Sarah Barnes Champions Medium-Sized Businesses Once More
Sarah Barnes, the host of the immensely popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and blog series, has announced her latest endeavour and added another job title to her growing portfolio. The leading lady is now the Co-Founder and CEO of Shipz Inc, a new neutral bid-and-ship freight platform. The solution comes at a time when logistical networks are growing increasingly complex ─ a complexity that Sarah Barnes intends to simplify and make more accessible to everyone.
The Shipz platform is designed to close the gap between shippers and forwarders to create an accessible and hassle-free supply chain for all.
As it stands, the current market has a lot of “mid-sized companies who want to work with forwarders, but find themselves limited by the current process; meanwhile, forwarders are equally strained by the amount of ‘free’ work that they do.”
Although the industry is continuously evolving and new innovative solutions seem to arrive every day, matching the needs of both parties has been seemingly impossible, or at least very difficult to do.
As a champion of medium-sized businesses and a figure in the industry that will stand against the monopolisation of “big business,” Sarah, a logistician turned supply chain marketer, and tech CEO has looked to innovate a solution of her own.
“Whilst the industry’s rapid growth and technological advancement is a great thing, it started to become clear to me that it was leaving some businesses behind. Nobody wants to see the industry become monopolised by big business, whilst small and medium-sized enterprises are unable to stay in the game. I founded Shipz to even out the playing field, champion small business and facilitate those much-needed networks and connections. Efficient, effective logistics chains reduce carbon footprints, support small businesses, and democratise trade – if we can all innovate and collaborate together, the industry will be a real force to be reckoned with,” Sarah Barnes explained.
From quick and accurate quotes, selecting the right partners that fit your business to the secure storage of goods and services, both shippers and forwarders will find a variety of benefits from connecting with the Shipz platform.
A Little Blurb About Sarah Barnes-Humphrey
Sarah was recently named one of the Top 100 most influential women leaders in Supply Chain and one of Top 100 most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain. She is also the Founder and host of the popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC), through which she brings awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry, including her Women in Supply Chain series.
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.