Record number of entries offer riveting images and capture the rapid pace of change

JOHANNESBURG – Sept. 29, 2016 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today announced the winners of its Africa 2016 Photo Competition, a series of photographs that show how quickly Africa is modernizing, growing and even leading the way in new technology.
The annual contest, now in its second year, is a pan-Africa photography competition focusing on Africa’s rapid modernization. This year’s competition drew more than 2,500 photographs from professional and amateur photographers in 30 countries.
The winning images depicted a fisherman in a canoe on Lake Victoria on his laptop, a solar farm in Rwanda powering 15,000 homes, and the skyline of Harare, Zimbabwe.
A cash prize of $2,000 was awarded for each competition category. The winners were Stephen Simiyu, a photographer from Nairobi, Kenya (Technology); Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, an environmental consultant and photographer from Harare (Cities); and Esdore Hakizimana, a machine operator from Kigali, Rwanda (Industry). Simiyu also won the Grand Prize of $2,000 for his photograph of a fisherman using a laptop in a canoe on Lake Victoria, Uganda.
The winning photographs and the runners-ups were featured at a session at the United Nations General Assembly in New York earlier this month and will be shown at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016 in Cape Town in October. They will also be showcased in Forbes Africa, on CNBC Africa, and in Agility’s corporate magazine, Tradelanes.
Simiyu, the Grand Prize winner, said: “I know Africa is developing, and to show this, I needed an image that could tell that story in one picture. The competition really made me think about Africa – there’s nowhere like it.”
Hakulandaba, winner in the Cities category, said non-Africans are continually surprised by the pace of change in Africa. “Whenever I exhibit images of Harare or any other African city, there is always someone who says they never thought Africa has such development,” he said. “This competition is a platform to reach a wider audience about African development. It will help change perspectives of the continent’s potential.”
“The winning images speak eloquently about the historic change underway in Africa and the opportunities for Africans, African businesses and the world,” said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “As a company investing in the logistics infrastructure of the continent, we are proud to show the world powerful images that capture a more positive view of Africa and demonstrate the progress that has already been made, hopefully changing the perceptions of Africa in 2016.”
The competition was judged by an independent panel that consisted of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Editor-in-Chief, CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, Chairman of CameraPix and co-founder of Africa24 Media.

Technology category and grand prize winner: Stephen Simiyu, Kenya. 
JUNA, UGANDA (Source of the Nile River): For more than 20 years. Mr. Atika’s fishing business on Lake Victoria has helped him provide his family with a comfortable life. Now they have joined the global digital world.

 

Industry category winner: Esdore Hakizimana, Rwanda.
This solar power industry, situated in the 20 miles east Kigali, Rwanda, has a capacity of 10 megawatts. The energy it produces powers nearly 1500 homes. The solar farm has had a large impact on the people of Rwanda.

Cities category winner: Henry Oliver Hakulandaba, Zimbabwe
Western side of Harare CBD, just after rush hour

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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 $4.1 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.

Across Africa, Agility is developing a network of international-standard distribution parks to provide warehousing, reliable infrastructure and secure environments that offer consistent power and connectivity. Agility’s experience in emerging markets enables it to move cargo from anywhere in the world to any destination safely, on time and on budget for consumer goods makers, energy and mining companies, and other customers. In addition to logistics solutions, Agility also develops and manages fuel infrastructure and distribution, airport services and ground handling, remote site camps and catering, and customs modernization solutions across Africa.

Official freight and on-site handler at leading toy and hobby exhibition

LONDON – August 9, 2017 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has been appointed official freight and on-site handling contractor at the prestigious Toy Fair for 2018-2020.

Agility Fairs & Events will assist exhibitors and their contractors with international logistics and shipping requirements for moving their exhibits to and from the trade show. Organized by the British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), The Toy Fair is the UK’s leading trade exhibition for the toy and hobby industry, held annually at the Olympia London fairground.

“Agility continues to offer us a first-class efficient and professional service. The management are highly experienced, communicative and reliable, whilst the team on-site endeavor to assist our exhibitors in all ways possible in order to meet their needs. The decision to renew the contract was an easy one, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services to other event organisers,” said Majen Immink, Director of Fairs & Special Projects, BTHA.

“Agility have been involved with BTHA and The Toy Fairs for over 10 years, and it’s a great pleasure to be able continue our relationship,” said Garcia Newell, Business Development Director for Agility Fairs & Events UK.

Report shows GST will drive growth despite jolt from recent move to replace currency notes

BAAR, Switzerland – July 19 2017 – The shift to a unified national tax has set off a wave of change in India’s notoriously inefficient logistics sector as companies alter the way they store, move and account for goods, the Agility Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review finds.

India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST), introduced July 1, rolled more than a dozen state and federal levies into a single tax. The GST is already prompting logistics providers and their customers to consolidate warehousing, revamp road freight strategies, and invest in system upgrades to improve the efficiency of their supply chains.

The GST could cut logistics costs in India’s formal, organized logistics sector by 20% and provide a dramatic boost to the country’s surging economy, according to the Agility report, which also examines the impact of the UK’s Brexit on emerging markets.

Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics, says the GST and other changes encourage long-overdue investment in Indian infrastructure. “The GST eliminates borders and checkpoints between India’s 29 states, paving the way for big efficiency gains,” Al-Saleh says. “Companies can carry less inventory, move to hub-and-spoke warehousing, take advantage of long-haul trucking, and look to third-party logistics providers to improve operations and save.”

The Agility report was prepared by Transport Intelligence, a leading analysis and research firm for the logistics industry. The report indicates that India’s overnight decision in late 2016 to introduce new bank notes sapped economic growth and curtailed activity in the country’s massive, cash-based informal sector of small merchants, truckers and others. But it concludes that the impact of “demonetisation” will be short-lived.

In its look at Brexit, the Agility report highlights hurdles faced by the UK in its effort to “cut and paste” existing European Union trade rules into an exit agreement with the EU. The more difficult the terms of a UK-EU divorce, the more likely the UK is to seek ambitious new trade deals with emerging markets countries, particularly Commonwealth countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, the report finds.

Brexit leaves key emerging markets exporters – South Africa, Kenya, Turkey and others – exposed because the value of the pound has declined and the UK economy is expected to be smaller as a result of the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Agility report also suggests that emerging markets countries using the UK as a gateway to Ireland and other EU countries will need to find new routes to those markets. UK exports to the EU could face burdensome checks and customs procedures unless the UK hews to EU product standards and British transporters conform with EU transport rules.

Agility Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review: www.agility.com/2017index

Agility partners with Transport Intelligence to produce the annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, a ranking of the world’s 50 leading emerging markets and a survey of more than 800 global logistics industry professionals.

UK may lose role as gateway to Ireland, other EU markets

BAAR, Switzerland – July 19, 2017 – The UK will try to spark its economy through trade with emerging markets if it is unable to preserve the basic outlines of its current relationship with European Union trading partners, says the Agility Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review.

The UK government has expressed the desire to maintain something akin to its existing trade relationship with the EU, but the EU’s chief negotiator has said “frictionless trade” is “not possible” following Brexit.

The more difficult the UK-EU divorce, the more likely the UK is to seek ambitious new trade deals with emerging markets countries, particularly Commonwealth countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, the Agility report indicates. Brexit leaves key emerging markets exporters – South Africa, Kenya, Turkey and others – exposed because the value of the pound has declined and the UK economy is expected to be smaller in the initial aftermath of the UK’s split with the EU.

The Agility report was prepared by Transport Intelligence, a leading analysis and research firm for the logistics industry. It suggests that emerging markets countries using the UK as a gateway to Ireland and other EU countries might need to find new distribution centers and routes to those markets. Meantime, UK exports to the EU could face burdensome checks and customs procedures unless the two form a new customs union and the UK hews to EU product standards.

Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics, says it is too soon to know how UK-EU negotiations will go, “but apart from the political hurdles, the UK’s desire for ‘frictionless’ trade with the EU faces complex technical obstacles – what to do about tariff-rate quotas, rules of origin, product standards and import duties. Anything that alters existing UK-EU arrangements probably means delays and added cost to the movement of goods.”

In addition to Brexit, the Agility report looks at the impact of India’s decision to replace more than a dozen state and federal levies with a single Goods and Services Tax (GST). The shift to a unified national tax has set off a wave of change in India’s notoriously inefficient logistics sector as companies alter the way they store, move and account for goods, the report finds.

The GST, introduced July 1, is already prompting logistics providers and their customers to consolidate warehousing, revamp road freight strategies, and invest in system upgrades to improve the efficiency of their supply chains. It could cut logistics costs in India’s formal, organized logistics sector by 20%, encourage infrastructure investment, and provide a dramatic boost to the country’s surging economy, according to the Agility report.

Agility Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review: www.agility.com/2017index

Agility partners with Transport Intelligence to produce the annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, a ranking of the world’s 50 leading emerging markets and a survey of more than 800 global logistics industry professionals.

Agility today announced a settlement in the criminal case involving the U.S. government food-supply contracts that the company held from 2003 to 2010 (the “Prime Vendor Contracts”).

In the criminal portion of the case, Agility agreed to plead to a misdemeanor in connection with a single invoice valued at $551 (KD 167). The misdemeanor is a minor offense, unrelated to any of the original criminal charges, requiring Agility to pay a maximum of $551 (KD 167) in restitution, but no criminal fine.

Agreement to settle the criminal portion of the case is conditional upon Agility signing a separate agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice resolving the pending civil case captioned United States of America, ex rel, et al. v. the Public Warehousing Company, et al., Case No. 1:05-cv-02968-TWT. Any agreements will be subject to final District Court approval.

A settlement, once finalized, will resolve all outstanding criminal issues with the U.S. government in connection with the Prime Vendor contracts for Agility, its affiliates, employees, directors, and officers. The civil proceedings with the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the Prime Vendor Contracts remain pending.

Separately, Agility also entered into settlement agreements with the Defense Logistics Agency resolving all pending and potential administrative claims between Agility and DLA involving the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and resolving Agility’s suspension from federal government contracting.

The DLA agreements are conditional upon Agility signing a further settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice resolving the pending civil case.

These agreements, once made effective, will allow Agility to resume pursuit of new U.S. government contracts. Under the terms of the settlement, the U.S. government has agreed to remove Agility and its subsidiaries and affiliates from the list of suspended companies on its System for Award Management (SAM) database, formerly known as the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS), within 60 days.

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New logistics partner for prestigious Porsche Motorsports racing series

BAAR, Switzerland – May 18th 2017 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has signed a three-year logistics partnership agreement with Porsche Motorsports for the seven-weekend Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland (PCCD) racing series.

Agility is active in a number of industry verticals and the automotive sector is a key area of focus, with the company already serving leading automakers, parts manufacturers and after-market suppliers in Germany and around the world. Agility works with automotive customers to improve visibility, shorten delivery times, cut costs, manage supplier networks and increase efficiency.

“Porsche Motorsports and the teams competing in various series have exacting logistics requirements. This partnership with the PCCD gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our understanding of the special demands of automotive logistics and our ability to deliver under the pressure of race conditions,” said Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics.

Dr. Frank Steffen Walliser, Porsche Vice President Motorsport & GT-Cars, said, “The German Carrera Cup is one of the most tradition-steeped brand trophies in the world and we welcome Agility to join our select group of partners. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

The 2017 edition of the PCCD series opened May 5-7 at Hockenheim and features Porsche 911 GT3 Cup vehicles in 60-kilometer Saturday sprints and 80-kilometer Sunday races.