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Finnair Cargo partners with HUB logistics for next-generation cargo terminal handling at Helsinki Airport

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Finnair Cargo has selected HUB logistics as its terminal operator as of December 2016.

Finnair Cargo is scheduled to open its new, state-of-the-art, 37 000 square meters COOL Nordic Cargo hub at Helsinki Airport in May 2017, and will work with HUB logistics to ensure a smooth transition and optimised usage of the new automated terminal. For the next eight months, Finnair Cargo will work in close co-operation with HUB logistics to maximize the use of the new terminal from the start of operations. The transition from the current terminal operator, Suomen Transval Oy, will be carried out as a transfer of business, which means that the Transval employees working in the Finnair Cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport will transfer to HUB logistics.

"Cargo is an integral part of Finnair's growth strategy and we intend to make the most of the warehouse automation and process optimization capabilities of our new terminal,” says Janne Tarvainen, Managing Director, Finnair Cargo. “This important step is now a great opportunity for us to significantly increase the volumes of cargo at our Helsinki hub. We look forward to developing the new cargo handling model together with HUB logistics."

"We are honored to be chosen to support Finnair Cargo's growth strategy. During the latest years, we have systematically worked to modernize automation, inventory management systems and logistics processes, and it gives us the best possible qualifications and expertise to respond to Finnair Cargos emerging needs now and in the future." says Aki Jumppanen, Managing Director, HUB logistics group.

Finnair's new Airbus A350 fleet will bring up to 50% more cargo capacity by 2020. Finnair has invested 80 million euros in building a new cargo terminal at Helsinki Airport, with special cargo handling areas for pharmaceutical and life science products (Pharma) as well as perishable products, including fish and seafood. The new state-of-the-art terminal will have a high level of warehouse automation to ensure a high quality of air freight service and competitive handling costs.

Finland's Logistics company of the Year 2016

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LOGY – Finland's largest network of procurement and logistics professionals recently nominated HUB logistics Finland as the best Logistics company of the year. HUB logistics is an innovative logistics service company offering customized solutions for material, information and capital control while simultaneously managing customer material-flow professionally, flexibly and diversely. HUB service packages cover the gamut of logistic processes, including everything from development to control, as well as financing inventories of current assets. High quality, efficiency and flexibility in service innovation enables HUB logistics to offer a totally new kind of scene to engaged capital, information and material of each customer's supply-chain.

LOGY and the jury appreciate the fact that HUB logistics has invented new services by expanding their traditional logistics outsourcing service to include purchase, capital and delivery chain control. They see HUB logistics as a long-term forerunner in internal logistics and appreciate their way of continuously coming up with innovative concepts. Customers value HUB logistics ability to take quick development action with their active attitude towards the customer needs and problem-solving. HUB logistics has been willing to take substantial commercial risks, while holding a strong belief in their vision to produce added value in their customers' processes.

HUB logistics and Optiscan made a significant partnership agreement

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HUB logistics Finland Oy and Optiscan Group have signed an extensive partnership agreement for the delivery of a warehouse management system (WMS). Optiscan's Abakus Warehouse WMS will help HUB logistics to streamline their customers' logistics processes and improve their services to end customers. The Abakus system enables comprehensive control of the operation of 3PL warehouse employees and warehouse automation.

"One of the reasons why we chose Optiscan as our system supplier was the flexibility and scalability of the Abakus system," says Mikko Salminen, Business Development Manager at HUB logistics. "Another factor was that Optiscan is a pioneer in this technology. We at HUB want to be innovative and make use of cutting-edge technology, which is something we also demand from our systems specialist partners," Mr Salminen continues. "The integration interfaces of the Abakus system are clearly specified and simple, making it easy to include new customers, in addition to bringing added benefits to our existing customers," he says.

The new Abakus will utilize several technologies used in the warehouse business, such as voice control, wireless Android tablets and data collection terminals. "Optiscan can supply us with the full service, covering everything from information system and integration to the OptiCare HelpDesk service," says Mikko Salminen.

Optiscan Group
Optiscan is the leader in its market area in terms of logistics process enhancing. We help organizations to make their practical operations more efficient and to improve their customer service. Abakus solutions guide the operation of logistics personnel and service personnel in the field, guaranteeing both high quality and timely services. The system takes automatically care of resource assignment and load, allowing supervisors to focus more on planning, control and management of any exceptional situations. We have solid expertise of the field, and the Abakus software is built on our long experience in automatic recognition. Barcodes, RFID, voice control and - most recently - smart glasses guide employees ergonomically and eliminate errors. OptiCare™ services make sure your project will be successful and that the solution we have supplied is utilized effectively. Optiscan Group operates in the Nordic and Baltic countries and Russia.