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Archives for April 2013

Evergreen Gears up for Trans-Pacific Peak Season

In preparation for the coming peak season on Trans-Pacific trade, Evergreen Line is announcing major service enhancements. Next month it will launch a new weekly direct service linking central China with the US West Coast.  In addition the line intends to further strengthen its Trans-Pacific service network via slot exchange arrangements with strategic partners

Employing five vessels of 4,000 TEU, Evergreen Line will start its own China–Pacific South West (CPS2) Service with an inaugural sailing from Ningbo on the 14th of May.  The port rotation will then follow as Shanghai, Los Angeles, Oakland and Ningbo.

Furthermore, Evergreen will utilise the new CPS2 and its existing HTW services to provide capacity for a slot exchange arrangement with COSCO’s CEN, and Hanjin’s CAX and PSX services.  The rotations of these loops are as follows:

CPS2 (Evergreen):Ningbo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ningbo

HTW (Evergreen):Taipei, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Los Angeles, Oakland, Taipei

CEN (COSCO):Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Long Beach, Oakland, Dalian

CAX (Hanjin):Shanghai, Kwangyang, Busan, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Tokyo, Osaka, Busan, Shanghai

PSX (Hanjin):Kaohsiung, Yantian, Shekou, Shanghai, Busan, Long Beach, Oakland, Busan, Kwangyang, Kaohsiung

Major Investment for Dachser

Northampton, 23 April, 2013

The UK subsidiary of one of Europe’s leading global logistics players, Dachser, has announced a major investment in a brand new integrated logistics centre close to its existing premises at Brackmills, Northampton.

Artists impression of Dachser UK's new Northampton facility

Dachser is purchasing a 16.38 acre site, and the freehold facility will comprise a 64,000 sq. ft cross-dock as well as a 114,000 sq ft contract logistics warehouse and 21,000 sq ft of office accommodation over two storeys.

Contracts were exchanged last month, and the project is expected to be completed in March 2014.

‘The growth in our UK business has been significant over the past few years, and an expansion of our existing capacity was essential in order to sustain our development’, commented Nick Lowe. Dachser’s UK Managing Director. ‘By replacing our several facilities in Northampton with a brand new logistics centre on one site, we will be able to operate very efficiently and maximise the opportunities for ourselves and our customers.’

The new premises will accommodate a 65% increase in existing capacity for contract logistics and value-added services, as well as providing more than double the current size of cross-dock operation to support in particular the rapidly increasing volumes of European exports and imports.

‘We are also looking to the future’,  added Lowe. ‘We have incorporated provision for a 26,000 sq ft extension of the cross-dock facility, a benefit that we fully anticipate making use of in several years’ time given our expectations for continued growth. We are delighted to have secured this site, which is ideal from a logistics viewpoint and allows us to retain existing staff and create many new jobs locally. The significant capital investment in our own freehold demonstrates our long-term commitment to the expansion of our UK business.’

Dachser UK also has branches in Dartford and Rochdale, both of which are seeing a steady growth in business volumes too as the Company continues to increase its market share. A new sales office has recently been opened in Reading, serving the M4 corridor region, and more branches in other areas of the UK are planned for the future.

Daily line-hauls are operated from all three current locations, ensuring fast and efficient direct connections to many hub centres in Dachser’s comprehensive pan-European network. In this way, the Company provides an extremely reliable door-to-door distribution service for palletised consignments with all the benefits of track&trace visibility.



DACHSER UK is part of the Dachser group, a major international logistics provider which on 31 Dec.  2012 generated total sales worth EUR 4.41 billion. 21,650 staff working in 347 locations worldwide handled 49.8 million consignments comprising 37.46 million tonnes.

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Evergreen Names Newest Vessels

Evergreen Names Newest Vessels

April 18, 2013–Ever Liven, the tenth in a series of L-type containership to be operated by Evergreen Line, was christened by S.S. Lin, the Evergreen Group’s First Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Korea today. The official rope-cutting of the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Tsai Su-Hua in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from Taiwan, Korea and other nations.

The conglomerate’s Vice Group Chairman Kuo Shiuan-Yu will preside at the naming ceremony of Ever Logic, the eleventh vessel in the series on April 19; the rope-cutting on this occasion will be conducted by Mrs. Kuo Yeh Chiung-Yu.

The two ships will join Evergreen Line’s Far East – Europe routes after their delivery into service in late April.  From a fleet deployment perspective, the L-type containerships are very flexible, fulfilling the demands of various markets.  In addition to the east-west long-haul trades from Asia to Europe and North America, L-type ships can be employed on north-south routes linking Asia to South Africa and South America. Equipped with such vessels, Evergreen Line believes it is more able to adjust its fleet capacity across a number of trades to meet the variable demand of the global market as a whole.

With the primary aims of upgrading and renewing its fleet  as well as better catering for its customers’ future space requirements, Evergreen Group commenced its new shipbuilding programme in 2010 with an order for 20 L-type vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries.  In 2011, Evergreen ordered a further 10 vessels of the same specification from Taiwan Shipbuilding Corp.  Eighteen of the thirty newbuildings are expected to be delivered by the end of 2013.

New Reading Sales Office for Dachser

Northampton, 17 April, 2013

As part of a strategy to extend its network of UK and European distribution services to all key markets in the country, Dachser UK have established a sales office for the M4 corridor and appointed two experienced business development managers to cover the region.

Gary Fitchett

Gary Fitchett and Darren Phillips are both established professionals in the UK freight transport and logistics market, having a total of over fifty years’ service in the business between them.  Based at a newly-established Dachser sales office in Reading, Gary will cover central southern England while Darren is responsible for the southwest. The office is a satellite of the existing regional sales team based at Dachser’s Dartford branch.

In welcoming the two new recruits Nick Lowe, Dachser’s UK MD said, “Our strategy to create a steady and sustainable expansion of our business in the UK, through both acquisition and organic growth, continues.  In the north west, our purchase of JA Leach Transport and the integration of its business to create our new Rochdale branch has gone well.  Now, with the addition of these two highly experienced and motivated account managers to our already well-established southern regional sales team, our plans to further develop our business in the south will take a further step forward.”

Dachser offers a comprehensive door-to-door European delivery service for UK exporters and importers, connecting its three branches in the UK,

Darren Phillips

in Rochdale, Dartford and Northampton, with the well-established Dachser network in Europe. An integrated, state-of-the-art shipment control and tracking system as well as EDI connections are available throughout the network.

Lowe notes, “We continue to experience demand from all sizes of UK companies for single and multiple pallet consignments to destinations in all parts of Europe.  We have experienced a further increase of 15% in export volumes over the past year, and this trend is encouraging us to invest carefully in expanding our customer base throughout the UK.”



DACHSER UK is part of the Dachser group, a major international logistics provider which on 31 Dec.  2012 generated total sales worth EUR 4.41 billion. 21,650 staff working in 347 locations worldwide handled 49.8 million consignments comprising 37.5 million tonnes.

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“K” LINE (INDIA) Private Limited enters into coastal shipping operation in India

“K” Line (India) Private Limited (hereinafter KLIN), “K” Line’s subsidiary company in India, is further expanding its services in India by entering into coastal shipping operations.

KLIN commenced its coastal transportation in India with the movement of iron ore cargo, having shipped about 55,000 Metric Tons of iron ore from the East coast to Mumbai on the West coast of India utilizing a one-spot chartered vessel.

This transportation was introduced to meet an increase in demand for coastal transportation of bulk cargo such as iron ore and coal. We plan to further expand into the coastal transportation business in other areas of Asia.

In India, satisfactory progress has been made in the transportation of motorcycles by Triple Decker Motorcycle Carriers and land transportation of steel materials. These services are in line with our desire to provide comprehensive logistics services to meet customer needs that utilize strong local ties.

Evergreen’s New Asia-South America Service to Start in May

In partnership with Wan Hai Line (WHL), PIL and COSCO, Evergreen Line is further improving its service network in South America.  In early May the new Asia – West Coast of South America (WSA2) Service will be launched, linking Taiwan and China with five countries along the West Coasts of Central America and South America.

Employing nine vessels of 3,500-3,900 TEU, the start of the weekly service will be marked by the inaugural sailing from Kaohsiung on the 4th of May.  The port rotation will then follow as Shekou – Hong Kong – Ningbo – Shanghai – Manzanillo (Mexico) – Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico) – Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala) – Buenaventura (Colombia) – Callao (Peru) – Guayaquil (Ecuador) – Manzanillo – Kaohsiung.  Evergreen Line will provide one of the ships, WHL four, PIL three and COSCO the remaining one.

The region of South America covered by the service is enjoying strong economic growth forecasts that support Evergreen’s strategy of network expansion to/from these West Coast ports. According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook report published in January, Latin America as a whole is forecast to attain economic growth rates of 3.6% in 2013 and 3.9% in 2014 compared to 3% in 2012.  The report suggests that stable cargo growth can be expected for the region’s trade with Asia.

Evergreen Line to Upgrade Far East-South America Service

Evergreen Line is to join forces with COSCO and ZIM in order to upgrade the fleet operating its Far East – South America Service (ESA).  Linking China, Singapore and the East Coast of South America from May 11th, 2013, the new loop will enable Evergreen Line to meet the growing demand on this trade and provide customers with an evermore efficient service.

A total of ten ships of 8,500 teu will be deployed on the new ESA service, replacing the existing fleet of 3,000 teu vessels.  Evergreen Line will provide five of these ships, COSCO three and ZIM the remaining two.  The Brazilian ports of Rio Grande and Itapoa will be added to the current service rotation, which becomes: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Santos, Paranagua, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rio Grande, Itapoa, Santos, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Evergreen Line Strengthens Red Sea Service Network

To provide a more comprehensive service network in Red Sea market, Evergreen Line will partner with CMA CGM to create its new South Red Sea Service (SRS2) linking Southeast Asia, the Indian Sub-continent (ISC) and Red Sea from May 2013.  The new loop will offer a convenient link to Ethiopia via Djibouti.

Five ships of 2,200teu will be deployed on the SRS2 service.  Evergreen Line will provide three of these and CMA CGM the remaining two. The first sailing is planned to depart from Tanjung Pelepas on the 2nd of May 2013.  The service will have a weekly frequency and a port rotation of: Tanjung Pelepas – Colombo – Djibouti – Aden (Yemen) – Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) – Port Sudan (Sudan) – Djibouti – Colombo – Port Klang – Tanjung Pelepas.

In addition to strengthening the service network in Red Sea, the new SRS2 service will enable Evergreen Line to further expand its port coverage in East African market following the inauguration of the line’s ISC–Mauritius–Mozambique–Africa (IMMA) Service which was launched earlier this month.

Menlo Establishes New Logistics Hub for Fox Head in Europe

Amsterdam, 8th April, 2013

Californian based Fox Head, Inc. owns the action sports apparel and clothing brand, Fox, ( which is rapidly expanding its reach in the European market.  Menlo Worldwide Logistics (Menlo) has recently established a new distribution centre for the company at its Eersel, (Netherlands) Logistics Centre.

During the last three decades, Fox has become an international leader in the youth lifestyle clothing market making the best motocross products money can buy.  With multi-channel retail distribution demands the Fox brand features fast-moving product lines that include protective gear and apparel for activity pursuits such as motocross, surfing, BMX and mountain-biking.  Fox Head, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, CA, with additional offices in Morgan Hill, CA, Calgary, Canada, and Barcelona, Spain. The Fox brand is the most recognized and best-selling brand of motocross apparel in the world today. After a review of their supply chain requirements Fox have now relocated their European distribution hub from the UK to Menlo’s Eersel Logistics Centre.

Menlo, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), will provide transport management services for inbound product and distribution to the Fox dealer network; inventory and warehousing management and order fulfilment and dispatch.  The facility will utilize Fox’s voice recognition technology.

Robby Dhesi, Fox’s Vice President of Operations emphasizes the importance of the voice picking system to supply chain efficiency, “Menlo’s flexibility and willingness to adopt our in-house voice recognition system for order fulfilment was critical to our decision to move to Eersel.  We have been impressed with the improvements in the speed of order filling when utilizing the system in our US and European operations,” he said. “In addition, Menlo’s process-driven approach to creating savings, their lean philosophy and Lean continuous improvement programs are consistent with the Fox culture.”

Menlo’s Business Development Director, Meaghan Diem feels the Fox business win reaffirms Menlo’s expertise in the demanding fashion and apparel sector.  “Our multi-client distribution centres throughout Europe together with our commitment to quality, customer service and innovation provide the necessary flexibility that retail customers require to cope with changing market demands,” she said.

Fox’s expansion to its European operation was supported by BOM Foreign Investments, a department of the Provincial Government of Brabant.  BOM provides a wide range of services to help foreign companies reach their European customers via the Netherlands and the province of Brabant, gaining the best return on investment.

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics Europe

In Europe Menlo Worldwide 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: fashion & apparel; healthcare and medical equipment; hi-tech electronic and data network equipment; automotive; defence and government services and retail e-fulfilment.

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

About Menlo Worldwide Logistics

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.7 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-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 fulfilment 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 $5.6 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

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Menlo Worldwide Logistics South Asia Announces New HR Director

Singapore, 5 April 2013

Lillian Chua recently joined Menlo Worldwide Logistics South Asia as the director of Human Resources (HR). In this new role, Chua will lead the full spectrum of HR responsibilities for South Asia out of Menlo’s regional headquarters offices in Singapore.

Chua has led the development and implementation of various HR programs for global companies including Intel, Eastman Chemical, Emerson Process Management, Alcan and NCS. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Curtin University and a master’s degree from George Washington University. She also holds certificate degrees in personnel management and management studies from the Singapore Institute of Management.