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Diebold Recognizes Menlo Logistics with 2014 Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence

Amsterdam – June 08 2015 – Menlo Logistics, the $1.7 billion supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) announced today that it has been honored by Diebold, Incorporated, with the 2014 Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence.

Diebold is a global leader in providing innovative financial self-service, security, software and service solutions to financial, commercial, retail and other markets. Menlo was one of only two Diebold suppliers — and the only logistics company — to be awarded the Platinum designation, which is Diebold’s highest accolade for superior performance delivered by their suppliers. More than 100 suppliers attended the awards ceremony.

Menlo has been a global supply chain partner of Diebold since 2007 and had previously won the company’s Silver Award six times. Menlo won the Platinum Award on the strength of its integrated logistics solutions for Diebold, which incorporate strategic 4PL supply chain engineering and network optimization services with functional, day-to-day third party logistics (3PL) services.

These services include transportation procurement and management through three global transportation “control tower” centers in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Budapest, Hungary, and Shanghai, China, as well as traditional 3PL services such as warehouse design, management and fulfillment. The solutions include a Diebold-dedicated warehouse operated by Menlo in the U.S. that supports assembly, staging and distribution of finished products as well as component materials to Diebold plants globally.

“Menlo has consistently provided Diebold with outstanding global logistics solutions that meet our strategic and tactical supply chain operation needs,” said Linda Parcher, Diebold vice president and chief supply chain officer. “During the past eight years, through Menlo’s leadership in Lean continuous improvement methods, we have realized substantial improvements in our supply chain operating systems and process innovations that have elevated supply chain performance. Diebold awarding Menlo with a Platinum Award for Supplier Excellence is reflective of the value Menlo has provided during our partnership.

“True collaboration and commitment to continuous improvement are about recognizing and accepting the need for change . . . and change is hard,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., Menlo’s president. “What I’m most proud of is that over the eight years we’ve had the privilege of being a Diebold supplier, we still sit down regularly and examine what we do and why, and we have the fortitude to ask the hard questions and not settle for the status quo. Our team is still innovating, still applying Lean methods to find new opportunities to create value and reduce costs.”


About Menlo Logistics Europe

In Europe, Menlo Logistics maintains seventeen dedicated and multi-client logistics centres located in the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom. This warehouse network can serve as pan-European distribution solution using one or several facilities.

Supply chain and transport management solutions as well as 3PL, warehousing and distribution services are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors including: lifestyle, fashion & apparel; healthcare and medtech; e-fulfillment and e-returns; manufacturing support; data center logistics; spare parts and aftermarket supply and high tech. The European headquarters is at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Centre in the Netherlands.

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About Menlo Logistics

Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.5 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfilment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities.

With nearly 20 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world. Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.5 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company.

“K” Line Establishes Joint Venture Company for Cold Storage Business in Vietnam

Preparations are being advanced for the establishment of a new joint venture company for cold storage business in Vietnam by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Cool Japan Fund Inc. and Japan Logistic Systems Corp.   A press release was issued on September 25, 2014 giving the initial details of this venture.

It is now confirmed that the new joint venture company has received official approval for the establishment from Vietnamese authorities.

Company outline:

  • Location : Lot B2, Tan Dong Hiep B Industrial Zone, Tan Dong Hiep ward, Di An town, Binh Duong province
  • Representative : Tatsuya Yamada
  • Date of establishment : April 25, 2015
  • Start of Business : July 2016 (Plan)
  • Capital : 15,000,000 USD
  • Business activities : Storage and Warehouse Services and related business
  • Investment ratio :  Japan Logistic Systems Corp.: 26%;  “K” Line : 25%;  Cool Japan Fund Inc.: 49%


Access to Ho Chi Minh City center, international airport and Cat Lai port is attractive.


The new joint venture company will contribute to popularization of Japanese food in Vietnam by providing high-quality services.

Bangkok Cold Storage, a member company of the “K” Line Group, has been engaged in cold storage business in Bangkok, Thailand for 26 years since 1989. Bangkok Cold Storage’s experience and expertise will be transferred to the new joint venture company with measures for damage prevention and energy saving to also be performed. The sophisticated marine and air transportation network of the “K” Line Group, as well as the knowledge of Japan Logistic Systems Corp., which has been doing business in Vietnam for more than 20 years, will also be utilized to provide incidental services such as delivery arrangements.

“K” Line Change of Executive Officers’ Responsibilities

June 3, 2015

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has decided on changes to Executive Officers’ responsibilities, effective July 1 2015.

To see the full press release please see attached PDF document or click on the following link : CLICK HERE

Evergreen to Extend its Intra-med Service Network

Trieste, 26th May 2015

To offer its customers in the Mediterranean region improved network options Evergreen Line is introducing a new service. In partnership with Arkas Line, the WEM (West – East Med) Service will connect the Aegean Sea, the Near East & the Western Med.

With a port rotation of Valencia, Castellon, Barcelona, Fos, Cagliari, Piraeus, Beirut, Mersin, Iskenderun, Latakia, Alexandria (Dekheila), Izmir, Piraeus and Valencia and on a 28 day schedule, the service will be operated with four vessels, one supplied by Evergreen and three by Arkas.

Crucially the WEM includes a pivotal call at Piraeus, which is a key network hub for Evergreen in the Mediterranean. The line has four weekly, line-haul, Asia-Med-Europe calls at Piraeus. These four services (ADR, MD1, NE2 and NE7) in fact all make double calls at the port for import and export purposes. 

In addition, Evergreen Line will  shortly launch two additional feeder services:  the LEV2 (Levant service 2) linking Piraeus to Mersin, courtesy of a slot exchange agreement reached with Arkas/Emes, offering a quicker link to this important Turkish port, and the PSI (Piraeus-South Italy) shuttle service connecting Piraeus to Bari, in Southern Italy with a very fast transit time.

The opening of PSI represents a new opportunity for Evergreen to serve the Southern Italian market where historically Evergreen has been one of the first carriers to establish a presence and carrying significant volumes of cargo to/from Far East and for the Intra-med market.

“K” Line signs Contract to transport Hitachi Rail Cars to UK

May 20, 2015

“K” Line has signed contract with VANTEC HTS FORWARDING, LTD. (Hitachi Transport System Group), to transport Hitachi rail cars for IEP (Intercity Express Programme) that are being manufactured at Hitachi’s Kasado plant.

These IEP rail cars will be loaded onto new “K” Line vessels from the Port of Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, located near Hitachi’s Kasado plant, and will be discharged at the nearest port on the east coast of UK to Newton Aycliffe, where Hitachi is constructing the train plant for these rail cars.

A series of “K” Line’s 7500-unit size RORO vessels are now under construction in Japan. Some of these vessels will be deployed into Japan – Europe trade, and will serve for this transportation project from July onward for several years.

A total of 10 vessels of this series of 7500-unit size have been ordered with state-of-the-art design. The first vessel will be rolled out in July 2015. These new vessels will give us increased car-carrying capacity of 20% as well as much more space for High & Heavy cargo, including Construction Machinery. With these newly-designed vessels, “K” Line will continue to proactively increase the handling of railway infrastructure as exports of these cargo from Japan are expected to increase from now on.

In addition, with these new state-of-the-art vessels, we will be better prepared to minimize the impact on Global Environment by accomplishing safe navigation.


Geodis’ Industrial Projects to exhibit at Breakbulk 2015

ANTWERP, 18 MAY 2015

GEODIS’ Freight Forwarding activity is showcasing its Industrial Projects competence at this year’s Breakbulk Europe at The Antwerp Expo, Belgium from 18 – 21 May 2015.

Industrial Projects is one of fastest growing activities within the GEODIS group with representation in 42 countries. As a seasoned global player in the heavy lift and project cargo arena, GEODIS is performing industrial project work on all five continents, and has increased its portfolio with existing and new clients operating different segments, such as oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, renewables, power, nuclear and railways.

Philippe Somers, Senior Vice President, GEODIS Industrial Projects, and his management team will be attending and located in Hall 1, Booth 422.

As the largest and most important gathering in Europe for companies involved in the transportation of heavy-lift and project cargo, the BreakBulk conference is a key event for GEODIS. BreakBulk Europe is one of a series of international exhibitions and education forums and the foremost in the world addressing the needs of break bulk and project cargo professionals.

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Supply chain operator and subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, GEODIS is a global European company (4th logistics provider in Europe). Through its ability to overcome logistical constraints and coordinate the different steps of the logistic chain (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding (air and sea), Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, Road Transport), the Group is the growth partner for its clients and offers them tailored solutions. With over 30,000 employees in 67 countries, the Group constantly innovates to improve its performance and its customers’ one. GEODIS reported in 2013 a €6.9 billion in revenue.

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Evergreen Line Launches China-Surabaya Service

In view of with the increasing market demand resulting from significant trade growth between China and the ASEAN countries, Evergreen Line is to partner with COSCO and China Shipping in launching a joint China-Surabaya Express (CSX) Service. This is Evergreen’s latest initiative to enhance its service on the Intra-Asian trade.

The CSX service will employ four ships of 2,000–2,700 teu, including one each provided by Evergreen and CSCL and the remaining two by COSCO. The first sailing is planned to depart from Qingdao on the 20th of May, with the following the port rotation: Qingdao–Shanghai–Xiamen–Shekou–Pasir Gudang (Malysia)–Singapore–Surabaya (Indonesia)–Singapore–Qingdao.

This weekly service covers major ports from China in the north to Malaysia and Indonesia in the south, providing regular and convenient links for regional trade and connecting to Evergreen’s global service network via Singapore.

After the ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) was established in 2010, bilateral trade volumes have continued to rise. According to the statistics published by the Gerneral Administration of Customs in the PRC, its import and export trade with ASEAN grew by 8.3% to $480.4 billion in 2014. In addition, the ASEAN community has actively negotiated with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand to establish the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It is believed that this significant development will further encourage free trade and have the effect of driving cargo growth within the Intra-Asia trade.

GEODIS Voted Airfreight Forwarder of the Year for the Fourth Time

The ACW World Air Cargo Awards are among the most prestigious in the industry – and GEODIS has now won the accolade of Airfreight Forwarder of the Year for a fourth time. The award presentation was made to Henk Venema, Global Product Director Air, at a ceremony during the world’s largest transport and logistics event, at TL Munich, in Germany.

Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President of GEODIS Freight Forwarding, said, “We are honored that our customers around the world have recognized our consistent standard of air freight service by voting for GEODIS in such numbers once more. Under the recently unified banner of GEODIS we are proud to receive the recognition that our airfreight product is differentiating and a key solution in our efforts to help our customers overcome their logistical constraints.”

Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of GEODIS, added: “Being an award based on our customers’ votes, this achievement perfectly underlines what GEODIS stands for. It emphasizes that we, as a key provider of supply chain solutions, indeed are a strategic partner for our clients in their ambition to grow their international business.”

The key criteria on which voters were asked to rate entrants in the Airfreight Forwarder category were global coverage, customer service, focus and performance, as well as commitment to developing technology. GEODIS prevailed as the winner from a short-list of service providers that represent the world’s top selection of global forwarding and logistics companies.

Prior to this year, GEODIS also won the same award in 2010, 2011 and 2014. The awards, which are hosted every year by the industry publication, Air Cargo Week are presented during of the world’s largest transport & logistics conferences, TL Munich and TL Shanghai.


Supply chain operator and subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, GEODIS is a global European company (4th logistics provider in Europe). Through its ability to overcome logistical constraints and coordinate the different steps of the logistic chain (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, Road Transport), the Group is the growth partner for its clients and offers them tailored solutions. With over 30,000 employees in 67 countries, the Group constantly innovates to improve its performance and add value to its customers supply chain. GEODIS reported €6.8 billion in revenue in 2014.

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“K” Line Enters Long-Term Time Charter to Serve Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

May 12, 2015

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce that a joint venture comprising “K” Line, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui, Head Office: Tokyo, President: Tatsuo Yasunaga) and Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Imabari, Head Office: Imabari, President: Yukito Higaki) has concluded the agreement to enter into a long-term Time Charter contract with Mitsui for its Cameron LNG Export Project in the U.S.A..

Mitsui, through its subsidiary company in the U.S.A., is participating in this project and will be off taking the LNG once the production starts.

The vessel to serve the project will be built in Imabari and equipped with an electronically- controlled dual fuel gas injection diesel engine (ME-GI).

By utilizing the knowledge and network established for more than 30 years in LNG transport business, “K” Line is achieving consistent growth and corporate value improvement which is incorporated as part of the “K” Line Group’s new medium-term management plan “  Value for our Next Century.”

Outline of the contract:

Date of Contract May 11, 2015
Charterer Mitsui
Owner Trinity LNG Transport S.A.

(A joint venture of “K” Line, Mitsui and Imabari)

Term of Contract Maximum 25 years after delivery
Vessel Membrane type LNG Carrier (Capacity: 178,000 m3)
Propulsion Electronically-controlled dual fuel gas injection diesel engine (ME-GI)
Builder Imabari
Delivery 2020 (scheduled)
Ship Manager “K” Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited (planned)

TT Club Highlights the Special Nature of Freight Liability in Russia

International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow. Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner Panditrans, the seminar outlined both the changing nature of the transport operator’s liability in Russia and the idiosyncratic nature of insurance conventions applicable in the region

London & Moscow, 11 May 2015

TT Club believes that there is an urgent need for international freight forwarders, logistics companies and other transport operators doing regular business in Russia to understand fully the extent and nature of the liabilities that they bear when delivering customers’ freight in the country. Increasingly the services which transport operators provide to cargo owners are expanding into areas beyond the straight-forward delivery of inbound containers, to such functions as cross-docking, warehousing, re-packaging, sub-assembly and distribution.

As a consequence, the liabilities for loss and damage to cargo, as well as third party claims, alter from the traditional norms with which they have been more familiar in the past. Education is therefore required so as such transport operators do not, unwittingly open themselves up to the possibility of high value claims against which their previously adequate insurance cover may not protect them.

TT Club, with its experience of twenty plus years as a player in the Russian freight liability arena, a resourceful base in the London market and an extensive global network of correspondents, is well qualified to provide such an education.

Berezov and King took advantage of the forum provided by the annual Trans Russia Conference in Moscow in late April to address some of the issues which often present difficulties to operators in Russia.

“In answering some vexed questions, such as whether there is a limit to transport operator liability, why cargo insurance isn’t an alternative to liability cover and how careful risk management can avoid disastrous claims during a financial crisis and an upswing in criminal activity, we hope to assist operators to service trade to, within and from Russia more effectively”, said King.

Panditrans’ Berezov added, “The rules on liability in Russia can be quite different from those in other jurisdictions and without specialised knowledge and advice, many transport operators may experience a short-lived foray into the Russian freight market”.


Notes to editors:

TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, TT Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services
  • Building defects insurance