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Archives for November 2012

Geodis Wilson wins Innovation Process Award 2012

London, 22nd November 2012

Geodis Wilson, one of the world’s leading freight management companies, has been presented with the Innovation Process Award at the Global Freight Awards 2012 in London.

“We are delighted that Geodis Wilson has been recognized by the industry and are pleased that we have been awarded this prestigious accolade” said Hakan Nilsson, Chief Information Office, Geodis Wilson. “This is an honour for Geodis Wilson and it supports our ambition to become the innovation leader in logistics.”

Geodis Wilson received the award for the development of an application that ties-together processes of sales, operations and IT.  The ILS Configurator is an i-Pad based solution which is currently rolled out globally to Geodis Wilson’s sales force.

The Global Freight Awards (formerly known as the IFW Awards) reward best practice in freight and logistics and seek to help improve standards in the global freight forwarding industry. The awards acknowledge the successes of top class performance across 16 categories.

Geodis Wilson received the Award during the award ceremony at the Planit Embankment Gardens, London. This recognition has been independently judged and designed to acknowledge excellence in the freight and shipping industry. This is an important night in the freight and logistics market attended by more than 700 participants from many countries across the industry.

For more information on the Global Freight Awards, please click here.


About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is the freight forwarding division of Geodis. With its 7,300 employees in more than 50 countries and a revenue of 2,4 billion € in 2011, the company delivers integrated logistics solutions with a dedicated industry focus. Geodis Wilson runs also a dedicated specialist network for industrial projects, managing all kinds of oversized cargo operations worldwide.

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(l-r) Simon Clark , Vice President Business Development, Cargowise Europe; Hakan Nilsson, Chief Information Office, Geodis Wilson; Ed Byrne, Awards Host

Toshiba Electronics Europe Selects ModusLink’s Solution Center in Brno, Czech Republic to Provide Content Loading Services for Flash Memory Products

ModusLink’s content delivery solution well positioned for new and growing market opportunity

WALTHAM, Mass.—Nov. 19, 2012—ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) today announced Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (TEE), the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, has selected ModusLink’s solution center in Brno, Czech Republic to provide on-demand configuration capabilities. TEE has certified the solution center and will be leveraging ModusLink’s content delivery solution to meet its customers’ requirements for pre-loaded flash memory devices.

The evolution of mobile computing technology, in particular the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, is changing how people use technology to access information and stay connected. Gartner recently forecasted worldwide media tablet sales to grow to 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase over 2011 sales¹. These devices, as well as many of the ultrabooks on the market today, don’t have standard CD/DVD drives but do have USB ports and SD slots. Offering recovery media and other large-file software pre-loaded onto SD and microSD cards or USB drives gives consumers a viable back-up option and allows for situations where wireless downloads of software may not be practical.

“ModusLink has the configuration capabilities, infrastructure and global footprint needed to effectively deliver a true on-demand content solution at a critical time in the advancement of mobile and tablet technology,” said Naoyoshi Hosoda, vice president, Toshiba Electronics Europe. “With our pre-loaded media devices, we can provide consumers with the same secure access to content and software they have come to expect with conventional computing platforms.”

Pre-loaded flash media can be leveraged for an array of products including consumer electronics, software and other digital content, medical devices and automobile navigation systems. A number of companies in these varied industries are utilizing this service today to meet their pre-load requirements.

“We expect the number of devices without optical drives to increase in the coming years as additional industries embrace mobile and wireless technology and the need for solutions like Toshiba’s will grow,” said Tom Nightingale, president, sales and marketing, ModusLink. “We’re seeing this already; the use of in-vehicle navigation systems that function best with regular map updates is one such example. By enabling a demand-driven solution for customers requiring flash media with pre-loaded content, both Toshiba Electronics Europe and ModusLink are well positioned to meet the needs of this rapidly growing market opportunity.”

To learn more about ModusLink’s content delivery solution, visit our configuration services page.

Additional Resources

  • Value Unchained, the blog for supply chain professionals
  • Video overview of ModusLink’s complete configuration capabilities, including content load
  • Follow us on Twitter @ModusLink

About Toshiba Electronics Europe

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) is the European electronic components business of Toshiba Corporation, which is ranked among the world’s largest semiconductor vendors. TEE offers one of the industry’s broadest IC and discrete product lines including high-end memory, microcontrollers, ASICs, ASSPs and display products for automotive, multimedia, industrial, telecoms and networking applications. The company also has a wide range of power semiconductor solutions as well as storage products like HDDs, SSDs, SD cards and USB sticks.

TEE was formed in 1973 in Neuss, Germany, providing design, manufacturing, marketing and sales and now has headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, with branch offices in France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. TEE employs approximately 300 people in Europe. Company president is Mr. Takashi Nagasawa.

About ModusLink Global Solutions

ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software, luxury goods and retail. The Company’s operating infrastructure annually supports more than $80 billion of its clients’ revenue and manages approximately 470 million product shipments through more than 30 sites in 15 countries across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink’s flexible and scalable solutions visit and, the blog for supply chain professionals.


This release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects including, for example, the expected benefits of the business relationship between ModusLink Global Solutions and Toshiba, as well as the opportunities presented by the perceived market demand for flash media with pre-loaded content. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: We are not designated as this client’s sole supplier of the services referenced in this press release; We frequently sell to our clients on a purchase order basis and without contractual minimums and therefore our sales are subject to demand variability; Our success depends on our ability to execute on our business strategy and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of our solutions and services; We may not be able to expand our operations in accordance with our business strategy; We may experience difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with our business strategy; We derive a significant portion of our revenue from a small number of customers and the loss of any of those customers would significantly damage our financial condition and results of operations; Increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which we compete; and risks associated with international operations. For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect ModusLink Global Solutions’ future results of operations and financial results, please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and  Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made by us.

ModusLink Global Solutions is a trademark of ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Dachser expands its network in South Africa

Kempten/Port Elizabeth, 15 November 2012. Dachser South Africa, the local organization of the internationally operating logistics provider, recently opened a fourth branch office in Port Elizabeth, extending an established network of South African offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

“This office has been in the pipeline for some time, driven by expanding opportunities in the Eastern Cape,” says Detlev Duve, managing director of Dachser South Africa. According to Duve, Dachser plans to harness the opportunities brought by the continuous growth in the logistics industry in the Eastern Cape since the inception of the Port of Ngqura, also known as Coega.

“It was important to us to offer our customers in particular in the automotive industry a transport solution and a connection to our global logistics network from Port Elizabeth to the rest of South Africa,” Thomas Reuter, managing director Dachser Air & Sea Logistics, explains.

Harold Thomas has been appointed manager of the Port Elizabeth branch office. With over 30 years of experience in the freight industry, Thomas will lead a team of highly skilled staff recruited from the Port Elizabeth area. “Dachser South Africa is committed to employing and training local staff. Job creation is and will continue to be important to us particularly given the high level of unemployment in the region,” says Duve.

About Dachser:

In 2011, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser (, generated total revenue of EUR 4.3 billion. 21,000 staff working in 315 profit centres worldwide handled 49.3 million consignments weighing a total of 37.1 million tonnes.

For more information about Dachser visit

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Menlo Supports Best Thesis Award for Tilburg University’s Supply Chain Management Masters Course

Amsterdam, 1st November, 2012

Menlo Worldwide Logistics (Menlo), the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), is committed to the academic advancement of supply chain and logistics management; the Company is an advocate of professional training in the field throughout the world and invests in education.  Its on-going support of the Supply Chain Management Masters Degree programme at Tilburg University, the Netherlands is testimony to this commitment.  The award is designed to inspire students to excel in this area of study.

Menlo recently took part in judging and presenting the Award for the “Menlo Best Thesis”, written by graduate students as part of their course, to Lotte Diepenmaat for her paper entitled, ‘Make Sustainable Sourcing Part of a Buyer’s DNA’.

The awards jury, under the direction of Professor Vos, judged Lotte’s thesis as the winner.  “The student formulated a well-defined research question based on the academic literature. Her thesis contains a highly-critical analysis of the literature. The benchmark study was carried out in a structured way and presented clearly. The thesis provided an extremely useful tool for application in practice and the client (a European-wide producer of consumer goods) has already implemented a number of aspects.

In presenting the award to Lotte, Jeroen Tempels Menlo’s General Manager, Central Europe commented, “We intend our sponsorship of this best thesis award to benefit a generation of talented students and reward excellence in their course work.  Central to Menlo’s business philosophy is the concept of continuous improvement and we believe our investment in academic research and education at two major universities in the USA, as well as Tilburg and others around the world is in keeping with this philosophy.  Menlo will continue to recognize and reward outstanding performance wherever it is encountered within the logistics field”.

Placed second in the award standings was Rutger Soffers, whose topic was ‘Towards modular residential care’ and third place went to Sanne Jansen, who produced a thesis entitled ‘Information sharing to reduce supplier’s delivery times’.


About Menlo Worldwide Logistics Europe

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

3PL warehousing and distribution services, as well as 4PL supply chain and LLP transport management solutions are offered to a variety of vertical industry sectors including: fashion & apparel; healthcare and medical equipment; hi-tech electronic and data network equipment; automotive & heavy industry; defence and government services and retail e-fulfilment.

The European headquarters is located at the multi-client Amsterdam Distribution Center in the Netherlands.

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 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 Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide 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 fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

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Voyage Cancellation Plan for Asia-Mediterranean Loops in Winter Season

CKYH – the Green Alliance (COSCO, “K” Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping) is to implement winter service adjustment on Asia – Mediterranean trade in order to cope with the seasonal market demand.

The CKYH members will cancel a total of 7 voyages on the current Asia-Mediterranean service loops from November, 2012 through the middle of January, 2013.

Nevertheless, CKYH- the Green Alliance will continue providing excellent weekly service covering majority ports connecting Far East and Mediterranean region.


For further information, please contact:

Shinya Tamaki

Manager, Planning Team, Containerships Strategy Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5341 Fax: +81-3-3595-5288