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GEODIS supports rising medical company LabMed to supply health protection goods to Europe and North America

The Singapore based enterprise LabMed has entrusted global logistics company GEODIS to support the company’s growing activity in new markets by delivering urgently needed PPEs from Asia to the COVID-19 ‘hot-spots’ of Europe and North America.

GEODIS is providing LabMed with customs brokerage, short-term storage solutions and transport management services from LabMed’s factory in China via a distribution hub in Singapore to a wide array of international destinations including India, Malaysia, Germany and the United States.

“In terms of fulfilling our multi-faceted needs, GEODIS has been well up to the task,” says Wilson Ang, LabMed’s Regional Managing Director in Singapore. “The close attention and efficiency of the GEODIS staff has been impressive, from the local service in China to the performance at our many destinations.”

The partnership between LabMed, a family owned subsidiary of Kin Seng Hong Pte, and GEODIS began in early May 2020, with the immediate need to swiftly react to fast-changing market demands and devising flexible end-to-end supply chain solutions. LabMed has been called upon to significantly increase its production of surgical masks, sanitising gel and other PPE at its own plant in Dong Guan, Southern China. From initial small shipments of 10 tons of sanitizer to India to bulk supplies of millions of masks to Germany, LabMed’s pipeline of PPE has grown rapidly to include other parts of South-East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

“In Asia-Pacific, GEODIS has a strong focus on enabling Asian based SME businesses to grow their markets”, comments Rene Bach-Larsen, GEODIS’ Sub-Regional Managing Director, ASEAN. “While GEODIS is a trusted partner to global multinationals, we also function as the lifeblood of regional economies through the services we provide.”

“During the current pandemic, we are even more intimately involved in the business of local customers who partner with us. As an essential service, we continue to fast-track their growth, using for instance, specially arranged weekly scheduled flights to many destinations and locating the necessary carrier capacity, whatever the mode. Our GEODIS colleagues at delivery locations around the world enable a truly door-to-door service for vital supplies to reach frontline workers and protect many more.”

The current crisis has required innovative responses from logistics professionals to achieve their customer’s delivery goals. Unprecedented demand peaks on certain trade routes, widely variable carrier capacity across transport modes, critical time constraints, staffing issues and communications challenges have blighted almost all international supply chains.  In providing such response, the application of ingenuity and tailored solutions benefit greatly from the ability of supply chain management to be controlled by one entity. 

About GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a worldwide leader in transport and logistics, recognized for its commitment to helping its customers overcome their logistical constraints. With five lines of business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express and Road Transport), a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning 120 countries, GEODIS is ranked first in France, sixth in Europe and seventh worldwide in its field. In 2019, GEODIS had more than 41,000 employees and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

About LabMed.

Label Med Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Kin Seng Hong that was established since 1977. As set up by Wilson Ang and Jason Tan, LabMed is a company specialized in manufacturing disposable civil mask, medical mask, surgical mask, KN95-FFP2 mask and other medical instruments. Strategically located in Singapore with an access to a wide distribution network both locally and globally. We are a strong connection in exporting our products to all over the world focusing on United states, France, Germany and United Kingdom.

The company has cooperated with many local well-known medical device companies, MNCs as well as government entities to provide new and old customers with procurement services for medical supplies such as medical masks, protective suit, rubber gloves, goggles, thermometer, disinfectant, hand lotion, mask production equipment as well as nasal swab test kit for Covid-19.

Website: https://thelabmed.com/

GEODIS delivers 13 Million Masks to the US with the help of an Antonov AN-124 Aircraft

GEODIS, leading global supply chain operator, has transported 13 million masks from China to the U.S. utilizing an Antonov AN-124, the world’s second largest aircraft. This shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) arrived at Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 4 p.m. last Friday (22nd May) and is the largest delivered to the airport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

©2020 Decisive Moment Event Photojournalism, Geodis, ATL Airport, Antonov

“With the help of an Antonov AN-124, GEODIS has been able to make sure millions of essential workers receive the masks they need to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times,” said GEODIS Americas President & CEO Randy Tucker. “Our team at GEODIS and our partners, including the Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport, that helped make this happen so quickly are supply-chain heroes. We are proud to serve on the front line in partnership with our clients to keep essential materials moving across the globe and business running at a time when the world needs us most.”

The Antonov, which GEODIS chartered on behalf of its client, is an aircraft specially designed for transporting large quantities of cargo. It has the added benefit of allowing freight to be rolled on and off the plane, making loading and unloading operations easier and faster.

Experienced in this critical element of the global supply chain response to COVID-19, GEODIS established an air bridge between China and France to transport PPE for the French Government as early as March. Involving multiple flights over the subsequent weeks, and employing two Antonov AN-124s, the consignments will consist of several hundred million masks. 

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 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS and DELTA DRONE launch “GEODIS Countbot”, an innovative warehouse-inventory solution

A very innovative solution, “GEODIS Countbot” is a stabilized automated system that includes a drone and is able to do inventory and inventory control. Inventory can be done in real time, without human intervention other than a supervising operator and without any special equipment.

“GEODIS Countbot” is the result of over three years of R&D and testing to create a reliable automated inventory service that does not require any additional stationary equipment inside the warehouse and is totally safe, protecting both people and property.

Built by both DELTA DRONE, specialized in civilian drones for professional use, and GEODIS, international leader in transport and logistics, this new service revolutionizes warehouse inventory: “Inventory is a time-consuming activity and can be risky for humans, requiring operations to be shut down and the rental of personnel lifts. With “GEODIS Countbot,” inventory can now be carried out quickly, automatically and safely,” explains Romain Cauvet, global Engineering director, Supply Chain optimization, GEODIS.

In terms of performance, the first assignments performed in real time, in a 10 000 m2 warehouse, allow us to estimate inventory time at under three hours instead of the one to two days it used to take.

The solution combines a robot, a telescopic mast that can reach up to 10 meters and a drone that ensures the stability and therefore the quality of the images collected. It has been the subject of several patent applications.

16 high-resolution cameras are positioned along the mast. The unit moves automatically through the aisles, following trajectories entered beforehand in the robot’s memory thanks to an initial full mapping of the site. As it moves, the cameras photograph the pallet barcodes end detect anomalies, if any. All the data are then reported to the WMS (Warehouse Management System).

From an operational and commercial standpoint, the partners plan to deploy the solution progressively to many warehouses throughout the world, whether or not they are GEODIS warehouses. In Europe, sales of the systems will benefit from the support and existing network of Ott Ventures, Delta Drone’s new reference shareholder, representing close to five million square meters in warehouse space and industrial sites located in various countries, in particular, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia.

About 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 2019, GEODIS accounted for over

41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

About Delta Drone: The Delta Drone Group is an international player in the field of civilian drones for professional use. It provides a range of professional solutions specifically designed for targeted sectors, as well as a complete selection of related services.

Delta Drone is listed on Euronext Growth Paris – ISIN code: FR0011522168

Also listed on Euronext Growth 33 443 695 BSA Y – ISIN code: FR 0013400991

www.deltadrone.com

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GEODIS Supports Improved Diversity in Logistics

In an industry which most would characterize as lacking women representation, GEODIS, the leader in global logistics, wants to prove that diversity and inclusion is key to delivering innovative solutions. With the program it is conducting in the Asia Pacific region, GEODIS enables women to open the door on the world of logistics wider than ever before.

The recently celebrated International Women’s Day drew additional focus to the issue of gender equality.  The IWD slogan, ‘An Equal World Is An Enabled World’ encapsulates the thrust of the on-going campaign, which fits perfectly with key elements of GEODIS’ culture. 

“Alignment between the aims of the IWD organization and ourselves at GEODIS lies particularly in championing a hiring process where the most appropriate person gets the role, regardless of gender, because we are focused on delivering what is best for the business and for our customers”, illustrated Anne Tan, Head of HR in APAC. 

“Additionally, we are committed to celebrating our women and men who lead others towards a more equal workplace, distinguishing GEODIS from its competition in an otherwise male dominated logistics industry.”

Onno Boots, GEODIS’ CEO for APAC reflected, “Women now constitute a third of our management board in APAC; up from zero just a little over a year ago,” he said. “It shows our commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is also strong evidence of the range of talented women who are now attracted to the world of logistics.  At our country management level across the region, 40% of the team are women.”

Logistics and the global supply chain it serves are going through a period of rapid transformation.  This time of change is challenging for an industry where the push to digitalise processes is complicated by how interconnected and cross border the global business environment now is. In this context GEODIS believes that a culture of diversity, crucially with an equal commitment to inclusivity, are key to achieving dynamism, creativity and fresh approaches to problem solving that are required to react to such a need for change. 

In terms of practical initiatives employed to advance this policy, GEODIS emphasizes education of its staff about gender neutral policies, localized provision of family care and flexible working hours. A great example is the establishment of an active GEODIS’ Women Network where women (and men) come together to learn about how diversity and inclusion create a better work environment and growth for all aspects of the business and organisation.

In addition, for the whole of March, internal initiatives took place to underscore the messages of IWD and those of GEODIS’ policies.  These included various employee activities in countries where the staff gathered to demonstrate their personal support; upholding the commitment to, and learning about the collective journey GEODIS is on to build an equal and inclusive workplace.

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 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS establishes additional Air and Rail Services to assist customers hit by Coronavirus distribution

GEODIS has established a number of air charter services to assist customers with urgent shipments during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. In addition, rail alternatives are being offered to/from China.

Whilst ocean freight continues to be disrupted and air cargo options severely restricted by established carriers cancelling scheduled flights, GEODIS is providing alternative means to move customers’ cargoes between China and Europe as well as on Transatlantic routes.

The first of the air charter services departed from Frankfurt (Germany) on a one-way to Shanghai on the 12th February. In order to facilitate the resurgence in westbound freight out of China, GEODIS quickly followed up on the 21st with the first round trip service departing from Liege (Belgium), again with the destination Shanghai Pudong International.  As of the 28th February weekly round trip flights were established from Frankfurt, with Shanghai departures each Tuesday.  This schedule will remain in place throughout the month of March when consideration of a further extension will be made and is being complemented by flights from Hong Kong to Europe.

GEODIS has continued with its newly introduced direct, dedicated service from Hong Kong to Guadalajara, Mexico, through March.  The next flight will depart Hong Kong on the 22nd.

GEODIS also maintains its offering of rail solutions from major cities in China. Two options are scheduled from Xi’an and Chongqing to the German destinations of Hamburg and Duisburg.  The standard services have an 18 day transit time and from Xi’an to Hamburg an express, 12-day solution is provided.  Return routings are also available.

Immediately following the decision by US authorities to close its borders to visitors from Europe and to prepare for the consequent sharp decrease in commercial cargo capacity, GEODIS established a return air charter program linking Amsterdam and Chicago on a four flights a week schedule. The first flight from Amsterdam will be on the 21st March.

Eric Martin-Neuville, GEODIS Executive Vice President of Global Freight Forwarding explains: “On the current global situation, our priority is to provide reliable and secure transport solutions to our customers to ensure connections between China, Europe and America.”

To further assist customers during this period of disruption, GEODIS is issuing a daily Advisory Bulletin on the Coronavirus Outbreak. This can be found on GEODIS’ website here.

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 2019, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS recognized for its actions to mitigate climate impact

CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) has awarded GEODIS an “A-” rating for 2019. The Group is now categorized as a ‘Leader’ in environmental care.

This result recognizes the global logistics provider as a Leader that implements the relevant actions to effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, reflecting outstanding environmental management. The achievement is encouraging given that only 6% of companies assessed by CDP from around the world have been rated “A –“ or higher.

“This score demonstrates that GEODIS places climate and carbon issues at the focal point of its business strategy. Our group has set itself the objective of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and supports its customers in the implementation of solutions that are every more respectful to the environment.” says Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Office of GEODIS.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy and its commitment to control and reduce the impact of its operations on the environment, GEODIS has responded to the CDP Supply Chain Program questionnaire each year since 2014. CDP is an international, non-profit organization that manages the largest environmental disclosure system for companies and cities. Through respondents’ self-reported declarations, it evaluates practical measures undertaken, such as reporting processes or greenhouse gas emissions reductions programs in the supply chain and rates the companies accordingly.

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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 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS develops time definite Road Freight Service across Southeast Asia

Pioneer of cross-border trucking in the region now offers scheduled departures for consignments along the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok axis, with multi-modal gateway services beyond these hubs. 

Drawing on a wealth of experience running trucking services in the region over the last twenty years, GEODIS Road Network (GRN) Asia Pacific is now established as a time and date specific service. 2020 will see expansion of GRN’s time definite schedule to/from hubs throughout the Southeast Asian landmass.

Trade cooperation within the ASEAN bloc continues to strengthen through free trade agreements and e-commerce activity is set to rise dramatically.  Both trends support the forecast of growth in the regional cross-border road transport market to some USD4.1 billion in revenue by 2023.  This represents an annual growth rate of over 15%*.  

“GEODIS recognises the opportunities this brings to its customers and will continue to develop GRN in support of their business growth,” comments Rene Bach-Larsen, Sub-Regional Managing Director, ASEAN.  “As the region’s road infrastructure continues to improve beyond the Singapore-KL-Bangkok spine, scheduled road transits will become an increasingly attractive option, being faster than sea and cheaper than air. ”GEODIS has identified that this gap in the market is particularly true for 30 to 1000 kilo payload shipments. GRN will benefit shippers of such consignments with a simplified, door-to-door tariff structure.

For customers with this type of freight, GRN offers end-to-end control through the skills of GEODIS teams across the region, providing seamless management of consignments from first to last mile. To add to this level of care GEODIS owned assets, such as containers, air-suspension trailers and dedicated trucks are utilised.  Such control minimises delays at border crossings, heightens security and gives assurance of reliable transit times.

Alan Miu, Regional Director – Customs Brokerage, Truck & Rail, explains the importance of his people’s input in achieving swift cross-border transits, “Our customs control tower solution gives peace of mind to our customers.  A single GEODIS point of contact advises each of our clients before and during transits on customs and other necessary documentation, assisting with electronic lodging of declarations in advance to avoid delays.  This hands-on care also makes customers completely aware of their shipment’s progress through GPS monitoring, contingency planning if necessary and final, ‘signed-for’ delivery.”

GEODIS in Asia Pacific, and indeed around the globe, understands the need to respond to the fast-moving pace of changing economic circumstances and the consequent demands on the logistics environment.  “We believe that our client centric and employee driven approach provides the foundations of a successful future for GEODIS and our customers by adapting to the transformations in the logistics industry that we are seeing,” comments Onno Boots, Regional President and CEO, Asia Pacific. “Our investment in, and operation of GRN, are prime examples of this philosophy in action. Its development has been led by identifying a gap in the market, it is enabled by good data communication and implemented by our dedicated people.”

As ever with GEODIS solutions, the benefits to customers are paramount.  In GRN, GEODIS sees a product that reduces supply chain costs; enhances a client’s working capital by improving delivery times, which also optimizes assets by minimizing inventories and warehousing capacity.  Ultimately customers are provided with a competitive advantage in order to grow their businesses.

*Source:  ASEAN Cross-border Road Transport Market (2018-2013) Report

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 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS Poland wins “Logistics Operator of the Year 2019” Silver Award

(l-r) Bogdan Młynarczyk, General Manager GEODIS Poland; Serge Schmittag, Freight Forwarding Manager, GEODIS; Karol Kołodziejczyk, Road Transport Sales Manager, GEODIS
(Photo Credit: Eurologistics Publishing House)

GEODIS Poland was awarded with the Silver Emblem Award for the “Logistics Operator of the Year 2019”.

The award, based on the results of a reader survey organized by Eurologistics, was presented during a Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production, which took place in Warsaw at the beginning of December. After already taking home the third place award in 2018, GEODIS Poland is once again among the best logistics companies in Poland.

Bogdan Młynarczyk, General Manager of GEODIS Poland, said: “This is a great honor for GEODIS, the recognition supports our ambition to become the logistics leader in Poland. I would like to thank Serge Schmittag and his team for the hard work and commitment they display every day in the service of our customers.” 

The Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production is the most important event in the TSL industry organized by Eurologistics Publishing House, during which the successes of the industry, the best companies and products are honoured. Logistics Operator of the Year is a joint venture of several dozen leading companies in the Polish TSL industry.  The purpose of the survey is to provide knowledge about the requirements and expectations of customers and the level of logistics service performance achieved by suppliers.

GEODIS’ President & CEO north, East and Central Europe, Thomas Kraus also congratulated the GEODIS team in Poland, “This award is a great achievement for us and our employees. With Poland being one of our focus countries in the region, I am very proud to receive this recognition for our continuous effort and commitment to complete customer satisfaction.”

TRUE Sports chooses GEODIS for European Warehousing & Distribution

The US based high-end sports equipment company TRUE Sports has chosen GEODIS Netherlands as its European logistics partner. The companies already have a multi-year partnership in the United States, reinforcing their global collaboration with this new contract.

TRUE Sports, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and innovator of high performance sporting goods and equipment in the golf, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball categories. The company produces a wide variety of products under the TRUE Temper, Project X, Grafalloy, ACCRA, Aura and TRUE brands in countries throughout the world. More than 1,000 individuals in 10 facilities proudly represent TRUE Sports across the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Australia.  Early 2019, TRUE Sports started the search for a new warehouse partner for its European operations, supporting its ambitious growth plans and market penetration throughout the EU.

GEODIS Netherlands will start providing warehousing and distribution services out of their Rotterdam warehouse for the TRUE Hockey brand. TRUE Sports chose the Netherlands for its strategic location with an excellent infrastructure supporting the European rollout. GEODIS implemented a customized racking layout enabling an optimal and efficient storage of the TRUE hockey sticks.

“We are proud to add yet another premium brand to our customer portfolio” – says Mark van den Assem, Managing Director GEODIS Netherlands. “GEODIS is eager to support TRUE Sports in their European expansion.”

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 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

GEODIS, Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Provider, plays the role of Santa in the US by shipping 23 Million Units in the U.S.

Next to countless teams of jolly elves, GEODIS is the latest addition to the legendary list of Santa’s helpers. The Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider shipped 23 million units in the U.S., to set a new shipping volume record between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

The record-breaking increase is driven largely by the continued and growing trend of online holiday shopping. GEODIS is among the industry leaders in fulfilment and distribution in the e-commerce sector.

“The holiday season is the most critical time for our customers whose businesses hinge on GEODIS getting their products to consumers on-time for every single order,” says Randy Tucker, President and CEO, GEODIS Americas. “As volume increases, we are constantly seeking ways to strengthen our productivity. We do this through innovation in our warehouses, while also providing our talented workforce with the most robust environment and technologies so that we can be as successful as possible.”

Along with technology and automation, the GEODIS workforce will grow by more than 7,000 during the 2019 holiday season to accommodate the increased volume.

“The holiday season is when GEODIS teammates really shine,” says Mike Honious, Chief Operating Officer, GEODIS Americas.  “Our teammates take great pride in doing their part to help Santa spread joy across the world. We are grateful for our teammates, and we’re thrilled to help our clients close out 2019 on such a strong performance.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

EODIS 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 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.