We are delighted to welcome three new members to our network.
APL Logistics Supply Chain Services (Beijing)
Incorporated in 1977, APL Logistics is the go-to global supply chain specialist for companies in the Automotive, Consumer, Industrials, and Retail sectors. The APL Logistics group of companies has a global network covering all major markets and is backed by a multinational workforce of over 6,800 people. APL Logistics is a member of the Kintetsu World Express group, a global logistics services provider, and offers comprehensive services and solutions which include supply chain engineering, technology service, and customer service.
The company's subsidiaries – APL Logistics Bonded Supply Chain Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd and APL Logistics Supply Chain Services (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd are now members of GFA.
2. Shenzhen E-Road Logistics
Shenzhen-headquartered, E-Road Logistics Co., Ltd., started as a domestic air freight forwarder in 1995. Its services include door-to-door, port-to-port, offshore arrangement, reverse logistics, etc. and offers its air cargo service with LTL (less-than-truckload) rates.
The company has four regional distribution centers (RDCs) and are located in Shenzhen, Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai with more than 200,000 square meters of warehouse space. It will also operate 3 additional RDCs and will be in Wuhan for Central China, one in Xi’an for Northwest China and one in Shenyang for Northeast China.
E-Road Logistics key customers include Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE.
3. Tin Thang Trading (Vietnam)
Tin Thang Transport is a logistics company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The company also provides transit services to Cambodia and Laos markets.
Currently, Tin Thang is building the repair service for Europe tractors.
In collaboration GIZ under the Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region Project, GFA provided a workshop in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam last 8 October 2018 and in Yangon, Myanmar last 15 October 2018.
The workshop included an overview of the country’s road freight sector, why green freight matters, an overview of GFA programs and available financial schemes.
Here is a summary of the workshops:
26 executives – mostly managers and directors -from 23 companies including H&M had participated in the workshop. The majority of the participants were from trucking companies who were familiar with green freight and were highly eager to know about the GFA Label and the certification process.
The workshop concluded with the participants expecting GFA to provide sharing session opportunities, continued guidance on the GFA Label application and assistance in availing government's financial schemes.
24 participants from 18 transport companies joined the session. For most of them, the green freight concept is new and they were interested to know how green freight can be scaled up in Myanmar with GFA.
Interestingly, the breakout session results revealed that this group expects GFA to hold more outreach and training sessions in Myanmar and for GFA to work with key government agencies - i.e. with Ministry of Transportation for tax reduction; with Ministry of Energy and Electricity for cleaner fuel and with Ministry of Construction for road improvements.
At the GFA Forum 2018, we launched our new GFA Awards, to recognize members who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the objectives of GFA.
The GFA Label Achievement Award recognizes member's GFA label achievement in the categories:
- Highest Leaf Achievement
- Local SME
- Geographical Coverage
The GFA Ambassador Award recognizes members who actively contributed to growing GFA's network and engaging supply chain partners in GFA.
GFA Label Achievement Award
CATEGORY: HIGHEST LEAF ACHIEVEMENT
(DHL Thailand is the first GFA member to achieve the GFA Label Leaf 3 & Leaf 4.)
SINGAPORE HAULAGE SERVICES
CATEGORY: LOCAL SME
SHS is the only SME transport provider based in Singapore that has been certified with the GFA Label-Leaf 1.
"You have to believe in it (green freight) and then explore it. I am sure any company will realize that there are actual benefits and it is a win-win for all especially today where environmental performance is expected. I am glad we have this awareness and i hope that there will be more companies that will come on board.”
- Mr. Alvin Chua, Operations Manager, Singapore Haulage Services
GFA Ambassador Award
Heineken was instrumental in the development, design, and launch of GFA's new knowledge-sharing platform this year - the Green Freight Leaders' Society (GFLS). It hosted the inaugural session of GFLS for GFA members and partners where it also shared its sustainability program, 'Drop the C'.
Heineken continued to support our events this year. Heineken China was a sponsor of our green freight forum in Shanghai last July.
BOLLORE LOGISTICS SINGAPORE
Bollore hosted and sponsored GFA's second Green Freight Leadership Society's which gathered trucking companies, manufacturers and technology providers discussing on the future of sustainable road freight practices in the Asia-Pacific.
IKEA: GFA LABEL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
AND GFA AMBASSADOR AWARD recipient
In 2017, IKEA's 10 country operations were certified with GFA Labels. These include Australia, China, India, Japan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia which all formally committed to promote green freight in their operations.
IKEA also hosted our forum in Shanghai last July 2018 with more than 60 executives from all sectors sharing information on policy developments, corporate initiatives, and green freight technologies.
We recognize that transitioning to a clean and low carbon transport future not only requires policy support and market participation but also financial support. To support our members, we will launch our research report “Access to Finance for Green Freight” on November 20 2018.
This report introduces where, what, and how companies can access 'green funds' to support their green freight programs and accelerate their transition towards sustainable road freight.
Email to email@example.com if you wish to have a copy.
Green Freight Asia held its 3rd Green Freight Leader's Society assembly last 2 August 2018 and was hosted by its member company, Bollore Logistics Singapore.
About 20 senior executives from a dozen organizations attended the gathering where they learned about Bollore Logistics' green initiatives and also GFA's programs. One of the main discussions of the night was on current and future sustainable practices in Asia-Pacific.
The 2-hour informal gathering ended with dinner at the rooftop garden where everyone had a good time knowing and connecting with each other.
We greatly appreciate Bollore Logistics for hosting our 3rd GFLS assembly this year!
DHL Supply Chain - Japan
Congratulations to DHL Supply Chain Japan, which received the GFA Label –
Leaf 3! This award is a testament that the business unit has passed the criteria for regular vehicle maintenance, the use of green technologies to improve fuel efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions and lastly for providing eco-driving training to its drivers. It's no surprise that DHL Japan receives this GFA Label –Leaf 3 award as the company has an extensive sustainability drive under its GoGreen program.
Shanghai Transwin Logistics
Kudos to Shanghai Transwin Logistics too! The transport and logistics company received the GFA Label - Leaf 2 this month. This award is an improvement over their previous GFA Label status, which was Leaf 1, and is an indicator of the company's commitment and progress for green freight practices. Now, Shanghai Transwin employs fuel and carbon reduction in its vehicles and also provided eco-driving training to its drivers.
Al-Futtaim Logistics, an international logistics and freight forwarding company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has been awarded the GFA Label - Leaf 2 green carrier certification. The certification was awarded to Al-Futtaim Logistics for its green initiatives which includes the use of biofuel in their fleet, fuel consumption monitoring, electronic planning tool and transport management technologies.
Al-Futtaim Logistics also focuses on improving driving habits by providing eco-driving training courses to all its drivers. The drivers are given speed & idling time restrictions in an effort to efficiently consume fuel. The company's vehicles are also equipped with technology that reduces friction and improves aerodynamics and are regularly maintained to ensure compliance to fuel emissions standards.
Al-Futtaim's achievement this year reflects its increasing commitment towards greener freight operations and in seeking new ways to be an environmentally friendly and sustainable company.