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Integrated Logistics Centers

Types of Storage Facilities for Transfer and Distribution

There are different types of warehousing facilities for storage and distribution, including transload or bulk terminals, cross-docking facilities, distribution centers, warehouses, and sortation centers. Transload Terminals Transload terminals operate as distribution facilities for bulk products such as petroleum, grain, and lumber. The goal is to transport commodities between different types of carrying equipment. Transload facilities are equipped with cranes to lift and move and load and unload ships and railroad cars. Conveyors, loaders, car dumpers, cranes, and other types of equipment are used. Intermodal Terminals Intermodal terminals are used to transport air and marine containers and truck trailers between different… Read more

Sea freight in Europe

New Shipping Regulations to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The maritime shipping industry has been a major polluter for decades and now faces new regulations that will soon come into effect. Maritime Transport and Environmental Pollution Reports by the UN International Maritime Organization show that over 90 percent of cargo is transported by sea. The main reason is that this is the most cost-effective way to ship raw materials and commodities all over the world. At the same time, shipping large volumes of goods is destructive for the environment as demonstrated by a 2014 IMO Greenhouse Gas Study. Ships release about 940 million tons of carbon dioxide a year… Read more

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Driverless Trucks and the Future of Autonomous Technologies

Autonomous cars and trucks are expected to transform the logistics industry, and many freight forwarders are willing to use autonomous technologies for shipping and other logistics processes. The main reason is that businesses are increasingly faced with a demand for quicker deliveries coupled with a high labor shortage. Experts also estimate that the use of autonomous vehicles will reduce shipping costs by 45 percent. What the Near Future Holds in Store Industry experts point to the fact that fully autonomous vehicles will not be available for 50 years or even longer. Semi-autonomous vehicles will only help drivers to avoid traffic… Read more

Maritime Shipping

Autonomous Technologies to Transform Maritime Shipping

Autonomous technologies are increasingly used in the maritime shipping industry, and advanced systems are currently under development. Manufacturers are in the process of developing super yachts, battery-powered ships, situation awareness systems, drone-assisted systems, and unmanned ships to name a few. Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Ships Shipbuilding companies are in the process of developing fully autonomous ships that will operate and ship cargo without a crew. There are different levels of automation, and the first is to remotely operate and control ships from the shore. Fully automated ships, on the other hand, are equipped with advanced software that takes control over their… Read more

Logistics Businesses

Technology Trends Transforming the Logistics Sector

While many freight forwarders still use low-tech solutions and manpower, more and more services providers adopt advanced solutions to meet ever-rising standards and expectations. Here are some of the tech trends that are quickly transforming the logistics industry. Blockchain Technology for Increased Automation Many services providers have embraced blockchain technology because of advantages such as improved accident management and better accountability and transparency. Advanced solutions help businesses to automate processes, reduce costs, save time, and enhance transaction flows. This results in secure supply chains at all levels. Leveraging blockchain distributed ledger technology enables businesses to store data by different indicators,… Read more

Shipping

 Risks for Food Manufacturers during Shipping

Food manufacturers face multiple risks acossiated with transportation and delivery of ingredients and shipping of final products to chain stores and retailers. Major risks for manufacturers include deterioration due to shipping delays, contamination with fungi and bacteria, damages, spills, and breakages, and sub-optimum conditions during shipping. Deterioration Due to Delays Many raw ingredients have a short shelf life, and timely delivery is important to avoid deterioration. Fruits and vegetables go bad quickly, and manufacturers rely on timely delivery. Perishable fruits and vegetables are, for example, tart cherries, strawberries, green beans, and asparagus. Dairy products and bread are also quick to… Read more

Integrated transport

 Railway Software Becoming Increasingly Popular in Logistics

Rail transport software is increasingly used to improve fleet management, track railcar maintenance and repairs, and view rail transportation data. Software for Rail Transport Managers Advanced software enables rail managers to view freight charges, shipper data, railcar movements, and shipment records. There are capabilities for equipment management that allow managers to store and view maintenance records, track and monitor maintenance costs, and schedule repair works. Software solutions also come with functionalities to help keep managers updated on fuel surcharges and charges, tariff changes, and contracts. Additional capabilities make it possible to store and access historical transit times, track shipments, and… Read more

Drones have applications in small shipments

Drones Are about to Change the World of Logistics

Today, drone delivery is handy for locations with poor infrastructure and shipments that would otherwise incur significant costs. For many, drones or unmanned aerial devices are soon to become a preferred transportation method in a world of rising population, mass movement to larger cities, and growing urbanization. The result of all this is air pollution, congestion, and shipping delays. Applications Drones have applications in small shipments and postal delivery, food delivery, and healthcare. They can be used to ship perishable goods and products with a short shelf life. In fact, they have already been used to deliver drinks, cocktails, and… Read more

Mountpark Logistics

Warehouse Park Soon to Open Doors in Slovakia

Location The site is expected to serve as a major logistics centre due to its convenient location close to major manufacturing facilities, Bratislava International Airport, the city centre, and connections to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria. The site is found just 19 km from the city centre, 11 km from the airport, 0.5 km from the highway, and 82 km and 190 km from Vienna and Budapest, respectively. Demand for Logistics Facilities Mountpark Managing Director for Central Europe Mario Sander highlights the fact that the demand for logistics facilities is growing. Growing demand can be explained with Bratislava’s location… Read more

successful and useful IFA meeting

Impressions of the successful IFA meeting in Porto

We would like to bring to your attention some pictures from the successful IFA meeting, which took place from 11 to 13 October 2019 in the city of Porto, Portugal. The meeting was hosted by the IFA member Torrestir.                              

Logistics in the Healthcare Sector

The Role of Logistics in the Healthcare Sector

While healthcare has treatment and prevention as its main focus, hospitals, clinics, and other facilities need medications, syringes, gauzes, and other supplies to treat patients. Hospitals also need files, paper, computers, and other items for administrative purposes and keeping record of patients and treatment outcomes. How Hospitals Secure Supplies The two main ways in which hospitals secure supplies are by working with distributors and by buying directly from manufacturers. Purchasing supplies from distributors has many benefits, the main one being that they are able to ship multiple supplies. To this, logistics services providers cater to both large and small shipments… Read more

Robots used by European logistics

Logistics Robots Are Increasingly Used for Improved, Efficiency and Accuracy

Robots are increasingly used by European logistics companies because they help automate processes and improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Logistics robots are mostly used in storage facilities and warehouses to move, store, and transport goods. Recent Developments and Future Trends According to the World Robotics 2018 Service Reports by the International Federation of Robotics, in 2017 alone, some 69,000 logistics robots were installed in storage facilities. This is an increase of over 160 percent compared to 2016. Experts predict that businesses will purchase a total of 485,000 units between 2019 and 2021. While in 2017 some 80 percent of storage facilities… Read more

Brexit and Suppliers

Impact of Brexit on Logistics Companies and Suppliers

Brexit date approaches and UK-based businesses are increasingly anxious about their prospects, many having lost faith in the economy. Retailers and suppliers are now stocking on supplies to ensure that they are not falling low on essential goods due to delays and supply chain problems. Many fear that shipping delays at the EU-UK border may result in cash losses for both exporters and importers. Impact of Brexit on the Logistics Sector For many freight forwarders, it is clear that Brexit will have a negative impact on the continuity of trade, affecting both the UK and EU. It is clear that… Read more

Types of Cargo Shipped by Rail Freight Transport

Rail freight transport is commonly used to ship cargo, including bulk cargo and consumer goods such as household cleaning products, batteries, and paint. Types of Cargo Shipped by Rail The main types of cargo that are shipped by rail freight transport include hazardous materials, special cargo, and consumer goods. Special cargo includes steel pallets, automobiles, oversized cargo, and products for which certain temperatures must be maintained. Goods that require refrigeration are usually shipped in refrigerator cars while extra heavy items are transported in Schnabel cars. Closed and open autoracks are used to ship vehicles while coil cars are usually used… Read more

Types of Aircraft Shipping Cargo and Types of Loads

Planes carry different types of cargo to multiple destinations across Europe, including busy airports such as the Frankfurt Am Main Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Planes Shipping Cargo The main types of planes that carry cargo include Boeing 737, Airbus 340, Airbus 320, and Boing 747. Boeing 737 has an operating range of up to 4,650 km and is fitted with 2 central cargo bays. This plane has a capacity of 2 tons and a volume of 13 – 15 m3. It is considered small aircraft compared to other types. Airbus 340 is another type that is used for air… Read more

Corneel Geerts Flyer Service – Express Deliveries

FLYER SERVICE Express transport   For quick and fast, contact our flyer cast Corneel Geerts Transportgroup flyer@geertstransport.com I Tel: +32 475 70 75 60 CG Flyer Service I Express deliveries Tel: +32 475 70 75 60 | Mail: Flyer@geertstransport.com   Small Van 1m³ Max. 1 pallet 450 kg 1m20 x 1m20 x 1m00   Large Van 5m³ Max. 2 pallets 1000 kg 2m30 x 1m40 x 1m50   Box Van 12m³ Max. 5 pallets 1 250 kg 4m00 x 1m40 x 1m50   Small Truck 20m³ Max. 8 pallets 1 250 kg 4m00 x 2m20 x 2m20   Large Truck… Read more

Corneel Geerts Transportgroup president on the Antwerp transport exhibition from Tuesday 16-10 until Thursday 18-10

CGT can help you with al needs in transport from Benelux to all Europe and vise versa. Thanks to our integrated network we have full Track & Trace system from 1 parcel up to FTl. This give the customer full visibility in the complete supply chain. If you scan your badge you will be able to win a guided city tour in Antwerp! Please visit us on our booth nr 1023.

Parcel Shipments

Shipping Categories for Small and Large Items

Cargo shipped by European logistics providers can be divided into several categories, including freight, parcel, express, and household goods. Parcel Shipments Parcels include items of up to 50 kg that are shipped in small boxes. They are also referred to as ground shipments and are either packaged by the carrier or the shipper. Parcels are usually transported by rail or road and travel up to 1,100 km a day. Shipping times vary and in some European countries, delivery is divided into guaranteed domestic, economic domestic, and next day domestic parcel delivery. When posting a parcel to another EU member-state, customers… Read more

New logistics center in Barcelona provided by Ares Group

Ares Group  has announced the investment in a new logistics center in Barcelona – La Llagosta. It has more than 4,000 m2 of warehousing space and 600 m2 of offices. The investment is motivated by the actual growth and the potential in logistics for the next years. The new facilities will be ready by the spring of 2020.  

International freight forwarders

Largest and Busiest Cargo Hubs in Europe

The busiest airports and ports in Europe handle large quantities of cargo thanks to their advanced technologies and strategic location. Some of the largest cargo hubs serve more than 400 destinations and ensure reliable and safe transport. International freight forwarders ship parcels and cargo from major ports and airports such as the Heathrow Airport, Brussels Airport, Port of Rotterdam, and Port of Antwerp. European Airports Heathrow Airport has a cargo hub that processes some 1.3 million tons a year, and the goal is to reach 3 million tons in 20 years. BA World Cargo is found at the airport and… Read more