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Analytiqa: Logistics Bulletin: Friday 14th December

12-17-2007 01:24 PM CET | Logistics & Transport

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This week's Logistics Bulletin reports on a five-year, £150 million contract for DHL Exel Supply Chain with UK home and furniture retailer, MFI. DHL will invest more than £10.0 million (€13.8 million) of its own capital into the venture. The deal represents one of the biggest 'shared risk' partnerships the 3PL has ever entered into with a customer. In other contract news Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) is to provide freight consolidation services in China and Hong Kong for Shoe Carnival. MOL has been strategically promoting its Buyers or Ocean Consolidation Business (OCB) which is used by retailers in Europe and the US, who buy products manufactured in several plants, mainly in Asia. The products are consolidated into shipping containers at loading ports and then transported to their destinations.

Elsewhere this week, in M&A news from across various sectors of the supply chain, deals and developments feature BBI, D.Logistics, Agility, Old Dominion and Sinotrans, whilst with a more internal focus, there is a new brand architecture in place at Deutsche Bahn and Ryder has announced two share repurchase programmes. Distribution centre and logistics facility news has been made around the world, with developments for FedEx and OH Logistics in the US, The Co-operative Group, GAC Marine Logistics, Munich Airport, Huurre, Trans Poludnie and DHL in Europe; and ProLogis, GAC and CWT in Asia Pacific.

DHL signs five-year £150 million contract with MFI

DHL Exel Supply Chain announced a new five-year deal with MFI, the UK's leading home and furniture retailer, after successfully winning the contract to manage the high street giant's new distribution centre and home delivery operation. MFI recently re-launched itself after its 200-strong retail store business was acquired by specialist venture capitalist, Merchant Equity Partners.

Under the terms of the five-year contract, DHL will invest more than £10.0 million (€13.8 million) of its own capital into the venture. This investment will help to improve the information technology system which supports the new, streamlined picking and packing process in the warehouse, and also to develop additional warehouse space as MFI's product range increases.

On Friday 7 December, DHL and MFI opened a new, major distribution center in Yorkshire, which signifies the start of this new business relationship. The state-of-the-art 750,000 m2 distribution center in Thorne (South Yorkshire) cements a major breakthrough for DHL, as the deal represents one of the biggest 'shared risk' partnerships it has ever entered into with a customer.

DHL Exel Supply Chain has already completed a £13.2 million fit-out of the 750,000 m2 distribution centre and between now and February 2008, we will create 330 new specialist warehouse and administration positions.

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Elsewhere this week:

Babcock & Brown Infrastructure to acquire Belgian, German and US port operators

D.Logistics expands industrial goods packaging expertise

Agility acquires freight forwarding and logistics company Medgroup

Old Dominion Freight Line acquires assets of Bullocks Express

Sinotrans sells stake in unit to DHL for €61m

Ryder announces share repurchase programmes

New brand architecture for Deutsche Bahn

Ten bidders line up for Korea Express

MOL starts consolidation services for major US retailer

Eagle Steel Products renews contract with Ryder

Gildan and Kuehne + Nagel extend warehousing partnership

FedEx Ground chooses site for distribution hub

OH Logistics opens international services station

Co-operative Group outlines distribution plans for north-east UK

GAC Marine Logistics sets up warehouse facility in Rotterdam

New freight forwarders’ facility opens at Munich Airport

ProLogis expands in China

Huurre undertakes Asko warehouse contract in Norway

Trans Poludnie expands logistics centre in Poland

GAC opens ship agency offices Australia-wide

CWT extends its logistics footprint in China

Skanska develops logistics centre for DHL

Telstra and IBM expand supply chain agreement

Shepherd Neame drives ‘Green’ performance with Paragon

Renault Trucks and DHL to test an innovatory urban vehicle

Grupo TMM announces new President

Swift Corporation appoints CFO

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Prices, profits, volumes and future investment in road transport markets

Expert opinion: detailed analysis of 1,200 surveys with European road hauliers how much and for what reasons have transport prices changed in the UK? have average load values and volumes performed in Germany? have fleet sizes and employee numbers grown in Poland? has road haulier profitability changed in Belgium? how much and why have operating costs changed The Netherlands?
...what are haulier investment priorities in the Czech Republic? how much will road transport volumes grow in Slovakia? will future profitability for road hauliers change in Sweden?
...what are the overall trends and how do country markets compare across Europe?

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List of Key Industry Participants:

ABX LOGISTICS; Agility Logistics; BAX Global; CEVA Logistics; CH Robinson; DHL Global Forwarding; EGL; 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; Exel; Federal Express; Schneider Logistics; Schneider National; Schenker Logistics; Stinnes; Gist; Eagle Global Logistics; Menlo Worldwide; Jones Lang LaSalle; ProLogis; DTZ; Gazeley; Goodman; AMB Property; Groupe Norbert Dentressangle; National Logistics Company; TNT; Gefco; Maersk; Geodis; GEFCO; Bibby Distribution; Global Automotive Logistics; Autologic; NYK Logistics; Dachser; DSV; Fiege; Hellmann Worldwide; MOL; KWE; Kintetsu; Ewals; UPS; Ryder.

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