Thursday, June 26, 2014

Recognition and Achievements for Multi Modal Freight and Logistics Supply Chain Providers

June Sees a Host of Accolades for the Best in the Industry
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WORLDWIDE – News of various commendations and achievements this week for multimodal freight associated companies in the supply chain starting with Ceva Logistics backing up the Lean and Green Star Award it won jointly with customer Wärtsilä last year by taking the Best Green Logistics Operator award at the 28th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) held in Shanghai recently as well as the company being nominated in the Best 3PL category. The titles for Best Road Haulier - Asia and Best Logistics Service Provider - Project Cargo were awarded to Kerry Logistics and the Best Airport – Europe title went to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for the nineteenth time in the scheme’s 28 year history.

Earlier this month in the UK, Ceva Logistics also picked up three gold awards at the 2014 Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards. Ceva’s operations in Corby, Swindon, and Childerditch were awarded the RoSPA gold award which recognises operations that have achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

Over in Dubai, the GAC Corporate Academy (GCA) joined an elite group which have achieved ISO 29990 certification. The GAC in house training establishment is one of the first based in the Middle East and Africa region to be accredited, and certification to the ISO standard acknowledges that GCA courses offered to GAC Group employees around the world meet international standards in compliance with recognised quality standards for learning service providers, benefiting both participants and GAC's management and clients.

In the US, CHEP which provides managed pallet pooling solutions, was named a 2014 'Top Green Provider' by Food Logistics Magazine. This is the seventh consecutive year CHEP has been named to the publication’s Top Green Providers list, which recognises companies whose product, service, or exemplary leadership enhances sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

Staying in America, for the second consecutive year, railroad and multimodal group CSX, has been named a ‘Best Place to Work in IT’ by IDG's Computerworld. Ranked fifteenth among large companies, CSX improved its ranking from 2013 by four places, earning specific recognition for its commitment to excellence and quality in the IT workplace. The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals. The list is compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.

Norbert Dentressangle has been named as the UK’s 18th largest foreign employer in the inaugural Sunday Times PA Consulting Inward Investment Track 50. Published on 8 June, the league table ranks overseas-headquartered multinationals by their UK staff number to shine a light on this important part of the economy. Foreign-owned business make a major contribution to the British economy, figures released last year by the Office of National Statistics showed that, while only 1% of UK registered business were foreign-owned, these contributed 28% of total UK Gross Value Added.

In total, the 50 companies featured in the league table employ more than 780,000 UK staff in full-time positions, a significant proportion of the three million people employed by the 45,000 overseas-based corporates operating in the UK. The US and Norbert Dentressangle’s own home country, France, are the parent countries of the largest number of companies on the league table, hosting 12 global head offices each.

Norbert Dentressangle has successfully acquired and integrated two major UK companies in recent years, Christian Salvesen in 2007 and TDG in 2011. Subsequent strong organic growth has seen the company create more than 1,000 jobs in the UK, taking the number of employees to around 14,700, almost 40% of the company’s 37,700-strong global workforce.

In New Zealand, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has accredited freight forwarder FPS New Zealand to handle and transport imports and exports of dairy and non-dairy products for human and animal consumption. All primary processors of animal material and products for human or animal consumption in New Zealand are required to operate under an MPI-approved and independently-verified Risk Management Programme (RMP). This applies to every element of the supply chain, including freight forwarders.

FPS New Zealand, a founder member of the FPS Group network of independent forwarders and consolidators, has become one of a select few freight forwarders in the country to undergo and pass the rigorous processes required to attain MPI-accredited status. As a result, it no longer has to co-load through an MPI-approved freight forwarder for shipments of a wide variety of animal and dairy commodities such as infant formula, honey and health supplements.

Achieving MPI accreditation entails a stringent programme covering the cleanliness of all buildings and equipment, the approval of any cleaning substances used, the maintenance of 100% accurate inventory control and traceability records, and the comprehensive training of all staff involved with dairy and animal products. MPI then undertakes frequent monitoring visits to ensure that the RMP and all associated procedures continue to deliver product that is fit for purpose.

Photo: Schiphol’s Enno Osinga and Saskia van Pelt proudly display the award for Best European Airport (again)