The first edition of Conqueror’s quarterly newsletters for 2022 can now be viewed and downloaded from the website
Conqueror Freight Network’s March newsletter for 2022 is now published. It is available for viewing and downloading from the Newsletter section of the Conqueror website. The newsletter comes packed with all the latest news, interviews, reports, and articles from the network and the industry.
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The newsletter features all the news about the latest achievements of Conqueror members in Penang, Athens/Piraeus, Amsterdam, and Dhaka. Furthermore, there is a very interesting report about the Container Availability Index in ports across the world. In the interview with Anibal Diego, Conqueror’s Membership Development Coordinator, he talks about his experiences at Conqueror, the network’s 10th Anniversary, the benefits of members in terms of sales, and much more.
Moreover, the newsletter also includes a page about the participation of Conqueror in the Logistics Business Show. Additionally, it comes with all the details of Conqueror’s newly launched Online Academy. The post on ‘Debunking the myths of online education’ informs how remote learning can help freight forwarders reach their career goals.
The sector news in focus is on the transformation of India into a logistical powerhouse. Furthermore, there is a list of news headlines from the logistics sector. Last but not the least, this newsletter has an useful article about the handling of abandoned containers.
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They shipped the bone marrow required for a transplant by air from Spain to Germany
Airtransa SA, Conqueror member in Barcelona, Spain, has recently moved a lifesaving shipment consisting of human bone marrow. They transported the delicate shipment via air freight from Barcelona to Frankfurt, Germany. The sensitive cargo was sent from the United States to Valencia, Spain, for additional treatment. Afterward, it was sent from Valencia to Madrid by an exclusive truck. Finally, from Madrid, Airtransa exported it to Frankfurt via Barcelona by air.
The shipment required a lot of effort on the part of CQR Barcelona who had to coordinate with different parties like the carrier, terminal, airline, etc. Additionally, they had to confirm with the terminal to not x-ray the cargo because of its delicate nature. For this, they had to obtain a letter from the clinic declaring the sensitivity of the cargo before requesting exemption from an x-ray.
As stated by Dimos Economeas, the Business Development Manager of Airtransa, “It was a complicated operation in terms of timing as there were too many things to consider. Nevertheless, we made it happen! We are delighted to have successfully executed a shipment that could potentially save a life.”
Congratulations to Airtransa for successfully moving this lifesaving shipment!
The updated agreement will provide agents with a 10% discount on xChange subscriptions, enabling them to save up to 1000 USD. In addition, Conqueror members will have access to exclusive industry reports and insights. Also, they will be offered a discounted pass to annual Digital Container Summit and other xChange events
The aim of xChange is to provide with a neutral platform for container owners and users to collaborate easily and efficiently. The platform enables users to find new partners and manage end-to-end container logistics operations; including services like payment handling, trading buyer protection, container tracking premium and wallet management. Members will gain greater market transparency, avoid demurrage and detention charges and enhance operational flexibility.
Hamburg based company Container xChange connects industry players and brings members on one simple and efficient infrastructure to help them digitize their container logistic operations. Conqueror members will be able to join more than 1000 companies such as Kuehne+Nagel, Seaco, Sogese, Ocean Box, VMR Lines and Sarjak in revolutionizing their container sourcing method.
Claim your member benefit when joining xChange by using the referral code: CONQXC to receive a 10% discount upon sign up. If you would like to get to know more about xChange check the below interactive product tour.
For further information, feel free to reach out to our contact person Jedida Ravindran
Conqueror members can download the certificate from the Members Area of the website
Conqueror Freight Network is presently offering an online certificate that corroborates the membership of the network agents. They have made available this online certificate to provide better accessibility to the network’s intranet from where members can obtain the soft copy of this certification. Precisely for this reason, Conqueror’s IT team has put together a new section in their intranet. The online certification also comes with the date when the network accepted the member.
In the words of Conqueror President and Founder Antonio Torres, “As the largest exclusive freight network of the world, we only accept the most professional, reliable and financially solvent companies to our network who need to pass a rigorous selection process. With this certificate, our members will be able to confirm their expertise and competence that allowed them to become a part of our network. Furthermore, this official certificate of membership forms a part of our digitization endeavours that facilitate every aspect of our member’s work.
Conqueror members can download and print the soft copy of this document from the Members Area. They just have to access Conqueror’s intranet, and click on the “Certificate” tab and download it from the Dashboard.
The cargo consisting of yellow and green lemon and orange slices was moved via Yangtze River Express
Domax Logistics Co Ltd, Conqueror member in Hangzhou, China, moved a delicate perishable shipment. They transported the cargo of slices of oranges and yellow and green lemons from Shanghai to Amsterdam via air freight.
As explained by Mr. Bruce Li, General Manager of Domax Logistics, “Although the concept of transporting perishables seems simple enough, it involves many complications. This is because the slightest loophole in the transportation process could spoil the food products. We believe time is the key factor in these kinds of shipments. For this reason, we made all the preparations round the clock to ensure the delivery professionally and safely. To make sure that the cargo stays fresh and intact, we had to take several things into account like packaging, temperature, humidity, and other factors.”
Additionally, Domax had to provide some specific documentation like Phytosanitary Certificate to the customs authorities. Phytosanitary certificates are issued to indicate that consignments of some regulated articles meet the specified phytosanitary import requirements. It also certifies that the goods conform with the certifying statement of the appropriate model certificate. These include commodities such as plants, bulbs, tubers, or seeds for propagation, fruits and vegetables, cut flowers and branches, grain, and growing medium.
“We are a young enterprise with an experienced team. Most of our staff have more than 10 years experience in the logistics industry. This combined with our precise and exclusive services allows us to efficiently handle delicate and complex shipments like this one,” adds Mr. Li.
Congratulations to Domax Logistics and all the best for their future endeavours!
The cargo which had a volume of 150 CBM primarily consisted of tanks and boilers
C.V.Maragos International Forwarding, Conqueror member in Piraeus / Athens, Greece, recently shipped oversize tanks and boilers. They moved this 150 CBM cargo from Athens City Limits to Piraeus Port, with permits of special inland transportation, onward to West Africa via two Mafi equipment.
This oversized shipment consisted of a system of feed water tank thermal insulation, condensate collection tank, heat recovery boiler, and peripheral spares. Conqueror Athens was responsible for all aspects of this shipment including pickup, crane use, lashing / securing on the platforms, export custom formalities, and their sea transportation, via a RoRo service and several liner containers.
As stated by Mr. Vlasis Maragos, the General Manager of Conqueror Piraeus/Athens, “Our 40 years of market experience has allowed our company to manage this complicated project with professionalism and excellence. We apply our philosophy of premium quality services and premium customer care to every domestic and international shipment we handle, no matter the kind of cargo.”
Congratulations to CV Maragos and all the best for their future endeavours!
Conqueror members can now join freight forwarding courses along witha SOC Container Masterclass
Conqueror has established a partnership with the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association and Container xChange. Due to this agreement, these two internationally recognized associations are now offering members two freight forwarding courses and a SOC Container Masterclass. The objective of this online e-learning platform is to allow agents to upgrade their skills and knowledge base by training their employees. The courses are ideal for both newcomers in the sector and professional forwarders who want to upgrade their know-how and expertise.
Antonio Torres, the President and Founder of Conqueror Freight Network, is proud to present the courses. According to him, “In an industry that is constantly evolving, independent freight forwarders must permanently renovate their knowledge. Additionally, the emerging demands in logistics require further specialization and value-added services in freight forwarding operations. This is why we have created Conqueror’s online academy to help members up-skill their team right from their home or office.”
The Academic providers
The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association is a certified training provider. They have over 60 years of experience in education. CIFFA education programs are designed by industry experts. Moreover, their courses seek to provide students with the highest level of quality and professional services.
Container xChange is a neutral online platform used by 600+ small to mid-size as well as large companies. Their main aim is to make these companies gain market transparency, avoid detention charges and find trusted partners. They offer a wide range of training material enabling forwarders to better comprehend the topic of the leasing container industry.
The CIFFA course on International Transportation and Trade will educate the agents about several aspects of this sector. This includes the fundamentals of international logistics, risk management by selecting the appropriate Incoterm, freight rate, and load shipment calculation. It also covers other vital topics like the types of equipment and paperwork used in the transportation and logistics industry. The registration of this course is already opened. It will start on 1st April and will end on 30th March.
The second course, Essentials of Freight Forwarding, offers lessons on a wide variety of freight topics. Some of the subjects covered are international payment methods, cargo insurance, commercial documents, export packaging, cargo security, alternative transport solutions, etc. Registration for this course will open on 14th June.
The SOC Container Masterclass provided by Container xChange is a comprehensive freight forwarding course about handling Shipper Owned Containers. Agents who register for one of the CIFFA courses will get free access to this Masterclass.
Course participants can complete the course at their desired speed within 3 months. Moreover, the fully interactive courses with video and audio lessons and practical exercises create a productive online learning experience. CIFFA provides students with a downloadable e-textbook, that is fully searchable and has text-to-speech capability. Additionally, they provide online lessons and exercises to complement their learning. Once the training is accomplished, students will receive a certificate.
Andrea Martin, Conqueror’s FreightViewer Coordinator, will participate in one of the Roundtable Panel Discussions
Conqueror Freight Network has partnered with Logistics Business Show– an international online exhibition and conference for the logistics and materials handling industry. Logistics Business Show will provide an interactive platform for professionals involved in transportation, logistics, warehousing, materials handling, and other supply chain services. The exhibition will allow visitors to source products online, and request quotes. Additionally, the visitors will get to watch the conference and meet the exhibitors on video calls and chats. The second edition of this event will take place in October. Over 5000 industry professionals have confirmed their attendance for the March and October events.
The Logistics Business Show will take place from 15th to 17th of March. Andrea Martin, Conqueror’s FreightViewer Coordinator, will speak at the Roundtable titled ‘Road Transport Challenges’. The Panel Discussion will then be broadcasted live at their show on Tuesday 15th March at 10.00 am UK/11.00 am CET.
Other topics for the round table include- Software for Real-Time Visibility, Automation Systems in the Distribution Centre, Robotics Affordability & AI, Delivery WISMO & Inventory Management, Warehouse Worker Health & Safety, Track & Trace: Rugged Mobile, Sustainable Supply Chains, Forklift Innovation & Components.
Registering for the event will allow participants to meet and talk with 5000 international logistics decision-makers. Moreover, they will be able to schedule live video calls and chats with the exhibitors. Event participants will also get to source and purchase products and solutions and ask questions to the panelist speakers. Lastly, it will allow the attendees to enhance their industry networking and listen to the opinions of industry experts.
Conqueror members can register for this event by clicking on this link.
Domax Logistics Co. Ltd. cooperated with several network members to move airfreight shipments to Europe and Africa
Domax Logistics, Conqueror member in Hangzhou was founded on 10th September 2009. Their core business is airfreight and during the last year, they cooperated with many CQR members to move several LCL air projects boosting the business within the network.
One of the members they have recently cooperated with was C.V.Μ. International, Conqueror member in Athens/Piraeus. They moved an FCL export of a 20/40 container from China to Lagos by sea. Additionally, together with Incotrans, they carried out an export of HM 325 Manual Microtome which contained batteries. This was an air freight shipment that was moved from Shanghai to Lisbon.
“In Domax, we understand that different regional airports have different operational requirements, so we adapt to rapid customs clearance, and arrange the deliveries efficiently. Additionally, we believe that Conqueror has very reliable and professional members and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with many of them and contribute to the increase of the business within the network”.
Congratulations to Domax Logistics and all the best for their future endeavours!
“My job is to make sure that the number of Conqueror agents keeps growing steadily so as to provide our members with coverage in all the major cities/ports around the world.”
This week we interviewed Anibal del Diego, Conqueror’s Membership Development Coordinator. Anibal is responsible for conducting extensive research about the applicants before recruiting the most reliable and capable independent freight forwarders.
Moreover, his other task consists of finding new sales leads and selecting reliable forwarders as Conqueror members. Before joining Conqueror, Anibal gained years of experience in the Sales and Customer Service department. His experience with multinationals gave him a thorough idea of objective-driven performance to ensure ultimate customer satisfaction. Additionally, Anibal’s social interaction skills allow him to offer an affirmative and determined approach to Conqueror’s customer relationship management.
Q. We would like to know a bit about your experience at Conqueror Freight Network.
A. The time I have spent with my wonderful team at Conqueror has been extremely satisfying. We have a small team with a close bonding and working with them is a productive and pleasant experience. Over the years we have been working together to resolve our customer’s problems and think up the most innovative solutions. Most importantly, Conqueror has taught me a great deal about client communication, client research, and enrolling new agents for even greater network coverage.
Q. Tell us about your job. Do you find your everyday tasks interesting?
A. My daily tasks are both engaging and demanding at the same time. My primary job is to conduct thorough research about the companies of the applicants to determine their reliability. As you know, we only accept dependable and financially secure members to ensure a safe work environment for all our members.
Additionally, being the Membership Development Coordinator, I am the first person our members contact before making it to the network. Lastly, I also need to contact potential members and tell them about how Conqueror can help them with business expansion. I make sure that the number of Conqueror members keeps growing so as to cover all the major cities/ports around the world.
Q. What is the best part about working at Conqueror?
A. The warm and friendly work environment allows us to be creative and experiment with new approaches in every aspect of my job. Moreover, my teammates as well as the management are very encouraging and supportive. I can say that over the years, our team has become like a family. In spite of all the challenges I face in the course of my work, I enjoy solving problems and testing new tactics to further the interests of both members and our network. The dynamic office ambience greatly enhances my productivity. Together with my colleagues, we form part of a very close-knit group that works toward helping our agents and enabling them to globalize their business and augment their ROI.
Q. What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
A. Communication with members from so many linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be a very exacting task. Nevertheless, my experience in client servicing allows me to carry out this task proficiently.
Q. What were the starting years of Conqueror like?
A. Conqueror Freight Network was formed 10 years back in January 2011. Since then we have been helping independent freight forwarders from around the world to effectively compete against the largest multinationals of this sector. The sole objective of our network was to give the small and mid-sized logistics companies a platform to increase their share of businesses.
To begin with, we had 50 members from 33 countries. However, with time we have established ourselves as the largest exclusive freight forwarding network in the globe with over 260 members from 136 countries. Regardless of the multiple challenges this sector has been facing since our pandemic, we were able to maintain our network standards, expand our member base, and offer them all the means to grow their businesses.
“Transparency, creativity, and the know-how to deal with difficult situations – these are some of the qualities I have inculcated during my career. I strongly believe that clear communication, honesty, and the means we provide to help freight forwarders compete with the largest players are the three things that are helping our network to grow.
Q. How did you celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Conqueror?
A. We put together a very touching video for members to watch during the Virtual Meeting. Here we compiled the best moments of the network along these years. It was really exciting, since all of us gave ideas to make it and the final video where the entire Conqueror team congratulates the members was not only affecting but also was very funny. It was a special moment when we felt a strong sense of team spirit. We all were very proud of the network! After the Meeting, we had a small party with some snacks to celebrate this occasion.
Q. What do you think are the biggest benefits of Conqueror in terms of sales?
A. The greatest financial advantage for our agents is undoubtedly Conqueror’s Referral Programme. The members need to suggest to us the names of a reliable forwarder in cities that are vacant at the moment. In case the recommended company becomes a network member, the referring agents get a 25% discount on their upcoming membership fee. They can avail of a maximum of 4 discounts of 25% every year. This implies the chance of paying zero membership fee in the next year! Moreover, members wanting territorial exclusivity in more than one city are required to pay just 50% of the membership fee for every additional branch.
Q. What is the most important objective of the sales team?
A. The principal task of the sales team is to increase the coverage of our network. To achieve this, Conqueror’s PR and Marketing team conduct several promotional campaigns. They contact the leading freight forwarders in every city who have the professionalism to make it to our network. Moreover, we are not searching for the largest forwarder with the largest business volume. What we want are trustworthy, well-managed, and financially solvent forwarders with considerable business volume and sound credit history. This way all our members can rest assured that they are dealing only with the most reputed and dependable partners.
Q. What are the values that motivate you?
A. Transparency, creativity, and the know-how to deal with difficult situations and make the right decision- these are some of the qualities I have inculcated during my career. I strongly believe that clear communication, honesty, and the means we provide to help independent freight forwarders compete with the largest players are the three things that are helping our network to grow.
I feel that in the last 10 years we have been able to convince our members that we care for them and our main objective is to help them grow. Being customer-focused rather than competitor-focussed, allows us to be more pioneering and has greatly contributed to our expansion. A satisfied customer means a lot for our business. My objective is to keep ensuring that the agents get what they are looking for.