Thursday, August 12, 2010

Freight Forwarder Books IATA Rankings Jump Shipping Media By Airfreight

Publishing Sector Helps Woodland up the League Table
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Woodland Group tell us they have once again been named one of the highest climbers in the latest IATA league table (for 2009) issued earlier this week after targeting publishing. Last year the group were delighted to rise in the ranks to 65th position (from 130th in 2007). Now the Essex based independent freight forwarder has broken into the top 50 with position 49 on the International Air Transport Association listings.

Woodland recently relocated from Coggeshall to larger premises in Chelmsford, offering 70,000 sq ft of warehousing space, and has just completed a rebranding exercise after bringing a number of business divisions under one umbrella. The group offers a full range of multimodal transportation services, including shipping by air, ocean and road, as well as inventory management, supply chain solutions and specialist services.

Woodland operates a specialist business division for the publishing sector, offering a complete sorting and onward distribution service, as well as finishing, including re-packaging products and removing any promotional items, when necessary, before sending on to the country of destination.The media division is the fastest growing within the group and recently won the special services award at the BIFA 2009 Freight Service Awards.

Kevin Stevens, Woodland group chairman says the company’s success follows a decision to grow its airfreight product by targeting this market and comments:

“Our strategy is paying dividends and this is evident by our consistent rise in the IATA league table – throughout an extremely difficult time for the freight industry. Whilst this was initially a result of increased media volumes, we are now seeing a rise in general cargo volumes because we are able to offer a wider range of services and more competitive rates.

“The growth has exceeded even our own optimistic expectations and has enabled us to attract the accounts of large publishers and distributors, including the likes of Amazon, among others.”

The group offers a range of services from their own facilities in the UK and USA and have direct airfreight routes to many destinations particularly Singapore, Australia and South Africa.

Photo:- Woodland Boss Kevin Stevens looking suitably pleased with himself.