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GEODIS develops time definite Road Freight Service across Southeast Asia

Pioneer of cross-border trucking in the region now offers scheduled departures for consignments along the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok axis, with multi-modal gateway services beyond these hubs. 

Drawing on a wealth of experience running trucking services in the region over the last twenty years, GEODIS Road Network (GRN) Asia Pacific is now established as a time and date specific service. 2020 will see expansion of GRN’s time definite schedule to/from hubs throughout the Southeast Asian landmass.

Trade cooperation within the ASEAN bloc continues to strengthen through free trade agreements and e-commerce activity is set to rise dramatically.  Both trends support the forecast of growth in the regional cross-border road transport market to some USD4.1 billion in revenue by 2023.  This represents an annual growth rate of over 15%*.  

“GEODIS recognises the opportunities this brings to its customers and will continue to develop GRN in support of their business growth,” comments Rene Bach-Larsen, Sub-Regional Managing Director, ASEAN.  “As the region’s road infrastructure continues to improve beyond the Singapore-KL-Bangkok spine, scheduled road transits will become an increasingly attractive option, being faster than sea and cheaper than air. ”GEODIS has identified that this gap in the market is particularly true for 30 to 1000 kilo payload shipments. GRN will benefit shippers of such consignments with a simplified, door-to-door tariff structure.

For customers with this type of freight, GRN offers end-to-end control through the skills of GEODIS teams across the region, providing seamless management of consignments from first to last mile. To add to this level of care GEODIS owned assets, such as containers, air-suspension trailers and dedicated trucks are utilised.  Such control minimises delays at border crossings, heightens security and gives assurance of reliable transit times.

Alan Miu, Regional Director – Customs Brokerage, Truck & Rail, explains the importance of his people’s input in achieving swift cross-border transits, “Our customs control tower solution gives peace of mind to our customers.  A single GEODIS point of contact advises each of our clients before and during transits on customs and other necessary documentation, assisting with electronic lodging of declarations in advance to avoid delays.  This hands-on care also makes customers completely aware of their shipment’s progress through GPS monitoring, contingency planning if necessary and final, ‘signed-for’ delivery.”

GEODIS in Asia Pacific, and indeed around the globe, understands the need to respond to the fast-moving pace of changing economic circumstances and the consequent demands on the logistics environment.  “We believe that our client centric and employee driven approach provides the foundations of a successful future for GEODIS and our customers by adapting to the transformations in the logistics industry that we are seeing,” comments Onno Boots, Regional President and CEO, Asia Pacific. “Our investment in, and operation of GRN, are prime examples of this philosophy in action. Its development has been led by identifying a gap in the market, it is enabled by good data communication and implemented by our dedicated people.”

As ever with GEODIS solutions, the benefits to customers are paramount.  In GRN, GEODIS sees a product that reduces supply chain costs; enhances a client’s working capital by improving delivery times, which also optimizes assets by minimizing inventories and warehousing capacity.  Ultimately customers are provided with a competitive advantage in order to grow their businesses.

*Source:  ASEAN Cross-border Road Transport Market (2018-2013) Report

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS Poland wins “Logistics Operator of the Year 2019” Silver Award

(l-r) Bogdan Młynarczyk, General Manager GEODIS Poland; Serge Schmittag, Freight Forwarding Manager, GEODIS; Karol Kołodziejczyk, Road Transport Sales Manager, GEODIS
(Photo Credit: Eurologistics Publishing House)

GEODIS Poland was awarded with the Silver Emblem Award for the “Logistics Operator of the Year 2019”.

The award, based on the results of a reader survey organized by Eurologistics, was presented during a Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production, which took place in Warsaw at the beginning of December. After already taking home the third place award in 2018, GEODIS Poland is once again among the best logistics companies in Poland.

Bogdan Młynarczyk, General Manager of GEODIS Poland, said: “This is a great honor for GEODIS, the recognition supports our ambition to become the logistics leader in Poland. I would like to thank Serge Schmittag and his team for the hard work and commitment they display every day in the service of our customers.” 

The Gala of Logistics, Transport and Production is the most important event in the TSL industry organized by Eurologistics Publishing House, during which the successes of the industry, the best companies and products are honoured. Logistics Operator of the Year is a joint venture of several dozen leading companies in the Polish TSL industry.  The purpose of the survey is to provide knowledge about the requirements and expectations of customers and the level of logistics service performance achieved by suppliers.

GEODIS’ President & CEO north, East and Central Europe, Thomas Kraus also congratulated the GEODIS team in Poland, “This award is a great achievement for us and our employees. With Poland being one of our focus countries in the region, I am very proud to receive this recognition for our continuous effort and commitment to complete customer satisfaction.”

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TRUE Sports chooses GEODIS for European Warehousing & Distribution

The US based high-end sports equipment company TRUE Sports has chosen GEODIS Netherlands as its European logistics partner. The companies already have a multi-year partnership in the United States, reinforcing their global collaboration with this new contract.

TRUE Sports, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and innovator of high performance sporting goods and equipment in the golf, hockey, lacrosse, and baseball categories. The company produces a wide variety of products under the TRUE Temper, Project X, Grafalloy, ACCRA, Aura and TRUE brands in countries throughout the world. More than 1,000 individuals in 10 facilities proudly represent TRUE Sports across the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Australia.  Early 2019, TRUE Sports started the search for a new warehouse partner for its European operations, supporting its ambitious growth plans and market penetration throughout the EU.

GEODIS Netherlands will start providing warehousing and distribution services out of their Rotterdam warehouse for the TRUE Hockey brand. TRUE Sports chose the Netherlands for its strategic location with an excellent infrastructure supporting the European rollout. GEODIS implemented a customized racking layout enabling an optimal and efficient storage of the TRUE hockey sticks.

“We are proud to add yet another premium brand to our customer portfolio” – says Mark van den Assem, Managing Director GEODIS Netherlands. “GEODIS is eager to support TRUE Sports in their European expansion.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS, Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Provider, plays the role of Santa in the US by shipping 23 Million Units in the U.S.

Next to countless teams of jolly elves, GEODIS is the latest addition to the legendary list of Santa’s helpers. The Third-Party Logistics (3PL) provider shipped 23 million units in the U.S., to set a new shipping volume record between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.

The record-breaking increase is driven largely by the continued and growing trend of online holiday shopping. GEODIS is among the industry leaders in fulfilment and distribution in the e-commerce sector.

“The holiday season is the most critical time for our customers whose businesses hinge on GEODIS getting their products to consumers on-time for every single order,” says Randy Tucker, President and CEO, GEODIS Americas. “As volume increases, we are constantly seeking ways to strengthen our productivity. We do this through innovation in our warehouses, while also providing our talented workforce with the most robust environment and technologies so that we can be as successful as possible.”

Along with technology and automation, the GEODIS workforce will grow by more than 7,000 during the 2019 holiday season to accommodate the increased volume.

“The holiday season is when GEODIS teammates really shine,” says Mike Honious, Chief Operating Officer, GEODIS Americas.  “Our teammates take great pride in doing their part to help Santa spread joy across the world. We are grateful for our teammates, and we’re thrilled to help our clients close out 2019 on such a strong performance.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

EODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS: Albertine Hanin named EVP Group Legal & Insurance

Albertine Hanin has been appointed EVP Group & Legal Insurance at GEODIS. She becomes a member of the Group’s Management Board, directly reports to Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.   

Albertine holds a Master’s degree in International Law and a Certificate of Professional Proficiency in Law. After an initial experience as a business lawyer, she joined a GEODIS subsidiary in 1998 as Deputy Legal Director. In 2002, she moved to the GEODIS Group’s Corporate Legal Department as Legal Manager. Specialized in business law relating to the fields of transport, logistics and real estate, her functions have developed over the years. Since 2008, she has been in charge of legal affairs for distribution and logistics activities in France and more recently in the Western Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

In her new role, Albertine Hanin will supervise the Corporate Legal Affairs and the Insurance Departments. She will also provide legal support for GEODIS Group activities with legal affairs managers working in the Regions and the Lines of Business.

“Albertine Hanin combines all the necessary qualities and skills to succeed in her new function. Her wide business experience and knowledge of GEODIS are assets for supporting the Group’s activities,” said Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS and Shoes for Crews extend partnership

The slip-resistant shoe company Shoes For Crews Europe (SFCE) has awarded GEODIS Netherlands a third multi-year contract, reinforcing the partnership that the two companies have built since 2012.  GEODIS continues to take care of the entire supply chain process, from the incoming order to the delivery to the end customer across Europe.

Originally founded in 1984 in the United States, the European Division of SFCE was established in Shannon, Ireland in 2001, designing and producing one of the largest and most comprehensive slip-resistant shoe styles in the world.  In 2012 SFCE moved its Distribution Centre to Venlo in Holland to meet the needs of its fast-growing European business.

In the last seven years SFCE has seen strong annual double-digit growth with volumes increasing by over 50% since 2015. GEODIS supports SFCE by offering a turn-key solution combining a variety of services from forwarding and warehousing to road transport. The investments made in process improvement and system optimization have led to a smooth-running operation. In the coming months a new Track & Trace tool will be implemented, giving SFCE access to real time information.

“Long-term relationships are what we aim for within GEODIS and we are therefore proud that SFCE has once again chosen us as its logistics partner” – says Mark van den Assem, Managing Director GEODIS Netherlands. “Innovation and continuous improvement will remain the focus of our collaboration in the coming years”.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS’ AirDirect Mexico Service from Asia takes off

Global Supply Chain provider GEODIS has launched its full cargo service from Hong Kong to Guadalajara, Mexico. This new weekly service has a 22-hour real-time transit to the Mexican hub.

Operated by a chartered B747-400ERF and MD-11 F aircrafts , AirDirect Mexico represents a completely new, nonstop service in the market, providing GEODIS’ customers with a highly reliable solution and secured capacity, in addition to GEODIS’ other air cargo services, AirFast, AirFlex and AirSave.

Commenting on the new service, GEODIS’ Executive Vice President for Freight Forwarding, Eric Martin-Neuville says, “We have been encouraged by the initial bookings that we have received for our inaugural flight and expect these to rise to a threshold volume where a second, and eventually, a third flight per week, will be established.”

GEODIS’ own and direct flight service between Hong Kong and Mexico also represents one of many initiatives that are being introduced to the market as part of a regional, multimodal growth strategy. “AirDirect Mexico follows the recent launch of our Road Network service in South Asia, providing scheduled services with day-definite transit times to all major destinations in the region”, explains Onno Boots, GEODIS’ Regional President and CEO for Asia Pacific. “As part of this growth strategy, Hong Kong is GEODIS’ hub for China and Southeast Asia originated cargoes to Mexico, Latin America, USA and Europe.”

Robert M. Krautheim, Regional Head of Sales for Freight Forwarding in the Americas adds, “GEODIS consistency combined with access to premier wide-body aircraft cargo capacity means our clients will enjoy better lead times and a reliable supply chain for dangerous goods, lithium batteries, and general cargo.”

AirDirect Mexico is the newest example of how GEODIS continues to offer its customers a truly integrated, end-to-end supply chain solution with focus on day-definite and reliable transit times, complemented by the Road Network services in Asia and on-carriage solutions in Mexico, including daily scheduled intra-Mexican deliveries to all locations in the country. GEODIS continues to be a leader in innovation by finding new ways to serve customers globally. This new service will ensure just-in-time service and space commitment through an Own Controlled Network (OCN) allowing GEODIS’ customers to meet and exceed their consumers’ expectations.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS: Stéphane Cassagne named new Executive Vice President of Distribution & Express Line of Business

Stéphane Cassagne, Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at GEODIS

Stéphane Cassagne has been appointed Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at GEODIS. He is a member of the Group’s Management Committee, which is chaired by Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.   

Stéphane Cassagne holds a postgraduate degree in business law. He began his career in the Legal Affairs Department at Calberson in 1993, becoming Department Head in 1998. In 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs for the GEODIS Group. In 2007, he took responsibility for the Group’s real estate, insurance and customs portfolios. Since 2013, he has served as Group Corporate Secretary.

Alongside his new duties, he will retain his role as Director of Group Real Estate.

“Stéphane Cassagne has all the necessary qualities and skills to succeed in his new missions. His great experience and knowledge of GEODIS are strengths that will contribute to the success of our ambition of being the growth partner for our clients,” said Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS.

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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GEODIS and Arkema test the future border system intended for Brexit

GEODIS, a global expert in transport and logistics, partnered Arkema, the French leader in chemicals, to take part in the dry runs organized by French Customs to test the future customs arrangements that will be implemented in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit. GEODIS is now ready to support its customers for customs and transport operations involving the United Kingdom, whatever the Brexit scenario.

In the context of the restoration of a border between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the French customs authorities have developed a computerized system known as the “smart border” which automates the border crossing for freight vehicles. Since September, French Customs have been organizing a series of full-scale simulations with all the players concerned – including transporters, loaders, customs representatives and customs clearance software providers – to test the new system under the most realistic conditions possible.

GEODIS and Arkema jointly participated in operational trials of the “smart border” on 24 September. The two companies coordinated to organize a shipment of goods from the Arkema plant in La Chambre, south eastern France, to the United Kingdom under the conditions of a post-Brexit export operation. GEODIS and Arkema had to evaluate the advance transmission of customs documents, the coordination of logistics, the matching of customs data with that of the vehicle, and the actual crossing of the border. All of these tests were successfully achieved, enabling the shipment to cross the border safely and smoothly.

Rémi Poteau, Key Account Manager at GEODIS, said: “This full-scale dry run was key to guaranteeing the free flow of trade. This experience allowed GEODIS to prove that it is now ready to provide safe and reliable logistics services between France and the United Kingdom for its customers in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. It also demonstrated that the Group is capable of handling all customs requirements through a range of high quality customs solutions in compliance with regulations.”

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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Sustainable footwear company Allbirds selects GEODIS to support its European E-Commerce expansion

Global supply chain operator GEODIS has been chosen by Allbirds to service sales through its newly launched e-commerce website, www.allbirds.eu which caters to 12 European markets, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. GEODIS Netherlands will manage all of Allbirds’s warehouse activities for these new markets from its central e-fulfillment hub in Venlo. San Francisco-based Allbirds, known for their sustainable trainers made from natural materials, have also announced the opening of a physical retail store in Berlin, coming later in the year. With the partnership GEODIS will significantly support Allbirds’s European expansion and strengthen its position in fulfillment of retail e-commerce.

The e-commerce business will partly consist of single product orders. Aligning with Allbirds’s mission to tread lightly on the planet, GEODIS aims for maximum efficiency and minimal warehouse movements. It has introduced a new efficient order-picking process for single-piece flow, which means that in just one pick run, all single piece orders will be selected in bulk. The products will then be labelled customer specific at the packing stations. GEODIS will also control inbound quality and is implementing an innovative new app that uses images of the shoes to identify faults and which allows the auditor to send pictures of products that don’t meet Allbirds’s high standard.

Mark van den Assem, Managing Director of GEODIS Netherlands, said: “We are very proud that Allbirds has chosen GEODIS as its warehouse partner. We believe that our knowledge of e-fulfillment and innovative warehouse solutions will contribute significantly to Allbirds’s success in the European market.”

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GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales. In 2018, the Company has recently been recognized as leader by Gartner in its 3PL Magic Quadrant.

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