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Rallying behind the makerspace movement

Rallying behind the makerspace movement

Blog posts   •   Apr 24, 2017 12:00 GMT

How often have you taken your car to the garage for a simple repair only to have to wait days or weeks for a spare part to arrive? We have all experienced the frustration, but now the answer is easy: We can simply make the part when we need it. Well, it isn't quite so easy, hurdles remain, but today we're basically able to manufacture a product where and when we want it, thanks to the makerspace.

Panalpina reports higher volumes as margins remained under pressure

Panalpina reports higher volumes as margins remained under pressure

Press Releases   •   Apr 21, 2017 05:00 GMT

Financial results for the first quarter 2017 came in below the previous-year period for Panalpina. The company reported an EBIT of CHF 16.4 million (Q1 2016: CHF 24.0 million) and a consolidated profit of CHF 12.4 million (Q1 2016: CHF 17.3 million). Panalpina outperformed the air and ocean freight markets in terms of volume growth as margins remained under pressure.

Panalpina Perishables Network launched with ambitious growth plans

Panalpina Perishables Network launched with ambitious growth plans

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2017 13:15 GMT

The worldwide transport of perishables constitutes a huge market where Panalpina is aiming to become the market leader. By 2020 the company aims to be the preferred global supplier of perishables logistics. The success factors for this accelerated push into perishables are the company’s global coverage, dedicated perishables experts in key markets and the unique Panalpina Charter Network.

Panalpina’s new IT Center of Excellence in Lisbon to act as business enabler

Panalpina’s new IT Center of Excellence in Lisbon to act as business enabler

Press Releases   •   Apr 06, 2017 12:00 GMT

In the heart of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, Panalpina has opened a new IT Center of Excellence where a growing number of highly qualified software engineers and other IT specialists are developing business critical IT solutions for customers of the international freight forwarding and logistics company.

New member proposed for Panalpina’s Board of Directors

New member proposed for Panalpina’s Board of Directors

Press Releases   •   Mar 29, 2017 05:00 GMT

​Panalpina’s board of directors proposes to elect Dirk Reich as a new member of the board at the Annual General Meeting on May 3, 2017. He would succeed Roger Schmid, who will not stand for re-election.

“Der Zukunftsmacher"

“Der Zukunftsmacher"

News   •   Mar 27, 2017 14:30 GMT

There is no good word for “Zukunftsmacher” in English. “Zukunft” means future and a “Macher” is a doer, a maker. Put the two together, and you have someone who is shaping the future, the future of logistics that is: Mike Wilson. Mike, global head of Logistics and Manufacturing at Panalpina, was presented with the prestigious LEO Award by German trade publication DVZ on Friday evening in Hamburg.

Panalpina publishes integrated management report

Panalpina publishes integrated management report

Press Releases   •   Mar 16, 2017 16:30 GMT

Panalpina has published its first integrated management report, summarizing the company’s activities during 2016 in terms of business performance as well as sustainability.

 Panalpina opens new logistics manufacturing hub in Dubai South

Panalpina opens new logistics manufacturing hub in Dubai South

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2017 13:15 GMT

Today, in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen officially opened the company’s new logistics manufacturing center in Dubai South. The 40,000 m2 facility will support circular supply chains and enable Panalpina to grow its logistics and freight forwarding business in the Middle East, Africa and CIS (MEAC) region.

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.