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May 2023

Peter Sinka, Vice President, Global Head of LCL
May 8, 2023
People

JAS Worldwide, a leading global logistics company, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Peter Sinka as the Vice President, Global Head of LCL. Sinka is a seasoned professional in the logistics industry, with over 17 years of experience in Ocean Freight and LCL product.

Sinka's career has taken him to various countries and cities, such as Slovakia, the USA, and Canada, where he has held multiple positions in operations, product and commercial development, and P&L responsibility. His wealth of knowledge and expertise in LCL product and Ocean Freight will be invaluable in driving JAS's strategy and development of one of the most critical products in Ocean Freight.

Sinka will be reporting to Lars Huebecker, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Ocean Freight. He is excited about his new role and the opportunity to work with JAS, saying, "I am very excited to join JAS to drive the strategy and development of one of the most important products in Ocean Freight. Supply chains are changing rapidly, and the demand for the LCL product will continue to rise at higher rates than ever before. JAS is well positioned to handle the increasing demand and to create value with LCL services to its customers."

With Sinka's appointment as Vice President, Global Head of LCL, JAS is well on its way to revolutionizing the seas and expanding its Ocean Freight Consolidation Services.

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 7000 employees globally and continues to expand with its core culture, “People make the difference,” and its strong commitment to a sustainable future.

Left: Caroline Söderholm Right: Christina Jopengrip
May 11, 2023
Global

JAS has numerous in-house experts in a wide range of fields required for the transportation of various commodities and goods. An essential area of expertise is managing consignments containing hazardous materials.

Caroline Söderholm and Christina Jopengrip, two highly experienced forwarders at JAS Sweden, specialize in dangerous goods for air freight and assist our clients in making the right decisions when shipping these commodities.


They spoke with us about their experiences and important considerations regarding booking and shipping dangerous goods by air.

Please tell us about yourselves and your role at JAS Sweden

Christina: For the past eight years, I have worked as an import and export specialist for Air, Sea, and Rail shipments at our office in Sundsvall.

Caroline: I have worked as an Air Export Specialist at our Arlanda/Stockholm office since 2017. I have been in the forwarding industry since 2005, handling import and export air consignments.

What are dangerous goods?

Dangerous Goods is the term used for substances and objects that, if not handled properly during transport, can cause harm to people, the environment, or property.

The classification of dangerous goods is based on criteria outlined in the UN model regulations. These goods are then divided into different classes depending on their nature and level of danger.

You are both experts with dangerous goods, primarily by air. What training is required to be able to work with dangerous goods shipments? 

Caroline: You have to be approved for an IATA DGR course (7.3 Function: Personnel Responsible for Processing or Accepting Dangerous Goods Consignments), where there is a requirement that you attend it every two years to be up to date with the latest rules and regulations.

Christina: It is good to have attended stage 1 and 2 courses for Lithium batteries.

There are a lot more batteries (for electric cars, hybrid cars, electric bicycles, laptops, mobile phones, cameras, etc.) compared to previously. And many of them are transported by air, so the rules have become much stricter. Did you know, for example, that there is a difference between sending only batteries, batteries packed with equipment, and batteries packed in equipment?

How do you help customers with dangerous goods transportation? 

Caroline: We collaborate with our dangerous goods partner, Dangerous Goods Management (DGM), to assist and advise our clients on how to properly package their goods in accordance with current regulations, as well as identifying necessary documentation.

What would you say is the main difference between handling dangerous goods and non-hazardous goods as a forwarder when it comes to air transportation?

Christiana: Compliance with IATA's Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR) is mandatory for air shipments of dangerous goods. This includes following strict guidelines for classification, marking, packaging, labeling, and documentation of hazardous shipments. Additionally, certain states or airlines may have specific restrictions or rules that must be followed. In other words, handling hazardous goods is more complex than handling non-hazardous goods.

What information do you need when contacting you for a dangerous goods transport, and what responsibility does the customer have according to law? 

Christiana: As the shipper/supplier is always ultimately responsible for their goods, we must be clear about what can and cannot be shipped and how.

Caroline: When booking a shipment that includes dangerous goods, the customer must provide a "Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods" for air transport. This declaration helps us determine the correct pricing and routing based on how the goods are packaged. It's important to note that different rules apply for flights that use passenger aircraft versus freighters, which are known as Cargo Aircraft Only.

What are the risks of transporting dangerous goods by air? 

Caroline: The properties of dangerous goods are so hazardous that they can jeopardize the aircraft itself and even the safety of individuals on board an aircraft. Some goods may be unable to endure the effects of turbulence and high pressure, making it necessary to pack them in specially approved containers designed for dangerous goods.

Many everyday household items can be classified as dangerous goods for air transportation. What are some examples of these items, and how does JAS help ship them?

Christiana: Some examples of dangerous goods you may not know are nail polish, hair spray and dry shampoo, alcohol, matches/lighters, thermometers, backpacks with built-in chargers, and E-cigarettes…the list goes on.

We collaborate with partners such as DGM to provide guidance on how to ship small quantities of hazardous items as limited or excepted quantities instead of fully regulated dangerous goods. This allows for shipping with exceptions and reduces the labeling and packaging requirements, making it a more cost-effective option than shipping fully regulated dangerous goods.

Caroline: It's worth considering that our smartphones and tablets contain a built-in Lithium battery, which makes them sensitive items. Consequently, flight attendants typically instruct passengers to notify them if such items are dropped between the seats. Dropping a lithium battery on a hard surface may cause the particles to divide and potentially ignite a fire that is incredibly difficult to extinguish. In the end, though, it is the Pilot who ultimately decides which cargo is allowed on their flight.

Thank you for sharing with us today! It has been very interesting and given us plenty to consider when sending dangerous goods by airfreight.

For more information, or if you have questions on how to transport dangerous goods, please don’t hesitate to contact your local JAS representative.

JAS Worldwide recently hosted its JAS After Hours event following the Transport Logistic trade show on May 11.
May 11, 2023
Global

JAS Worldwide recently hosted its JAS "After Hours" networking event following the Transport Logistic Munich on 10 May 2023, providing a unique opportunity for their customers to build relationships and network in a more personal setting.

Over 200 attendees were able to relax, socialize, and enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversations. The event provided a more informal setting for customers to connect with JAS representatives, vendors, and other customers in attendance.

"Our goal was to offer our customers a unique networking experience," explained Jennifer Jinadu-Wright, Vice President, Global Marketing. "Everyone is used to coming to a trade show and having meetings at the booth. One thing we have learned over the last few years is the importance of human connections. So we thought, why don't we do something different and allow our customers to connect with us in a more intimate setting and meet other people at JAS."

JAS believes that building strong relationships with its customers is key to its success. The JAS After Hours event was designed to provide an opportunity to take customer relationships to the next level. "At JAS, we firmly believe that being customer-centric goes beyond mere transactions and involves building personal connections with our customers, and JAS After Hours is a clear testament to our commitment to doing so," said Manuele Mazzacurati, EVP Global Sales & Marketing. "We understand that our customers are more than just clients, and are committed to developing meaningful relationships, which drives our mutual success."

The third shipment of humanitarian assistance from JAS and the Bruni Foundation reached Ukraine where it is being distributed.
May 15, 2023
Global

The humanitarian aid provided by JAS Worldwide in partnership with the Bruni Foundation "Charity Across Borders" in April of this year has successfully reached those in need in Ukraine. The aid was safely discharged at the warehouse and has been gradually released to two official charity organizations for further distribution at their charity points or individual visits.

The aid consisted of various products, including food, medical supplies, and clothing, which have been distributed to individuals and families affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The aid has been a source of relief for many people who have struggled to find basic necessities.

The charity organizations responsible for distributing the aid have reported that it has been successfully delivered to those in need, including disabled individuals, veterans, and families who have migrated from occupied or damaged territories. The aid was distributed through a well-organized and effective system, ensuring that it reaches those who need it the most.

The generosity and support of the JAS community and the Bruni Foundation reflect the company's commitment to the greater community and highlight the fact that at JAS, people really do make the difference.

Ralf Steiner, VP of Global Trade Lane Management
May 17, 2023
People

JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce the appointment of Ralf Steiner as the Vice President of Global Trade Lane Management, marking an exciting milestone in the company's growth trajectory. Steiner, a 28-year veteran of the logistics world, boasts a rich blend of expertise and a track record of success.  


Steiner has held key positions at organizations such as CH Robinson, Panalpina, and Ceva. His years in the logistics industry across Europe and the Americas have equipped him with a deep understanding of the business and the ability to navigate complex global supply chains. His dynamic logistics career spans several countries, encompassing both on-site and off-site project management. Steiner's impressive leadership skills and relentless pursuit of operational excellence have contributed significantly to his previous accomplishments.


Fluent in multiple modes of transport and functions, Steiner's diverse knowledge and hands-on experience make him the perfect addition to the JAS family. Steiner's ability to leverage his industry expertise and strategic thinking will undoubtedly contribute to JAS' continued growth and success.


Manuele Mazzacurati, EVP Sales and Marketing, comments, "Ralf's induction as our new Vice President of Global Trade Lane Management is truly thrilling for JAS Worldwide. His vast leadership experience will undoubtedly bolster our global trade lane strategies. We trust in Ralf's capabilities to thrive in this role, delivering innovative solutions and exceptional service to our clients."
JAS is thrilled to announce its upcoming Pharma & Healthcare event that offers industry professionals an opportunity to explore its state-of-the-art pharma warehouse and witness the latest technology in action.
May 22, 2023
Americas

JAS is thrilled to announce its upcoming Pharma & Healthcare event that offers industry professionals an opportunity to explore its state-of-the-art pharma warehouse and witness the latest technology in action. Join us for a day filled with valuable insights, networking, and knowledge sharing with industry professionals. 

Taking place on June 8 from 9 AM- 9 PM, this event aims to provide attendees with a unique perspective on ensuring safety and efficiency in pharmaceutical operations through a series of informative workshops.  

Key event highlights include: 

Warehouse Tour:

  • Get an up-close look at our cutting-edge pharma warehouse and witness the latest technology in action—experience firsthand the innovative solutions that drive our operations and enable us to deliver exceptional results. 

Informative Workshops: 

  1. Mitigating Risks in the Supply Chain: Gain valuable insights from our expert team members as they share strategies and best practices for mitigating risks in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Learn how to ensure seamless operations, all while protecting product integrity and ultimately ensuring the patient's safety. 
  2. Sustainability in the Supply Chain: Hosted by Andrea Goeman, SVP of Sustainability at JAS Worldwide, this workshop offers attendees the chance to discover innovative approaches to promoting sustainability and environmental responsibility within the pharmaceutical supply chain.  
  3. Voice of the Customer Presentation: Hear directly from a valued Pharma & Healthcare customer as they provide insights into their experience with JAS. Learn about the benefits they have gained from our collaboration and the impact on their operations. 
"We are excited to invite industry professionals to this event, where they can see the advanced technology and operational excellence of our state-of-the-art pharma warehouse," said Frank Cascante, SVP Global Pharma & Healthcare. "Through workshops and the valuable insights shared by our team members, attendees will gain valuable knowledge and perspectives that can contribute to the success of their operations." 

Don't miss this opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, gain insights from industry experts, and experience the latest in pharmaceutical innovation. 

To secure your spot or for more information, email Olga.Blaut@JAS.com. 

The JAS team gathers for the grand opening of the Memphis Super Hub.
May 26, 2023
Americas

JAS Worldwide is excited to announce the opening of its Contract Logistics Super Hub facility located in Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States. Strategically positioned just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, United States, this state-of-the-art facility adds value to customers' supply chains by further enabling them to grow and enhance their e-Commerce services.


Spanning 300,000 square feet, the Contract Logistics Super Hub is designed to accommodate the evolving needs of the industry and provide a comprehensive solution for businesses seeking to optimize their operations. The facility is strategically located to ensure efficient and timely delivery while being within reach of over 75% of the US population via ground service.


The Memphis Super Hub is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including autonomous robots, automated conveyor systems, and seamless integration with JAS SmartHub technology. This allows customers to experience seamless integration, visibility, and control enabling them to manage their supply chains with ease and efficiency.


Beyond technological advancements, JAS' commitment to delivering excellence encompasses a wide range of end-to-end supply chain services. From inventory management and value-added services to omni-channel fulfillment, the Contract Logistics Super Hub allows the JAS team to offer a comprehensive range of end-to-end supply chain services. Additionally, they offer freight consolidation/deconsolidation, container stripping, temporary storage, container loading/blocking, bracing and lashing, and pallet swap services that adhere to international standards..

Sebastian Tschackert, Executive Vice President of Contract Logistics, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We are thrilled to be opening our newest Contract Logistics Super Hub, in line with our customer-centric strategy, in this very desirable location. Our investment in this facility is a testament to JAS' commitment to providing our clients with the highest level of service and support. By continuously investing in our Contract Logistics product and delivering a true end-to-end service across the entire supply chain, we connect freight and logistics services seamlessly. With our advanced technology and excellent team, we are well-positioned to help our clients streamline their operations while achieving their business goals. We are open for business, and here to serve local or global customers with their US supply chain needs."

Pictured from left to right: Philipp Weidlich, Farhan Khawaja, Thorsten Mock, Thorsten Grams, Leo Wu, Boris Ruediger.
May 31, 2023
Global

JAS Projects is pleased to announce the formation of its Global Management Committee. This strategic initiative follows recent changes at the JAS Projects headquarters in Bremen, Germany, with the appointment of Thorsten Mock as the new Global Managing Director of JAS Projects.
 
The Global Management Committee comprises a team of accomplished professionals who will play a key role in shaping JAS Projects' future strategies and addressing clients' evolving needs in the rapidly changing environment, markets, and technologies. The nominated members of the committee are as follows:

  • Thorsten Mock - Managing Director JAS Projects Global  
  • Thorsten Grams - Director Business Development & Operations JAS Projects Global  
  • Philipp Weidlich - Head of JAS Projects USA & Canada  
  • Boris Ruediger - Head of JAS Projects Germany, Korea & Japan  
  • Farhan Khawaja - Head of JAS Projects Middle East  
  • Leo Wu - Head of JAS Projects China  

The formation of the Global Management Committee reflects JAS Projects' commitment to delivering exceptional services tailored to the specific needs of its clients. As the Managing Director of JAS Projects, Thorsten Mock, explained, "This committee has been established not to reinvent the wheel, but to better address the future demands in our industry and those of our clients."  
 
Aligned with the vision of JAS Worldwide, the committee recognizes the significance of collective effort and collaboration. By adopting a unified approach and harnessing the extensive expertise within the organization, JAS Projects is fully prepared to embrace what is to come.
 
Establishing the Global Management Committee marks an important milestone for JAS Projects. With a strong focus on client-centric strategies and a commitment to excellence, JAS Projects is poised to strengthen its position as a leader in the industry.

The chances and the challenges are immense in view to sustainability, decarbonization, and the transition from fossil to green energies, "This is the challenge for all of us," Thorsten Mock says, and JAS Projects is ready to live up to its responsibilities with the strong commitment of JAS Worldwide.