Now365 Logistics successfully transports an adorable live animal shipment!

They recently moved 24 live Gentoo Penguins from New Zealand to Shanghai via air freight

Now365 Logistics Limited, a Coop member in Auckland, New Zealand, has recently concluded shipping an unusual cargo consisting of 24 live penguins from Auckland to Shanghai, China. This delicate project took months of planning only to be delayed further in March due to the lockdown in New Zealand.

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COOP_Now365 Logistics Limited member in Awckland shipps 24 live penguins from Auckland to Shanghai

As stated by Mr Ruwan Premathilaka, Managing Director of Now365 Logistics, “Planning and executing this offbeat project was not simple and credit goes to our entire team for the safe handover of these charming creatures.”
As soon as the lockdown was lifted, the Now365 team continued their efforts to safely organize the transportation of these gentoo penguins from the Sea Life Kelly Tarltons Aquarium in Auckland all the way to Shanghai. “From organizing the refrigerated truck to 4 Celsius temperature onboard the plane, no details were overlooked to ensure zero mortality. Although this was a special project, our team at Now365 is passionate about taking special care of each and every piece of cargo we handle,” adds Mr Premathilaka.

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Check all the details of the shipment in NOW365 blog.

The Coop’s summer newsletter is out and available for viewing on the website

The current edition of our quarterly newsletters includes news from the network as well as from the sector along with a host of other interesting columns

The June edition of the Coop’s quarterly newsletters has been published and can now be viewed and downloaded from our website. Inside the newsletter, you are going to find all the information about our recently announced Virtual Event as well as all the latest news from your partners and important news bits from our sector.

There’s also a page dedicated to The Coop’s new updates: the creation of a new blog and the announcement of a new customizable online brochure for members.

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There is also a page in which we talk about the impact of The Covid-19 and how freight forwarders can cope with it.

Hope you enjoy reading!

Interken Freighters celebrates its 35th anniversary

In the last 5 years, Interken has achieved 35% growth, benefited from a growing team and acquired a new facility close to Heathrow Airport

Interken Freighters, a Coop member in London, UK, has recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Interken Freighters has been providing comprehensive air, road and ocean freight services to their clients in the UK and beyond since 1985 and has continued to prosper in recent turbulent times. 

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Varun Ghai, Director at Interken, commented “We are very proud of reaching this significant milestone. Our success over these 35 years is largely thanks to the commitment to core values of total customer satisfaction and forging long-standing relationships. I would like to thank our employees, customers, & worldwide partners for your continued support through the years”.

Congratulations to Interken and wishing them the very best for their future endeavours!

Solmaz welcomes a new member to their team

Mrs. Yesim Soylemez has joined Solmaz as the Head of their Freight department

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Solmaz, a Coop member in Istanbul, Turkey, has recently appointed Mrs. Yesim Soylemez as their Head of Freight. Mrs. Soylemez graduated from Gazi University in the field of urban and regional planning and started her career in 1989 as a City Planner. Since then she worked in several managerial positions including Territory Sales Manager, Air Freight Sales Manager, and Group Sales Manager before joining the Solmaz team.

In her own words, “I am eagerly looking forward to working with my new team and I am pretty confident about undertaking the charge of Head of Freight Department with diligence and perfection right from day one.”

As stated by the Operations Manager of Solmaz, ”We are very happy to welcome Mrs. Soylemez to our team. We are counting on her long years of experience in the sector which will have many positive contributions. I am absolutely confident that she will become an asset to our team.”

The Coop wishes Solmaz the very best for their future endeavours!

The Coop introduces a new team building activity during their 6th Annual Meeting at Phuket, Thailand

This new activity involves an optional corporate day trip to the Phi Phi Island- one of the most exotic destination in the country

This year The Coop has organized an optional corporate group tour to the Phi Phi Islands with the members and their spouses. “This new corporate outdoor activity has been introduced to provide an informal platform for fostering the team spirit of our network. A day out with your partners to the beautiful Phi Phi Islands will create the perfect environment for nurturing your friendships with your partners and open up new channels of communication!” explains Mr. Antonio Torres, the President and Founder of Cooperative Logistics Network.

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The group tour which will take place on the 25th of March 2020 from 8:30 to 17:30 will go a long way in enhancing the camaraderie among the network members and allow them to warm up to each others in a friendly and informal ambience before they embark on the one-to-one meetings on the following day. Some of the highlights of this trip include a speedboat ride to the Phi Phi Island, visit to the Viking Cave, Pileh Cove and Loh Samay Bay, group lunch, and finally some adventure activities at the Monkey Beach.

The day trip to the Phi Phi Islands will allow the participants to strike the perfect balance between business and leisure and make the most of the trip to Phuket.

For trip itinerary and any further information visit the tour section of our website.

The Cooperative takes a major step towards the digitization of the freight forwarding sector by creating FreightViewer

Madrid, Spain October 2019: After two years of hard work and substantial private investments, The Coop with agents in 286 cities and 124 countries is all set to start working with its member-exclusive Transport Management Software, FreightViewer. This software will provide the members of The Cooperative the technological capability to compare competitive online freight rates, share shipping documents, and quote instantly in real-time all in one neatly organized platform.

Freight forwarding sector is aware about the need of digitization in the industry. The best example to show this fact, is the great investment of technological companies such as Flexport, Freightos or other pioneer freight forwarding multinationals, e.g. Twill and KN Freightnet, have done during the last few years. But even, after all these investments and efforts, a considerable percentage of freight forwarders continue to miss out on the digitalization race in the freight industry.

Even though it is not an easy task to become digitalize within this industry, highly demanding and inpatient customers, multinationals and globalization, are some of the factors which are forcing an important transformation in logistics sector. Inside this environment, The Coop has developed FreightViewer, revolutionizing the old ways of working. As a member-exclusive and free Transport Management Software, FreightViewer allows members of the network to automatize the uploading of their contract rates (Air, FCL, LCL and Cargo Insurance) through the online platform and share them with agents or customers instantly. Moreover, FreightViewer on the dashboard allows customers and agents to manage bookings for any carrier online, collaborate and share the shipping documents, and offer real-time status updates for shipments.

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As stated by Antonio Torres, the CEO and President of The Coop, “The new tool is going to help freight forwarders within our network cope with the problem of ever-changing freight rates due to complex tariffs, various time zones and unresponsive overseas agents, which eventually leads to a delay in quoting a door-to-door service.”

FreightViewer will ensure that all members will become truly digital freight forwarders. Mr. Torres further added that “Digitization of the freight forwarding sector is starting but very slowly. For example, only three of the top twenty global freight forwarders can provide an instant quote online. We feel very proud to be part of the digitization process in our industry. The Coop is the first international freight forwarding network to launch instant quoting ability for its members. We have come up with FreightViewer after the launch of the operating system by the industry leader Flexport, who has received one billion $ investment, has eleven offices in four countries and is currently receiving all the attention world-wide from media related to the industry as it is growing incredibly. We haven’t a received a billion-dollar investment, but we have developed a state-of-art software and we have a huge worldwide infrastructure formed by our members. This makes us one of the biggest players running in the digital race of the logistics sector. Our main aim is to contribute towards actualizing the process of digitization in this sector and thereby create value for the shippers.”

FreightViewer will definitely alter the way independent freight forwarders conduct their businesses. It will not just reduce the quotation processing time from a number of days to a couple of seconds, but also help to enhance the productivity, client engagement, and profitability of the member companies.

Solmaz takes on a new Sales Director!

Onur Birkal who has over 20 years of experience in the logistics industry is the new Sales Director of the Coop member in Istanbul, Turkey

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“Solmaz, a Coop member in Istanbul, Turkey, welcomes a new teammate, Mr. Onur Birkal, who is working as their new Sales Director from August, 2019. In his own words, “I am really excited about joining Solmaz and I am hopeful that my presence will be advantageous for our team and together we can achieve a great many goals. My extensive experience in this sector will surely contribute greatly to the smooth working of our sales team.”

Born in 1976, Birkal, was graduated from Istanbul Erkek High School and finished a degree on Business Administration from Istanbul University. He started his career in 1999 and since then he has worked at managerial positions, in several prestigious freight forwarding companies.

As stated by the Operations Director of Solmaz, “We welcome aboard Mr. Birkal and we are hopeful about the positive contributions of his efforts in the coming days. I am confident that his addition to our team will greatly reinforce our Sales Department!”

Wishing Solmaz all the success for their future projects!


Kopf & Lübben are all set to exhibit at the transport logistic fair to be held in Munich, Germany, from 4th – 7th June, 2019

transport logistic is one of the world’s leading trade fairs for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management which takes place every 2 years in Munich, Germany

Kopf & Lübben GmbH, a Coop member in Bremen, Hamburg and Frankfurt, Germany, is making preparations for their exhibition to be held at the transport logistic fair in Munich on 4th-7th June, 2019. “Besides marketing our brand, our focus will be on promoting our extensive know-how and experience of rail freight between China and Europe. The new Silk Road is a challenge to air and ocean carriers with additional rail routes being added on a regular basis,” says Thomas Manigk, Managing Director of Kopf & Lübben.

“The land route through central Asia offers a far shorter transit time compared to ocean freight and is substantially cheaper than air freight. Moreover, rail services cut carbon emissions substantially, which is an important aspect to many of our customers”, he adds.

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The fair which is one of the leading logistics and supply chain fairs in the world will welcome over 60,000 visitors from across 120 countries. Mr. Manigk further continues, “transport logistic is an excellent platform to network, deepen the existing relations and forge new relationships as well as to catch up on key developments in the global logistics industry. Members of the Coop family are invited to make contact with the Kopf + Lübben Cargo Services team in hall B 3, stand no. 209/310.”

For more details about the event kindly check out their website:

The Coop wishes Kopf + Lübben all the success for their upcoming exhibition in June!

Capital Shipping Company starts offering a complete range of inland trucking transportation services

Their services will be available from Amman to Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria

Capital Shipping Company, a Cooperative member in Amman, Jordan, will start offering a wide range of trucking transport services from Amman to Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. They will provide domestic and international cargo services of any tonnage containers and trucks so as to fulfil all the requirements of their customers.

As stated by Ms. Fatima Nababteh, the Head of the Cargo Sales and Operation department of Capital Shipping, “One of the major advantages of our newly launched trucking services is that it is the cheapest and safest way to move shipments from Amman to Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. We have already exported Coca-Cola cans from Jordan to Iraq & Lebanon as well as medicines and plastic items from Jordan to Lebanon and Syria by road. Without a doubt, our new services are yielding great results!”.

The inland trucking services of Capital Shipping includes door to door cargo delivery from point of origin to the point of destination, delivery of all types and volumes of cargo, insurance services and the delivery of consolidated cargoes.

Congratulations to Capital Shipping and wishing them the very best for their future endeavours!

New Coop member in Pusan, Republic of Korea

The Coop is proud to welcome its newest member:


Key Contact Name: Moses Lee
Company founded in: 1974

Members requiring assistance with shipments in Pusan (Republic of Korea) are invited to get in touch with the WOOSUNG SHIPPING CO.LTD team.

To find out more about this member please go to our Website » log into the Members Area » click on Network Directory.