Spotlight on: ELITE Association of Logistic Networks

By Freddie Pierce
The logistics industry's only recognised group of quality-focused, independently-owned logistics and freight forwarder networks, ELITE Association...

The logistics industry's only recognised group of quality-focused, independently-owned logistics and freight forwarder networks, ELITE Association of Logistic Networks, has made significant progress since its foundation less than 12 months ago.

Now gearing up to celebrate its one year anniversary with 10 of the world’s leading freight forwarder networks already having joined the association, ELITE has made significant steps in providing the industry with a clear pathway for logistics companies and shippers to locate and utilise networks that meet quality standards and strict financial, service and benefit criteria. The association has also lobbied industry associations and bodies on a range of issues that directly affect the independent freight forwarding community.

It has put in place a number of ground-breaking association wide programmes that will let members of all ELITE networks compete more effectively and drive new cost-savings and efficiencies in their businesses.

President of Global Logistics Network and ELITE co-founder, Roy Stapleton, said: “With over a combined membership of over 3,450 logistics companies in 7,000 offices around the world, ELITE members have a combined annual turnover of over US$60 billion – bigger than the largest multinational companies.

"This strength has allowed us to not only raise the concerns and interests of the independent freight forwarding community with major global industry bodies and participate in industry-wide initiatives, but also create this range of programmes that will equip each member company with the tools to compete even more effectively.

"Thanks to the global reach and influence of ELITE member networks, the independent freight forwarding sector is gaining market share in every region of the world and these new programmes will allow member companies to further build on this momentum.”

ELITE Association of Logistic Networks is the industry's only recognised group of quality-focused independently owned and operated logistics and freight forwarder networks. It was formed in December 2012 to provide the industry with a recognised seal of quality for freight forwarding networks and to promote and protect the interests of the independent freight forwarding community with major industry governing bodies and associations. All member networks of ELITE have passed strict quality and business practice criteria.

ELITE currently includes ten global networks whose membership combined includes more than 3,450 companies with annual revenues of more than US $60 Billion and 140,000 staff operating from 7,000  offices in 195 countries worldwide.

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