Logistics service provider Kuehne + Nagel has announced the launch of KN Pledge, the first online sea-freight solution with guaranteed lead time.
Despite technological advances in the transportation sector, delays can still occur due to terminal, rail or road congestion, adverse weather conditions, or other disruptions to the supply chain.
KN Pledge, however, is said to guarantee lead time for full container transportation, accounting for all delivery combinations from origin to destination.
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In order to provide this solution, Kuehne + Nagel draws on digital technologies, big data and live vessel information provided by its online platform Sea Explorer.
In addition to this, customers who have booked KN Pledge will not pay the freight charges in the event of a delay and are promised extended cargo liability for a range of damages to containers.
The user can also leverage the service to take a more active role in decreasing the environmental impact of shipping activity, as Kuehne + Nagel will offset the carbon footprint of the customer’s transport by contributing to “nature-based projects” in Asia, Africa and South America.
Otto Schacht, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel, said: “We are proud to be the first in sea-freight logistics to provide this innovative and comprehensive pledge to our customers.
“What is special about this Kuehne + Nagel online service solution is that it enables our customers to receive offers for FCL in addition to LCL shipments within seconds – from virtually any point in the world to any other point with an additional guaranteed lead time.”