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A JAS Success Story in Moving PPE

By
August 18, 2020

Reduced global air cargo capacity, blank sailings, carrier solvency, increasing port congestion, and last-mile delivery delays are adding to an ever-growing riskier global environment that threatens supply chains.

Uncertain times often require creative measures. As shippers look to replenish inventory levels as well as budget logistics costs in such an unpredictable environment, partnering with a freight forwarder such as JAS helps to reduce such risks and cost concerns.

JAS has always worked closely with shippers to offer solutions that balance planning with responsiveness and agility. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights this need as shippers continue to benefit from the expertise of JAS during this crisis.

For several years, JAS Italy has worked with several Italian Government institutions by serving their logistics requirements. The relationship has become even closer during the pandemic as JAS took charge of a certain Italian Government institution’s import/export distribution process to obtain and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) commodities.

JAS initially arranged shipments from China, Brazil, and South Africa mainly through general cargo urgent flights. However, as demand dramatically increased, JAS recognized that the available market capacity was not meeting the needs of its customers. As a result, JAS ramped up the use of charter flights to better meet customer requirements.  

Since February, JAS has moved millions of masks along with protective suits, visors, gloves, respirators, pulmonary ventilators, test tubes, and swabs.

By chartering flights, JAS was able to help other customers as well. For example, a German-based provider of medical and hygiene products turned to JAS to supply N95 masks to the governments of Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. JAS utilized multiple chartered flights from Shanghai to Frankfurt to distribute not only to the governments involved but also to pharmacies for wider distribution to non-governmental organizations and the public at large.

JAS was able to support customers in Peru, Colombia, and Mexico building southbound connections with the charter flights arriving to the USA from Asia.

The ability to rapidly charter flights between countries could not have been accomplished in such a quick and efficient manner without the expertise of the JAS World Air Freight Team (WAT) whose close relationship with a number of aircraft owners allowed JAS to find the right equipment, mostly 747-8 and 747-4 cargo planes, at the right time and in the right location for its customers.

Collaboration with JAS China was crucial as requirements for moving Personal Protection Equipment changed almost on a daily basis. Communication was a key success factor with JAS China establishing a daily communication channel to keep the whole JAS network up to date with the latest information.

JAS has now implemented full scheduled flight operations in the transatlantic corridor. Offering weekend flights from Chicago to Frankfurt and back.

JAS is also continuing special charter flights both with cargo aircraft or ghost flights from Shanghai to Chicago and from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.

JAS Thailand Offers Perishable Goods Service By Air from Italy

By
Franck Portet
August 3, 2020
Milan to Bangkok Perishables Flight Service Map
Milan to Bangkok Perishables Flight Service Map

Located in the center of southeast Asia, Thailand is the second-biggest economy in ASEAN and a major global tourism destination. This dynamic and consumer-driven market is increasing its demand for imported food and beverages, offering many opportunities for Italian exporters. JAS Thailand is proud to launch a weekly air freight consolidation for perishable goods from Italy, catering to the demanding needs of the most reputable hotels and restaurants of the country. We carry perishable goods such as fresh fish, meat, cheese, vegetables, and also ‘super’ fresh cheese (like mozzarella or burrata) and frozen foods to Bangkok.

This JAS AIR Service features the following benefits:

  • Weekly departure on world class carrier
  • Airport to Airport transit time : 11 hours
  • Flexible processes oriented to provide customers tailor-made solutions
  • Integral/integrated : JAS can complement air portion with Origin (pick up/warehouse/consolidation/customs brokerage) value added service solutions to ensure the smoothest release at destination.

Please visit JAS Thailand country website and / or reach out to thsales@jas.com for more information.

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JAS China Provides Green Store Delivery Service

JAS China is pleased to announce its partnership with two of the world's top fast fashion groups. Fast fashion refers to fashion retailers who are able to move from the catwalk to retail market quickly.

Starting in 2019 JAS began providing green store delivery using electric vehicles for these businesses, covering more than 40 shops in 5 cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Langfang, and Tangshan in North China. The estimated volume being transported is currently at 20,000 CBM/year, with the the store delivery service in Beijing having an on-time delivery performance of 99% specifically.

All by means of electric vehicles, JAS China picks up the replenishment from the warehouse, delivers to the stores across Beijing city, and sends back the empty recycling boxes to the warehouse.

The service is offered non-stop, year-round, with a maximum of 3-4 deliveries per day for each shop. This model helps our clients to reduce warehouse space in their retail space and receive replenishment of inventory quick enough to support their sales, all while reaching the carbon dioxide reduction target.

Starting in October 2019, JAS China started the second wave of the green energy vehicle store delivery service. JAS picks up cargo from the client at the PEK airport area and then extended the delivery from just Beijing to the client’s additional shops in Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Langfang, and Tangshan.

Thanks to the fast development of electric vehicle technology, JAS China is helping our clients switch delivery service to a green model in order to protect our environment not only in North China, but also in the whole country.

JAS China Launches Block Train Service to Germany

On August 16th 2018, the commencement of the first China-Europe block train service was marked by a ceremony in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province. It was attended by top government officials from Fuzhou, Customs officers, key representatives from local enterprises as well as JAS corporate representatives from both China and Germany.

The attendees included Bruce Ning, General Manager of Northern and Central China, Kitty Yuen, Head of Ocean Freight (South China), Steven Su, Branch Manager (Xiamen), Tina Zhou, Branch Manager (Ningbo) and Bernd Scheunemann, BDM - Frankfurt (Germany).

The launch of the first block train service was of enormous significance for both the Fuzhou government and JAS China. The train, carrying its first dedicated 41-containers containing products produced by local companies, marked the official start of a railway partnership between Fuzhou and JAS China. As part of China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, both Fuzhou and JAS China seek to facilitate trade links between China, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. It is strongly believed this will bring much better connectivity and will act to further boost trade for the local surrounding catchment area among Jiangxi province.

The move follows close collaboration among local municipalities, shippers, consignees, rail operator China Rail Express, local customs, and JAS China being the end to end logistics service provider. This train departs from Fuzhou, passes through the Manzhouli border and onwards through Russia, Belorussia, and Poland before finally arriving at Hamburg in Germany. This dedicated train service traverses 5 countries, traveling a total of 16,000 km in 17 days. JAS strives to do its best in providing customers with secure and reliable door-to-door rail service, which presents greater flexibility as faster option to sea freight and cheaper than air freight for time-sensitive goods. In addition, GPS monitoring and other value-added services are also available.

JAS China, with its head office in Hong Kong has 17 owned offices across China to cope with the ever-increasing logistics needs in the region. The organization has over 600 specialized staff, offers a wide range of products in air freight, ocean freight, sea/air services, customs brokerage, logistics warehouses and other related services.

Country Spotlight : India

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:

Industrial Sector
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 :
Available application range from 5pax to 15pax and speed of 1.00mps.
Availability of numerous car interior design finish (24 Choices), elegant ceiling options.
Field friendly design with reduced customer interface on civil work such as Pit Buffer Blocks and Landing Push Button boxes.
Enhanced safety features with Progressive Safety gear offered as standard feature.
Optimized shaft efficiency with best in class pit and overhead space.
Green approach – Environment friendly materials and energy efficient LED Lighting options.

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:
Raw material (RM) and components sea/air imports from China, Germany & Spain for the Puna plant
Finished goods (FG) imports from ThyssenKrupp subsidiaries to direct end-users

The scope of work included:
Insurance
Ocean freight imports
Import Customs brokerage
Door delivery

Aerospace sector:
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.

Spotlight on JAS Korea

Korea is at the heart of Northeast Asia, one of the world’s top three economic regions and a global market leader in IT products, automobiles, chemicals, steel, and shipbuilding.

As of 2014, the Northeast Asian population of 1.5 billion accounted for 21% of the global population and generated 21% of global GDP. Located between China and Japan, the world’s second and third-largest economies, respectively, Korea is within a 3-hour flight of 147 cities with a population of more than 1 million. With a strong and diverse purchasing power of more than 50 million consumers, Korea is an ideal test bed for global markets and a laboratory in which to explore future markets.

 

JAS Korea was established in 1987 as a company specializing in freight forwarding and is the Korean branch of the JAS Forwarding Worldwide Network. At its initial establishment, JAS Korea dealt exclusively with air freights, which were made in and imported from Italy. They were mostly fashion items such as clothes, bags, and fabrics. Then, it extended its business field into the seaborne trade as well as airborne trade and began including USA and China. The products it handled have been expanded to automobile parts, machinery, and industrial materials. While Italy still covers the majority of the imports by air freight, the import volume from China by ocean freight has increased. The amount of USA imports and exports also increased because of the expansion of the JAS networks within the USA. The core of forwarding is traded volume. As Korea developed into the 8th largest import and export nation in 2014, JAS Korea has grown steadily based on its global logistics network. In the past, 70% of sales were from airborne trade only, but currently the volume of sales by air and ocean are very close in percentage.

JAS Korea built a logistics center in the Free Trade Zone of Incheon International Airport. The logistics center that was opened consists of two stories above ground as storage and four stories above ground as an office, totaling six stories. Its total ground area is 3,401 square meters (around 36,610 sq. ft.). Based on this, JAS Korea plans to strengthen its forwarding and 3PL complex logistics services. On the 1st floor of the logistics center at the Incheon International Airport, forwarding products are dealt with as a bonded warehouse and on the 2nd floor, 3PL products are stored. The 2nd floor was designed to be eight meters high with three level racks (mezzanine racks) to store as much inventory as possible.

Currently, the 3PL contract is complete with a sportswear enterprise handling various sportswear and accessories, and a famous fashion enterprise handling materials and parts for high fashion shops.

By using the complex logistics center, the customer can decrease transfer costs as well as time, because products which come from Incheon International Airport go through a clearance process on the first floor of the logistics center and are moved directly to the second floor for inventory storage.

Recently, business has been diversified with the provision of services such as 3PL (3rd Party Logistics), and BWT (the Bonded Warehouse Transaction). Previously, 3PL for JAS Korea began as a warehouse rented in Osan, South of Seoul in 2007, providing services exclusively for fashion brand enterprises in Italy. At that time, JAS Korea was focused on expanding its business, as competition in the forwarding market was intensifying. Customers asked for a one-stop distribution from customs clearance to distribution and therefore, it served as a winning situation for both JAS Korea and the customers to invest in this office and warehouse complex. Since JAS Korea provides a logistics service for the entire process of shipping from the country of origin to the consumers, it relates to a reduction in costs. Combined provisions of forwarding and 3PL prove to be very advantageous.

Competitiveness in service quality improvements is closely contested in the forwarding business. The strength of JAS Korea is in the education of its employees and the enhancement of their abilities to provide proper service for customers. JAS Korea provides specialized services for customers by reinforcing the business ability of its employees. By having employees with extensive knowledge of the forwarding business, JAS Korea can quickly and accurately cope with any request from customers. JAS Korea has an intensified education program for employees, as they actively send employees to outside education institutes and run various programs such as the regular invitation of guest lecturers. The information system which is adjusted to the specific characteristics of each customer is also a strong point of JAS Korea.

JAS Korea can now provide more information to our customers than ever before with the global roll out of Cargowise One, which is now able to deliver consistent information to our customers through the valuable tools available on our new platform. By doing this, JAS Korea can cope with whatever customers ask instantly and have a system with which customers can track and trace their shipments. Additionally, it makes it possible to improve productivity through the KPI index management.

Furthermore, JAS Korea has earned qualifications for the industry such as the IATA, the FIATA, the ISO9001 and the AEO.

The management and staff members of JAS Korea are dedicated to our worldwide trading partners, through the delivery of perfect service aimed to strengthen our trading partners’ quality, performance, and profitability. With more than 60 employees who are well experienced and educated in all aspects of forwarding and logistics and with flexibility to meet all of the requirements and challenges of the industry.

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