XPO Logistics announces expansion of last-mile network in US
Logistics and transportation outfit XPO Logistics has unveiled plans to nearly double its current last mile footprint to 85 service hubs by late 2018.
The expansion, which is currently underway, will position XPO’s last mile footprint within approximately 90% of the U.S. population, further reducing transit times.
XPO is the largest last mile logistics provider for heavy goods in North America, overseeing nearly 13 million home and commercial deliveries, with the majority including installation and assembly of appliances, large electronics, furniture and other hard-to-handle items each year.
Troy Cooper, chief operating officer of XPO Logistics, said: "We’re continuing to make significant investments in our facilities, technology, staffing and training to deliver world-class solutions for our customers.
“As the leading national last mile network specialising in heavy goods, we’re uniquely positioned to provide a consistent consumer experience that protects retail brands. Now we’re making it even faster and more cost effective to transport goods direct to homes.”
XPO expects to open its next eight hubs in Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Washington, D.C.
Skilled teams at each facility will perform inspections, repairs, pre-assemblies and other value-added services in preparation for delivery.
In related news, XPO Logistics Europe has appointed Malcolm Wilson as CEO. Richard Cawston has been promoted to the role of Managing Director–Supply Chain, Europe, the position previously held by Wilson.
Troy Cooper, XPO’s Global Chief Operating Officer, said: “Malcolm Wilson is uniquely qualified to lead XPO Logistics Europe. He’s a high-impact executive with a talent for getting results. Malcolm’s 23 years in the logistics industry include a decade at the helm of our multinational supply chain business in Europe.
“He has longstanding working relationships with our two divisional Managing Directors, Luis Gomez and Richard Cawston, making this a seamless transition for our transport and supply chain customers.”
Cooper had served as the company’s European Chief Executive since 2015, in addition to his position as Global Chief Operating Officer.
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.