JAS IN THE AMERICAS
News From JAS Worldwide - Americas Focus
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JAS IN THE AMERICAS
News From JAS Worldwide - Americas Focus
JAS Americas HQ
6195 Barfield Road
Atlanta GA, 30328
A few days ago Avianca Cargo gave special recognition to their top cargo partners for 2018. Included in this recognition was JAS Colombia, whose increase in air exports paved the way for this recognition. JAS is proud to be a top cargo partner to Avianca Cargo and looks forward to continuing with and growing our partnership with them in the future.
Congratulations to JAS Colombia on their great achievement!
By Maria Paula Eslava
Last year Steren, an electronics company headquartered in Mexico and one of JAS' loyal customers, had their main office in Mexico catch fire. This fire caused serious damage and forced Steren to relocate their corporate office.
After a year and a half of hard work and dedication Steren has a new corporate office. And to show their support and to commemorate their triumph over a difficult situation, JAS Mexico has gifted Steren a beautiful world map decal with the Steren and JAS logos present for their new logistics office wall. The Steren team was very grateful for this gift of a new office decoration which shows their shared team spirit and commitment with JAS.
JAS is proud to stand with our strong and resilient customers as they face challenges and come out triumphant. We are better together and look forward to our futures moving forward. Congratulations to Steren on their new corporate office.
By Pamela Belard
JAS is proud to introduce our new Transpacific Trade Lane Director, Leon Kouyoumdijian.
A message from Leon:
My name is Leon Kouyoumdjian and I am pleased to be the newest addition to the TransPacific Trade Lane.
I’ve been in the Logistics Industry for 19 years and during that time I’ve been lucky to gain a vast amount of knowledge from various positions held throughout my career.
After finishing Business school in Copenhagen, Denmark I moved to Atlanta in 2002 and have held various Sales & Managerial positions. Prior to joining JAS, I held the position of RVP of Southeast & Southwest Region for Scan Global Logistics. I was tasked with increasing the profitability of three branches in conjunction with managing a team of around 30 people across those regions. It was during that time I discovered the learning curve never ends.
As an employee of JAS for over eight years now, I have had the pleasure to work in a few different areas.
I originally joined JAS in 2010 to develop the Vertical of Natural Stone. Much of that business originated in Brazil which, years later, led me to become Trade Lane Director of Southbound Brazil. During that time I acquired a variety of intelligence[s] and techniques on how to make a specific trade lane successful.
After serving that lane for a few years and building the Stone Vertical to it’s optimum level, I was asked to go in a very different direction; but it was a path that intrigued me. I accepted the position as the Import/Export Trade Lane Director for China and HKG in mid-2017.
I had the pleasure of meeting my team members in China and HKG back in March. It was a great first meeting and now I am eager to collaborate with the team in order to achieve a lucrative return for both sides.
By Leon Kouyoumdijian
This year, JAS Argentina had the opportunity to host two events with clients to promote the Asia Trade lane in Argentina. During these events, JAS Argentina was able to showcase that our People Make the Difference, and that is what makes JAS different. JAS Argentina has a very solid team to give clients the support they need, and they are effective at helping them to see value.
Back in March, JAS Argentina hosted a Wine Tasting with some Air Freight clients. Stefano Olmi – Vice President Sales Asia Pacific, and Gregor Vrhunc – Vice President Air Freight Americas, were traveling in Argentina and were able to interact with these clients as well. This created a great opportunity in a relaxed atmosphere to help these clients see the value JAS can bring to them.
In addition to the above event, at the beginning of May, JAS Argentina held a cocktail event with some Ocean Freight clients. Lars Huebecker, Vice President Ocean Freight – Americas, and Gabriel Lopez, Procurement & Trade Lane Manager – South America & Ocean Freight, APAC, were visiting in Argentina also. It was a priceless opportunity to bring them closer and have them interact directly with clients. Being able to share views and prospects for the near future and what to expect going forward. The goal was to help clients create long-term plans and make informed decisions with first-hand knowledge of what is coming.
Attendance and participation was great at both events. Clients found it extremely useful and appreciated the time and opportunity given.
Within many organizations, there are strong synergies that exist between the Operations, Sales, Product, & Management teams. Nurturing this synergy is the key to obtaining healthy growth within a company. JAS USA is now using what they call “The Playbook”; a process that analyzes opportunities together with Product, Trade Lane, and Sales. The Playbook allows sales executives to evaluate the best or "Top Opportunities" in their region, then bridge the gap between Sales and the rest of our organization more fluidly.
The definition of “Top Opportunities” is not based on volume or GP as one might assume. Instead, it’s based on accounts within the JAS CRM Database, which, with their current rate support from trade lane & product offerings, these clients would benefit from additional service offerings. Identifying these opportunities allows JAS to reach out to customers more readily with service offerings that can greatly benefit our clients and create more opportunities for our customers.
Note: The current CRM requirements are not changing, and the Playbook is only highlighting these particular “90%” opportunities from the JAS CRM system to include them in the Playbook.
This concept allows JAS to secure LTA’s / Bullet / Commodity or Name Account Rates based on volume by combining accounts from the Playbook, giving our customers more options, as JAS is now able to present 6-7 accounts with a combined volume instead of with the individual approach.
Sales today often utilizes more of a consultant stance in order to satisfy the needs of clients. With the “Playbook” process; the same approach is used internally to bridge potential gaps between Sales and Product interactions, allowing for more meaningful conversations with customers.
By Leon Kouyoumdijian
The beautiful city of Bogota, Colombia was the location chosen for the 2018 Latin American Sales Meeting. The annual meeting is an event where all JAS Sales Managers and Global Account Directors from the nine JAS subsidiaries in Latin America meet and discuss the past year, goals, and strategies for the future.
This year the event was hosted by JAS Latin American Regional VP of Sales & Marketing, Manuele Mazzacurati. The meeting was a great success and strengthened synergies at the regional and global level, as attendees were also privileged with the presence of several special guests such as the JAS VPs of Sales & Marketing of the USA, Tony Romano, and Asia, Stefano Olmi, JAS VP of Air Freight, Gregor Vrhunc, and JAS Americas EVP, Adrian Emmenegger.
During two days of activities, attendees had the chance to analyze 2017 results and outcomes and set strategies for 2018. This, in addition to several workshops, focused on customer service and business development.
JAS Latin America appreciates everybody´s participation and contribution to this event, which was great and well organized with the help of JAS Colombia.
We look forward to a fantastic 2018, our great people will certainly make the difference!
Rogelio Terrones (GAM-MX); Manuele Mazzacurati (VP Sales Latam); Juan Montoya (SM – CO); Andreas Oetje (GAM-BR) Michel farah (SM-MX); Tony Romano (VP Sales USA); Gregor Vrhunc (VP Air Freight); Adrian Emmenegger (Americas EVP); Carlos Lozano (SM-PE); Stefano Olmi (VP Sales Asia). Gisela Alaman (SM-AR). Daniela Cordero (GAM-AR); Ivana Baute (KAM-UY); Pamela Belard (RS- Latam); Isis Tigert (SM – PA); Marcela Amatte (KAD- Latam); Sandra Bau (SM-CL); Vidal Quintero (SM – VE); Karina Muñiz (SM – BR); Valeria Competiello (SBU – Latam); Gisela Alaman (SM- ARG); Maria Eslava (MD – CO);
As of Monday March 20, 2018, JAS Forwarding (USA) is now assisting CBP and TSA on its initiative to provide enhanced security for air cargo coming into the United States.
The Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS) initiative was created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to gather data concerning the parties and commodities involved in air cargo prior to its loading on an aircraft at a foreign port. The initiative is currently in the pilot phase, allowing CBP to collaborate with the air cargo industry to determine the most effective means of achieving the desired regulatory results without affecting the speed of air cargo operations. CBP extended the ACAS pilot program last year in hopes of getting more participation. Government officials have stated that mandatory compliance with ACAS may be expedited due to a recent scare concerning an IED found on a plane headed for the United States. This prompted an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo by TSA Administrator David Pekoske. Growing terrorist concern has already prompted six airlines to comply with this requirement on all cargo originating from certain countries.
"Technology innovation remains a cornerstone of our mission to ensure worldwide transparency and an efficient supply chain for our customers by delivering their cargo on time and securely," said Laurie Arnold, Regulatory Compliance Officer at JAS Forwarding (USA). "As an early adopter and one of the few Forwarders participating in the ACAS pilot program, we are sharing information with CBP further back in the supply chain to help identify high-risk air shipments into the U.S. while accelerating the movement of low-risk shipments."
JAS Forwarding (USA) has partnered with Descartes Global Logistics Network to collect house bill information directly from its Cargo Wise enterprise system to file directly to CBP without any manual intervention, thereby; increasing data quality and velocity.
“The majority of ACAS pilot participants consists of airlines and express carriers, but has lacked forwarder participation. Representing the forwarding community, we have the chance to help write the rules before we are subjected to their requirements," says Sommer Sampson, Corporate IAC Security Coordinator at JAS Forwarding (USA). "We're excited to be an active part in the ACAS pilot and committed to enhancing readiness for the regulation when it is issued." Ms. Sampson is the lead 24hr contact with CBP NTS (National TargetingCenter), along with team member Fabienne Jolly Corporate Compliance Coordinator, CCS. Sampson states, “Getting on board with this initiative was no easy task and we could not have done it without the assistance of our IT Special Projects division...... It was truly a team effort.”
By Sommer Sampson
JAS Argentina is pleased to announce a new Managing Director for JAS Argentina, Mr. Patricio Pranzetti.
Patricio has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Commerce, together with a Master Degree in Business Administration, and postgraduate degrees in Marketing & Psychology and Logistics. Having solid experience in the field, JAS Argentina is confident he will be a great asset to our region.
From Mr Patricio Pranzetti:
"Dear colleagues, I am very happy to join the JAS family and have the opportunity to be part of such a great team!
I strongly believe in the JAS slogan: “People Make the Difference” and our top priority is to have the most talented team in our market and become the supplier of choice for our customers.
Every action we take will be implemented with passion & creativity to focus on our 4 strategic blocks for JAS Argentina:
1. Increasing profitability,
2. Increasing market share,
3. Higher employee satisfaction
4. Higher client satisfaction
Business Development, Operational Excellence, as well as High Performance Culture will be the drivers to achieve a sustainable growth in the coming years.
We would also like to remind you all that we have a very solid Marketing and Sales team willing to support Tradelane Development, General Sales and GAM business development to support Automotive, Technology, & Consumer/Retail as our top Verticals. Last but not least, our own offices at Rosario, Cordoba, Mendoza & Tucuman also bring more commodities expertise such as lemons, fresh fruits, peanuts & olives.
I look forward to working together in the years to come, and remember, JAS Argentina is OPEN for Business"
By Luciana Gallardo
JAS Colombia is happy to announce that since January of 2018, we have began our own operations in the City of Medellin, one of the most important Industrial Business Centers of the country.
Medellin, known worldwide for innovation, is also an important business center for the textile and automotive industries, both key verticals of JAS Worldwide.
This is another very relevant milestone of the development of our presence in Colombia, a key market for Latin America, and a great focus for the organization in the coming years.
Congratulations to JAS Colombia on this expansion!
By Juan Montoya
Continuing the tradition from last year, JAS Brazil held its customer events again this year. Once again, the branches from São Paulo, Campinas and São José dos Campos hosted several of their global clients and celebrated all of their achievements from the past year together.
JAS Brazil believes that these informal events are the perfect opportunity, not only to discuss market expectation for the following year with our valued customers, but to also strengthen the relationship with them.
JAS Brazil looks forward to another successful year and creating more to celebrate in the future.
By Amanda Domingos
We are pleased to announce that as of November 20, 2017, we have relocated our office in Miami, Florida, U.S.! Our new office is located at 1900 NW 129 AVE suite 100 Miami, FL 33182.
Centrally located, we are about 13 miles west from the Miami International Airport, 18 miles west from the port of Miami, and 39 miles south west from Port Everglades.
Our new building is 84,000 SQ FT with 35 FT height ceilings. The office space is around 10,000 SQ FT. We have 32 bay doors with 2 truck wells in the warehouse.
This great new location and Certified Cargo Screening Facility are ready to meet all of your shipping needs!
Contact us today!
By Lindsay Dodd
JAS Worldwide is proud to sponsor the efforts of 12 employees as they take on the 200-mile Reebok Ragnar Tennessee Relay Run, March 23-24, 2018.
This event goes on for 48 hours and consists of each team having a member run part of the distance, passing the baton to the next team member as they complete their section of the run. This run is different from others as it requires a team to be dedicated enough to work and train with one another to achieve their goals.
In addition to the time and dedication these JAS runners put into training for the run, they will also be working to raise money for the St. Jude Children Research Hospital through their run. The team goal is to raise at least $4,000 through donations.
This group of dedicated runners will be running as the “JAS Foreign Legionnaires." The group includes Stefano Redditi, Matthew Burgess, Peris Johnson, Scott Kimel, Khuyen Vo, Graeme Robinson, Scott Luchenbill, Sandra Manfredi, Dan Dunlavy, Alessio Profeti, Manuele Mazzacurati, and Fritz Belinga.
Stefano Redditi, EVP Sales & Marketing at JAS Worldwide, spoke about the challenge:
“I am looking forward to this new challenge. This is a complex event. Running 200 miles non-stop, day & night, requires a group of physically and mentally prepared people. The ‘logistics’ of the event is not a joke. We will split our 12-person team into 3 person sub-teams. We will then use two vans to coordinate transport of the runners. One van will follow the current runner while carrying two additional team members, meanwhile the 2nd van will shuttle the next 3 runners from the base camp located about mid-course to the next point.
What is most important though, is that we are going to raise money for the St Jude Children Research Hospital. St. Jude is a childrens hospital that advances cures and means of prevention for catastrophic diseases that affect children. At St. Jude, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay. We are proud to be running to help raise money for this hospital.”
Redditi added, "I would like to thank JAS Worldwide and in particular, our global CEO Marco Rebuffi, for supporting the JAS team!”
JAS is proud to be sponsoring these employees as they take on this challenge.
If you would like to support the JAS Foreign Legionnaires and donate to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, please click the button below.
By Jessica Motley
Week 1, 2018 Montevideo, Uruguay.
When an Expedition Cruise Vessel on route to the Antarctic was in urgent need of a critical spare part, JAS Uruguay was ready to take on the challenge. As per information received from their part supplier, the part would need to arrive in the Falkland Islands, Mount Pleasant Airport (MPN) on Wednesday January 10th in order to be received on time.
There is only one commercial airline operating to MPN once a week and it has a limitation of weight and height per piece transported because of the narrow bodied aircraft that is used for the route. It was not possible to reduce the packaging size or to split the critically needed spare part into smaller packages for transport.
Therefore, JAS Uruguay chartered a small aircraft to ensure our customer that the transport was carried out as fast as possible, as well as meeting the required weight and height limitations for their cargo. After permits and approvals were acquired and met, a direct flight was planned using a Lear Jet 35 aircraft.
The pilots removed a few seats to get the space needed for the cargo and used a small crane in order to charge and discharge the piece. After 2 hours and 40 minutes of flight from the origin, the piece arrived safely and on time at MPN Airport.
Orders with short notice are commonplace in this industry and cruise supply companies have to live with them. At JAS Uruguay, we have passion for finding solutions to these kind of problems and acting as a reliable partner for these companies.
Congratulations to our Air Export team, whose hard work and dedication made this happen.
By Pablo Melo
JAS is pleased to announce that motion and control technologies manufacturer, Parker Hannifin, has conferred upon JAS Worldwide its coveted Forwarder of the Year award. Parker is a leader in industries ranging from aerospace and climate control to filtration and automation.
In past years, this commendation has been awarded to various leaders in the forwarding industry; which makes this year's selection of JAS all that more significant. Parker awarded JAS for its continuous improvement in meeting customer needs and its commitment to operational excellence.
John Oconner, Executive Vice President-Strategic Development, said the following: “We are honored to receive the Forwarder of the Year award from Parker Hannifin. Our two companies have worked together for over a decade and it is a prime example of how partnership works. My personal thanks goes out to all my JAS Colleagues around the world who work at the operational, product, and sales levels to continue to provide fast, innovative, and market competitive solutions for Parker Hannifin.”
Each year this award is presented to one of Parker's 7 vendors based on several contributing factors.
These three factors led to JAS earning the esteemed award this year.
3. Below are the required fields in the Continuous Improvement Portal which is updated on a weekly or monthly basis as well as on a Global basis.
Each month JAS runs the report from their CI Portal on the Current Status Report. As it’s up to Parker to accept or reject the any ideas. Not all ideas are accepted and/or implemented.
For these reasons among others, JAS was selected to be Parker's Forwarder of the Year. JAS is honored to receive this award and looks forward to continued success through our relationship with Parker.
Special thanks go out to the JAS Global Account Management Team around the world, most notably Shawn Chipner, Pam Barnshock, and Sharon Shan, who are the key stakeholders. Additionally JAS acknowledges the following team members for their ongoing efforts to provide customers like Parker, best-in-class service :
Every year, JAS holds mid-year sales events all over the world to evaluate sales efforts for the first half of the year and establish goals for the second half. Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales and Marketing, Stefano Redditi attends most of these events around the globe. This year he was present for the events in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, United States, China, Japan, Korea, and Mexico.
"The mid-year sales event is a key meeting for our sales people and me. During these meetings, each sales person has the opportunity to present his or her achievements and indicate the new targets for the remaining part of the year. JAS sales teams are second to none! This year’s events were the best ever” says Stefano Redditi, JAS EVP Sales & Marketing.
For the sales people, this is a great opportunity to “show off” in front of the local management, their peers, and the EVP of Sales and Marketing.
It is also an opportunity for the entire team to take a moment out of their daily routine and reflect, together with peers and management, on what has been done in the first part of the year and attack the second part at full speed.
Well Done JAS/SALES team!
In 2016, JAS Forwarding Worldwide invested in the cross border trade lane between Canada, the USA, and Mexico. The new trade lane officially started on January 1st, 2017 and has been operationally supported by the JAS Laredo office which opened on the same day. The goal and strategy is simple: to provide a one-stop solution for all JAS customers with top notch service and visibility via JASTrack, which will set us apart from our competition.
Overall, North American cross-border freight has steadily increased over the last eight months. Canada/USA freight has increased approximately 6% and Mexico/USA freight has increased 9.4% over this period.
Over the last nine months, our trade lane has experienced a growth of 48% in the number of shipments, and an increase of 141% Gross Profit compared to the same time period in 2016.
Our main driver for this growth has been the implementation of our pricing and procurement desk based in Laredo, TX. There, Antonio Pastrana, North American Trade Lane Manager, and Tracy Garcia, Import Supervisor, enable JAS to maintain and build effective carrier relationships. Building these sustainable relationships with our carrier partners allows for strategic alignment of JAS goals, our customers’ goals, and the carriers’ goals in order to continue to offer the best options to our shippers; reducing cost and increasing profit.
One question that is often asked by our sales professionals is:
What are cross-border shipments and how can we identify them when we speak with our customers?
Here is a short list of questions for our sales people to get the conversation started and gather pertinent information to further the sales process.
JAS Forwarding is able to take the complexity out of our customers’ cross-border shipping. We can provide a one-stop solution with industry leading visibility and scalability to fit each customer and ensure that all shipments move through customs and routes with reliability we can all count on. Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or customer prospects via the buttons below.
Reuben D Botello, LCB
Trade Lane Director
North American Trade Lane (MX-USA-CA)
In the first 6 months of 2017, 25% of Brazilian exports went to China. In 2007, only 10 years ago, that percentage was 6%. This is just another indicator that, besides traditional imports from China, both countries have a lot to gain in constantly farming this bilateral relationship.
With that in mind, the Managing Director of JAS Brazil, Mr. Elder Apolinario, and our Vice President of Sales for LATAM, Manuele Mazzacurati, travelled in August across the world to spend some time in beautiful Hong Kong, Shanghai, and the Guangdong Province.
The China-Latin America trade is a terrific area full of opportunities. JAS is and will continue to invest in dedicated personnel, extensive traveling, and joint commercial development on this promising trade lane.
We are happy to announce that as of August 1st, 2017, JAS Colombia has a new office at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Columbia.
This office will attend to all import and export process needs and will allow JAS Colombia to be more competitive and shorten the response time for both customers and JAS offices.
With this new investment, JAS Colombia is aiming to grow their air product by a significant percentage, taking advantage of Bogota’s booming export market.
In terms of cargo, the El Dorado airport is the biggest airport in Latin America and moved more than 670,200 tons in 2016, has 71,000 warehouses, 63 operations gates on the air side, 214 gates on the land side, and 25 parking spots for aircrafts to help load and unload simultaneously. Because of all of this, El Dorado is an ideal location for the new JAS Columbia office.
The Bogota airport’s main export is flowers, coming in at 28% of the total exports. 15% of the total exports are “others,” and are mainly textiles, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, perfumes, glass, car parts, plastic material, and paper.
We truly appreciate your support and encourage JAS team members and customers around the globe to take advantage of this new asset for JAS. Our team is ready to support you.
JAS Mexico is pleased to announce the expansion of their office in Queretaro. Queretaro is located in Central Park, a corporate area in the heart of the city. El Bajio and surrounding areas create a strategic location for the automotive industry. JAS is ready and focused on providing efficient and dedicated service for our demanding customers, and always honoring our slogan “people make the difference”.
During the first quarter of 2017, Mexico exported to the U.S. 90% of its auto parts production, which totaled US$ 11.55 billion. That means 40% of U.S. imports in this segment were supplied by its Southern neighbor, according to the Department of Commerce. Mexico remains a top auto parts supplier for the U.S. followed by Canada which provides 12.2% of the components. China and Japan are next with 11.3% and 11.0% shares respectively. Germany, South Korea, United Kingdom and India all together provide less than 20% of the auto parts demanded by the U.S. market.
Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) is one of three main ports located in Colon, Panamá. The Manzanillo International terminal was the second busiest port in LATAM in 2016, handling 3.258.381 TEUS.
Handling a busy port like this is no easy matter, and that is why in our continuous strive for customer loyalty and a driving strategy of differentiation, JAS Panamá organized a guided visit to MIT with the team of “Distribuidora Trans Pharma” in order to get a deep view of our daily import and export process, as well as to share opinions and knowledge.
JAS continues to put our customers first and keep an open line of communication with them and our ports. JAS knows that People Make the Difference, and we keep that at the forefront of our business practices daily.
An official commitment has been made for several years now with JAS Peru, JAS Chile, JAS Panama and INTERMAX in order to promote Southbound traffic. As of May 2017, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay have been added to this commitment, expanding our presence in LATAM, and helping our overseas colleagues grow their internal market with competitive rates, value added services and strong commercial efforts at both ends. LATAM countries have dedicated sales people and market experts, supported by top management to grow this traffic.
Chile and Peru are now placed among market leaders and we expect Argentina and Colombia to become top players in this important market.
Argentina has started an aggressive AIR campaign, distributed among top accounts, providing competitive rates, space and top of the line customer service to these accounts. Colombia will replicate this excellent initiative in order to take advantage of the potential this market has.
Uruguay will continue to secure top accounts which will allow us to grow.
Panama has recently secured a distribution center for Central America business.
We invite our USA Colleagues to sell LATAM traffic with confidence. We are here to support your needs with industry knowledge for each of our lanes. It is a great opportunity to grow your business with confidence and full support!
Recently, JAS Canada put in place a dedicated transportation service from Toronto and Montreal to Miami, to interline with the many air freight consolidations already in place and being managed by JAS Miami.
This simple, yet powerful solution lets our clients enjoy a more cost effective way to ship their North American orders to arrive together.
The advantage to this solution is that most of the product moves via freighter or dedicated capacity to its destination makes the routing more flexible and ultimately faster.
Current destinations served are from Montreal and Toronto to Juan Santamaria CR, Curitiba BR, Sao Paulo BR, Viracopos BR, Ezeiza Ar, Bogota Co, Lima Pe, Mexico City MX, Montevideo UY, Panama City PA, Santiago CL.
Please contact any of our Latin American or Canadian offices for more details.
In the summer of this year, JAS Brazil handled two aircraft charter operations, in the airport of Guarulhos, with the below displayed aircraft:
Bound for Charlotte - North Carolina - United States, both aircrafts carried more than 178 tons of cargo for a large automotive customer.
At the forefront of airfreight and considering Guarulhos Airport is mostly for transient aircraft operations, JAS innovated by offering "Tailor-Made" logistics to the need of one of our major customers. Enabling the fast flow from Guarulhos to South Carolina in the USA, which allowed the best use of available aircraft capacity, which came out with almost 100% of use.
This operation was carried out in partnership with GRU Airport, which during the operation offered JAS all the necessary support throughout the process, quickly enabling the unloading and subsequent delivery of freight to the operator of the Charter.
From the unloading to the palleting, JAS had all the cargo ready for loading in a short time, counting on the GRU Airport know-how.
On August 25, 2017 JAS Colombia, with the support of their Managing Director, began their first Strategic Planning event. This event was set up to give JAS Colombia's team the opportunity to share ideas with one another and their core process leaders. The event also allowed JAS Colombia to take a moment to reflect on how things are today, where they want to go as an organization and how they are going to achieve those goals.
They did this by bringing new ideas to this event and working as a team towards a common goal. Thanks to the active participation of all attendees, the event ended with the launch and implementation of a new strategy that JAS Colombia calls JAS Ambassadors. JAS Ambassadors is intended to spread more knowledge and information about the JAS brand to main business centers in Colombia. This will be achieved through commercial missions aimed at a one-on-one relationships with potential customers that will allow JAS Colombia to understand the real needs of the customers located in different areas of Colombia. This will mean that JAS Colombia can offer a customer a proposal with higher value, and allows JAS to generate more business opportunities for businesses of Colombia, as well as growth opportunities for the other countries in the region.
Recently-released data indicates that GDP in Brazil grew for the first time in over three years in quarter two (Q2), confirming that the economy has turned a corner.
The economy’s upturn was driven by a rise in consumer spending. Private consumption grew 0.7% annually, the best result since quarter four of 2014.
Also contributing to this growth was the increasing demand and stabilizing commodities prices that were boosted by overseas sales. Exports grew at the rapid pace of 2.5% annually in Quarter two (Q1: +1.9% year over year). Meanwhile, imports dropped 3.3%, reflecting the weakness of the domestic economy and falling investment.
On a quarterly basis, GDP expanded a seasonally-adjusted 0.2%, the second consecutive quarter of growth, meaning the economy exited technical recession (Q1: +1.0% quarter-on-quarter).
The recovery remains tentative despite the good news, and incoming data for Q3 is patchy: consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in August, while the manufacturing PMI recovered some lost ground.
On the political front, developments have been mixed. In September, a critical reform to reduce subsidized lending for businesses from government-owned bank BNDES was passed, which faced heavy opposition from industry leaders, but should help correct government finances and improve the effectiveness of monetary policy.
While the reform is a win for the government, austerity measures are still facing an uphill battle, as underscored by the government’s easing of budget targets. Unable to convince legislators to support tax hikes, the government announced it would revise its primary deficit targets for all years through 2020.
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