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“K” Line Financial Press Release

Please be advised that “K” Line Tokyo Head Office published the following press releases today.

 

Notice of Revisions in First Half and Full Year Consolidated Business Forecasts of
Integrated Container Shipping Operating Company Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/ir/auto_20181015418026/pdfFile.pdf

Revised Forecast of Consolidated Financial Results for the 1st Half and Full Fiscal Year 2018.

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/ir/auto_20181015418027/pdfFile.pdf

If you cannot open the URL please try to access via Website:  https://www.kline.co.jp/en/

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GEODIS organizes its first hackathon : “Smart Warehouse: Create the warehouse of tomorrow”

OCTOBER 15, 2018

LEVALLOIS-PERRET

At the cutting-edge of innovation, this first GEODIS hackathon will draw on the competence of selected start-ups and experts to meet the challenge of data prediction and data visualization.

On November 8th, GEODIS will hold its first hackathon in Paris in collaboration with BeMyApp, a digital transformation and developer relations agency. GEODIS will welcome talented IT and selected dataviz professionals together with experts in artificial intelligence during an intense one-day working session under the motto “Smart Warehouse: participate in the creation of the warehouse of tomorrow… today”. All startups or individual professionals willing to participate can apply on the event website page https://smartwarehouse.bemyapp.com/.

Contestants will provide innovative solutions to two challenges:

–        how to model relevant information to warehouse managers in order to optimize stocks thanks to 2D or 3D visualization

–        how to predict variations in activities in order to optimize human and material resources in a warehouse.

The winners will be selected according to both quantitative performance and qualitative and strategic assessment of their solutions by a panel of GEODIS judges. They will benefit from a substantial reward pool for each challenge and they will sign their first contract with GEODIS to prototype and develop their solutions in, at least, one of the Group’s platforms 

“Innovation lies at the very heart of GEODIS’ strategy”, says Laurent Parat, President & CEO of GEODIS Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. “In today’s fast-paced and changing environment data is key. That is why we believe that experts and talented start-ups can bring new visions to our Group and we look forward to partnering with those whose projects will bring concrete solutions that will allow us to offer a true competitive advantage for the ultimate benefit our clients”

The word hackathon is a compound of the words hack, as in “clever programmer”, and marathon, which implies endurance. This event, also known as a codefest, is a coding gathering that brings computer programmers together to find new solutions to company challenges over a short period of time.

ENDS 

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales.

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New set-up for Caribbean Feeder Services

12th October, 2018

German shipping company Harren & Partner and Spanish Pérez y Cía have reached an agreement for Pérez y Cía to acquire CFS Caribbean Feeder Services Inc. from Harren & Partner.

“I am very proud and pleased that we have reached this agreement. Pérez y Cía is a highly respected company known for its quality, expertise and experienced employees. It is the reliable long-term partner we were looking for,” said Peter Harren, Founder and Managing Director of Harren & Partner. “We believe that this acquisition will give CFS a very strong position for the future. CFS will continue to provide its excellent services and still operate as a separate brand. There won’t be any changes for CFS’s clients.”

CFS launched the first independent feeder service in the Caribbean with its inaugural sailing on 1 August 1999. Its fleet of vessels, managed by Harren & Partner, supported its development and growth. Today, Harren & Partner continues to provide 50 percent of the vessels deployed in the CFS fleet. Operating a hub-and-spoke network of regular and reliable feeder services for global and regional carriers, CFS currently operates a fleet of 16 vessels ranging from 700 TEU to 1,400 TEU capacity calling at 28 ports in the Caribbean with connections in all major transhipment hubs.

“All of our vessels deployed in the CFS fleet will remain with CFS, ensuring their long-term use. CFS will grow even bigger and stronger together with Pérez y Cía”, explained Peter Harren.

With the acquisition and strong backing of its new owners, the CFS management team headed by CEO Tom Paelinck will remain unchanged. The company will continue to operate and serve CFS customers from its offices in Miami, Kingston and Panama. Peter Harren will stay on the board of CFS as Honorary Chairman.

About Harren & Partner: The Bremen-based shipping group was founded in 1989 by Capt. Peter Harren, and employs around 250 people ashore as well as around 2,300 regular crew members on board of vessels. Harren & Partner delivers the full range of services related to the entire life cycle of a ship – from the conceptual designs of new constructions and the extensive technical and nautical management of the fleet, to the sale and purchase of ships. Our core activity involves managing our own fleet as well as external tonnage: Harren Shipping Services GmbH & Co. KG ensures the flawless operations of our fleet of 65 vessels, comprising tankers, container feeders, heavy lift vessels, bulk carriers, dock ships and offshore vessels. With specialised teams for the different types of ships and a strong seafaring DNA embedded in our business culture, Harren & Partner guarantees the highest standards of quality – on both land and sea.

For more information about Harren & Partner, go to www.harren-partner.de                                                                                             

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Aldi & Dachser extend their UK Partnership

10 October 2018

The two companies have signed a new 5 year contract which will see Dachser provide a warehouse platform as well as UK & Ireland distribution services for a wide range of Aldi’s products.

The co-operation between Aldi and Dachser in the UK goes back more than 25 years, during which time the logistics provider has operated an increasingly varied portfolio of customs services, inbound logistics, freight forwarding, warehousing and value added services for the fast expanding retailer.

In 2011, in response to Aldi’s strategic objective to improve product availability and shorten lead times to its rapidly growing store network, Dachser created an Excise Bond platform for wines and spirits. Inbound stock arrives on a daily basis from Aldi’s suppliers, and is received and stored under bonded conditions pending delivery to Aldi’s regional distribution centres in the UK and Ireland. The process enables regular and efficient deliveries to the distribution centres on the basis of multiple-product, consolidated orders comprising full trailer loads.

‘The improvements to our wines and spirits supply chain were visible right from the outset’, says Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Logistics at Aldi. ‘Very quickly, we were able to consign more and more products from an increasing number of suppliers via Dachser’s platform. The operation has proved itself to be highly scalable and has directly supported our continued increase in market share.’

‘We have been very pleased with Dachser’s high level of commitment to our mutual partnership in the UK’, he adds, ‘and are delighted that we are now able to build on this further through the securing of a long-term contract’.

Dachser has recently signed a 10-year lease for a brand new warehouse, adjacent to its existing logistics centre on Northampton’s Brackmills business park, providing the necessary additional capacity to accommodate a combined platform operation for Aldi’s alcohol and general ambient products.

‘We are extremely proud and happy that Aldi have chosen Dachser for this significant contract’, says Mark Rollinson, Dachser UK’s new Managing Director. ‘Over the years, Dachser has been privileged to be involved with Aldi’s UK success story, providing an ever-increasing scope of logistics and supply-chain services. Our relationship with Aldi is founded on a true partnership approach, incorporating a high level of open communication and trust. This has resulted in a clear and mutual understanding of what is important for both our companies in order to create relevant and sustainable logistics and supply chain solutions.’

‘I am really looking forward to working with Aldi in my new role’, he adds, ‘and to continue to develop this highly successful co-operation.’

ENDS

ABOUT DACHSER UK

Dachser UK is part of Dachser, a major international logistics provider which on 31 December 2017 generated total sales worth EUR 6.12 billion. 29,100 staff working in 369 locations worldwide handled 81.7 million consignments comprising 39.8 million metric tonnes. Dachser has been established in the UK since 1975, and now has four locations which include a new logistics centre in Northampton as well as branch offices in Rochdale, Dartford and Bristol.

Dachser aims to be the supplier of choice for European logistics and value-added services. A fully-integrated European distribution network provides a comprehensive, high quality service of total freight solutions supported by the latest technology. Core services in the United Kingdom comprise European export, import and UK pallet distribution, as well as contract logistics, value added services and international sea and air freight forwarding.

For more information, please visit   www.dachser.co.uk

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The American Club and Seamen’s Church Institute jointly publish Mental Wellbeing Guide for Seafarers

Publication released on World Mental Health Day to promote the recognition of mental wellbeing as a key component of the health of seafarers, who live and work in conditions which sometimes generate not only physical but also psychological challenges.

 

 New York, October 9, 2018:        

 In a joint initiative, the American Club and Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) have cooperated to produce a new guide, Caring for Seafarers’ Mental Wellbeing, due for release on October 10 in recognition of World Mental Health Day, 2018.

The document provides guidance on responding to both routine and extreme stressors impacting the quality of life and safety of seafarers both ashore and afloat, and seeks to promote awareness generally of the importance of seafarer mental wellbeing.

Numerous maritime organizations have supported recent initiatives to enhance understanding about the emotional – and psychological – highs and lows of life at sea, and thousands of seafarers have shared their personal stories with SCI staff amid routine, stressful, or tragic circumstances.

The Rev. David M. Rider, President & Executive Director, Seaman’s Church Institute, said:

“Coming from our insurance and humanitarian perspectives respectively, the American Club and the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) share a passion and deep respect for the human factors involved in safe maritime commerce and quality of life for those who work on ships around the world.

With nearly 300 years of combined maritime service, our organizations know intimately the triumphs, tragedies, and risks associated with maritime life. Together, we want to better understand the root causes of failure and the unique DNA of resilience embodied by seafarers at work 24/7/365 to support our modern way of life.”

Extreme stress can make seafarers vulnerable to mental health issues. No research has shown that seafarers suffer different rates of mental health problems than the general population or other working occupations. However, the World Health Organization has estimated that at any given time, approximately 20% of the adult population have a mental health problem, and that these mental health issues have attendant costs, for example, $192 billion in lost earnings per year in the United States alone.

Joseph E.M. Hughes, Chairman and CEO, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers for the American Club, said:

“Service at sea is a particularly challenging vocation. It entails, in addition to often hard physical work, and sometimes real danger, dislocation from family and friends, native cultures, and the many other elements of psychological contentment.

It is particularly important, therefore, that all stakeholders in maritime enterprise are conscious of the emotional challenges that arise from these conditions of seafarer service, and that they are equipped to handle their consequences.

The American Club is particularly proud to have worked on the production of this booklet with the SCI. By learning from seafarers and educating the industry in this way, we seek to raise the profile of mental wellbeing as a key component of a healthy and effective working environment for seafarers.

It is by no means exhaustive on the subject, but it is hoped that those who use it to enhance awareness of mental health as a real dimension of service at sea will find it to be useful in progressing their aims.”

The guide is produced in English (electronic and printed), new and traditional Mandarin (electronic only) and Russian (electronic only) and to access the new guide, Caring for Seafarers’ Mental Wellbeing, please go to: https://www.american-club.com/page/seafarer-wellness

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Notes to Editors

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Houston, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website http://www.american-club.com/

 

The Seaman’s Church Institute

The Seamen’s Church Institute of New York & New Jersey was founded in 1834 by Charles Sherman Haight Sr. and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.

It serves mariners through education, pastoral care, and legal advocacy and incorporates real-life experience into its mission – always ahead of the trends that shape life on the water. SCI uses seafarer centers and trusted, one-on-one relationships with mariners to anticipate and meet their evolving needs.

The many facets of SCI’s institutional work include adult education tailored specifically for professional mariners and advocacy for mariners’ welfare, providing professional legal services free of charge. From this historic legacy and recent work on piracy, suicide prevention, and medical wellbeing, SCI draws from its chaplains’ daily interaction with seafarers, its Center for Seafarers’ Rights cases and advocacy work, its maritime education insights, and its cross-disciplinary work with maritime physicians and psychologists.

SCI understands the challenges mariners face and speaks out for their rights. Throughout its history—as well as today—SCI has helped shape legislation making the world a better place for mariners.

For more information, please visit SCI’s website http://seamenschurch.org/

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Young International Freight Forwarder Award Enters its Third Decade with Announcement of this Year’s Winner

181001 YIFFY Award Winner

(l to r) Thomas Sim, Chairman of FIATA’s ABVT Group; Award Winner Louis Perrin, Hemisphere Freight (UK); Michael Yarwood of Sponsor, TT Club; Huxiang Zhao, immediate past President, FIATA

The FIATA award programme, exclusively sponsored by freight insurance specialist TT Club, was completed with the 2018 Winner, Louis Perrin of Hemisphere Freight representing BIFA (UK), announced and presented with his award at the FIATA Annual Congress in New Delhi, India this week.

01 October, 2018

The future sustainability of professional standards of skill and knowledge in the global freight forwarding community depends on training and motivation of the young recruits to the industry. For twenty years FIATA has maintained its efforts to nurture such talent through its annual Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year campaign.

The competition is both challenging and rewarding for the candidates, who are nominated by their National Forwarding Associations to take part in the competition.

Each candidate is required to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining an import and export shipment from their native country. The four regional finalists are then 

invited to attend the World Congress to present their dissertations in person to a panel of judges. This experience provides each with an invaluable learning and networking experience. 

On this occasion the overall winner, Louis Perrin was joined by the three other regional finalists Tjaka Segooa representing SAAFF (South Africa), Kendyl Baptiste representing CIFFA (Canada) and Sarah Skrypec representing CBFCA (Australia).

As an organisation committed to encouraging the highest standards of best practice in the freight industry, specialist insurance provider TT Club has been supporting the award through its sponsorship for all of its twenty-year history. The award winner will be able to attend two one-week training sessions with the TT Club at one of their regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong.

TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Mike Yarwood on presenting the winner with his award commented, “In keeping with FIATA’s commitment to encourage professional skills development, we will continue to invest, through this programme and others in the training and education of logistics and supply chain professionals around the world. We are delighted that the YIFFYA programme grows in popularity with a total of 17 entries this year; ranging in content from the transport of live plants, super cars and aircraft components to Antarctic ice and even a rhinoceros. Long may our future logistics leaders learn, improve their skills and enthusiastically report in their achievements.” Mr Thomas Sim, Chairperson of the Advisory Body Vocational Training looked forward to next year’s participants and to reading the impressive dissertations that result from this competition. He invited all FIATA Association Members to participate.

To learn more about the YIFFY Award, please join us through the following social media platforms.

Twitter:       @yiffya

LinkedIn:     https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3670002

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/252961425173993/

About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the 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.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About FIATA

FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926.  It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.

For further information, please go to: www.fiata.com 

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Combi Lift completes first project phase well ahead of schedule

German heavy lift expert Combi Lift has successfully completed the first phase of the Gazprom Amur Gas Processing Plant Project in Russia. The last cargo was delivered to Svobodn180925 Gazprom Amur GPP Project - transshipment in De-Kastriy one month before the last contractual delivery date.

Thanks to detailed planning by Combi Lift’s project management team in Bremen and tight monitoring by Combi Lift’s on-site team in Russia, discharging was finalised on September 16, 2018.

The Linde Group hired Combi Lift to be the exclusive logistics partner for oversized and heavy lift cargo for the Gazprom Amur GPP Project. The transport can only be done during the summertime, taking advantage of the ice-free periods on the Amur and Zeya Rivers.

“The winning relationship with our client, The Linde Group, ensured that the project preparation phase and later operations were very efficient. There were no damages during the entire first transport phase, which was completed one month before the last contractual delivery date. We aim for the same success with phase two, beginning on May 15, 2019,” explained Holger Krenz, Head of Project Management Gazprom Amur GPP Project at Combi Lift.

The eight tugs and seven barges carried 79 pieces (61,755 freight tonnes) from De-Kastri to Svobodny between May 18 and September 16. Each trip from De-Kastri to the jetty is 2371 kilometres long and takes about 21 days. The entire scope involves transporting over 176,000 freight tonnes of cargo, including 12 columns weighing 900 tonnes each.

About the project: Spanning 2,824 kilometres, the Amur River is the world’s tenth longest river, forming the border between the far eastern part of Russia and north-eastern China. All project cargo needs to be discharged in Svobodny, located on the right bank of the Zeya River, a northern tributary of the Amur River. Heavy lift transportation is quite challenging in a place like this: The water is only 1.10 metres deep in some areas, and weather conditions are often severe.

Combi Lift developed a sophisticated concept to master this difficult feat: Heavy lift vessels will transport the cargo from ports in Europe and Korea, which then will be transferred to barges on the sheltered inner anchorage of the port of De-Kastri. Special shallow draft pusher tugs will tow the barges up the Amur and Zeya Rivers to Svobodny for discharging at jetty and transfer the cargo to the last mile logistics service provider.

The cargo will be shipped in five phases from 2018 to 2022, taking advantage of the ice-free periods on the Amur and Zeya Rivers.

The four Amur River tugs, four Zeya River shallow draft tugs and seven barges were custom-built by the Damen Shipyards Group for this project. They are designed to cope with extremely low water levels, especially on the Zeya River. All of the tugs and barges sail under the Russian flag, and are classed by Russian River Register (RRR) respectively the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS).

Gazprom, The Linde Group, Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveshchensk and NIPIGAS will use the delivered components for the Gazprom Amur GPP Project – one of the largest natural gas processing plants in the world, with a capacity of up to 42 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year. The plant is part of Gazprom’s project to supply Russian gas from eastern Siberian gas fields to China using the “Power of Siberia” pipeline. This will be built in five phases and completed by 2024.

About Combi Lift: Over the last 18 years, Combi Lift’s experienced mariners and engineers have become experts in the worldwide transport of heavy lift and project cargoes. From the outset, Combi Lift has focussed on developing smart and efficient engineering solutions for complex logistics tasks. The Harren & Partner Group affiliate provides clients with customised solutions that suit individual demands and expectations, developed in close cooperation with expert teams.

For more information about Combi Lift, go to www.combi-lift.net

For more information about Harren & Partner, go to www.harren-partner.de

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Thanks to its new TMS, GEODIS strengthens the efficiency of its French Distribution Network

A major change for GEODIS’ Distribution & Express line of business, the parcel delivery leader in France, which just deployed a new Transport Management System (TMS) in the 110 agencies comprising its network. Called TEOS, this new tool was developed on the basis of Alertran, the software created by the Spanish software publisher Alerce, which specializes in the transport and logistics sector.

This new transport management software, provides real-time tracking of all parcel delivery flows for GEODIS in France. Indeed, more than 370,000 parcels are processed daily via GEODIS hubs and then delivered to the final destination. Thanks to its web ergonomics and ease of use this new TMS simplifies the work of operational teams ensuring the smooth running of transport plans and shipment tracking.

“This TMS is a centralized tool that is on the cutting-edge of technology; it’s evolutionary, flexible and customized to support our clients’ growth. It is a valuable asset for the future, as it offers our clients impeccable service quality with increased proactivity in the management of shipments,” says Olivier Mélot, Managing Director of GEODIS’ Distribution & Express line of business.

Carried out in partnership with Spanish software publisher Alerce, the deployment took place over a period of several months. Alerce relied on its Alertran software, which manages production and invoicing operations, as well as on the Senda module for route optimization. More than one hundred people were involved in the various phases of the project: tool design, data collection, execution and user training.

“We are proud to have participated in a strategic project for both our companies and to continue supporting GEODIS. The introduction of this tool is a genuine success that gives us confidence and strengthens our growth in Europe through our subsidiary, Alerce France,” says Pablo Pardo, CEO of the Alerce Group.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a global leader in transport and logistics, operating directly in 67 countries and serving 120 of them through its global network of partners.  In 2017, GEODIS had more than 40,500 employees and generated €8.1 billion in sales. In 2018, the Group was recognized as a Leader by Gartner in its “3PL Magic Quadrant.”

Alerce – www.alerce-group.com/

Founded in 1989, Alerce specializes in the transport and logistics sector. It brings its expertise to 150 clients in eleven countries around the world. In 2017, Alerce was named an innovative SME by the European Union.

 

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“K” Line Continues to be Selected as an Index Component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected again as an Asia Pacific Index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), one of the leading global indices on Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) (*). It has been “K” Line’s good fortune to have been selected for 8 consecutive years since 2011.

DJSI is the world’s leading SRI Index jointly operated by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC of the United States and Robeco SAM AG of Switzerland, which only includes the top-ranked companies among all large worldwide companies as a result of its evaluation of their sustainability performance in terms of social, environmental and economic criteria. Launched in 1999, DSJI is one of the first global sustainability benchmarks for investors which integrate sustainability consideration into their portfolios.

We have raised ESG as one of the important initiatives in our medium-term management plan. We will continue striving to fulfill our social responsibility through ESG initiatives and contribute to sustainable progress of the society.

* SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) describes an investment strategy which takes account of enterprises’ social, ethical and environmental aspects as well as financial performance.

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As a new training year starts, the Dachser workforce passes 30,000

180913 New training year beginsKempten, September 13, 2018. As of the first of September, logistics provider Dachser has more employees than at any other point in its history: some 30,500 people around the world are employed by the family company based in Kempten in Allgäu, Germany; that same country is home to 16,246 of those employees. In addition, this year 732 young people have chosen to train or study with Dachser in Germany—the largest number ever.

As the economy continues to boom, its effects are being felt on the labour market, too: logistics provider Dachser currently has its largest workforce since the company was founded. It employed 29,098 people at the end of 2017; now, just six months later, that figure has risen by some 5 percent. “People are and will continue to be our most important resource,” says CEO Bernhard Simon. “After all, it is our employees who pave the way toward a connected, globalized economy, who organize storage and delivery processes that span the globe, and who are the face to our customers.”

The family company is again earning top marks for its training program as well. A total of 732 young people from all across Germany have decided to start their careers with Dachser—5 percent more than in the previous year. In total, Dachser trains 1,757 apprentices and students nationwide; outside Germany, 41 prospective logistics specialists are currently undergoing a training programme to become “Dachser forwarding and logistics specialists”. The most popular options for trainees are freight forwarding and logistics agent, warehouse clerk, and professional truck driver. Development in the number of people that the company is training as professional drivers with the help of Dachser Service und Ausbildungs GmbH is especially gratifying: in summer 2018, 23 drivers successfully finished the program, and another 106 people in Germany started that same program. Dachser now plans to expand its successful training concept to Austria. In fact, eleven people have started training as professional truck drivers at Dachser Austria—an increase from last year, when only three people throughout the whole country signed up for the training.

“As Germany’s third-largest industry, logistics offers a broad range of challenging careers that promise a bright future,” says Vera Weidemann, Head of Corporate Human Resources at Dachser. “In our industry, qualified staff is the limiting factor for growth. That’s why we need well-trained and motivated employees, now more than ever.” Demanding yet effective training is part of the corporate culture at family-owned Dachser: its training rate is about 10 percent. And in the spirit of corporate responsibility, the company hires trainees who successfully complete their programme. 

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