense” global airfreight market in the third quarter and continued pressure on margins contributed to shrinking demand and further capacity increases. As a result, Q3 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in its airfreight division were down 3.6 percent, year-over-year, to US$272.6 million, while operating profit fell 3 […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 20, 2016

K+N’s first-half profits rise despite revenue drop

The Kuehne + Nagel Group reported that gross profits were up by by 8 percent to US$3.3 billion in the first six months of 2016, even as net sales decreased. The logistics provider’s operating result (EBITDA) grew by 10 percent to $554.9 million, while earnings before tax and interest (EBIT) were up $45.6 million over […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 20, 2016

Cargo Community Frankfurt grows despite dip in airfreight

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt announced on Monday that three major air cargo players had joined the organization, bringing its membership up to 41 companies, representing all sectors of the air logistics chain. The newest additions – the Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association Hessen/Rhineland-Palatinate (SLV), Kuehne + Nagel and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics – bolster the […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 14, 2016

The Power 2015: Stability at the top

Stability at the top For the top four forwarders on the Power 25 list, ranked by tonnage, there was seemingly little change. DHL’s Supply Chain and Global Forwarding divisions led the field, yet again, by a wide margin, with 2.11 million tonnes of air cargo shipped during 2015. However, the leader hardly had an easy […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 26, 2016

K+N’s Scharwath to take helm of recovering DHL Global Forwarding

Earlier this year, Deutsche Post DHL CEO Frank Appel vigorously defended the performance of its troubled Global Forwarding, Freight, division amid rumors that it might be sold at a fire-sale price. Today, Appel’s defense was solidified yet again with the announcement that Tim Scharwath, former   global head of air logistics at Kuehne + Nagel (K+N), […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 18, 2016

Perishables bear fruit: Why air cargo shouldn’t fear modal shift

The flat peach – also called a Saturn peach or a doughnut peach for its toroid shape – is high in potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and has become a popular health snack in many parts of the world. In 2015, flat peach production spiked, reaching more than 200 percent of the average volume […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 2, 2016

DHL opens urban logistics center in Singapore

To prepare for an expected increase in pharmaceutical and high-tech air cargo traffic in the Southeast Asian region, DHL Supply Chain has opened a new logistics center in Singapore that the company said will improve the efficiency of its current operations by 20 percent. The design, DHL said, will be considered a model for its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 21, 2016

CNS 2016: What experiences are your customers having?

NASHVILLE — The score so far: Consistency and predictability are better than faster speed. Associations work well with each other, but there’s room for improvement. Electronic air waybills (e-AWBs) are worth the trouble it takes to switch over from paper. And forwarders are actually the segment that’s getting the most out of e-AWBs at the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 12, 2016
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