MOL to open Swiss office as part of strategy to grow closer to customers
JAPANESE multi-modal transport company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has established its own office in Basel, Switzerland, scheduled to commence operations in the New Year.
A statement said the decision to open the new office in this important market is part of the group's strategy to have its own people on the ground and grow closer to its customers.
"We will be much better positioned to respond to customer needs, improve service quality and offer full-network coverage in the region," said MOL area director Jochen Veldmann.
Mr Veldmann said MOL had enjoyed a strong and long-lasting relationship with Hausmann Shipping and thanked the company for being an excellent partner over the past years.
"MOL and Hausmann will work closely together during the transfer of operations to ensure a smooth transition," said the MOL statement.
Damco Indonesia opens warehouse in central Java to meet growing demand
GLOBAL third party logistics provider, Damco, has chosen well-established warehouse operator in Monang Sianipar Abadi (MSA), Indonesia, to manage its new warehouse in Semarang, Central Java, which commenced operations in August.
The new facility has already taken in its first cargo of clothing to its new warehouse, which is the company's container freight station (CFS) facility in Indonesia and the second in Semarang to support the strong growth of the footwear and apparel industry in Central Java.
Less than two kilometres from Semarang international seaport, the warehouse boasts three chambers, two of which are exclusively for Damco's use.
"For Damco Indonesia and MSA, the partnership brings mutual benefit: Damco gains valuable warehouse space, while MSA benefits from Damco's unrivalled knowledge of the international logistics business," said the Damco statement.
Work remained to be done before the new warehouse meets the Supply Chain Security Programme (SCSP) standard - but much progress has been made. Damco's compliance, health and safety experts have been offering guidance to MSA on compliance.
Within a week of opening, the two Semarang chambers were close to meeting their capacity. As a consequence, MSA is building two more chambers on spare land at the facility to meet rising demand in this important emerging market, the company added.
Kuehne + Nagel opens its 7th logistics control centre in Singapore
SWISS forwarding giant Kuehne + Nagel has opened a control centre for integrated logistics in Singapore to enhance its door-to-door service and its infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.
The new centre, one of seven worldwide, will focus on Australia, China, India, Japan and Singapore.
"Leveraging on our new platform in Singapore, customers can focus on their core competences while improving their supply chain performance, reducing transaction costs and increasing efficiencies," said Kuehne + Nagel CEO Detlef Trefzger at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Kuehne + Nagel's Asia Pacific customer base in integrated logistics comprises companies from fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, pharmaceutical, healthcare, high-tech and the oil & gas industries.
A typical range of services is provided to an FMCG customer, where Kuehne + Nagel manages all of its international sea and air freight movements for both raw and packaging materials into its extensive factory network in the region, and finished goods flows to all markets within the region.
The Singapore logistics control centre is managing the worldwide logistics for a customer in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, together with Kuehne + Nagel's logistics control centres in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Luxembourg.
Services include management of sales orders from the customer's factories in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, the coordination of last mile transport and the installation of medical equipment in the hospitals.
Peter Rose of Expeditors retires in March after 35 years with company
THE longtime chief executive officer of Seattle-based Expeditors International, Peter Rose, has announced he will retire in March after more than 35 years with the company.
But Mr Rose will remain company chairman until May 2015 to help the transition for the new CEO. The board will focus its search for a new CEO on internal candidates, said Robert Wright, the leading independent director on the board.
Mr Wright pointed out that Expeditors has a "deep bench" of leaders from which to select the next CEO. "It makes sense for the company to look there as we begin the succession plan process," he said.
Said Mr Rose: "We started with 20 people, six offices, and US$300,000, and became a company with nearly $6 billion revenue, 188 full-service offices across six continents, and more than 13,000 employees worldwide."
Geraldine Knatz 'forced' to retire as Port of Los Angeles chief
GERALDINE Knatz is stepping down as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles at year-end, a position she has held since 2006.
The local Long Beach Press Telegram reported: "Amid rumors that she would be forced out", Ms Knatz's retirement was announced by the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, following months of declining cargo numbers, much of it flowing from LA to Long Beach.
Mayor Garcetti told reporters earlier this year that he expected some general managers would not be rehired. Her departure has been rumored for months, but gained traction as Mayor Garcetti's first 100 days of office approached.
Ms Knatz arrived at the Port of Los Angeles after 24 years at the Port of Long Beach, where she was the managing director of development and second in command. From the beginning, she was tasked with making the port more environmentally friendly.
She championed the Clean Trucks Programme, an effort to ban owner-operator trucks off the docks because they polluted more. But truckers sued in federal court to block the rules, quashing aspects of the scheme.
Dr Knatz's departure comes just a few months after Christopher Lytle resigned as executive director of neighbouring Long Beach to run the Port of Oakland.
The resignations come as both ports have struggled to attract cargo in recent years. With underlying conditions flat, they have poached each other's container traffic.