Friday, 28 September 2012

US-Freight Forwarder to acquire Phoenix International for $635 million

Freight forwarder, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., has announced plans to acquire Phoenix International for approximately $635 million. 

CH Robinson Worldwide Inc, Minneapolis, RBC Capital Markets, Freight forwarder, John Barnes, Cargo, Phoenix, Freight Forwarding, Air Freight, Sea Freight, In 1979, businessman, Bill McInerney, founded the Minneapolis-based company which has since been dealing with international air freight and sea freight shipments. 

“We view this as a nice acquisition that allows the company to further diversify away from the truck brokerage business without straining, at a time when high costs are hurting the trucking industry”, said John Barnes, RBC Capital Markets analyst.

Moreover, C.H. Robinson hopes that their latest business deal will allow them to play a pivotal role in the international freight forwarding industry offering trucking, sea and air freight services. It will pay Phoenix a staggering $571.5 million in cash as well as $63.5 million in new stock amounting to a total sum of $635 million, confirmed

Phoenix currently employs more then 2,000 people in its 74 offices.


Wednesday, 26 September 2012

DHL opens First Energy Centre in Houston, Texas

The international courier services and logistics giant, DHL, has opened its very own Energy Center in Houston, Texas. It showcases oil and service companies as well as other companies from the oil industry.

“By launching the Energy Center, we are demonstrating our commitment to this sector. At the same time, we see this as a platform which will facilitate dialog with our customers, the discussion of future challenges and opportunities in the energy-related industry, and the requirements of the supply chain”, said Bill Meahl, Sector Chief Commercial Officer at DHL.
Amongst many innovations, the DHL Energy Center aims at catering for the development of customer-focussed solutions as well as at educating its customers about energy and innovation-related topics.
“With more than 300 companies active in the field of oil and gas in Houston, we are strategically based at one of the principle hotspots for energy business. We are therefore convinced that the Energy Center will provide a comprehensive picture of both proven solutions and innovative research for supply chains”, explained Steve Harley, Sector President Energy, DHL Customers Solutions & Innovation.

DHL currently employees 450 energy specialists as well as an Innovation team.The couier services company hopes to raise customers awareness of innovation topics by participating in live activities.

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Source: DHL

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Transglobal Express donates £5k to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Bromborough, 25th September 2012: Transglobal Express, one of the leading UK courier and freight forwarding companies, has donated £5,000 to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

“I believe Clatterbridge provides vital services to people with cancer. My stepfather spent his final weeks in Clatterbridge some years ago suffering from cancer. More recently a close colleague was diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment at the Centre”, said Lawson Archer, Managing Director at Transglobal Express Ltd.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre focusses on providing outstanding care for approximately 27,000 cancer patients at their centres on the Wirral, a satellite radiotherapy centre in Liverpool and their network of chemotherapy units across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. Transglobal Express’ donation will help with the funding of vital research and world-class equipment needed in order to provide support services which would otherwise be unavailable.

Kim Smith, Corporate Fundraising Manager: “Support from businesses in the local community is vital to us. With so many people being touched by cancer, a lot of workplaces will have colleagues, clients, friends or family who may have experienced the work that we carry out. These donations and partnerships make a huge difference and allow us to raise awareness of the centre and charity. We would like to thank Transglobal for this amazing donation that will really help to make a huge difference.”

Transglobal Express proactively supports local and international charitable organisations such as 3rd World Hope and most recently, The Bowel Movement. For further information about how to donate to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, please visit

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Transglobal Express is one of the UK’s leading independent freight forwarders. Since its incorporation in 1993, Transglobal Express has gained an excellent reputation for our high quality air freight, sea freight and international courier services. We aim to provide value for money, worldwide delivery services through a range of top carriers.

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Nissan and FedEx Express unveil new e-NV200 all-electric delivery van

Yesterday, Nissan and FedEx Express presented the result of their latest joint venture, the all-electric delivery van, e-NV200. 

Cargo-friendly features

According to the automotive manufacturer, the e-NV200 features a new telematics system,  benefits from smooth acceleration, new power outlets and has enough space to transport cargo in its compact body. 

“As a global fleet operator, FedEx Express is always looking measures to improve the efficiency of its vehicles. (…) We are delighted to collaborate with a global player like Nissan in the development of an urban all-electric delivery van”, said Russell Musgrove, MD of Global Vehicles at FedEx Express.

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Nissan to reduce carbon emissions

When developing e-NV200 Nissan primarily focussed on finding a mobility solution for entrepreneurs whilst also featuring components to help save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Tests began back in December 2011 in order to see if the 100% electric vehicle could perform in real-life situations. 

Hideto Murakami, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, promised, “the eNV-200 [would] offer all the spaciousness, versatility and practicality of a traditional diesel or gas-powered compact van, but with zero CO2 or other pollutant emissions at the point of use. What’s more, it will provide an outstanding driving experience that is unique to EVs.”

All-electric parcel delivery vans for FedEx Express

By currently operating 130 all-electric vehicles worldwide and more to come in the near future, the courier company, FedEx Express, hopes to decrease its carbon footprint. According to FedEx Express, 80% of its overall goal of increasing the global fleet’s carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 had already been achieved.

Nissan and FedEx have been testing their e-NV200 in London as well as on the roads of Japan and are hoping to expand to Singapore, USA and Brazil by 2013.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Video: UPS and TNT vs. DHL - who will win over Europe?

The UPS and TNT merger is unlikely to be stopped. Despite the deadline being postponed to 20th December, both international express companies remain confident about their 5.2-billion-Euro deal which they hope to close by the end of this year.

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With UPS owning a big slice of the USA market and TNT growing stronger in Britain and Europe, DHL may find itself under pressure. In fact, experts have suggested that the merger could result in a joint market share of 25 percent in three European countries as demonstrated in a recent video by The Economist.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Air Cargo Germany branches out to Asia and South America

Starting next month, Air Cargo Germany is going to continue with its weekly service to Beijing Capital International Airport in China. 

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The air cargo company already transports goods to Shanghai – a service which will soon by complemented with three weekly flights to Beijing.

In order to prepare itself for the expansion of its flight routes, Air Cargo Germany is going to acquire two Boeing 747-400 extended-range freighters which will handle a maximum payload of 120 tonnes.

Plans to branch out to Mexico City, Chicago as well as to Moscow and Frankfurt are also in the pipeline as CEO Michael Boc of ACG confirmed:
“South America is standing on our agenda, too, but will be materialised only in the near future. (…) We’ve signed an interline agreement with ABC for enabling easy transfers of shipments in Moscow and Frankfurt.”


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

How to address a letter or parcel to Australia? Tips on address formatting

When sending parcels to Australia, there are a few addressing guidelines which you should keep in mind.

For this reason, we have put together a quick guide for addressing parcels/letters to Australia. Here are two formatting options.

I. Traditional Address Format

1st Example

UK address format
U.S. address format
Mr Jack Dooley
120 Hammersmith Grove
Ms Emma Riley
22 Avebury Street
West End QLD 4101
W6 7HB

UK and Australian traditional residential addresses have a lot in common. However, there a couple of differences which set them apart.

(1) Firstly, the name of an Australian town / city is directly followed by an abbreviation for the state it is located in. “QLD”, for instance, is short for “Queensland”. 

Other abbreviations are as follows:

    ACT - Australian Capital Territory
    NSW - New South Wales
    NT  - Northern Territory
    SA  - South Australia
    TAS - Tasmania
    VIC - Victoria
    WA  - Western Australia

(2) Secondly, Australian postcodes are displayed after the name of the state.

II. Apartment or Commercial Address

2nd Example

UK address format
U.S. address format
Mr John Smith
Apartment 8
120 Hammersmith Grove
Mr Tom Yates
Suite 10a
Floor 3, 50 Old Burleigh Road
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 
W6 7HB

(3) If you would like to send a parcel an apartment or commercial address in Australia, insert the “suite” number below the name of the recipient, followed by the floor number, house number and street name.

Important Notice:
A charge for customs clearance processing of AU$165 payable at the destination may be applied to personal effects consignments shipped with DHL. Please complete an Australian Customs Form, a packing list and provide a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. You can hand all of this to driver on collection. A quarantine charge of approximately AU$45 may also occur.

Should you wish to send a document or parcel to Australia via courier, express or standard parcel delivery, then please visit

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

PR | Transglobal Express encourages heavyweight shipments to USA & Far East in the run up to Christmas

  • Special rates for TG Express Worldwide available until 31st December 2012

Bromborough, 11th September 2012: From now on customers will be able to take advantage of Transglobal Express’ new heavyweight rates, which are amongst the most competitive available.

“By utilising the surplus capacities of one of the world’s largest courier companies, we are now able to offer our customers special rates for heavyweight shipments to USA and the Far East. These special rates are available with immediate effect and will run until Christmas”, said Lawson Archer, Managing Director of Transglobal Express.

As one of the leading independent courier & freight providers in the UK, Transglobal Express aims at offering quick, safe and cost-efficient services. TG Express Worldwide comprises all of these benefits. On-forwarding and final delivery is completed by one of the world’s leading carriers known for its outstanding service quality and reliability.

During the booking process, customers will be given the opportunity to book a collection from their UK address or organise their own delivery to a Transglobal Express receiving point.

As with all of our services, TG Express Worldwide has been fully integrated with the user account area, from where customers can access their labels and track their shipments. This promotional offer is expected to run until 31st December 2012. Bookings for can be made at

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Transglobal Express is one of the UK’s leading international courier and freight forwarding providers. Since its incorporation in 1993, Transglobal Express has gained an excellent reputation for its high quality air freight, sea freight and worldwide courier services. 

In 2005, Transglobal Express moved its premises from Birkenhead to a purpose built office and warehouse facility based in the Wirral International Business Park, enabling the company to centrally control and manage its International Courier, Air Freight and Sea Freight shipping services.

Monday, 10 September 2012

DHL forced to reduce stake in Indian courier company Blue Dart

A change in rules by the Securities and Exchange Board of India have required DHL to reduce its ownership share in Blue Dart Express, one of the South Asia’s leading courier companies delivering parcels to India.

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DHL currently owns a 81.03 percent stake in Blue Dart which it will decrease since the Indian state is now required to own at least 25 percent in every public company.

Yasmin Aladad Khan, DHL Express Senior Vice-President for Southeast Asia, said that she remained confident about future business contracts between the two companies.
“There is strong trust between the Deutsche Post DHl and Blue Dart Express management teams and the relationship between the two companies will not be affected by the proposed reduction in Deutsche Post DHL’s stake in Blue Dart Express Ltd as the primary aim for such reduction is to ensure Blue Dart Express Ltd to comply with Indian regulations.”

Blue currently delivers parcels to 36,637 locations in India.

Sources: Post & Parcel / Blue Dart Express


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Deutsche Post DHL Invites German Public to the Beethovenfest 2012

Once again the Deutsche Post DHL fully engages in musical festivities. For this year’s Beethovenfest, Germany’s best-known courier service provider decided on “a mind of its own” as a slogan.

From 9th September until 7th October 2012, the Bonn’s general public will be able to enjoy a musical mix comprising elements from genres such as chamber music, chanson, film, video and jazz. The event will be hosted at the Post Tower Lounge in Bonn.
“(…) Our long-standing support as the main sponsor of the Beethovenfest sends a strong message about our on-going commitment and educational endeavours at Deutsche Post DHL’s main headquarters. This is why we renew with verve our engagement for this major cultural event in our city”,  said Christof Ehrhart, Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL.

DHL’s main objectives with this event is to support young musicians and raise awareness for classic music. Maybe even motivate outsiders who may not listen to this genre very often to come along and join in.

Ticket reservations for “a mind of its own” can be made by phoning 0049-228-502010 and online at

Source & images: Deutsche Post DHL

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

International Air Freight Market Remains Low // Travel Grows

The international air freight market continues to decline as recently confirmed by the Assn. of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). Weak export markets forced a decline of 5.1% FTKs in July alone with freight capacities dramatically decreasing by 5%.  

International passenger traffic, however, grew by an impressive 3.2% RPKs especially on short regional routes with seat capacities increasing by 3.5%. One of Asia’s major airlines, Asia-Pacific, reported an international passenger capacity number of 18.5 million for July 2012.
AAPA DG Andrew Herman said that “Asia-Pacific airlines registered an impressive 8.1% increase in the number of international passengers carried during the first seven months of the year. (…) However, international air cargo demand fell by 4.4% during the same period”.
The current international air freight load factor remains low with an average of 67.2%.

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