A real world approach to business

Mar 29 - Apr 04, 2004





Recently GeoLogistics Corporation, one of the world's largest global third-party logistics companies, announced the official opening of its Pakistan operations. To start with, it has opened four offices in Pakistan, including the head office in Karachi. GeoLogistics is the global leader in non-asset based logistics, with an extensive network of operations in more than 100 countries around the world. On this occasion Bill Flynn, President and CEO of GeoLogistics and Wolfgang Hollermann, CEO of Asia Pacific Region were in Pakistan. Following are the excerpts from an exclusive interview with Bill Flynn.

GeoLogistics offer competitive air and ocean freight and destination handling, de-stuffing charges in comparison with the co-load market. Apart from this we offer fixed day departure and arrival to and from Europe, Far East and North America. GeoLogistics has also been certified under the US Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Programme (C-TPAT), which means that our customers will benefit from fewer inspections and faster clearance times. With time, we hope that our operations will expand in other fields such as warehousing, distribution etc.

We are proud to become a part of Pakistan's promising future and hope to make a positive contribution that will help accelerate the pace of economic development in the country. This addition to GeoLogistics' global network improves our ability to serve our customers, particularly in the retail sector who are becoming increasingly interested in sourcing products from Pakistan. It also provides more comprehensive international services from this emerging markets. The importance of the Pakistan market is highlighted by its strategic geographical location serving as a link for transit trade to Afghanistan and other CIS countries.

GeoLogistics offers its customers a broad range of freight management and customized logistics solutions backed by a single company-wide IT system. With experienced and dedicated people, GeoLogistics meets customers' specific local logistics needs on a truly global basis. GeoLogistics combines more than 150 years of history with the latest technology and practices.



GeoLogistics is a company rooted in day-to-day realities of business. We have a worldwide network, a comprehensive range of freight forwarding and distribution services, the latest supply chain management strategies, plus the IT infrastructures to support them. But we don't define ourselves by our resources, instead, our global team is driven by the needs of its customers. The GeoLogistics network is about much more than just office locations, fleet numbers and millions of tonnes per year. It is about our people too. Because when situation grows complex and decisions need to be made, there 's no match for experience and ingenuity. In the same way that there's no better medium to business than close relationships, shared understanding and instinctive communication.

GeoLogistics has the freedom to commission the optimum, best value programmes on demand, whatever the circumstances  all linked by our global IT platform for total service transparency and effortless control. Such flexibility is a crucial advantage, especially when time runs short or the unexpected happens. For example, GeoLogistics draws on preferred relationship with the leading airlines to guarantee time define deliveries. The GeoLogistics ocean freight service is the sum of a long-established presence in major ports across the globe. GeoLogistics also offers a broad portfolio of overland transportation service across North America, Europe and Asia.

Pakistan is not a new market for us. We have been operating in this part of the world through local agents for more than 15 years. The decision to establish Pakistan operation is based on the growing trade between the two countries. The US is the largest buyer of textiles and clothing from Pakistan. We are not only in a position to offer better tariff but also speedy transportation. The reduction in transit time and speedy handling would enable Pakistani exporters to serve their US customers better.