Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Global Forwarding and Logistics Outfit Negotiates Ocean Freight Contracts

K + N Continue Asia Pacific Development
Shipping News Feature

HONG KONG – WORLDWIDE – As with many freight forwarding groups which developed in Europe Kuehne + Nagel’s parentage often has them seen as a traditional German logistics outfit but these days the group employs around 7,000 staff in one hundred and seventy Asian Pacific locations. Evidence of the company’s development in the region comes with the news this week that it has been selected to provide ocean transport management solutions for Metro Group Buying Hong Kong Ltd.

The Hong Kong purchasing company is (surprise, surprise) a subsidiary of the German headquartered Metro group and is in charge of the worldwide sourcing, procurement and imports for the company’s chain of 2,200 stores stretched over thirty two countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. K + N’s responsibilities will include the coordination and booking processes for the company’s seafreight shipments and the provision of value-added services, such as buyer’s consolidation services. The shipments originate from Xiamen, Fuzhou, Ningbo, Brazil, Egypt, Israel and Bangladesh. Andy Weber, President of Kuehne + Nagel (Asia Pacific) Management Pte. Ltd, comments:

“Sea Transport Management is a customer oriented, flexible product, customers who have their own capacity contracts with shipping lines can benefit from the company’s highly specialised sea freight coordination services supported by advanced information systems providing visibility, monitoring, reporting and network management.”

The advantages of using a third party negotiator was pointed out by said Marco van der Schans, Executive Manager Logistics of Metro Group Buying Hong Kong Ltd. who said:

“With Kuehne + Nagel’s sea transport management solutions, we are able to optimise our supply chain processes. A single point of entry for our local organisations ensures an enhanced control and management of our sea freight shipments and improves customer service.”

Photo: Hong Kong container traffic. Courtesy of Kuehne + Nagel