Madrid, Spain, February 10, 2011 – Only a month after its operational launch, the world’s first “virtual multinational” freight forwarding network is getting highly positive feedback from its first 50 members.
“An agent told me that he had received more new business from Conqueror in a month than he had in eight years from another network he had belonged to,” said Conqueror mastermind Antonio Torres, himself a veteran freight forwarder.
“Members also say they are impressed with each other’s quality and professionalism. One said we are providing what medium-sized forwarders need most –partners everywhere who understand that the key to future survival and growth is genuine give-and-take cooperation, in a secure payments environment.”
Torres said that until the end of the 6-month free trial –a probationary period for all new members– they will not be identified in the public area of www.conquerornetwork.com
“But we encourage them to fly the Conqueror flag in their local markets. Their customers should know that they are being served by members of a new global elite.”
For Conqueror’s network development manager Russell Whittington, “what members appreciate most is ‘owning’ their territories as the group’s sole representative, and the fact that the territories are clearly defined so there are no conflicts .”
The high-end network began accepting applications last September, and in January its members began contacting each other to start working together. All members must agree to work with each other for about half of their shipments and follow other rules to ensure “disciplined cooperation”.
The first members operate in 50 cities in 34 countries, and together they have more than 5,900 employees. All were carefully selected for solvency, size, and reputation from among nearly 500 applicants.
The recruitment drive will continue until the cooperative association has chosen members in all 564 of the world’s largest cities.
“We know there’s at least one independent forwarding firm in every city that can meet our standards and benefit immensely by joining us. But we are very serious about accepting only the most solvent, and those who can bring an appreciable volume of business to the network. That’s why we have had to reject almost nine of every ten applications,” explained Whittington.
The Conqueror Freight Network is designed to equip strong independent freight forwarders with the partners, organizational infrastructure, and tools they need to compete in an industry increasingly dominated by a dozen multinational “mega forwarders”.
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