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Panalpina reports higher volumes and reduced profit for 2016

Panalpina reports higher volumes and reduced profit for 2016

Press Releases   •   Mar 02, 2017 06:00 GMT

While Panalpina recorded the highest Air Freight volumes since 2007, gross profit margins in both Air and Ocean Freight came under pressure in 2016. This resulted in lower full-year earnings for the international freight forwarding and logistics company. Adjusted for restructuring expenses of CHF 28 million, EBIT reached CHF 109.9 million and consolidated profit CHF 80.2 million in 2016.

"We need secure infrastructure"

"We need secure infrastructure"

Blog posts   •   Feb 23, 2017 11:00 GMT

The world's logistics firms are in the midst of a digital transformation. But this is nothing new, says Panalpina's Chief Information Officer, Ralf Morawietz, in an interview with Swiss publication IT-Markt. He would like to see more common sense and composure.

Panalpina’s single warehouse management system key to growing business

Panalpina’s single warehouse management system key to growing business

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2017 08:00 GMT

Panalpina has reached a new milestone in the roll-out of its single warehouse management system JDA across all of its logistics facilities around the world. The 50th site went live with JDA WMS in France. Shortly before that, JDA WMS was implemented at facilities in the USA and Belgium. The sites in Newtown and Brussels are part of a global distribution network for the healthcare customer IBA.

The new world of manufacturing

The new world of manufacturing

Blog posts   •   Feb 07, 2017 14:00 GMT

​Manufacturing products in Asia and shipping them across the globe is no longer sustainable – neither from a competitive nor an environmental perspective. In the new world of manufacturing, take-make-dispose supply chains are morphing into distributed, circular and sustainable supply chains. The drivers behind this development are product modularization, the makerspace movement, and 3D printing.

New York – with a touch of Chicago

New York – with a touch of Chicago

Blog posts   •   Jan 26, 2017 08:00 GMT

Chicago is not New York. Evidently. So last year, when Panalpina decided to serve its JFK air freight customers from its Chicago office, it created a bit of a stir. People asked: Are you shutting everything down at JFK? Will you do no more air freight out of New York? Well, five months down the road, quite the opposite is the case.

The pinnacle of operational excellence

The pinnacle of operational excellence

News   •   Dec 28, 2016 10:05 GMT

Some gold medals are harder to get than others. Panalpina’s LogEx Gold is one of them. For LogEx Gold, you first have to earn LogEx Bronze – and then LogEx Silver. Only then can you reach LogEx Gold, the highest level of Panalpina’s Logistics Excellence Program. And that’s exactly what Panalpina Mexico succeeded in doing with the company’s Tres Rios 4 logistics facility north of Mexico City.

Trouble in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Trouble in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Blog posts   •   Dec 22, 2016 11:00 GMT

With the 76 ton subsea tree successfully loaded and secured in the hold beneath him, loadmaster Yrii Rudko’s job was done for now. Sitting in the cabin at the back of the An-124, seat belt fastened, he could feel how 400 tons of mighty flying equipment and cargo accelerated down runway 34 at Senai International Airport in Malaysia. This is part III of Panalpina's "Christmas tree" story.

“This is the kind of mission where transport engineers can excel”

“This is the kind of mission where transport engineers can excel”

Blog posts   •   Dec 21, 2016 07:00 GMT

It was a move to remember for life. Willi Tobler, Panalpina’s global head of transport engineering for Energy and Project Solutions talks in more detail about the challenges he and his team faced when a 76 ton subsea tree for an oil and gas customer had to be loaded onto an Antonov-124 in Malaysia. The tree’s final destination was on the seabed of a gas field located off the coast of Trinidad.

“Difficult, but still possible”

“Difficult, but still possible”

Blog posts   •   Dec 20, 2016 07:00 GMT

On the fourth loading attempt everything finally came into place and gone were the worry lines in the faces of everyone involved: The Christmas tree for the Caribbean was correctly positioned inside the aircraft. It had been inched past the most critical section right under the cockpit of the An-124, where the maximum vertical clearance is 4400 mm. Every single one of these millimeters was needed.

Panalpina sets ambitious CO2 emissions targets for 2025

Panalpina sets ambitious CO2 emissions targets for 2025

Press Releases   •   Dec 19, 2016 11:00 GMT

Following last year’s UN Climate Talks in Paris and as part of a global effort to mitigate climate change, Panalpina has delivered on its promise and set science-based emissions targets for the coming years. Panalpina is now one of 32 international companies to have such targets that have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Where lean thinking and new technologies meet

Where lean thinking and new technologies meet

Blog posts   •   Dec 09, 2016 10:05 GMT

Could 3D printing herald a new era of lean supply chains? This is the title of a recently published article of the Lean Management Journal (LMJ) that highlights Panalpina’s ongoing research into the global supply chains of the future. The article's authors, Panalpina's Hrishikesh Pawar and Fevos Charalampidis, are convinced that the trend towards truly lean supply chains is about to accelerate.

A charter for Chad – Panalpina donates UNICEF relief flight

A charter for Chad – Panalpina donates UNICEF relief flight

Press Releases   •   Dec 08, 2016 08:30 GMT

For the fourth consecutive year, UNICEF and Panalpina have joined forces to fly relief goods to an African country where population movements, food insecurity, malnutrition and natural disasters have led to a health emergency and precarious humanitarian situation. In the morning hours, a Panalpina chartered cargo aircraft landed in Chad with more than 80 tons of life-saving goods on board.

Multifaceted

Multifaceted

News   •   Dec 05, 2016 08:30 GMT

The Port House in Antwerp with its distinct buildings and triangular facets epitomizes the growth and strategic location of the Port of Antwerp. The Belgian box port is the second busiest in Europe, nestled in a region that boasts one of Europe’s best multimodal infrastructures. Only 500 m away, still within the port, Panalpina is turning its warehouse into a GDP certified pharma center.

Shortlisted and high-flying

Shortlisted and high-flying

News   •   Dec 02, 2016 10:55 GMT

Panalpina was delighted to win the Air Freight Solutions Provider of the Year award at the Global Freight Awards 2016. The winning submission, made by Panalpina UK and Ireland, showcased Panalpina’s pioneering role in paperless freight, its capabilities in temperature-controlled shipments, and its impressive volume growth particularly with perishables and pharmaceuticals.

Separate bedrooms

Separate bedrooms

News   •   Nov 30, 2016 08:45 GMT

At Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Panalpina now operates two facilities, separated by a runway. One is dedicated exclusively to healthcare products, the other to perishables and general cargo. It's like having two bedrooms in a marriage, separated by a long corridor with lots of shiny lights on the sides. An odd idea, you may say, but it can actually make perfect sense (and save marriages).

Pía's presentation

Pía's presentation

Blog posts   •   Nov 21, 2016 10:55 GMT

'Lean' is a culture, not a tool. This is the first of Pía's five take-home messages for successfully putting lean principles into action in a company outside the manufacturing industry. Read on to find out what the other four are. Pía also answers the question if a lean program can be deployed in a plug & play fashion or if it needs to be customized to suit a company’s needs.

Stable profits in a challenging market environment

Stable profits in a challenging market environment

Press Releases   •   Oct 25, 2016 05:00 GMT

In the first nine months of 2016, Panalpina recorded a slight increase of EBIT and consolidated profit (adjusted for one-offs). EBIT reached CHF 93.6 million and the consolidated profit CHF 72.6 million. Against the backdrop of receding markets in air and ocean freight, volumes increased by 9% in Air Freight but decreased by 9% in Ocean Freight. Logistics continued positively on the EBIT level.

"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.

Panalpina opens new Logistics Manufacturing Research Centre with Cardiff Business School

Panalpina opens new Logistics Manufacturing Research Centre with Cardiff Business School

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2016 12:00 GMT

Panalpina and Cardiff Business School have strengthened their partnership with the launch of a new Logistics Manufacturing Research Centre. The center will conduct leading research into the fields of distributed manufacturing, 3D printing, the circular economy and the impact of digital manufacturing on global supply chains. The new center has already secured its first research grant.

Switching to growth

Switching to growth

News   •   Oct 06, 2016 10:00 GMT

At the Capital Markets Day 2016 in Amsterdam, the company's senior management demonstrated how Panalpina has taken risk out of the business and laid the foundations for future growth. Growth was the main theme of the afternoon presentations. Four deep-dive sessions focused on “Ocean Freight and Productivity”, “Sales Growth”, “Air Freight and Perishables” as well as “Logistics and Innovation”.