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“The elongated, take-make-dispose supply chain is under threat”

“The elongated, take-make-dispose supply chain is under threat”

Blog posts   •   Nov 26, 2018 15:40 GMT

In a recent interview, Mike Wilson, global head of Logistics and Manufacturing at Panalpina, and newly chaired honorary visiting professor at Cardiff Business School, talked to professor Aris Syntetos, from the School’s Panalpina Research Centre, about manufacturing and supply chain trends, Sino-US trade conflicts and who will be the ultimate winners in global logistics.

Panalpina at the G7 value retention workshop in Montreal

Panalpina at the G7 value retention workshop in Montreal

Blog posts   •   Jun 22, 2018 15:00 GMT

Under the scope of Canada’s G7 Presidency in 2018, and following the group leaders’ summit in Charlevoix earlier this month, Panalpina was invited to participate with a supply chain perspective in the G7 value retention policies workshop on advancing remanufacturing, refurbishment, repair and direct reuse. The event was held at the Panoramic Hall of the Montreal Science Centre on 21-22 June.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.