A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced it has signed an international freight supply chain management partnership with Unilever.
The four-year agreement comes into effect from the start of 2022 and will see the development and management of Unilever’s International Control Tower Solution. This operational management solution which will consolidate the execution of its global ocean and air transport aims to enhance the company’s visibility, increase its efficiency, and drive reductions in emissions across its operations.
As per the agreement, Maersk will provide operational management of international ocean and air transport underpinned by its digital supply chain platform NeoNav.
The NeoNav platform unifies the physical and digital logistics worlds to give end-to-end transparency, control, and improved decision-making based on data insights. Unilever will use this to bring further resilience, agility and end-to-end visibility to its supply chain which covers over 190 countries across the globe.
“We are excited that Unilever has chosen our logistics expertise and our technical platform NeoNav to provide an overview of the links that make up its ocean and air logistics operations. At the same time NeoNav also offers actionable insights on how to optimise the supply chain, for example in terms of carbon emissions,” said Aymeric Chandavoine, Head of Logistics & Services at Maersk.
“Unilever having one of the most effective supply chains in the world, we are glad that we can further support Unilever, enhancing their resilience and transparency through our digital platform and taking it to the next level.”
Michelle Grose, Vice President of Global Logistics and Fulfilment at Unilever, added “We’re delighted to be working with Maersk to unify our global ocean and air logistics operations. Not only does this end-to-end approach ensure better service for our customers and reduce business waste, the added visibility will also help us mitigate risk, increase agility, and help us achieve our company-wide target of becoming carbon neutral by 2039.”
Maersk has also recently unveiled the design for its new 16,000 TEU vessels powered by carbon-neutral methanol.
Announced in December 2021, the vessels are set to be 250 metres long, 53.5 metres wide and will look significantly different from the line’s previous large container vessels.