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Quintessential | How the cold chain and freight forwarders have evolved together

Quintessential | How the cold chain and freight forwarders have evolved together

Blog posts   •   Aug 02, 2019 08:45 GMT

In the early years of the cold chain, its processes were mostly managed by manufacturers, but specialty transport companies soon took over. By the 1950s, third-party logistics providers had taken on an increasingly important role in the cold chain “niche”. Perishables supply chains will evolve further and cold chain management will remain at the core of freight forwarding.

“We have to look at air freight and ocean freight more holistically”

“We have to look at air freight and ocean freight more holistically”

Blog posts   •   Jul 19, 2019 08:30 GMT

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s publication of Panalpina’s half-year results, we asked Lucas Kuehner and Peder Winther, the global heads of Air Freight and Ocean Freight, to give us a bit more color on the development of the markets and Panalpina’s performance thus far in 2019, and to tell us what they expect in terms of peak season in the second half-year.

Be sulfur-smart: an update on the rocky path to compliance

Be sulfur-smart: an update on the rocky path to compliance

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2019 12:50 GMT

Ship owners, operators and carriers must comply with new rules on emissions from 2020. Scrubbers currently dominate discussions. In this latest “sulfur-smart” blog post, we give an update on the scrubber debate, but also shed light on the topic of fuel quality. The lack of standardization on the composition and quality of low-sulfur fuels could lead to downtime of ships – and increased cost.

Blockchain: Moving from hype to tangible benefits for supply chains

Blockchain: Moving from hype to tangible benefits for supply chains

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2019 07:00 GMT

The initial glitter of blockchain may have taken a beating, but concrete steps are underway to turn its promise into tangible business applications. A keen mover of digital technologies in freight forwarding and logistics, Panalpina has narrowed the use cases for this industry and started a pilot to play the benefits of blockchain to make supply chains more efficient.

Be sulfur-smart: The maritime industry is weighing its options for complying with the new rules on ship emissions

Be sulfur-smart: The maritime industry is weighing its options for complying with the new rules on ship emissions

Blog posts   •   Apr 18, 2019 06:00 GMT

The sulfur limit that takes effect in 2020 has led to a scramble for compliance options, as the industry grapples with the impact of increased costs and potential supply chain disruptions. Ship owners and operators are hedging their bets on alternative fuels, but all options require significant investments that will put pressure on shipping rates. Our blog post navigates the turning tides.

Be sulfur-smart: Get behind the real issues in the debate over scrubbers

Be sulfur-smart: Get behind the real issues in the debate over scrubbers

Blog posts   •   Apr 16, 2019 09:50 GMT

With the new sulfur limit coming into force in 2020, ship owners and operators are looking to comply with the regulation, and a debate has ensued over the use of scrubbers. What are open-loop and closed-loop scrubbers? How harmful are scrubbers to the environment? We look at what’s behind the debate.

Cementing valuable relationships at the TPM ocean freight event

Cementing valuable relationships at the TPM ocean freight event

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2019 13:30 GMT

Panalpina's Ocean Freight team turned out in full force at this week's Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference (TPM) in Long Beach, CA, USA, which was attended by thousands of the top importers, carriers and freight forwarders in the trade lane. Three of Panalpina's leaders share thoughts on their key take-home messages from TPM19.

A palace for pills – or the best address in Weiterstadt

A palace for pills – or the best address in Weiterstadt

Blog posts   •   Dec 04, 2018 14:30 GMT

What is the best address in Weiterstadt? Hang on; you don’t know where Weiterstadt is? Well, as the name implies, Weiterstadt is a city (= Stadt) in Germany, right next to Darmstadt and a few kilometers south of Frankfurt Airport. Many would argue that Schloss Braunshardt is the best address in this city of 25,000 souls. The 18th century castle is undoubtedly a fine address, but...

“The challenges we are facing are common to all irrespective of size”

“The challenges we are facing are common to all irrespective of size”

Blog posts   •   Mar 05, 2018 08:55 GMT

Fruit Logistica 2018 in Berlin is history, but the global appetite for perishables persists. On the first day of the most important exhibition for the international trade of fresh produce, Panalpina’s Colin Wells elaborated on the global trends for the supply and demand of fruits and vegetables. Learn more and don't miss out on the new bonus video!

IoT and supply chain: products will plan their own journey

IoT and supply chain: products will plan their own journey

Blog posts   •   Feb 22, 2018 15:15 GMT

Imagine a world in which products plan their own journeys around the globe. Panalpina and Bosch are working on the solution. In his keynote presentation during this year’s Bosch Connected World, Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen, provided a public demonstration of how the latest IoT technologies in use and those being developed will shape tomorrow’s supply chains – IoT connected supply chains.

Connecting the world – combining technologies: 5 great IoT reads

Connecting the world – combining technologies: 5 great IoT reads

Blog posts   •   Feb 20, 2018 09:45 GMT

This year’s top Internet of Things (IoT) event is around the corner. Bosch Connected World will take place February 21-22 at STATION-Berlin. The purpose of the conference is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections needed to thrive in IoT. In the spirit of interconnectedness, we are sharing five stories that look at the present and future of IoT so that you can warm up to the event .

Job well done, blue.cruiser!

Job well done, blue.cruiser!

Blog posts   •   Nov 08, 2017 12:30 GMT

The thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser has taken an impressive second place in the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge. The SolarCar team from Hochschule Bochum did an excellent job throughout the race and was the first of its class to arrive at the finish line, but the Eindhoven team took the first prize thanks to a better overall standing.

The solar race is on

The solar race is on

Blog posts   •   Oct 10, 2017 13:00 GMT

​The World Solar Challenge has started and our friends from the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser are doing great! In case you missed it, here’s our previous feature on the blue.cruiser. Now let’s take a closer look.

A crowning achievement

A crowning achievement

Blog posts   •   Sep 19, 2017 11:30 GMT

Panalpina continues a string of successful new-route developments in the Americas. In little over two years of cooperation with the manufacturer of aluminum containers Crown Colombiana, and after gaining new business with the company between the US and Colombia in 2016, Panalpina has secured an additional contract to move about 3,500 TEUs of ocean freight from Brazil to Colombia.

En route to the World Solar Challenge

En route to the World Solar Challenge

Blog posts   •   Sep 08, 2017 10:00 GMT

Every two years for the past three decades, the World Solar Challenge has welcomed some of the world’s brightest young minds to push the boundaries of technology and travel through the Australian outback in a solar-powered vehicle.

"As far as I'm concerned, there’s no separation between IT and business"

"As far as I'm concerned, there’s no separation between IT and business"

Blog posts   •   Oct 17, 2016 09:30 GMT

In this interview, Panalpina's CIO Ralf Morawietz explains why he believes the separation between IT and business is artificial and why he wants to close the gap. He also talks about the implementation of the company's new operational system SAP TM, big data, visibility in the supply chain and what he likes about his job. The original interview appeared in the Swiss IT trade publication Netzwoche.

Making the physical digital (Part II)

Making the physical digital (Part II)

Blog posts   •   Jan 29, 2016 15:45 GMT

Will the flow of information become more important than the flow of goods? Fact is, new modes of transport are not where the frontier of transportation lies. Digital transformation is. This blog post in two parts looks at five major trends that are shaping the freight forwarding and logistics industry – all of them linked to digital transformation.

Making the physical digital (Part I)

Making the physical digital (Part I)

Blog posts   •   Jan 27, 2016 08:35 GMT

Will the flow of information become more important than the flow of goods? Fact is, new modes of transport are not where the frontier of transportation lies. Digital transformation is. This blog post in two parts looks at five major trends that are shaping the freight forwarding and logistics industry – all of them linked to digital transformation.