In the month of March, New Silk Road Network’s founding member AGL-Agemar transported a wave boat from Sanguinet, in the north of France, to the city of Bodrum in Turkey. The cargo was moved via AGL Agemar’s own tautliner truck and reached the destination in 12 days.
The Belt and Road Initiative can come across as a beast with unimaginable beginnings and ends. On the contrary, the BRI is a clear channel of networks with immense possibilities. When initiated in 2013, the Chinese government had a singular aim of deploying developmental strategies over a global scale, which involved bringing development to regions and parts of the world that are generally ignored by the mainstream global politics. At the same time, they wished to integrate folds of the population who are deprived of resources and connectivity.
So, the BRI is not just a strategical geopolitical move, but also an opportunity for us in the supply chain industry. Extrapolating the know-hows of the BRI is essential for our businesses and growth. A simple way to do that is to begin by understanding the BRI Corridors in development. An economic corridor is primarily defined as networks of infrastructural developments along a geographic region, that boosts economies of the area and contributes to global trade.
NSRN’s founding member Agemar Global Logistics AS (AGL), has always prided themselves with transportation of oversized, heavy, and special commodities. These include from time to time transformers, excavators, boats, silo buses, container vehicle. These oversized and bulky cargoes are loaded on to flat rack containers or as breakbulk on ship’s deck. Most recently, they transported an 8 axles low bed trailer from Konya, Turkey to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam using a Ro/ro vessel.
Founding member of the New Silk Road Network and an experienced player in the market for warehousing and trucking, the Huetteman Group was established in the year 1956. In sixty-three years, they have grown their business and cemented their grip in the European supply chain sector. To understand the history, legacy and their current circumstances, we spoke to Manfred Köhler, the Managing Director of the HUETTEMANN GROUP.
Sitting in his office, Mr Köhler exuded professionalism along with humbling knowledge that comes from years and years of experience. He joined the company 30 years ago and has been growing and changing with them. He believes that the reason for his commitment lies in the simple fact that the company is diverse in its functioning, which allowed him to learn and explore many different things with them.
Businesses across the globe have witnessed very different scenarios because of situations created by the novel coronavirus. Our NSRN members also had their fair share of challenges and discovered inventive ways to conduct the daily business. One of our founding members Shenzhen Anda Shun International Logistics was kind enough to interview their representative to gauge the scene firsthand. Star He, who is the Assistant of Overseas Market Executive Director of Ltd (ADS), informed us on how this China-based logistics company functioned during the pandemic, the lessons they learnt and the values that sustained them through these times.
In a video call with Star, sitting in her conference room with a wall full of trophies and certificates behind her, we quickly gathered the credibility of this company. Star was kind enough to make time for us from her busy schedule, which was overflowing due to the number of shipments that ADS is conducting as manufacturers in China are functioning at full swing.
The CoViD-19 has made it difficult for companies to go about their regular business. However, as many doors shut, some interesting ones open. This was the case for three of our NSRN members. Alexander Global Logistics (AGL), situated in Germany, along with two China-based logistics company Shenzhen Anda Shun International Logistics (ADS) and CSC Transport Ltd collaborated to support the fight against coronavirus.