As 2016 comes to an end, we look back on an eventful and successful year for our company. EMO Trans opened new offices in Malaysia and Singapore, and they are both off to a great start. Considerable enhancements were made to our global network, specifically in the Middle East. We conducted several large meetings this year not only to discuss business and strategize, but also to form lasting bonds with colleagues around the world.
Investing in cutting-edge technology, participating in the exponential growth of E-commerce, aligning our worldwide sales teams for a more focused approach to business development, and strengthening our global network are top priorities going forward. We made significant strides in these areas in 2016. In order to provide clients with better supply chain solutions, we improved reporting capabilities and refined the global RFQ process. We also established a global procurement strategy to secure more competitive pricing. On the technology front, we launched a new mobile app, made great progress with our portal, and continued preparations to have a redesigned website online before the end of this year.
All these initiatives are designed to help us better serve clients by retaining the flexibility and responsiveness of a small local forwarder, but adding all the tools and resources of a larger enterprise. We have the most dedicated employees in the industry, an enduring quality that has had a huge impact on EMO Trans' success.
As I reflect on this year, a personal highlight was the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with my wife, Cynthia. Along with our fellow climbers, we summited Africa’s highest mountain on Day 6 of the 8-day trek—coming down was much easier than climbing up! We were within a few degrees of the equator, but I was surprised at how cold it was at the top.
I consider myself truly blessed to be heading up this great company, and I want to thank all of our employees, customers and partners for their continued support. During this holiday season, I hope you find time for some quiet reflection and enjoy the festivities with your family and friends.
Frank Sun, Managing Director of EMO Trans China, has recognized Michelle Kong, Acting Branch Manager of EMO Ningbo, for her contributions to the company.
“Michelle has worked with me for more than 10 years. She has excelled in her new position at EMO Ningbo, and her leadership has contributed to EMO China’s rapid growth,” Frank says. She is known for her ability to take the time to listen to and understand customers’ concerns. "We must pay attention to what the customers need, not just what can we do,” she says.
“For Michelle, the collective efforts of our team are very important. She cares about her team members and always wants to know their thoughts and opinions,” Frank says. “She maintains a positive, happy attitude in all of her interactions with staff and customers.”
In her spare time, Michelle likes to spend time with family and friends, traveling, and gardening.
EMO Chile Celebrates Accomplishments
EMO Trans Chile enjoyed its annual year-end activities on November 25, where team members from the Santiago headquarters and other regions of country gathered to share a good time. Marjory Araya Avalos (Branch Manager, Iquique) was awarded for her achievements in 2016.
Uwe Kaeding, Midwest VP, Volunteers at Local Church
"My wife Janet and I helped at St. Mary's Church in Tomahawk, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving. We worked in the kitchen and served the food for the elderly. I've never eaten as much dressing in my whole life as I served that one day!” he says.
EMO Hartford Collects Toys for Hospitalized Children
Many children will have to spend their Christmas in the hospital, which can be a scary experience. Once again, EMO Trans Hartford has collected toys for the local Children’s Hospital. Making sure that Santa brings them something is important as it will hopefully make them feel a little less frightened and put a smile on their faces. The branch not only donates toys during Christmas; they collect them throughout the year as well.
EMO Atlanta Participates in Christmas Cops and Kids Program
Working to make a difference in the local community, Atlanta joined with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) to support its annual Christmas Cops and Kids program, which unites an underprivileged child with a police officer to shop for school supplies, clothing, and a Christmas toy. Pictured: Jim Deloach, Atlanta Branch Manager, and Lou Peppippi, FOP member.
EMO LAX Supports Autism Speaks
EMO Trans Los Angeles’s Selena Molina participated in the Autism Speaks Walk to help change the future for everyone who struggles with autism. Autism affects one in every 68 American individuals including one in 42 boys, and is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S.
“Research is crucial. High-quality programs and services are needed,” Selena says. “This is why I am happy to have participated in the Walk.” Visit Selena’s personal web page if you'd like to help her in her efforts to support Autism Speaks. Pictured: Selena with the Director of Volunteers.
EMO Germany Supports Handicapped Children
EMO-TRANS Germany has supported the Baerenherz Foundation for very handicapped children for more than 12 years.
Besides year-round support, EMO management visits the children’s home every year before Christmas and brings a donation as well as gifts and presents for the children.
“It is one of our duties to care for the handicapped children and youth in our country,” says EMO Germany’s Bernhard Stock. “We are proud of our support and our good relationship with the home. We have known most of the children for many years.”
Pictured from left to right: Randy Reichel, Stefan Ritter Gabriela Müller, Baerenherz Foundation, Bernhard Stock, Stan Albers, Head of the Children’s Home, and Lena
EMO Germany Runs for Charity
The Ocean Freight Team of EMO-TRANS, Solingen in Germany participated on November 17 in the Herzlauf Race in Hilden, Germany. Herzlauf is a non-profit organization that supports several charity organizations in the region. Herzlauf means “Heartrun,” and runners can complete distances from 5 to 20 kilometers.
“Our training sessions started in the summer. I'm happy to report that all colleagues successfully finished their distances!" says EMO Solingen's Thorsten Peters. "Jan Hueckeler got an extra award as he finished the 5K distance with the fastest time of all participants."
Pictured left to right, second row: Thorsten Peters, Sarah Ulrich, Marijke Seidel, Leonie Schriewer, Ulrike Boehlefeld, Thomas Boehlefeld, Roland Kessel, Yannick Dudenhausen, and Stefan Ritter. First Row: Tim Wiese, Martin Drewniok, Freddy Donkor, Jan Hueckeler, Christina Kaminski, Anastasia Kleimenidou, Sascha Katzmarzik, and Kirill Mirosnikov.
Chinese New Year is Coming Up!
EMO Trans China offices will be closed from Friday, January 27 to Thursday, February 2. The offices will resume work on Friday, February 3. Customers should be aware that nearly all Asian transportation suppliers are closed during this national holiday. As much as we try to anticipate this rush each year and manage allocations accordingly, some disruptions occur. There’s a typical pattern of peaking volumes and a high demand for space. If you have concerns, please reach out to your EMO Trans contacts as soon as possible to make shipping arrangements.
The holiday includes all kinds of gatherings, reunions of relatives, and class and school reunions. "It’s always of special meaning for all Chinese people. Chinese New Year is a time for those working away from home to try their best to go back to their hometown to spend the holiday with their families,” says Daisy Chen of EMO Trans China’s Shantou Commercial Office. “On January 27, New Year’s Eve afternoon, most families will place the new spring festival scrolls on the door with different couplets of beautiful meanings. They will gather together to have a large dinner and watch Chunwan (a big TV show held by CCTV with all kinds of programs, such as singing, dancing and traditional opusculum). In north China, families make and eat Jiaozi (dumplings with different meats and vegetable fillings) to express wishes for getting more money in the new year,” she says.
It’s also a big day for the children as they can get “Hongbao” – the red envelope – from elders. In some cities, unmarried people also get Hongbao from their parents or grandparents. "The Hongbao are always with best wishes to the youth for the new year. In my hometown, Shantou Guangdong, we will also give Hongbao to our parents and grandparents to wish them a happy and healthy new year,” Daisy says.
December 24, 2016 - Special Non-Working Day (Christmas Eve) December 25, 2016 - Regular Non-Working Day (Christmas Day)
December 26, 2016 - Special Non-Working Day
December 30, 2016 - Regular Non-working Day (Rizal Day)
December 31, 2016 - Special Non-working Day (New Years`s Eve)
January 1, 2017 - Regular Non-working day (New Year`s Day)
January 2, 2017 - Special Non-working Day
EMO Trans USA will be closed December 26 and January 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Check out our Facebook page to see how EMO Trans celebrates around the world!
Pictured left: Kim with wife Jannie and their 20-month-old granddaughter Alva in front of their villa in Copenhagen. Right: The head office in Copenhagen.
EMO Trans’ colleagues in Denmark – Hecksher Group in Copenhagen – are enjoying much success in a number of diverse industries: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), bakery products, machinery, electronics, chemicals, telecom equipment, marine/ship spares, pharmaceuticals, and Danish designed products/high quality furniture. The office also specializes in Project Cargo and Logistics, out-of gauge cargo, shipping automobiles to and from the U.S. and Canada, Flexitank, and ISO-Tanks. Hecksher has also handled more unusual shipments like live animals via airfreight, a submarine by IL-76 Charter flight from Norway to Caracas, Venezuela, and Hughes Project Generators by charter ships to Africa. They also have proudly participated in relief cargo distributed to and inside Africa.
Kim Lagstrøm of Hecksher says that, as the country ‘goes green,’ they’re seeing growth in eco-conscious businesses. Other areas include telecommunications and military/aircraft spare parts and accessories. Kim says that he maintains a focus on organic growth in each country and continues to build on Hecksher Group’s solid platform. “Our organization is sales-driven, and the customer always comes first with our dedicated sales team,” he says. "Hecksher’s strong local presence in Scandinavia, Poland, and the Baltics combined with EMO Trans’ offices around the world, create a professionalism and reliability that customers can count on." Kim says that he has plans to travel to the U.S. to meet with importers and exporters in the first half of 2017.
In his spare time, Kim loves all kinds of sports, his family (which includes five kids), fitness, and golf.
Miami welcomed Giuseppe Signori to its warehouse staff. Erica Lipman-White joined JFK’s exports team, while Jesus Velarde Serrano joined El Paso’s warehouse staff. Michaella Kaminski joined Detroit’s air exports department, and Robert Villasenor joined Chicago’s imports team.
EMO Trans Atlanta Passes ISO Audit
Linda Rutland, Corporate Quality Systems Manager, announced that EMO Trans Atlanta has again passed its recertification audit. This office has maintained their certification since 1998 and Gary Schmidt, auditor for ABS Quality Evaluations, stated in the closing meeting that EMO Trans Atlanta continues to demonstrate its embracing of the quality system and a focus on customers. “Congratulations on all the hard work to maintain your certification for another three years,” he says.
EMO Trans Obtains Revalidation of C-TPAT
Matt Kmet, Corporate Customs Compliance Manager, recently met in Freeport, NY with the U.S. Customs Service for our profile review and audit for revalidation of our certification for the EMO Trans C-TPAT (Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program. EMO Trans has been a participant since 2003 and continues to work with governmental agencies to secure the international supply chain and protect our country’s security.
Anticipated Ocean Supply Chain Challenges for 2017
This past year brought a number of carrier mergers, consolidations, and acquisitions – a trend that has continued as the year comes to an end. “In the last quarter of 2016, we’ve seen the three Japanese carriers (NYK, MOL, and K-Line) announce that they would merge to become one entity,” says Corporate Ocean Freight Manager Robin Finke. “On December 1, Maersk agreed in principle to acquire Hamburg Sud, a deal that is expected to be finalized before the end of 2017. These carrier consolidations are intended to improve the financial health of the steamship lines in the coming year.”
New ocean alliances are expected in April 2017 that will allow some carriers to enter markets that they have never serviced before by utilizing the resources of these new alliances. This will benefit customers by providing more carrier choices to help fulfill supply chain needs.
“Changes in the landscape of the maritime industry will impact vessel rotations and vessel strings, as carriers will look to realign their resources to fit new business models,” Robin says. “While these changes should be minimal and have little ultimate impact on the supply chain, they’re expected to have some influence on interim capacity and transit times as the alliances redeploy their assets to the new strings – a change that cannot happen overnight.”
Robin observes that EMO Trans’ business has always been an intricate combination of different factors that control the supply chain, and this will be no different in the new year. 2017 will be another year with unique challenges.