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   Vol. 18 No. 17
Friday March 8, 2019

Jenni Frigger

As the U.S. celebrates Women’s History Month in March and the world celebrates International Women’s Day March 8, Jennifer Frigger Latham, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at EMO Trans based in Long Island, New York is amongst the outstanding emerging women in global transportation.
     Jenni, as she is known to friends & family and just about everyone else, just had returned from the important Airforwarders Association (AfA) AirCargo Conference in Las Vegas where she moved up her workload and duties for that 250-member organization accepting the post as AfA Vice President.
     Jenni noted that the 2019 AfA event set record attendance, as the global transportation industry’s preoccupation with uncertainty in markets comes into sharper focus.
     “The hope is for greater political and economic stability, but increasingly the actions at AfA gatherings, whether in Washington or at our outreach events, (one scheduled in LAX later this month and one at JFK later this year), and of course our annual AirCargo event, empower our membership and everyone in the industry to better understand and to deal with the entire menu of transportation challenges.

EMO Hits The Road In 2019

     “At EMO Trans, in addition to our AfA commitment that continues all year round, we are sending a team to the Cargo Network Services (CNS) Conference in Miami in May.
     EMO Trans will also participate in Transport Logistic in Munich in June – where the sheer square footage and range of industry players is amazing.
     “As we had at the last Transport Logistic event, we will have a booth and bring in an international group including our procurement teams.
     “The economics of these events may be costly, but there is great value in sitting down with vendors and exchanging ideas among our industry partners. This is especially true because logistics touches every facet of the supply chain, and we are uniquely positioned to feel the ripples of challenges in the global economy. Finding solutions allows us to better serve our customers.

The Year That Was

     “As EMO Trans wraps up our global results for 2018, we see that it’s been another great year of solid growth for the entire organization.
     “This result enables us to continue to make careful, wise investments in expansion and to gauge what the market and our customers need.

Recipe For Global Success

     Established in 1965 in Stuttgart, Germany, EMO Trans has been on a path of continued expansion and success for over 50 years.
     Currently with 87 offices in 19 countries and 250+ network locations in 120 countries, EMO fields a solid and flexible infrastructure tasked to deliver exceptional logistics services to customers large and small.

Jenni Frigger and Jo FriggerPrivately Held

     “We are a multi-national privately owned company, Joachim Frigger, EMO Chairman and guiding spirit (pictured here with Jenni) declares.
     “We are deeply invested in understanding and internalizing the needs and goals of our customers.
     “Our goal is to forge partnerships, ensuring that we are able to facilitate the most efficient, effective supply chain solutions possible,” Mr. Frigger said.

Balancing Act

     Jenni navigates life and business successfully, with two children and husband Paul, who is also part of the EMO Trans family.
     Jenni was involved in the freight forwarding business from an early age, when she accompanied her father to the office during summer vacation.
     She also worked in Germany in freight forwarding and has been in the business for over 20 years, during which time she completed her studies at the New School in New York with an M.A. degree.
     Prior to her present position, Jenni worked in Freeport, JFK, and San Francisco, and was Branch Manager of EMO in Philadelphia. At that time she also served on the board of directors of the traffic and transportation club in Philadelphia.

Karin Frigger, Sven Frigger and Jenni FriggerManage & Deliver Data

     At EMO, investment in IT has been a major drive.
     Jenni says, “We always have to be aware of the changing environment in our industry, be proactive and pragmatic in our response to those changes.
     “Innovation continues to be the lifeblood of strong economies, and while trends in the structures of supply chains are always evolving, social and cultural shifts are also impacting the expectations of those establishing supply chains.
     “EMO Trans feels that investing in robust ways to manage and deliver data and visibility, will not only place our offering at the forefront of transportation, but also will be a driver as we develop new technologies to enhance the human experience, by meeting and exceeding our customers’ goals and expectations.

On The Road Face To Face

     “Going face to face is at the core of our mission to fulfill customer needs.
     “In the interest of this strategy, we always have a number of visits by individuals planned globally, as well as group meetings in the U.S. and overseas.
     “EMO team members at many levels routinely take the time to visit partners and customers to gain new business and solidify existing relationships.
     “We hope that while away from their families, they enjoy the thrill of seeing new places and realize that we appreciate the sacrifice.”

New Horizons

     “We recently conducted a board meeting in Florida.
     “Not only did we decide on new expansion, but also on our continuing path of succession planning.
     My brother, Sven Frigger, has been promoted to Vice President – Compliance.
Tom Bayes     “Sven and his team have made a big impact on our compliance and ethics procedures.
     “Sven will continue to be instrumental in keeping the business ethics and regulations, as well as the culture of EMO Trans on the forefront of our organization and will expand his responsibilities to our global network.
     “Tom Bayes (left) has been promoted to Vice President – Business Development Asia.
     “With his long time commitment and hard work living in, and then frequently traveling to Asia, he has created close ties to the partners and employees who make our Asia operations successful.
     “Tom continues to foster collaborations that will bring us and our Asia operations into the future!
     “I am excited about the work we will do together, in fact Sven, Tom and I will travel as a team to the Far East in April,” Jenni says.

chuckles for March 8, 2019

Flossie Arend

     Today March 8, 2019, is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme for Women’s month is
#BalanceForBetter, which is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.
     It’s ironic, then, that still in 2019 we’ve found so many women in positions of power who wish to recede into the background when it comes to their gender. Acknowledge me for my work, they say, and not for my gender. The COO of Facebook and author of the wildly popular Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead book and movement, Sheryl Sandberg asked that women lean into their workload, both at home and in the office; yes, do everything you can, and more. Do it effortlessly, with high visibility and responsibilities, and show that women can do as much and more than their male counterparts, and without making a feminine fuss. Ms. Sandberg wants individual women to institute change through their work, with the assumption that a woman’s lack of a powerful, well-paying job is the result of not “leaning in” enough. Women themselves are at fault for their lack of power, rather than the faulty system in which they are operating.
     President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Yet, more than 50 years later, women are still paid only 78-82 cents for every dollar paid to a man. In Europe, the wage gap stands at 17.5 percent, meaning women essentially work 64 days of the year for free. Women only hold 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 leadership positions. Gender equality still has a woefully long journey before it.
     In our opinion, if we really want to bring change, we need to celebrate, as loudly as possible, when a woman holds a position of power. It is not an issue of being defined by our gender, but rather the importance of recognizing that there is gender inequality. It follows, then, that when a woman holds a position of power, she is essentially working double duty against the current system—her figurative muscles are larger than her male counterparts, because the tide of inequality against which she must swim in order to even exist in her position is that much stronger. If there are, say, 40 rungs on a man’s corporate ladder, then there are 50 or more rungs on a woman’s corporate ladder. We must climb higher, and longer, to get to the same place—why wouldn’t we shine a light on our gender, when we are working so much harder because of it?

Dolores Drove A Forklift

Dolores Hofman     Today Dolores Hofman heads up the Queens Air Services Development Office, and the position is just where she wants to be in 2014.
     But in 1972, Mrs. Hofman worked as a secretary in the Pan Am Cargo office in Building 67. She decided that office work was boring; since she was already a Teamsters Union member, she was allowed to compete for any union job.
     Dolores applied for a post on the loading dock and became the first female in history to operate a forklift truck in commercial air cargo service.
     At the time she said: “I’m not much of a women’s libber—but I certainly do believe in equal job opportunities for men and women.”
     The sentiment itself, in the air cargo world, may have been a first as well.
     We extend our best greetings and a FlyingTypers shout-out to a very special and courageous lady who continues to do what she wants and in that process has been an inspiration for many others.

     Carl Schurz, an emancipation advocate and a friend of Abraham Lincoln, said:

                    “From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot
                     subvert your neighbor's rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.”

     We here at FlyingTypers will keep these thoughts vivid in heart and soul and would like to take a moment to recognize and appreciate the achievements of women, in both air cargo and the world at large.
Women In Air Cargo 2019

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