Global logistics news roundup: Zeigler, UPS, Etihad Cargo

Zeigler Group sponsorship deal with Crystal Palace FC; UPS Q3 revenues and profits down on 2023 figures; Etihad Cargo extends US cold chain reach

Zeigler Group in sponsorship deal with Crystal Palace FC

Global logistics provider Ziegler Group has struck a partnership with English Premier League football club Crystal Palace, becoming the club’s official logistics partner in a three-year sponsorship deal. 

With over 3,200 employees worldwide, Ziegler operates a global network of 156 branches in 16 countries, and works with partner companies in a further 80 countries.

Ziegler UK MD Lee Marshall said: “The alignment of values and synergy between our two organisations is undeniable. The dedication, passion and commitment to excellence that Crystal Palace exemplifies mirrors our own core principles.”

UPS Q3 revenues and profits down on 2023 figures

UPS has reported third-quarter 2023 revenues of US$21bn, a 12.8% fall on the year-ago period. Its consolidated operating profit was $1.3 billion, down 56.9% compared to the same period in 2022. 

UPS CEO Carol Tomé said: “While unfavourable macro-economic conditions negatively impacted global demand in the quarter, our US labour contract was fully ratified in early September and volume that diverted during our labour negotiations is starting to return to our network.”

UPS also narrowly averted an all-out strike from US-based staff. With hundreds of thousands of UPS workers set to strike from August 1, the strike was called off after a last-minute settlement between UPS and Teamsters was found. 

Etihad Cargo extends US cold chain facilities 

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has enhanced its cool chain capabilities in the US through the expansion of its network with Worldwide Flight Services. 

Its customers will now benefit from end-to-end cargo services via the carrier's PharmaLife and FreshForward products, in addition to the cargo handling facilities and services offered by WFS at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, JFK International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

In both New York and Washington, WFS operates specialised facilities for the handling of perishables and pharmaceutical commodities.

Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery at Etihad Cargo, said: "WFS currently handles 110,000 tonnes of cargo on behalf of Etihad Cargo in the US annually, and this is anticipated to increase.”

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