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Since the beginning of the first Covid-19 wave, freight forwarders in the Netherlands faced issues with finding space within limited flights capacities from and to Amsterdam. JAS Amsterdam dedicated themselves to be flexible and creative to find the best solutions for their clients. Utilizing our extended JAS network and with the help of other offices in Europe like JAS Frankfurt, have arranged a weekly charter to provide our clients with the service they required throughout these difficult times.
One of our clients, Aviagen Limited, for whom JAS AMS builds specialty aircraft pallets containing day-old chicks, had a peak in shipments during the first half of the year. During that period, JAS Amsterdam handled more than 10,000 boxes and over 700,000-day-old chicks. All served with options through the BENELUX region.
This peak was almost parallel with the peak of Covid-19. The JAS Amsterdam team faced two major challenges. First, to find the required space, and second, to travel within the region while the travel restrictions were the strictest. Negotiations were taking place on a continuous basis with all airlines that are able to handle life animals such as day-old chicks.
In the middle of the restrictions in March, JAS had our first shipment for this peak from Belgium, Liege airport. JAS AMS went with a team to build up the ULD’s with one purpose, to deliver this shipment safely, and in time.
A couple of days later, the JAS team had to head to the south of the Netherlands for a full charter flight from Maastricht (MST), The Netherlands to Abidjan (ABJ), Côte d’Ivoire. This flight contained 7 ULD positions that were built into a Boeing 737F. 749 boxes and over 50.000 chicks. Which was again, safely delivered to the client.
This marked the beginning of a successful period, in which the JAS team made the impossible possible, and went above and beyond to fulfil our responsibility to our client. Today we continue these efforts through a wave of the avian influenza affecting the region and through the second wave of the pandemic. Nevertheless, we will continue providing the support and dedication our clients require. At JAS, people make the difference!
JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce that, effective 20 March 2023, Vishal Bedi, a seasoned technology and business process leader with over 25 years of experience, has been appointed Chief Information Officer. Bedi will report directly to JAS Global President & CEO Marco Rebuffi.
Bedi's impressive background includes various technology leadership roles. Before joining JAS, he was CIO & Head of BPO at DHL Global Forwarding Americas, where he led significant transformation digital initiatives focused on operational efficiencies, automation, and enhancing the customer experience. While at Ernst & Young Management Consulting, Bedi drove large systems implementations for several major organizations improving organizational performance, driving growth, and establishing market leadership.
"We are delighted to welcome Vishal Bedi to the JAS team," said Rebuffi. "His extensive background will strengthen our commitment to deliver even more innovative customer-centric solutions, enhancing our already industry-leading logistics services."
JAS has a long history of setting new standards of excellence in the industry. Seven years ago, the company pioneered enterprise-wide management systems that have helped global customers run their supply chains more efficiently. Now, in the post-pandemic world, JAS is once again reimagining how to better equip its customers, employees, and partners with human-centric information technology. This new appointment is just one more way that JAS is working to stay ahead of the curve and cement its position as an industry leader.
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 Belgium is leading the way in sustainable logistics. With over fifteen applicants, JAS was one of three forwarders to be awarded the GOLD award for sustainable development.
The Belgium Freight Forwarding Association, ‘Forward Belgium’ created the award in 2021. It is based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN). The goals focus on economic, social and environmental development and the 17 SDGs are divided into categories of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership.
JAS is excited to have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability across 10 of these areas and the Gold award recognizes that JAS Belgium is an excellent example of sustainable logistics. As a leader in worldwide logistics, JAS is proud to receive the ‘FORWARD GOALS. For sustainable development GOLD’ award and of all the team members who worked to achieve these goals.
Throughout March, in honor of International Women's Day (March 8), we are celebrating some of the remarkable women at JAS. Today, we are honored to highlight Andrea Goeman, SVP Sustainability at JAS Worldwide.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would advise my younger self to believe in yourself and be confident: Don’t let others opinions define who you are. Take them into consideration, make some adjustments and go for it.
How have female mentors/role models influenced your career?
I was lucky to work with amazing male and female colleagues in all stages of my career and believe that a respectful and open-minded work environment inspired me most. The book of former PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi “My Life in Full, Work, Familiy and our Future” is a great read about how purposeful leadership can drive corporate transformation forward.” Working with many inspiring women at JAS, I am already impressed by the openness and diversity of our organization; and the results we can achieve together.
What achievement are you most proud of while working at JAS?
Leading sustainability at JAS allows me to work with logistics experts from different cultures, regions and functions. In my first months, I experienced great commitment, work ethics and openness to new ideas, from our frontline workers to the management board. People really make the difference - I am proud to be part of the team.
How do you #EmbraceEquity?
Embracing Equity is not a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion are driving both my personal and professional life. I am personally convinced that diverse teams perform better and bring value and growth to every company.
In your opinion, why is it important that more women pursue careers in the industry in the future?
The right time for women to pursue a career in logistics is now: With the growing importance of supply chain management, our sector is driving growth, innovations and sustainability transformation forward. Opportunities in the industry will continue to grow: The demand for analytical thinkers and innovative problem-solvers in freight forwarding is rising.