Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks, Unilever, and Wipro Partners to Form Transform to Net-Zero Initiative

Maersk | July 22, 2020

A.P. Moller - Maersk, Danone, Mercedes-Benz AG, Microsoft, Natura & Co., Nike, Starbucks, Unilever, and Wipro have formed the Transform to net-zero initiative in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and BSR, a global nonprofit organization and consultancy dedicated to sustainable business practices, according to an announcement Tuesday. Citing the climate emergency, member companies have committed to sharing best practices for achieving net-zero emissions across their value chains by no later than 2050, in addition to advocating for broader policy changes to move the private sector toward greater sustainability. The group said it is set to conclude its work in 2025. "Over the past decade, many businesses have committed to net-zero targets," BSR president and CEO Aron Cramer, said in a statement. "It is now time to accelerate the actions needed to achieve this essential goal. Our window for staying under 1.5 degrees of warming is closing, and fast." Corporate sustainability coalitions and individual company commitments to decarbonizing supply chains have cropped up in recent months due in part to growing consumer pressure and recognition of the outsized role the private sector has to play in mitigating climate change.

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LOGISTICS

J&T Express Launches Network in Egypt, Further Expanding Global Footprint

J&T Express | June 22, 2022

J&T Express ("J&T"), an international express logistics company, announced that it has officially launched its network in Egypt. This is another major step in J&T's expansion in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, following the Company's launch of the network in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and announcement of establishing a smart logistics park in Riyadh. This latest expansion brings J&T Express' global network coverage to a total of thirteen countries, expanding its global delivery network to Africa markets beyond Asia and Latin America.E-commerce in the MENA region is fast catching up with global powerhouses. Egypt, as the most populous Arabic country, represents one of the most diversified economies in the MENA region. The total revenue of ecommerce in Egypt reportedly reached $5 billion in 2021. In line with the National e-Commerce Strategy, Egypt aspires to harness the power of e-commerce to help catalyze innovation, growth, and social prosperity in the digital economy. The rapidly growing e-commerce market presents significant opportunities for the express logistics industry. J&T Express has established one sorting center and 10 distribution centers, with its distribution network covering the full country except the North Sinai military command area. Following the company's entry into Latin America earlier this year, it is an important step for the company to continue to further cultivate emerging markets and expand its strategic global footprint. "J&T is an independent e-commerce enabler, offering express delivery solutions to leading e-commerce platforms. By leveraging our expertise of providing efficient and convenient services through our growing global operation network, J&T Express is set to contribute to the faster development of e-commerce in the MENA market and the launch in Egypt bears testament to our commitment to the region." -Charles Hou, Group Vice President of J&T Express Patrick Chen, Head of J&T Express Egypt, said, In view of rapidly increasing internet penetration, the Egyptian market is well-positioned to tap on existing opportunities to further e-commerce development. J&T Express is excited to establish a refined service network in Egypt and offer an efficient, convenient and quality logistics experience to local retailers and customers. With its network launch in Egypt, J&T Express' network now spans thirteen countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt, and serves over 2.5 billion people. About J&T Express J&T Express is a global logistics service provider with leading express delivery businesses in Southeast Asia and China, the largest and fastest-growing market in the world. Founded in 2015, J&T Express' network spans thirteen countries, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Mexico, Brazil and Egypt. Adhering to its "customer-oriented and efficiency-based" mission, J&T Express is committed to providing customers with integrated logistics solutions through intelligent infrastructure and digital logistics network, as part of its global strategy to connect the world with greater efficiency and bring logistical benefits to all.

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FREIGHT

Einride Unveils Expanded Product Offerings at First User Conference, Einride Mesh

Einride | May 21, 2022

Swedish freight technology company Einride announced at Einride Mesh the unveiling of new product offerings to its hardware and software lineups including designs for an Einride Trailer and new features and functionality on the Einride Saga platform. These build outs of the Saga UI experience via new apps and a new API (application programming interface) developer platform, in addition to presenting what is possible for the future of Einride’s hardware, further underline the company’s deepening offering of freight mobility solutions for customers. “By offering these latest product offerings with Saga and showcasing our latest designs for future electric freight hardware, we are able to tap into an even larger potential to help shippers transition towards electric and being able to cost competitively reach their sustainability goals, We’re looking at almost an entire sector that is still non-electric, and we want to speed up this transition by proactively seeking out what the future needs of the growing electric, autonomous shipping industry will be and creating the necessary solutions.” -Robert Falck, Founder and CEO of Einride. First of its kind electric semi-trailer: the Einride Trailer Hardware designs for an all-new Einride Trailer, an electric road semi-trailer powered by Saga were unveiled as a solution to optimize fleet utilization and the total cost of operations. Designed for seamless integration with Einride electric and autonomous vehicles for optimal performance, the trailer will also be compatible with conventional electric semi-trucks. Enabled by Saga, the Einride Trailer will provide AI based insights into the cargo being transported by providing real-time data across key touch points including loading route planning, fill rates, cargo monitoring and preventative maintenance. An extended range of up to 650 km on a single charge will be possible with all-new Einride 320 kwh batteries that will be incorporated with the Einride Trailer production. The designs will continue further iterations, with plans to have production for initial piloting complete in 2023. Einride Saga’s powering of electric fleets continues to expand Saga’s all-encompassing digital platform features a suite of powerful apps for end-to-end electric and autonomous freight and was originally launched in 2021 in conjunction with the official Einride U.S. expansion. Today marked the first time an expanded and revised UI of the first original apps, Evolve, Explore, Book and Orchestrate, were showcased. Existing and new customers will have access to these latest features starting in October of this year. Evolve: generates plans to electrification and automation by identifying electrification sweet spots and defining potential environmental impact Explore: visualizes data across cost insights, fill rates, CO2 emissions, and more Book: tracks shipments from creation to final delivery and can be integrated with shippers current order management system Orchestrate: bridges communications between automated transport planning and human interaction to ensure the entire network of electric trucks and chargers are displayed in real time. An API developer platform, Einride Extend, allowing access and scalable adoption of Einride’s software to a larger ecosystem of shippers was also unveiled, in addition to sneak peeks of three additional apps – Deliver, Dock, Own. Einride Extend: the API developer platform will make use of Saga's models, data and intelligence available across open-source software. An alpha version of the Book API will be the first available offering on the platform, opening up a scalable way to order transport via Einride Saga. The platform will be available at the end of 2022 to existing customers. Deliver, Dock and Own: further app features across driver instructions, connections between shipping terminals and profitability monitoring will be introduced in future platform updates. Apps will be officially released in 2023. Inaugural Einride Mesh celebrates collaboration across tech, sustainability and culture Einride Mesh 2022, hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden and streamed globally, was the first of a new annual event hosted by Einride celebrating the movers and shakers across tech, sustainability and culture. The day featured programming to encourage learning, networking and discussions, featuring keynotes from renowned entrepreneurs and innovators such as Olympian Nils van der Poel and leaders from other sustainable brands, X Shore, Heart Aerospace, Mimbly and CAKE, along with others. Full demos of the latest Einride products were also showcased by Einride leadership team members across Product and Tech. “Our goal with the inaugural Einride Mesh was simple: create a platform for thought leaders to come together and share how we can create a better future, regardless of what industry we sit in, To see leaders, students, investors and culture influencers gather together is a true testament to the impact that is possible for creating sustainable futures when wider audiences collaborate together.” -Linnéa Kornehed, co-founder and CMO of Einride. To learn more about Einride please visit https://www.einride.tech/. For shippers or developers working with road freight and interested in finding out more about Saga and applying for early access, visit www.einride.tech/saga. About Einride Einride is a leading freight technology company providing digital, electric, and autonomous shipping. It was founded in 2016 and became the world’s first company to operate an autonomous, electric freight vehicle on a public road in 2019. Einride´s award-winning technology and products enable users to execute on electrification and automation, order and track shipments, oversee routes and assignments, visualize data and gain insights. For more information, please visit einride.tech.

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LOGISTICS,TRANSPORTATION

Schneider awarded Dedicated Traditional Operation Carrier of the Year Award from Dollar General

Schneider | June 30, 2022

Schneider (NYSE: SNDR), a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services is honored to have been named 2021 Dedicated Traditional Operation Carrier of the Year by budget retailer Dollar General. We are thrilled to be recognized by Dollar General for our continued dedication to superior service, said Schneider Senior Vice President of Van Truckload John Bozec. By working together, our relations continue to strengthen and create the best business outcomes. The award recognizes the operation with the highest combined service level, driver utilization and capacity goal across the Dry Goods Dollar General Network, which includes over 40 individual operations. “Outside of the metrics, we also see a relentless dedication to our business from Schneider associates and drivers – from executive leadership at headquarters, to the field, to the distribution center,” -Director of Outbound Transportation for Dollar General, Blake Reasons. Schneider offers a range of services to meet unique supply chain needs. To learn more about Schneider’s broad portfolio of transportation and logistics services, visit: https://schneider.com/our-services. About Schneider Schneider is a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. Offering one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management, Port Logistics and Logistics Consulting.With $5.6 billion in annual revenue, Schneider has been safely delivering superior customer experiences and investing in innovation for over 85 years. The company’s digital marketplace, Schneider FreightPower®, is revolutionizing the industry giving shippers access to an expanded, highly flexible capacity network and provides carriers with unmatched access to quality drop-and-hook freight – Always Delivering, Always Ahead.

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TRANSPORTATION

Shipwell Introduces Load Optimization as Part of Its Transportation Management System

Shipwell | May 18, 2022

Shipwell, an industry leader in cloud-based shipping and logistics, announced the release of a load optimization feature built directly into the company’s transportation management system (TMS). This feature helps customers significantly reduce the time it takes to plan and route shipments, the costs associated with moving them and the carbon emissions produced by the carriers hauling them.Combining orders into shipments is often a manual process done by an individual or team within the logistics department, who utilize third-party software or spreadsheets outside of their TMS. “Shippers finding ways to optimally consolidate orders into shipments and route those shipments with the fewest number of trucks required is critical, With the ever-increasing capacity constraints since the start of COVID-19, exacerbated by crunches such as produce season, load optimization is one of the biggest areas of need. Even with rates for truckload dry van and reefer dropping from historic highs, packing multiple customer orders into the most ideal mode allows a greater quantity to be dispatched at once, greatly reducing both the costs for the shipper and the number of miles those shipments need to travel before reaching their destination.” -Shipwell co-founder and CEO Greg Price How load optimization works to help shippers Shipwell’s load optimization feature leverages a proprietary algorithm to assess each individual order’s details, including size, weight, locations, pickup and delivery times. In a matter of seconds, the orders are consolidated into the most cost-efficient routes and modes. By utilizing Shipwell’s integrated pricing intelligence tool, the feature forecasts individual load rates and compares them to optimized routes to provide a clear picture of the potential savings. The feature eliminates customers’ need to manually import and export data from third-party planning tools while providing shippers with the ability to customize load plans. Whenever an order is manually added or removed from a shipment plan, the algorithm automatically recalculates the cost and most efficient route for the shipment. The tool helps planners save time and money. We used to spend four to five hours per week manually planning our shipments and looking for multi-stop truckload opportunities that would lower our shipping costs, said Debbie Lombardo, shipping manager at Tarrier Foods, a Columbus-based supplier of candy and nuts. “Shipwell’s load optimization feature has changed how we operate, and has helped us uncover routes we wouldn’t have considered, or realized were an option. Beta customers who partnered with Shipwell in developing the load optimization tool have realized savings ranging from 20% to 40% through consolidating their orders into full truckload or less-than-truckload shipments, and routing the trucks in the most efficient routes possible — all while ensuring delivery windows are met. Load optimization makes it easy for me to find consolidation opportunities that save us money and minimize our shipping costs,” said Angela Steele, head of inventory and planning at Crowd Cow, a Seattle-based supplier of sustainably sourced meat and seafood. I had never scheduled freight before, and Shipwell made the process so easy to learn and stay on top of all the moving pieces. After only a month of running freight, I now feel confident in my ability to work with carriers and know that I am getting the best rates. Efficient routing using the tool also ensures the shippers may reduce the carbon footprint of their shipments. One beta customer was able to reduce more than 10,000 pounds of carbon emissions by slashing the distance driven by more than 2,700 miles for just one shipment batch. To learn more about the ways that Shipwell enables shippers to efficiently plan and route shipments, request a demo today. About Shipwell In a world where shipping expectations and complexity are greater than ever, Shipwell is on a mission to empower supply chain efficiency at scale across every company size, stage, and industry. Supply chain solutions today are highly disconnected, rigid, and difficult to use, but Shipwell is disrupting the status quo. Our solution combines everything our customers need in a comprehensive platform that adapts as the market and business demands change, so they can effectively manage the entire process in one place and never have to rip and replace. Shipwell is proud to be recognized by industry experts as a leader in shipping and logistics, including Gartner Magic Quadrant for TMS, Forbes 2020 Next Billion-Dollar Startup, and was named fourth fastest-growing company in North America on the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. To learn more, visit www.shipwell.com.

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The trading industry has grown over the years in different areas of the business world, especially in how it affected the online community’s ability to market different products. The import and export business is still the most lucrative industry anyone could venture into.Aside from the full range of goods to choose from, playing a critical role as an importer/exporter can help you generate anywhere from a few thousand to millions of dollars monthly in revenue.

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