Automotive Purchasing Weekly 2 March 2015 - page 24

27 February 2015 | Supply Chain
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has
selected JAXPORT to import its all-new
2015 Jeep Renegade, the first Jeep ever to
be built exclusively outside of the United
AMPORTS will handle vehicle processing
at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal
and the SUVs will be shipped via Grimaldi
The first shipment of Jeep Renegades
arrived in Jacksonville in February and
was processed for immediate delivery to
Designed in Detroit, the 2015 Jeep
Renegade symbolises the All-American
brand known for its rugged off-road
capability. The Renegade carries the
distinction of being built at the FCA facility
in Melfi, Italy, alongside the new Fiat 500X
subcompact crossover, which will also be
moved into the Southeastern US through
JAXPORT later this year.
“This new business once again illustrates
the confidence that automakers worldwide
have in JAXPORT and our service partners,”
said Roy Schleicher, JAXPORT Executive
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
“Clearly, the quality of the work being
done by our tenants, partners and employees
continues to resonate with manufacturers,
solidifying our position as the premiere US
port for vehicle handling.”
JAXPORT has a long standing partnership
with FCA US, serving as import/export port
for many of the company’s well-known
brands and models.
“FCA US recognises the importance of
Jacksonville as a gateway to our customers
in the southeastern United States,” said
Ren Reed, Finished Vehicle Logistics,
Procurement and Network Design, FCA US.
“Our partnership with AMPORTS will help
ensure the success of the Renegade launch
in the region.”
“This decision sends a strong message
about the caliber of the work done here at
the port in Jacksonville,” said AMPORTS
President and Chief Operating Officer Steve
Taylor. “We are grateful for the confidence
that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has in our
abilities and our efficiencies.”
CNsaysTeamsters inCanada ratify
26 February 2015 | Supply Chain
CN announced today that members of
the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-
Rail Canada Traffic Controllers union have
ratified a new labour agreement.
approximately 180 rail traffic controllers in
Jim Vena, CN Executive Vice-President
and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We
are delighted to see another union ratify
a new labour contract as we wrap up this
current round of bargaining in Canada.
The agreement was amicably negotiated
by the company and union and will deliver
real wage and benefit improvements to our
ABVolvoextends20year partnership
26 February 2015 | Supply Chain
Leading logistics service provider TNT has
received a three-year contract renewal from
the Swedish truck and bus maker AB Volvo
for ‘inbound to production’ and aftermarket
delivery services in Europe.
Under this contract, TNT will continue
to handle AB Volvo’s European emergency
production movements. TNT collects
automotive components and parts from
more than 800 different suppliers in Europe
and delivers them to AB Volvo’s production
facilities in Sweden, Belgium, France
and Poland. The service builds on TNT’s
integrated road and air network in Europe.
It combines scheduled and special services
to ensure all production delivery needs are
The need to maintain low inventory
levels while keeping assembly lines
running smoothly make guaranteed reliable
deliveries essential. TNT provides a door-to-
door transit monitoring service for shipments
from its Automotive Control Centres, with
24/7 availability.
Also under the contract, TNT handles
parts distribution to Volvo dealers throughout
Europe to support the brand’s aftermarket
offering. Most parts are collected at AB
Volvo’s central or support warehouses in
Europe. TNT also increasingly makes direct
deliveries from suppliers to dealers. Next-
day delivery before 7:00 is the norm for
these deliveries, regardless of the dealer’s
TNT has worked for Volvo for more than 20
years. Another contract sees TNT managing
the delivery of parts from suppliers in
Europe to Volvo Trucks’ manufacturing plant
in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States.
‘Inbound to Production’ and aftermarket
services are among the industry service
propositions developed by TNT under its
Outlook strategy to meet the specific needs
of vertical industries. They will be available
to more customers in the automotive, high
tech and industrial sectors in 2015.
FLSGroup launches
inUAEandappointsPeter Scholten
25 February 2015 | Supply Chain
Leading logistics provider Fast Logistics Solutions Group (FLS) has announced its launch in
Dubai and the appointment of industry veteran Peter Scholten as CEO.
Headquartered in Dubai, the group
is a pioneer in the industry, offering an
array of activities, including scheduled air
cargo services, air cargo charter solutions,
international ocean freight, multi-modal air-
sea-land door-to-door solutions, customs
clearance, 3PL warehousing and distribution
In 2014 FLS Group generated US$ 200
million revenue with airfreight volumes at
45,000 tons and ocean freight volumes
at 20,000 TEU’s. FLS Group employs 700
staff (500 in UAE) in a network of 40 offices
across UAE, Africa and Asia.
Speaking at the launch, Al Ameen,
Chairman and Founder of the Group, said:
“With the vast industry experience we
come with, we are looking to foray into
the untapped segments of the industry.” Al
Ameen introduced the company’s new CEO,
Peter Scholten and said that the company
was looking to cash in on the rich industry
experience Scholten brings with him. “Peter
Scholten has been a very well known name
in the industry who will grow and expand the
FLS Group globally.”
Speaking on the occasion, Peter Scholten
added, “This is a great, challenging
opportunity for me. After working 20 years
for cargo airlines in several locations in
the world I am excited to return back to
forwarding and logistics. Leading and
expanding the activities of FLS Group to a
global company from a strong home base
in UAE is a fantastic challenge for the years
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