The WACO System welcomes Norbert Dentressangle
The appointment follows the completion of Norbert Dentressangle's acquisition of the freight forwarding activities of Daher Group, WACO's long-term French member.
Guillaume Col, Managing Director of Norbert Dentressangle Overseas, said: “Following our first three successful years of trading, the acquisition of the Daher Group’s operations in France and Russia further consolidates the long term growth plans for Norbert Dentressangle Overseas.
"Being the WACO member for France gives us the necessary support required to enable us to focus on serving all major trade lanes and continue to establish Norbert Dentressangle as a truly end-to-end service provider”.
WACO, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is an exclusive network of independent freight forwarders, counting members in 90 countries handling 1.85 million shipments globally.
"Our community is delighted to be welcoming Norbert Dentressangle as it develops and consolidates its freight forwarding business," said Richard Charles, WACO Executive Director.
“WACO is looking forward to building a stronger presence in France as we build further value for our members and their customers.”
WACO, which will host its 79th EGM in Hanoi, Vietnam, this month, has also recently welcomed new members in Ecuador and Nigeria as part of its ongoing growth strategy.
Following this operation, Norbert Dentressangle Overseas, whose operations include a total of 800 employees, reaching an annual turnover close to EUR220m, has a network of eight offices in France and three in Russia.
Founded in 1973, WACO is the world's foremost independent global freight management and logistics organisation. WACO has a community of members in 90 countries countries with a combined network of more than 400 locations, employing over 21,000 freight professionals who handle over 1.85 million shipments each year. The network has a combined annual turnover of USD4 billion, making this exclusive network a top five player in the global market. The company is an Association owned by its members with its Corporate Head Office in Zurich and operational management in London.
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.