Key Speakers announced for 2012 Intermodal Europe
Intermodal Europe has announced the first key speakers in the run up to its 2012 event. With a focus on green logistics, security and efficiency within the supply chain, this year’s event will include over 50 conference sessions, featuring a number of big names within the container industry.
The free three day conference will be held in Amsterdam between the 27thand 29th November. Featuring a number of industry experts, it was announced today that guests will be addressed by Mike Garratt, managing director for MDS Transmodal, Thorsten Neumann, Nokia’s Head of Cargo Security and Chairman of Transported Asset Protection Association Europe, and Fer van de Laar, Managing Director of The International Association for Ports and Harbors Europe Office, who will chair this year’s ‘great port debate’.
The topic of sea container trade and economic outlook will be addressed by Mike Garratt, Managing Director of MDS Transmodal, with a focus on current challenges and future prospects in the industry. Key issues this session will include ‘Demand and Supply’, ‘Implication for ports, suppliers, 3PLs and shippers’ and ‘Introducing the “case for a change” in market relationships’.
A Shippers Panel will look at current issues and topics through the eyes of the shipper, with representatives from global companies on the panel, including Associate Director WE Logistics Purchases, at Procter & Gamble, Frank Arendt.
The Global Institute of Logistics and the China Container Industry Association will lead a session about port strategy and intermodal transport, with CEO, Kieran Ring and China Director, William Yang-Lei of the Global Institute of Logistics and Shi Yanqui, Secretary General of the China Container Industry Association. Others confirmed for the session include Brendan Keating, CEO of the Port of Cork, Pedro Jorge Rodriquez Zaragoza, President of the Port of Tenerife Authority, Vincent de Saedeleer, Vice President of the Port Authority of Zeebrugge and Better Princen, Chief Representative – Europe of the Port of Virginia.
This year’s Intermodal Europe Port Debate will be chaired by Managing Director of The International Association for Ports and Harbors Europe Office, Fer van de Laar, who will be accompanied by representatives from the Baltic Port Organisation (BPO) and various international ports. Debate topics include cooperation and partnership building, improving efficiency of intermodal ports, financing and infrastructure investment, port security and green ports.
Various case studies will be presented, including a highly topical one of JadeWeserPort Road, Rail and Short Sea Transport. Technology case studies include a look at Globe Tracker and another titled ‘Successful competitive hinterland networks’, presented by Walter Kusters, Business Unit Manager – Logistics, Ab-Ovo.
James Douglas, Managing Director of Container Port and co-author of European Space Agency report “i-Port” will present a report titled ‘Technology to Optimise Intermodal Transport in Ports’.
An ‘Inland Navigation’ conference session will look at ‘long term strategies for moving more goods via accessible and navigable waterways’. The session will be chaired by Herman Journée, Director of Strategic Development, the Port of Amsterdam, and will also feature Anton van Hattem, Director at SCS Multiport/CWT and Paul Ham from ECT terminals Rotterdam.
Nokia’s Head of Cargo Security and Chairman of Transported Asset Protection Association Europe (TAPA-EMEA), Thorsten Neumann, will hold a session that aims to identify gaps in cargo transport security and explore ways to improve security and efficiency within the supply chain.
Kartik Kumar, Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning, Carrier Transicold will hold a seminar on Green Logistics, which will examine sustainable shipping in a competitive global market.
As part of the exhibition, some key exhibitor companies booked for Intermodal Europe 2012 include Carrier Transicold, Seaco, Hempel, DongFang, Titan Containers, Unit 45, Maersk Container Industry, Cargotec, Cronos Container Group, Florens Container Services, TOUAX Group, TAL International Container Corporation, Daikin Industries Ltd, COA, CAI International (Container Applications International (UK) Limited), Valspar, Thermo King and Seaco.
For more information on exhibitors and the conference schedule, visit the Intermodal website.
UPS Posts Record Second Quarter with Revenues of $23.4bn
Growth across each of its core segments resulted in record results for UPS in the second quarter, with group revenues climbing 14.5% year on year to $23.4bn.
The global logistics outfit achieved consolidated operating profit of $3.3bn, up 47.3% compared to the same period in 2020. It is the second consecutive quarter of record profit, and a significant rise on Q1’s $2.9bn.
UPS Q2 Revenues in Brief
- Consolidated revenues: $23.4bn (+14.5% yoy)
- Domestic: $14.4bn (+10.2%)
- International: $4.82bn (+30%)
- Supply Chain Solutions: $4.2bn (+14.3%)
The US company’s domestic segment performed steadily with 10.2% revenue growth to $14.4bn. But it was its international and supply chain solutions segments where UPS saw the biggest gains. Strong demand in Europe led an increase in international revenues of 30% to $4.82bn. UPS’ supply chain solutions division saw revenue growth of 14.3% to $4.2bn, driven, the company said, “by strong demand in nearly all businesses”.
UPS’ steady growth throughout the pandemic has been led by the overarching vision of its chief executive Carol Tomé to do “better not bigger”, focussing on efficiency and high margin deliveries through its network over pure scale and volume.
“I want to thank all UPSers for executing our strategy and delivering high service levels, which fuelled record financial results in the second quarter,” she said. “Through our better not bigger framework, we are moving our world forward by delivering what matters.”
UPS Completes Sales of UPS Freight
The second quarter also saw UPS complete the divestiture of UPS Freight in a deal worth $800m - with a surprise result for the division, now called TForce Freight, under new owner TFI International.
“The second quarter was historically significant for TFI International, with the closing of our UPS Freight acquisition and record performance across the board,” said Alain Bédard, chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, TFI International. “Particularly gratifying is the performance of TForce Freight, which has exceeded our operating ratio targets far ahead of schedule, and we have only just begun our work.”
In it first two months of ownership TFI reported that adjusted operating ratio (OR) was 90.1% for TForce Freight, far outperforming its forecasted OR of 96-97%.
“I wish to thank our entire team for their hard work and remarkable efforts, and officially welcome aboard our new TForce Freight colleagues who have seamlessly come under the TFI umbrella and are already making stronger than expected contributions,” Bédard added.