Ranked in the Top 30 Global Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) and headquartered in Osanbrueck, Germany, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics provides a host of solutions to customers across multiple sectors including automotive, healthcare and renewables.
Within the automotive sector, Hellmann is using the ParceLive tracker to monitor the condition, security and location of high-performance German Sports cars that are transported from Bremerhaven, Germany, eastwards to the southwestern Chinese metropolis Chongqing. The cars are transported via a 11,000km long railway line that leads eastwards across Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan until they eventually arrive at Chongqing. With the journey duration lasting 16 to 18 days, it is vital that Hellmann has full transparency over the supply chain to ensure that they are informed of any delays and possible impacts caused to the cars.
Supply chains are becoming more intricate with issues being encountered from environmental conditions, fraud, poor handling and theft. The food supply chain is very susceptible to the issues listed and until recently, monitoring the integrity of shipments was largely outside a company’s control.
According to PwC agribusiness advisory partner, Greg Quinn, worldwide food fraud results in losses of at least $65 billion a year. Luxury food products are regularly counterfeited and incorrectly labelled, and buyers often have no way to trace the origins of what they are purchasing. Food and beverages were among the top commodities targeted in North American cargo theft incidents last year, according to a recent report from BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions.
The healthcare industry continuously fights to solve the common supply chain management challenges it faces, including the lack of real-time package tracking solutions, optimising time-critical shipments, and securing environmentally-sensitive medicine. Unfortunately, the outcome of this problem often comes down to costly services for the end recipients. Patients, the most vulnerable category, become the bumpers for unforeseen circumstances in the supply chain.
It is an impossible task to put a price tag on human life. When health and wellbeing are concerned, no soon is soon enough. And since more and more people are in need of an urgent ailment fix due to rising prescription drug rates, the costs for delivering indispensable remedies to patients can skyrocket.
And just like that, a drone, carrying life-saving medical supplies, cuts what was once a two-hour journey over rough terrain down to 15 minutes.
And in so doing, saves countless lives, reduces waste around spoilage of blood and medicines, and means fewer trucks on roads already susceptible to highway robbery, hijackings, or flooding.
Sounds like science fiction, right? Well, it’s not and it’s happening in parts of Rwanda as we speak.
But what if you do not operate in the far-flung reaches of the Middle East, Central Asia, or Africa? Or (and we’ll do you one better here): What if you do not have the funding for this sort of cutting-edge technology?
No matter, as cold-chain technology, or those temperature-controlled logistics products necessary in the delivery of pharmaceuticals to end-users the world over, are looking to take off (no pun intended!) with supply unlikely to meet demand until 2022, at the soonest.
This is not to say technology should be dismissed when optimizing the cold chain; rather, accurate tracking software and monitoring devices are absolutely imperative in the movement of pharmaceutical products since tracking package integrity means no risk of spoilage or worse, legal action.
The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) have published a list of European goods that will be covered by additional duties. The products total roughly $11 billion. The tariff proposal comes in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling, which found EU subsidies benefited Airbus and caused Boeing to lose sales and market share, resulting in adverse effects on the United States.
As a result of the harm being caused, the US have requested authority to impose countermeasures worth $11.2 billion per year. The list includes a wide range of goods including helicopters, food items such as seafood and cheese, wine, apparel and minerals.