Wednesday, January 30, 2019

French Automotive Supply Chain and Logistics Outfit Supports Freight Forwarding Effort

New Control Centre to Manage Global Time Critical Consignments
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – GEFCO, which provides a range of complex supply chain services particularly in the field of automotive logistics, has announced the launch of its grandly named Mission Control Centre (MCC) in Amsterdam dedicated to managing global time critical delivery solutions supporting its freight forwarding activities.

The French group, these days a subsidiary of Russian Railways with a reported 75% holding and also supported by the car giant PSA which holds the balance of shares, specialises in finished vehicle logistics and its freight forwarding operations manage a global network of time critical operators, and works with customers at a localised level to provide both planned and unplanned emergency shipments.

GEFCO calls these services ‘Infinite Proximity’ presumably meaning, wherever the dispatch and delivery points are, the logistics company will have local talent available at both points. The new Centre is designed to ensure an immediate response to customers’ urgent delivery requirements, offering comprehensive, worldwide time critical air freight solutions with full visibility throughout the mission.

The MCC then provides a single point of contact for customers, wherever they are located, to provide real-time monitoring updates on their worldwide emergency shipments using its unique IT system. Commenting on the launch, Klaas Sybrandy, Global TCS Director at GEFCO Freight Forwarding said:

“This is a momentous occasion for our rapidly growing Freight Forwarding operation. The Mission Control Centre significantly enhances our credentials in the time critical solutions arena. With all time critical shipments being monitored closely by our excellent and experienced MCC team, we will ensure that we always find the fastest possible solution for all planned and unplanned emergency shipments for our customers.”

The MCC team will be led by Vincent Karbet and Chantal van Loen, who both bring extensive TCS experience to the operation. Vincent has worked in the international freight forwarding industry for over 15 years, including executive roles with DHL Same Day, while Chantal was responsible for TNT special services in The Netherlands for over 10 years.

GEFCO claims the title of Europe’s leader in automotive logistics with a presence in 47 countries generating revenues of €4.4 billion in 2017, half of it from PSA business, and was reported last year in a press statement from the vehicle group as preparing to launch an initial public offering (IPO) sometime in 2019.