FedEx responds to increasing demand in Thailand
International freight forwarder FedEx Trade Network (FTN) opened their first office in Thailand this week, allowing businesses across the country access to freight forwarding solutions across Asia Pacific.
The new facility in Bangkok is FTN’s 17th location in Asia Pacific, adding to existing offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen and Zhengzhou in mainland China, along with a representative office in Vietnam.
The new office has been constructed in response to a growing freight forwarding market in Thailand, which holds an anticipated value of US$3,297M by 2015, according to independent analysts Transport Intelligence.
FedEx plans to expand a range of services to Thailand in line with increasing customer demand in the region, beginning with the FedEx International Direct Priority Ocean services to include Thailand, which allows goods to be delivered to a choice of U.S. destination ports, including a range of extra services such as U.S. customers brokerage, final delivery and online visibility for less that container load and full container load cargo. The addition of the new Thailand origin extends the reach of the service and offers businesses in Thailand additional ocean freight forwarding choices when exporting to the U.S.
“Launching operations in Bangkok is vital to our growth as a global service provider. Our customers are increasing their business in Thailand and need flexible, efficient freight forwarding to support their imports and exports,” said Joseph Frank, vice president, FedEx Trade Networks Asia.
“With our strong combination of technology, services and reliability, FedEx Trade Networks provides customers in Thailand with in-market expertise and customized solutions for their diverse transportation and distribution needs. Whether customers want to increase their speed-to-market or improve inventory control and costs, FedEx Trade Networks can help businesses of all sizes achieve their supply chain goals,” he continued.
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.