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Project targets surpassed

Dachser and terre des hommes take stock

Kempten, April 2011. The joint aid project supported by Dachser and terre des hommes can boast impressive results. The balance after five years of common effort: the goals have not only been reached, but also surpassed many times over. 

When Dachser and the children’s relief organization launched their education campaign in Uttar Pradesh in 2005, the goal was to

  1. offer schooling to 7,000 children,
  2. provide teaching materials and sanitary facilities for 25 schools,
  3. build 2 learning centres and
  4. prepare 1,500 pupils for the job market.

Dachser has sponsored the project with 100,000 euros a year for 5 years.

The latest report published by terre des hommes in India reveals that not only have the local project partners successfully met these goals, they have in fact achieved far more. According to the report, between 2005 and 2010 more than 11,000 children received a school education thanks to the aid project; around 3,300 of these went on to study and 2,500 successfully completed vocational training.

Instead of two, as many as seven educational and vocational centres have been set up within the past five years; at the same time classrooms have been set up and drinking fountains and toilets installed in 43 state schools.

“These successes reflect the special character of the aid project: it is not about the rich supporting the poor, but about helping people to help themselves. This enables the villagers to become more self-reliant and secure their own future over the long term,” explains Bernhard Simon, spokesman for the Dachser management.

In order to ensure that the villagers continue to take advantage of education as a means to becoming self-reliant Dachser has decided to continue supporting the project. In October, phase 2 of the project was launched. George Chira, project coordinator of terre des hommes in South Asia, says: “We are delighted that with Dachser’s continued support we will be able to consolidate the results achieved so far and promote environmental awareness in the region.”

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Multimodal 2011 Established as the UK’s Principal Freight Transport Gathering

Over three days last week Multimodal 2011 brought together the biggest gathering of the UK’s freight transport and logistics professionals for many years.  The fourth successive event of its type, Multimodal was held at the NEC in Birmingham and attracted nearly 4,500 visitors, exhibitors and seminar delegates to network, benchmark, exchange views and gather information. Despite the uncertain trading conditions in the market the event was 25% larger this year than last, with a record 200 exhibitors attending.

John Winter of specialist logistics and installation company Bishopsgate summed-up the thoughts of the many first-time exhibitors, “For a medium-sized, developing operator such as ourselves, every penny we invest in marketing must be justified.  While we can’t quantify the ROI on our spend at Multimodal just yet, judging by the quality of the leads we’ve gathered over the past three days, I am hopeful that the returns will be pleasing to my board,” he said.

The response of the more established exhibitors at Multimodal can be summed-up by activity on the DB Schenker Logistics’ stand on the third day of the exhibition.  The company maintained its carefully planned strategy for gaining visibility and the greatest potential sales contacts as possible.  This included consistent communication with the market prior to the event, personalised invitations to its own contact database and training and motivation of stand personnel to welcome and care for visitors.  Carl Hobbis, Marketing and Communications Director commented, “We are keen for Multimodal to be established as the annual meeting place for executives in our industry; purchasers and suppliers.  The more customers of ours and our competitors that visit the exhibition in the future the happier we will be.”

Multimodal 2011 also played host to the event’s official charity, Transaid.  Aggie Krasnolucka-Hickman, the Marketing & Events Executive in the UK, commented, “Participation in the Multimodal Show and the VIP elect club dinner enabled us not only to raise significant funds for our projects in Africa but also spread the word about the charity.”

Multimodal 2012 takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 1st to 3rd May.

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 About Multimodal:

Multimodal took place from 5th to 7th April 2011 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal attracted a large group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before.

Multimodal 2011 is the only UK event that brings together all sectors of freight transport under a single roof.  The Seminars and Briefings, which are an integral part of the event, scheduled an enlightening and thought-provoking range of topics, tackled in an interactive fashion by panels of experts or as briefings presented by representatives from centres of excellence. Topics ranged from insight into the media, customs, container shipping trends, container swaps, security, reducing empty loads and ports’ role in adding value, to e-sourcing, collaborative logistics, supply chain optimisation, key performance indices (KPIs) and logistics data analytics.

 

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CKYH : Restructuring Asia – North America East Coast Services

April 11, 2011

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” LINE) as a member of CKYH – the Green Alliance (COSCON, “K” LINE, Yang Ming and Hanjin Shipping) is pleased to announce the restructuring of its liner services between Asia and North America East Coast (called the “AWE” Loops).

While CKYH continues to operate five weekly service loops (AWE1-5), AWE-5 service upgrades its vessel capacity with altered calling ports and AWE-2 & AWE-3 add calling at Norfolk and Shanghai, respectively. These changes enhance comprehensive service network between Asia – North America East Coast and offer quality services to customers.

Above changes take effect from end of April 2011 and thereafter calling ports of each service loop will be as follows:

  • AWE-1 (4000Teu vessels x 9)

Qingdao – Ningbo – Shanghai – Pusan – New York – Wilmington – Savannah – Pusan – (Qingdao)

  • AWE-2 (4500Teu vessels x 9)

Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Yokohama – Savannah – Norfolk – New York – Boston – (Qingdao

  • AWE-3 (4250Teu vessels x 9)

Hong Kong – Yantian – Kaohsiung – Shanghai – Pusan – Savannah – Charleston – Wilmington – (Hong Kong)

  • AWE-4 (5500Teu vessels x 9)

Ho Chi Minh – Shekou – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Jacksonville – Savannah – Singapore – (Ho Chi Minh)

  • AWE-5 (5500Teu vessels x 9)

Kaohsiung – Hong Kong – Yantian – Ho Chi Minh – Singapore – New York – Norfolk – Boston – Singapore – (Kaohsiung)

For further information, please contact:

Fumiyoshi Sato

Manager, Planning Team, Containerships Strategic Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5341 Fax: +81-3-3595-5288

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Busiest Day Ever at Multimodal 2011

6TH April 2011

Today, (Wednesday 6th April 2011) has proved to be the busiest ever for the UK and Ireland’s premier event for the transport shipping and logistics industries, Multimodal 2011.

Hall 4 at the NEC in Birmingham was host to over 200 exhibitors from all sectors of the industry, and 15% more visitors through the doors by 12 noon compared with last year. Dr Andrew Traill, The Director of Shippers’ Voice which provided a series of seminars throughout the event, was delighted at the level of interest.

“The sheer size of the audiences our seminars have attracted is proof of the need many people in the industry have for good quality information – and they know they can get it at Multimodal. We’ve had many requests from members of the audience to have individual meetings with speakers, which suggests the information they have to give is right on the nail.”

One seminar which attracted a lot of attention was the morning’s session on security – a look at the latest security drives in the wake of last year’s Yemeni bomb plot and advice on what shippers and forwarders need to be aware of and need to be doing. Panellists included air cargo security trainer Ivor Llewellyn of IL Solutions and Marcus Hallside of Innovative Compliance, who highlighted the lack of consistency in security regimes between different EU states, and the failures of regulatory authorities to work with transport operators to address the problems of reconciling security with the needs of commercial operations. “It’s clear that the industry and the regulators need to work much more closely together on this issue”, stated Llewellyn.

On the floor of the show, exhibitors were dealing with a steady flow of visitors and enquiries. Redler, who were demonstrating their new automated container loading system for bulk materials, were impressed by the quality of the visitors they were getting. “The enquiries we’re receiving are serious. Multimodal has done a great job targeting their audience.”

From as far afield as Dubai, RHS Logistics was aiming to attract European business to its planned fourth logistics centre in the Gulf state. “The important thing for us is to get our name and our business known in the European market, and Multimodal is certainly the place to do it”, their spokesman said.

One firm for whom Multimodal never fails to score is road haulage, warehousing and logistics provider Malcolm Logistics. Proudly displaying their newly-acquired state-of-the-art Volvo VN truck, made to Canadian specifications and smartly finished in the firm’s own livery (picture attached), Group Chief Executive Andrew Malcolm said, “We’ve had a very busy show, made some lucrative contacts and had a lot of support. The organisation at Multimodal is excellent, and this is a great venue. It’s an absolute must for anyone who’s serious about growing in this business.”

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Join Multimodal on the new Twitter site at http://twitter.com/multimodal

About Multimodal:

Taking place from 5th to 7th April 2011 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal aims to attract a large group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before.

Multimodal 2011 is the only UK event that brings together all sectors of freight transport under a single roof.  The Seminars and Briefings which are an integral part of the event, have scheduled an enlightening and thought-provoking range of topics, tackled in an interactive fashion by panels of experts or as briefings presented by representatives from centres of excellence. Topics range from insight into the media, customs, container shipping trends, container swaps, security, reducing empty loads and ports’ role in adding value, to e-sourcing, collaborative logistics, supply chain optimisation, key performance indices (KPIs) and logistics data analytics.

For further information about Multimodal 2011, please contact:

Robert Jervis, Event Director, Clarion Events Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 207 370 8373

E-mail: robert.jervis@clarionevents.com

www.multimodal.org.uk

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Multimodal 2011 Bucks Industry Trend

5 April 2011

Multimodal 2011 – the UK’s and Ireland’s leading event for the freight transport industry – is 25% larger this year than last, despite the uncertain trading conditions in the market.

The event, opened today (Tuesday 5th April 2011) at Birmingham’s NEC with a record number of exhibitors – over 200 stands altogether.

Not only was there a greater number of stands – many exhibitors had expanded their presence considerably at the show. DB Shenker for example had a stand nearly twice the size of last year’s: “We had so many visitors last year, we literally had people queuing up to see us”, remarked Marketing and Communications Manager Carl Hobbis. “The quality of the contacts at Multimodal is always good, and we want to make everyone welcome to see us.”

Multimodal stalwarts DSV, who have come to the show every year since it first started in 2008, were also sporting an impressive stand in the centre of the hall, which was already busy an hour after the show opened. “We’ve increased our success year on year at Multimodal” stated Sales & Marketing Director Chris Malyon. “It’s simply one of the best places to talk to existing customers and to track down new prospects amongst the many manufacturers, exporters and importers that come to this event.”

Word of Multimodal’s reputation as a place to get to know the UK transport business is clearly spreading far and wide: from Russia, JSC Transcontainer had a strong presence at the show, as part of its drive to promote its services from Japan and South Korea to Europe via the Trans Siberian Express Railway in advance of its forthcoming UK share offering. “This is the first time we have exhibited at a UK event, and Multimodal sounded like the most effective way of promoting our company to the UK audience”, their spokeswoman said.

There was a very broad spread of companies taking stands at this year’s show, including port terminal operators, road and rail haulage, shipping companies, airlines , logistics companies, warehouse operators, specialist IT providers and a host of equipment manufacturers.

Newcomers to the event included Geodis Wilson, APL Logistics, Bishopsgate, CargoWise, Direct Rail Services, Klinge, Elddis Transport, Terberg DTS and Laser Transport. APL Logistics was attracted by the event’s reputation, and had made a point of setting up appointments with existing and prospective customers visiting the show. “Although it’s a UK event, the profile of visitors is truly international, and we’re confident of making contacts with customers from all over the globe, including our main markets in the Far East.” Geodis Wilson said it was their first time exhibiting at any event, and had chosen Multimodal in preference to many shows elsewhere in Europe, despite being owned ultimately by French Railways (SNCF). “The calibre of the visitors just seemed so much better, and we’ve been busy since the show opened this morning.”

Simon Clark of logistics software providers CargoWise said he’d been a visitor to the show for the past two years and had been so impressed with the number of visitors and standard of the exhibitors that he felt he needed to exhibit there too. “And I’ve not been disappointed: there’s barely been a quiet moment on my stand so far.”

Seminars provided by the Shippers’ Voice and Industry Briefings by Trade Extensions were often packed to overflowing. One of the most popular was the Media Panel featuring the Editor of IFW Kizzi Nkwocha; Robert Minton-Taylor of Leeds University; Emma Murray, Editor of Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International; and John Manners-Bell, CEO of Transport Intelligence, which looked at the question of ‘What makes news?’, and examined the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Other well-attended seminars included a tutorial on collaborative logistics, a Customs tutorial and a study on the value of ports in the supply chain.

Trade Extensions held briefings on the use of optimisation tender and contract management and approached to e-sourcing logistics services.

Robert Jervis, Exhibition Director thanked the event’s supporting companies, “The commitment of our exhibitors to Multimodal and the UK market is out-standing.  We are all off to a good start and we hope to repay that commitment with record visitor volumes over the remaining two days of the show.”

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Join Multimodal on the new Twitter site at http://twitter.com/multimodal

About Multimodal:

Taking place from 5th to 7th April 2011 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal aims to attract a large group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before.

Multimodal 2011 is the only UK event that brings together all sectors of freight transport under a single roof.  The Seminars and Briefings which are an integral part of the event, have scheduled an enlightening and thought-provoking range of topics, tackled in an interactive fashion by panels of experts or as briefings presented by representatives from centres of excellence. Topics range from insight into the media, customs, container shipping trends, container swaps, security, reducing empty loads and ports’ role in adding value, to e-sourcing, collaborative logistics, supply chain optimisation, key performance indices (KPIs) and logistics data analytics.

For further information about Multimodal 2011, please contact:

Robert Jervis, Event Director,

Clarion Events Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 207 370 8373

E-mail: robert.jervis@clarionevents.com

www.multimodal.org.uk

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Menlo Worldwide Logistics Appoints Jane Wu Human Resources Director, North Asia Region

Jane Wu, North Asia HR Director, Menlo Worldwide Logistics

Appointment sharpens focus on building North Asia team

(Shanghai, April 6, 2011) Menlo Worldwide Logistics has announced that Jane Wu has joined Menlo as Human Resources Director, North Asia.  “Jane’s appointment sharpens our focus on building our local team and on hiring and retaining the top talent in the market,” said John Herb, Vice President, Human Resources for Menlo. “This is especially important for us at this time when the growth, and growth potential, of North Asia is on an upward trajectory.”

An HR professional with over 18 years of experience in the field, Jane most recently served as Human Resources Director at Asia Timber Products and has also worked for Leica Geosystems. Jane, who holds an MBA from Ballarat University in Australia, has extensive experience that includes work in training and development, compensation and benefits and recruiting as well as employee relations, legal compliance and policy development. In addition, she has led HR teams supporting over 3,000 employees.

 “Menlo focuses resources to ensure our clients’ logistics success, and focusing those resources in an efficient, cost-effective way and delivering it with local knowledge and Lean expertise can only be done with talented people,” says Jane. “I look forward to helping to build Menlo’s already strong team to take us to the next level.”

John Beckett, VP International Operations, who leads Menlo’s North Asia Region, said, “Jane brings impressive knowledge and experience, proven leadership ability, and a strong track record of results to Menlo. Rapid market growth requires a sustained focus on our human resources, and with Jane’s expertise, Menlo and our clients will benefit accordingly.”

Menlo Worldwide Logistics (China) Ltd provides professional, top-of-the-line logistics solutions developed with in-depth local knowledge, delivering operationally effective, cost efficient results via a wide-reaching network of offices, warehouses and logistics centers in 110 cities throughout China. Menlo China is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., the $4.3 billion New York Stock Exchange-listed freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in San Mateo, California.

 

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TT Club Launches Online Cargo Insurance Facility

Specialist freight transport and logistics insurer TT Club has launched an online service providing swift, extensive cargo cover for freight forwarders and logistics operators globally. 

5th April, 2011

After extensive trialling of the system over the last twelve-months, TT Club has honed the process of application for, through to confirmed provision of, cargo cover specifically addressing the practical needs of the freight forwarder and logistics operator. The product, known as TT Club Forwarders, is one of few now available globally and will benefit from the insurance mutual’s extensive international underwriting and claims service.

Graham Hooper, TT Club’s Senior Underwriter leading the initiative emphasised the importance of crafting the new online service to ensure secure cover for a group of freight companies trading under very particular market conditions.  “Freight forwarders and other intermediaries must often react quickly to the demands of their customers.  These involve moves of diverse commodities in differing volumes via varied modes across all geographies.  The complex and unpredictable nature of these demands has in the past often made securing comprehensive insurance cover difficult,” explained Hooper. “In designing TT Club Forwarders we have been very much aware of the need to simplify the process of accepting a given risk in these circumstances.”

TT Club Forwarders allows brokers to apply on behalf of their client for access to the system and once registration has been completed – this can be achieved in a matter of minutes – the forwarder will have the ability to request cover for a specific move online.   TT Club encourages those interested to apply for access to the system via their insurance broker.

The great advantage from the forwarders perspective is that following completion of the registration process they obtain access to instant cargo insurance quotes, attachment of cover & document production.  The system is also supported by an integrated accounts package and a worldwide claims service.  

TT Club has over forty years of experience dedicated to insuring the international freight transport sector.  It insures over 70% of the world’s cargo container fleet; has 800+ Members in 150 countries, many of them forwarders with liability insurance provided by the Club; insures over 2,000 cargo terminal and logistics operations and has offices in 20 worldwide locations.  This level of specialisation and experience has created a vast knowledge of the sector and an effective claims handling service, all of which will be available to customers of the TT Club Forwarders.

Hooper concludes by laying stress on the continuous enhancement to which TT Club is committed. “We have been most careful in testing this product and perfecting the online process.  The offer has already been taken-up on a significant scale and we are continually assessing feedback from our Members.  Our intention is to make improvements where necessary on an on-going basis.”

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Notes to Editors

Online demonstrations of the TT Club Forwarders system are available at Multimodal 2011 Stand #605 at the NEC Birmingham from 5th to 7th April.

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

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Geodis Wilson invests in new Danish Logistics Centre

Copenhagen, December 9th 2009

Geodis Wilson is concluding its preparations for a new logistics center at Vejle, Denmark. “This new facility will be Denmark’s leading ocean and air freight competence center”, states Allan Geert Nielsen, Managing Director Geodis Wilson, Denmark. The global freight forwarder will create a 3,250 m2 state-of-the-art facility employing 120 people.

“We are combining our core services in the air and ocean freight sectors, in Vejle,” Nielsen continues. Express services, furniture logistics and industrial projects will also be coordinated from Vejle, as well as Geodis Wilson’s aid & relief operations. In addition, the facility will act as a competence center for air charter activities, one of the company’s major niche areas of expertise.

Geodis Wilson will invest Euros 3 million in the Vejle service center, which lies equidistant from the major industrial hubs of Aarhus and Odense.

The new facility and its adjacent warehouse terminal will start operating in one year from now. The construction phase begins early 2010 with completion by December. At this point in time, Geodis Wilson Denmark will transfer its current staff resources from Odense, Billund and Aarhus into the new building. “Vejle is located centrally in the cluster of these three existing offices. It is a prime location with good access to major ports and airports in Denmark, and is considered a gateway to continental Europe,” states Nielsen. The facility will be located directly next to the E45, the European highway, in the center of one of Denmark’s business development areas. The Danish government recently announced major investments in the infrastructure surrounding Vejle, as well as in its adjacent textile industry.  This sector is one in which Geodis Wilson has particular vertical competences.

“The new site is an investment in our future”, underlines Peter Nevhagen, Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson. “In the current demanding financial environment it is very important to strengthen our competitiveness. We believe in imaginative solutions to deliver efficiencies for our customers and to build a more competitive organization” he emphasized.

“To combine core competences in one new facility such as this on at Vejle is an important part of our strategy – in Denmark we have a great competence in logistics solutions”, Nielson concludes, “We manage our clients’ supply chains on a global scale and in the case of many intercontinental trade lanes the cargoes don’t even transit Denmark”.

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About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With 5,500 employees in more than 50 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class.’ Geodis Wilson manages cargo across five continents by sea and air, making supply chains transparent and flexible to manage. As the freight forwarding element of the Geodis Group, Geodis Wilson grew out of the merger of Geodis Overseas, TNT Freight Management and Rohde & Liesenfeld.

In 2008 the Geodis group became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF. With its 50.000 employees in 120 countries ‘SNCF GEODIS’ ranks among the top six companies in its field in the world, is no.4 in Europe and no. 1 in France.

In Denmark, Geodis Wilson is ranked within the top three freight forwarders with an annual turnover of EUR 115 million. 210 employees specialize in its core services, sea and airfreight, express services, niche markets, aid & relief, furniture logistics, charter operations, aviation and marine logistics. Geodis Wilson Denmark provides customers with transparent and easy to manage supply chains, thus enabling our customers to be best in class.

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Philippe Gilbert appointed Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson

Amsterdam, Paris 24th February 2010

Philippe Gilbert has been appointed Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson. Peter Nevhagen who spearheaded the division together with Philippe Gilbert during the transition period will remain a member of the Board as appointed Chief Operating Officer of Geodis Wilson. Geodis’ freight management division is hence from now on under one single leadership.

Jean-Louis Demeulenaere, Deputy CEO of Geodis Group commented: “I am delighted that both, Philippe and Peter accepted their new responsibilities. During the recent phase following the merger of the networks, a co-headed management system was entirely legitimate. Now, in the context of strong future growth ambitions of Geodis Wilson and Geodis Group it is necessary to revert to a classical management structure. I am convinced this evolution in leadership will boost the strategic development of the division.”

Philippe Gilbert said: “Geodis Wilson needs to be able to compete in all major trades and selected vertical markets. Right now we are just outside of the Top 10 worldwide freight forwarders. And we are ready for the jump. Our growth strategy will move us forward.” Peter Nevhagen, who also previously functioned as the Chief Marketing Officer of Geodis Wilson and whose main new focus will be on further improvements of service quality, operational performance and efficiency added: “The change from commercial to operational leadership is an exciting and challenging opportunity to further support and drive the transformation of Geodis Wilson. To me this a logical next step within the development of our company.”

Concomitantly with these changes, Kim Pedersen has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer and member of the Geodis Wilson Board. Kim Pedersen: “After a few years of integration, our division is conducting a dynamic growth strategy in the coming years – and with a high sense of urgency, we will focus on increasing our market share through innovative integrated solutions”.

Philippe Gilbert, Executive Vice President Geodis Wilson

Before joining Geodis Wilson, Philippe Gilbert worked for Saga, Circle and EGL as Chief Operating Officer for Latin America and EMEA. He joined Geodis in September 2005 when he was appointed Senior Vice President for Geodis Overseas and Groupage. In 2007 he became Chief Operating Officer of Geodis Wilson. In addition to this role he was appointed Executive Vice President in 2008, together with Peter Nevhagen, before Philippe took the single leadership of the division in 2010. Today he is the Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Geodis Wilson Freight Board.

Peter Nevhagen, Chief Operating Officer Geodis Wilson

Peter Nevhagen joined Wilson in 2002, as Managing Director of the Swedish subsidiary. In 2005 he was nominated to the position as Vice President of the Nordic & Baltic region, and following Geodis’ acquisition of Wilson in 2007 he became Chief Marketing Officer of the newly formed Geodis Wilson division. In 2008, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the division before he changed from his commercial role into operational leadership in 2010, as being Chief Operations Officer.

Kim Pedersen, Chief Marketing Officer Geodis Wilson

Kim Pedersen joined Wilson in 1994 and after being Managing Director of the Danish subsidiary, he carried the position of Vice President Nordic and Baltic region between 2007 and 2009. From 2009 and up to this nomination of CMO, Kim Pedersen acted as Vice President Global Sales / Deputy CMO.

About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With 5,500 employees in over 50 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class’. Geodis Wilson manages cargo across five continents by sea and air, making supply chains transparent and flexible to manage. As the freight forwarding element of the Geodis Group, Geodis Wilson grew out of the merger of Geodis Overseas, TNT Freight Management, and Rohde & Liesenfeld.

In 2008 the Geodis group became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF. With its now 50.000 employees in 120 countries SNCF Geodis (the transport & logistics branch of SNCF) ranks among the top six companies in its field in the world, is no.4 in Europe and no. 1 in France.

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Geodis Wilson expansion bucks trend in Dubai

Dubai, 25th March 2010

In the first of three service developments this year in the United Arab Emirates, global forwarder and logistics services provider Geodis Wilson has opened a new airfreight office in Dubai to support increasing demand for this service mode as well as its advancing sea-air product.

Based in Dubai’s busy Cargo Village, the new office will employ 22 people under the direction of Geodis Wilson UAE LLC Managing Director Sascha Geiken, allowing a previous combined office and warehouse, situated close by, to focus entirely on warehousing accommodation.

“Our pace of growth meant that we no longer had any spare capacity in the old office/warehouse, and as our business is increasing, particularly with Geodis Wilson’s sea-air product, further warehousing space became essential in order to meet our customers’ requirements,” explained Mr Geiken.

The new facility will handle freight from up to ten inbound flights daily – mainly from Europe and the Far East – as well as sea-air cargo originating as ocean freight from the Geodis Wilson network in the Far East, which is switched from the nearby Jebel Ali port to air cargo on Dubai flights bound for European destinations. The new office will also be involved in customs clearance, general forwarding, supply chain management, warehousing and customs clearance activities.

Geodis Wilson, which is ranked among Dubai’s top ten forwarders, employs a total of 70 people in the Emirate and has its regional headquarters at nearby Jebel Ali, where ocean freight activities are also carried out.

The company is bucking the trend as many competitors in Dubai are forced to reduce their organisations due to the economic situation. “We pride ourselves in having a personalised service offering, which our customers appreciate, and it is this focus on relationships that has led to our success, supported of course, by the global Geodis Wilson network,” added Mr Geiken. “In fact, we are in the unlikely, but enviable situation of having to recruit staff.”

Early indications suggest that Geodis Wilson’s year-on-year activity in Dubai is currently growing at more than 10 per cent across all modes. There is particular strength in the sea-air business, which allows shippers to save on the cost of a total airfreight movement from the Far East to Europe, while offering substantial transit time savings over an end-to-end ocean freight movement. Sea-air demand is particularly strong from the textile and hi-tech sectors.

The second significant milestone for Geodis Wilson in the UAE will be the opening of an Abu Dhabi office during the second quarter. Within this region, the company also has offices in Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Later this year, a third landmark event will be the opening of a new regional headquarters in Jebel Ali.

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About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With 5,500 employees in more than 50 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class.’ Geodis Wilson manages cargo across five continents by sea and air, making supply chains transparent and flexible to manage. As the freight forwarding element of the Geodis Group, Geodis Wilson grew out of the merger of Geodis Overseas, TNT Freight Management and Rohde & Liesenfeld.

In 2008 the Geodis group became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF. With its 50.000 employees in 120 countries ‘SNCF GEODIS’ ranks among the top six companies in its field in the world, is no.4 in Europe and no. 1 in France.

In Denmark, Geodis Wilson is ranked within the top three freight forwarders with an annual turnover of EUR 115 million. 210 employees specialize in its core services, sea and airfreight, express services, niche markets, aid & relief, furniture logistics, charter operations, aviation and marine logistics. Geodis Wilson Denmark provides customers with transparent and easy to manage supply chains, thus enabling our customers to be best in class.

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