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TK’Blue Customer Survey Results: Why Reducing The Environmental Impact Of Goods Transportation Pays Off

Catherine Ryall - 12-sept.-2018 15:36:36
TK’Blue   is an accreditation and rating agency which specialises in goods transportation. Its service platform measures the environmental performance of the carriers, shippers and freight forwarders in a company’s supply chain. It covers all modes of transport: road, rail, sea, river and air. TK’Blue conducted a survey of 50 of its customers on the effectiveness of its platform in mid-2018. The results revealed: • Almost a third of respondents have lowered their transport costs as a result of using TK’Blue’s platform • A fifth of respondents have reduced their social and environmental footprint: CO2, pollution, etc. • 15% have improved their compliance with transport regulations Why does TK’Blue have over 1000 users? • 70% of shippers and freight forwarders’ main requirement is to measure CO 2 /GHG emissions and then reduce them. • Shippers’ require a reliable third party to take detailed measurements of emissions produced by freight transportation. This is because initial studies are usually carried out internally, relying on national averages and estimated ratios, not providing shippers with enough concrete information for change. • Shippers also use TK’Blue’s findings to choose more efficient vehicles, change modes of transport, and control the transport cost per ton-km. TK’Blue provide key information for decision makers The survey demonstrates the value of sustainability efforts undertaken by shippers which are communicated to transport providers (57%), to their top managers and in CSR reports (28%). What role do the respondents play in the supply chain? • 86% shippers, 14% freight forwarders • Decision makers: Transport Directors (31%), CSR Directors (23%), Logistics Managers (15%), QHSE Managers (8%), Supply Chain Vice-Presidents (23%). Shippers and freight forwarders use a range of tools from TK’Blue’s platform: • CO2/GHG report (26%) • analysis via the monitoring on-line dashboard (21%) • annual rating report (28%) • monthly activity reports (25%). The TK’Blue team will be able to demonstrate the benefits of using the platform at upcoming conferences: •  eWorld Procurement & Supply , London, 3rd October, 3pm: Chris Hinfray, Vice President of TK’Blue, will lead a 40-minute workshop on ’Sustainable Transport: a pain or a gain’, during which a TK’Blue client will share their experience of using the platform and the benefits the solution has brought to their company. •  Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe , London, 10th-11th October: Christine Roucher, UK Director of TK’Blue Agency, will take part in a panel discussion on ’delivering smart, clean, agile delivery systems’. About TK’Blue TK’Blue is a transport accreditation and rating agency operating as a service platform. It measures, rates, and values the environmental performance of each carrier, shipper and freight forwarder in compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements regarding CO2 emissions and CSR at a European level. Its European governance, composed of more than 70 representatives in the supply chain guarantees in the long-term, legitimacy, credibility, development and independence. The platform is available on the cloud as SaaS and is free for carriers of any transport mode. TK’Blue has over 1,000 users, including major enterprises such as Michelin, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, Carrefour, XPO Logistics, Metro, Galeries Lafayette, Saint-Gobain Glass Logistics. All enjoy significant benefits in Transport, Compliance, CSR and Brand Image. To find out more, watch this   video   or visit   TK’Blue’s website For more information, or to arrange a meeting with the TK’Blue teams at  eWorld Procurement & Supply  & Responsible Supply Chain Summit , contact: Marcia Assuncao, Head of Communications & Marketing marcia.assuncao@ tkblueagency. com + 33 (0) 1 71 39 80 71 / + 33 (0) 6 30 04 97 60

TK’Blue, rating goods transport to improve economic, environmental and social performance

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 29-mars-2017 13:12:00
Founded in 2011, TK’Blue is an accreditation and rating agency which specialises in goods transport. Designed as a service platform for the sector’s various players – carriers, shippers and freight forwarders – it covers all modes of transport: road, rail, sea, river and air. Bolstered by its success in France, TK’Blue is now keen to bring its innovative service platform to an international clientele, particularly in the United Kingdom, Germany and the US. It is currently seeking partners and customers who will act as early adopters in these countries. Tailored objective assessments to improve services for everyone In line with EU directives and taking into account all associated negative externalities (greenhouse gases/CO 2 , particles, pollution, noise, congestion, accidents, etc.), TK’Blue allows organisations to increase the economic performance of their supply-chain and, simultaneously, evaluate and manage the social and environmental impact of their transport operations. TK’Blue accredits carriers based on an online questionnaire, awarding them a TK’T score in the process. The score is directly proportional to: ·        - the quality of their equipment ·        - their facilities ·        - the training offered to their drivers. This accreditation is free of charge for road haulage firms. The analytical criteria used to generate the TK’T score are tailored to the specifics of each mode of transport and were selected and validated by experts , scientists and European transport professionals . The TK’T score is the first to offer shippers an objective assessment of the performance (punctuality, security) they can expect from the transport fleets of their service providers. Consequently, shippers can easily identify areas to improve and work on with their service providers. Shippers can also take advantage of detailed and continually updated information regarding their transport operations. This allows them to meet the latest reporting requirements in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and their CSR commitments. Big brands are already on board TK’Blue has already convinced dozens of major shippers such as Carrefour, Procter&Gamble, Sanofi, Castorama, METRO, Adisseo, BIC, Bekaert, Pernod-Ricard, Sephora as well as thousands of carriers in Europe.   ‘In 2016, BIC Europe chose TK’Blue to improve and, in the long run, replace their existing transportation performance measurement system. TK’Blue is now providing an improved and extremely flexible measurement which respects our legal obligations. We use it for our internal analysis.Both in Europe and around the world, BIC relies on TK’Blue to simplify the CSR impact measurement of its transport services. After a trial period in Europe, we will also extend TK’Blue’s services to all our subsidiaries in order to provide a unique, reliable and common measurement.’   Pierre Daurces, Supply Chain Manager at BIC Europe Consumer Continuing to improve the transport and logistics sector for everyone Philippe Mangeard, President and Founder of TK’Blue, underlined his ambition to ‘ improve the economic and environmental performance of the transport services provided to shippers by raising the profile of carriers offering the best equipment and staff. We want to go beyond a rationale that focuses solely on the price of transport and instead boost operation reliability, security and punctuality’. About TK’Blue: TK’Blue is an extra-financial transport rating agency that takes the form of a service platform. It evaluates, rates and values the environmental performance of every stakeholder in the chain – be they carriers, freight forwarders or shippers – in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements related to CO 2 emissions and CSR, at both national and European levels. Its cross-European governance, which includes more than 60 individuals representing the logistics chain’s various stakeholders, experts and operators, enhances its legitimacy, as well as its credibility, development, fitness for purpose and independence in the long term. TK’Blue and environmental analysis specialists Vigeo Eiris signed a methodological partnership in 2016. For more information, visit: https://www.tkblueagency.eu To find out more about TK’Blue, please contact: Claire Commaille who works for TK’Blue in the UK would be delighted to set up meetings at two shows in Birmingham on 5 th April 2017 : -         -  Multimodal -         -   Traffex Claire Commaille, claire.commaille@tkblueagency.eu , +44 (0)73 9877 9929 In Paris : Nicolas Darfeuille,  nicolas.darfeuille@tkblueagency.eu , + 33 1 71 39 80 70 Website: www.tkblueagency.eu For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Website:   www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/  

It’s still full steam ahead for French Rail at InnoTrans 2016

Catherine Ryall - 29-juin-2016 11:46:24
Business France, the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is organising France’s iconic pavilion at the InnoTrans Fair, an international trade show for the rail industry. Of the 95 French companies exhibiting and showcasing their products, services and expertise, nearly 30% are new exhibitors. Many of them will be accompanied by their cluster or region; they will be exhibiting on the three French Pavilions which are located in Halls 3.2, 11.2 and 26b, spread over a total floor space of more than 18,000sq ft. Furthermore, nearly 90 other companies will strengthen the French presence at InnoTrans with their own stands. 5 sponsors from the industrial and high technology fields will demonstrate French savoir-faire and will be collaborating in partnership with Business France for the fair: CENTRALP , a leader in embedded electronics ( www.centralp.fr ), CIM , a group specialising in rolling stock maintenance ( www.cimgroupe.com ), CORYS , a benchmark for driving simulator design and manufacture ( www.corys.com ), FLERTEX , an expert in disc brake linings and brake shoes ( www.flertex.fr ) and NEXTER ELECTRONICS , embedded electronic systems engineering professionals ( www.nexter-group.fr ).   3 questions for Marie-Gabrielle Vaillandet, organiser of the Business France pavilion: Why was Fer de France chosen as Business France’s partner for this year’s InnoTrans? This is the second time that Fer de France is a partner of the France pavilion. Created in 2012, Fer de France is a professional organisation which brings together all rail stakeholders, both public and private, including: public authorities, transport authorities, passenger and freight transport operators, infrastructure managers, manufacturers and engineering companies. Together they represent more than an estimated €30 billion of turnover for the rail industry and around 300,000 jobs. Fer de France’s presence on the French Pavilion is consistent with its mission to ensure the excellence and expertise of the entire French rail industry serves global visions and shared ambitions both in France and abroad. Fer de France aims to highlight the efficiency of its partner organisations, which include competitiveness clusters, universities, schools and technological research institutes. Committed to energy transition and controlling climate change, Fer de France wishes to highlight the challenge of the modal shift to clean modes of transport, such as rail, which is the most efficient in terms of energy consumption, decongestion and its use of infrastructure and spaces. This is why Fer de France continues its collaboration with Business France through a website aimed at promoting French rail abroad: www.french-rail-industry.com . Their English-language website promotes the entire industry, identifies a number of French companies’ key projects abroad, as well as major events in which they participate during the year. The website allows foreign buyers to consult the profiles of French companies of their choice, and to contact them directly through a dedicated matchmaking platform. France is recognised as an innovative country in the rail industry; how will the innovations be highlighted? For the first time, we will be organising a Grand Prix for SMEs and mid-market companies ; for Business France, this means continuing its supportive role by encouraging the efforts of the French Pavilion companies in promoting and launching new products. The selection is being launched and will primarily concern the mechanical components sector, followed by the electronic systems and safety control sectors. What are the strengths of the French rail offer? The expertise of the French exhibitors, along with their technological skills and their innovative capacity are part of what allows the French rail industry to be recognised internationally and ranked 3 rd in the world. In Europe, the French rail sector, bolstered by 1,500 companies and a turnover of more than €4 billion – including €1.2 billion in exports - occupies 2 nd place behind Germany. It is a sector of excellence for the country, with a world class reputation and boasting one or more international champions in each of its business lines. At InnoTrans, exhibitors on the France pavilion will represent all sectors of the rail industry. Among the most prominently represented are: mechanical components for rolling stock (45%), carriage fitting (17%), infrastructure (14%) and embedded electronic systems on trains (12%). Foreign professionals can already find out more about the French rail industry’s indisputable expertise at: www.french-rail-industry.com and come and meet them in the following areas: Hall 3.2 stand 301, Hall 11.2 stand 110, Hall 26b Stand 115     For more information: B USINESS FRANCE Marie-Gabrielle VAILLANDE Rail Project Manager Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 73 32 34 E-mail: marie-gabrielle.vaillandet@businessfrance.fr Website: www.businessfrance.fr     For further information on this press release, contact: Business France UK Press Office Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr / alice.faure.int @businessfrance.fr       Web: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

SITL Europe 2016 promises a content-rich programme serving transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain, Paris 22-25 March

Alice Faure - 18-févr.-2016 17:53:38
The only exhibition in France and internationally to cover all the links in transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain is SITL Europe 2016, taking place on 22-25 March in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte. It is a hub for discussion and discovery on the challenges, trends and innovations in the sector. More than 100 conferences will take place during the exhibition The 2016 conference programme consists of 10 highlighted themes which have been designed and will be chaired by the members of the Strategic Committee, all of whom are logistics, transport and/or supply chain directors of major companies in manufacturing and retail. They will focus on new consumer expectations, sustainable development, the link between industrial logistics and e-commerce, urban logistics, tracking the cold chain, the spare parts supply chain, distribution networks evolution, the digital revolution and the new business of operational excellence. For several years now, an increasing number of special programmes have been developed for SITL Europe: A series of conferences will be opened on 22 March, with the World Transport & Logistics Forum and the bi-annual presentation by the World Bank of their study into logistics competitiveness. This will be followed by the Overseas Day (22 March), the Waterways Programme (22 March), Maritime Day (23 March), European Rail Freight Day (24 March), and a further series of conferences focusing on dangerous goods logistics (22-25 March).   The programme is concluded with a series of conferences dedicated to Intralogistics (22‑25 March) and a further one on new generation transport equipment (22-25 March). New to the agenda is the first African Logistics Conference , “ Gearing up Africa!”, which explores establishing a logistics chain in Africa. Finally, the first “ Start-up Contest ” has been introduced to the sixteenth edition of the Logistics Innovation Awards this year. Attendees such as Coca-Cola Enterprise, Bolloré Logistics and the start-up Shippeo are representative of the rich variety of the programmes taking place at SITL Europe 2016.   Promoting sustainable logistics Following COP21 in Paris in 2015, sustainable supply chains will be subject to a special focus on the opening day of the exhibition on 22 March, with a conference dedicated to Green Logistics. The conference will feature several programmes aimed at reducing greenhouse gases in transport together with the Fret 21 charter supported by shippers. “With the initiatives of the AUTF, the ADEME and the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, this process is in complete synchronisation with our policy of social and environmental responsibility which aims to achieve a reduction by one third of the carbon footprint of our products by 2020. On the basis of voluntary commitments, Fret 21 helps us establish our objectives and provides technical support to measure its impact.”   – Eric   Desbonnets, Logistics and Client Services Director at Coca-Cola Enterprise (where transport represents 6% of the total emissions)   By following a structured process comprising three courses of action, Coca-Cola Enterprise is therefore committed to reducing its transport CO2 emissions by 30%: 1.   The first course of action is to reduce the number of kilometres travelled by moving production closer to demand, knowing that 90% of soft drinks sold in France by Coca-Cola Enterprise are produced within the country.   “ Since 2009, an investment of €265 million to increase production and reduce carbon footprint has resulted in our five national factories producing almost all our packaging. With rigorous stock management, these measures have reduced our average delivery kilometres to 273km. Over half of the journeys are for less than 150km.” 2.    With collaborative approaches developed with clients and suppliers, the second course of action involves optimisation of the lorries used on the road by using techniques such as “back hauling” and “front hauling”, direct delivery and shared services so as to reduce empty kilometres. 3.   Thirdly, an increase in use of alternative transport and fuel such as using LNG vehicles and combined rail-road transport. Gearing up Africa Responding to an increased interest in Africa, on 22-24 March, SITL Europe 2016 is offering a series of conferences dedicated to the logistics challenges on this continent. “With more than a billion inhabitants and a rapidly developing middle class comprising 130 million consumers, Africa offers an exceptional opportunity supported by multi-billion euro investment programmes in all areas of industry and distribution. In the last five years, economic growth has exceeded 5%.” – Edouard de Vergeron, Managing Director for Africa at Bolloré Logistics Large-scale e-commerce projects With a continuous presence in Africa for over 50 years, Bolloré Logistics is one of the key participants in this series of conferences. Employing 23,100 people, its integrated network covers 46 countries and is complemented with local partners. This gives Bolloré Logistics unequalled expertise in administrative and customs procedures, port and airport transit and management of overland road and rail corridors which provide secure access to landlocked countries. "To control, trace and track in real time across the whole continent, Bolloré Logistics has created an exclusive solution called LINK. It allows our clients to follow their operations with a single interface and a mobile application used by our teams and partners on the ground. From the order through to proof of delivery and reporting, analyses and KPI’s, LINK delivers unique value-added services in the market.” Designed to respond to the logistics requirements of all industries and also of large-scale projects, Bolloré Logistics’ current African network of 300 warehouses is able to support the development of e-commerce businesses such as C-Discount.   Start-up Contest SITL Europe 2016 is also organising the first edition of the Start-up Contest. “This initiative recognises the most innovative start-up in the transport and logistics sector,” explains Alain Bagnaud, Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics Director. Shippeo has developed an innovative solution to manage road chartering allowing the connection in real time of the order givers and their transporters in order to facilitate sharing information and carry out real time tracking of transport services. “The Start-up Contest is a unique opportunity in terms of visibility and awareness for our product. It is an occasion for start-ups to present their innovations to professionals in the sector and to find future partners for large scale development.” – Jean-Bastien Dussart , Co-founder of Shippeo The contest is split into two phases. Having sent their entry between 1 and 26 February, the start-ups go through a first selection process. On 8 March, eight pre-selected entrants are chosen. They are then invited to give a five minute presentation in front of a jury on Friday 25 March at 9:30am. The winner will be announced on 25 March during the sixteenth edition of the Logistics Innovation Awards, taking place at 12pm in Hall 6/Plenary Hall at the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte. The wi nning start-up will also be awarded with the use of a 9m² exhibitor stand at SITL 2017 in Paris. For further information regarding any of the special programmes and conferences taking place at SITL Europe 2016 or the Start-up Contest, visit www.sitl.eu/en/Home/ or contact: Silviane Dubail, Press Relations Adviser SD Com Tel: +33 (0)6 07 53 53 43 Email: sdubail@sdcom.fr For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr

A high-quality and varied French offering on show at Oceanology International 2016

Fran Lambert - 01-févr.-2016 17:54:49
Sixteen innovative French companies will be showcasing products, technologies and innovations across a 180m 2 area on the Business France pavilion (stands J200, K200 and K300) at the Oceanology International 2016 trade show, ExCeL London on 15-17 March. Business France, the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy, will be organising the pavilion in partnership with the Méditerranée and Bretagne Atlantique “Pôle Mer” innovation clusters. Oceanology International is Europe’s only event targeting marine exploitation, research, the offshore industry (oil, gas and renewable energies), instrumentation, geophysics and all sectors applicable to the marine environment. As such, it represents an ideal opportunity for French suppliers keen to meet with key decision-makers, find a partner or introduce their products and technologies to foreign professionals in the sector. According to the Pôle Mer clusters, France’s maritime economy currently represents revenue of €53 billion and employs 300,000 people. The world’s second largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ), with a maritime surface area of 11 million km 2 , France definitely has a strong hand to play when it comes to capturing a significant share of these expanding markets. New activities, which did not exist ten years ago, are now worth almost $190 billion. Between now and 2020, emerging markets such as extraction of marine minerals, marine energy, algae-based biofuels and aquaculture should generate global sales of almost $450 billion a year. Come and see the full range of French expertise at stands J200, K200 and K300 on the Business France pavilion , where the following companies will be exhibiting: CADDEN SARL : supplies sensors and systems for positioning, guidance, oceanography and navigation – www.cadenn.fr CISCREA : cameras and subsea lighting, subsea junction boxes and switches – www.ciscrea.fr COMEX SA : the global leader in human and robotic subsea engineering, technology and intervention – www.comex.fr FIT ESIC : an engineering company specialising in high-precision surveys and measurement – www.fit-esic.fr FLUIDION SAS : autonomous sampling and measurement systems for environmental monitoring – www.fluidion.com HYDROPTIC SARL : measurement and control devices and meteorological equipment – www.hydroptic.com IFREMER : marine exploitation research institute – www.ifremer.fr LAPP MULLER : custom cabling systems for maritime and subsea work – www.lappgroup.com OPEN OCEAN SAS : online decision support solutions for the marine industry (on-demand metocean studies) – www.openocean.fr OSEAN SAS : subsea lighting and electronic systems for subsea intervention – www.osean.fr POLE MER BRETAGNE ATLANTIQUE and POLE MER MEDITERRANNEE : innovation clusters with a global reach; development of the maritime and coastal economy – www.pole-mer.fr SATT OUEST VALORISATION : offers businesses attractive innovation resources resulting from public research – www.ouest-valorisation.fr SIG FRANCE : marine seismic equipment, sparker and boomer sources, acoustic sources and electrodes (the multi-strand model of which is well known on ships) – www.marine-seismic-equipments.com SUBSEA TECH : subsea cameras, subsea intervention and inspection, and surface drones – www.subsea-tech.com TECHNICAP : a full range of products and measurement instruments for the marine industry – www.technicap.com A full list of French exhibitors on the Business France pavilion at Oceanology International 2016 can be found here: www.oceanologyinternational.com/     About Business France   Business France is the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the International Company Volunteering (V.I.E.) scheme.   Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners.   For more information on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr or contact:   Claude Ménard, Project Manager Business France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 30 97 E-mail: claude.menard@businessfrance.fr Website: www.businessfrance.fr   For more information on this press release, contact:   Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/
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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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