Agility facility to stock parts for Cummins regional operations in West Africa

ACCRA, Ghana – May 16, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has leased warehouse space in the Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana to Cummins for a new West African Distribution Center.

Cummins, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diesel engines, generators, filtration and associated engine components, will use the facility to stock and distribute a range of over 10,000 spare parts for Cummins operations across West Africa.

Cummins joins other multinationals and small and medium-sized Ghanaian companies that have chosen the Agility Warehouse Park at Tema because its secure, convenient location provides international standard warehousing and services for their West African operations.

Location was a significant factor in Cummins’ selection. The Agility park is eight kilometers from Ghana’s main seaport and is adjacent to the Aflao highway connecting Ghana to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria.

Felix Bani, Cummins Operations Manager – Central Supply Chain Operations (CSCO), said: “Product distribution can be fast-tracked, either by road, sea or air. By choosing the Agility Warehouse Park, Cummins has addressed one of the biggest constraints to companies doing business in West Africa – the lack of quality infrastructure.”

Bani said Cummins was also attracted to the facility because it meets international environmental standards and features eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy efficient roof and side insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered streetlights. The site will recycle paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.

The Agility Warehouse Park in Ghana is part of a network of international standard warehouse parks that Agility is funding and developing across key markets in Africa to support the development of domestic and regional trade.

Geoffrey White, CEO Agility Africa, said, “We believe that the provision of international standard warehouses in Africa for storage, distribution and light manufacturing is one of the fundamental building blocks necessary for economic growth. The Agility Warehouse Parks enable companies, whether multinationals such as Cummins, or small and medium enterprises, to access quality infrastructure easily, quickly and cost effectively.”

 

About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including customs digitization, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

 

For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com

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About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins currently employs approximately 58,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world. Cummins serves customers in about 190 countries and territories through a network of some 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,500 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1 billion on sales of $20.4 billion in 2017. Press releases can be found on the Web at www.cummins.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cummins and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/cumminsinc.

Nearly 90% expect export growth by using tech to overcome shipping, regulatory obstacles 

DUBAI – May 10, 2018 – Small and medium-size businesses that have struggled for equal footing in the global economy are increasingly looking to cross-border trade for growth, seeing technology as a way past obstacles in shipping and compliance, according to new research from Shipa Freight.

Shipa Freight’s global study of 800 SMEs from developed and emerging markets shows that smaller companies are remarkably upbeat about their ability to expand through trade.

Eighty-nine percent of exporting SMEs surveyed say their export revenue will grow over the next three years. Seventy-one percent say they are concentrating more on international markets than on their home markets. The Shipa Freight survey included exporters and importers from the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, China, India, Indonesia and UAE.

Smaller companies account for an estimated 95% of all businesses and employ two-thirds of the world’s workers. Critics of globalization have argued that decades of efforts aimed at easing the flow of goods, capital and jobs across borders has come at the expense of SMEs and disproportionately benefitted multi-nationals and other large businesses.

“Smaller businesses used to think they couldn’t compete in trade. Now many see it as their best path for growth,” says Toby Edwards, CEO of Shipa Freight, the online freight service. “SMEs are not naïve about the obstacles to unlocking new markets. They see online tools and other technology as a way to conduct transactions, get financing and gather market intelligence.”

Three-quarters of SME executives surveyed by Shipa Freight believe businesses that operate internationally are more resilient. Nearly 80% say they are already using online platforms for freight quotes and bookings.

 

Roadblocks 

SMEs identified numerous obstacles they face in international trade. Forty-two percent say the costs of shipping abroad are too high, or that they don’t have an accurate picture of their costs. Forty percent say they find it difficult to understand documentation requirements.

A significant minority say their cargo has been held up in customs (39%) or lost in transit (27%).

Small and medium-sized businesses based in emerging markets are finding export regulations particularly challenging: 67% identify export regulations as a difficult issue, compared with just 44% of SMEs based in mature European markets.[1] Seventy-nine percent of exporters from India, China and Indonesia say they find it challenging to penetrate markets in Europe.

SMEs that view the UK as one of their top export markets are looking elsewhere because of Brexit. Seventy-three percent say Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has prompted them to prioritize trade with other European countries. Sixty percent of UK SMEs that export and 52% of UK SMEs that import say that leaving the EU Single Market would be “disastrous” for them.

 

New tech boosts export prospects                                                                                               

Smaller companies clearly see technology as a way to close the gap with bigger competitors, cope with documentation requirements and get quick access to competitive shipping options. Eighty-six percent say that tech is “leveling the playing field” for SMEs to operate globally; 89% believe technology is transforming the logistics industry.

“The logistics industry has traditionally ignored SMEs and done far too little to help them find new markets and grow,” Edwards says. “Technology is giving them the ‘virtual’ scale that they’ve needed to lower their costs, get real-time information and compete.”

 

About the study

Shipa Freight’s Ship for Success research examines the trade patterns and barriers of SMEs, defined here as organizations with 10-250 employees. The opinion research was conducted in winter 2017 amongst 800 companies (400 exporters and 400 importers). There were 100 respondents from each of the following markets: UK, USA, Germany, Italy, India, Indonesia, China and UAE. Study participants included SME leaders, such as managing directors and operations directors. Participating companies were drawn from the following sectors: retail and fashion, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), automotive (including supply chain), industrial and manufacturing, and technology. You can explore the findings and download the full report below. 

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About Shipa Freight

Shipa Freight is the new online service powered by Agility that makes it easy to get air and ocean freight quotes, book, pay and track your shipments online. With our global network of logistics experts and industry-leading technology, we ensure that your goods arrive safely and reliably every time.

For more information about Shipa Freight, visit www.shipafreight.com/
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About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including customs digitization, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support

 

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[1]  ‘Emerging markets’ refers to the combined results of India, China and Indonesia. It does not include UAE figures. ‘Mature European markets’ refers to the combined results of the UK, Germany and Italy.

Agility’s Earnings Release Q1 2018

     Q1 2018

(Million KD)

    Q1 2017

(Million KD)

Variance

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Revenue 371.8 320.5 +16%
Net Revenue 124.6 110.8 +12.5%
EBITDA 37.7 30.8 +22.6%
Net Profit 18.9 14.6 +29.8%
EPS (fils) 15.2 11.6 +30.3%

Figures in the table above have been rounded

Agility’s Financial Results for First Quarter 2018

Kuwait – May 7, 2018: Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today announced its Q1 2018 financial results, reporting a net profit of KD 18.9 million, or 15.2 fils per share, an increase of 29.8% over Q1 2017. Revenue for the quarter reached KD 371.8 million and EBITDA was KD 37.7 million.

“Agility continues to deliver results. Our double-digit EBITDA growth affirms the company’s momentum over the past three years.  GIL continues to drive profitability gains through strong performance in Ocean and Air Freight, in addition to improving its efficiency. Companies in the Infrastructure group posted healthy gains and are delivering consistent with their road map.” said Tarek Sultan, Agility CEO and Vice Chairman.

Agility Global Integrated Logistics

 In Q1 2018, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) gross revenue grew 15.7% to KD 278.1 million. Air freight revenue increased 22.1%, driven by strong volume growth (4.8% increase in air tonnage) and ocean freight revenue grew 14% as a result of an 11.5% increase in TEUs. Contract Logistics revenue increased 15.1% and road freight showed 8.4% revenue improvement in Q1 2018.

GIL’s Q1 net revenue (NR) rose 7.9% from the same period in 2017, primarily due to growth in freight forwarding and Contract Logistics. Air NR grew by 18.7% due to improving yields, and Ocean NR increased 7.1%. Contract Logistics NR increased by 5.8%. However, GIL’s NR margin was 23.3%, down from 24.9% during the same period a year earlier due to yield pressure in Road freight and Project Logistics. Regionally, Air freight and Ocean freight performed well in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Contract Logistics continued its solid growth, primarily in Middle East and Asia Pacific, as a result of effective utilization of facilities.

Q1 EBITDA reached KD 7.4 million with margin expanding to 2.7%, compared with 2.4% in Q1 2017.

GIL continues to drive performance through its “Focus and Capability” strategy, which focuses on driving growth by committing to defined solutions, customer segments, sales productivity and efficient trade lane development.  In addition, GIL is driving its technology-based transformation by building systems and solutions that enable business insight, efficiencies, and productivity for customers and operations.  Further, it is developing tools to better serve customers online.

Commenting on that Sultan said “We recently launched Shipa Freight, an online freight service aimed at a market with massive potential: the small and medium-size companies that account for most of the world’s businesses. Shipa Freight lets them get rate quotes and book, pay and track, ocean and air shipments around the world, all online in a matter of seconds.”

Agility’s Infrastructure Companies

First quarter revenue for the Infrastructure group grew 20.7%, and EBITDA increased 24.6% to KD 34.1 million as margins expanded from 33.5% to 34.6%. Agility continues to invest in those companies to drive its future growth.

Agility Industrial Real Estate (RED) continues to improve the efficiency of its Kuwaiti assets by offering a range of warehousing services to its customers. RED will soon deliver the first 80k sqm warehouses in Riyadh. In Africa, Agility is growing its existing operations and identifying new locations to develop new logistics parks.

Tristar, a fully integrated liquid logistics company, won new turnkey contracts in Q1. Tristar continues to invest and diversify its operations by expanding in shipping and broadening its geographic reach.

National Aviation Services (NAS) operations posted good growth in the first quarter.  Contributing to its growth were the successful launch of operations in Uganda and significant improvement in Cote d’Ivoire and Afghanistan. NAS was also able to improve its business performance in Morocco and Tanzania, with the latter expecting a very good year and turnaround in 2018.

UPAC, a leading real estate and facilities management company in the Middle East, continues to improve the operational efficiencies of key operations in Kuwait. UPAC is developing the 450-store Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi in partnership with National Real Estate Company (NREC).

GCS, a company specialized in customs modernization, showed improved performance in the first quarter. GCS manages all customs’ activities at ports of Kuwait and aims to enhance customs modernization through its services.

Financial Performance for Q1 2018

Closing

“Agility is accelerating a fast-moving transformation to establish itself as a digital leader in the logistics industry,” Sultan said. “We are rapidly introducing new digital products, aggressively piloting and pioneering new logistics models and technologies, and re-engineering our systems for speed and competitive advantage. We want to identify technology that makes logistics more efficient and lowers costs for customers.”

About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including customs digitization, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit Agility.com
Twitter: twitter.com/agility
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/agility
YouTube: youtube.com/user/agilitycorp

Agility to test Cold Box technology for pharmaceutical customers in India

MUMBAI, India – May 3rd, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Cold Box Express to offer innovative shipping solutions for temperature-sensitive cargo.

Cold Box offers an active temperature-control pallet shipper, designed for mixed-load ground transportation. The shipper is a pallet-sized interior compartment with precise temperature control and range, extended hold times, and 24/7 near-real-time tracking and monitoring.

Under the terms of the partnership, Agility will test one Cold Box as part of a pilot to move cargo for pharmaceutical customers in India. The device will be used for LCL reefer shipments, as well as to move pharmaceutical products to difficult-to-reach locations, areas prone to power cuts, and for last-mile delivery.

Agility will be testing the product initially in the Indian market before a formal launch for customers. While the partnership is limited to India at this time, Agility and Cold Box hope to expand the partnership to Southeast Asian, European and Middle Eastern markets.

Satish Lakkaraju, Chief Commercial Officer for Agility India, said, “At Agility, we believe in offering unique, cost-effective solutions that can help customers achieve a more secure cold chain. In the Indian market, where temperatures rise to over 45°C, moving temperature-sensitive cargo can be a challenge. Cold Box’s solution is easy to handle, and perfectly suited to our customers’ needs.”

Cold Box Express CEO Foster McDonald said, “Agility has a track record of being a pioneer in adapting new technologies. We see our product perfectly suited for the Indian and other South Asian markets where temperature variations are extreme and traditional passive solutions fall short. COLD BOX is a young company with a unique solution that can be offered for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, consumer foods, and numerous other sensitive and valuable cargo types.”

Agility is one of the largest freight forwarders and logistics providers in India, where it operates from 55 locations and controls 140,000 square meters of warehouse space, covering all major ports, airports and inland locations in the country. In the pharmaceutical sector, Agility helps companies move, store, distribute and manage goods in the highly attractive Indian market and helps Indian companies looking to explore opportunities outside of the country.

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com
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About COLD BOX EXPRESS, INC

Founded in 2014 in Arab, Alabama, USA, COLD BOX Cold Box Express, Inc. manufactures a revolutionary end-to-end, palletized, and self-powered (battery operated) shipper or Cold Box. Cold Box shippers are an economical, easy to use, and reliable alternative for palletized or lesser volume refrigerated transport. They are an economical and proven technology that is available to keep temperature related shipping excursions as a low risk area.

The system is competitive with, if not superior to, traditional refrigerated transport methods, offering adjustable temperature set points of -10°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C), precise temp control (±1°C), and a built-in heating element to protect payload freezing!

For more information about The COLD BOX, visit http://www.thecoldbox.com
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YouTube: cold box express
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New service enables businesses to quote, book, pay and track freight online

DUBAI – April 17, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today announced Shipa Freight, the first fully integrated online freight service that allows users to get rate quotes and book, pay and track ocean and air shipments around the world.

Shipa Freight provides instant, no-obligation rate quotes from the countries that account for 95% of global trade and allows users to manage their international shipments with a simple, easy-to-use tool accessible by desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile app.

“Shipa Freight is a simple, technology-driven answer for small and medium-size businesses trying to take the complexity out of their international shipping,” said Agility CEO Tarek Sultan. “It gives them the transparency, flexibility, competitive pricing and customer service that the industry offers only to multi-nationals and high-volume customers.”

Shipa Freight is backed by Agility’s global network of more than 22,000 experienced employees in 500 branches and over 100 countries. It gives customers the support of a trusted global network and allows small and medium-size companies to access the world’s growing markets. Agility customer support is available 24/7 to help them book and manage their shipments, or to get rates for routes not quoted online.

“Shipa Freight’s digital platform allows users to complete a shipment completely online,” said Toby Edwards, CEO of Shipa Freight. “This includes shipment booking, a range of payment options, and online tracking, which have not been widely available for small and medium-size businesses until now.”

In a recent Agility survey of 800 SMEs, small and medium-size companies said they needed the complexity taken out of compliance, customs requirements and cross-border bureaucracy if they were to do more international trade. Shipa Freight helps customers overcome these issues by providing a compliance database with information on documents required on all trade lanes, helping them navigate the legal and regulatory requirements that are obstacles for many small businesses.

“Shipa Freight is unique among online freight services,” Sultan said. “It offers both air and ocean, including Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) options. It provides users with the ability to manage their freight from start to finish via quote-book-pay-track features and 24/7 customer service. And it makes use of Agility’s existing global network and scale, which means it’s got built-in flexibility, expertise, and deep understanding of how to move freight around the world.”

Shipa Freight is one of several technology-led innovations that Agility is using to make logistics more efficient and drive down costs for customers.

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About Agility

Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including customs digitization, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information, visit www.shipafreight.com
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Award Recognizes Business Excellence and Best Practices in the UAE

ABU DHABI, UAE – April 04, 2018 Agility, a leading global logistics provider, received the Silver Award for business excellence at the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA), held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The award was presented to Agility at a ceremony held at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. Agility Abu Dhabi was recognized for its excellence in quality and innovative offerings to its logistics customers. Agility has adapted world-class practices based on the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM) model that promotes business excellence and facilitates continuous improvement. Present at the ceremony were His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and member of the Executive Council, and other senior officials.

Bassel El Dabbagh, CEO, Agility Abu Dhabi, said, “Being recognized for the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award is testament to our unflinching commitment to quality of services and furthering best practices in the sector. The award recognizes the innovation offered by Agility, which promotes business excellence and facilitates continuous improvement. It also underscores our contribution to the logistics industry, to supply chain infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and to the economy of the UAE.”

Established in 1999, the SKEA recognizes companies across a range of categories and is fully aligned with international best practices. It has been designed with the goal of providing support to the large business community in the country and is awarded to both government and private-sector enterprises. The prestigious award, an initiative of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, aims to actively promoting a culture of continuous improvement and enhancement of competitiveness within the business sector in the UAE. Companies are measured by results, customer focus, leadership, talent development, continuous learning, innovation, partnership development and public responsibility.

In Abu Dhabi, Agility provides logistics and freight forwarding services including air, ocean and land, warehousing and distribution, cross-border trucking, customs clearance, project logistics, chemical logistics, and fairs and events logistics. It caters to the oil and gas industry, and the agricultural, chemical, defense and healthcare sectors.

Photo Caption: Bassel El Dabbagh, CEO, Agility Abu Dhabi, receives the award from His Highness Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit Agility.com
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Employees in 28 countries participate in collection drive in partnership with UNHCR

 KUWAIT CITY – April 1, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has concluded an internal fundraising initiative to support the activities of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

For the second year in a row, Agility employees in 28 countries donated to the month-long fundraising campaign, and Agility matched all employee contributions. Over 2017 and 2018, Agility has helped more than 480 Syrian refugee families – approximately 2,400 people.

All funds raised will be channeled through UNHCR to support its cash assistance programme helping most vulnerable refugee families living in Jordan. Through the innovative iris scan technology employed by UNHCR, families receive monthly cash distributions, with donations delivered directly to recipient families through ATM machines. Jordan is among the first countries in the world to use iris scanning technology enabling refugees to access funds made available by UNHCR, without the need for a bank card or PIN code. Cash assistance programmes have proved to be one of the most cost-effective ways to deliver aid, and also have the double benefit of supporting the local economy in Jordan’s urban environment.

Ali Mikail, Senior Vice President, Agility GIL Kuwait and Levant said, “At Agility, we work with customers, employees, industry partners and non-governmental organizations to do our part in ensuring a more sustainable future. We are strongly committed to social responsibility activities where we believe in their importance and impact on society and we understand the role our company has in supporting people in need. Refugees are people who need assistance and we’re glad to partner with organizations like UNHCR to provide displaced people with the needed support.”

UNHCR is dedicated to the protection of refugees and forcibly displaced individuals, and to ensure everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. UNHCR helps save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home, by offering assistance and durable solutions in emergencies and crises. UNHCR and partners provide refugees and other persons of concern with a network of services including shelter, clean water, sanitation and healthcare, as well as cash based interventions to the most vulnerable.

Dr. Hanan Hamdan, Head of UNHCR Office in Kuwait, said, “We thank Agility and its employees for their contribution and support to our humanitarian operations in Jordan. This initiative comes as an extension to the partnership between UNHCR and the Kuwaiti private sector, well known for its response to humanitarian crises around the world. Agility’s contribution will help alleviate the challenges many refugees in Jordan face.”

 

Agility has a globally recognized corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, covering humanitarian logistics, community volunteerism, fair labor and environmental sustainability. Agility’s humanitarian logistics program has supported humanitarian partners, including the United Nations World Food Programme, in more than 50 pro-bono projects related to natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Since 2006, Agility has completed more than 1,700 community education, health or environment projects affecting more than one million people in 80 countries, including the construction or refurbishment of 38 schools in 18 countries. In addition, Agility has trained more than 10,000 employees on the company’s fair labor policies and practices in 15 countries. Agility has received a silver rating from EcoVadis, an independent supplier sustainability rating agency, and the CSR program is ranked in the top 9% of the supply chain & transportation industry

To find out more about Agility’s corporate social responsibility activities, please visit the company’s CSR page www.sustainability.agility.com.

 

Photo Caption: Syrian refugee Aysha, 28, daughters Arwa, 5, Fatmeh, 7, husband Ghareeb, 32, and son Emad, 2.5, outside their shelter at Zaatari refugee camp, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan. Aysha and her family had yet to receive winter cash assistance and were in dire need of help. CREDIT LINE: © UNHCR/David Azia

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com

Twitter: twitter.com/agility

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SINGAPORE – March 29, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has partnered with UnaBiz, an Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company, to lead the digitization of event logistics and provide enhanced tracking for exhibitors.

The partnership between Agility and UnaBiz will help identify and address the various pain points in the niche events industry with innovative IoT tracking solutions designed to be simple and low cost.

While general logistics requires location tracking, event logistics requires more precise tracking and monitoring. Agility Fairs & Events will deploy a range of UnaBiz sensors and trackers with built-in environmental monitoring capabilities that provide readings on humidity and temperature– all essential for safe movement of fine art and important features for galleries, museums, collectors and artists.

Priscilla Leong, COO of Agility Fairs & Events, said: “The value of IoT in event logistics lies in real-time alerts and data. When we collect data on the movement of a customer’s assets around the world, we will be able to better plan and predict the manpower and storage requirements at their facilities. We will also get more accurate estimates of exhibits’ arrival time, which is valuable to organizers and exhibitors alike.”

Leong added: “We work on indoor and outdoor events, in remote areas and in connected areas, and we manage assets of shows around the world, in large-scale exhibition arenas that can span hundreds of thousands square meters with thousands of exhibits.”

By using UnaBiz’s Sigfox Low Power Wide-Area network, Agility Fairs & Events can make a variety of tracking solutions available to customers. With minimal capital investment, low-power consumption, and global coverage, the solutions will be highly scalable industry-wide.

Jonathan Tan, Managing Director of UnaBiz Singapore, said: “UnaBiz is very excited to work with Agility to develop innovative solutions in global tracking and asset management based on low-power connected sensors and predictive analytics. By empowering Agility’s customers to track the status of their assets anytime, anywhere, we will set a new benchmark in sensing and data analytics that will revolutionize the entire industry.”

Agility Fairs & Events is one of the world’s leading exhibition specialists, handling more than 8,000 trade fairs, exhibitions and events annually, and providing full end-to-end fine art logistics with a global network of art-handling partners. Agility Fairs & Events is the first logistics company in Asia to be ISO-certified specifically for fine art logistics.

 

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.6 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com

Twitter: twitter.com/agility

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/agility

YouTube: youtube.com/user/agilitycorp

 

About UnaBiz

UnaBiz is an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company dedicated to accelerating the adoption of IoT worldwide. As the exclusive network operator of Sigfox’s low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan, UnaBiz is the leading company in Asia to roll out a nationwide IoT network.

UnaBiz wants to shape the future by providing cost-effective and energy-efficient IoT solutions, that include wireless infrastructure, device and beyond. This ubiquitous network will allow businesses to connect millions of devices simply, affordably and globally.

UnaBiz helps businesses collect and analyse data from millions of devices allowing businesses to maximise the efficiency of their resources, increase productivity, detect and controlling anomalies and accelerate resolution or even prevent them entirely. Our objective is to help businesses realise the true value and full potential of IoT that was previously too costly to deploy. For more information, see www.unabiz.com

 

Media Contact                                                                                                    

For UnaBiz Pte Ltd:

Fu Shuhui | Field Marketing Manager

114 Lavender Street,

#10-85, CT Hub 2 (Lobby 1),

Singapore 338729

M: +65-9336-6452 | E: [email protected]

For Agility:

Sabrina Mundy

Man Bites Dog

+44 1273 716 826

[email protected]

 

 Logistics provider teams up to transform global, cross-border supply chain

BAAR, Switzerland – Feb. 6, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, is the first freight forwarder to collaborate on a Maersk-IBM solution to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade by using blockchain technology to manage and track container shipments.

Agility has agreed to identify events associated with individual shipments and to share and receive information about them via the distributed ledger blockchain technology developed by IBM and Maersk.

Agility’s goal is to reduce costs and increase shipping efficiency by integrating information about shipments onto a secure platform accessible to shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and others in the supply chain.

“Blockchain technology is going to make shipping cheaper, safer and more reliable. As early adopters, companies like Agility can help Maersk and IBM understand the needs of shippers and develop standards that will make trade more efficient,” said Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics. “We can help customers understand how to use blockchain to improve shipment visibility, eliminate paperwork, reduce errors, and shorten transit and clearance times.”

Blockchain is a secure, immutable and tamper-resistant ledger that can be used to track shipments, documentation and payment transactions. Its digital infrastructure can connect parties in the supply chain, giving them access to information and real-time visibility based on their level of permission.

Documentation and administration are estimated to be one-fifth of the $1.8 trillion spent annually to move goods across borders. In addition to showing the location of containers in transit, blockchain can show the status of customs documents, bills of lading and other documentation. It can improve workflow, cut processing costs and enhance visibility by integrating shipping processes and partners.

Customs and border authorities can use the technology to improve the information available for risk analysis, leading to increased safety and security as well as greater efficiency in border inspection clearance.

“For Agility, it’s important to be involved early in blockchain and to work with forward-thinking companies like Maersk and IBM,” Al-Saleh said. “Together, we have a lot to learn and share in order to bring the benefits of this technology to shippers and consumers as quickly as possible.”

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with $4 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com

Twitter: twitter.com/agility

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/agility

YouTube: youtube.com/user/agilitycorp

For more information:

Sabrina Mundy

Man Bites Dog

+44 1273 716 826

[email protected]

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