May 17, 2020

DHL and GoodShipping establish decarbonisation programme for container shipping

green shipping
Container Shipping
DHL Shipping
GoodShipping programme
James Henderson
2 min
DHL and GoodShipping have teamed up to develop green shipping initiatives
DHL Global Forwarding and GoodShipping Programme have joined forced to establish an initiative to decarbonise the global container shipping industry.

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DHL Global Forwarding and GoodShipping Programme have joined forced to establish an initiative to decarbonise the global container shipping industry.

The duo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to change marine fuel mix, and collaborate in making ocean freight transports more environmentally friendly.

DHL Global Forwarding is to offer its customers the opportunity to select next generation marine biofuels rather than fossil fuels for their transports by sea.

“The partnership with the GoodShipping Programme is a unique opportunity to drive change within the ocean freight industry and to contribute to DHL’s environmental target of zero emissions by 2050,” said Kathrin Brost, Global Head Customer Intelligence & GoGreen, DHL Global Forwarding

“Our joint advanced biofuel service is designed as a supplement to our GoGreen Climate Neutral services or as an alternative, giving our customers even more opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Deutsche Post DHL Group has been exploring renewable fuels to minimise ocean freights’ impact on the environment.

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Key criteria are that they are produced sustainably and do not compete for example with food production for land use.

Following strict sustainability standards, the waste-based biofuels must meet the requirements to be qualified as the cleanest biofuels currently available on the market.

Based on a like to like approach, the current container fleet can bunker and burn advanced marine biofuel without any technical modifications.

“DHL’s mission to reach zero emission logistics by 2050 made them a perfect partner for a strategic and mutually beneficial long-term cooperation. Together with DHL, we provide global access to every single cargo owner that wants to help us clean up the marine fuel mix,” said Astrid Sonneveld, Programme Director at GoodShipping.

The service is to made available to DHL customers from early 2018.

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Jul 22, 2021

Uber Freight to Acquire Transplace in $2.2bn Deal

UberFreight
Logistics
supplychain
Acquisition
2 min
Uber Freight’s acquisition of Transplace will supercharge parent Uber’s move into logistics and supply chain

Uber Freight is to acquire logistics technology and solutions provider Transplace in a deal worth $2.25bn. 

The company will pay up to $750m in common stock and the remainder in cash to TPG Capital, Transplace’s private equity owner, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions. 

“This is a significant step forward, not just for Uber Freight but for the entire logistics ecosystem,” said Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight, and former founder of the Uber-owned trucking start-up Otto.

Uber’s Big Play for Supply Chain


Transplace is one of the world's largest managed transportation and logistics networks, with 62,000 unique users on its platform and $11bn in freight under management. It offers truck brokerage and other capacity solutions, end-to-end visibility on cross border shipments, and a suite of digital solutions and consultancy services. 

The purchase is the latest move by parent company Uber, which launched as a San Francisco cab-hailing app in 2011, to diversify its offering and create new revenue streams in all transport segments.

Transplace said the takeover comes amid a period of “accelerated transformation in logistics”, where globalisation, shipping and transport disruption, and widespread volatility are colliding. 

Uber Freight plans to integrate the Transplace network into its own platform, which connects shippers and carriers in a dashboard that mirroring the intuitive experience found in its consumer vehicle booking and food ordering services. 

“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” said Ron. 

Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace, said the resulting merger will offer enhanced efficiency and transparency for shippers, and benefits of scale for carriers. “All in all, we expect to significantly reduce shipper and carrier empty miles to the benefit of highway and road infrastructures and the environment,” he added. 
 

History of Uber Freight


Uber Freight was established in 2017 and separated into its own business unit the following year. In 2019 the company had expanded across the entire continental US, established a headquarters in Chicago. Later that year it launched its first international division in Europe, initially from a regional foothold in the Nertherlands, and later moving into Germany. 



The logistics spinoff attracted a $500m investment from New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group in October 2020, and launched a new shipping platform for companies of all sizes in May, partly in response to a driver shortage in Canada.
 

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