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2017 Q2

JAS Peru Holds Town Hall Meeting
June 20, 2017

On Friday May 19th 2017, a Town Hall meeting was held in Peru for the JAS team, where the management team announced the company's progress so far this year. The management team was joined by the project, finance, and sales teams. Each manager explained the progress of his area and team, and also shared a pleasant moment with all employees about the strategy and points to develop during the rest of the year.

Group Meetings like this one are imperative to the continued growth and development of JAS Peru. We are excited to see where the next year takes us.

Following Our Fashion Customer's Footprints
June 19, 2017

JAS TAILORED WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION SERVICE IN MACAU

​A prestigious Italian fashion conglomerate listed in Hong Kong entrusted JAS for a one stop shop supply chain solution from Europe to Hong Kong and Macau.  Thanks to the close connections of the IT systems of the two companies, visibility of the supply chain can be seen by our customer in a timely manner.

The journey of the garment on hanger, flat packs, handbags, accessories and CITES items start in Italy and other European countries, with a JAS office handling the air freight and documentation for importation into Hong Kong and Macau.

Shipments then arrive into the JAS Hong Kong logistics center in Tsing Yi for piece level picking and packing, scanning and system update. Macau local orders are then sent as cross-dock shipments by feeder.

Strategically and efficiently located, the JAS warehouse in Macau is 2km from the pier, 3km from Wynn Macau and 12km from Cotai. With a total area of 5,000 sqf, fully air-conditioned and state-of-the-art security systems including web-enabled CCTV monitoring system, security card access system, motion detectors and 7x 24 security patrol installed, we are proud of the lead time we can achieve for our customers. Good receiving record will be in the customer’s SAP system by 11:00 p.m. the next day, and next day local shop delivery is accomplished from the delivery order put into the customer’s system before 1:00 p.m. the previous day.

Window display items are arranged via special night local delivery services in order to not affect any day time sales activities in retail shops.  JAS is ready to provide flexible and tailored services to fashion customers as we have experience in serving most high-end fashion brands for more than 35 years and we can proudly say that “fashion is in our DNA”.

JAS EMEA Strengthens Its Structure
June 19, 2017

During the last months, JAS EMEA was delighted to strengthen its structure in our sales and ocean product structures, in order to better support our regional development and our global development.

​On the Sales side, JAS EMEA invited Ms. Hilary Bragg – formally JAS WW Strategic Business Unit Manager, to become our JAS EMEA Regional Tender Manager. Hilary started with us in January and has already brought great added-value to our region, giving new support to all EMEA countries and to the other JAS regions.

To support Hilary’s team, Mr. Alberto Pittaluga arrived a couple of months ago. He is now responsible for all regional air freight tenders and also engages in building very productive automated rating templates.  

​On the ocean freight side, our EMEA ocean product VP, Mr. Volker Beneke, recently structured his import and export ocean lane product management. This will allow JAS to improve our buying power and to better support, in various aspects, the EMEA countries and our network.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sven Marsand as Regional Procurement Manager Import, and  Jens Appel as Regional Procurement Manager Export. Both have an excellent background in ocean freight procurement, have worked for JAS Germany before and are ideally located to take on the new challenges.

The Regional Import Procurement goes live this month, while the Ocean Export Procurement will be fully operational as from July 2017. See below the new EMEA Regional Ocean Freight Org Chart along with roles & responsibilities.

JAS Forms Alliance with GreenCarrier
June 19, 2017

As informed in March by our CEO, Mr. Marco Rebuffi, JAS Worldwide and GreenCarrier Freight Services (greencarrier.com) have formed a strategic alliance with the intent to expand trade and business between the Nordic and Baltic Sea region and the rest of the world.

Since then, a sales and operations meeting took place with JAS EMEA Management. Martin Spitzli – JAS EMEA VP of Air, and François-Xavier Mollet – JAS EMEA VP of Sales, both participated in Greencarrier’s Country Management meeting in Gothenburg to integrate our two companies. Martin Spitzli also participated in Riga (Latvia) to their Air Freight Management meeting.

On his side, Brahim Jarmache – JAS WW VP Agents, is working diligently to organize all the necessary set-up with each Greencarrier country offices in order to guarantee a smooth operations and netting integration.

Now, the focus is on our mutual development to make sure we have a full grip on the potential of our development. For this, one important milestone was the selection, by François-Xavier and Martin Svantesson – CCO of Greencarrier Freight Services, of Global & Multinational Accounts that JAS and Greencarrier will target and develop together. These companies are mainly local multinationals like Alfa Laval, Huqsvarna, SKF, Eletrolux, Ericsson, Tetra Pak, among others.

The strength of Greencarrier together with our JAS Network now allows us to propose a unique service opportunity for these target accounts and we cheer for our mutual development with them in the near future.

​If you have any rate and/or service requirements to develop business with Greencarrier, please send your request to the following persons:

JAS Brazil Branch Managers Meeting 2017
June 19, 2017
JAS Brazil Branch Managers Group
JAS Brazil Branch Managers Group

​The Branch Managers Meeting took place in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil and was joined by all of the directors, branch managers and commercial team to align goals and actions to be taken in 2017.

The three days of activities included presentations of budget goals for JAS Brazil, the strategy of each Branch Manager to reach it and also a commercial training day.

JAS Brazil has also rewarded its most profitable branch in 2016, JAS São José dos Campos, with a trophy to recognize their effort and motivate the team.

JAS Brazil Gets a New Office
June 19, 2017
JAS Vitoria Building
JAS Vitoria Building

With more than 15 years of experience in the Vitória market and a great expertise in the field of granite and maritime import, JAS Brazil is constantly working to improve our structure and strategy and is pleased to announce the opening of its own subsidiary In Vitória.

Follow our new address:
Jose Penna Medina Street, 195 - Rooms 706 and 707
Praia da Costa, - Vila Velha, ES - Zip code 29101-320

Did you know that JAS Vitória also handles its imports?
Although well known for its success in the granite market, our branch in Vitória will start to operate maritime and air import processes, which have always been the flagship of JAS Brazil.

JAS 1st Annual Americas Meeting
June 19, 2017
JAS Americas Meeting Podium
JAS Americas Meeting Podium

Vibrant Panama City, Panama was the scene for JAS Americas’ first annual meeting held April, 2017.  Managing Directors for all countries (LATAM, North America, Canada, Mexico, SAM) were in attendance to collaborate and create further dialogue among Americas countries, as well as, with other JAS organizations.  Lines of communication, sales challenges, successes, and information were exchanged between Americas' teams (including executives representing air & ocean products, along with Human Resources) and regional leaders from APAC (Tomas Sonntag), Italy (Stefano Castellazzi), and EMEA (Stefan Sigg).  We were privileged to hear from, JAS Agent, Intermax (Mauricio Barrientos) and Power Business Intelligence SME, Scott Lunchbill, who lent expertise to assist all countries both technically and relationally, as they expand into the future.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) were discussed in detail by individual countries.  Information was exchanged which opened dialogue and created future opportunities for areas across the world to work together, while creating further collaboration among those in attendance.  Attendees gained new technical system information which provides up-to-the moment detailed statistics related to sales, billing, and process completion – data which offers customers many more reasons to choose JAS for solving their logistics needs and challenges.

JAS Belgium on the Move
June 19, 2017

We are excited to announce that our Antwerp team has moved to a new location in the harbor area of Antwerp.  

We spent the previous six years in a building about a mile away from our new location - our old office served us well but we couldn't be more excited about our new space.

Our new office has been stripped and refurbished to a high standard to offer light and space, which adds to the well-being of our human capital.

The new office is located on the fourth floor of one of Antwerp's oldest harbor office buildings and overlooks the dock activities of the port.  Staring outside, we watch the docking and loading of the vessels and containers, which makes it a lively place to work in, in the middle of all the action.

It has been an exciting six years for JAS Belgium, and we look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history.  We'll be hosting a happy hour soon for our vendors and customers, and if you're in the area, feel free to stop in and say hi!  

Brussels airfreight office will also be moving shortly. In the next issue we’ll tell you everything about that move.

King of Cashmere Entrusts JAS
June 19, 2017

A luxury Italian fashion brand with the nickname “King of Cashmere," which was chosen by a member of the royal family, has entrusted JAS to provide top quality logistics services from Italy to one of the most important and rising consumer markets for the brand in China and Macau.

The journey of the garment on hanger, flat packs, handbags, accessories and CITES items start in Italy with JAS offices handling the air freight to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Macau.

With an extensive China network, JAS also handles delivery into nine shops in China and direct shipments to other China cities like Beijing, Changchun, Chengdu, Dalian, Harbin and Nanjing.

Shipments arriving into JAS Hong Kong logistics center in Tsing Yi will be pick and packed and then delivered into three local shops in Hong Kong.

In Macau, local orders will be sent as cross-dock shipments by feeder. Strategically and efficiently located, the JAS warehouse in Macau is 2km from the pier, 3km from Wynn Macau and 12km from Cotai. With a total area of 5,000 sqf, fully air-conditioned and state-of-the-art security systems including web-enabled CCTV monitoring system, security card access system, motion detectors and 7x 24 security patrol installed, we are proud of the lead time we achieve for the customer. Next day local shop delivery can be achieved for delivery order put in customer’s system before 1:00p.m. the previous day.

JAS Attends 2017 Coverings Stone Fair
June 19, 2017
JAS Coverings Exhibit Booth
JAS Coverings Exhibit Booth

JAS recently attended the 2017 Coverings Stone Fair, which took place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from April 4th to April 7th.

The Coverings Stone Fair is the largest event in the vertical sector of stone, granite, marble, ardosias, quartzite, and travertine in North America. The event housed 900+ Exhibitors and 20 thousand visitors in an area of 350,000 square feet. The international exhibitors visit from Brazil, India, Italy, China, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Argentina, and Spain.

The outcome of the event was a success. The speed of our growth has caused some disturbance between our competitors, which goes to show we are being recognized as a powerful company in this vertical. Most importantly,    JAS continues to keep our marketing share in this vertical in order to prove to our customers and our competitors that JAS is in this vertical for the long term.

The JAS exhibit was located in a prime location, just in front of the the Arbirochas Pavilion. This location provided an increased volume of clients who passed the JAS booth. As a result of JAS' rapid development in 2016, the market acknowledgement and support from our long term partnerships with manufactuers, other suppliers, and consignees, the investment in this exhibit provided a positive number of prospective visitors and clients exceeding 75 companies to come to the JAS exhibit.

Going forward, JAS is looking to continue growth within the Ornamental Stone industry and attend more Coverings Stone Fairs in the future.

JAS Netherlands Moves Forward
June 19, 2017

After a couple of fantastic years,  JAS Netherlands met with several challenges the second half of 2016 and has come through with flying colors. A couple of events happened more or less simultaneously on the staffing side. Losing both branch managers at almost the same time, was in the end the climax of these events.

Fortunately we have been able to find great replacements and I’m happy to introduce our new core team:

1.    Daan Hoek, General Manager

Daan started mid-January and comes from the contract logistics side of CEVA, after a good couple of years on the Forwarding side of EGL.

The structured approach of CL, already helped us to get back on track and we feel our team is fully back on track to support all clients and the network with the expected proactive and professional responses.

​2.    Said Aharchaoui, Air Product Manager

Said joined us end of last year and comes from Yusen Logistics and has a solid track record on the airfreight product and customer service side. The Amsterdam team is fully ready to support the network to handle some new business and we really need it since we lost the famous baby milk-powder business and the Chapter 11 impact of Heli One.

3.    Mischa Jeronimus, Ocean Product Manager

Mischa is working for JAS since 2014 as Operations Manager. Mischa is now tasked with the Ocean Product. The Rotterdam branch really struggled due to various consecutive staffing issues (leaving the company, sick leaves etc.), but we are happy to report that we are fully back on track and ready to make a positive difference again.

The team is excited about the improvements made and is completely ready to support all of you moving forward. So bring it on!

JAS Worldwide Launches New Website
June 10, 2017

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:

  • Look-Ahead Navigation to reduce the number of user clicks to navigate the site. JAS.com always maintains primary navigation available at all times, no matter where the visitor is on the page.
  • Mobile Responsiveness JAS.com is now easily viewable on any size device. When narrower screen sizes are sensed, a mobile navigation icon is shown in the upper right for easy access to various sections of the site.
  • Location Finder allows visitors to find JAS offices in three primary ways: a.) browse-able maps, b.) keyword search, c.) country-specific menu selection.  Location finding is available on nearly every page of JAS.com which provides address and phone numbers for all offices and JAS official agents.
  • Contact Forms are now available to site visitors to quickly reach a representative in JAS countries or industry focus areas. JAS.com contact forms uses an advanced logic in the background to route inquiries in a manner that will provide quality interaction between site visitors and JAS representatives. Note that, for security reasons, JAS Worldwide does not publish employee email addresses on its public website. The contact forms are now the best way to connect with JAS.

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.

JAS Expands to Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)
May 10, 2017
Inside LCK Office
Inside LCK Office

While other freight forwarders have recently been focusing on consolidating operations and reducing footprint, JAS has been very aggressive in developing new markets both in the USA and Worldwide while expanding their footprint. As a company, JAS still believes in developing any new markets requiring resources in the specific region dedicated to understanding the needs of our customers and community members within each region.

As it relates to the investment at Rickenbacker, JAS was presented a golden opportunity to move into a new state of the art 90,000 sq foot facility & CFS located adjacent to the runway at LCK airport. The move made sense based upon existing strategic partnerships in the Columbus region coupled with development of consistent airfreight services to and from LCK with best of class carriers such as Cargolux, Cathay Pacific & Emirates.

JAS (LCK), Inc.
2893 George Paige Jr Road-Suite 242
Columbus, OH 43217

​Since JAS has moved to Rickenbacker in January, 2017, the company has engaged the local Columbus business community and has gotten involved in many of the local associations within the area.  The reception has been positive and resources available in the region, specifically in the logistics community, have been a pleasant surprise.

In addition to growing JAS' presence locally in the region, the company is also promoting the product offerings available from LCK that separate JAS from the competition throughout the Ohio Valley corridor in areas such as MI, IN, KY, as well as western PA & NY.  LCK has allowed JAS to reduce airport dwell times from anywhere between six to 48 hours vs the standard gateway hubs.  JAS is also engaging its current portfolio of core carriers by possibly adding flights to the region as the customer reception from the use of LCK has been very positive. As the world continues to be connected globally and e-commerce changes the way consumers buy, the air cargo industry is also evolving and JAS sees the need to be faster to market in all industry sectors in order to compete.  JAS believes LCK will help provide the speed needed in specific verticals such as retail, hi-tech & automotive, which are prevalent in the Ohio valley.  The company believes this strategic move to Rickenbacker will continue to position JAS as a leader in the market driven to innovation that will ultimately benefit JAS' clients.

If you would like to get to know the team at JAS LCK please reach out to Fritz Belinga at +1 (614) 969-7777, or you can email him at frederic.belinga@jas.com.

Order Management Plays a Critical Role
May 10, 2017
Order Management Chart
Order Management Chart

As industries in the US are shifting to more “near” sourcing opportunities, companies who source from Asia are under pressure to shorten their supply chain in order to compete. Companies who were looking to shorten their lead time from Asia used to look at finding “faster” vessels with shorter transit time.  Given the environment in the market today with carriers consolidating and shifting to larger vessels, it will leave less “fast” options available in the market and require importers to look elsewhere to shorten lead times and optimize their supply chains.

In comes Order Management which is the new hyped product offering in the market.  JAS now sees Order Management not only as an operating system tool, but also as a concept. Certainly JAS highlights our Order Management tool as a resource, but before doing so we are also investing in training of the process itself first.  Then we can identify our customers who could benefit from Order Management, and in some cases we may find out that there are other adjustments to the process itself that are necessary before we even consider setting up Order Management.

In the Trans-Pacific market, the gap from the time an order is placed with a vendor in Asia to the time the order actually gets loaded on a shipment vessel can feel like a moving target to most Buyers.  Given the time difference and the language barriers, finding out what truly happens from order to sail is challenging.  This is where Corp Trade-lane’s involvement in Order Management really sets JAS apart.  JAS can collectively dive into the process, which not only helps us at JAS get to know our customer better but more importantly we can make more educated downstream improvement recommendations.

This concept has not only changed the type of conversations we are having with our customers but it is also changing how we operate internally.  There is a greater sense of collaboration today because Order Management impacts all of our departments. Now when we are engaging clients, we are doing so as a team.  Corp Trade-lane works with SCM to work through the upstream process, which in turn effects all downstream actives to where Product, Operations & Compliance have to take the ball and run with it.  It helps in not only driving alignment, but also gives our customers multiple resources from different backgrounds of expertise that they can leverage which helps everyone.

Just like with online track and trace visibility, we believe Order Management will soon become a standard menu offering for the entire freight forwarding industry.  At JAS we are not just making sure we have Order Management on the menu, but we are ensuring the ingredients going into it (people, knowledge & systems) are the best in the industry.

JAS USA Partnerships in Chile and Peru
May 10, 2017
Peru, USA, and Chile Flags Image
Peru, USA, and Chile Flags Image

Three years ago, JAS USA made an official commitment to JAS Peru and JAS Chile promoting Southbound Traffic. With ongoing efforts from two Gateways, JAS has established weekly Ocean Consols from Miami in  JAS loaded Containers, and six Air Consols from Los Angeles and Miami averaging 30 tons per week combined.

In a short time, JAS Peru and JAS Chile have become market leaders, allowing JAS better buying power with Airlines and Ocean carriers, which creates larger consolidations and more attractive pricing options. These two countries have dedicated Sales Persons for JAS USA, serving as in house, market experts.

JAS Peru currently ranks sixth amongst Freight Forwarders, with 1.2M kilos of air freight and over 450 TEUs of ocean freight. JAS Chile is showing a steady 30% growth rate the last two years with 500 tons of airfreight and over 450 TEUs of ocean freight.
Get to know Chile and Peru below!

CHILE
Population 18 million    
​ECONOMY
•    Industry: Copper, other minerals, foodstuffs, fish processing, iron and steel
•    Agriculture: Wheat, corn, grapes, beans; beef; fish; timber
•    Exports: Copper, fish, fruits, paper and pulp, chemicals

Interesting Facts
1)    Chile is the longest country in the world from north to south at 2,647 miles (4,620 km) long and extends across 38 degrees of latitude. The Andes Mountain Range extends the entire length of the country north to south.
2)    Chile has the world’s largest reserves of copper—around one-quarter of the global supply—and is the number one exporter of copper in the world. Chile also has the second largest reserve of lithium and has substantial reserves of iron, silver, salt, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, gold, coal, and iodine.
3)    Chile began to export salmon in 1984 and is now the world’s second largest exporter of salmon after Norway. Chile is also the largest exporter of fishmeal in the world.
4)    With over 100 wineries in the country, Chile is now the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world.
5)    Divorce in Chile was legalized only in 2005, and the country has one of the lowest divorce rates globally.

PERU
Population 31 million    
ECONOMY
•    Industry: Mining of metals, petroleum, fishing, textiles, clothing, food processing
•    Agriculture: Coffee, cotton, sugarcane, rice; poultry; fish
•    Exports: Fish and fish products, gold, copper, zinc, crude petroleum and byproducts

Interesting Facts
1)    60% of Peru is jungle. Most of Peru's Amazon remains unexplored, and hence has some of the best untouched rain forests anywhere in the world.
2)    The finest cottons in the world, Pima and Tanguis are Peruvian.
3)    Peru is the sixth-largest producer of gold in the world. Peru produced 162 tons of gold, worth over US$6.3 billion in 2010. Fourteen percent of Peru’s government revenue is provided by gold.
4)    Second largest asparagus producer after China and Peru exports almost its entire crop yearly.
5)    In 1885, the Coca Cola Company in Georgia began making a wine with coca leaves that was converted into a soft drink known as Coca Cola. By 1903, public outcry over the ill effects of cocaine forced the company to remove the coca leaves from its recipe for the drink, and it became more or less the soft drink millions enjoy today.

JAS Latin America Sales Meeting 2017
April 18, 2017
JAS Latin America Sales Meeting Group
JAS Latin America Sales Meeting Group

The JAS Latin America Sales Meeting took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The meeting was headed by the VP of Sales,  Manuele Mazzacurati, and was joined by all of the Sales Managers in the region.

The intense two days of activities have also seen the presence of several visitors from Corporate HQ, the Americas Region, and US top management team including John O’Connor, Stefano Redditi, Matthew Burgees, Tony Romano, and the EVP of Americas Adrian Emmenegger.

The meeting was hosted by the great team at JAS Brazil and was very successful in aligning the sales goals and strategy for 2017 in accordance with the newly born Americas Region.


It was a great time of integration, cooperation, and an incredibly motivating atmosphere; the right kick off for a year of challenging goals in an area of the world that is slowly exiting their recession.

People make the difference, now more than ever!

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