May 17, 2020

China Railway and Kerry Logistics sign strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing

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China Railway and Kerry Logistics sign strategic cooperation agreement in Beijing
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China Railway Import and Export Company and Kerry Logistics (China) Investment Limited, a subsidiary of Kerry Logistics Network, have announced they have signed a strategic cooperation agreement at a ceremony held in Beijing.

The agreement will leverage China Railway’s extensive railway network and experience in undertaking key domestic and international projects, and effectively integrate Kerry Logistics’ strong network in Southeast Asia and logistics service expertise. The strategic cooperation follows the national “Going Out” development strategy, for China’s large-scale enterprises to take full advantage of the new growth opportunities brought on by the “One Belt One Road” initiative.

General Manager of China Railway Huo Hongguang and President of Kerry Logistics (China) Edwardo Erni shared the same view that the move is an important measure taken under the new national strategy for both companies to strengthen their capabilities and further developments. In the future, to realise the potential of the “One Belt One Road” strategy, both sides will work together closely for the long-term growth and development of their businesses. They will jointly explore new growth opportunities by broadening their strategic partnership, in an effort to contribute to China’s growth and advancement on the global stage.
China Railway Import and Export Company was incorporated in 1988, under the approval of the former Ministry of Railways and the former Ministry of Foreign Trade and through investments in railways, it was established as a strong state-owned foreign trade enterprise.

Since its inception, leveraging its railway network, China Railway mainly focuses on foreign trade in an effort to build its own brand. It has successfully operated numerous international key projects including railway operations and maintenance in Saudi Arabia, as well as import of railroad parts to United States, Germany and France.

For more information, please visit: http://www.kerrylogistics.com/eng/OUR_COMPANY/Press/pressrelease/pressrelease_78.jsp

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

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Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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