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March 2022

Lisa Simon, Regional Account Manager, JAS Germany
March 1, 2022

Throughout March, in honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we are celebrating some of the remarkable women at JAS. Today, we are honored to highlight Lisa Simon, Regional Account Manager at JAS Germany.

What does International Women's Day and its theme this year, #BreakTheBias, mean to you?

International Women's Day to me is a day to celebrate all the incredible woman around the world regardless of their professional status, personal success or nationality.

#BreakTheBias to me means that walls between certain people/ genders must be broken down. The truth is we all need each other, and we are all equal.

How do you #BreakTheBias?

We must all treat everyone equally. I teach my kids to be open-minded regardless of culture, color, language, or gender. It is important to foster an understanding that an individual’s background or personal success doesn't make them better than anyone else.

What advice do you have for other women entering the industry?

Stay true to yourself, and don't try to duplicate others. There are a lot of inspiring people within this industry, but everyone has to find their way to be credible.

How have female mentors/role models influenced your career?

Female mentors have always taught me how to balance my personal and professional life. Success is not about controlling things around us, it is about balance and the ability to combine personal and professional goals and living a happy life.

Christian Haase, JAS EMEA Regional Sales Director for Automotive
March 3, 2022

JAS EMEA is pleased to announce the arrival of Christian Haase as EMEA Regional Sales Director for the automotive industry.

Christian joins JAS with 20 years of experience in the international supply-chain & logistics sector. He has gained experience working for renowned global competitors in positions ranging from operations to sales in past roles. Christian has also worked to elevate global business development in account management positions with a focus on the automotive sector.

This automotive vertical is one of the strongest verticals within the JAS organization, with long-term global participation and successful loyal global automotive customer partnerships.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, Christian will report to François-Xavier Mollet, JAS EMEA Sales & Marketing Vice-President. He will also work closely with Jim Ryan, JAS Worldwide Automotive Vice-President, to strengthen the development of JAS’ activities and market-share.

March 14, 2022
Asia Pacific

Even the most remote areas can’t prevent the JAS Worldwide team from meeting delivery deadlines for clients. Case in point: Perth, Australia.  

Located in Western Australia, Perth is one of the most isolated capital cities in the world. Pre-pandemic, only 20 percent of flights serviced the city. As a result, importing and exporting supplies and other products from Perth requires superior logistics management skills.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Perth’s seclusion became even more detrimental because of border closures. Extreme weather conditions have further complicated matters, with flooding in South Australia washing out more than 186 miles of rail lines used to bring food and other supplies to the West Coast.  

As borders have begun reopening, a need arose to ensure Western Australia had sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE). A major Perth customer requested JAS Australia’s assistance moving nearly 6,000 cartons of PPE from a supplier in Wuhan, China, to Perth, Western Australia.  

Never one to turn down a logistical challenge, the JAS Australia team sought the assistance of their counterparts at JAS Shanghai to accomplish the task at hand. Between the two teams, they secured two Boeing 777 aircraft. The aircraft was scheduled to depart three days apart to ensure the product arrived within the requested timeframe.    

JAS Shanghai assisted with the coordination with the Wuhan PPE supplier and ensured both B777 charters were maximized with 3,000 cartons per flight. Both charter flights touched down at Perth International Airport at the scheduled time of 7:30 a.m. before transferring to the JAS Perth bonded warehouse. The PPE was then reloaded onto pallets and delivered to the customer by 1 p.m. the same day for a quick turnaround.

Airplane flying in the sky at sunset.
March 17, 2022

The JAS Kansai Airport (KIX) location (Osaka) has been awarded the IATA (International Air Transport Association) CEIV Pharma (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics) certification for excellence in pharmaceutical and healthcare air transportation and handling in March of this year.

The JAS Pharma & Healthcare team in Japan completed comprehensive preparations and a rigorous audit process to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma certification in collaboration with the KIX Pharma Community. The CEIV Pharma certification addresses this important industry's need for specific and strict standards for safety, security, compliance, and efficiency when transporting biological and medical material by air.

"In addition to the current GDP certification status, the IATA CEIV Pharma certification furthers the team's commitment to delivering the highest quality services to our clients in the Pharma & Healthcare industry," explained David Bang, Executive Vice President, Pharma & Healthcare.

JAS Pharma & Healthcare comprises a dedicated core team covering key regions and countries supported by more than 450 trained and certified team members operating throughout the growing network of GDP-certified locations around the world.

Lizelle Britz, Product Owner, JAS South Africa
March 18, 2022

Throughout March, in honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we are celebrating some of the remarkable women at JAS. Today, we caught up with Lizelle Britz, Product Owner at JAS South Africa. Read how she breaks the bias and what this day means to her.

What does International Women's Day and its theme this year, #BreakTheBias, mean to you?

International Women's Day is all about challenging the norm and should be done not just on International Women's Day, but every day. People say we are in control of our future and if you work hard, you will be rewarded, but women don't always get the same opportunities as men. Often we are misjudged as being emotional while we are passionate. We often accept our "fate" that we will eventually hit the glass ceiling and be content with this. By breaking the bias, we spread the message to all the young ladies wanting to have a career in the IT industry you can be just as successful as anyone else.

How do you #BreakTheBias?

I refuse to give up and accept that "this is how things are." I am extremely independent, and this is how I am raising my two daughters as well. I had a few conversations with my oldest, who is ten years old, where she would comment, "Isn't that something dad needs to do?" I would ask her why and challenge her not to go with the status quo and be resilient.

What advice do you have for other women entering the industry?

Don't accept that your career means less than anyone else's or think you are not good enough or don't have the knowledge to succeed. Don't be afraid to speak up if you feel that something can be done differently. It’s super important to find that work-life balance as family, at the end of the day, is what matters most.

How have female mentors/role models influenced your career?

I've had one female mentor, and she is such a great role model. She has shown that it doesn't matter what gender you are. What matters is what you want to achieve in life. She set her goals, worked hard, and she achieved them.

Why is women's mentorship in the workplace important?

Up and coming women in their careers can sometimes feel lost and not sure what direction they would like to go. There is a very well-known saying, "Do what you love, and you won't work a day in your life." Guiding anyone into a career that they love is so rewarding.

Priscilla Ferraz – Import Analyst, Alessandro Guimaraes- Inside Sales, Celine Lachevre - National Account Director, Alessandra Klayn- Operations Supervisor, Eriene Fonseca- Operations Specialist, Raquel Tavares – Import and Export Analyst
March 28, 2022

As a part of its customer centric approach, JAS Brazil has further invested in its location in Rio de Janeiro with completion of its expansion of its facilities.

The expansion of the Rio branch offers strategic connotations due to its geographic location which situates it near the Port of Rio de Janeiro, which is one the largest ports in Brazil. Furthermore, Rio de Janeiro is also home to Galeão International Airport, which is home to one of the largest logistics terminals in all of Latin America.

JAS began its operations in Brazil in 1990 with an office in Manaus. It has now expanded its network to include 13 branches and 3 gateways at the main airports in Brazil.

The JAS Rio team boasts specialists in air, sea (LCL and FCL), and road freight operations. They also have the competitive advantage of being AEO- Authorized Economic Operator certified.

JAS Brazil knows that supporting and strengthening their network means supporting and strengthening their team. Aiming to provide customers with the best service available, JAS looks forward to continuing to grow in Brazil.

JAS staff prepares humanitarian shipment bound for Ukraine.
March 30, 2022

People around the world have watched in dismay as the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to evolve. JAS Italy decided they couldn’t just stand by without doing all they could to help, so all 20 Italian branches came together to launch an aid campaign.

Due to their generosity, JAS Italy team members collected 12 tons of basic necessities ranging from food to clothes to baby products and medicine were gathered to help those in need. In addition, monetary donations were gathered so products could be purchased in the areas where there was the greatest need.

The items were sent to the JAS warehouse in Segrate, where they were carefully prepared for transport. Under the direction of a local non-profit organization, the goods were then loaded and driven to Chisinau in Moldova before finally being transported to the final destination in Odessa, Ukraine.

The quick and compassionate response of JAS Italy reflects the company's commitment to the global community and the fact that at JAS, people really do make the difference. Biagio Bruni, founder and president of JAS stated, “It is the first expedition, but it will not be the last because the emergency is unfortunately destined to last; soon, we hope to be able to start a second trip.”

Gisela Alaman, Sales Manager, JAS Argentina
March 31, 2022

As the month-long recognition of International Women’s Day (March 8) comes to an end, we sat down to talk with one of our colleagues Gisela Alaman, Sales Manager, JAS Argentina. Together, we discussed what the day means to her and what it means to be a woman working in logistics.

What does International Women’s Day and its theme this year, #BreakTheBias, mean to you?

For me, it's to celebrate achievements. I celebrate all the women that had fought so we can be where we are now, how they faced all the many challenges more complex and more challenging than the one's today. I celebrate myself as a professional woman in this industry.

How do you #BreakTheBias?

Over the years I've learned that the best way to break the bias is by being empathetic, kindhearted, and by putting myself in the other ones' shoes. I learned that from experience, training, and most importantly, by recognizing my own bias. I would like to think I am one of many working towards a more equal future.

What advice do you have for other women entering the industry?

My advice is to find their purpose, what they really want, and plan how to achieve that; because along the way, there will be obstacles, but if you are true to yourself and your passion, you will overcome them.

How have female mentors/role models influenced your career?

My mentor was my mother. Her example was to always move forward and overcome any obstacle. I also have to say that I have seen others that I disagreed with, but that showed me how I don't want to be.