May 17, 2020

XPO Logistics: delivering leading supply chain solutions

Logistics
Supply Chain
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
XPO Logistics: delivering leading supply chain solutions
XPO Logistics is a leading logistics provider of supply chain solutions to some of the biggest companies globally.

Through its network, XPO helps custo...

XPO Logistics is a leading logistics provider of supply chain solutions to some of the biggest companies globally.

Through its network, XPO helps customers to manage their goods efficiently throughout their supply chains. At the top of its value proposition is a service-driven culture that connects its team worldwide. XPO serves a wide range of industries such as aerospace, agribusiness, automotive, chemical, consumer packaged goods, food and beverage, healthcare, industrial, technology and more.

Supply chain solutions

XPO is the second largest provider in North America with 100 million sq.ft in Europe. Its contract logistics expertise covers a wide range of goods for B2B and B2C channels, with a large presence in e-commerce. XPO manages the storage and fulfillment of SKUs for apparel, cosmetics, consumer electronics, food and beverages, appliances, consumer packaged goods, furniture, aerospace parts, chemicals, medical equipment and more. 

XPO also provides high-value add services such as kitting, packaging and personalisation, including reverse logistics. Its disciplined processes for returned merchandise includes inspections, refurbishment, recycling, disposal, refunding, warranty management and return-to-retail.

Advanced automation and analytics

XPO’s solutions are highly customised and integrate AI and machine learning for continuous improvement. The organisation has a focus on robotics, autonomous vehicles, automated sortation systems, drones and other cutting-edge technologies that speeds goods through the supply chain. XPO integrates these technologies as required for each proprietary WMx platform. Upon completion of the startup, managers use XPO Smart labour analytics to optimise productivity. XPO has also developed predictive analytics for demand forecasting, and other sophisticated BI analytics and customised KPIs. 

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XPO Direct

XPO Direct is a network of strategically placed XPO stockholding sites, cross-docks and last mile hubs used by multiple shippers at the same time. The solution was ideal for retailers, e-commerce firms and manufacturers as it can position inventories within two-day ground transportation to the vast majority of the US population. 

  • First Fulfillment as a Service (FaaS) model of its kind within the industry.

  • Offers consistent, national solutions at scale.

  • Provides warehouse space, labour and technology when and where it’s needed.

  • Reduces order-to-delivery time to end customers and to retail stores for replenishment.

  • Creates one last mile tracking number for end-to-end visibility of heavy goods.

  • Supported by other XPO services and capacity.

Did you know?

XPO Logistics featured in our Top 10 Logistics Brands in February's magazine. Click here to find out what other companies made our list!

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

Kuehne+Nagel
CarbonNeutral
supplychain
Logistics
2 min
Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

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. 
 

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