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Crashing through the cross-dock with gusto

Press Release   •   May 19, 2016 16:06 BST

LONDON, 19.05.2016 – Global perishable supply chains hinge, more than ever, on the adaptability and flexibility of the ports and terminal community. As gateways or guardians of the supply chain, terminals, as well as cold stores, have to assume a more important role in securing continuity of supply, safety, security and control of internationally traded perishable consumables.

gunther bonzIn Germany alone, the cold chain generates 14 bill Euro. Europe remains the most important market worldwide for a number of perishable products including fruit, vegetables, seafood, meat, confectionary, prepared foods and pharmaceutical products. However, increasing concern about the effect of migration on border security and trade barriers means that temperature controlled cargoes flows now have to bear the brunt of rising logistics risk, in addition to the usual day-to-day challenges of handling and cargo transfers between differ transport modalities, says Alex von Stempel, Managing Director of Cool Logistics Resources.

“We are therefore pleased to announce that Günther Bonz, President of the Federation of European Port Operators (FEPORT) and Managing Director of Eurogate, will join Thorsten Haeser, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Board member of container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, at the 8th Cool Logistics Global Conference, taking place 27-28 September in Bremen, Germany”, adds Alex von Stempel.

Representing over 1200 companies in Europe, FEPORT speaks for a number of terminals – large and small – whose activities have an impact on the perception of cold chain integrity as a whole.

Meanwhile, the shake-up of global shipping alliances is set to have repercussions on the perishables sector and is bound to lead to a perishable risk assessment in the months to come. How will alliances affect the transhipment of perishable cargoes on the more traditional South-North routes? This comes at a time when the widened Panama Canal is finally beginning to show the full effect of a fait accompli.

As bigger ships continue to be cascaded into secondary and tertiary trade routes, even smaller load and discharge ports will be affected by the new maritime regime. Perishables stand to come under increasing pressure, as will issues such as shipping schedules reliability. At this stage the jury is still out on whether dedicated or common feeders will provide a better safeguard for global perishable supply chains.

This issue will form the analysis of a paper on transshipment and the effect of the alliances on perishable supply chains. The results will be presented at the Cool Logistics Global conference in September by Martin Dixon, Head of Research at Drewry.

Another important theme of this year’s conference will be the continuing shift from air to sea for specific perishable commodities.

Cool Logistics Global will feature Hannes Laessig, Global Product Manager Pharma at Kuehne + Nagel, who will unveil new opportunities of shifting selected pharmaceutical supply chains from air to sea. His presentation will be form part of a cluster of discussions and papers on issues such as waste reduction for specific fresh produce supply chains sourced from various African countries.

As in previous years, Cool Logistics Global will be the launch pad for new logistics technologies in the area of Internet of Things, remote reefer monitoring, new perishable delivery concepts and packaging.

Supported by a growing array of sponsors, the 8th Cool Logistics Global will be an exciting venue showcasing the latest developments in technology, temperature-controlled transport and services.

8th Cool Logistics Global

27-28 September

Park Hotel, Bremen


Information for the media

For more information on this release, to discuss media partnerships and/or press passes to attend, please contact: Holly Thompson, Communications Executive, Cool Logistics Resources Ltd | Tel +44 20 3327 0575 | Email:

About the organisers

Cool Logistics Resources Ltd. provides top-quality business intelligence and networking for supply chain, logistics and transport professionals in the international perishables markets.

The annual Cool LogisticsTM Global Conference in Europe connects perishable cargo owners with cold chain logistics and transport professionals from around the world to assess key market trends and operational best practice for the international movement of chilled and frozen cargoes by air, land and sea.

Cool Logistics Resources Ltd (CLR) has also teamed up with Global Produce Events GmbH (GPE) to launch Cool Logistics Asia, a one-day high-level educational forum addressing perishable logistics and temperature-controlled transport, handling and distribution services across Asia, taking place alongside Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong on 7 September 2016.

The live events are supported year-round by the Cool Logistics discussion group on LinkedIn, social media and website activity, and the online Cool Logistics Community for Conference participants. |

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