May 17, 2020

Intermodal Europe hosts 'strategy forum'

Intermodal Europe
Shipping
Cheif Executives
Logistics
Freddie Pierce
2 min
The debate allows CEO's to share experiences
Follow @WDMEllaCopeland This years Intermodal Europe conference will hold a world port strategy forum, bringing together Chief Executives from the worl...

This year’s Intermodal Europe conference will hold a world port strategy forum, bringing together Chief Executives from the world's leading Port Authorities to share experiences and discuss the future role of ports in the global supply chain.

The three day event, which will be held on the conference’s opening day, will bring the opportunity to debate key research by the Global Institute of Logistics entitled "Operation Port Unity - Improving Global Logistics One Port at a Time", which examines how port communities are meeting the demands of full integration into the global supply chain.

Those who participated in the Exchange of Experiences arranged by the Global Institute of Logistics will have the opportunity to share with, learn from, and benchmark against, the experience of this esteemed peer group with the view to improving the Port’s integration into the Global Supply Chain. 

 

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Issues such as vessel berthing, global best practice in vessel call operations, and using IT systems to improve decision making and operational efficiency will be discussed amongst others. A case study of Valencia Port will be used to address the topic of Port Community Systems, inter-port unity and linking Port Community Systems between ports.

CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics, Kieran Ring will be a key speaker at this year’s Intermodal Europe conference session on day one of the three-day event. 

“There are several issues that are currently affecting the logistics and container industries that we hope to include in the discussion, including fuel costs, excess capacity, cascading (large new ships replacing older large ships, which then replace smaller ships) and the widening of the Panama Canal and the effect that might have on shipping routes and port competition” said Ring. 

Rising fuel costs are leading to shipping lanes being slowed down in order to reduce fuel usage, the cost of which has now reached 70% of total shipping costs. As a result, terminal operational efficiency must be increased to compensate for the longer sailing times.

Intermodal Europe 2012 is offering over 50 conference sessions during the three day event at the RAI in Amsterdam from 27-29 November. Visit the Intermodal conference programme page on the website  to see an up to date list of speakers and topics, including a complete timetable for the free-to-attend event.
 

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
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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