What is Chinese New Year?
During the week of Chinese New Year, factories and businesses will close as the public holiday brings a week off for employees to travel to celebrate the start of a new year with their families. Each year, the consequences of these shutdowns are felt throughout global supply chains.
How will it impact supply chains?
While the holiday officially begins January 21, in the days and weeks preceding the official week of the holiday, production at manufacturing facilities across the area will start to slow as employees take time off. This year it is estimated that approximately 80% of factories will gradually close the week preceding the legal holiday. When production begins to pick back up, factories typically prioritize orders from regular clientele.
The holiday's impact on supply chains extends beyond just manufacturing and production processes. As shippers plan for the changes in factory production, the amount of cargo being shipped will increase in order for business to have ample stock on hand throughout the disruption. Due to this increase in cargo volumes, shippers can anticipate temporary rate increases beginning as early as mid-December. These increases will affect both ocean and air freight.
Shippers should also be aware of potential slowdowns in the border-clearing process. With truckers taking time off and demand increasing in the weeks leading up to the holiday, rate increases and further capacity constraints can be anticipated.
What can I do to minimize the impact of Chinese New Year on my supply chain?
To avoid unnecessary supply chain disruptions and price increases it is recommended to place bookings well in advance. At least four to six weeks before Chinese New Year is ideal.
For further information about the impact on specific regions and ports, please see the attached.
Please do not hesitate to contact your local office or JAS representative for further assistance.
JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce that Tigers is now operating under the JAS Worldwide name and brand.
The rebranding follows the acquisition of Tigers by JAS Worldwide in May 2021, which broadened its range of logistics services by adding omnichannel supply chain management capabilities, supported by advanced digital solutions, which help customers ramp up their B2B and B2C fulfillment operations.
Over the past 18 months, clients have experienced the benefits of JAS' vast global network and extensive knowledge of specialized industries, combined with Tigers' expertise in contract logistics and advanced digital solutions. This has allowed JAS to provide its customers with an even greater range of solutions to meet the customers’ supply chain and shipping needs.
JAS will continue to build a responsive and innovative company that offers customers higher levels of service, broader solutions, and a strong global network. JAS remains committed to investing in new technologies and infrastructure, including new superhubs being established worldwide.
Over the last four decades, JAS has experienced exponential growth based on the energy and vision of its founder Mr. Biagio Bruni. JAS prides itself on delivering the comprehensive services of a global provider while simultaneously maintaining a personal relationship with each of its customers. Today, the company still embraces its regional roots but has expanded its footprint across the world. It now serves customers in every region, industry, and vertical, with clients having access to best-in-class service and tailor-made solutions that meet the needs of today's complex market.
"As we move forward, we are excited about the opportunities presented to customers and employees alike. As the need for contract logistics continues to grow, these capabilities, combined with our global footprint, will allow JAS to meet the needs of today's market while maintaining a focus on strong customer relationships," commented Marco Rebuffi, CEO of JAS Worldwide.
“This represents the final step in the successful integration of Tigers into the JAS organization. We are thrilled by opportunities that have emerged when joining forces and can be seen in the launch of our initial phase of new JAS Contract Logistics superhubs in the USA, Australia, and China, as well as the deployment of new technology and automation, underlining the commitment of the JAS group to this new line of business,” JAS Contract Logistics co-chairs and EVPs Shahar Ayash and Sebastian Tschackert added.
About JAS Worldwide
JAS was founded in 1978 in Milan, Italy, and its global headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Over the last four decades, JAS has grown from regional roots to a global force in logistics covering all modes of transportation, including contract logistics and other sophisticated and digital-driven supply chain solutions. Today, JAS covers 100+ countries with over 7,000 employees globally and continues to expand with its core culture, “People make the difference.”
JAS Panama recently teamed up with the National Children's Hospital to help Sponsor its Burn Awareness and Prevention Week.
Through this partnership, the team was able to provide gifts along with a day full of laughter and entertainment to those in the burn unit.
“At JAS we know that people make the difference. This extends beyond the professional services the team provides and into the communities in which we serve,” explained Angelo Simpson, Managing Director, JAS Panama. “We are thankful for everyone who joined us in making this day possible for the kids.”
JAS is pleased to announce that as of January 3rd, 2023, Patrick Senn has joined JAS as the VP of Airfreight for APAC based in Singapore.
Patrick brings over 20 years of industry experience with him, having started his apprenticeship in Switzerland specializing in Freight Forwarding in 1999.
After many years in Switzerland, Patrick had the opportunity to move to Hong Kong, where he worked for seven years in various managerial roles, followed by four years in Vietnam as the Head of Air Freight – South East Asia for DB Schenker. During his time in Asia, Patrick has developed a solid affinity with Asian culture and a strong network across the air freight industry.
In his new position, Patrick reports directly to Tomas Sonntag, Regional Executive Vice President, APAC and with a dotted line to Gregor Vrhunc, EVP Global Head Air Freight, as the newest member of the World Airfreight Team (WAT).
JAS is pleased to announce the promotion of Yong Wee Yap to Head of Account Management Asia.
Since joining JAS in 2014, Yong has been instrumental in developing Strategic Accounts in the High Tech and Aerospace verticals in Asia and globally.
In his new role, Yong’s focus will shift to Program Management, leading a team of ten National Account Managers (NAMs) across nine countries (AU, ID, KR, JP, MY, SG, TH, TW, VN). The Asia NAMs will functionally report to Yong and directly report to the respective National Sales Managers (NSMs).
Yong will be responsible for implementing program methods, tools, and scalable solutions to support the commercial strategy within Asia by driving accountability for the effective management of our client’s business. In addition, he will lead, develop and coach a team of high-performing account managers that fully understand the accounts’ business strategies/objectives while continually focusing on providing solutions to achieving goals and mitigating risks/constraints.
JAS APAC is pleased to share that Win Wing Foo has been named Regional Account Manager APAC for the High Tech vertical.
Wing has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He brings with him over 20 years of experience in Logistics and Freight Forwarding, along with extensive knowledge of the High Tech industry.
Starting as a Duty Manager for cargo at Singapore Airport Terminal Services (SATS), he progressed to Marketing Manager – Ground Handling before joining DGF as Trade Lane Manager for Austria, Switzerland, and Iberia markets. He then moved on to Damco as Global Head of Pricing – Air Freight Centre (including a 3-year stint in Copenhagen), followed by CEVA Logistics, first as Head of Field Sales and Route Development, and then as Head of Program Management – SEA Cluster. His last stop before JAS was at Nippon Express as Regional Account Manager for large MNC accounts.
Please join us in welcoming Wing to our team.
JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce that Shawn Shackelford has been appointed Vice President Global Customer Solutions, globally leading the JAS Customer Solutions group. With a strong technical background coupled with excellent customer interaction abilities and collaborative leadership skills, Shawn previously led JAS Customer Solutions for the Americas region.
JAS Customer Solutions enables the JAS sales and account management teams to expand their relationship with existing customers, as well as bring on new clients who require sophisticated supply chain solutions across all modes of transportation including customs clearance and contract logistics.
Shawn will lead the direction and strategy of all regional and subsidiary customer solutions functions within JAS, reporting directly to David Bang, Chief Commercial Officer.
“Working closely with regions and subsidiaries as well as IT, Products, and all Commercial functions, Shawn will also further strengthen the unity and cooperation of all Customer Solutions activities in regions and subsidiaries,” said Bang.
JAS takes pride in making a difference for our customers. Therefore, when a customer reached out to our team needing to move photovoltaic modules for aircraft the JAS Energy Solutions team in Brazil created a customized solution for this unique shipment.
Photovoltaic modules provide a sustainable energy source for powering aircraft. The team, with the support of the JAS Logistics Agent in Fortaleza, began moving the modules in November 2022 and has since cleared over half of the shipment.
In total, there will be 57 shipments (615 containers), totaling 10,421 pallets of solar panels destined for new solar plants in the state of Ceará.
Brazil added more than 9 GW of solar power in 2022, which is the best year in the history of the sector, with a growth of more than 80% compared to 2021. Today, Ceará is the second largest energy producer in Brazil.
Shivanand (“Shiva”) Gopal joins JAS as Legal Counsel, effective January 16, 2023. He will be based in Singapore. Shiva comes to JAS from UPS, where he has spent the past five years as its South Pacific District Attorney, handling legal matters in several countries within the APAC region. His responsibilities included:
He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of Nottingham in 2011. Shiva spent six years with the Oon & Bazul LLP law firm, working in the Shipping and Commercial Litigation Department. At Oon & Bazul, he advised and acted for major P&I Clubs, H&M Insurers, and bunker suppliers. Shiva also handled various maritime and marine collision claims and goods/bills of lading disputes.
Our people truly do make the difference, and we believe Shiva will be a great addition to the JAS legal team!
JAS Worldwide has commenced operations in a new Pharma and Healthcare dedicated warehouse in Singapore to further expand its offerings to customers in the industry. The facility is certified to both GDP standards and has Singapore's Health Sciences Authority's GDPMDS certification.
The newly constructed state-of-the-art warehouse was designed for pharma products and medical devices from inception. Therefore, there is a 1290 m2 CRT(controlled room temperature) spread across two chambers maintained at +15 to+25°C. Additionally, inside the facility are three Cold rooms totaling 260 m2. These rooms are designed to handle temperature requirements of +2 to +8°C. There is also the capability to handle ambient and deep frozen (-20°C) storage.
As a dedicated Pharma & Healthcare facility, there is the ability to perform a range of value-added services from secondary repackaging and relabeling to last-mile delivery. Furthermore, the facility is strategically located within 45 minutes of both airport and seaports, allowing for quick access, thus acting as both a local distribution point and a Regional Distribution Centre for the area.
"We are very pleased to announce the opening of our new location in Singapore. The market is expected to double in size by 2029, and we target to support clients in the Pharma & Healthcare industry with innovative and digital solutions," says Marc Michelmann, Managing Director, JAS Singapore. "With operations led by GDP-trained staff, this new facility gives clients access to the safe and efficient cold chain handling necessary to meet the industry's most stringent regulatory requirements."
The facility highlights JAS' continued dedication to its customers and the rapidly growing Pharma & Healthcare industry. "With its prime location, capacity, and ability to serve a range of different temperature storage requirements, the newly opened facility allows us to grow alongside our customers as we continue to meet the region's ever-growing demand," comments Derek Lee, Vice President Pharma & Healthcare, Asia Pacific.
With a growing network of 35 GDP-certified branches across the globe, JAS has made significant investments in people, digital technology, and infrastructure in support of its strategy to provide the best quality logistics services for customers of the pharma and healthcare industry.
About JAS Worldwide
JAS was founded in 1978 in Milan, Italy, and its global headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Over the last four decades, JAS has grown from regional roots to a global force in logistics covering all modes of transportation, including contract logistics and other sophisticated and digital-driven supply chain solutions. Today, JAS covers 100+ countries with over 7,000 employees globally and continues to expand with its core culture, "People make the difference."