Albert Einstein said, â€œStrive not to be a success, but to be of value.â€ We at EMO Trans are keenly focused on adding value to our clientsâ€™ supply chains with everything we do. And this has worked very well for us.
We are making excellent progress with the development of new technology. We recently implemented a customized purchase order tracking system for one of our clients. Please contact us if that would be of interest to you.
Uwe Kaeding, Tilo Weger and I recently attended the largest conference of the global airlines. Our airline partners are finally getting serious about embracing the digital revolution. This will result in a common (rather than fragmented as it exists today) approach to technology, which fits right in with our plans for the connected supply chain.
Many airlines are moving to summer schedules greatly increasing the number of flights to and from the USA. The added capacity will result in very competitive airfreight rates, and we should not see any increases in the near future.
Four of the leading ocean carriers (CMA CGM, Evergreen, Cosco and OOCL) are forming the Ocean Alliance. This will be a strong challenge to the Maersk MSC alliance, but it may lead to less volatility and more stability in the maritime industry.
The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) certification process is set to begin on July 1. Physically weighing each and every container will be impossible. Therefore, it is likely that a formula may be used to calculate the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) in lieu of weighing the container. At this point, it is unclear who has the authority to certify the VGM calculation. We will update you as information becomes available.
Devastating earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador have been in the news recently. We are grateful that our EMO Logistics Japan employees and their families are safe. We regret the loss of life and hope these countries will recover soon.
Our global footprint broadens as our latest office is set to open in Malaysia next month. Strategically located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has a strong trade infrastructure to support high-tech and resource-based manufacturing industries. Look for our official announcement and more details soon.
We hope you enjoy the warm spring weather and the opening of baseball season. I hope to catch a Dodgers game this year, but youâ€™ll most likely find me on the soccer field or in the mountains.
All EMO China offices will be closed to celebrate International Labour Day from April 30 (Saturday) to May 2 (Monday). They will resume work on May 3 (Tuesday).
CONGRATULATIONS! Donna Esposito celebrated her 25th company anniversary this month. Donna works in the Baldwin office as the Agent Supervisor and has worked in the accounts receivable, accounts payable, and international departments. The group took her to lunch and brought in her favorite treat - cannoli cake - and a few other goodies to celebrate. â€œThis is a very nice company to work for; itâ€™s like a second family,â€ she says. â€œI have made many friends with my colleagues over the years.â€ Congratulations, Donna!
This monthâ€™s Success by Performance Star is Eileen Oâ€™Hara Piscola, Accounting Manager at EMO Transâ€™ corporate office.
On a typical day in the office, she interacts with the accounting and human resources departments and handles any priorities that arise at any of the 26 U.S. branches. â€œI assist the branches with issues such as reevaluating credit lines for customers with increased business, collection issues, initiating ACH/wire transfers for steamship lines in order to ensure proper handling of our freight, and any payroll-related issues,â€ she says. â€œWe are always working on projects to grow and further develop our area to improve efficiency.â€
Eileen started her career with the company right out of college in April 1987 as an accounting clerk. She has since worked her way up to Accounting Manager. â€œEileen was nominated because she always goes above and beyond her duties,â€ says Human Resources Manager Donna Landeck. â€œDuring a recent payroll transition, she worked at home, all weekend, and a few nights until 10 pm to make the transition a smooth one. In addition, she always has a smile on her face, is patient and pleasant to deal with, and still brings energy, interest and a desire to improve things to her job even after many years in her role. She is open-minded to new ideas and is willing to take on new projects if she feels it will improve the company. She truly exemplifies 'Success by Performance'!â€
Eileen's favorite part of her job is interacting with branches and EMO personnel, and she enjoys assisting with any accounting and human resources issues or questions. â€œAs a corporate employee for EMO Trans, I believe that itâ€™s our responsibility to represent professionalism, a team spirit, and a willingness to help coworkers. I also very much enjoy training and overseeing the internal growth within the accounting department and supporting our fine staff,â€ she says.
â€œEileen Oâ€™Hara, as she was known when she joined us in 1987, is an outstanding employee who during her tenure of nearly 30 years has demonstrated her versatility and commitment to the company,â€ says Chairman Jo Frigger. â€œIn addition to her accounting responsibilities, she managed our human resource department and watches our cash flow like a hawk. She was the first of what I call â€œour Irish cash brigadeâ€ which later was rounded off with Tom Harlin and Erin Maloney. Eileen has spent her entire business life with EMO and is an indispensible part of the EMO family. During this time, Eileen has built her own family with husband Joe and two children. Her experience and straightforward friendly nature have guided many of our people into their own successful careers at our company. Thank you, Eileen, for the many good things you have done for the company, and I trust we can count on you to hang around a lot longer.â€
Outside of work, Eileen is mom to 11-year-old son Michael and 8-year-old daughter Jaclyn, and she loves to watch her kids play sports like soccer, softball, baseball, flag football, and karate. â€œMy husband Joe coaches my childrenâ€™s baseball and soccer teams, and I am the assistant coach on my daughterâ€™s soccer team,â€ she says. â€œI feel it is very important for children to play sports as there are many positive life lessons you learn by participating.â€ In her spare time, Eileen enjoys exercising, skiing in Vermont, and traveling with her family.
Project Logistics International (PLI) in cooperation with their partner in Scandinavia handled the transportation and delivery of four oversized crates and various containers with ship spares for a cruise ship. The ship is currently undergoing refurbishment at a shipyard in Portland, Oregon. EMO Trans is making great inroads into developing its hospitality business around the world.
Effective April 1, the EMO China Xiamen office moved to a new address:
EMO TRANS CHINA LTD - Xiamen Branch
Room 520, Jinan International center,
No.31, Xinghu Road,
Xiamen Fujian 361006 China
TEL: 86 592 5752170/5752197
FAX: 86 592 5752350
General email: email@example.com
Ocean Rates at All-Time Low After meeting with offices and carrier partners in Asia, Corporate Ocean Freight Manager Robin Finke reports that the overall state of the Transpacific trade is still somewhat murky. "Rates are at an all-time low and yet some vessels are operating at over 100% capacity â€“ which typically would lead to higher rates due to the increased demand. This year is special because other vessels are operating at less than desirable utilization levels and pull the average rate-to-be-achieved down. Normally, a carrier would then idle a loop or two to increase demand. However, with the slow progress of contracts between both BCOs and NVOs being concluded, withdrawing capacity would send the wrong notice to any new contract signor and indicate that the carrier doing this is unfit to handle the business through peak."
SOLAS Implementation Speaks to Same Confusion in the Market
"While it's clear that all container weights must be verified and certified and that two methods are acceptable, it still remains vague how the carriers (or any other entity in the process) will actually verify if the submitted weight is correct," Robin says. "We're also still unclear on the exact allowable tolerances on the VGM or if the type of scale needs to be approved or licensed. We will continue to monitor the situation and inform all customers as soon as we can make some definite recommendations. Weâ€™re committed to providing accurate and usable information and continue to work with all parties in the VGM process to find a suitable solution."