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VOITH IN (India) awarded JAS with the opportunity to handle their 2nd CAPEX import project of paper fabric machinery into completely knocked down (CKD) form. Shipping from their subsidiary VOITH U.S., in their North Carolina facility, to the VOITH IN, Faridabad plant.
The Technical & Engineering Team from VOITH IN visited the U.S. plant to supervise the dismantling of the plant & machinery and package it in a manner that could be stuffed into a 40HC shipper owed container (SOC), with the help of special MHE's (material handling equipment).
The objective was the ability to reassemble and erect the plant & machinery at the destination VOITH IN Faridabad plant in the shortest possible time and get the plant up and running in the shortest gestation period.
Trish & Jeff at JAS USA did an excellent job of hosting the VOITH IN overseas team and coordinating the visit and cargo inspections at VOITH NC US site, in addition to sharing their know-how and expertise on packaging to optimism the container stuffing.
Our JAS USA team also helped source and Buy SOC containers Lloyd certified, on behalf of VOITH IN. This was followed by systematic & meticulous planning for stuffing, drayage, and on board the vessel with no additional costs incurred like over-time, chassis halting, storage or demurrage charges. It was a seamless operation and effortlessly done all during the Christmas holiday season. Way to go JAS USA.
As a testimony of the good service & customer experience VOITH IN experienced, they have placed repeat orders/inquiries for the second Lot, a total of three Lots, of the same plant & machinery. There is approximately 800 tons to move partially containerized (SOC) & Break-Bulk.
By Arun Nikkam
In Chinese society, it is tradition for companies to show gratitude to their clients for their continuous support all year round before the Chinese New Year. In 2018, JAS Hong Kong organized its first customer luncheon that welcomed the top clients and JAS management team from all over the world to the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui on February 2, 2018.
As a WAT Meeting was held in Hong Kong during the same week, Graeme Robinson, Executive Vice President of Operations, was invited to be the honorary speaker and provided air freight and ocean freight market updates to JAS Hong Kong VIP and top potential clients. The luncheon provided an opportunity for the clients to meet and greet the JAS Management team from WW, Americas, EMEA, APAC, USA, Italy, and Germany. It also enabled JAS Hong Kong to closely connect and interact with clients, and explore business opportunities.
The luncheon was successful and the audience was pleased to receive the latest market updates and learn about how JAS is positioning towards the market from Graeme.
With this opportunity, JAS Hong Kong thanks the participants for their endless trust and support, and would like to wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year of the Dog!
Since the establishment of JAS China and Hong Kong, Italy has always been one of the most important business partners for Hong Kong, which contributes almost 25 percent of business for China and Hong Kong. This is a strong indicator that both countries are deeply engaged in cultivating this important trade lane. JAS Italy and JAS Hong Kong decided it was important to meet in person and really get to know one another.
To welcome the visit of Mr. Franco Pinzani, General Manager Seafreight Division from JAS Italy, in late October 2017, the Italy trade lane team in JAS Hong Kong arranged top customer visits and a fabulous Italian dinner with Mr.Pinzani. This dinner meeting with Mr. Pinzani strengthened the JAS Hong Kong and JAS Italy network partnership and brought names to faces, and also proved that no matter where in the world a JAS Team member is, they are all "100% Made In Italy."
JAS China & Hong Kong look forward to growing the Italy trade lane even more in the coming year.
By Aries Yuen
JAS strongly supports the development of Intra-Asia business, and Australia is one of the most important network partners for the Intra-Asia trade lane.
Mr. Gabriele Benedetti, CEO of JAS China, Mr. Andrea Azzimonti, Sales Director of JAS China and Mr. Franco Pinzani, General Manager Seafreight Division of JAS Italy made their way together to Sydney in late October 2017 to meet Mr. Nicholas Frate, Managing Director of JAS Australia and his friendly team to enjoy the beautiful country, as well as to visit top client supporters and potential clients for the trade lane development.
JAS China and JAS Italy look forward to doing increased business with the JAS Australia team in the near future!
By Aries Yuen
Following the strategic alliance between JAS and GreenCarrier Freight Services that commenced in June 2017, JAS China is proud to be a part of the network and to start developing this business partnership with GreenCarrier China.
The Chairman of GreenCarrier - Mr. Stefan Bjork, and newly appointed GreenCarrier China CEO - Mr. Tero Ahonen, were in Hong Kong together with Mr. Tomas Sonntag, Executive Vice President of the JAS APAC region, and also Mr. Gabriele Benedetti, CEO of JAS China, along with Mr. Andrea Azzimonti, Sales Director of JAS China (all pictured left & above) in October 2017 to share their views together on the future opportunities this alliance brings.
The JAS China and GreenCarrier China Management teams held a two-day workshop in December 2017 in Shanghai. This workshop worked to strengthen relationships and cooperation, ensuring a long lasting alliance.
By Aries Yuen
Congratulations to Mr. Jenson Pan on winning the 2017 Best Sales of Transcend award!
Transcend Information Inc. was founded in 1988 by Mr. Peter Shu, with its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan and has been registered as a public company in the Taiwan Stock Exchange since 2001. Today, Transcend has become a leading global brand for digital storage, multimedia and industrial products with 14 offices worldwide.
JAS Taiwan has been offering airfreight & customs brokerage services to Transcend Information Inc. for about 10 years. Since 2014, JAS has been receiving more and more air cargo service inquiries from Mr. Jenson Pan, Middle East Country Head for Transcend Information Inc., for his new client development in the Middle East.
Thanks to JAS' strong business network and abundant experience in this area, JAS has always provided various assistance to meet his business promotion needs, not only making sure shipments are on time deliveries, but also with economic rates, as well as providing market consultancy and potential customer referrals.
Therefore, it was no surprise when JAS Taiwan received the good news from Mr. Jenson Pan on February 1st 2018 that he had received the Award for 2017 Best Sales for Transcend from his CEO – Mr. Peter Hsu during their Annual Party. We are very pleased for him and this achievement, and touched at the same time in honor of his success as it proves that we have once again executed our vision of helping customers achieve their business goals
By Philip Huang
China is the world’s largest production and consumer markets, and JAS China is an important part for our JAS network for many reasons. Some of those reasons include exploring and creating multiple opportunities with clients, airline partners, and shipping lines in both China and Hong Kong.
In November 2017, JAS China welcomed JAS employees from different countries and offices into Hong Kong for both hard work and to have some fun together. Those who came to Hong Kong from other JAS offices included (pictured from left to right in the image above) Mr. Fabrizio Toti from JAS Italy, Mr. Stefano Olmi from JAS APAC, Mr. Tony Romano from JAS USA, Mr. Gregor Vhrunc from JAS Americas, Mr. Graeme Robinson from JAS WW and Mr. Andrea Azzimonti from JAS China.
By Aries Yuen
Ducati is a famous Italian motorcycle manufacturer and has 90 years of history. Passion represents the Ducati spirit. The biggest global Ducati event, World Ducati Week, also known as WDW, is the only international event to attract Ducatists from all over the world. The annual event is held at the historic racetrack of Misano Adriatico (RN), and creates three days of pure "RED" passion, including conferences, moto-shows, parties and races.
Ducatists in Taiwan also experience the same “RED” passion and team spirit during the Taiwan Ducati Week. KEVIN IND & AGRI CO., LTD, the sole agent of Ducati, held the 2017 Taiwan Ducati Week on October 21st- 22nd, a high-profile and unmissable event for Ducatists, and saw more than 300 bikes from all over Taiwan join the event. This annual family-friendly event started in 2004 and has continued being more interesting and better every year. Rousing more interest this year was Ducati Headquarters shipping one Desmosedici GP14 to Taiwan, the Ducati Racing Team’s MotoGP racing bike of 2014, offering Ducatists a chance for close contact with this moving art piece during the event.
The 2017 Taiwan Ducati Week program included a Ducati themed banquet, amazing show and multiple lucky prize winners from drawings for Ducatists. JAS Worldwide (Taiwan) Ltd. as the exclusive forwarder of Ducati Taiwan and one of the 12 sponsors of this event offered two gifts up for lucky drawers. It made Ducatists high in “Red Party”.
By Philip Huang
Parker Hannifin Indonesia (a subsidiary of Parker Hannifin Corporation USA), began its presence in Indonesia in 2008 as a Rep. Office to Parker Hannifin Singapore. In 2013, Parker Indonesia became an incorporated company and began operations as PT Parker Hannifin Indonesia. Today they have grown to a staff of 40, serving customers throughout Indonesia.
PT JAS Worldwide Indonesia has been working with PT Parker Hannifin since 2016 and is supporting Parker with all of their import needs. JAS has helped Parker with several challenging situations relating to changes in import regulations and helped Parker sustain its flow of product to its customers. On July 19, 2017, JAS was honored to be the only International Freight Forwarder invited to attend the Grand opening of Parker’s new office and warehouse in Tangerang BSD near Jakarta.
Prada Japan nominated JAS Japan to handle the shipping of materials required for the renovation of the external facade of their shop in Ala Moana Center Shopping Mall in Hawaii, USA.
The commodities of the shipment were large marble slabs, windows and fittings whose sizes are considered out of gauge. Unfortunately, there are no carriers in Japan that could offer Open Top containers or RO/RO service from Japan to Honolulu, and this shipment was urgently needed in Hawaii. Despite these challenges, JAS Japan managed to come out with an ideal solution where the shipment not only will arrive in a timely manner, but also came with an affordable price tag.
First, JAS Japan engaged experts to look at each of the items and found that it was possible to fit all the items into normal covered containers with some careful planning. In addition, to ensure all the items were well protected throughout the journey, JAS Japan custom-made some of the crates where the tallest fittings fit perfectly into the containers. During the filling of the containers, Senior Logistics Manager of Prada Japan visited our DC and witnessed the entire operation. He was very impressed with JAS' professionalism and the care that the staff gave in handling these items.
Eventually, all of the items were packaged into two 40’High Cube containers which were shipped out in time to Honolulu for the re-opening of the shop.
Dynamic new site expands content richness to help visitors learn about JAS
Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAS Worldwide. is inviting visitors to explore its newly launched website. The site has been designed to offer the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality while allowing customers and other information seekers to see the full service portfolio JAS offers.
Created with the user experience in mind, the site includes many new features to help visitors quickly and easily navigate and find the freight forwarding, logistics, and supply chain service information they need. New features include:
Visitors to the new site can stay informed with the latest JAS and industry news through the regional news pages. The news section of the site contains rich online content such as technical information, press releases, featured services, and newsletter stories. This content is easily accessed from the footer of any page, regional landing pages, as well as via the RSS ticker at the top of the home page.
JAS Worldwide is committed to providing service at a level of excellence that exceeds every industry standard and it does so at a competitive price. JAS accomplishes this by creating an environment that encourages and rewards our employees on reaching their full potential by emphasizing quality service to our customers.
When customers in Indonesia need to move large shipments around the world, JAS Indonesia is quickly becoming a preferred partner in the market. With our expertise and ability to find solutions, JAS Indonesia again and again proves to be up to the task. Indonesia’s growing manufacturing industry serves the market of Southeast Asia with many products including custom fit Fire Engines.
PT. Ziegler Indonesia manufactures and exports international quality firefighting and rescue vehicles to various countries. They are also a leader in the Indonesian market as a trusted partner of oil, gas, and mining companies. Many government agencies also choose PT. Ziegler Indonesia due to the high quality of their products.
JAS Indonesia is proud to announce that PT. Ziegler Indonesia has chosen us as a trusted partner to handle exports throughout Asia. As one of our VIP customers, we have handled several different sized trucks to countries including Vietnam, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.
Moving such equipment requires special handling and coordination. JAS prioritizes these shipments successfully delivering them to the port, lashing as needed and loading them to the vessel. JAS partners at destinations and then takes over and helps to conclude the door to door moves. JAS has moved six such vehicles in 2016 and projects the number to more than double in the first half of 2017.
In addition to the vehicle exports, JAS now manages the import supply chain for Ziegler ensuring that parts and materials from around the world arrive in time to meet Ziegler’s production schedules.
With expertise in the Indonesian market, backed by the strength of our network, PT. JAS Worldwide Indonesia continues to grow and keep our diverse customers satisfied.
We are pleased to announce that the JAS Beijing Branch office relocated to a new location on December 26th, 2016. The new office is now located in the Chao Yang District, the centre of the capital City, which allows us to expand and enhance the quality of our customer service rendered to all of our customers.
Our new location and contact number is:
Room 2530, Beijing Sunflower Tower
No. 37 Maizidian Street, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100125, China
Fax: +86-10-8514-7699/ 8514-7600
All other contact information including email address and web address remain unchanged.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to our new office. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any members of our staff.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Peter Troy joined us as Vice President of Ocean Freight, Asia Pacific on January 3, 2017.
Peter has a very long and established career in the logistics industry. He is a seasoned executive who brings with him experience in P&L, sales, operations and products. Before joining JAS, Peter was the Global Head of Ocean Freight in Toll Global Forwarding based in Hong Kong, where he handled all aspects of product management covering oceans across the group.
Peter started his career with Ariel Maritime (UK) Ltd, and was quickly moving up the ranks helping grow the company from a four people operation to a staff over 100. After nine years, he left as a Director and joined Hermann Ludwig, which are known today as Geodis Wilson Group. Peter was engaged to expand and open up the first office outside of the UK. He was eventually promoted to Board Member of the UK company and was then appointed as the Managing Director / CEO Hong Kong / China Group from 1997 to 2002. Peter has been based in Hong Kong since 1997.
In 2002, Peter joined Schenker as Head of Ocean Product – China, a position he held for six years. He was also a member of the Global Ocean Freight Steering Committee within the Product Management. An opportunity arose in 2009, whereby Peter was appointed by PIFF Shipping Ltd as the CEO of Asia Pacific Region. After a year, Peter pursued his career interest with Toll Global Forwarding.
With his high level of drive and enthusiasm, we look forward to Peter leading the Ocean Freight team to new heights of success.
We are pleased to introduce Mr. Bruce Ning as the new General Manager of the Northern and Central China region, who came on board on November 8, 2016
With over 17 years’ of experience in the logistics field, Bruce has a strong knowledge of the industry, along with a remarkable track record working across various functions in Top Logistics companies like Panalpina, Damco, etc. Prior to joining JAS, Bruce was the Chief Commercial Officer for Central China in Damco, where he was responsible for commercial development across all segments and verticals in the Central China Area. In 2012, Bruce was awarded by the Shanghai Multiple Trade Zone Board of Management as Excellent Enterprising Businessman for the successful establishment of a Regional Distribution Center project in the Yangshan Free Trade Port Area in Shanghai.
On a personal note, Bruce was born in Hong Kong and spent 10 years studying in the UK, graduating from the University of Bath with a BSC in National Sciences. Subsequently, he continues with self-education in his spare time and passed CFA Level 3 exams in 2003. Currently, he is the speaker for EMBA and MBA classes for a number of renowned universities like University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Iowa, etc.
We believe with his excellent people management skills and strong customer focus, it will bring forth a new culture to JAS Northern and Central China which will drive our business development to the next level.
Do you like potato chips? Potato chips are one of the favorite snacks in South Korea, which require approximately 130,000 Tons of potatoes a year for production.
One important requirement to make good potato chips is to have the potatoes as fresh as possible or else it will not be delicious. During summer time from June to October, South Korea alone can produce approximately 100,000 Tons of potatoes locally, but it is difficult to produce sufficient a quantity of potatoes during winter.
In order to meet market demands and fulfill customer satisfaction in the winter, they must first import and store potatoes from West USA in November and later on import fresh potatoes from Australia, which has summer from December onwards. Due to several reasons, Australia's export for potatoes are increasing rapidly. From January to May of 2016, USA exports were down 65 percent, compared to the same time last year, while Australia exports went up 69 percent.
Potatoes from Australia to Korea require a very special handling process & know-how. Transportation from an Australia Farm to a Korean manufacturers’ plants have to be done by reefer containers, as the potatoes require certain temperature control & ventilation throughout the journey. It is estimated about 1,000 – 1,200 of 40-feet reefer containers were moved in 2016 and same is projected for 2017.
In 2016, JAS Australia and Korea successfully stepped into this business by handling 163 of the 40-feet reefer containers for one of South Korea's major potato chip manufacturing companies. Subsequently, JAS has also secured approximately 400 of the 40-feet reefer containers in 2017 with all three manufacturers. The 2017 business contract was signed at the JAS Sydney office in December 2016 with Australian Supplier, Shingreen Fresh and JAS Australia and Korea.
With Potato Logistics, JAS is not only offering a pure transport service, but also a wide range of associated logistics services, extending from professional ocean shipment to destination storage and other activities specific to the agricultural sector.
JAS will continue to deliver quality potatoes punctually and in good condition so that everyone is able to enjoy their potato chips even in the winter time in South Korea.
JAS Singapore had the privilege to participate in the new upcoming Airport Terminal 4 Project with one of its regular customers.
Before the operation, JAS Singapore sat down with the customer to gain a better understanding of the operation along with their concerns and requirements. The customer informed JAS Singapore that they required the delivery and positioning of 30 X-Ray Machines along with its complementary accessories to the Airport Terminal 4 construction site of a secured area. After gathering all the information, JAS Singapore knew that instead of the usual solutions, they needed to provide a Total Supply Chain Solution for this operation.
In order to ensure that the delivery and positioning of the machines were handled correctly, JAS Singapore gathered internal and external experts to discuss how to manage the whole operation better. After finalizing the details, all personnel involved in the operation were required to undergo a test that was set up by the authorities so that they could secure the pass to enter into the secured area.
After several construction site visits, planning and close co-ordination with all partners, JAS Singapore was able to execute this operation smoothly and to our customer's satisfaction.
JAS China has strived to develop warehousing services that offer a flexible, one-stop solution for all types of clients. The latest achievement can be found in Shanghai, where JAS has been chosen to handle the warehousing service for Completely Knock Down (CKD) parts and finished goods, one of the world’s top tier automotive suppliers.
The warehouse is strategically located at Chuansha Town, Pudong New District in Shanghai, which is close to both the Pudong Airport (17 km) and Waigaoqiao Port (24km). It provides non-bonded logistics services with a storage capacity of 4,850 sqm. The automotive client has occupied 2,600 sqm with 3,400 pallet positions set up for the client.
This is equivalent to more than 50 percent of the warehouse space.
The scope of service provided to the automotive client includes the following:
During the implementation of the warehousing service for this client, JAS had to simultaneously receive the CKD parts and replenishment from the client's previously owned in-plant warehouse and relocate the parts and finished goods to the JAS Warehouse. Even though this implementation is more complex than usual with the organized effort of the JAS China warehouse team, the relocation was smoothly accomplished in two months and now the service is extended to full operation of Pick & Pack services and JIT delivery to the production line.
Recently, the client has completed a 2016 annual stock take and external audit at the JAS warehouse, the results were positive and proved the success of the JAS China warehousing service. Warehousing is always one of the most important elements in the one-stop service solution, and we look forward to expand our warehousing service to more clients in China.
For the past four decades, fashion has always been in the blood of JAS. Due to our extensive knowledge of this industry, we fully understand the unique and complex nature of the luxury fashion industry logistic, which enables us to offer a reliable and quality one-stop solution.
One of the renowned Italian luxury fashion brands regards JAS as a trust-able Global Supply Chain partner and decided to entrust JAS China to handle their SS2017 collection from Hong Kong and Shanghai to Modena, Italy via Air Garments-on-hangers (GOH) consolidation service.
Even though JAS has been working closely with the client in various parts of the world, it is not an easy feat to secure this type of business. With a strong display of our knowledge of the client's requirements and demands, along with the successful showcase of prior Air GOH consolidations, JAS managed to outperform the other competitors. In addition, with JAS Milan's eco-friendly initiative of recycling the GOH equipment (paper-made C05) for other shipments, this enabled our clients to enjoy a more competitive rate while not compromising the quality of the service standard.
From Q4 2016 onward, JAS Hong Kong and Shanghai have weekly Air GOH consolidation service to Modena, with an average of 2,000 pieces to 4,000 pieces per consolidation per week.
By displaying our capability in GOH consolidation service from Hong Kong and Shanghai, we aim to expand our footprint to be the global nominated partner for our loyal fashion client. We also believe the success brought by this business will further strengthen the JAS position in the luxury fashion market.
India is one of the well-known emerging markets in the global economic scenario. Since the economic liberalization policies commenced in the 1990s, India has prospered which has helped to boost the Indian economy to a great extent.
The main factors behind this booming market are the economic liberalization and the perfect competition market. There has been a significant growth of the Indian market which has resulted in a high Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The average annual growth rate ranges between 6 to 7 percent. The growth rate of GDP was around 6.7 percent during the financial year 2008-09.
To further boost the market, the government is taking some positive steps with the main aim to increase the growth rate to approximately 9 percent. Due to the favorable market, more and more industries are being set up, which leads to more customer bases. At the moment, India is the fourth largest economic system in the world in terms of the purchasing power parity.
In 2005, JAS India was operating as a fully owned subsidiary of JAS Worldwide Inc. with four offices and a total of 36 employees. Over the years, we have been growing progressively in both size and stature and now we boost a network of 14 offices with over 152 employees, spreading across all major cities. We are strategically located near our customers in key vertical markets such as automotive and industrial, offering both full-fledged services and satellite sales offices.
Our team is made-up of young, dynamic and dedicated professionals with a combined work experience in the logistics industry of over 125 years, having made a 100 percent commitment to customer satisfaction and ops excellence.
Our Air Freight team is a highly motivated and competent group of professionals who are extremely innovative and capable of providing out of the box solutions. A combination of multi-model transportation complimented by a strong ground network of bonded & non-bonded trucking capabilities is one of the solutions we are able to offer our customers. With proven success at being both cost competitive and able to satisfy critical lead time deliveries it is our aim to reach customer requirements and exceed expectations.
Our ocean capability has grown and evolved year after year by leveraging upon our global core carrier partner strategy. In addition, our Ocean Freight team are adept at customizing solutions to tackle all sorts of customer requirements and to better manage their in and outbound freight movements such as multi-country consolidate programs and LCL groupage boxes that are primarily targeting fashion, retail, and automotive businesses with access to track by PO order #, line item, part #, etc…
We have significantly ramped up our sales team and hired the best talent in the market. This is aligned with our global account management sales matrix structure with focus on targeting global MNC to increase our valet share in key vertical markets like Automotive, Technology, Industrial and Stone.
JAS India Success Stories:
ThyssenKrupp Elevator (India) has set up a green field project in Chakkan an Indl suburb near Puna to manufacture their new contemporary and flexible MRL solution named 'Synergy1000'. An Indian adaptation of it’s global product line, Synergy1000 is code compliant with the Indian market requirements and it brings the paired benefits of safety and reliability.
Some of its key benefits are as follows :
JAS India was appointed to handle the capital goods imports from various ThyssenKrupp world-wide subsidiaries and approved vendors. The scope of work included Ocean freights imports, customs brokerage and door delivery to site. Following the flawless execution of the project by our Mumbai team along with good coordination with JAS Puns customer service support, JAS was awarded the following incremental business opportunities:
The scope of work included:
UTC Aerospace India Bangalore (formerly Goodrich Aerospace) is a fully owned 100 percent subsidiary of United Technology Corp (UTC)., U.S conglomerate. They specialize in manufacturing aircraft sub-assemblies like fuselage, landing gears, evacuation systems, aircraft interiors and other avionics. They are 100 percent EOU (export oriented unit), which means that all items manufactured are exported directly to OEM’s like Boeing, Airbus and other tier one & two aerospace companies. The raw material & components are 90 percent imported from inter-company UTC subsidiaries mainly in the US, Germany, Spain, Czech and UK and other approved UTC suppliers based in Asia like Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Japan & Korea.
JAS India signed a local agreement to handle their imports from three major locations into Bangalore airport. The business awarded based on rigorous vendor scrutiny process to evaluate our local operation capability and ensure that they have appointed the suitable vendor is handling their business, one portion of the process is conducting a site visit at JAS Bangalore office. During the visit, they have met up with the team who will be managing their business along with an introduction of JAS infrastructure and capability such as the office infrastructure, Operating Systems, core carrier relationships and etc.
After the evaluation, UTC Aerospace India is convinced of our capability and decided to award this business to us.
For the past several years, the Trans-Pacific shipping market has been one of the most unpredictable in the world. Over the years, we have seen strikes, natural disasters, mergers, new regulations, and spikes and lulls in economies, causing a very fluid market situation that changes almost weekly. The recent Hanjin bankruptcy is the latest in a series of unfortunate events that has caused the market to stand on its head.
During this time period, we have seen a shift in the landscape of relationships among freight forwarders and carriers through several mergers, buyouts, and alliance shifts, in order to grow market share in one of the most competitive markets in the world.
Instead of trying to buy market share, JAS has taken a customer-centric approach to develop this market and it has paid off. With the implementation of the Cargowise One (C1) platform, (beginning with the USA and China in 2014) JAS has been able to use live data to react quickly to the ever changing market conditions and increase efficiency in the process. This is mutually beneficial to both JAS and our customers.
We are taking this a step further by investing in other business intelligence and analytic tools to help customers make better decisions to improve their respective supply chains. The Trans-Pacific market is highly competitive and transparent in terms of shipping rates. Customers are looking to find other ways to reduce cost and compete through creating consolidations, maintaining visibility, forecasting and steering.
So far in 2016, JAS has added four weekly LCL consolidations to our current Trans-Pacific offering for a total of 17 lane pairs, with the intention of adding two more before year end. These LCL consolidations cover not only the major markets (Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc.) but also regions such as Keelung, Qingdao, Memphis, and Charleston.
Additionally, we have developed our air and FCL product offerings over the years by maintaining a focused approach through our elite carrier programs. By partnering with and maintaining long term support from market leading airlines and steamships that provide best in class service, we can be confident in our ability to provide our customers with a consistent level of service, even during drastic market fluctuations.
A perfect example of this is the current Hanjin financial crisis leading to bankruptcy. The JAS Ocean Services team saw this situation several months ago and began proactively steering cargo elsewhere. We still have some affected freight, given the interconnected system and global alliances between carriers, but the little disruption that did occur was manageable and easily resolved. In fact, the situation at hand puts JAS in a very unique position in the market. While others scramble and focus internally to minimize the damage caused by Hanjin, JAS is focusing on our customers and has the resources and tools available to help them maximize their supply chain and navigate through the uncertainty of the Trans-Pacific market with confidence.
If you ask most business leaders in the world what their most important resource is, many will tell you it’s their people. At JAS, our culture is no different from our company motto, “People Make the Difference”. Given that people are the number one resource in business, the number two resource should be their time; an important factor that often goes overlooked. Driving value in today’s Trans-Pacific supply chain market for logistic service providers can be challenging. No longer do logistics and supply chain managers make decisions in a vacuum. Most organizations make collective decisions when it comes to their supply chain since it involves finance, purchasing, customer service, production, etc. This process can take a lot of time given that these decisions affect every aspect of the company.
Market information is readily available in the form of social media, blogs, newsletters, and industry websites. However, there is typically some level of bias associated with such mediums based upon the sources of the data. This is a reality in any industry. Given the market volatility, supply chain decision makers are tasked to take in all available information then work with other affected company departments to predict the future. By identifying this complex customer need, JAS was driven to provide a solution. We began by compiling data from our global operating system then designing a Business Intelligence Platform to highlight customer trends and proactively identify improvement opportunities. JAS now provides their clients with a business intelligence tool that replaces perception-based decision making with unbiased data analytics to help strengthen supply chains and identify trends. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers, we decided to take this initiative a step further and use our “JAS Business Intelligence Tool” during the discovery stage with potential clients prior to a formal partnership agreement. We first gather historical data from the client as well as other industry platforms such as Datamyne, Zepol and Import Genius. Next, we upload the data into our tool and set up a series of views for an in depth analysis. Performing this exercise allows JAS to better understand the customer’s supply chain model and help clients identify improvement opportunities early in the relationship. Any additional details uncovered during the supply chain assessment are quickly adjusted to provide a more detailed view of the results.
The JAS Business Intelligence Tool translates data into a language that can be understood by all respective departments within an organization at the highest level without having to be a supply chain expert. It also allows for more educated, collective decision making to give customers peace of mind knowing that, although they cannot predict the future, they are more prepared to handle the future with JAS as their partner.
We are delighted to introduce our new Executive Vice President of JAS Asia Pacific, Tomas Sonntag, who came on board July 4, 2016.
Tomas has a very long and established career in the logistics industry, particularly with Schenker where he held several progressive positions, spanning over three continents in the period of 20 years. Having lived in Asia since 1992, Tomas is no stranger to this part of the world. Tomas comes to us most recently from Logwin, where he was the Regional Managing Director and a member of the Board. A well-seasoned veteran in the world of transportation with a specialist focus in air freight, Tomas brings his wealth of international experience to JAS. With his high level of drive and enthusiasm, Tomas will set a clear and focused direction for the team in Asia Pacific and will play a pivotal role to maximize the performance of the team.
Tomas has relocated from Hong Kong with his wife Sabrina to the island city of Singapore. We look forward to Tomas’ strategic stewardship and rendering him the utmost support as we work together to achieve new heights of success for JAS in the Asia Pacific region.
China is the number one mobile device consumer in the world with over 1.2 billion mobile phone users and 370 billion tablet users, which is 19% & 32% of the global market respectively for each product.
A well-established U.S. technology customer with a global footprint and growing market share in China. Their products are aimed at servicing the mobile device industry, so they decided to partner with JAS Forwarding to further develop their growing China consumer base. Customs in entries in China can be complex and inconsistent which can cause unnecessary delays, penalties, storage charges & excessive processing fees.
This technology customer consulted with JAS Seattle & JAS Corp Trade-lane to provide a long term solution to a customs challenge in China. Their challenge was that China customs claimed their products required a CCC (China Compulsory Certificate) in order for their entry to be processed, however the CIQ rejected their application by claiming the certificate was not required based upon the specifics provided.
This grey area between the separate government agencies in China caused lengthy delays, additional cost and most importantly hurt the company’s credibility in the China market place. JAS China used their expertise in the customs market to apply for a long term binding ruling for the products in question.
Since this customer’s product is very unique in the marketplace, JAS was able to get an exception ruling to the CCC certificate for their products in question. JAS provided a detailed outline on all documents required, expected processing & delivery timeline so the customer could manage their customer expectations and get to the market faster. This solution not only saves thousands of dollars per shipment, but most importantly it will help this customer further develop the ever growing China marketplace which is a key to both companies success.
The twelfth season of the GP2 Series, a motor racing feeder series that is run in support of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, is officially underway. The 2016 series kicked off in Barcelona, Spain on May 14-15, 2016. JAS is proud to continue the sponsorship of GP2 driver Raffaele Marciello. Raffaele will be driving for the Russian Time team this season!
A typical race weekend is composed of one 30 minute practice session and then another 30 minute qualifying session, which is followed by two races that typically take place the following two days after the qualifying race. Raffaele qualified 12th before the official races on May 14 & 15 stating "After a really long break, a new GP2 season has started. What can I say about my performance in Barcelona? All in all, I am satisfied. During qualifying [race] the car was well-balanced but I lacked a bit of speed, so I had to settle for 12th place." Raffaele placed 8th on the 14th in race one and then placed 5th the following day in race two! Raffaele took home a total of 10 points! He continued in his statement about the races, saying, "I knew I could do better in race one, and I did. When I found myself in 14th place I decided to increase the pace and attack with more confidence. It went well, and thanks to a series of overtakings – a few of which were really nice – I climbed to 8th place, and managed to take home four points. On Sunday I started in pole position and tried as hard as I could to stay in front, but at the moment there [were] a few drivers who [were] one step ahead. Still, I obtained a good fifth placement and six more points." In the GP2 series, the driver with the most points at the end of the season is awarded the championship.
Raffaele concluded his statement by saying, "Considering that it was my first official race with my new team (Russian Time), I cannot complain. In about 10 days, in Monte Carlo, I aim to do even better."
JAS is proud to sponsor Raffaele and they, like him, are excited to see him continue to improve and gain points! Watch the GP2 series to keep up with Raffaele and cheer him on!