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JAS India Celebrates Grand Opening of New Office in Pune
June 28, 2023
JAS India celebrated the successful Grand Opening of its new office in Pune on June 2nd, 2023.
JAS India celebrated the successful Grand Opening of its new office in Pune on June 2nd, 2023.

JAS India is thrilled to announce the successful Grand Opening of its new facility in Pune on June 2nd, 2023. This milestone marks the establishment of Pune as an independent branch which is an integral part of the West India Region. Additionally, it further expand its footprint while reinforcing its commitment to be in front of its customers and provide exceptional services.


The Grand Opening ceremony was a momentous occasion for JAS India, as it brought together both customers and JAS colleagues from across the Western Region. They were also joined by Stefano Olmi, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific, who performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony, symbolizing the official inauguration of the new office.


"We are immensely proud to inaugurate our brand-new facility in Pune," said Sonal Singhal, Managing Director of JAS India. "This expansion signifies a significant milestone in JAS India's growth journey, and we are grateful to our customers and colleagues who have played a vital role in making this possible."


Looking ahead, the team is confident that the new office will further strengthen its position as a leading logistics provider in the market. With a focus on continuous improvement and customer-centricity, JAS India will continue to invest in its people, processes, and technology to deliver innovative solutions that exceed expectations.

JAS Hong Kong Receives 2023 HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Award
June 22, 2023
JAS Hong Kong team members attend awards ceremony.
JAS Hong Kong team members attend awards ceremony.

JAS Hong Kong is delighted to share that it has been honored with the prestigious 2023 HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia award. This recognition is a testament to the great teamwork and unwavering effort demonstrated by our exceptional team, highlighting our commitment to fostering an exceptional working environment.


The HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Awards is a highly regarded program that acknowledges organizations identified by their employees as Asia's employers of choice. It celebrates companies with outstanding HR practices, employee engagement, and excellent workplace cultures. This award attracts applications from diverse companies across Asia, including Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and government-linked organizations.


Commenting on this achievement, Marco Civardi, CEO of JAS China, emphasized the pivotal role played by people within the organization: "People Make the Difference—at JAS, people are the driving force behind our growth, success, and the creation of a better working world. That's why we are committed to building safe, diverse, and inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive."


While JAS Hong Kong takes great pride in this recognition, it understands that the journey toward creating an exceptional working environment is an ongoing endeavor. With an unwavering dedication to excellence, the team remains committed to continuously striving to improve the work experience and the fulfillment of all its employees.

The Future of the Automotive Industry: How JAS Can Help
June 7, 2023
The automotive sector is experiencing an era of remarkable transformation. This shift is being propelled by the surge in electric vehicles (EVs), the growing demand for ride-hailing and car sharing services, and the increasing emphasis on sustainability.
The automotive sector is experiencing an era of remarkable transformation. This shift is being propelled by the surge in electric vehicles (EVs), the growing demand for ride-hailing and car sharing services, and the increasing emphasis on sustainability.

The automotive industry is undergoing an era of transformation. Unprecedented changes are occurring as the use electric vehicles (EVs) grows, ride-hailing services and car sharing soar in popularity, and the emphasis on sustainability grows stronger.

These changes are putting pressure on automotive manufacturers and suppliers to reduce costs and improve efficiency. In order to come out ahead, companies need to be able to adapt to these changes and find new ways to operate.

Key Points from Recent Automotive Trends

Recent articles from major automotive players highlight the challenges facing the automotive industry. These challenges include:

  • The rise of EVs: The rise of EVs is putting pressure on traditional automakers to invest in new technologies and manufacturing processes.
  • The increasing popularity of ride-hailing and car sharing: The increasing popularity of ride-hailing and car sharing services is reducing the demand for personal vehicles.
  • The growing focus on sustainability: The growing focus on sustainability is putting pressure on automakers to reduce their environmental impact.

These challenges are forcing automakers to rethink their business models and operations. In order to come out ahead, automakers need to be able to adapt to these changes and find new ways to operate.

How JAS Can Help

JAS can help automakers and suppliers navigate these challenges in a number of ways, including:

  • Reducing costs: JAS can help automotive manufacturers and suppliers reduce costs by providing efficient and cost-effective transportation solutions. Leveraging its extensive global network of partners and resources, JAS empowers automotive manufacturers and suppliers to efficiently transport parts and components.
  • Improving efficiency: JAS can help automotive manufacturers and suppliers improve efficiency by providing warehousing and logistics solutions. JAS has a network of secure warehouses around the world that can store parts and components until they are needed. JAS can also help companies manage their inventory and optimize their supply chains.
  • Meeting sustainability goals: JAS can help automotive manufacturers and suppliers meet sustainability goals by providing sustainable transportation and green logistics solutions. JAS has a number of initiatives in place to reduce its environmental impact, and can help its clients do the same.

Together, we can drive success in the changing automotive industry!

JAS Projects Establishes Committee to Meet Demands of Global Growth
May 31, 2023
Pictured from left to right: Philipp Weidlich, Farhan Khawaja, Thorsten Mock, Thorsten Grams, Leo Wu, Boris Ruediger.
Pictured from left to right: Philipp Weidlich, Farhan Khawaja, Thorsten Mock, Thorsten Grams, Leo Wu, Boris Ruediger.

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.

JAS Worldwide Unveils New Contract Logistics Super Hub to Further Accelerate Growth in Omnichannel Distribution
May 26, 2023
The JAS team gathers for the grand opening of the Memphis Super Hub.
The JAS team gathers for the grand opening of the Memphis Super Hub.

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."

JAS Worldwide Welcomes Ralf Steiner as VP of Global Trade Lane Management
May 17, 2023
Ralf Steiner, VP of Global Trade Lane Management
Ralf Steiner, VP of Global Trade Lane Management

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 Worldwide and Bruni Foundation Successfully Provide Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
May 15, 2023
The third shipment of humanitarian assistance from JAS and the Bruni Foundation reached Ukraine where it is being distributed.
The third shipment of humanitarian assistance from JAS and the Bruni Foundation reached Ukraine where it is being distributed.

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.

JAS Sweden Team Members Share Tips for Handling Dangerous Goods Shipments
May 11, 2023
Left: Caroline Söderholm Right: Christina Jopengrip
Left: Caroline Söderholm Right: Christina Jopengrip

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 After Hours Proves to be a Successful Platform for Building Business Connections
May 11, 2023
JAS Worldwide recently hosted its JAS After Hours event following the Transport Logistic trade show on May 11.
JAS Worldwide recently hosted its JAS After Hours event following the Transport Logistic trade show on May 11.

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."

JAS Worldwide Expands to Drive Ocean Freight Consolidation Services
May 8, 2023
Peter Sinka, Vice President, Global Head of LCL
Peter Sinka, Vice President, Global Head of LCL

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.

JAS Team Members Take Action for the Planet
April 28, 2023
JAS Team Members Across the Globe Take Action for a More Sustainable Future.
JAS Team Members Across the Globe Take Action for a More Sustainable Future.

JAS is committed to a sustainable future, and as part of this commitment, JAS team members all across the globe participated in local sustainability initiatives. As part of our Earth Day initiative employees were encouraged to take action and make a positive impact in their communities.  

In Mexico, team members spearheaded a recycling initiative in partnership with ECOCE, collecting PET bottles and cans. The recycled materials were exchanged for an electronic voucher, which was donated to a local public institution in exchange for food that could be distributed to the community. Similarly, in Guangzhou, China, JAS held a clothing recycling collection to reduce their environmental impact.

JAS team members and their families also participated in coastal clean-up events across the globe, collecting hundreds of kilograms of plastic debris, litter, and other waste. By preventing these materials from polluting oceans, rivers, and lakes, the team is helping to preserve animal life and the beauty of our planet. For example, in Qingdao, China, over 20 team members cleaned up 16,000 square meters of public space and removed 20 kgs of garbage.

Andrea Goeman, SVP of Sustainability at JAS, emphasized JAS’ proactive approach to sustainability and its dedication to environmental initiatives. "We believe in taking a proactive and approach to sustainability and creating a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. This Earth Day, we are proud of everyone’s efforts to create a sustainable future for all," she said.

These global initiatives are just a few examples of JAS' commitment to sustainability and our efforts to make a positive difference in their communities. Together we are creating a greener and cleaner tomorrow!

JAS Italy Sends Additional Aid to Ukraine
April 6, 2023
JAS truck carries humanitarian aid bound for Ukraine.
JAS truck carries humanitarian aid bound for Ukraine.

As the conflict in Ukraine enters into its second year, the humanitarian needs remain as many people struggle to find basic necessities such as food and medical care.

In response to these needs, JAS Worldwide and the Bruni Foundation "Charity Across Borders" have come forward to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. JAS has helped provide humanitarian relief to those in the greatest need since the start of the conflict, sending its first shipment of relief items in March 2022 and a second in May 2022. With the help of individual contributions, the team has now sent its third shipment of humanitarian assistance to Odesa, Ukraine.

The latest shipment contains essential items such as food, medical supplies, and other necessities that can help those in need. The aid will arrive just in time for the Orthodox Easter, a holiday that holds significant importance for many Ukrainian families.

The compassionate response of our team members over the past year reflects the company's commitment to the global community and the fact that at JAS, people really do make the difference.

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