In the Precision Software News Round-Up: 4 September 2018, GLS buys Dicom; Theresa May urges further Russian sanctions; Canada’s NAFTA woes continue; DHL builds a new Austrian facility and construction also begins on the southern hemisphere’s biggest logistics premises.
Construction has begun on what will be the most extensive parcel and delivery premises in the southern hemisphere. The development, led by Goodman Group and Australia Post, will be equivalent in size to 10 football fields. It will have the capacity to process up to 700,000 parcels per day. Australia Post has also committed to a 15 year lease. Parcel volumes in Australia are soaring due to the increase in online shopping. Bob Black, Group Chief Operating Officer for Australia Post believes this investment will ensure they are prepared for future volume growth. The first stage of construction will finish by the end of this year and final completion is on target for October 2019. For more information, please see Logistics Magazine.
More construction news this week! DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight have started construction of new facilities at Vienna Airport. DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Freight will each build a freight terminal at the facility. The project also includes 12,000m² of warehouse space and around 3,500m² of office space. The facility should be complete in the first quarter of 2019 and will employ 250 people. For more information, please click here.
General Logistics Services (GLS) has bought Canadian parcel delivery company Dicom. GLS is a subsidiary of Royal Mail. Dicom Canada operates business-to-business parcel services across Canada, focusing primarily on the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The company offers ground-based parcel as well as freight and logistics services. The acquisition will total C$360 million. President, Rick Barnes, will remain in control of Dicom. For more information please see Post&Parcel.
This week, US President Donald Trump reiterated his threat to exclude Canada from the new NAFTA deal. Last week, the US and Mexico reached an agreement as they announced a bilateral trade deal. President Trump stated there is “no political necessity” to include Canada in the new deal and also accused Canada of "abuse". Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, believes that a trilateral trade deal which benefits all three countries is still possible. For more information, please see CNNPolitics
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called on the European Union to impose further sanctions on Russia. British officials have identified two Russian nationals as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Prime Minister claimed that the suspects, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, are GRU officers — Russian military intelligence. May told MPs that due to GRU involvement, the poisoning was likely sanctioned by the senior Russian officials. May urged the EU to impose new sanctions on Russia. “We will also push for new EU sanctions regimes against those responsible for cyber-attacks and gross human rights violations – and for new listings under the existing regime against Russia,” she said. For more details, please see the Irish Times.