► OTS Logistics Group announces major acquisition

► Vanguard Logistics strengthens focus on corporate development

► Global Resource Center nears completion ahead of schedule

Belden outsources supply-chain management to Vanguard

Chairman announces birth of charity foundation

► OTS Logistics Group supports Australian heritage with fundraiser

►Vanguard Logistics New Zealand creates new customer convenience

►Vanguard Australia lights confidence of BAT

 

Direct Container Line agent to open logistics center in Beirut
▪ NACA USA appoints manager to head Gulf operations

Vanguard builds domestic network with IPI services, boosts import service
Direct Container Line releases faster services to Japan
 

OTS Logistics Group announces major acquisition with eye on China

Global ocean freight powerhouse acquires the business of leading ocean freight consolidator Ocean World Shipping in Hong Kong; will gain access to largest network of neutral freight consolidation in China.

OTS Logistics Group (OTS LG) announced it had completed the acquisition of the assets and business of Ocean World Shipping (OWS) in Hong Kong. Ocean World Shipping is a pre-eminent consolidator of ocean freight services with a network servicing eight locations in China and is the leading provider of neutral consolidation services in that country. The acquisition of the business also gives OTS LG access to the network in China.
 


Left to Right, Thomas Tong of OWS, Owen Glenn Chairman of OTS Logistics Group and Andy Lee of OWS at signing ceremony.
 

“This is a vital progression in the global system of logistics services that we are stitching together”, Mr. Owen Glenn, Chairman of OTS Logistics Group said. “The acquisition will add over 1 million cubic meters of LCL freight to our network. The significance of this volume is the economy of scale that we will now be able to offer our customers that is unmatched in the market place”. Mr Glenn has stated recently that the group has a revenue target of USD 1 billion in the next few years. “Of course this acquisition helps us to get closer to that goal but the key point is that we now have a network of leading players that links two of the most dynamic economies in the world today – China and the USA. We can add substantial value to shippers and consignees on either side and make the supply chain so much more efficient. We have now put in place one of the largest networks of point-to-point services, including pre-carriage, ocean freight and destination services, in the world.”

OTS LG plans to bring the service methods and technology that has made its own offices and agents so successful, particularly in the USA, to the locations currently serviced by OWS.

“We were particularly attracted to the processes and systems that have made the OTS Logistics Group a leading global player in deciding that this transaction made sense for our customers”, Mr Thomas Tong, President of OWS, said. “Collaborative technologies are vital to success in todays logistics game. Even though many companies talk about linking systems together, very few succeed. OTS Logistics Group offered us a vision of shared systems that was very attractive to our own growth plans.”

The group plans to keep the OWS brand operational. “The OWS brand is successful in the market place. Our systems already accommodate multiple brands and we have a history of leveraging brand loyalty into back-office efficiency”, Mr. Michael Dye, CEO of OTS Logistics Group for the Asia Pacific, said. “Look at our other brands – Brennan, Conterm, Direct Container Line and Vanguard. DCL has a 27-year history while Vanguard is a relatively new brand and yet we are able to successfully share back-office systems. We know how to keep brands distinct and will continue to let OWS customers experience the unique service and customer satisfaction that they are used to.”
Management of both OTS Logistics Group, which is represented in Hong Kong by Vanguard Logistics and the acquired business of Ocean World Shipping (OWS) will continue to play key roles in the new merged business.


Gold confetti flies as OTS Logistics Group and OWS celebrate the acquisition on the evening of the signing.

OTS Logistics Group recently announced that its subsidiary, Vanguard Logistics, had acquired a Class A license in Zhuhai, China and that group level senior management would now be located in Hong Kong. Zhuhai is a focal point for the group – a substantial investment is planned there in the form of a Global Resource Center that will provide support facilities for its global network. The company will continue to pursue acquisition opportunities in Asia and elsewhere.

Vanguard Logistics strengthens focus on corporate development

 

anguard Logistics Australia, a member  of the OTS Logistics Group, announced the newly created position of General Manager of Corporate Development in the South Pacific. Vince Argenzio, who was the Regional Vice President for NACA Logistics (USA) Inc., which represents OTS Logistics Group in the United States, has taken the position. Argenzio’s new role will place a higher level of seniority on-site by elevating corporate support based in the Melbourne office.

Chairman of the OTS Logistics Group, Owen Glenn, further explained the significance of the position and the direction the company is taking, “Moving Vince Argenzio into the corporate development function will add the high-level resources we need to support our corporate clients. His task is to provide the focus in servicing the needs of larger customers who have complicated needs and whose requirements don’t fall into our regular service offerings, regardless of how high the quality of that service is. These customers need personal attention from us in putting together customized service offerings, whether these relate to points of service, types of value-added services, exception management or special reporting. Typical customers that fall into this category will have cargo from and to many different points in the world, will need customized solutions and typically will be supporting optimized supply chains for their own clients – which means that reliability of service is paramount to their needs. Vince will help develop these customized solutions and ensure that our global organization supports them”.

Argenzio’s new responsibilities comprise a wide range of functions for the organization; however, his first objective will be furthering the development of the region.

 


“This position is about giving more corporate support and presence to the office. Melbourne is a very large office and it warrants a more concentrated focus,” explained Argenzio, “ Mostly, it is an exciting change because the development will, naturally, further growth for all regions.”

An Australian citizen, Argenzio originally came to the United States with AFS and has been stationed with the NACA Logistics (USA) Inc. Los Angeles office since the company acquired assets of AFS in 2000.

“It has been a terrific experience at this post and I will certainly miss the friendships I have made here and keep contact, but it is time to return and I am ready for this position,” commented Argenzio.

 

 

 

Global Resource Center nears completion ahead of schedule

he OTS Logistics Group has announced it will soon open the doors to the company’s Global Resource Center (GRC) in Zhuhai, China. The center will operate with over 120 staff members, which will mainly be dedicated to database management to support offices worldwide.

Haydn O’Brien, Senior Vice President Global Operations, who will manage the operations of the GRC noted how quickly development of the GRC has accelerated. The construction was completed ahead of schedule, May 6.

“Progress has been excellent and we expect to have a fully operational center by mid June. I am pleased with how quickly we were able to get all details in order. The paper work was really our only challenge which is an amazing feat for a project of this size,” said O’Brien.



Haydn O'Brien, Senior Vice President Global Operations, stands in the newly completed conference room in the Global Resource Center.

Chairman of the OTS Logistics Group recently met with O’Brien, Biju Kewalram, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific Michael J Dye, Regional Managing Director of East Asia Michael Tsui and Regional Managing Director

 of South Asia Gordon Tsang, Regional Chief Financial Officer for East Asia to finalize plans for the centers launch.


(Left to Right) Michael J Dye, Biju Kewalram , Michael Tsui,Owen Glenn, Cordon Tsang and Haydn O'Brien gather after just arriving for a meeting in China.
 

Director of Technical Services Michael Gomez left in late May to set up the local IT infrastructure and will connect the GRC to the existing Global network.


View from the top of the GRC looks across the Southern Software Park and into Zhuhai, China.

Belden International outsources supply-chain management to Vanguard Logistics

anguard Logistics Services accepted appointment by Belden International Inc., Singapore subsidiary of Belden CDT (NYSE: BDC) a leading manufacturer of data networking and connectivity products with global revenues in excess of USD 1 billion, to manage the company’s inventory operations in Singapore. Vanguard will extend its current handling of Belden’s inbound freight to also handle warehousing of the cargo, pick and pack operations and receiving and filling Belden's orders to its customers on a daily basis.

 


Left Catherine Soo, Business Manger for Belden International Inc. signs the agreement for the new arrangement with Roy Chew, Regional Managing Director of South Asia for Vanguard Logistics, which is a member of the OTS Logistics Group.

Belden International Inc. decided to pass management of these functions on to Vanguard after a steady 10-year business relationship. To accommodate the goods it will handle for Belden, Vanguard signed a lease for a new 11,500 square-foot warehouse that can house 2,000 pallets.

 
From left to right, Roy Chew Regional Managing Director for Vanguard Logistics South Asia, Catherine Soo, Business Manager for Belden International, Adeline Ho, General Manager for Vanguard Singapore and Andrew Kum of Belden International Inc.

“I am pleased that we were able to get everything underway so quickly," said Roy Chew, Regional Managing Director for Vanguard Logistics in South Asia, "The arrangements for the warehouse are in place and our staff are experienced professionals trained to support the scope of logistics services that Belden will require.”

 

 

 

 

Chairman announces birth of charity  foundation

Chairman creates a foundation to aid underprivileged areas with financial support.

Chairman of the OTS Logistics Group, Owen Glenn, announced the development of the Glenn Family Foundation, a charity organization focused on helping improve the quality of life at an individual level.

The Glenn Family Foundation’s first project was to help Anandapally Village, located just outside Calcutta where Glenn was born. Glenn traveled with Foundation representatives to assess the needs of the region. After speaking with local education and church figures, the group concluded it was important to begin by improving shelter in the village.


Owen Glenn stands with Sister Cynthia, head of the Anandapally Church, inside the church in Anandapally Village.

The first phase of the plan was to reinforce buildings to withstand monsoon season. The Foundation then

moved to help raise the economic stability of the village by aiding residents in starting a sewing business. The Foundation will fund the construction of a building to house sewing machines and donate fabric and thread for families to set the business in motion. Sister Cynthia, who heads the church in Anandapally Village, played an integral part in guiding the Glenn Family Foundation in determining the needs of the village. The Foundation has already gone through with several projects and a hand full more are in progress.


A group of school children gather outside of Carmal High School for girls, in Anandapally Village.

The Foundation also announced a $12,000 donation to construct a community center in “Picnic Garden”, in the eastern outskirts of Calcutta. The Foundation accepted the proposal for the center by Father Elias D'Mello, Parish Priest of a church in Calcutta where Glenn participated as an alter boy.

“I grew up in Park Street, just south of Park Circus. It is pleasing to note the Picnic Garden location is close,” Glenn told Father D'Mello.

OTS Logistics Group supports Australian heritage with fundraiser

hairman of the OTS Logistics Group Owen Glenn attended a Black Tie and Pearls Dinner with sailing legend Dennis Connor on May 17. The memorable evening was in aid of the Sydney Heritage Fleet, which is a non-profit organization that cares for 11 historical vessels. The Fleet receives no government funding and relies solely on its charter and display activities and donations. For this reason Mr. Glenn agreed for OTS Logistics Group to be the main sponsor for the event.

Owen Glenn dances with his mother, Decima, at the fundraiser held May 17, 2005.

Mr. Glenn said he actively supports many charitable causes and conservation initiatives as he sees philanthropy as an invaluable and fulfilling social obligation.

Mr. Glenn's  decision to  sponsor  the Heritage  Fleet in

Sydney, where he now resides, is best described in the Fleet's Mission Statement, 'To build and maintain an internationally recognized centre of excellence in maritime heritage for Australians by presenting through research, acquisition, conservation, restoration and operation our continuing maritime history.'

 
From left to right, Dennis Connor, Owen Glenn and Alan Bond stand behind the scenes during the event.

Other top Australian celebrities who attended included Alan Bond, Colin Beashel, John Eales, Ian Kiernan, Nick Farr-Jones and Iain Murray. The KJ Allstars Swing Orchestra provided the entertainment for the evening with swing classics from the likes of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Glenn Miller. The evening was a successful in aiding a well deserving cause.

The evening raised funds for the Fleet through silent and live auctions. Some of the silent items were artworks by Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy and David Boyd whereas the live auction included a Captains Dinner on the James Craig, a corporate sailing day, a signed America's Cup shirt, Autore South Sea Pearls and even an Alfa Romeo. A raffle was also held to raise money. The winner received a KIA Rio plus an all expenses paid six-night stay on board the 112-foot luxury motor yacht Ubiquitous. This alone raised just over USD 15,116.20 (AUD 20,000).

 
Vanguard Logistics New Zealand creates inventive convenience to speed booking process

anguard Logistics Services (VLS) New Zealand created a new tool, which won the group a one-month trial to gain all Pacific Island exports from Australia’s largest provider of scientific instruments and consumables, Biolab.

“Biolab exports in excess of 400 consignments a year to the Greater Pacific region so gaining this trial is a huge complement,” said Nigel Black who oversees retail sales for Vanguard in Auckland.

To save Biolab time in obtaining pricing information, the Vanguard Customer Service team designed a Freight Calculator in Excel at the suggestion of Pat Munoz, General Manager of VLS New Zealand. Prior to the Freight Calculator, Biolab had to email an order through to their forwarder and then waited for a freight quotation before quoting their own client and seeking a booking confirmation.

This calculator provides Biolab with an accurate price

for service from Auckland to airport or wharf destinations by entering the weight of the consignment for airfreight or cubic measurement for seafreight.
 

The calculator was designed in Excel so it could be easily used by anyone. Biolab now quickly determines the freight cost on the Freight Calculator and sends a booking request to Vanguard New Zealand.

"We know that to provide the best possible customer service, a company must save the client time. This new tool will speed up the process an incredible amount,” Black added.

Vanguard Australia lights confidence of British American Tobacco

Vanguard Logistics earns business from British American Tobacco, one of the largest international tobacco groups.

British American Tobacco (BAT) chose Vanguard as the sole handler for all BAT customs clearance requirements in Australia and New Zealand, which provides anywhere between 400 to 1500 jobs. Vanguard will also handle BAT’s exports from both countries.

“We are delighted BAT chose to use our services. Our team has worked to raise the value of our services even further for BAT and so we set up new solutions to optimize BATs operations,” said Managing Director South Pacific, Zeljko Blazic.

The exports amount to approximately 500 teu per year

from Australia to Asia and the Pacific Islands, as well as 250 teu per year from New Zealand to the Pacific Islands. There is also significant airfreight and less than containerload (LCL) volume from both origins to worldwide destinations.

Vanguard Australia has completed its first month of service implementation. Michael Rowland Smith, General Manager for Pacific Islands & Agencies, and staff have recently been working in BAT's Sydney offices setting procedures and systems. Vanguard has developed the tools to perform an in-house forwarding and consulting role for BAT. This will also enable Vanguard to get involved in BAT’s large import volume of tobacco and paper in the future, all of which is currently bought on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) terms.


DCL agent, BCC, to open new logistics center in Beirut

Direct Container Line (DCL) agent will open a logistics center centrally located between Europe and the Middle East.

DCL’s agent in Lebanon, Beirut Cargo Center (BCC) will move to a new  logistics facility that will become operational by January 2006. BCC has already started the construction of a bonded warehouse of 5,000 square meters inside the free trade zone in the port of Beirut.

“Industrial and commercial enterprises are already operating in the port, and recently freight forwarding and logistics companies received legal permissions that allow them to operate within the free zone area,” said Charbel Abou Dib, Commercial Manager for Beirut Cargo Center.

Abou Dib explained the new facility will be equipped with an open storage yard, a temperature controlled area, automated processes and 24-hour surveillance with closed circuit cameras. The office is able to process free zone customs importation and provide

stock control, inventory management services.

The objective behind the Beirut port free zone is to re-launch and consolidate the role of the Lebanese market in the region as the gateway of Europe and the USA to the Middle East, and Levant countries, which encompasses Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Cyprus.

“This should further help the economic development of the country on all levels,” Abou Dib commented.

The port of Beirut is situated midway between Europe and the Gulf countries. According to Abou Dib, it takes more than 24 days for a container to travel from any major European Port to Dubai and it takes around 10 days for the same container to reach Beirut. As for the US ports, transit time to Beirut is 25 to 30 days while it is 45 to 50 days to Dubai.

“DCL has maintained an excellent partnership with BCC. I was impressed with the plans for the center during my recent visit to Beirut,” said Michael Sinclair, CEO of the Americas, Europe and Africa.

NACA USA appoints manager to head Gulf operations
The regions new manager has set goals to augment the regions operations

NACA announced the appointment of a new Operations Officer for the Gulf region. Monica Hamilton will step into this position, which is based in the Houston office.

Hamilton started with NACA Logistics (USA) Inc. in 1997 in the export department. She was quickly promoted through both Traffic and Customer Service departments. Hamilton also gained experience as a sales representative where she got a more in-depth sense of the company’s customers. Hamilton said she loves interacting with clients.

“I want to get out and see customers and work to gain trust and respect for Houston,” said Hamilton, “So many positive things have already taken place this year and we are ready to build on them.”

In her new capacity, Hamilton will be responsible for all operational aspects in the Gulf region, including the New Orleans and Dallas receiving terminals said Tim Tudor, Vice President for the southern region. There are a total of 18 staff in Customer Service, Traffic and Documentation in the Houston office.

“I chose Monica because she is well rounded in all areas of our industry and I am confident her complete experience in all areas will make her successful in her new position,” said Tudor.

Hamilton already has set goals for building on the office’s strong operations. She says her first goal will be to cut costs on some of the stop-offs by routing through rail. Hamilton will also make customer service a priority to ensure customers are fully aware of anything that occurs with their shipments.

“I have worked in every department in the office so I am able to teach others and empathize with the problems they may experience,” said Hamilton, “I can sit at anyone's desk and work their desk as if it were my own. There is no better way to earn respect and create a teamwork environment than for my group to see that I care about their workload and their concerns.

Vanguard Logistics builds domestic network with IPI services

Vanguard Logistics broadens reach with new IPI services. The New York CFS now offers twice-weekly Inland Points Intermodal (IPI) service to Canada plus another IPI service to Atlanta.

Vanguard Logistics New York new twice-weekly IPI services Montreal and Toronto in Canada. The service is the first twice-weekly offering from any neutral CFS (Container Freight Station) warehouse operator making Vanguard New York’s domestic Intermodal network one of the most comprehensive available. Vanguard’s other services in Canada include: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, St. John NB, St. John NF, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg.

Fixed-day pickups for the service are every Tuesday and Friday from the Carteret, N.J. warehouse, and will arrive within 24 hours to the bonded destinations.

“This is a breakthrough in the IPI world as all other competitor's CFS in-bond schedules are once a week, we can offer the most frequent movement of bonded cargo to the eastern Canadian provinces through North Americas busiest Eastern port,” said Robert Sutton, Regional Vice President for the eastern region.

“I’m very excited as this is going to be the most frequent service into Canada from New York,” said Montreal CFS Manager, Elvio Lancone.

The new service from New York to Atlanta will have dedicated trucks with a one-day transit time.

“Our focus has been on further strengthening our import services. We have worked to build up our IPI network and frequency because they are crucial to augmenting import services by speeding transit time and allowing us to offer more door-to-door options,” said Import Manager, Carl Volpe.

“Our customers and agents are quite excited about this as it will mean better visibility and of course the highest priority on releases and result in seamless information transfer,” said Regional Vice President for the eastern region, Robert Sutton.

These points kick off what is expected to be five more Vanguard dedicated IPI points as the company plans to continue rapid expansion of its IPI network. Vanguard will target Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Charleston, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. for direct services in the next six months.

Direct Container Line releases faster services to Japan

DCL speeds service and avoids delays with all-water Japan services

Direct Container Line (DCL) announced two new weekly all-water services to Tokyo and to Yokohama. The new services are a day faster than the previous mini-land-bridge services with a 24-day transit from New York to Tokyo and a 23-day transit from New York to Yokohama.

DCL decided to load Eastern USA origin cargo direct over New York with Maersk because of the shipping lines reliable schedule. The new all-water services are particularly beneficial to customers because rail delays and West Coast port congestion are avoided, according to Vice President for the Eastern Region, Robert Sutton.
 

The New York office took the last peak seasons delays into account to judge the severity of the coming season.

"The all-water services are very popular with customers because they compete dead on with the mini-land-bridge and customers don’t need to worry about potential delays on the West Coast," said Sutton.

“Historically, all-water services to Japan have been too slow to use for our FAK [Freight All Kinds] but the new string introduction by Maersk allows us new opportunity to offer our customers and local offices have already gotten praise from customers. This seems to be what the market wants and needs,” said Export Operations Manager, Karl Laufer.

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