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An Inside Look at JAS Seattle

Shining a Light on the home of the first JAS USA Headquarters

By
Eugenio Fumo
August 19, 2021
Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington

This month, JAS Worldwide shines a light on JAS Seattle. As the home of the first USA corporate location, JAS Seattle holds a special place in JAS timeline. It was the location for a lot of “firsts” for the JAS USA family.  

The JAS Seattle team previously oversaw the Anchorage, AK operating branch until 1996. It also was where JAS’ Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) license resided and where the first Director of Ocean Services was based.  

Located in Kent, Washington, JAS Seattle is strategically placed just east of the airport and halfway between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. It includes a 30,000 square foot fully racked warehouse. Its location and on-site storage capacity allow the JAS Seattle team the opportunity to work with a diverse cargo base. Among the products transported:

  • Aircraft parts
  • Brakes
  • Carbon fiber
  • Explosives
  • Expresso machines
  • Probiotics
  • Raw materials
  • Snowboards
  • Toys and games
  • Water skis

The JAS Seattle staff are experts at handling detailed export projects. Currently, they are working in partnership with an industry leader in cooling systems slated for installation in a facility currently under construction in Ireland. The flawless execution of this project has supported JAS Seattle in winning the bid for another facility that soon begins construction in Singapore. It is slated for a two-year construction timeframe and consists of approximately 1,200-gauge flat racks.  

“Seattle Branch Manager Margaret Nieuwhof’s expertise and in-depth knowledge of the local Seattle market and surrounding areas has allowed JAS to capitalize on many excellent opportunities,” said JAS CEO Eugenio Fumo. “She is celebrating her 15th year with JAS and is responsible for growing and leading the Seattle team. A strong and commercially driven branch manager, much of JAS’s growth is attributed to her direct selling approach and awareness of the Seattle market.” Thanks to Margaret, Eugenio said the Seattle team is known for its innovation. The team takes advantage of many transloading opportunities to avoid the rail delays plaguing the Western United States and to expedite customers’ urgent shipments.

Operations Manager Stephanie Jester is another JAS veteran. She began her career with JAS Dallas in 2010, transferring to Seattle in 2017. “She is an employee who continues to make the difference, reflected by her receiving the Circle of Excellence Award for 2020. Stephanie is a true leader who displays daily an admirable level of commitment through her work ethic,” Eugenio said.  

Today, JAS Seattle is a major gateway to many markets. One of JAS’ future goals is launching DCC boxes from the APAC region – with the expectation this additional service will provide JAS USA with a two-pronged approach into the US – to avoid congestion in the California ports. This new approach also will allow for streamlined services through the Pacific Northwest and Canada, producing a focused product for customers with unique requirements. Additionally, it will become extremely valuable in supporting the advancements and developments taking place within many of JAS Worldwide’s verticals, including Automotive.  

“JAS Seattle’s team is expanding with the addition of our Tigers colleagues, who already have a rather impressive setup in Tacoma,” said Eugenio. “I look forward to learning more about Tigers and discovering how we can expand our presence in the Seattle market.”  

Congratulations JAS Seattle. Our dedicated people in Seattle make the difference!

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Short sea shipping provides great environmental, social, and economic advantages and plays a key role in sustainable shipping.

Over time, the volume of goods being transported on European roads has steadily increased, leading to congested roads, delays, and unnecessary costs. As shippers look to avoid these issues, many are considering short sea shipping as a viable solution.

What is short sea shipping?

Short sea shipping is essentially container movement within Europe, but with a short time on the sea. Short sea shipping is an excellent alternative to road freight. However, it is not a matter of dismantling road transport. It is about environmentally smart alternatives that improve existing supply chains.

What are the advantages of short sea shipping?

  • Increased Reliability: One significant benefit of short sea shipping is that shippers receive goods in a reliable, consistent, and timely manner. Unlike road transport, which is prone to delays and irregular logistics flow due to congestion, short sea shipping allows for scheduled departures and arrivals.
  • A Sustainable Choice: Short sea shipping provides great environmental, social, and economic advantages and plays a vital role in sustainable shipping. Moving a significant volume of goods from road freight to short sea will positively impact road congestion, road safety, and noise levels. One feeder vessel carries the equivalent of 500 truckloads. Compared to using trucks only, this solution provides increased both in terms of cost and CO2 emissions.
  • Buy What You Need: The size of a container often determines the quantity purchased, but it is important to buy and transport only what is needed. A short sea solution enables shippers to avoid producing excess merchandise with no demand and risks being destroyed. Short sea shipping affords the opportunity to book smaller quantities resulting in fewer containers being utilized.
  • Cost-Efficient Alternative: Sea freight rates are considerably lower than road freight rates, especially when transporting larger freight volumes and heavier cargo. Transitioning from road freight to short sea allows shippers to circumvent the high freight rates associated with road transport. In the long term, moving large volumes to short sea and away from the roads of Europe would help restore the capacity imbalance in road freight and eventually remove lack-of-capacity surcharges.

For more information about short sea shipping solutions, contact your local sales representative.

Jordy Romeijn, Pharma & Healthcare Customer Experience Director

JAS Worldwide EMEA is pleased to announce the appointment of Jordy Romeijn to the position of  EMEA Pharma & Healthcare Customer Experience Director as of 09 May 2022. Working in this pivotal role from his home base in the Netherlands, together with the region’s Pharma & Healthcare teams Jordy will champion customer experience and operational excellence for the region.  

Jordy has more than 20 years’ experience in the logistics industry, starting when he was just 15 years old, and has hands-on experience in nearly every aspect of freight forwarding, “from warehouse to sales and everything in between.” He joined JAS in  Rotterdam in 2007, and was quickly promoted to Branch Manager. After guiding them through significant growth, in 2017 Jordy relocated to the USA to manage the JAS Chicago branch, which at the time was “fairly small” in the JAS organization. Fast forward five years, under Jordy’s leadership the JAS Chicago branch is now the largest in the US, handling multiple own freighters per week and preparing for the grand opening of a new state-of -the-art 80,000 square foot pharma and healthcare logistics facility in summer 2022.

Of his appointment, Jordy says: “During my years working with JAS I have witnessed the company continuously grow and develop itself – JAS today is vastly different then JAS 16 years ago. My long tenure and experience on both sides of the Atlantic will allow me to contribute toward growing the Pharma & Healthcare vertical, and I am truly looking forward to this exciting new opportunity.”

JAS is delighted to welcome Jordy to this new position and is confident he will play a key role in upholding and continuously improving the service quality provided to our valued clients as we continue to invest in the pharma and healthcare logistics industry.

From left to right: Bjoern Morzineck (Branch Manager), Ellen Rackow (Import Specialist), Isa Melchert (Operations Manager), Danilo Loewe (Business Development Manager).

In line with its current growth strategy, JAS Germany is pleased to announce the opening of its newest branch in Dresden (DRS).

JAS’ established presence throughout Germany, and now in Dresden emphasizes, its commitment to growth while still providing best-in-class service as the global and local freight forwarder of choice.

The newest branch, which began operations on May 2, will provide clients with a full range of air and ocean services as the team works to respond to the needs of the marketplace.

In addition, to the Dresden location, JAS Germany has thirteen additional fully operating strategically located throughout Germany.

About JAS Germany

JAS Germany, headquartered in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, has been present in Germany for more than 40 years. In addition to the global air and sea freight services, handled by a global "one file" IT solution, JAS Germany offers comprehensive solutions such as 3PL service, own warehouse services, and customs clearance services

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