Rhenus has acquired the international freight forwarder and logistics solutions provider, Freight Logistics, headquartered in Miami, Florida. Separately, Rhenus has introduced RHEGREEN so air cargo customers can reduce their carbon footprint
Following its most recent acquisitions in Canada and South Africa, Rhenus has further increased its North American presence by US-based Freight Logistics.
Freight Logistics operates its own consolidation hub located near the International Airport in Miami, and has its own offices in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Following prior acquisitions by the Rhenus Group in Brazil and Canada, the acquisition of Freight Logistics will further strengthen the presence of Rhenus Air & Ocean in the Americas.
Freight Logistics was founded in 2001 by Gabriel de Godoy in San José, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, with the aim of providing international transportation and fulfillment services to manufacturers, distributors, systems integrators and resellers of high technology products in the United States and Latin America. Today, the company specialises in supply-chain solutions, international transportation (air & ocean), customs brokerage, compliance, warehousing and distribution. Freight Logistics is IATA-accredited and a licensed NVOCC.
Separately, Rhenus branch Rhenus Logistics Air & Ocean has introduced a worldwide air freight carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction programme, called RHEGREEN. A free-of-charge service, RHEGREEN offers the opportunity to choose a ‘greener’ aircraft for the shipment of cargo by air freight, says Rhenus.
The company has established a system that calculates rankings for airlines by considering the aircraft types, fuel efficiency and the distances involved. It is based on which aircraft is the most efficient in terms of carbon dioxide emissions on any route. The calculation system, which was validated by an external organisation, enables reductions of between 10 and 40% in CO2 emissions.
For example, by choosing the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the shipment of 1,000 kilograms from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Shanghai, customers can save one ton of CO2 in comparison to the average CO2 emissions on that particular route.
Rhenus now offers the RHEGREEN service from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to five destinations: Chicago, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore with plans to expand to other destinations from Frankfurt, Brussels, Madrid and other origins in the coming months.
RHEGREEN was developed by Krista Zuurmond, Quality Manager, and Frank Swart, Procurement & Product Development Air, at Rhenus Logistics Air & Ocean in the Netherlands. Their aim is to create awareness for the possibility of sending air freight with lower CO2 emissions and thus lead to heightened awareness throughout the entire logistics chain.
RHEGREEN is one of several projects that are part of a corporate initiative entitled Rhevo, a Rhenus in-house innovation initiative to encourage and animate employees to identify and further develop innovative ideas on processes and products by means of digital concepts as well as establish new ideas on services.