The June edition of Conqueror’s quarterly newsletters is now online!

It comes loaded with information about Conqueror’s 9th Annual Meeting, news from the network, news highlights from the sector and much more

We are pleased to let you know that the second edition of Conqueror’s quarterly newsletter has been published and can be viewed on our website. Like every other edition, this newsletter brings you all the news from our network members, the latest news from the sector, news about the launch of the FreightViewer section of our website and more.

Inside you’ll find an interesting article about a list of books which can be of interest to people working in the freight forwarding sector. We have announced the date and venue of Conqueror’s 9th Annual Meeting more details about which can be obtained from the Annual Meeting section of our website. Like last time, we have published a few pages enlisting all the public holidays worldwide in the coming 3 months. Members can take a look so as to avoid unwanted hassles for them or their partners.

Conqueror members, who want to get the news about their company published on our December newsletter, are requested to send us a mail telling us about the latest accomplishments of their company. We will be happy to feature your company’s news on our website and on our upcoming newsletter.

Hope you enjoy reading!

Interview with Fleur Gase, Network Manager of CQR Amsterdam

“As the next generation of air cargo professionals, we are capable of using or inventing new tools to uplift the airfreight industry into an innovative future.”

In a section titled “The Future of Air Cargo” Schiphol Airport has interviewed Fleur Gase, the Network Manager of Reibel Air and Ocean Freight, Conqueror member in Amsterdam, among other young and female air cargo professionals. The new generation believes that collaboration, sustainability, and the use of intelligent technology is the way forward.

In this interview, Fleur Gase – who is 31 years old and joined the family freight forwarding business after briefly working in the media industry –gives a fresh perspective on the changes in the airfreight industry, which was traditionally male-dominated. She also emphasizes how digital technology, innovation, and more accessible career paths will make a great impact on the future of the air-cargo industry: “We are capable of using or inventing new tools to uplift the airfreight industry into a new dimension and an innovative future.”

Gase is also passionate about embracing digital technology and predicts that the future of air cargo lies in innovation. “As the next generation of air cargo professionals, we have grown up with constantly advancing technology.”

Additionally, she believes that the air cargo industry can move forward by replacing the “old boys’ network” with more accessible career paths that are open to diversity, and therefore, innovation. “One reason that air cargo does not attract many young professionals is that our industry is not sexy, but if we offer young professionals the skills and opportunities that they need to advance and work towards a bright future, then I believe that we will be able to retain more talent.” she said.

We encourage our members to check out the full interview by clicking on this link.

Interview with Conqueror Colombo

“Freight forwarders bridge the gap between carriers and customers world over who come from different cultures and operate at different times.”

Here is a transcript of an interview with Mr. Yohan Perera, the Network Coordinator of Pership Synergy Pvt. Ltd, Conqueror member in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In this interview, Mr. Perera talks about the finer points of his company, their achievements, and the challenges they faced in the recent past. 

Q. Can you tell us a little about Pership’s history?

A. Pership group is a fourth generation group of company which is predominantly engaged in the transport and logistics sector. We have been in this industry for more than a century and this year our company reached a key milestone of 130 years of existence in the global logistics market. My fellow members can always look up the updated profile of our company on the Conqueror website.

Q. What distinguishes Pership from other freight forwarders in your city?

A. Our long-standing reputation and robust market presence are two of the key distinguishing factors of our company. We offer a personal touch to our services which comes in the form of our value-added customized services. The trust, integrity, and reliability which we have established over the decades have resulted in enduring relationships with our clients. Customers, who start using the services of Pership Synergy, treat us as their preferred logistics partner. 

 Q. Which is the most difficult shipment your team has had to deliver?

A. During the recent Easter Sunday terror attacks in Colombo, we had to handle a project which consisted of clearing, delivering, unloading and sorting a 30-container parcel. After the attack, the country declared a curfew in several parts and there were explosion threats all over. In spite of all these life-threatening hurdles, our team successfully completed the operation. 

Q. Which is the most important challenge your company has to face?

A. One of the trickiest tasks for our company is to deal with the stiff market competition in a country as small as Sri Lanka.

Q. Which do you think are the keys to increase the efficiency of the freight forwarding services?

A. All customers want to track and trace their shipments. However, when it comes to freight forwarding, the sea and air freight generally tend to mix up making it very difficult to trace a particular shipment. So creating a dual system or database which will be able to track and trace both air and ocean freight will greatly ease the problems for the freight forwarders. Maybe someday Conqueror will implement a software or an android app which can eliminate this problem for good!

Q. Why do you think Conqueror’s Annual Meetings are important?

A. Conqueror’s Annual Meeting is like a huge market where all the network members gather to exchange ideas, sell their services, build relationships and strengthen their mutual bonding. It is really cost effective when compared to travelling to different countries for achieving the same outcome.

Q. What are the main technological challenges facing freight forwarders at the moment? How important is FreightViewer for the industry?

A. Technology is of vital importance to any industry in the present times and freight forwarding is no exception. However, it has to be remembered that not all stakeholders are tech savvy. Clients are keen on knowing the location of their shipments at any given time which is why live navigation and sophisticated tracking systems of multimodal shipments are now a standard requirement and not a luxury. Freight forwarders need to implement the various technological innovations such as FreightViewer – to make their services more attractive for the customers.

Q. From your experience, what are the keys to success in the freight forwarding industry?

A. In Asia, people still expect a personal touch from the service providers. I have to admit that freight forwarders bridge the gap between carriers and customers world over who come from different cultures and operate at different times. We need to create the right balance between olden day practices and futuristic processes.