The world is changing
Breakthroughs in technology, consumer behavior and environmental awareness is rapidly changing our landscape presently. Fast moving changes in Physical internet, IT Standards & Analytics, Cloud & Blockchain, Robotics & Automation, Electrification, Autonomous vehicles, New services / Collaborations, makes it superimportant to keep track of what is going on to not loose speed yourself.
If we make a forecast for the next few years, we see that very exciting things will happen in the logistics area. Things that speed up deliveries, make them more accurate and protect goods to an even greater extent. Efficiency gains that drive out costs.
The past year has driven that development. Corona has created new needs and new solutions. And it is digitalisation that is the great enabler, as in so many other industries.
So what do you need to keep in mind, and think about when choosing a logistics partner?
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We will see an even greater ability for group loading and tracking of smaller freight units, as the "Physical internet" grows and becomes standard.
Too many containers and freight vehicles transport empty space or are idle because of operational delays. All too often, disruptions prevent products from reaching consumer markets, adding to the waste that pervades many logistics networks.
The Physical Internet proposes to eliminate these inefficiencies in much the same way that the Internet transformed the flow of information around the globe.
What really matters
Although it may seem that technology will solve everything in our industry - things will happen that creates problem in the supply chain. The last years is a real testament to that and shows that no matter how much you automotize or digitize the personal touch will be crucial.
Your partner's availability, sensitivity and ability to optimize your needs will be really crucial. After all, this is perhaps the most important aspect of any business relationship - how to handle the situations that did not go as expected.
That is why we call our philosophy Relaxogistics. Relaxogistics is based on the idea of providing genuine care and simplicity that allows you to feel calm and secure, every day at work.
Relaxogistics becomes a reality through a unique combination of technology and systems that removes complexity and increases efficiency - but above all our personal service that gives you a dynamic experience. Every day.
We will see a standardization and improved ability for communication and integration between systems, and we will see how analytics and AI help us.
The banking industry developed the SWIFT standard, which makes it possible for banks around the world to execute transactions between customers of different banking systems, no matter their location.
The container shipping sector is paving the new road for data standards. Being part of this standardization process will be important to collect the efficiency gains that it holds.
The customer experience of transport and logistics has the opportunity to be even better. than what it is today. Your expectations of a partner should be raised, because it is possible to expect more of your partner in a fast pace world. A trend that cuts through all industries at the moment is personification. In step with that development, you should be able to make higher demands that the experience is based on just your needs, and strengthens you in your role and makes your everyday life easier.
At APC, we call this Personal Touch and it is embedded in a craftsman spirit that we are very proud of. This is not a slogan but something that is centrally located in our corporate culture and in our values. For us, the degree of personal commitment is always decisive for how service is delivered and perceived. We believe that people will always be the backbone of our business and it is around man and his / her competence and professionalism that quality and trust are built.
Working with us means security
Fast and cost-effective logistics solutions that are optimized based on your needs. Do you recognize that text from any of our colleagues?
At APC, we try to be more than that. We want to be the most personal partner in our industry. At the same time, you can feel a great sense of security with us when it comes to delivery precision and efficiency.
By belonging to Nippon Express Group - one of the world's leading logistics companies - we have access to the most central value in the logistics chain: a global presence and a global network. Specifically, 733 places in 47 countries. In other words, when you work with us at APC, you get a combination of the latest logistics technology, the most sophisticated systems, the right conditions and - not least - the attention you deserve.
Read more about the standard ocean container sizes here
ULD (Unit Loading Device) sizes
The ULD is the container or pallet that most of the cargo on board the flights are loaded into and these containers comes in a lot of different sizes and specifications, depending on the type of aircraft it’s used on, as well as special containers with for example safety doors or temperature regulation.
The specification of the ULD’s dictates the size of the cargo that can be loaded, and the type of aircraft also dictates which type of ULD can be loaded onboard. Below is examples of a few common ULD’s:
LD6, LD3 and a LD9 (pallet/pmc)
Freighter aircrafts or simply ”freighters” are aircrafts that are built and equipped to carry only cargo onboard, with no space for passengers or luggage.
They come in a wide range of sizes and models, some of the more common are the modern long haul flights like Boeing 777 or the classic ”jumbojet” Boeing 747, in some specification with possibility for nose opening, which simplifies loading of large and long pieces.
Max Dimensions 318 x 244 x 160-300 cm
Longer packages are possible to load on the freighters, but may many times be subject to additional fees or higher pivot weights.
Passenger flights (PAX) – Wide-body aircraft
Most of the cargo flown around the world are actually loaded on regular passenger flights, in the belly hold (lower decks).
”Wide bodies” is a common name for larger type of aircrafts, typically accommodating two passenger aisles and is often used for long haul flights. They include but are not limited to the Boeing 777, 787, 747 or the Airbus 380 and 350.
The flights, just like the freighters come in all sizes and shapes, however, they have one thing in common. Even among the largest passenger flights the cargo door is only roughly 160 centimeters high.
This means that almost any cargo, independent of the length or width, cannot be flown on a passenger flight if the height exceeds 160 cm, it must then be flown of a freighter which many times are more expensive and less frequent.
Max dimensions 318 x 240 x 160 cm
Longer packages may be possible to load on the pax flights, but may many times be subject to additional fee or higher pivot weights.
Passenger flights (PAX) – Narrow-body aircraft
The ”narrow bodies” passenger flights are smaller aircrafts mostly used for short haul flights like domestic or for example within Europe. They typically have one passenger aisle and their available cargo and baggage space is much less than that of the bigger wide bodies. The cargo compartment on these flights is severly reduced, and the type of cargo which can be accepted varies largely and it’s not uncommon that these flights can not load packages thare higher than 85-110 cm, depending on the specific type of specification on the flight. Some of these flights also lacks loading equipment for ULD’s so a max weight per package is often imposed in the range of 150 kgs perpackage
Example of common narrow body aircrafts Boeing 737, Airbus 320
Typical max height of cargo 85-110 cm, width and length vary greatly between type of aircraft and it’s specifications.