Global logistics news roundup: XPO, Uber Freight, Heineken

Uber Freight sets freight carbon reduction goals; XPO launches new multimodal Euro route; Heineken opens huge German distribution centre

Uber Freight sets freight carbon reduction goals

Uber Freight has announced company-wide sustainability commitments and launched a new Emissions Dashboard. 

By 2030, Uber Freight aims to achieve net-zero climate emissions across its global corporate operations, and by 2040 it aims to shift 80% of its global brokerage shipments to clean transportation. 

Its Emissions Dashboard, meanwhile, is a tool that gives its customers a comprehensive view of their supply chain emissions. Uber Freight works with thousands of global brands to manage $18bn of freight, and maintains one of the largest networks of carriers – which it manages with a suite of end-to-end logistics applications, managed services, and modes of transportation. 

“This vast ecosystem allows us to have a profound impact on the movement of goods at scale,” the company says. “That kind of impact is why we’re leading the charge to transform supply chain sustainability.”

It continued: “Logistics has a really bad emissions problem. Fuel inefficiency and poorly-planned routes means freight causes 8% of global carbon emissions.

“In the US, 1% of total freight emissions comes from empty trucks alone, and with the volume of goods shipped in the US expected to grow by nearly a quarter over the next two years, the urgency to solve these sustainability issues is growing and requires industry-wide collaboration to address.”

XPO launches new multimodal Euro route

XPO has launched a new multimodal route between Italy and Germany by combining road and rail.

The new route transports retail, food and automotive components, and the new route means the company saves an estimated one ton of CO2 for each load carried.

Technology also plays a key role in XPO's multimodal services. On the Italy-Germany route, the company uses trailers that are linked by GPS to a control tower that monitors operations in real time. 

This improves service efficiency, and offers greater precision and security to the customer, who is always informed of the status and location of the product. 

XPO MD Southern Europe and Morocco Massimo Marsili said: "The launch of this new multimodal route between Italy and Germany will provide operational excellence to customers, while maintaining a clear commitment to sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint".

Heineken opens huge German distribution centre

Logistics properties developer CTP is to lease a 28,000 square-metre development for use as Heineken's new distribution centre in Germany.

The warehouse will be operated by specialised beverage logistics company Sirl and will enable Heineken to expand its logistics network in Germany. 

This is in response to increasing logistics demand to support the growing beer market in recent years. 

From January 2024 the new warehouse in Duisburg will supply the German market with Heineken’s entire German product portfolio. 

Paul Groen, Supply Chain Director for Heineken Germany, said: “With our new central warehouse in Weiden in der Oberpfalz, we are investing in future-proof and more sustainable logistics in order to meet the increased product capacities, shorten transport routes and supply our customers efficiently and flexibly with our brand portfolio.”

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