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.

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.

The September edition of The Coop’s quarterly newsletters has been published and available for viewing on the website

The fall edition of our newsletter comes with a special feature on The Coop’s 5th Anniversary along with all the news from within the network and pertinent news bits from the industry

We are glad to announce that the September edition of The Coop’s quarterly newsletter is finally out and can be viewed on The Coop’s website. We have included a special 5 pages feature on The Coop’s 5th Anniversary where many of the founding members of the network have commented on their experiences with The Coop family. Their fond remembrances of the Annual Meetings along with their reflections on the various beneficial aspects of being a part of the network will make for a delightful read! More testimonials from our founding members will be published in our December newsletter.

This newsletter comes with all the latest updates about the achievements of the members, a member’s interview, along with relevant news from the industry. Moreover, we have also published further details about The Coop’s 6th Annual Meeting and the day trip to the Phi Phi Islands. Members who want to get the news about their company published in our upcoming newsletter are requested to send us a mail with a few lines about their newest undertakings.

Happy reading!

Alphatrans Ltd arranges the delivery of a LT Master press-wrapper

The 4.0 m high shipment was moved from Nikolaev, Ukraine to Port Qasim, Pakistan

Alphatrans Ltd, a Coop member in Odessa, Ukraine, has recently transported a shipment consisting of an LT Master press-wrapper from Ukraine all the way to Pakistan for relocation to new buyer. The dimensions of the press wrapper were 11550 x 2550 x 4000 mm. The vehicle was delivered to port on low-bed trailer, and then reloaded to 40′ Flat Rack container and delivered to the consignee by sea.

In the words of Dmitriy Balaban, the Managing Director of Alphatrans, “Our team is satisfied with the outcome of this complicated project which required a lot of labour and careful attention on the part of our team. Credit goes to my competent team who have repeatedly made a success out of every project!”

Congratulations to Alphatrans Ltd for a job well done!

The Coop turns 5!

The Coop started accepting applications from members in September 2014 and commenced their global operations since December 2014

The Cooperative Logistics Network which started its journey from September 2014 has turned 5 years old. The Coop was formed with members from over 60 cities across more than 50 countries which together had a total of over 5000 employees with a sales turnover exceeding EUR 550 million for 2014. Since then, The Coop brand was endorsed worldwide as a practical and attractive new opportunity for freight forwarders who henceforth benefitted from the tailored service of a strong network of local independent agents, and an international reach.

“It was during our 1st Annual Meeting at Bangkok in May 2014 when members began to realize the enormous potentials of our network and the rewards of collaboration. Since then we have travelled a long way and presently we count on over 288 agents from numerous cities covering 124 countries with a total of more than 13,928 employees.” says Antonio Torres the President and Founder of Cooperative Logistics Network. Last year alone The Coop was joined by 85 new members and the number keeps increasing.

Presently, The Coop is one of the premier non-exclusive networks of independent freight forwarders who are offered an international brand, a digital infrastructure, and an impressive global presence. Apart from 5 highly successful Annual Meetings, the steady rise in the number of our agents, and the introduction of an array of online tools and PR services for our members, one of our most significant achievements in the last 5 years consist in the introduction of our member-exclusive online tool FreightViewer, which has taken the digitization efforts of independent freight forwarder one step further.

Keep an eye on our upcoming newsletter for a special coverage of our 5th Anniversary!

Solmaz Customs Consultancy 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

“Solmaz Customs Consultancy Inc, 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 Customs Consultancy 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 Mr. Korcan Tugrul, the Operations Director of Solmaz Customs Consultancy, “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 Customs Consultancy all the success for their future projects!

Synergie Canada celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

They commemorated this special day by getting together with all their suppliers, partners, and clients

Synergie Canada, a Coop member in Montreal, Canada, turned 10 years in business last October and celebrated it in April with all their partners. They invited all their members, suppliers and clients to a celebratory evening that took place in Montreal’s Art District. Some of the highlights of the party included a stunning performance by a rising local artist, dinner, cocktail and lucky draw prizes for the participants.

Coop invites its members to catch a glimpse of this festive evening by clicking on this image:

Synergie Canada has accomplished a lot ever since their formation a decade back. In the words of Sebastien Suicco, Corporate Vice President of Synergie Canada, “In the last 10 years we have achieved rapid growth of 30%, considerable increase in our revenue share, a growing and competent team, and expansion of our office. Additionally, in the last 6 months, we have been joined by 14 new members. It goes without saying that our team lived it up and made the most of this very special occasion.”

Warm congratulations to Synergie Canada on their 10th Anniversary!

Canal Movers & Logistics Corp packs and ships 166 pieces of precious antiques and fine arts objects

These pieces are some of the relics of the Archdiocese of Panama and forms part of the historical and religious heritage of the country

Canal Movers and Logistics Corp, a Coop member in Panama City, has recently handled the packaging and shipping of 166 pieces of antiques which are very important to the cultural and religious heritage of the country.

We are very proud to be a part of this important restoration project. Our team did their part immaculately and the fine arts objects reached the destination intact and on time,” says Lorena Rivera, the Commercial Cargo Specialist of Canal Movers & Logistics.

The process of packing and transporting the 166 pieces of relics for restoration was intense. Ms. Rivera further adds, “Besides the monetary value, we had a huge responsibility with our country’s history which is why we had to ensure that all the stages of the operation go flawlessly. I’d like to thank my team for doing such a perfect job!”

Congratulations to Canal Movers & Logistics for handling this important project!

The Coop partners with the Transport Evolution Qatar Assembly and Expo

This exposition will be held from 23rd to 25th September at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre

The Transport Evolution Qatar Assembly and Expo is fast becoming the industry’s go to platform for critical discussions and actions on ports, maritime, road, rail and logistics in Qatar. This is Qatar’s only dedicated ports and maritime, rail and road logistics mega event that brings the entire value chain of suppliers and buyers together thus enabling the region to reach its full potential in port, rail and road logistics efficiency.

Over 2,000 senior industry stakeholders will be brought together under one roof over the 3 days of the event.  The expo covers the following 5 main segments all under one roof with free connected educational content running alongside hundreds of exhibits and demos- Ports/Maritime Infrastructure and Expansion, Port/Maritime Operations, Rail Infrastructure Maintenance, Road Infrastructure Maintenance, and Security and Information Technology.

Over 2000 attendees will be there from a cross-section of transport authorities, consultants, government representatives and suppliers from more than 10 countries. In addition to the extremely high-quality of informative presentations, the Assembly is designed with delegates and exhibitors in mind, allowing ample time dedicated to networking. World class content will be delivered by a panel of 40 industry-elite speakers.

The Coop encourages its members to participate in the event. Interested members can download the exhibition brochure from their website: Participants can save $200 if they register before 15 August 2019. Plus they have special group booking rates available.
To learn more about the group booking and early bird opportunities contact:

Nagham Nicholas: E: | T: +974 44 36 31 59

Steve Lee: E: | T: +27 21 700 5507

Air-Ship International just completes a busy part of their year involving two large tradeshows in Toronto and Ottawa

The SIAL 2019 tradeshow in Toronto was a perishable food show while the CANSEC 2019 tradeshow in Ottawa was a military show 

Air Ship International Inc, a Coop member in Toronto, Canada, provides logistics services for two important Canadian tradeshows. First, they delivered fresh and frozen food for the SIAL 2019 – North America’s largest Food-Innovation Tradeshow which was held in April at Toronto. 

Afterwards, Airship moved the top of a tank weighing 3,510 Kg for the CANSEC 2019 –North America’s largest tri-lateral defence event which took part from 29th to 30th May 2019. This shipment which had a dimension of 300 x 244 x 186 cm was moved on a flat bed truck. The enormous weight and dimension of the cargo required the use of two forklifts for unloading the shipment.

“We handle all types of cargo and our location right at the Toronto airport gives us great access to multiple airlines and a streamlined process. We had to work over the weekends to ensure the transfer of the perishable items to our cold storage as soon as the shipment arrived. Moreover, clearing the cargo for CANSEC was indeed challenging since we had to get them cleared on ATA Carnet by submitting them in person to avoid questioning by the customs.” says Ryan Nicol, the President of Air Ship International.

Congratulations to Air Ship International Inc for carrying out these important projects!

Marksman Logistics Services handles an important air cargo of 40 tons from Incheon, South Korea, to Dammam, Saudi Arabia

The recruitment of a new sales representative has also boosted their local sales giving them more opportunities to allocate projects for their network partners 

Marksman Logistics Services, a Cooperative member in Seoul, South Korea, has recently moved an important air shipment from Incheon to Dammam. With nearly 20 years of market experience, they are on very good terms with the airlines and made use of chartered flight from a midpoint in Baku, Azerbaijan to the destination in Dammam. In the words of John Yeon, the Deputy General Manager of Marksman, “Special credit goes to our air operation team who organized the chartered flight, loaded the 40 tons shipment, and ensured the easy movement of this shipment. The cargo reached the consignee on time and our customers were much impressed with our work efficiency.”

Marksman Logistics has also supplemented its sales team by including a new member in their Sales Department. Their local sales have augmented considerably placing them in a better position to go for more collaborative projects with other Coop members. Mr. Yeon further adds, “Our company is AEO certified and proud members of IATA and KIFFA which definitely lends us enough credibility. Moreover, we have recently launched an ERP system after enormous efforts and investment which has been helping our clients and partners to track down all the movements of the cargo.”

Congratulations to Marksman Logistics Services and wishing them all the best for their future projects!