|Vol. 21 No. 3||
Monday January 17, 2022
Jenni Frigger Latham is a dynamo as a wife and mother of two small children, and as vice-president of sales and marketing at family-owned EMO Trans and also at The Airforwarders Association where she has served on the Board of Directors for over a decade.
Jenni characteristically does not hold her place at AfA to add to a resume, in fact, like most hard working members of AfA she is so busy pumping traffic, the often repeated phrase upon departing of “take it easy”, might be better said as “work harder” at least until the pandemic and the world it has created up and down the supply chain, calms down a bit.
The thing about Jenni is her passion for what she does, and also that she leaves no doubt where she is coming from on a multitude of transportation basic sense topics.
Jenni speaks her mind, and more often than not she is the smartest person in the room.
Next Wednesday at 0800 AfA at their annual cargo conference being held January 17-19 in New Orleans will have some bright lights on stage for a conversation new to the agenda. That session moderated by Jenni, with industry luminaries Lionel van der Walt of PayCargo; Sarah Chou, a live-wire from Southwest Airlines, who is working in sustainability at the carrier; TIACA Director General Glyn Hughes; and Matthew Marincic of California Sierra Express, will raise the flag of sustainability in logistics today and what needs to be done and is realistic to achieve moving forward.
Shazam! A face-to-face live discussion returns to AfA, the association in transportation for everybody else and Jenni picks it up from there.
“AfA is proud to have launched the new “Sustainability Committee in 2021. Sustainability and doing what it takes to achieve positive results, is a project that has been brewing in my mind and heart for the past two years.
“Our company EMO Trans has increased our sustainability practices and discovered that our service partners and customers want to do their part as well, even to the point of making greater demands around this topic.
“Observing discourse within our industry dealing with airport congestion and other bottlenecks in the system it is apparent we need to deepen our resolve to achieve greater alignment across the supply chain.
“Our industry is a complex ecosystem of incredibly advanced technical solutions mixed with surprisingly old-fashioned mechanical necessities of moving large volumes of cargo from point a to point b.
“As such the thinking and engagement with sustainability is on a broad continuum throughout the industry.
“We must acknowledge, both that carbon emissions must be reduced, and that we must recognize the needs being met by the existing system.
“Although there are groups that want to completely overhaul some aspects of cargo, we cannot do that without figuring out alternatives to continue maintaining current service levels.
“No one burns fuel just for fun, it’s in service of other goals and needs.
“Many people have been talking around this subject for a long time. But now sustainability is a sunlight sector that will show the way in the future of logistics.
“My take is that, as we become more willing to broaden the discussion, new ideas and better solutions and understanding will fall into place.
“As example, bigger companies have possibility and resources to embrace change. As with any change and new way, there will be a lot of space to create value for customers and the aim is to do that in a manner that increases opportunity, is inclusionary and doesn’t leave anyone behind.
“What is important though, for those who don’t want to be left behind, is that they first come along as the culture and the ideology shifts. We cannot keep our old way of thinking and also keep up!
“For the panel I have brought together a number of perspectives that I hope will power our group to hear and think about the different challenges and perspectives as we consider what is at stake and how to move forward.
“After our preliminary meetings for this panel, I got really excited.
“If we, as an industry, are going to advance robust opinions, we’ll need to have critical animated discussions first.
“I am dedicated and hopeful for some movement but also quite certain that what we provide attendees and industry in New Orleans on Wednesday will be a bright engaged encounter.
“We don’t need to have the same motivation, to be aligned toward the same goal. I do think it helps to understand varying perspectives toward integrating best practices,” Jenni Frigger said.
Tennesee Williams, the playright who
wrote “A Streetcar Named Desire” said: “There are three
American cities: New York, San Francisco & New Orleans. Everything
else is Cleveland.”
I moved to New Orleans in the late 1980s to complete my MBA at Tulane
University where I met my wife who worked for Tulane’s Latin American
Studies Department. Our firstborn arrived just as I was starting final
exams in my second year of graduate school.
Exactly thirty years after we married there
in January 1992, Marta and I headed back to New Orleans to celebrate our
anniversary this coming weekend and then I’ll continue retracing
my own steps at Air Cargo 2022 - the annual event presented by the Airforwarders
Association (AfA), the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association
(AEMCA), and Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).
Conference goers should be diligent, regardless
of their immediate settings but fortunately, New Orleans offers many outdoor
dining options and beautiful parks and neighborhoods to walk. As far as
dining goes, I’ve prepared a few recommendations, but diners are
cautioned to check pandemic-related closings and changes to operating
hours. If you have never set foot on Bourbon Street, you probably should
but much of it comprises the least charming blocks in New Orleans. The
blocks of Bourbon Street closer to Esplanade are more appealing than those
closer to Canal Street but just one block over (towards the Mississippi
River) is Royal Street which is one of my favorites.
In the deep of winter where can you find a trade show that always surprises?
For us it’s Fruit Logistica, held every year in Berlin, usually during the first week of February.
Organized by Messe Berlin GmbH, the event from all points of view is colorful and interesting and also carries the spirit of Berlin, which all by itself is a lot of fun.
But in pandemic 2022, Fruit Logistics is now set to appear in April.
Director Kai Mangelberger explains:
“The fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic is worsening the situation in many European countries," Director Kai explains.
"At the same time, the industry's wish to meet in person remains unwaveringly high.
"In light of this, we decided to postpone Fruit Logistica to April that we hope will be a point on time beyond the fourth wave.
"Fruit Logistica 2022 goes from Tuesday, April 5 to Thursday, April 7.”
What we also like, in addition to business opportunities, are some sparkling new products offered on display.
For 2022 how about a 1kg seedless watermelon at hand, ready to eat without all the cutting and seeding or processing to eat from a plastic cup?
Give yourself a Kisy!
This little beauty with dark skin and red aromatic pulp is easy to pop open; and on the go is handy-sized, tasty, healthy fruit snack innovation.
Imagine your next gathering with a tray of these goodies as cocktails or smoothies?
So as we think of networking and getting together again, we hope Fruit Logistica goes bananas with a Kisy for everyone in early April Berlin.
We look ahead in 2022 with hope for all industry trade shows, as high spirit, new products and innovative thinking get back to where they once belonged . . .
Eleanor Roosevelt saved the day and Harold Ickes U.S. Secretary of the Interior introduced Marian Anderson who delivered the most powerful visual and vocal message by live radio and newsreel to the nation on Easter Sunday 1939. The famed Contralto stood larger than life outside on The National Mall in front of the columnated majesty of The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., and performed, America: “My Country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing" in front of 75,000 people.
The incredible view of Abraham Lincoln sitting just behind her in his chair and the power of her performance, after being banned from singing at Constitution Hall by The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has not lost a bit of impact 84 years later.
That scene was oft repeated and later was joined and even eclipsed at The Lincoln Memorial by Rev. Martin Luther King in his immortal “I’ve Got A Dream” speech.
After arriving in Honolulu aboard a Pan Am Clipper, Marian Anderson smiles back at us through time on the way to her tour of Japan in 1953 with accompanists Franz Rupp (l) and Isaac A. Jofe.
Marian sang and the message of freedom and equality inched forward.
Once upon a time, every international airport of note included a press corps comprised of photographers and reporters who moved over from the shipside press rooms, where they had covered the ocean liners that once were the only way to travel internationally.
From the mid 1920s until the 1970s every airline had a vibrant press department; every stairway up to the aircraft door had a branding logo and the public shared the experience.
Today storage rooms at the airlines and libraries, college photo collections and museums have those pictures that tell much of the history of air travel and cargo in their photo collections.
As example, The University of Miami Libraries Special Collections is home to Pan American World Airways, Inc. photos and records from Pan Am’s founding in 1927 through its closing in 1991.
History alive on Martin Luther King Day —this picture taken by an airline photographer and the short news clip on YouTube reminds us of Marian Anderson’s April 9, 1939 performance on the Mall, and Dr. King’s most famous and treasured words at the same venue August 23, 1963.
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