Women in Logistics: Ibertrans' Marita Saares-Lakso

Finnish transport company Ibertrans is conquering the Iberian Peninsula and has recently been awarded "Strongest in Finland" status. In this TimoCom Q&A for freight-online, CEO Marita Saares-Lakso, reveals why neither the south nor the north can do without her company, and what exactly the new title means.
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Business shift at Portsmouth prompts empty container handler order

As it prepares for a rise in container volumes at Portsmouth International Port, MMD (Shipping Services) has ordered a Kalmar empty container handler.
The Portsmouth City Council-owned fruit and vegetable import specialist is gearing up for a significant change in its business model that will see customers moving away from palletised cargo towards more containerised goods.
“Currently 70% of the produce we handle is palletised, and 30% is containerised.

James Kemball purchases two Kalmar reachstackers

Container transport operator James Kemball has purchased two Kalmar DRG450-65S5 reachstackers for its new multi-million-pound loaded container storage depot at the Port of Felixstowe.
The reachstackers are capable of stacking six-high, which more than meets James Kemball’s five-high requirement at the facility, which opened in October 2017. 
James Kemball's depot manager Andrew Tattersall said: “The Kalmar reachstackers are solid, reliable and have all the safety features you can think of.”
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DKV Euro Service Benelux joins Alpe d’HuZes to raise money for cancer relief

Fuel card service provider DKV Euro Service Benelux is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, DKV employees will be participating in this year’s Alpe d’HuZes on June 7 2018 - an event in which participants either run, walk or cycle in order to ascend the legendary French Alpe d’Huez - to raise money for cancer relief.
This year DKV is sending two teams, 12 employees in total, to climb Alpe d’Huez, one of the main Tour de France mountains.

TimoCom expands digital offering with UTA partnership

IT specialist TimoCom, hosts of Europe's largest transport platform, has expanded its digital offering in a new partnership with service and fuel card provider Union Tank Eckstein (UTA).
TimoCom has integrated UTA’s mobility network, which includes 44,000 petrol stations across Europe, into the TimoCom route planning app.
TimoCom company spokeman Gunnar Gburek said: “This allows us to offer our customers a way to plan even more efficient and comfortable routes.”
More than 120,000 TimoCom users can now access

Europa highlights driver shortages and rising costs as key challenges in 2018

Logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group has confirmed 2017 was its most successful year to date, and while the privately-owned freight forwarder has ambitious plans for 2018, it warned tackling driver shortages and rising costs will be key challenges in the year ahead.
Europa’s Operations Director Dan Cook said: “2017 was Europa’s most successful year on record, with consignment growth running at 25 per cent across the business.

Global material handling supplier focuses on innovation

Material handling supplier Daifuku is celebrating 80 years of automated material handling solutions for industry and logistics companies.
For the past 80 years, the company has been offering its customers comprehensive intralogistics solutions - Daifuku’s anniversary record includes more than 10,000 projects delivered, branches and contract partners in 23 countries, and employing more than 8,600 employees.
Coinciding with this anniversary milestone, Daifuku launched its medium-term business plan: Value Innovation 2020: With th

Professional Freight Solutions achieves efficient and compliant customs declarations’ management with Descartes

Software solutions provider Descartes Systems Group has announced that international freight forwarder Professional Freight Solutions (P.F.S.) Ltd has ensured the efficient and compliant management of its clients’ customs declarations processes with the Descartes e-Customs™ solution.

“As a freight forwarder, our customer activity takes place around the clock,” said Jason Wynne, Managing Director, P.F.S. “When I founded the company in late 2009, I needed a system that I could access any time, from anywhere in order to ensure the smooth and effective delivery of our services.

Securing the skies - security seals for the airline industry

Security seals are a key component in the securing of global aviation logistics, ensuring that aircraft, airports and airline supply chains are secured against the issues of tampering, theft or bad practice.

Kalmar and Dublin Ferryport Terminals to enter ground-breaking cooperation in RTG automation

Cargo handling solutions provider Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to extend its long-standing relationship with Dublin Ferryport terminals (DFT) with an order for Kalmar AutoRTG System. The order was booked in Cargotec's fourth quarter 2016 intake and delivery is scheduled to start during second quarter 2017.
Part of the container and terminal division of Irish Continental Group, DFT operates the most modern container terminal at Dublin Port.