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Analytiqa: Logistics Bulletin: Friday 21st September

09-26-2007 06:13 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

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This week's Logistics Bulletin reports on a number of mergers and acquisitions from logistics service providers, with a focus on the US. Mainfreight, of New Zealand, has announced an agreement to acquire Target Logistics; French-based SDV International Logistics is acquiring Pro-service whilst xpedx and Geodis have forged a new strategic alliance. In Europe, GEFCO has announced that it is quitting national groupage activities in Germany, whilst Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express are to launch a cargo carrier, which will begin operations in 2009.

Elsewhere, Wincanton, FedEx and AutoLogic are reporting financial updates whilst Kuehne + Nagel is pressing ahead with its objective to become one of the Middle East's top five contract logistics providers. At DPWN, from October 1st, current logistics chief John Allan will assume responsibility as CFO of Deutsche Post AG. Frank Appel will take over Allan's current position as Head of the Logistics division in Bracknell, also effective October 1st. Appel ran the DHL Logistics business prior to the Exel-acquisition.

Wincanton maintains new business momentum

Wincanton has issued a pre-close season trading update for the six months ending 30th September 2007. The Company reported that the strong new business momentum reported in its last financial year has been sustained in the first half of the current year.

In the UK & Ireland, contract gains have been recorded in all sectors. New customers such as The Adidas Group, Gallo and Tragus have been added to the portfolio. Business has also been expanded with existing customers such as B&Q, Comet, Dunnes and Sainsbury's. Woolworths, another existing customer, has awarded new business to Wincanton’s recently-acquired home delivery network. The other UK acquisition made last year, which established a leading position for the Company in the construction sector, also performed well, with incremental volumes from a number of existing customers.

The Company’s portfolio of ancillary services continues to make good progress. Wincanton reported that its recycling business, for example, has had a very encouraging start to the year, with substantial additional volumes already having been secured from a number of local authorities and a good pipeline of further opportunities.

New business momentum also continues to build in Wincanton’s Mainland European operations with contract gains in all countries. Additional business, into transport networks and warehousing facilities, included wins with Exxon and Alcatel in Germany, Jardiland, Velux and EDF in France, and Auchan, Electrolux and OBI in Poland. The Company’s international transport hub in The Netherlands added new business with Akzo and Ciba-Geigy.

Given the continuing high levels of new business activity across the Group, Wincanton currently anticipates that results for the full year will be in line with management expectations.

PD Ports announces significant progress toward its Northern Gateway project

Hutchison Ports has removed its objection to the application

PD Ports Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Limited (BBI) announced a significant milestone in its proposed development of a new deep sea container terminal at Teesport in the North East of England, know as the Northern Gateway (NGCT). Until today, the application for the required Harbour Revision Order (HRO) had one outstanding objection, which could have necessitated a public inquiry before the Department for Transport.

PD Ports has held a series of discussions with Hutchison about its concerns regarding capacity in the rail network for the increase of rail freight resulting from the proposed Northern Gateway Container Terminal at Teesport. The Northern Gateway will act as a Northern port for Northern markets. As a result of those discussions PD Ports has decided to address Hutchison’s concerns directly by contributing to the provision of upgrades to the East Coast Main Line and diversionary routes. Accordingly, Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited has removed its objection to the application for a Harbour Revision Order made by PD Ports for its Northern Gateway proposal.

This is a major step forward for PD Ports and for Northern shippers and retailers. PD Ports will now work with the Department for Transport, which has already confirmed the withdrawal of the last objection, to enable the Minister to make an early decision. PD Ports is confident the Minister will give PD Ports the final approval needed, as they already have the unanimous approval of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council regarding the plans for the land based elements of NGCT.

Port-based logistics strategies: Panalpina cuts up to 10% from customer's supply chains

Primary research with UK retailers by Analytiqa, released as a complimentary White Paper, identifies the environmental benefits and cost savings of a Port-based supply chain strategy and how this is already being adopted across the UK. Analytiqa's White Paper includes case studies of three organisations who have already implemented such a strategy - ASDA, BMB Group, Stiller Group. To request your complimentary copy of the White Paper, please send an email to with your request.

Elsewhere this week:

GEFCO Germany exits national groupage activities

xpedx and Geodis forge new strategic alliance

Mainfreight announces agreement to acquire Target Logistics

SDV International Logistics achieves its US ambitions

Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express launch cargo carrier

DSV invests in Pakistan

FedEx reports higher Q1 net income

Reduction in volumes with Toyota and Nissan affects H1 revenues at AutoLogic

Target Logistics sharp drop in income despite higher revenue

New buzz for APL Logistics with Burt’s Bees

Kuehne + Nagel begins construction at DLC

Goodman provides total property solution in Hungary

Panalpina suspends disputed services in Nigeria

Siemens SAP solution improves spare parts logistics

Chinese 3PL selects HighJump WMS

Container security programme operational in Colombia

TDG Corus Transport Platform achieves quality standard

Israel begins CSI cargo security operations at Port of Ashdod

Hertz names new EVP, Supply Chain Management

YRC Regional Transportation names COO

Deutsche Post appoints John Allan as CFO

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List of Key Industry Participants:

ABX LOGISTICS; BAX Global; CH Robinson; DHL Global Forwarding; EGL; Exel; Expeditors; FedEx; GeoLogistics; Hellmann Worldwide Logistics; Kintetsu World Express; Kuehne & Nagel; Maersk Logistics; Nippon Express; Panalpina; Schenker; SDV; UPS SCS; UTi Worldwide Logistics; Yusen; Wincanton; APL Logistics; TDG; Rhenus Logistics; Penske Logistics; DPWN; DHL; DHL Exel Supply Chain; Federal Express; Schneider Logistics; Schneider National; Schenker Logistics; Stinnes; Gist; Eagle Global Logistics; Menlo Worldwide; Jones Lang LaSalle; ProLogis; DTZ; Gazeley; Groupe Norbert Dentressangle; National Logistics Company; TNT; TNT Logistics; Gefco; Maersk; Geodis; GEFCO; Bibby Distribution; Global Automotive Logistics; Autologic; NYK Logistics; Dachser; DSV; Fiege; Frans Maas; Hellmann Worldwide; MOL; KWE; Kintetsu; Ewals; UPS; Ryder.

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