The Week in brief
Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, the antitrust court in Chile, has approved a merger between LAN Airlines and TAM. According to a joint press release, “the antitrust court’s resolution is complex and considers a series of mitigating measures. Therefore, both companies are currently analyzing in depth the implications and impact of the measures imposed by the court.”
DHL Supply Chain has broken ground on a 15,000-square-meter expansion to its airfreight hub in Leipzig. Designed as an end-of-runway operation, the facility will be opened in May. According to a company press release, “Customers mainly from the life sciences, and healthcare and technology sectors will benefit from this concept, which will allow for very late cut-off times, speed to market and integrated services coordination based on a direct injection into DHL’s express network. The service portfolio is also targeting clients from the automotive, and engineering and manufacturing industries.”
Kuehne+Nagel China has introduced a thrice-weekly, 1,200-kilometer trucking route between Shanghai and Tianjin. In the last few months of the year, the company is also working to establish depots in Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Beijing, Xiamen, Chengdu and Wuhan.
Delta Air Lines has launched a new service enabling cargo carriers to utilize approved GPS devices to track high-value and time-sensitive shipments. It’s a capability Delta officials said could especially benefit shipments of human organs, pharmaceuticals, movie films or technological prototypes. “With the option of greater visibility throughout the entire shipment lifecycle, we expect customer response to grow rapidly,” Neel Shah, senior vice president and chief cargo officer of Delta Cargo, said in a statement.
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