Tuesday, 31 July 2012

UPS introduces new transit times for freight services to Eastern Canada

Soon, shipments to Eastern Canada will arrive on the next working day. The freight forwarder, UPS, has rollout new transit times for shipments from and to Atlantic Canada, enabling a increased flow of goods.

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This will not only be available for domestic and international freight but also for parcel deliveries to Eastern Canada. In addition to that, the UPS Express Early AM service will have its delivery times moved form 9am to 8.30am whilst Express and Express Saver will aim to deliver consignments until 10.30am or noon.
“By Bringing state-of-the art technology and our superior global supply chain network to as many communities as possible in Atlantic Canada, we are making it easier for local entrepreneurs and businesses to grow regionally, nationally and globally”, explained Nicolas Dorget, vice president of marketing, UPS Canada.
Beyond that, UPS is also considering Saturday parcel deliveries to certain destinations such as Halifax, Moncton and St John’s.

Source: UPS

Monday, 30 July 2012

UPS delivers 400 tons of broadcasting equipment to Olympics media centre

The Olympics official logistics partner, UPS, has made its final delivery of media equipment to the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). The venue near the Olympic Park is going to be a 24-hour home to 21,000 accredited journalists, photographers and camera crews from all over the world.

UPS courier services delivered a total of 400 tons of television broadcasting equipment to the IBC. That includes 60,000 pieces of equipment and cables with a joined length of 560,000 metres. Thanks to the carrier, television, radio and internet broadcasters stationed at the IBC will be now able to communicate with an audience of over 4.8 billion people over the entire duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

UPS also reported that a high street with merchandise shops, caf├ęs and dry cleaning services was built only for the media but will be converted for future retail purposes after end of the Games.

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If you are waiting for a parcel delivery by UPS or another carrier or are unsure about transit times, delays etc., check back with our Olympics Postcode Finder.

Source: Analytiqa.com

Friday, 27 July 2012

Excess Baggage extreme? Female holidaymakers and their 28 outfits

Did you think you had a problem with excess baggage? According to a recent study commissioned by the F&F line (Tesco), women tend to wear 28 different outfits when they are on holiday. A whopping 27 percent of the 2,000 interviewed women claimed that they would wear more than one outfit a day.

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Bernadette Lusher (F&F Tesco) said that “unlike the typical day at home, which can involve an outfit for work or for popping to the shops, an average day on holiday can consist of several different outfits.”

Despite the fact that eight out of ten women admitted to not being able to wear every item of clothing that they originally packed, there is still one in ten women who manages to pack  half of her wardrobe and change into seven different outfits a day.

What if you do not want end up having to pay surcharges for excess baggage?

Fortunately, there are a number of excess baggage shipping companies. They can arrange for a quick and safe delivery of your suitcases for less money than at the airport.

Thanks to baggage shipping there will be no need to leave you favourite dress at home.

Source: Daily Mail / Transglobal Express

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

How to send a parcel to USA

Depending on the size of your shipment, time scale and budget, there are various ways to send a parcel to USA.

Transit Times

First of all, be aware that transit times may vary between 1 and 6 working days – the deciding factors being prices and the type of service, for instance air or road delivery. Think about the urgency of your delivery.

Is a client expecting your goods within the next couple of days? It this case you could be best of paying a little bit extra and increase your chances to receive good feedback which would reflect positively on your business.

If your shipment is not urgent and you would like to save money, send your parcels to USA via a cheap courier service. By choosing this option, your parcels should normally get delivered within 5 or 6 working days providing that it passed U.S. customs without any problems.

Online Tracking

No matter which parcel service you choose, free online tracking should always be offered by your chosen courier service. This will enable you to follow every step of your parcel delivery to USA. Thanks to today’s high-tech software systems, you will also be able to see a confirmation of collection and delivery in online tracking account.

Insuring your parcel

If you are sending valuable items and would like to insure them, a premium can be added at the end of your order. This way your shipment will be ensured against any loss or damage up to a certain value such as 1,000 GBP. Contact the courier service of your choice for further details. 

Measurements & extra charges

Lastly, always measure your parcel twice – once before your booking and the last stage of your order. This will give you peace of mind and hopefully prevent you from a bad surprise such as having to pay extra charges due to false measurements. 

Once your booking has been completed your parcel will be collected by a courier driver alongside the necessary paperwork (labels, packing list, customs forms if applicable) and be shipped to the USA whilst you can follow up on every transit stage online.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Virgin Atlantic and dnata renew air cargo partnership

25 years after Virgin Atlantic Cargo and dnata first embarked on their joined adventure, the two companies have signed a new multi million pound contract. All future air cargo handling for Virgin Atlantic at the airports Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow will be carried out by dnata.

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“We are delighted to have reached an agreement that keeps this long lasting partnership at the centre of our global hub operations. This relationship has seen many changes over the years in regulatory compliance and how we interact and do business with our customers”, declared Neil Fernandino, General Manager, Cargo Operations at Virgin Atlantic  proudly.
Since their first contract in 1987, dnata invested £2.8 million in their ETV system at Cargopoint.
“Virgin Atlantic is in our DNA, we have grown together, made investments to support the airline’s expansion and ensured its vital cargo business at its biggest international hub is supported by a future –proof handling operation. Today, we have over 200 people dedicated to Virgin Atlantic Cargo, helping to deliver the outstanding customer service for which the airline is known worldwide”, confirmed dnata UK Commercial Director, Paul Williams.
Virgin Atlantic’s current airport volume is in excess of 200,000 tonnes of freight per annum.

Source: handyshippingguide.com

Friday, 20 July 2012

DHL launches new direct flight between USA and Australia

DHL, one of the leading international courier services providers, has expanded its air network by opening up a new direct flight connection between the USA and Australia.

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Starting this month, the aircraft is said to leave Cincinati twice a week. It will transport up to 113 tons worth of goods to Sydney and Melbourne. DHL hopes that the new flight connection will help strengthen its position in the Australian and New Zealand Market which expert predicting a growth of 12 percent for this year.

"The new flight, operated with modern, environmentally-friendly freighters, will birng a number of clear benefits for customers: it will guarantee uplift on a route that is already in high demand, while reducing deliver ytimes on shipments picked up in the US and destined for key destinations in Australia", said Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Global Network Operations, DHL Express.

Furthermore, the parcel service provider is also planning on shorting its transit times for delieveries to Brisbane of Melbourne. Last year, 12.5 percent of all imports into Australia came from the USA making it Australia's second largest import partner.

Here is more information about prices and parcel services to Australia.

Sources: DHL / Transglobal Express

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Korean air freighter reports net loss of $158.48 billion for Q2

The air freight carrier, Korean Air Lines, recently repoted a net loss of $ 158.48 billion for the second quarter of 2012, marking a dramatic shift from a net profit of 21 billion won in 2011.

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A company spokesperson said that "a weaker won drove up the value of dollar-denominated debts, which left the company with foreign exchange translation losses worth $ 136 billion won [in the second quarter]."

With regards to profit, Korea's second largest air freight company made an operational profit of $ 128.48 billion with sales rising up to 11 percent. 

"Increased outbound demand on long-haul routes to Europe and the U.S. decreased jet fuel proces helped buoy the second-quarter operating profit."

Source: online.wsj.com

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

FedEx connects China with Europe via new 777Fs air freight service

FedEx Express has launched a new air freight service connecting the Chinese gateway cities Shanghai and Guangzhou with Frankfurt Airport in Germany. 

The freighters will fly out five times a week, Tuesday to Saturday and enable FedEx customers to import and export goods from China or Europe. According to FedEx, this is the first time that a direct 777Fs flight has been launched from Guangzhou Baiyu International Airport to Europe.

Moreover, customers will be able to ship good quickly and efficiently whilst also benefiting from the large air cargo storage inside the freighters without an extensive use of fuel. Both freighters are said to be highly fuel-efficient with a low carbon offset.

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China is Europe’s second largest export partner and trading partner as well as the largest import country in Europe. In Q1 of 2012, the trade value was estimated at EUR 105.6 billion. FedEx Express is responding to this growing trend by adding more air freight services to its product range and has recently expanded the Shanghai Gateway.

Source: Analytiqa.com

Monday, 16 July 2012

Phase II launched in UPS and TNT Express acquisition process

  • UPS expected to complete its acquisition of TNT Express in the fourth quarter of 2012
After months of negotiations, the EU Commissions finally made a call on Phase I of the TNT Express’ acquisition process. The EUR 5.16 billion transaction carried out by courier services provider UPS aims at creating a highly customer-focussed worldwide parcel services leader. UPS also plans on utilising TNT Express’ extensive European road network in order to facilitate trade flows and increase its competitiveness in the European and American markets.

UPS expects Phase II of the investigation to last up to 25 weeks and may therefore extend it initial offer period beyond end of August.

Source: UPS

Friday, 13 July 2012

Can you collect my parcel from my home address?

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Most courier companies carry out parcel collections from the sender’s home address. In fact, this is a very convenient, popular alternative to queuing up in the post office.

However, there are a few points which you should consider before booking a home collection with the courier company of your choice.

1. Labelling

Always ensure that your parcel has the label and packing list attached to the outside packaging. If you send multiple parcels, each of them has to have these two items. This is a simply way of ensuring that none of your parcels get lost or put together with a different shipment.

2. Be at home!

Somebody needs to be available for the hours of your requested collection also known as “ready-time”.  If you know in advance that you will not be at home, ask a neighbour or a friend to cover for you and to hand the parcels over to the driver.  

3. What if my parcel does not get collected?

Should your parcel collection fail, always ring the courier service with whom you booked and ask them to arrange a second collection. Sometimes a driver may leave a notification card, so remember to check your letterbox. 

Depending on the carrier, a failed collection surcharge may still apply. Also be aware that some carriers may only attempt to collect your parcel for a limited number of times.

4. Re-arranging your parcel collection

If you would like to re-arrange your collection because you cannot make the original date, get in touch with courier company and ask for a re-booking. Collections will usually be carried out during the weekend and not on the weekend. Have this in mind when asking for a new date.

Have your parcel collected by a fast, cost-efficient and reliable courier service. Visit TransglobalPremium.co.uk and get a free, no-obligation quote.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Freight train derailment in Columbus, Ohio leaves residents in shock

This morning around 2am, a freight train run by Norfolk Southern, derailed and burned out in Columbus, Ohio. Nearby living residents had to be evacuated after 10 of the 98 train cars derailed and three ruptured.

The train was carrying ethanol and biofuel, which was later let out by the fire brigade, said Dave Whiting, Columbus Assistant and Fire Chief. The train disaster left two people injured who later drove themselves to hospital. Whiting ensured that they “haven’t had to put anybody in harm’s way”.

Resident Johnnie Rouse described the event as if “the sun had fallen or something. My daughter said ‘Mama, Mama, get up, get up, get up, a train’s exploding… you’ve got to get out.” Witnesses reported that the flames could be seen from miles away.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Dave Pidgeon said that the freight train was originally bound for North Carolina and coming in from Chicago. So far the cause of the derailment remains unknown but an investigation has been launched.

Source: Reuters, YouTube & Daily Mail

Cheap Parcel Service & Quality? – Getting The Balance Right

When choosing a parcel service, most of us are guided by price. As with many things cheap parcel services can offer great or little quality. The key is to recognise warning signs and check for certain criteria before making the booking. 

Step 1 – Check for transit liability & terms and conditions

  • High quality parcel service providers will offer customers a standard liability up to 50 GBP. They may also offer enhanced transit liability, which will cover you against any extra loss or damage. That way you can ensure that you will receive compensation in case anything happens to your shipment.

Step 2 – Which carriers will transport my consignment?

  • As the customer you can and should expect to be given full transparency over your parcel delivery. This also includes information about the carriers who will ship your parcels. A  good courier service will have the details about each courier service provider available on their website. 

Step 3 – Can I expect any surcharges?

  • Again, information about surcharges should be easily accessible from the website and clearly displayed during the booking process. For example if your collections or delivery address was located in a remote area.
  • It may happen that you have to pay for surcharges due to having tried to ship restricted items, or if you have provided incorrect details about the size, weight or length of your shipment. You may be debited for these surcharges at a later stage. For this reason, it is always a good idea to measure your consignment twice in its final packaging as well as to check back with your courier service and customs office, should you send a parcel abroad.

Step 4 – What about collection times?

  • Standard parcel services do not guarantee collections as the driver may have a large amount of parcels to collect on the day of your collection. Depending on the carrier, you will be given three hour windows or specific collection periods. 
  • You can contact your courier service’s customer service team and ask them to follow up on the failed collection, should the driver fail to collect your parcel within those hours. Be aware that compensation will not be given in these situations.

Step 5 – What about delivery times?

  • When requesting your quote, you will be shown an overview of estimated transit times. This can vary depending on customs, bank holidays, outstanding charges etc. However, a good courier will endeavour to deliver your consignment as quickly as possible. 

Step 6 – How do I book a cheap parcel service?

  • Independent courier service providers such as the Transglobal Express Ltd. offer discounted rates of up to 67 percent with leading carriers including DHL, UPS, TNT, FedEx and DPD. Their cheap parcel services underlie high quality standards and offer you a great deal of flexibility with regards to speed of delivery and your budget. 
  • You can book online and request a free quote at TransglobalPremium.co.uk – no registration necessary until you decide to  book!

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Friday, 6 July 2012

Kuehne + Nagel extends air freight services for perishable goods

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Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics solutions and air freight service providers, today announced the extension of its perishables logistics network via its acquisition of Perishable International Transportation (PIT). 

“Following the general expansion of our perishables logistics business in Australia, Europe and South America, the acquisition of Perishable International Transportation allows us to grow these activities in North America”, said Tim Scharwarth, Executive Vice President Air Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel International AG.

PIT has handled and transported fresh and frozen perishable goods via since 1991. It is currently located at Vancouver International Airport allowing it to take advantage of later cut-off and shorter transit times, which are particularly important for the transport of fruits and vegetables.

Schawarth hopes that the purchase will benefit its air freight services, particularly in the Canadian market.

Source: Kuehne + Nagel

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

DPD introduces “Total Zero” - free carbon neutral shipping

From now on, DPD customers will have their parcels shipped carbon neutral via Total Zero. The new carbon neutral commitment will initially be available to private and business customers in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, BeLux and Switzerland. 
“We are proud and exited to officially launch Total Zero in these six markets. DPD have been preparing for this moment for some time now and I am sure that our customers will be delighted to know that we are now delivering carbon neutral parcels at no extra charge”, said John Acton, MD of DPD & Executive Vice-President of GeoPost S.A.
The new DPD courier service commitment benefits from a triple mechanism which measures and reduces the emitted carbon and subsequently offsets it. GeoPost’s partner, the French offset company, CDC Climat, will help with the carbon offsetting by supporting international projects such as reforestations in Columbia. 

Action is convinced that DPD’s environment friendly courier services and CO2 offsetting initiatives will mark “an exciting new chapter in our company’s history and we hope that carbon neutral shipping at zero cost will one day become the standard across the industry.”

DPD anticipate to make Total Zero available in additional destinations across Europe in 2013.

Sources: DPD & YouTube

Monday, 2 July 2012

FedEx Express to add 19 Boeing 767s to its air freight fleet

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FedEx Express, one of the world largest air freight services providers, is planning on adding 19 B767-300 aircraft, sold by The Boeing Company, to its fleet. This way the company aims to increase its efficiency levels and technology.
“FedEx Express is positioning itself for more profitable growth by modernizing its aircraft fleet and better aligning its U.S. domestic air network to match current and anticipated shipment volumes”, said David J Bronczek, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Express.
Two out of four Boeing 777s will be converted to 767s in 2016, the rest in the following year. The air freight services company currently operates 19 long-range Boing 777s freighters but may increase the fleet to a total of 24 aircraft.
President and CEO Ray Conner explained the decision to purchase further 767s as follows: “FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company. This order of additional 767 Freighters by FedEx reinforces the value of the airplane’s capabilities in the market today and tomorrow.” 
Apart from improvements in shipment volumes, FedEx Express also hopes that its latest purchase will help to reduce its operating cost by 20 percent whilst increasing its fuel efficiency by at least 30 percent.

Source: FedEx Express