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EGLN in Vietnam: Building International Partnerships

We’ve just returned from our trip to the Elite Global Logistics Network’s annual conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We joined more than 200 delegates from fellow high-level international logistics firms at the InterContinental Saigon Hotel for this year’s gathering. GTM was also honored to serve as a conference sponsor. A leading global network of proven logistics companies, EGLN member firms are all known for offering “best in class” customer service. Membership includes successful, multi-service freight forwarders and is by invitation only. It is an honor to be asked to become a member of this network. EGLN has grown quickly since its founding, and, as of October 2017, includes 329 members from 131 countries. The organization’s 214 companies work out of more than 300 cities, driving $7.3 billion in annual gross revenue. EGLN’s reach is broad, with 24,000 employees working out of 577 offices across the globe. GTM staff traveling to EGLN this year included Mark Brodie, GTM’s Managing Member and Co-Owner; Robert Gruschow, GTM Managing Member and President of Deshler Group; Mike Unsworth, Senior Director of International Branch Operations; Joe Field, Senior Director of Operations, North America; and Carol Hardy, Director of Export Operations. GTM served as an EGLN conference sponsor. This must-attend annual conference includes one-on-one meetings, both in our booth and in a large ballroom, as well as cultural and social events and group discussions. During these meetings, we build relationships, discuss business practices, talk expansion and services, and strengthen our ties with our international allies. GTM's Joe Field and Mike Unsworth meet with Ng Jen Ny of Nys Shipping & Forwarding The essential part of each meeting? Discussing how we can partner with one another to [...]

2017-10-20T19:06:30+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Lognet Global Conference Moves to Miami

We’ve just returned from the Lognet Global Annual Conference, held this year in Miami. Warm weather brings rest and relaxation, but commerce never stops. Freight must keep moving, getting from point A to point B with speed and efficiency. Summer is also an excellent time to meet with our global partners, to enjoy the season while trying to build strong working relationships to effectively serve our mutual clients. We’ve traveled overseas to previous conferences, but this year, Lognet Global decided to hold this annual gathering here in the U.S. GTM executives meeting with international partners One of our key objectives this year was to meet with as many Lognet Global agents as possible. We brought several members of our staff with us, including Mark Brodie and Robert Gruschow, Managing Members; Gordon O’Leary, Sales Manager; Mike Unsworth, Senior Director Branch and Customs Operations; and Joe Field, Senior Director Domestic Fleet and Warehouse Operations. Our intention was to build strong professional, face-to-face relationships with various international agents. Of course, we also discussed current business and future business opportunities. Global partnership-building through one-on-one meetings To grow our logistics business and properly serve our customers, we seek partners that are financially sound, communicate effectively, and are ethical and service-oriented. We want to ensure our GTM clients receive a superior level of care throughout every step of the shipping process. This is our commitment, and we only choose partners who value customer service as highly as we do. GTM Managing Member Mark Brodie with Florencio Venté Coha, AG Logistics (Colombia) GTM's Mark Brodie with Max Gulmayo of AGX Express Philippines While we were there, we met with several key agent partners, including Max [...]

2017-07-14T01:00:04+00:00July 14th, 2017|

Celebrating Global Alliances at EGLN

As colder weather arrives in Michigan, we’re still thinking of our successful trip to Thailand for the 2nd Annual Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN) Conference. A delightful week filled with unforgettable experiences, our time at EGLN was an important opportunity to reconnect with international colleagues and meet potential new business partners.   Held annually at the five-star Landmark Hotel in Bangkok, the EGLN Conference brings together executives from logistics companies serving customers on every continent. EGLN membership is purely by invitation, extended to successful independent freight forwarders known for their customer service, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. This year’s contingent included Mark Brodie, GTM’s Founder, Managing Member and Co-Owner; Robert Gruschow, Managing Member at GTM and President of Deshler Group; Lisa Lunsford, CEO of GS3 Global, a valued GTM partner; Joe Field, GTM’s Senior Director of Operations, North America; and Brian Pagels, Import/Export Specialist at GTM.   After our arrival in Thailand, the GTM team gathered for an afternoon boat tour along Bangkok’s famed canals, known as khlongs. As we traveled the khlongs, once the main transport for Bangkok’s residents, we stopped to explore Thonburi, the former capital area. We also visited the Wat Arun temple and other historical sites. After this lovely afternoon of exploration, we attended the EGLN welcome party, which we were honored to help sponsor. We enjoyed networking with executives from many fellow logistics companies, trading stories, and re-connecting with colleagues.   Early the next morning, we prepared for a long, but exciting day of meetings with global partners. We welcomed many visitors to our booth, where we showcased the complete range of services GTM offers. Whether air and ocean freight, trucking services, expedited freight or customs clearance, we handle any type of [...]

2016-11-29T01:42:35+00:00November 29th, 2016|

Back to Bangkok: GTM Attends EGLN Conference

We’re off to the 2nd Annual Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN) Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, to be held on October 2-5, 2016. As EGLN members and conference sponsors, we’re delighted to be returning this year. EGLN is a highly-respected international network of elite-level logistics companies that offer uncompromising customer service. Our fellow EGLN members are here by invitation and because they’re proven leaders in efficiency and dependability. As of late 2016, EGLN has grown to include 196 members from 127 countries, employing 21,000 staff and generating $7 billion in annual revenue. It’s a partnership of equals working together to deliver peerless service across the globe. Attending this year’s conference are Mark Brodie, GTM’s Founder, Managing Member and Co-Owner; Robert Gruschow, Managing Member at GTM and President of Deshler Group; Lisa Lunsford, CEO of GS3 Global, a valued GTM partner; Joe Field, GTM’s Senior Director of Operations, North America; and Brian Pagels, Import/Export Specialist at GTM. As we arrive at the five-star Landmark Hotel, our team will be joining fellow EGLN members for various welcoming and social events, group activities and one-on-one meetings. These small, intimate meetings are our most important arena. During these discussions, we build and strengthen alliances with our valued international partners, new and old. This year, we’re particularly focused on sharing our GTM Automotive Services offering. We’ve built a premium, global, door-to-door automotive product, which we offer to customers around the world. We’ve partnered with several hand-picked and highly valued international partners to deliver this service. We combine our best assets and capabilities, from customs clearance and special handling expertise, to our long-established air, ocean and trucking services, to offer a streamlined logistics experience for any automotive customer. We’re based in Michigan, [...]

2016-09-30T14:40:41+00:00September 30th, 2016|

Driving Towards a Hunger Free Summer

Thousands of Metro Detroit kids experience hunger in the summer. Without school meals, unavailable during summer vacation, these students are left with vastly insufficient food resources. This situation adversely impacts their health and ability to thrive. Gleaners Community Food Bank, with an assist from local partners like GTM, is doing something about it. On June 15, 2016, a team from GTM, including Managing Members Mark Brodie and Robert Gruschow, joined leaders from Citizens Bank, Ford Motor Company Fund, Enterprise, Gardner White Furniture and others, to kick off Gleaners’ 2016 Hunger Free Summer campaign.   At Gleaners’ Southeast Michigan headquarters, we helped pack food, recorded messages of support for the Hunger Free Summer campaign, and networked with other Gleaners’ corporate and community partners. Students from Detroit’s Noble Elementary School also were in attendance, participating in kickoff activities and touring the distribution center.   “I thought the experience was eye-opening and it made me feel good to be part of supporting such a great organization and cause. Getting food to hungry people is so needed. I’m glad we are starting to get involved with such a great organization,” said Mark Brodie after the event. Through its distribution centers in five Metro Detroit counties, Gleaners collects 34.5 million pounds of food a year, channeling food to 535 soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries and providing 79,000 meals a day to hungry Michiganders. Serving upwards of 85,000 children each summer, Gleaners helps bridge a crucial gap when school lunches are unavailable. At more than 80 sites, nutritious meals are provided to young people who would otherwise, quite literally, have nothing to eat. To effectively reach the greatest number of children in need, rapid, pinpoint food distribution is essential. [...]

2016-07-05T17:13:44+00:00July 5th, 2016|

GTM + Serpa Group

We’ve built GTM Automotive Services to reach all our global customers. Our South American partner was a clear choice: Serpa Group, a highly experienced freight forwarder based in Brazil. We already valued Serpa’s logistics experience and knew they would help us serve clients in the Americas and beyond. Founded in 1995, Serpa Group runs several offices throughout Brazil, and in China and the US. Serpa offers customs clearance expertise and a company-owned trucking fleet, and has established a strong presence in every Brazilian airport and port.   Serpa Group’s award-winning services include multi-modal transportation, legislative consulting, and handling of sensitive and/or complex cargo. Serpa is certified by PLN and Anvisa, handles freight for several of Brazil’s larger import companies, and has been recognized with awards for its management and entrepreneurship success. Together, GTM and Serpa Group offer premium international logistics services to clients in Brazil, China and the US. With its full scope of transportation offerings and proven knowledge of the automotive market, Serpa is a natural partner to serve our global automotive customers. Both GTM and Serpa are independent freight forwarders. Our staff carefully manages our customers’ cargo, meeting all logistics and supply chain needs. We’re confident our partnership results in work that favorably compares to that of larger companies. Our affiliation also reaches beyond our respective nations. We’re both hand-picked members of the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN), which identifies and connects premium freight forwarders to customers around the world. Both of our companies have built close relationships with automakers and auto suppliers, and we fully understand this key industry. From this experience, we developed a premium, global, door-to-door automotive product. We draw upon our individual service offerings and assets, including our [...]

2016-05-04T17:15:57+00:00May 4th, 2016|

GTM + Trade Ocean

When we wanted to extend our GTM Automotive Services product to our customers in South Africa and beyond, we immediately asked Trade Ocean to join our automotive logistics team.  A well-established freight forwarder, Trade Ocean offered demonstrated capabilities and global reach. Founded in 2006, Trade Ocean maintains offices in South Africa and Namibia. Trade Ocean’s diverse capabilities range from ocean freight ancillary services and research expeditions to expedited air and ocean transport. In addition, Trade Ocean’s multilingual staff members’ fluency in ten languages allows the company to expertly transact business with any international partner.   Trade Ocean’s award-winning services also include specialization in dangerous and perishable cargo; handling of seismic, bunker, and research vessels; and full service dry dock and repairs. Trade Ocean is accredited by the Department of Customs and Excise and has won global awards for its responsiveness and regional leadership. Together, GTM and Trade Ocean offer premium international logistics services to clients in South Africa and Namibia. With its full scope of transportation offerings and proven knowledge of the automotive market, Trade Ocean is a natural partner to serve our global automotive customers. Both GTM and Trade Ocean are independent freight forwarders. Our staff carefully manages our customers’ cargo, meeting all logistics and supply chain needs. We’re confident our partnership results in work that favorably compares to that of larger companies. Our affiliation also reaches beyond our respective nations. We’re both hand-picked members of the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN), which identifies and connects premium freight forwarders to customers around the world. Further, we both work closely with automakers and auto suppliers, so we understand this key industry quite well. Together, we’ve developed a premium, global, door-to-door automotive product. We serve our [...]

2016-05-02T17:18:24+00:00May 2nd, 2016|

GTM + Sevenseas Global Express Logistics

As we created our GTM Automotive Services product, we knew our partner in India would be an award-winning, rapidly growing company: Sevenseas Global Express Logistics. In addition to its highly regarded transportation expertise, Sevenseas was already a close ally of GTM in Asia. Founded in 2001, Sevenseas is a top ten emerging mid-sized company in India, with sixteen offices throughout the country. It offers a comprehensive, pan-India warehousing and transport division, as well as specialized marine spares and multiple commodity handling abilities.     Together, GTM and Sevenseas offer premium international logistics services to clients in India and North America. With its comprehensive offerings and proven knowledge of the automotive market, Sevenseas is a natural partner to serve our global automotive customers. Sevenseas’ award-winning services include multi-modal transportation, local and distance trucking, project cargo and warehousing. The company is IATA, MTO, FIATA, and D&B certified; has received awards for responsiveness and as a most valued logistics member; and was profiled as an emerging leader on India’s ET Now Channel. Both GTM and Sevenseas are independent freight forwarders. Our staff carefully manages our customers’ cargo, meeting all logistics and supply chain needs. We’re confident our partnership results in services comparable to any multinational company. Our affiliation also reaches beyond our respective nations. We’re both hand-picked members of the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN), which identifies and connects premium freight forwarders to customers around the world. Further, we both work closely with automakers and auto suppliers, so we understand this key industry quite well. Together, we’ve developed a premium, global, door-to-door automotive product. We serve our customers by drawing upon our individual service offerings and assets, including our trucking fleet, customs clearance expertise, and large contracts with [...]

2016-04-29T17:21:01+00:00April 29th, 2016|

GTM + O’Brien Customs & Forwarding

  When we developed GTM Automotive Services, we were determined to reach all our customers, domestic and international. How? By calling upon our solid global partners like O’Brien Customs & Forwarding. A well-known independent freight forwarder, O’Brien offers substantial expertise in logistics and IT for our customers in Australia. Founded in 1996, O’Brien Customs & Forwarding is based in Melbourne, Australia. The company employs several licensed, in-house customs brokers and is a Regulated Air Cargo Agent (RACA). O’Brien is accredited for hazardous goods transport and has won awards for support and operations.   O’Brien’s award-winning, multi-modal transportation capabilities include door-to-door transport, dangerous and oversized cargo handling, and an online freight tracking system, making it a natural service provider for our global auto customers. O’Brien is a founding member of the Freight & Trade Alliance of Australia (FTA) and has been commended by the Australian government for its aid efforts in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Together, GTM and O’Brien provide premium international logistics products to clients in Australia and beyond. Combining careful freight management, a 24/7 track and trace system, and hazardous and special cargo expertise, we are well-positioned for continuing success in the automotive market. Both of our companies are independent freight forwarders. We personally oversee customer cargo, reducing overhead and increasing efficiency. Because of our strong alliance, we can offer services comparable to a larger company. Shane and Jan O’Brien with GTM’s Mark Brodie We build upon our partnership with our membership in the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN), which identifies and connects premium freight forwarders to customers on every continent. Both GTM and O’Brien have built close relationships with automakers and auto suppliers, and we fully understand this key industry. From [...]

2016-04-27T17:22:45+00:00April 27th, 2016|