. The joint sales platform for all twelve international sites offers a central point of access to all of the vehicles. Using a search function with extensive filter options, it is quick and easy to find the right vehicle for your needs. For example, interested buyers can search according to manufacturer, registration date, features, price and brake type or any combination of these filters. Each entry also provides several photos and precise information regarding the vehicle’s features, tyre condition or additional fixtures including cooling devices and tail lifts. Also provided within the vehicle description are the contact details of the sales contact, who is on hand to provide advice at all times.
MINIMUM PRICE STIPULATED FOR CO2
Germany has set ambitious climate targets ahead of 2020. To this end, the ministers for energy and environment of the new federal states of Germany have reaffirmed their demands of the authorities, calling for the introduction of a minimum price for carbon dioxide in order to promote renewable energies. This price is due to apply to energy production, heating and mobility. The Conference of Environmental Ministers in early June saw an appeal for such a CO2 price. The additional income is intended to be used to lower the EEG levy and electricity tax. The initiative follows the example of France: The French President, Emmanuel Macron, is calling for a minimum price of 30 euros/tonne for CO2.
“SPEED DATING” WITH IAA EXHIBITION VEHICLES
Around 65 journalists from 13 countries experienced what Krone will show at the German IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018, at a press workshop in Werlte at the end of August. Among other things, the guests got to know Krone Services and were able to visit the new coating centre. They could also take a seat in front of the TrailerForum in Werlte for a “Speed-Dating” and from there get to know the individual IAA trade fair vehicles such as the Profi Liner, Mega Liner Comfort or Paper Liner. Rytle also presented its load wheel concept.
The shipping association, Elvis, has determined: It takes on average 44 days before a logistician is able to assume the post of a logistics services driver. Based on the experience of its members, the organisation is putting together a comprehensive catalogue of actions which aims to offer operation centres a faster and more reliable way of finding new drivers in future and to foster a stronger connection between them and the business as a whole.
BOOK A PARKING SPOT
Using the “Kravag Truck Parking” app, it is possible to reserve free parking spaces at the depots of participating insurance customers.
According to job platform Joblift, start-ups in the logistics industry have created more jobs in the last 24 months than conventional logistics companies. The number of positions at start-ups rose by 63 per cent, compared to just 18 per cent across the whole sector.
NEW IN THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
The management team of Krone Commercial Vehicle Group is growing: As of 1 August, in addition to his role as Managing Director of gigant-Trenkamp & Gehle GmbH, Alfons B. Veer (left) has taken up the position of the Executive Director as Deputy CEO of the Group, where he is responsible for the departments of Strategy and Programme Management (SPM), IT Infrastructure, Product Management, Project Management and Purchasing. The sales department was also reorganized. Dr Frank Albers (right) is now Managing Director of Sales and Marketing. In addition to Dr Albers, Ingo Geerdes is Managing Director of Key Accounts, Krone Fleet and Krone Used. Andreas Völker, Head of International Sales, now reports to Dr Albers. Gero Schulze Isfort, who has been with the company since 2005 and until recently held the position of Sales and Marketing Director for Krone Commercial Vehicle Group, will be taking on the role of Managing Director of Bernard Krone Beteiligungs GmbH and will be responsible for the future projects “Last-Mile Logistics” and “Digitisation” at his own request.
COOL LINER FOR SPAIN
Spain’s juicy, intensely fruity oranges are enjoyed far beyond the country’s own borders. The country is famous for its extensive growing of fruit and vegetables – and in order to transport these goods, reliable industrial vehicles such as Krone’s Cool Liner are required. With Krone Trailer España S.L.U. and Krone Fleet España S.L.U., Krone is able to meet all needs for selling and leasing new vehicles. This allows the company to strengthen its strategic presence on the Spanish market.
The Krone Trailer España S.L.U. site in La Muela (Zaragoza) comprises a production building with administrative offices, a spare parts centre and an open parking area. The administrative office of Krone Fleet España
in Alfafar (Valencia) is 500 square metres in size. A total of 31 employees work across the two sites. Their annual turnover is around 70 million euros. Managing Directors, Roberto Asin and Rafael Sanchez, see a bright future ahead: “The food industry in Spain offers huge potential. We are increasing our impact by offering all the necessary services from a single source.”
FUNDING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY The Federal Office for Goods Transport provides funding from the programme for energy-efficient industrial vehicles (EEN): For lorries and other transit vehicles with CNG engines it offers 8,000 euros, and 12,000 euros for LNG-lorries and electric vehicles weighing up to 12 tonnes. The purchase of E-lorries heavier than 12 tonnes is subsidised by 40,000 euros. Applications can be made to the Federal Office for Goods Transport. It is hoped that the funding programme will reduce the detrimental effects on the environment and the climate caused by goods traffic with heavy-duty industrial vehicles.
CARGO PROJECT GROUP
In Saxony-Anhalt, ProjektgruppeCargo has started its work under the direction of the state prosecutor’s office (Landeskriminalamt, or LKA). This collaborative effort strives to find a sustainable solution to combat organised cross-border crime, in particular incidences of cargo stolen by thieves cutting through trailer curtains.
The logistics industry in Germany has had to wait a long time for an initiative of this kind – one that actively targets cargo thieves and their accomplices. Four other German states are also among the first to join the campaign: Brandenburg, Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. International partners have also been brought in to support the project which is due to last two years.
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS SYSTEM “What3words” is a new coding system for geocoding: It divides the world up into squares measuring three square metres and assigns each one a unique 3-word address. Bernard-Krone-Straße 1 in Werlte is given the combination „///dich.schiefe.weicher“, for example. “What3words” is considered a “truly simple way of describing locations”. Using the app, anyone can find any exact location and transfer the address more easily, quickly and clearly than in other systems – this has huge potential for use in the logistics sector, for example, for goods delivery.