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   Vol. 13 No. 86  
Wednesday October 15, 2014

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FIATA Forwards Istanbul Week

Want to get a forwarder really mad?
     It depends on who is telling the joke (and to whom), but it goes something like this:
     “Everyone seems to know what the world’s oldest profession is, but can you guess the second oldest?”
     Well, to hear FIATA tell it, the time is long past for forwarders to get some respect.
 Marco Sorgetti    As to the forwarders who intend to show up at the FIATA World Congress taking place October 13-18 in Istanbul, it might be cool to be the proverbial fly on the wall. On October 18, FIATA holds its top meeting, the AGM. The latest topic to rule the agenda of FIATA concerns has to do (once again) with IATA, and the airlines’ attempts to levy surcharges on non e-AWB compliant forwarders.
     AGM will also announce that the next FIATA World Congress will be held in Taipei, September 8-13, 2015.
     Politics and other issues aside, we address the FIATA event with a “here and now” executive of no small stature.
     The always affable and straightforward Secretary General of FIATA, Marco Sorgetti has a big job, and from what we have gathered, he delivers on all fronts.
     Sorgetti is serious, but always able to smile and bring out the best in people, which is probably why he has gained such high marks as both the behind-the-scenes and (when needed) public face of FIATA.
     Marco spoke to FlyingTypers just as the doors at Istanbul swung open wide for the FIATA World Congress 2014, situated at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center.
     As we began, Marco’s face, which radiates kindness like Pavarotti, took on a slight frown. As he spoke his eyes revealed a dubious hurt.
     “Geoffrey, I must say I do not particularly like this ‘statement’ as this allegation infers that freight forwarders make money from other’s difficulties.
     “My view is that notion is as old as the famous profession that you mentioned.
     “Freight Forwarders provide trade facilitation, and they do so all the more efficiently where facilitation already exists.
     “The contribution of logistics to the market value of goods is notoriously on the rise and it is greater in countries that already benefit from well-developed infrastructure and facilitated business processes.
     “In other words, logistics, of which freight forwarders are principal actors, add all the more value where at first sight it would be less expected.
     “Maybe we should move on and think about what freight forwarding is today and the services it provides.”
FT:  What is the top agenda item at the upcoming FIATA gathering at IST?
MS:  “Well, the top agenda item is enshrined in the FIATA Congress theme: ‘Sustainable Growth in Logistics.’
     “That theme means we need to deal with issues such as making transport and logistics less impactful on the environment through greater efficiency, the same efficiency that should ensure growth for an industry that has been consistently on the rise for more than a generation now.
     “This also means ensuring that our future employees are properly trained and aware of the changing procedures.
     “That effort requires a strong drive in training where FIATA is certainly among the world leaders.
     “We have delivered thousands of FIATA diplomas all over the world.
     “To my knowledge, this is the only ‘portable’ business qualification that exists in logistics today for all modes of transport, including air.”
FT:  What would you like the shipping public and your airline partners to know about freight forwarding that they may have missed?
MS:  “I would be seriously impressed if everyone started realizing that logistics indeed makes contemporary life possible, but logistics does not exist without organising several jobs into one, and that is precisely what freight forwarders do, everywhere in the world. What normally happens is that everyone takes this crucial function for granted, and that should no longer be the case.”


Young People Shine At FIATA

FT:  Can you briefly access the goals and discussions at the last FIATA conference and describe how well FIATA has done in meeting objectives set forth a year ago?
MS:  “I think we have done pretty well. FIATA have more members than ever, an unparalleled line up of speakers from both the private sector and the institutions, some interesting work ahead enshrined in new memorandums with institutions and peer organisations, and we are launching new training initiatives and are ready to attend the largest World Congress in many years.
     “In doing so, we have lost no money and during coffee breaks we also make coffee and sweets . . . it gives us a bit of time to plant the FIATA Flag on the moon. Well . . . almost.

FIATA Winners

     “FIATA includes young people and sets forward awards and recognition for ideas to encourage the ‘next gen.’
     “Our awards program is a highlight of our annual event and sets the stage for recognition and endorsement of what can develop into great forwarding careers.
     “Personally I know that one of the winners has already found employment with FIATA members.
     “But I am also aware that additional information should be heard from the horse’s mouth.
     “Here are some other winners who are leading by example:
     Javier Romeu was the first winner awarded in 1999. He comes from Spain and is now Freight Forwarding Division Sales Manager at TIBA. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of Grupo Romeu, and shares the responsibility of defining the strategy of the family-owned group, where he is part of the fourth generation.
     2006 winner Marlena Kustra (neé Goldberger) is now EMEA Ocean Trade Director Asia Europe at CEVA Logistics.
     Alina Wenzel, winner 2009 from Germany, is now Business Development Manager at SCHENKER & CO AG.
     Daniel Terbille, 2012 winner from South Africa, is now Senior Key Accounts Manager – Retail at UTi South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
     Janna Marie van Burgeler, 2013 Winner from Germany for her dissertation titled ‘The FIFA World Cup 2014 Moves the World,’ moved to Chile and is now Project Specialist at DHL Global Forwarding Santiago de Chile.
     “These are winners in FIATA and in their own life as well,” Marco Sorgetti said.
Geoffrey

 


Peter Gerber

   “High flexibility, strong customer orientation, and top quality also paid off in the third quarter of the year.
   “Lufthansa Cargo remains on track despite a challenging market environment,” said Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO Peter Gerber.
   Looking ahead, Mr. Gerber is “cautiously optimistic.”
   Having added some destinations—including Lagos, Nigeria, (twice weekly) —and with a joint venture set to take off in December with All Nippon Airways (ANA), about all the big cargo carrier from Frankfurt could wish for is that its pilot corps would calm down a bit and “keep’em flying.”
   In a related development Lufthansa Cargo said it has improved connections to Africa adding Tunisia and Nigeria to the network
   Now in the 2014/2015 winter flight plan. Lagos, Nigeria is served twice weekly, with MD-11F.
   At the end of October Tunis is added with service every Tuesday via MD-11F.


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ATC Is Unbeatable

     Now that Summer 2014 has receded in the rearview mirror, CEO of super GSSA ATC Aviation Ingo Zimmer has just returned from taking the show on the road to TIACA Incheon last week. The autumn season is beginning, and the company he guided to greatness continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014, which also marks a banner business year for ATC.
     If the past is prologue, then today is tomorrow for this fast moving, engaged global excutive, who is out looking for new worlds to conquer.
     “Our mission is to be the best Cargo GSSA based on the experience and the expertise of offerings delivered by our selected team of top air cargo specialists,” Ingo declares.
     Ingo seemed especially pleased to announce that beginning this month on October 1, 2014, ATC commenced representing Jet Airways of India, serving as that carrier’s GSSA in Germany.
     “ATC is now engaged in propelling the Jet Airways brand with new synergies and enthusiasm that will continue in the months and years ahead,” Ingo told FT in an interview.
     “ATC has also secured agreements during 2014 with CAL offline, Air Astana, and Air New Zealand for Texas in the United States.
     “Elsewhere, ATC now represents Camair Cargo online in France and offline across the rest of Europe.”


Birds Fly South

     ATC has also spread its wings to South America this year and now the company banner is present in Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador.
     Still to come in ATC’s rising year are three other countries “to be added to the company’s service offering before the end of the 2014,” Ingo Zimmer says.
     We wonder about the further integration of Platinum Cargo, acquired by ATC in 2013.
     “The integration of Platinum in our organization was a great success,” Ingo smiles.
     “We had from start-up certain synergy effects leading to new contracts.
     “The U.S. team is achieving their numbers and doing extremely well.
     “Under the management of Don Cochran and Timothy Pfeil, the company continues to grow the ATC brand.
     “Don is regional director for North America, and with ATC a leader in the market we are now concentrating on growing our organization in South America, with the goal of becoming the strongest GSSA in the Latin market as well.”


African Expansion

     Mr. Zimmer said that in addition to RSA, ATC is currently operating in Mozambique and has two additional countries in its sights for start up toward the end of this year or early in 2015.
     “In 2015 we will continue to grow in Africa as we move to develop the ATC brand in Asia as well,” Ingo Zimmer said.


Personal Touch

      But ATC, which always had the reputation of “hands on” and “personal touch” has been able—despite rapid growth—to maintain its service and customer contact levels.
     “Nothing has changed.
     “The personal touch and the strong will to satisfy both customers served by us on the airline and the agents’ side, and to become the best GSSA, is still there as the driving force in all we do.
     “At the beginning, when ATC was smaller, our managers in Germany, Switzerland, and France were handpicked.
     “It’s the same case today, even though now we are getting bigger.
     “Our managers and partners worldwide have to comply and meet all criteria for all our customer-oriented and straightforward business models, and with the personal touch.
     “Having no surprises and maintaining a predictable experience with every ATC office is the fundamental basis of our success, and as we grow bigger and bigger that will continue.”


Looking Ahead

      “In fact, last year (2013) was not bad for us at all.
     “For 2014 we are benefiting from additional capacities that especially our Middle East carriers provide.
     “ATC serves the leading carriers of the Middle East, including Etihad Airways Cargo, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
     “Some other notable members of the ATC family of airlines include Ethiopian Airlines adding new B-777 freighters to the network.
     “ANA to Japan is now operating four flights a day out of Germany; offering B-777 passenger aircraft with plenty of cargo lift to some of our customers is like ‘little freighters.’”


Looking At Tomorrow


     Currently at the top of his game, Ingo thinks the air cargo industry of tomorrow has never looked better.
     “From my vantage point, the new generation includes more than enough motivated, talented, and skilled specialists in all fields, including airlines, agents, and handlers.
     “The aviation business—and also air cargo—is still very interesting for young people looking for challenges.
     “For many of us today and I think the generation to come, the smell of kero is irresistible,” Ingo smiles.

Time Off

      Ask Ingo Zimmer where another station will be opened, and the family man says right away:
     “Cuba. Being married to a Cuban from Havana, I am quite often in Cuba. “Yes I have the feeling that it is getting slightly better with small private businesses under Raul [Castro].
     “But Cuba is still a poor country, very much dependent on tourism and sugar cane.
     “I think the big problem is that the country still remains quite isolated.”


Would Do It Again

     “Given another chance to choose a career, of course it would be air cargo.
     “This is the most exciting job you can have.
     “You are in aviation, the cargo people are straightforward, and your playground is the world.
     “There are business friends everywhere, and every day in so many places you can see the results of your work.
     “When I began my career, I was selling, I was booking, I was doing the load plan.
     “And when the cargo docs were handed to the aircraft crew and the cargo holds were closed, I often stayed at the ramp and watched as the aircraft departed.
     “I knew I did my job, but I also realized those planes were going to places yet to be discovered, and that drove my imagination.
     “Now my job description is different, but to me air cargo is still exciting.
     “I can endorse cargo as a career, and would love to see my sons grow up and become air cargo specialists,” Ingo Zimmer said.
Geoffrey


Chuckles For October 15, 2014

 

EMO Trans Atlanta

     People and companies supporting charities through events are nothing new in our business.
     In fact, air cargo is known throughout the world for its generous participation, answering the call in emergencies, raising money for those in need, and otherwise always extending a helping hand.
     A charity event in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, September 11, raised special interest (as events on that date can do) as more than 16,000 people took part in the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk.
     Teams from more than 400 Atlanta companies participated in the 5K event at Turner Field to raise monies to support many local charities.
     Among the group of stellar companies participating at the event was fast-growing logistics specialist EMO Trans, which showed up for the eighth consecutive year and managed to field 64 of its 78 Atlanta employees at the event, including company President Marco Rohrer and Vice President Sales & Marketing Jenni Frigger-Latham, who flew into town specially for this event.
     EMO Trans, as many people who attended TIACA 2012 in Atlanta may already know, is a major presence at Hartsfield International Airport and also in the ocean shipping business here.
     Opened in 1984, EMO Trans Atlanta initially capitalized on the large textile market of the southeastern U.S.
     Today, EMO Trans customers include major companies in technology and electronics, carpet and flooring, fasteners, steel and bearings, manufacturing machinery, lighting, and paper products.
Jim DeLoach     “EMO moves cargo through the ports of Savannah and Charleston, as well as Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, “said Jim DeLoach, (left) EMO Trans branch manager.
     “Our 50,000-square-foot facility is adjacent to the world’s busiest airport, which is also close by the new North American headquarters and test track for Porsche AG,” he explained.
     “Right now, we see great potential for the Atlanta market as traffic to and from Asia is building.
     “Other activities include the avionics industry in the southeastern U.S. and the automotive industry, which has also seen solid growth here.”
     Asked about the charity run, Jim noted:
     “We participate to not only celebrate fitness and fellowship, but to also raise money for important causes like the Atlanta Food Bank.”
     People’s lack of food is important to think about at harvest time.
Geoffrey

 

Why Bing Crosby Still Matters   

Thirty-seven years ago yesterday, Bing Crosby holed out for an 85 on a golf course near Madrid, Spain. After he and his partner collected their $10 winnings, on his walk to the clubhouse, a massive heart attack suddenly silenced the Voice That Invented American Popular Music.
   That capitalized accolade is not only the opinion of an admittedly fervent fan—it’s a feeling shared by every competent musical and cultural historian. Before Bing first recorded in 1926, male singers were either opera belters or epicene high tenors. Afterward, as one of his most accomplished imitators, Perry Como, said: “You either sang like Bing, or you didn’t eat.”
   By any measure, Bing was the most influential and successful performer of the 20th century. He placed 396 records in the Top 30 charts—Frank Sinatra had 209, Elvis 149 and The Beatles 68. Bing had 42 number one hits—The Beatles had 24, Elvis 18, and Sinatra only 7. His White Christmas is the best-selling record of all time; it made the pop charts 20 separate times and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. In the movies, Bing was the number one box office star for five consecutive years from 1944-1948, made the top ten 15 times between 1934-1954, and won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1944.
   Staggering statistics aside, the consistent quality (both definitions of the noun apply) in over 50 years of studio recordings and live, radio, and movie performances is Bing's honeyed baritone—casual yet confident, conversational yet conveying the most profound sentiments. A cursory listen to today’s most popular songs (a brief survey is all I can stomach) reveals the virtues of class, taste, and subtle craft have somehow gone missing.
   Fortunately, we can still revel in these elements by viewing a “best of” list compiled by both myself and fellow devotee, Geoffrey.
Michael Kelly

Michael is Cargo Communications Manager at United Cargo

 

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