Blog2018-12-31T21:55:39+00:00

GTM USA Blog

20October

EGLN in Vietnam: Building International Partnerships

October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

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 consistently treat each of our customers in a service-oriented, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

At this year’s EGLN, we talked shop with valued partners we already knew and ones we are excited to know better. Among these meetings, were discussions with colleagues from Sevenseas, Infinity Cargo, Transport Accion, New Traffic International Logistics, BSI, Airways Freight Pakistan, NYS Shipping & Forwarding, Parisi Grand Smooth Logistics, and others.

GTM’s Carol Hardy and Robert Gruschow meet with an agent from Sevenseas.

As this year’s conference was moved to Vietnam, we were also excited to have the opportunity to explore Ho Chi Minh City for the first time. We will not forget one stop in particular: the War Remnants Museum. Before EGLN began, GTM Managing Members Mark Brodie and Robert Gruschow spent an afternoon at the museum, a sobering and memorable experience for both of them.

GTM Managing Members Robert Gruschow and Mark Brodie at the War Remnants Museum.

As has become tradition at these gatherings, GTM leadership joined our colleagues and friends from BSI for an evening of delicious dining and team-building at a fine local restaurant.

Celebration dinner with friends and partners from BSI.

After the EGLN conference concluded, we were happy to return to Michigan with partnerships strengthened and new alliances begun. We’re back at work now, building our mutual plans and continuing to offer our comprehensive service menu to customers in the U.S. and across the world.

 

14July

Lognet Global Conference Moves to Miami

July 14th, 2017|0 Comments

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 Gulmayo, of AGX Express Philippines; Florencio Venté Coha, from AG Logistics in Colombia, Lisa Tian from Lead One in Guangdong, China; and Thomas Bitter of Westfalia, in Germany.

We welcomed agents to our booth, held many one-on-one meetings and attended social events, even a boat cruise around Biscayne Bay. GTM staff especially enjoyed discussing business as the sun set over the water.

Team GTM with Lisa Tian from Lead One (Guangdong, China) and Thomas Bitter of Westfalia (Germany)

During our meetings, we focused on several of our capabilities, including air import and export, ocean import and export, warehousing and distribution, trucking, customs clearance and final delivery services.

Building business at sunset with Thomas Bitter of Westfalia (Germany)

We found that our cohesive door-to-door service appeals to clients and fellow logistics professionals alike, and we remain focused on continuous customer service improvement. This was a successful trip for all of our staff, and we look forward to returning to next year’s conference.

29November

Celebrating Global Alliances at EGLN

November 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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 client cargo across all modes of transport.

 

This year we were particularly focused on sharing our new automotive services offering with conference attendees. We created this unique, specialized, door-to-door service by carefully choosing several valued international partners to help us serve our global automotive customers. Combining our mutual experience and services, we’ve designed a premium product, one that we were eager to share.

 

During EGLN, we held many one-on-one meetings with global partners, new and old. We met with industry peers and discussed possible service alliances. We even hosted a dinner for our valued partner in China, BSI Group. We’ve long worked together to provide peerless customer service, and we look forward to many more years of mutual growth and cooperation.

 

The GTM team agrees that this year’s EGLN Conference was a resounding success. More than 200 delegates from 138 companies attended, and we were thrilled to meet with many of them. We had the chance to explore the city and break bread with global colleagues and friends, while getting to know each other better along the way. A fruitful journey, to be sure. We look forward to returning again next year.

30September

Back to Bangkok: GTM Attends EGLN Conference

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

logo-2

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, the cradle of the automotive industry, an industry we’ve served for decades. We’ve learned how to provide the flawless supply chain management that the international marketplace requires, and we excel at it. Our reach begins in Detroit, extends throughout the country, and arrives, through our auto partner alliances, anywhere our customers need us to be. It’s a unique service which we are excited to share with our fellow conference attendees this week.

We’re excited to be back in Thailand, meeting old friends and making new ones. Follow us right here on our blog, and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on our adventures at EGLN.

5July

Driving Towards a Hunger Free Summer

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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. Gleaners succeeds when both appropriate transportation and careful logistics planning are readily available. Moreover, specific requirements must be met in order to pick up food from a wide variety of locations and transport it safely, quickly and in accordance with health regulations. That’s where GTM can step in.

 

Since GTM “has trucks in every market Gleaners is involved with, we are a natural fit for them,” declared Brodie. Our established reach throughout Metro Detroit, particularly our Local Pick-up and Delivery services, will “help us support Gleaners when they need us.” GTM’s Director of Fleet Operations, Joe Field, will coordinate this effort.

All of us at GTM are thrilled to be supporting such a worthy organization. We trust that GTM’s experience, logistics expertise, and full range of transportation services will be useful to Gleaners in several ways, and we look forward to building a strong relationship of service for years to come.

4May

GTM + Serpa Group

May 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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 trucking fleet, customs clearance expertise, and large contracts with key international ocean and air carriers, to serve our global customers.

The GTM/Serpa Group team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

2May

GTM + Trade Ocean

May 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

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.

logo-2

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 key international ocean and air carriers.

The GTM/Trade Ocean team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

29April

GTM + Sevenseas Global Express Logistics

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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 key international ocean and air carriers.

The GTM/Sevenseas team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

 

27April

GTM + O’Brien Customs & Forwarding

April 27th, 2016|0 Comments

 

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.

IMG_0611

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 this experience, we developed a premium, global, door-to-door automotive product. We draw upon our individual service offerings and assets, including our trucking fleet, customs clearance expertise, and large contracts with key ocean and air carriers, to serve our international customers.

The GTM/O’Brien team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

 

25April

GTM + Garland

April 25th, 2016|0 Comments

A history of excellent service: a key reason why our customers trust GTM Automotive Services. Among our expert allies is Garland, a renowned logistics provider and one of Portugal’s oldest companies. When forwarding cargo in the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa, we immediately turn to this important partner.

Founded in 1776, Garland has eight offices in Portugal, Spain and Morocco. Garland’s skilled international team handles high profile liner business and ship agency services.  Specializing in international forwarding and 3PL logistics, Garland also offers extensive warehousing space and expert IT management for its clients’ cargo.

 

Garland’s award-winning, multi-modal transportation capabilities range from liner service, LCL, FCL, and bulk and project cargo to port agency offerings and cross-European automotive specialization, making it a natural service provider for our global auto customers.

Garland is AEO certified, a member of GPLN, GLN, APAT and Multiport; the company also acts as an IATA agent.

United, GTM and Garland provide premium international logistics products to clients in Portugal, Spain, Morocco and beyond. Our mutual freight management, streamlined tracking system, and special cargo expertise make our alliance a valuable player in the automotive market.

Garland’s evolving story of integrated global offerings:

Both GTM and Garland are independent freight forwarders. We personally oversee customer cargo, reducing overhead and increasing efficiency. Through our strong alliance, we offer services comparable to those of any multinational company.

We build upon our partnership with our membership in the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN), which identifies and connects premium freight forwarders to reach customers customers on every continent.

Our extensive knowledge of the automotive industry comes from our close relationships with automakers and auto suppliers. Our premium, global, door-to-door automotive product takes the best parts of our individual service offerings and assets. We call upon our trucking fleet, customs clearance expertise, and large contracts with key international ocean and air carriers, to serve our global customers.

The GTM/Garland team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

22April

GTM + Interfracht

April 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

When we wanted to ensure GTM Automotive Services expertly covered Germany and the European Union, we turned to Interfracht, our long-term German logistics partner.

Since 1972, Interfracht has served a growing list of global clients. Its 350-member team staffs offices in Germany, Japan and the U.S., as well Poland, Sweden, Romania and the Netherlands. Its diverse capabilities include professional shipment of all types of vehicles and rapid ocean services.

 

Interfracht’s award-winning, multi-modal transportation services also include complex shipments, dangerous goods, high and heavy cargo, food, and international relocation, perfectly complementing our global automotive offerings. Interfracht is C-TPAT and IATA certified, is an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO-F) and has won several quality service awards from its shipping partners.

GTM and Interfracht together provide premium international logistics products to clients in Germany and throughout Europe. Our careful freight management, streamlined tracking system, and special cargo expertise make us a valuable addition to the automotive market. Interfracht is a perfect partner to serve our international automotive customers.

Both GTM and Interfracht are independent freight forwarders. We personally oversee customer cargo, increasing efficiency and meeting supply chain requirements. Through our strong alliance, we offer services comparable to those of any multinational company.

IMG_0605

GTM and Interfracht at EGLN 2015

Enhancing the GTM/Interfracht partnership is our mutual membership in the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN). Only competent, financially sound companies are invited to join EGLN, allowing us access to the finest international forwarding opportunities for our global customers.

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 trucking fleet, customs clearance expertise, and large contracts with key international ocean and air carriers, to serve our global customers.

The GTM/Interfracht team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

20April

GTM + The PSL Group

April 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Customers choose GTM Automotive Services because of the expertise and reliability of our partners. For cargo movement in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, The PSL Group is an essential member of our logistics team.

Founded in 1984, PSL serves customers from its eight offices throughout the UK. Its broad capabilities include groupage service into France, Belgium, Germany and Holland, as well as leadership in fashion and publishing transport.

 

PSL’s award-winning, multi-modal transportation services include door-to-door logistics and a 24/7 customs clearance division, making it a natural partner to serve our global automotive customers. The company has won several awards for their European logistics work, supply chain management, innovation, sales, and overall operations.

Together, GTM and PSL offer premium international logistics services to clients in the UK and Europe. PSL’s combination of efficient management and global customs expertise make it particularly well-suited to the automotive market. PSL is a natural partner to serve our international automotive customers.

Both GTM and PSL are independent freight forwarders. We personally manage customer cargo, ensuring we meet every logistics and supply chain need. We’re confident our partnership results in services comparable to those of any multinational company.

Mark Brodie (GTM), Mark Boggis (PSL), Mike Unsworth (GTM), Joe Field (GTM) at EGLN 2015

Mark Brodie (GTM), Mark Boggis (PSL), Mike Unsworth (GTM), Joe Field (GTM) at EGLN 2015

Enhancing the GTM/PSL partnership is our mutual membership in the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN). As premium freight forwarders and hand-picked members of EGLN, we call upon our EGLN ties to effectively serve our global customers.

Further, we both work closely with automakers and auto suppliers, so we thoroughly understand the industry. Together, we’ve developed a premium, global, door-to-door automotive product. We serve our customers by drawing upon our individual capabilities and assets, including our trucking fleet, customs clearance expertise, and large contracts with key international ocean and air carriers.

The GTM/PSL team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

 

18April

GTM + BSI Group

April 18th, 2016|0 Comments

While building our GTM Automotive Services product, we already knew who our key East Asian partner would be: BSI Group. Besides its proven logistics expertise, BSI is a long-time ally and friend to GTM.

Founded in 2000, BSI Group has quickly grown, opening 16 offices throughout Greater China, staffed by 500 talented employees and counting. It boasts a substantial general forwarding business division, as well as comprehensive supply chain, investment and IT services.

 

BSI’s award-winning services include ocean, air, and rail freight; trucking; customs clearance; breakbulk; and courier and charter services. The company is also a highly-ranked air freight cargo agent and private logistics enterprise, consistently receiving international accolades for its operations, sales, communications and regional leadership.

Together, GTM and BSI offer premium international logistics services to clients in China and North America. With its diverse offerings and proven knowledge of the automotive market, BSI is a natural partner to serve our global automotive customers.

Both GTM and BSI are independent freight forwarders. Our staff carefully manages customers’ cargo, meeting all logistics and supply chain needs. We’re confident our partnership results in services comparable to those of any multinational company.

 

Robert Gruschow (Deshler Group), Emmett Zheng (BSI), Wilson Wong (BSI) and Mark Brodie (GTM)

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 key international ocean and air carriers.

The GTM/BSI Group team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

 

15April

GTM + Transport Acción

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Why launch GTM Automotive Services now? Because we have amassed a brilliant international team, including our partner in Mexico, Transport Acción.

Since 1976, Transport Acción has been an essential actor in US-Mexico trade. As Mexico has become the world’s seventh largest automaker, with this rapid growth expected to continue, Transport Acción’s role has also increased. With six locations in key cities in Mexico, Transport Acción has an established presence in the country’s major manufacturing centers.

 

Transport Acción’s award-winning, multi-modal transportation services include customs brokerage, NAFTA export/import expertise, and expedited freight capabilities. As the first Mexican logistics company to build a multiservice computer system to manage its offerings, Transport Acción also offers a technological edge.

GTM has teamed up with Transport Acción to offer premium international logistics services to clients in Mexico and throughout North America. With its diverse offerings and proven knowledge of the automotive market, Transport Acción is a natural partner to serve both of our global automotive customers.

Both of our companies are independent freight forwarders. This means that our staff will always give personal attention to clients’ cargo, meeting all of our customers’ logistics and supply chain needs. Our combined services are efficient, value-conscious and comprehensive.

Recently, Mark Brodie, GTM’s Founder and Managing Member, met with Transport Acción executives in Mexico to discuss our combined door-to-door service offerings to and from Mexico. Transport Acción’s Luis Frias, Director; Martin Garcia Vivanco, Transportation Relations Manager; and Hugo Briones, Auto Industry Division Director discussed details of our companies’ air, ocean, warehousing and trucking capabilities. In particular, Mr. Briones’ years of logistics, purchasing, and assembly management experience with major automakers will help us to continue meeting the complex requirements of the automotive industry.

 

Transport Acción’s Hugo Briones, Martin Garcia Vivanco and Luis Frias with GTM’s Mark Brodie

The GTM/Transport Acción partnership also reaches beyond Mexico and the US. We’re both hand-picked members of the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN), an international alliance of highly qualified, financially sound, independent freight forwarders.

As we’ve both served automakers and auto suppliers for many years, we thoroughly understand all aspects of this industry. 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, warehousing, and large contracts with key international ocean and air carriers.

The GTM/Transport Acción team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

14April

Introducing GTM Automotive Services

April 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Today, we’re proud to announce the official launch of GTM Automotive Services. Since we’ve worked closely with automakers and auto suppliers for many years, we already know the industry inside and out. Now we’re growing our offerings, joining with GTM’s strongest international partners to expand our global reach.

Building on our successful international alliances, we have 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 key international ocean and air carriers.

 

With our hand-picked group of independent freight forwarders, we reach clients on every continent. Our shared capabilities allow us to maintain personal management of customer cargo, while increasing efficiency and reducing overhead costs. Together, we offer complete services that are comparable to those of any multinational freight forwarder.

We’re also members of the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN). This organization includes more than 200 highly qualified, financially sound, independent companies that cover more than 100 countries with a combined staff of 20,000 and growing.

logo-2

Why Choose GTM Automotive Services?

Our history is Detroit, our reach is global.

The Michigan-based automotive industry remains essential to the greater U.S. economy. Its vast supplier and logistics network — in which we’ve been immersed for decades — is unlike any other. In fact, today’s international automotive marketplace demands a flawlessly managed and responsive supply chain. Without an effective logistics partner, companies risk interrupted production lines and unexpected, often crippling expenses.

That’s where GTM comes in. Our Michigan headquarters, automotive experience, and established infrastructure give us a clear edge. We enjoy easy access to the continental U.S. and have direct knowledge of what makes an automotive supply chain successful. With our international partners, we can reach every corner of the global auto market.

Our philosophy is simple. We believe that picking up and delivering the right parts, at the right time, to the right destination is the only way to do business.

Strength in Collaboration

What sets GTM apart is our scope. We do logistics very well, but it’s not all we do. We’re a key part of Deshler Group, a powerhouse assembly of companies aligned to design complete client solutions. From manufacturing and warehousing to assembly and IT, our fellow Deshler companies offer services that enhance any automotive cargo project.

 

Among these affiliates is Feblo International, which has successfully managed auto service parts distribution planning programs for decades. AMI, our information technology partner, supports specialized parts management and recall services for Ford and GM.

As our customers are multinational, we are committed to reflecting this diversity ourselves. GS3 Global, our integrated services affiliate, is a rapidly growing woman- and minority-owned company and has won multiple minority supplier of the year awards. GS3 offers our customers several valuable products, including supply chain management and parts assembly for major automakers.

Capable Partners, Complete Solutions

United with our global partners, whom we’ll be introducing in the coming days, GTM is a premium international logistics provider. Our mutual goal is to meet all of your logistics and supply chain needs, no matter how complex or urgent.

Choosing GTM Automotive Services guarantees your cargo will receive personalized care from order to delivery. We’re all financially independent freight forwarders known for our efficient logistics processes. For you, that means less overhead, pinpoint freight management, and rapid responses to changing conditions.

Our group’s capabilities include all modes of transport on every continent:

  • Ocean Freight: Our door-to-door ocean offerings include foreign-to-foreign shipments, LCL and FCL, project cargo, and RO/RO.
  • Air Freight: Our door-to-door, foreign and domestic air freight capabilities include air chartering, oversized cargo, and specialty services.
  • Trucking: Our complete trucking products include full and less-than truckloads, pick-up and delivery, in both domestic and foreign locales.
  • Customs Clearance: Our licensed in-house customs brokerage professionals ensure international regulatory compliance and efficient customs clearance.
  • Warehousing/Distribution/IT: We design flexible warehousing, distribution, and supply chain management solutions, specific to automotive inventory and release management.
  • Specialty Services: We offer expedite, hand carry, and air charter options, working hard to meet all urgent needs for service.

The GTM Promise

The GTM Automotive Services team embodies excellence across all transport modes, ensuring your shipments arrive safely and on time. Our clients value our proven reliability and exceptional customer service.

Our companies’ personal commitment, coupled with our global reach, are why companies are already choosing GTM Automotive Services. Contact us today to discuss how our global partnership can enhance your business.

19November

Planning for Chaos: Successfully Navigating a Shipping Crisis

November 19th, 2015|0 Comments

The West Coast ports crisis may be a memory now, but future global events impacting shipping are inevitable. At GTM, we were proud to join a strong, integrated team to address this crisis. Working together, we created unique solutions that kept our customers’ factories open and their businesses running.

hero-homepage

As the logistics arm of the Deshler Group family of companies, we developed a rapid, multi-step response to clogged harbors and empty shelves. We drew upon our years of trucking, shipping, and customs clearance expertise to quickly extricate cargo for our customers. Cargo that represented jobs, profits and commercial survival for many.

In partnership with GS3 Global, Feblo International and AMI, several of our Deshler affiliates, we saved the day for many of our customers. Along the way, we solidified partnerships, gained new business, and attracted admiration from fellow logistics companies, who all wanted to know our strategy.

Here’s how we did it.

5October

GTM Attending Inaugural EGLN Conference

October 5th, 2015|0 Comments

This week, GTM executives are attending the Elite Global Logistics Network (EGLN) First Inaugural Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. We will be meeting with leadership from many of our valued international partners.

EGLN Conference Hotel Information 2015 1

For GTM, 2015 has been a year of substantial growth. We’ve added new capabilities for our customers, including our local pick-up and delivery (PU&D) service. We also successfully navigated the challenges of the West Coast ports crisis.

We developed winning solutions for our customers and further strengthened our reputation for always offering quick thinking and a creative approach.

EGLN is a new network of elite-level logistics companies that offer superior services to their customers. Membership is by invitation only and includes high-quality freight forwarders whose work is proven, efficient and dependable. We are honored to be included in this elite group of logistics professionals.

By the close of 2016, EGLN expects more than 250 members from 100 countries. With 12,000 staff and projected annual revenues of $4 billion, EGLN is poised to make a lasting mark on the logistics industry.

logo-2

As a member of EGLN, we will continue to offer our comprehensive spectrum of logistics services. However, we now also possess an unparalleled constellation of international partners to support our offerings.

While at the conference, we will engage in one-on-one meetings with many of the 130+ delegates, revisiting old friendships and building new relationships. We will spend time with many of our partners, discussing business possibilities and joining in cultural and social activities.

Upon our return, we’ll share news of our travels and of friends old and new, perhaps with a little adventure thrown in. Stay tuned to our blog, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest GTM news.

 

22September

GTM Picks Up Local Freight and New Faces

September 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

At GTM, we’ve begun a rapid expansion of our local pick-up and delivery (PU&D) service. Our full-service offerings are now comprehensive and available to virtually any customer.

GTMTruck_118

Our partners are international and our shipments reach across the globe, but we are particularly proud to call the Detroit area home. Serving our area, no matter the size or type of shipment, has long been one of our primary goals.

Through our new PU&D service, we offer our customers rapid, carefully managed, high-value transport of goods, both inbound and outbound.

Heading up our PU&D expansion is GTM sales manager Gordon O’Leary.

Mr. O’Leary brings decades of successful trucking expansion experience with him to GTM. Since 1984, he has more than tripled growth for multiple companies and has established an unrivaled reputation in his industry for efficiency, creativity and honesty. He is known for delivering on his promises, without exception, and for doing whatever it takes to exceed his customers’ expectations.

GordonOLeary_Leadership

To succeed in this industry, you have “to want to get your hands dirty and to show you have the will to do whatever is needed. If you promise you’ll do a job, then you must always do it. That’s my track record and that’s how you build rapport with your customers,” says Mr. O’Leary

That determination to do whatever is necessary, to find the most efficient method, and to finish the job promised: this is also GTM’s philosophy. In fact, this company-wide commitment, demonstrated across all capabilities we offer, is why Mr. O’Leary decided to join our team.

While we’ve always been willing to exceed our customers’ expectations, we also know that efficiency is good for all parties. The more shipments we’re moving around our metro area, the better value for our customers.

We’ve long had the basic ability to do local PU&D, but moving small items, traveling all over Detroit and surrounding cities and collecting shipments here and there isn’t always the most efficient approach. However, adding capacity and augmenting our customer base have already changed this.

We still serve the entire Detroit metropolitan area, but now we make more pick-ups and deliveries and we are able to accommodate many last-minute requests.

GTMTruck_044

How does more work translate into more efficiency?

GTM uses a custom-built “in house transportation management system that works exceedingly well,” says Joe Field, GTM’s Senior Director – Operations for North America. “We enter our orders, run an optimization process to determine the best way to run our routes, while carefully considering time constraints and size and amount of freight.”

Our goal is 100% efficiency. An objective that includes both scheduled freight and special requests. At times, customers have urgent freight needs and unusual requirements. We are determined to accommodate them, working extra pickups into our trucking schedules, being flexible, and doing whatever our customers need.

Our past growth initiatives were focused on high yield, quick turn, resource-light shipments. As we develop our PU&D service, we will continue concentrating primarily on Detroit and the surrounding airports and counties, but hope to expand into other metro markets in the near future.

Warehouse

In addition to our PU&D capability, we offer freight consolidation at our warehouses, cross docking, and short- or long-term warehousing storage.

Partnered with Deshler Group in Livonia, we have direct access to leaders in manufacturing, assembly, supply chain management and IT. Together, we work to craft comprehensive solutions for all sizes and types of companies. We’re the logistics piece of the puzzle at Deshler, and we find our multiple capabilities work well within the organization.

Expanding the Fleet

We’ve already substantially expanded our fleet of trucks. and plan to double these numbers in the near future. At the same time, we are working toward creating more efficiencies with our internal vs. external freight.

GTM serves an impressive variety of customers. Automakers and automotive suppliers were our foundation, but we now serve a wide range of industries as well. We offer exclusive vehicles, with carefully chosen, highly experienced drivers. Our new vehicle line, still growing, includes transportation types from cargo van size to full-size 53’ tractor trailers.

As we expand PU&D, we are already set up for success. We offer careful monitoring and rapid movement of goods in all our services, now including PU&D.

Contact us to arrange inbound and outbound freight for your company. We look forward to our conversation. Look for us on a highway near you!

23February

GTM Incorporating Asset-Based Trucking Program

February 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Since our founding, GTM has experienced accelerating customer growth, with increased demand for our services across all modes of transport. Last year, we began transforming our company’s trucking service to support this success.

Though we have been exclusively non-asset based until this year, we are now building our own trucking fleet to better serve our customers throughout North America.

Incorporating asset-based transportation into our service portfolio was an easy decision to make. Using our own fleet of equipment allows us to impressively complement our existing services by delivering more value to our customers.

GTMTruck1

With GTM-branded trucks, we exert greater control over orders and enjoy increased visibility. Of course, we will always value our relationships with our partner carriers. Yet nothing compares to seeing GTM trucks — freshly wrapped with our logo and photos of our services  — delivering orders to our customers or driving on the highway.

At press time, we already have seven trucks out on the road. We’ve started with four tractors/semis and three straight trucks, but will be adding more soon. Our targeted growth in 2015  — we estimate at least a 30% increase in sales — will clearly demand additional assets.

More trucks = more jobs.

As new trucks come on board, we’ll also need to add more driver positions. Our associates are a valued part of the GTM family, and we look forward to adding additional team members. We maintain an open requisition policy and are continuously recruiting associates with experience and integrity.

10887239_926527187358935_5443810504568562029_o

The Open Road

“Our focus now is on the Great Lakes states — Michigan, Indiana and Ohio — but we do have 48-state authority,” said Joe Field, GTM’s Director of North American Transportation Services. “We could place a terminal anywhere in the lower 48. At the same time, we’re a global company and we support global customers through our international partnerships.”

Who We Serve

We added new trucks for several reasons. First, we want to support our customers in ways that meet their needs. At the moment, our fleet caters primarily to automotive suppliers (Tier 1, Tier 2 and OEMs).

We also wanted to support freight that we were already managing on partner carriers. It made sense to keep some of our affiliate companies’ freight in house, rather than paying other companies to move it. We expect continued growth of Just In Time (JIT) automotive freight, particularly within the Great Lakes region.

“We offer many types of trucking service. Overall, we look at what is the most reasonable transportation solution for our customers. What plan offers our customers the most value and is most appropriate to meet their needs?” said Field. GTM’s assets complement each of the other product lines and services we provide, including the US leg of certain international shipments.

GTMTruck_053

“We deliver solutions that have good strategic fit and we will continue to offer full North American service through our own fleet and our partner carriers, combining this with comprehensive warehousing and distribution solutions,” said Field.

Mode optimization is our goal and we are committed to offering long-term, sustainable, door-to-door global solutions for each of our customers.

“We’re willing to invest in equipment and other resources in any geography that makes sense for us and for our customers. We are willing to go wherever our customers need us to go.”

 

3November

GLN 2014: New Partnerships, Stronger Alliances

November 3rd, 2014|0 Comments

We’re back from our annual trip to Thailand, bringing new friends, renewed partnerships and many stories. Attending the Global Logistics Network (GLN) Conference is always one of the year’s highlights for us.

This year was no exception.

10700397_864321463579508_5696461529432441724_o

The GTM booth at the GLN Conference

As a global freight forwarder / NVOCC, we spent four days visiting, conversing, planning and strategizing. We also identified the freight forwarding companies within GLN that will provide our global customers with the best service and pricing available in the market.

For this year’s conference, our focus was two-fold. We wanted to develop relationships with our BRIC country partners. We also hoped to cultivate stronger alliances with our fellow GLN members from around the world.

15357541848_de256c05f2_o

GLN Conference attendees

Forming deep international alliances with our logistics partners is essential to GTM’s success.

Among Chinese logistics firms, GTM is close to five-year partner BSI (Best Services International). BSI has 14 offices throughout China, including all ocean port cities and all major international airports. With more than 400 employees and $250 million in annual revenue, BSI is one of GTM’s stronger international partners.

The annual revenues of the GTM-BSI alliance already exceed $10 million.

BSI supports all of GTM’s international services, including warehousing, trucking, air freight, ocean freight, customs brokerage and project cargo handling.

15358021670_2ec8d8aff3_o

Robert Gruschow (GTM), Emmett Zheng (BSI), Wilson Wong (BSI) and Mark Brodie (GTM)

We are continuing to grow and expand our partnership with BSI.

In Thailand, we visited with our top European agents:

  1. Interfracht (Germany)
  2. Fioravanti Logistics Solutions (Italy)
  3. Ewals Cargo Care (Belgium)
  4. PSL Freight (England)
  5. TFS International (France)

In GTM’s meetings with these partners, we developed a strategy to cover all door to door cargo movements from Europe to the USA and USA to Europe.

We already support our European agents with excellent automotive part movements.  

Because of our face-to-face meetings, we expect these relationships to grow, improve and prosper.  In fact, we are already working on a specialized service for shipping yachts (75 foot and above) from Italy to anywhere in the USA.

We also visited with our top agents from India.

  1. Bluebird Logistics (New Delhi)
  2. Sevenseas (Bangalore)
  3. Seven Ocean Logistics
  4. Aspinwall, Logistics Division

India is a very important market for the U.S., GTM in particular. It offers very similar market capacity to China. We need to stimulate sales and business opportunities between our two countries.

GTM has selected these four companies to help us promote GTM within the India market.

We’re excited that these partnerships are already bearing fruit. We are currently working with Bluebird Logistics to serve one of our top retail accounts. With Bluebird, we plan to source goods from various top rated manufacturers in India.

GTM’s executive management also met with valued South American partners.

  1. Serpa Group (Brazil)
  2. Aduanera Galapagos C.A. (Venezuela)

We met with these two companies to discuss two of GTM’s key businesses, including exportation of kidney dialysis solutions to Brazil and Venezuela.

We were delighted to cement these two companies as GTM’s exclusive agents for Brazil and Venezuela.

Further, we were very happy with the executive management of both companies. GTM management believes we can create and drive high sales revenues with these two partners.

Every year, GTM’s superior reputation further solidifies.

15357540668_ece9b6bc56_o (1)

GTM was a Gold Sponsor of the GLN Conference and also sponsored the Tea/Coffee Break

This year’s GLN Conference was a complete success. Our presence grows stronger every year. We are gaining the complete trust of our worldwide agents. With trust comes business.

GTM’s international partners are putting more and more business opportunities on the table for us.

They are confident in our track record. They know our experienced staff will ensure their customers receive the excellent service they are representing.

We also made time to explore the city and share informal time with our partners.

We split up GTM executives and participated in several fun events with many of our current supporting agents.

10703728_866206840057637_537113647675740441_n

Robert Gruschow and Lisa Lunsford (with Interfracht and O’Brien Customs colleagues) visiting the Golden Buddha during Bangkok bicycle tour

Robert Gruschow and Lisa Lunsford took on a three-hour bicycle tour of the back streets and historical sites of Bangkok. They joined agents from Interfracht (Germany) and O’Brien Customs and Freight Forwarding (Australia), both major GTM supporters.

photo (8)

Mark Brodie golfing in Thailand

Mark Brodie participated in the outdoor golfing event with various GLN members.

We packed a lot into a few days.

The GLN Conference is an excellent event, bringing old friends and new acquaintances together under one roof. Building partnerships with the world makes international business easier and more productive for all of us.

1October

GTM Heads to Bangkok

October 1st, 2014|0 Comments

This week, GTM leadership is preparing to depart for the Global Logistics Network (GLN) annual conference, to be held October 5-8, 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand.

GLN is an international organization of freight forwarders and logistics companies united to successfully serve customers around the world.

images

With a global presence that includes a staff of nearly 25,000, located in 621 offices in 318 cities throughout 125 countries. GLN handles over 6 million international shipments per year.

GLN has long been our partner in success.

Robert Gruschow, Managing Member/Co-Owner, GTM in GLN One-on-One Meeting

Robert Gruschow of GTM in GLN One-on-One Meeting (Photo: GLN)

We prize building and maintaining strong relationships with our international partners. Through our GLN membership, we easily and capably handle every customer’s global shipping needs. Indeed, we’ve been active members of GLN for 5 years and counting.

GTM is proudly serving as a Gold Sponsor of this year’s conference.

gtmsponsorship

(Photo: GLN)

We look forward to the conference every year. It’s our annual time to compare notes and break bread with our peers, in small one-on-one meetings and in larger groups. Last year’s event welcomed 320 delegates from 216 member companies!

This is why attending the GLN conference is so important.

GLN Conference Welcome Party 2013

GLN Conference Welcome Party 2013
(Photo: GLN)

Every year, we are delighted to meet fellow attendees, some for the first time. We check in with our partners from around the world. We also build new relationships and connections that will bear fruit for years to come.

The new and renewed alliances GTM makes at the GLN conference are vital connections that translate into better service for our customers.

Mark Brodie and Robert Gruschow, Managing Members/Co-Owners of GTM with GLN Partners

Mark Brodie and Robert Gruschow, Managing Members/Co-Owners of GTM with GLN Partners
(Photo: GLN)

Service is something we take particular pride in. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service to every client we serve, no matter their size or cargo.

In 2012, our fellow conference attendees voted to recognize GTM with GLN’s 2012 Best Sales Support Award.

Robert Gruschow and Lisa Lunsford of GTM

Robert Gruschow and Lisa Lunsford of GTM
(Photo: GLN)

This was a great honor, one which we steadfastly work to equal or surpass — every day of the year. At GTM, we won’t settle for anything less.

For those not attending the conference, we plan to bring it to you. Keep watching us here and on Facebook and Twitter for our travel updates, photos and thoughts about this year’s event.

ขอบคุณครับ (thank you) for following.

8September

GTM + GS3 Global: Strategic Partnership, Winning Solution

September 8th, 2014|0 Comments

In 2012, Global Transportation Management, LLC (GTM) was already an aggressive, rapidly growing global freight forwarding company. To accelerate our global reach even further, GTM formed a strategic alliance with GS3 Global.

gs3_logo_tag_Retina

GTM joined forces with GS3 Global to sell global transportation and logistics services worldwide.

GS3 Global is a woman- and minority-owned fourth-party logistics firm (4PL), based in Livonia, Michigan and led by CEO Lisa Lunsford. It develops creative, value-added supply chain solutions for many Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.

Lisa Lunsford, CEO of GS3 Global

Lisa Lunsford, CEO of GS3 Global

At GTM, we want our work and our relationships to reflect our customers, our staff, and our partnerships.

Our strategic alliance with GS3 Global solidifies our commitment to growing in a more diverse way. Mark Brodie, Managing Member and Co-Owner of GTM, is committed to cultivating the company’s ongoing internal diversity program.

On a global scale, we can now reach a wider, more diverse customer base. A clientele that reflects the richly varied cultural makeup of the U.S. and our partners around the world. One that provides unrivaled access, competitive advantage, and wide-ranging benefits to all parties.

This strategic alliance immediately proved a great success for both companies.

On its end, GS3 Global provides a supply chain solution to its customers based on careful analysis of their needs. With GTM, it can offer more. GTM’s Global Freight Forwarding experience, licenses, staff, buying power and global agent network allow GS3 Global to provide a comprehensive range of services for both companies’ customers.

Through this critical partnership, GTM and GS3 Global now offer their customers complete, door-to-door logistics solutions.

118605930

Because of our alliance, we have secured more than $10 million in additional logistics business for our two companies. Some of our primary customers are top tier automotive suppliers, OEMs and major retailers.

GS3 Global was recently invited to visit Walmart’s corporate offices in Bentonville, Arkansas. The company felt that the GTM/GS3 Global strategic alliance would offer Walmart vital logistics services within their domestic and international transportation procurement groups. Moreover, Walmart has a $20 billion diversity spend target that they must allocate by 2017.

This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for the GTM and GS3 Global partnership.

An international global freight forwarding organization, GTM already boasts an agent network of 615 offices in over 123 countries. Our reach is worldwide and growing. Indeed, we are committed to supporting the many cultures, communities and people we engage with throughout the global transportation supply chain.

images

Further cementing our global partnership, GTM and GS3 Global will be attending the 2014 Global Logistics Network (GLN) Annual Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, together. We are proud to be in a strategic alliance with GS3 Global, a truly dynamic, successful company.

For both of our companies, the GTM/GS3 Global alliance has already been a triumph.

We look forward to an ever-deepening partnership and many future mutual achievements.

29August

Why Do I Need A Customs Broker?

August 29th, 2014|0 Comments

CustomsBrokerage

Potential customers often ask us this question.

You’re not required by law to have one, but you do need one.

Here’s why.

1st – Customs brokers take care of your paperwork and filing. No more filling out endless forms. No more hours of researching tariff classifications and duty rates.

2nd – Customs brokers are licensed and regulated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). After passing a rigorous exam issued by CBP, a broker can conduct business on an importer’s behalf.

3rd – We are your agent and work directly with CBP. We advise you on importing requirements, file your entry documents, obtain bonds and deposit U.S. import duties. We make sure your goods are released and properly delivered.

We do all of it for you.

At GTM, we combine the expertise of our in-house customs broker and global professional network for a comprehensive customs brokering experience. We also use sophisticated tracking systems to ensure swift clearance.

GTM is C-TPAT-certified and is a member of the Global Logistics Network (GLN), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Lognet Global. Our memberships allow us to efficiently and accurately deliver your shipments worldwide.

Import and export regulations frequently change and are vastly different from country to country. With our assistance, you will always be in compliance with local regulations.

GTM’s customs broker will help your goods move through customs and arrive safely and on time. Satisfying your customers and strengthening your business relationships is important to you.

It’s important to us too.

16July

Beyond the Bio: Mark Brodie

July 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Brodie Family

Mark Brodie – Managing Member/Co-Owner of GTM;
VP of Transportation and Logistics for Deshler Group

“I love this business. I’ve been doing it for 31 years.”

Mark Brodie has served as sales manager, sales director, global sales manager and branch manager in operational positions throughout his career. Ultimately, that experience gave him the ability to develop his own business in a very tough market.

“As a young man out of school, I got my first taste of international transportation at a Midwest steamship line company called World Shipping. I learned from the ground floor, from being on the docks and working with stevedore companies negotiating labor hours and paying crews. I took care of ship needs in port – for both owner and cargo interests.

In 1993 I moved into the freight forwarding industry with a global freight forwarder LEP International (now known as Agility). I was hired to come in and run their Detroit operation. I sold services globally – mostly concentrating on the Midwest customer base, which varied from major automotive and manufacturing companies to prominent retailers.

After that it was UTI International. I ran Detroit operations and became an expert in warehouse, distribution, ocean freight, air freight, trucking and customs clearance.

It has been a great industry. There’s not much I haven’t done.”

Modest Expectations

Mark dreamed of owning a small freight forwarding company.

In 2006 he founded Global Transportation Management LLC and went to work securing licenses and growing his client base. Turns out, he was a natural.

“I like to help customers improve their supply chain. That means understanding their business, looking at their requirements on a door to door basis, combining volumes – putting the puzzle together and coming back with cost savings and improved service.”

As the company grew, Mark realized he would need a strong financial partner. One of his customers – Feblo International – specializes in custom systems-driven contract packaging, warehousing and distribution solutions. That company’s president – Robert Gruschow – is also the president of the Deshler Group.

“Robert realized that international services were an area in which the Deshler group was lacking. He bought 50% of GTM to round out his group of ‘seven companies – one solution.’ He could see that GTM and Feblo were a perfect match; and he was exactly right.”

Robert Gruschow had the knowledge and resources necessary to enhance the service footprint of Global Transportation Management.

Phenomenal Growth

“By bringing the two great companies together, we’ve been able to successfully compete – on a global level – with the top freight forwarding companies in the world. Since the merger we’ve grown from just under 2 million to almost 14 million this year; for 2014/15 we’re hoping to hit 24 million in growth.

We serve clients that are looking for a door to door one phone call transportation solution.  We offer one stop global transportation and door to door shipping services that include warehouse distribution, air freight, ocean freight, customs clearance and IT products.

Global Expansion

We’re part of a global consortium called Global Logistics Network, which allows us to work with independent freight forwarders to offer the most effective door to door transportation services available.”

GLN has a global presence powered by a staff of nearly 25,000 employees located in 634 offices in 328 cities in 127 countries. With revenues approaching $10 billion, GLN handles over 2 million international shipments per year and gives GTM the capability to handle even the most demanding shipping needs worldwide.

“I started out wanting a small freight forwarding company; now if you look at our associations with these networks, we’re offering services in over 127 countries. Last year we moved over 900,000 TEUs of ocean freight and millions of tons of air freight with an annual bill-out of over 9.5 billion dollars.

It’s hard to believe he has time for anything but business; turns out, he makes time.

Taking time for family

Mark grew up in Milford, Michigan and attended Wayne State University. His wife Theresa is retired from the State of Michigan; they’ve been married for 32 years.

The couple has two children; their son Scott graduated from MSU with a degree in computer science. A successful game designer and programmer, he has his own game design company – www.heartshapedgames.com.

Their daughter Lauren – a Divison 1 soccer player – has a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Oakland University and is one year away from a Nurse Practitioner Master’s from the University of Michigan.

In his rare spare time, Mark enjoys his family, golf and travel. In fact, he and Theresa just returned from a Caribbean cruise. It was a surprise to learn – after all his years in international transportation – they’ve never been on one.

“I left the cell phone and computer behind and didn’t talk to anyone for eight days.”

29May

GTM Builds New Relationships with Sechang Steel and A.C.E. Express, Inc.

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

lognet-blog

Global Transportation Management, LLC (GTM) is a rapidly-growing global company providing total freight logistics service. We are a new member of the Lognet Global Network.

We have recently secured a large Tier 2 automotive supplier called Sechang Steel, located in Seoul, Korea, via our partnership and utilization of the Lognet Global Agent, A.C.E. Express, Inc., located in Busan, Korea.

Through this new network affiliation, GTM is able to offer a competitive door-to-door logistics program that surpasses most multinational global freight forwarding companies.

This particular program encompasses inland pick-up and loading at the shipper’s door in Seoul; Korean Customs formalities, Ocean Freight and US Customs Clearance; US warehousing and distribution; and final inland delivery to its customer: Nexteer Automotive, located in Saginaw, Michigan.

GTM and A.C.E. Express, through this network partnership, can now provide a true door-to-door supply chain program to other major automotive manufacturers purchasing auto parts from Korea.

GTM looks forward to implementing this comprehensive distribution program for additional auto clients throughout the Lognet Global network.

GTM is headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, offers more than 140,000 square feet of warehousing distribution, and services all the major OEMs, including Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda.

We are very proud to be part of the Lognet Global Network and encourage other global network agents to form a collaboration similar to that we have recently enjoyed with A.C.E. Express.

GTM has also invested in our own trucks to service many automotive suppliers throughout the Midwestern part of the US.

We offer delivery from our headquarters in Livonia to anywhere throughout the Midwest and the US.

GTM is Licensed by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to interface electronically with CBP and all federal agencies involved in releasing your cargo. We transmit electronic import entry data via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) to any US port. Customers are ensured immediate cargo delivery, no matter their location.

Our licensed Broker, who possesses 29 years of experience dealing with CBP and all other agencies, personally provides close support of your import transactions.

GTM is C-TPAT-certified, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Lognet Global Network.

GTM is your one-stop shop for all your international shipping needs.

GTM on Twitter