Cooperation as the key to succeed in difficult times

In this report, Feroniki SA International Shipping Forwarding, Globalia member in Piraeus, Greece, tells us about how they have increased their business volume by establishing strong relationships with more than 10 Globalia members

Cooperating with trusted logistics partners is the most foolproof way of reaching new markets. Moreover, it allows freight forwarders to offer new services through enhanced possibilities for postponements, warehouse kitting, and delivery. Additionally, companies sharing a portion of their shipments are better positioned to augment their territory coverage.  The combination of their fleets, expertise, and workforce enables independent freight forwarders to compete with multinationals.

Feroniki SA International Shipping Forwarding, Globalia member in Piraeus, Greece, Globalia Piraeus is setting a shining example of how cooperation is the basis of growth and expansion. They joined Globalia in 2018 and have been establishing productive partnerships with several Globalia members since then. These long-term partnerships are enabling them to provide more comprehensive solutions to clients around the world.

The pandemic situation

This post pandemic market crisis has shown us that it is even more important for small and mid-sized companies to work collectively. Joining forces allow them to pool their resources and make the best of their individual strong points. As a result, freight forwarders enhance their operations and achieve better customer satisfaction.

“It is very important for members to support each other in order to become more competitive, especially during these unstable times. That is why, we are very pleased to have trustful partners within our Network with whom we can exchange jobs and sales leads”, says Mr. Nikos Liberopoulos, Sales Manager of Feroniki.

Competitors in this sector stand to gain much more by working as partners. Moreover, this also leads to a considerable reduction in expenses. Close cooperation with reliable network partners whose credibility is vetted by us can be an extremely effective way of growing and expanding your operations.

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Globalia Piraeus successfully collaborating with several network members

The challenges facing the sector nowadays

Freight forwarders are already stressed by the problems of rising freight rates, container shortage, and port congestion. “Ocean carriers are changing their company’s structure and trying to put clients and forwarders into a new situation where their services are available only via the internet. In this situation, the network agents must try to find time to involve more with their fellow members”, continues Nikos.

“We are actually teaming with fellow agents like RS Logistics and Chripan Agency on a regular basis. Additionally, we have many supporting partners and we hope to share and gain more business together. ” says Mr. Nikos Liberopoulos, Sales Manager of Feroniki.

Their partnership with Chripan Agency Ltd, Globalia Larnaca/Limassol, which started in the first quarter of 2021, is still ongoing. Additionally, they are still collaborating on the project involving the movement of edible oil from Greece to Egypt. Apart from this, they are also continuously partnering with RS Logistics, Globalia Hong Kong, with whom they established a steady long-term partnership after attending Globalia’s 3rd Annual Meeting in Abu Dhabi. Presently, they are delivering commodity training devices for pharmaceutical companies via air freight from China to Greece in coordination with RS Logistics.

“As per my experience during Covid, the local markets had many ups and downs. During this crisis, exchanging sales leads with network partners helped us save the day more easily than we thought. So let’s not forget the strength of collaboration and let’s join forces to keep the shipments moving. Lastly, I would like to send my thanks and gratitude to all supporting members. Hopefully, the news of our successful collaborations will motivate other members to follow this example. United we will be stronger,” adds Mr. Liberopoulos.

Congratulations to Feroniki SA for the successful collaborations and wishing them the very best for their future endeavours!

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Globalia Budapest takes up the charge of the logistical operations for the Hungarian Olympics Team

They were responsible for all the aspects of the 30 tons cargo that was moved to the Olympic Village in Tokyo

MASPED Logisztika Ltd, Globalia member in Budapest, Hungary, prepared and managed the Hungarian Olympic Team’s shipments for the Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. “Undoubtedly this has been one of our most prestigious projects even though it involved too many responsibilities,” says Miklos Bartko, the Division Manager of MASPED Logisztika Ltd.

They moved 4×40’ shipments of the Hungarian Team by sea freight. This shipment consisted of sailing boats, motorboats, and other competition equipment for sea sports. Moreover, they had to move medicine, medical equipment, nutrition supplements, sailing masts, and the team’s office supplies by air. All of these shipments had a total weight of around 5000 Kg. Additionally, they moved a 1000 Kg dangerous goods shipment consisting of disinfectants and cleaners for protection against COVID-19.

MAZPED Logisztika- independent freight forwarder
Globalia Budapest moves shipments for Hungarian Olympics Team

 

MASPED Logisztika Ltd was responsible for pick-up, intermediate storage, packing, and export customs clearance of these shipments. Moreover, their team was also in charge of transporting the items to the departure point. They worked alongside a Japanese local Agency for import customs clearance, storage and delivery to the Olympic Village and Enoshima Harbour (for sailing competitions).

“Our professionalism, value-added services, socially responsible attitude, and over 7 decades of market experience allowed us to garner this prestigious project. Moreover, I want to take this opportunity to mention that our company will also arrange the return freights for the Paralympic Games. Lastly, I want to thank all my teammates who work round the clock to make a success of all our projects,” adds Mr. Bartko.

Congratulations to MASPED Logisztika Ltd and the very best for their future endeavours!

Globalia Gaborone moves a high profile consignment on behalf of the Government of Botswana

They are collecting and delivering exam materials to all Junior Secondary Schools in Botswana for a period of 3 years

KTU Express PTY Ltd, Globalia member in Gaborone, Botswana, is moving a sensitive and high profile consignment in the government enclave monitored by Botswana Examination Council.

The consignment consists of exam materials, collected from Botswana Examinations Council in Gaborone and delivered to all Junior schools in the country. As stated by Ndiye Smith, the CEO of KTU Express, “The police department is guarding the consignments 24 hours.  Moreover, our bonded vehicles are highly secure to carry such consignments”.

KTU Express Independent Freight Forwarder
Globalia Gaborone moves a government consignment

 

KTU started with this service since 2020 and will continue to do so for a period of 3 years. “We are proud to be associated with this high-profile government project. With 9 years of experience in the market, we believe we have met all the requirements for this project. This is simply our daily task!”

Congratulations to KTU Express and best of luck for their future projects!

 

 

Globalia Ulaanbaatar moves two units of EC-145 helicopters

They moved this shipment via sea freight from Antwerp, Belgium, to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, via Xingang, China

Tuushin LLC, Globalia member in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, transported two EC-145 helicopters from Belgium to Mongolia via China. They undertook this project on behalf of the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The EC-145 helicopters will greatly expedite the search and rescue operations of NEMA.

In the words of Bayarsaikhan Lunden, the Head of the Sales Department of Tuushin, “This has been a highly significant shipment for our team and we are glad to have executed it successfully. These helicopters will allow NEMA to reestablish their air rescue units within the project framework as mentioned above.”

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Globalia Ulaanbaatar moves two helicopters

They made use of 40 FR containers to move the two helicopters. Additionally, they used air suspension trailers throughout the trucking process. Moreover, they had to complete the transportation process before the Chinese May Day holidays. In order to do so, they had to complete the Chinese border documentations like transit customs clearance just an hour before the border closed for the long holiday break.

“Our team was charged with all the important aspects of this project including customs clearance, trans-loading, unloading on the ground. This project was indeed a challenging one but thanks to the skill and know-how of our workforce, we managed to complete it impeccably,” adds Mr. Lunden.

Congratulations to Tuushin LLC and best of luck for their future projects!

The June edition of Globalia’s quarterly newsletter is now online

This newsletter comes with news from the members and from the sector along with relevant information about Globalia’s upcoming Virtual Meeting in October

We would like to bring to your attention that you can now view the June edition of Globalia’s quarterly newsletter on our website. Inside the newsletter, you will find all the news about your partner’s achievements from April to June. We have also included two interviews with our members in Warsaw/Gdynia and Karachi. Moreover, inside the newsletter, you will find several pertinent information about Globalia’s 2nd Virtual Meeting.

Globalia's June Newsletter
Globalia’s June Newsletter

Like always, you will get to read about news snippets from the freight forwarding industry plus a detailed news about IAG cargo’s new routes to Latin American countries. Additionally, the article on the Role of Collaboration in the Logistics Industry will surely encourage you to closely cooperate with your partners for mutual benefits.

If you are looking forward to featuring your company’s achievements in our upcoming newsletter, do not forget to send us a few lines about the latest goings-on in your company.

Hope you enjoy reading!

Globalia Logistics Network partners with the logistics news magazine Cargotalk

Cargotalk is an Indian logistics news magazine with an extensive national and international circulation

Globalia Logistics Network, one of the best freight forwarders network with coverage in 189 cities across 124 countries, establishes a media partnership with Cargotalk. Cargotalk is a platform for news related to multimodal logistics, warehousing, and the supply chain industry. It allows independent freight forwarders to showcase their services and achievements to an international audience. The magazine which was first published 20 years back, presently has a circulation of 20,000 printed copies. The online version of this magazine has an even greater circulation reaching over 400,000 readers.

Globalia media partner-Cargotalk
Globalia media partner-Cargotalk

This magazine for independent freight forwarders includes numerous sections like news, opinions, and interviews, and reports that allow the supply chain professionals to keep tabs on the most relevant news in the sector. Additionally, this journal also comes with a separate Award Talk section plus a dedicated Guest Column. In this column they publish pieces written by industry experts.

Their meticulous distribution process of this magazine make sure that it reaches its readers on the right date and time. Moreover, special issues of Cargotalk are circulated at all important cargo and logistics conventions.

Globalia encourages all members to take a look at their website and download the Cargotalk app from Play Store and App Store.

Australia enforces quarantine measures for containers coming from risk countries to combat the problem of Khapra beetle infestation

Khapra beetle are a dangerous pest that targets containers with plant-based products, and high-risk containers are henceforth required to be fumigated at the point of origin

Australia has released an updated regulation for urgent actions to protect against khapra beetle. Beetles are a highly damaging pest getting rid of which is extremely difficult. It is a part of the list of world’s top 100 worst invasive species. These pests usually target shipments of grains, oil seeds and dried foods.Most importantly, they leave behind their larvae, hair and skin sheds that pose considerable health risk.

“Australia has published specific regulations regarding the control of Khapra beetle infestation problems and we consider that is is something all members and clients should take into account when managing their shipments into Australia”, says Andy McClay the General Manager of PCFS Logistics, Globalia member in Sydney, Australia.

The pests tend to hide in the tiniest cracks making them very resistant to pesticides. Furthermore, they can survive without food for a long time. For this reason, the best way to avoid them is to stop them from entering a non-native country.

Globalia Sydney member alert-freight forwarding
Member Alert from PCFS Logistics
This pest which is native to India, is found in other parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. Precisely for this reason Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has made quarantine treatment mandatory for containers with a risk of khapra beetle infestation.

Shippers should fumigate the containers that fall under either condition at origin prior to departure. The authorities will re-export all untreated containers as onshore treatment is not an option currently. The measures for khapra beetle have been in force since 12th April. It is applicable for containers that contain high risk plant products & packed in target risk countries. These containers will require offshore treatment prior to landing in Australia. The new measures that will come into place from July 12th will cover all other goods from target risk countries. These goods will be unpacked in a rural grain growing area of Australia.

Mr. McClay further adds, “I would request my Globalia partners to check the list of khapra beetle high risk countries along with the list of plant products that are prone to beetle infestation. You will find all the relevant info about the newly implemented measures on this Members’ Alert. For questions about the alert get in touch with our team for further assistance.”

We thank Globalia Sydney for making the members aware of the new regulations in Australia!

 

Globalia partners with Fruit Expo 2021 – a three day industry fair to be held in Guangzhou, China

The Fruit Expo 2021 which will be held from 24th to 26th September is a highly anticipated event that will be joined by the top players in the industry

Globalia Logistics Network partners with the Fruit Expo 2021 to be held in September in Guangzhou, China. This three day event is one of the fastest growing industry fairs in China. Moreover, top industry professionals are showing their hearty endorsement for this fair by forming an advisor team. Wider representation of the sector will help to make this event all the more engaging.

This event will be joined by Pagoda, one of China’s biggest fruit retailers. They operate a store fleet of over 4000 in over 80 cities in the domestic market. Additionally, they provide service for more than 50 million subscribed customers. Yet another industry leader to join this event is Goodfarmer- one of China’s biggest fruit importers and exporters. They have clients in over 70 countries. Moreover, in 2018 they received the Most Influential Banana Brand Award from CFMA.

Globalia Media Partner-Fruit Expo 2021
Globalia partners with Fruit Expo 2021

Chen’s Sun one of China’s biggest fruit distributors will be a part of this event. They handle both imported and domestic quality fresh/dried fruits and nuts and have partnerships with over 2000 wholesalers countrywide. Reemoon is China’s leading manufacturer of intelligent automatic post-harvest handling machines. They have provided services for more than 1300 clients from over 20 countries over the past 19 years. Lastly, Jiabao one of the most famous Chinese brands for preserved fruits will attend the event. As the biggest manufacturer of preserved mandarin orange peels, Jiabao has participated in the drafting of national standards for the preserved fruits industry.

Fruit Expo 2021 will be held alongside the Guangdong 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo (MSRE). Additionally, the online version of Fruit Expo, will take place on 14th-20th November.

In order to join and for any related inquiries visit www.fruit-expo.com

 

 

 

 

Globalia media partner Group Futurista hosts the “Future of Digital Logistics” webinar

The webinar was sponsored by Platinum sponsor, Kinaxis, a leading operational software company that presents solutions to intelligently control the digital supply chain

Globalia’s media partner Group Futurista organized a webinar on “The Future of Digital Logistics”. Kinaxis a leading operational software firm sponsored the webinar. During the course of the webinar, many experts discussed several topics on contemporary digital logistics. Jeffrey Peterson of Tenneco, discussed the future of global trade providing valuable input on the advancements in supply chain security.

Globalia media partner-Group Futurista
Future of Digital Logistics webinar

Additionally, Patrick Van Hull, industry thought leader of Kinaxis offered insights on improving customer experience and its impact on supply chain. Harshad Kanvinde of Slalom spoke about interesting innovations and developments in digital logistics. He also emphasized on the importance of an agile and cost-effective supply chain.  

Moreover, the webinar brought several other important trends to the spotlight. There were discussions on the growth of e-commerce in the post-pandemic era. Furthermore, there were discussions on the impact of the pandemic on the creation of new value chains and consumer behaviour on e-commerce platforms. Lastly, the event closed with an interesting panel discussion between Harshad Kanvinde, Global Practice Head of Supply Chain at Slalom, Christophe Suizdak, Global Senior Manufacturing Director at Cytiva and Kai Althoff, CEO of 4flow. They discussed the leading global trends in digital logistics.

 

 

 

 

Globalia’s 2nd Virtual Meeting is all set to take place on the 14th and 15th of October 2021

The Virtual Meeting will once again allow the members to carry on their business networking without leaving the comforts of their home

After the success of their 1st Virtual Meeting in 2020, Globalia Logistics Network has finalized the dates and agenda for their 2nd Virtual Meeting. The meeting will take place on Globalia’s exclusive meeting platform on the 14th and 15th of October 2021. “The online meeting will lead to direct business discussions that is absolutely imperative for strong networking. It will allow you to do the groundwork for moving your business to the next level without compromising on your safety,” says Globalia President, Antonio Torres.

Globalia's 2nd Virtual Meeting
Globalia members will meet online in October 2021

Members will be able to participate in up to 32 one-to-one video conferences with previously selected network partners. Globalia’s upgraded meeting platform will lead to an even better meeting experience than the previous year. Moreover, keeping in mind the need for flexibility for the agents, the GLB team has made sure to accommodate delegates from all the different time-zones. This meeting will provide a perfect opportunity for members to talk directly with their partners and take the first and most important step in the path to collaboration. The meeting registration is already open, so Globalia members can register their attendance from their members area.

Additionally, the online nature of the meeting will lead to time and cost saving. This in turn will result in greater accessibility. This is why Globalia members are expected to turn up in great numbers. As Mr. Torres says, “Now more than ever is the time for you to join forces so as to grow your business. This online meeting will help you garner new projects and do your networking until we have a face-to-face get-together in the coming year.”

Visit Globalia’s Annual Meeting page to register your attendance and to check further details of the Virtual Meeting.