The Transport Canada Air Cargo Security (ACS) Program started to send letters to Registered Shippers to update its database in anticipation of proposed regulatory changes in 2015.
Registered Shippers who have applied directly to Transport Canada since April 2011, and possessing a complete and valid file, will not receive a copy of this letter.
According to CanadianShipper.com, all complete and valid Registered Shippers will be transferred to the new category called Account Consignors when the proposed regulatory amendments come into force. At that time, a letter will be sent to inform Registered Shippers of this change, and to invite them to become Known Consignors.
For further information, contact the ACS Support Centre at 1-866-375-7342, email@example.com, or access Transport Canada: Air Cargo Security (ACS) Program
Businesses over time have to rely on third party logistics companies to manage their logistics, transportation, and supply chain functions, so it is important to be careful and pay attention on every single detail related to the contract and project terms before start doing any business. As part of an article published last month by Inbound Logistics called “163 Ways to Supercharge Your Supply Chain”, we bring to you 10 noteworthy tips for you to grow the relationship with a 3PL provider:
10. Ask better RFP (Request for Proposal) questions. Don’t ask the same old tired RFP questions. Weed out the weak ones, refine the keepers, and add some new ones to inspire insightful answers. Two suggestions: “Share a situation with a client that didn’t go as well as you’d hoped and explain how you worked through it” and “Show us a process map of how you’d fulfill a typical order for one of your current clients.”
9. Ask what the 3PL does best. Like most companies, many 3PLs excel in certain niches, such as global logistics, transportation, or warehousing. Most service providers started off focusing on one function, then added others along the way. Ask 3PLs about their mode and lane strengths. Depending on office and yard locations, a 3PL can likely guarantee capacity in some areas of the country, while offering substantially lower rates. This knowledge will help you better match your transportation needs to the right 3PL.
8. Include your performance objectives in the RFP (Request for Proposal). Solicit input from all the key players in your supply chain about the performance, pricing, and productivity levels they hope to achieve through outsourcing.
7. Focus on operational excellence instead of the procurement process. When companies put out 3PL bids, they often focus time and attention on the bid itself, instead of assessing whether a new logistics service provider can perform to the level of operational excellence they need. Shippers should consider what the optimal scenario looks like once the implementation is complete, and how they can work with their 3PL partner to improve upon it.
6. Recognize what’s in and out of scope. Many procurement-driven companies will push for more from their service providers. The danger of scope creep is that it can slowly erode the relationship. With the understanding that customers have leverage, 3PLs may build walls and become less willing to give more when customers are taking instead of asking. On the other hand, shippers that recognize when they are asking for out-of-scope solutions, and acknowledge it upfront, are likely to find 3PLs more amenable to helping out and investing in the relationship.
5. Ask your 3PL how it qualifies carriers. 3PLs utilize other companies’ assets to serve you, and you entrust them to select the appropriate carriers to move your freight. At a minimum, they should verify operating authority and insurance, and assess each carrier’s safety rating. What process do they have to prevent unscrupulous carriers from re-brokering your freight without consent? Make sure they execute a written contract with each carrier that includes clauses to protect you.
3. To foster long-term partnerships with 3PLs, be honest. When shippers enter a partnership, they should be willing and able to admit their shortcomings. Whether it’s acknowledging pain points and limitations, or recognizing that bid data may be inaccurate, being upfront with service providers from the beginning is an important step toward building a collaborative relationship. Conversely, 3PLs should be equally candid about their capabilities. Such reciprocity builds trust.
2. Value corporate compatibility. Finding a 3PL whose corporate values and philosophies are compatible with yours is essential. Build specific questions into your RFP to get to the heart of this issue.
1. Use 3PLs for more than just a back-up plan. Being choosy about 3PLs is wise, but don’t treat them only as a back-up plan for a last-minute load that needs covering. A common misconception is that 3PLs can always move a load at the last second. While 3PLs can often find the capacity needed in a pinch, it’s not a guarantee, and you could be missing out on many benefits 3PLs can offer if you only use them this way.
On February 19, Arnon Melo representing MELLOHAWK Logistics gave a lecture on International Trade between Canada and Brazil to 50 international relations students from Ribeirao Preto University (UNAERP).
It is wonderful to see the students’ curiosity and learning will. Every moment like this, makes me realize how important and necessary is the role of MELLOHAWK Logistics beyond the borders of logistics. Inspiring people is also our motto. Thanks to all who provided this unique moment for me personally and MELLOHAWK Logistics.
Arnon Melo, MELLOHAWK Logistics President and Managing Director
“Given that most wonder what the next six months will bring, what value could there be in guessing what 2025 will look like?”
Co-editors of the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics accepted the challenge of crafting the roadmap, which was released in a final version on January 15, 2014, after 18 months. The document was an attempt by “the industry”—meaning everyone from end users to suppliers to educators to NGOs and government—to look out 10 to 15 years into the future and ask, “How should we be preparing?”. The roadmap is an opportunity for everyone to ask the big questions.
Following we brought part of the report published by Logistics Management on February 13, 2014. To read the full and original article, go to logisticsmgmt.com.
1. The changing workforce
Ongoing regional and national recruitment strategies for finding employees should be standard practice across the industry.
2. The growth of e-commerce
All shipments should be trackable in real time from the instant an order is placed to the instant of delivery, both in transit and in facilities, at the level of individual items and independent of carrier or transportation mode. In addition, typical order-to-ship processing times in e-commerce distribution should be sufficient to support same-day delivery of in-stock items.
3. Relentless competition
A significant portion of shippers should be sharing transportation assets as a standard business practice.
4. Mass personalization
The materials handling and logistics industry must be capable of supporting a highly diverse set of order and distribution channels and delivery methods.
The 15 largest U.S. cities should have at least one open shared self-service parcel delivery kiosk network available for use by multiple retailers, according to the roadmap. And, most U.S. consumers should have the capability to specify personalized delivery point information to multiple retailers, including deliveries to their real-time current location.
6. Mobile and wearable computing
Control and execution systems featuring wearable computing devices should be developed and widely adopted in transportation, warehousing and manufacturing.
7. Robotics and automation
By 2025, the roadmap points to affordable robotic order picking systems being available that support high-throughput, single-piece picking in both part-to-picker and picker-to-part configurations. And, economical, high-speed automation to load and unload trucks should be available, both at the carton and pallet level.
8. Sensors and the Internet of Things
Major intermodal hubs throughout the United States should have the ability to handle standardized containers at the unit-load and carton level, plus load/unload integration with freight containers. And, it further suggests that universally accepted data formats for all types of sensors should be established.
9. Big Data and predictive analytics
Most applications accessed by logistics and supply chain professionals should be cloud based and that vehicle routing and scheduling should use real-time traffic feeds as well as support dynamic rerouting.
By 2025, the industry should have developed standard, accepted metrics for assessing environmental impact; consumers should have a better understanding of the environmental consequences of their choices; energy usage by transportation and material handling technologies should continue to require less energy, or be powered by alternative forms of energy; and LEED-certifiable manufacturing and distribution facilities should include scoring for materials handling equipment.
MELLOHAWK Logistics is once more honoured for having been invited to participate in a event in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil, with local entrepreneurs about “Business Opportunities between Brasil and Canada”. Arnon Melo will give a presentation about customs, logistics, and business potential for both countries. The event will also count with the presence of the Ontario Consul in Brazil Mr. Todd Barrett who will give a presentation on how to negotiate with Canada.
More information about the event you find on the image bellow and also in the Ribeirao Preto Industrial and Commercial Association website. Registrations through the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The CIFFA e-newsletter has warned freight forwarders of a new (unexpected) possible cause for delayed shipments.
Winter weather has combined with congestion at terminals and backlogs for repairs to produce chassis shortages at the Port of New York and New Jersey and at Midwest rail terminals.
New York-New Jersey drayage drivers have complained for weeks about tight supplies of chassis at some terminals. Truckers are reluctant to send drivers to congested terminals where they may spend several hours merely returning a chassis. Terminals also have a large backlog of chassis that have been “deadlined” for repairs by International Longshoremen’s Association mechanics. Another contributor to chassis shortages is extended free time for container usage that shippers often negotiate with ocean carriers. Many roadworthy chassis are sitting under containers waiting to be unloaded at distribution centers. Chassis shortages haven’t been limited to marine terminals.
A series of winter storms have slowed deliveries at warehouses across the Midwest and slowed the return of intermodal equipment.
Original article available at https://www.joc.com/port-news/us-ports/port-new-york-and-new-jersey
Article published by The Canadian Business Journal in June of 2012 about MELLOHAWK Logistics in the Business in Action section of their website:
Personal service for your cargo
MELLOHAWK Logistics Inc. delivers logistics services with emphasis on client satisfaction. As an international freight forwarder, MELLOHAWK transports cargo of every kind and size to destinations around the world. The company has built a global network of over 60 international freight forwarder agents. To provide personalized customer service, MELLOHAWK management created close personal relationships with these international partners. The company continues to grow at a steady pace and has received several freight industry awards as well as awards related to its community involvement and promotion of Canadian diversity.
MELLOHAWK’s Managing Director Peter Hawkins told The Canadian Business Journal, “Freight forwarding is essentially the business of being a ‘travel agent’ for the cargo — taking over all the logistics’ arrangements for anybody who needs to move cargo around the world. As a small company our goal is to be competitive with the big multinationals when it comes to price and to beat them in terms of service. What sets MELLOHAWK apart is that we made the real effort, went out and met with our agents around the world. This approach and personal connection has become a real asset because we can now pick up the phone, call our agent in any country and someone we know personally will pick up the phone and help us solve whatever issue there may be. We can solve issues in minutes. Large freight forwarders are not able to do this, and that’s why we are able to grow as we do.”
Starting with only few clients, the company achieved continuous growth since its inception in 2002, even during the 2008 economic downturn. Today, the company ships virtually everything — Canadian-made heavy equipment destined for the mines and oil platforms of South America and the Caribbean, fine art and museum collections, vaccines, makeup, frozen food, humanitarian aid for Africa and more.
Personal customer service represents the core idea behind MELLOHAWK. Arnon Melo, the founder of MELLOHAWK, traveling across South America at the time, noticed that while international freight forwarders conducted business mostly in English, clients highly valued being able to discuss their shipping needs and express their concerns directly, in their native language. By filling this service gap in the logistics industry, MELLOHAWK was able to profit and grow. To this, Hawkins said, “At that time Canada was trying to make inroads into South American markets but shipping to this market – and to Brazil especially – was considered next to impossible. We have carved the freight forwarding road into the Brazilian market, and have become the go-to company for shipping to Brazil. That’s how our company started on the road to growth which continues to this day.”
Memberships and awards
To continue providing exceptional service, MELLOHAWK is a member of several freight forwarders’ associations such as CIFFA, FIATA and IATA, and the company is an approved Transport Canada Regulated Agent. “All of our staff received CIFFA training and are certified freight forwarders. Being a regulated agent of Transport Canada makes us the first wall of defence when it comes to terrorism, fraud and smuggling, and environmental issues such as pests; and we are very active in the organization.”
MELLOHAWK Logistics received several freight forwarding awards, such as CIFFA’s Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (2011 and 2009) and Scotiabank Small Business BIG Impact Challenge (2011). The company has also been shortlisted for the 2012 Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Success Award for its efforts hiring, training and promoting diversity among the company staff.
Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, MELLOHAWK management recognized the potential in hiring newcomers to Canada, seeing that newcomers offered a tremendous upside to MELLOHAWK as a logistic provider. Besides the talent and ability, with direct access to different cultures, newcomers opened many service opportunities for MELLOHAWK within various cultural diasporas in Canada as well as access to buyers’ and suppliers’ markets abroad. “We feel that there is an untapped pool of experienced and talented people in the Canadian newcomers’ community, and that companies in any industry would benefit tremendously from their experience. MELLOHAWK is in business to make money but what we have found was that, while we wanted to make contributions to the socially relevant causes, our participation became a good way of building our business, whether it was building community relationships or getting our name out there. That is why we advocate tapping into and taking advantage of this hidden potential and often unrecognized talent. We continue to build our company culture around this idea, and we were able to learn and tremendously profit from this approach,” Hawkins stated.
It is not surprising that the company’s dedication to social causes has brought on unexpected media exposure and awareness through articles in the National Post, news video on the Globe and Mail website and listing on Scotiabank’s Small Business BIG Impact Challenge website. And what does the future hold for MELLOHAWK? As a company that actively participates in the logistics community, the management currently works with Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) and plans to open a CIFFA training centre, offering CIFFA certification courses to industry peers. Year-over-year, the company has realized average annual growth of approximately 10 per cent and expects to grow in in the years to come, while continuing its community involvement and promotion of Canadian diversity.
Original Article available at cbj.ca: MELLOHAWK Logistics Inc.
MELLOHAWK Logistics’ headquarters was honoured to receive yesterday (February 06, 2014) a group of 14 students from Humber Business School and their professor Emiliano Introcaso. Arnon Melo gave a presentation about the MELLOHAWK Logistics, the freight market in Canada, important terms and facts about international trade, and some anecdotes about international shipping.
We wanted to once again thank MELLOHAWK Logistics so much for opening the doors to its facility this past Thursday. The students were extremely excited and they definitely learned a lot. Thank you also Arnon Melo for answering their questions and for showing them around the entire operation. MELLOHAWK Logistics made a great impression and again, I thank you all for the help. I’ll bring new ones in September.
Emiliano Introcaso, CITP, P.Log. (MBA)
Professor | International Business
What makes MELLOHAWK Logistics remembered by customers among other competitors?
Definitely, it is not about how big we are, it is about the service we provide.
Arnon Melo, MELLOHAWK Logistics President during the presentation
MELLOHAWK Logistics supports the opening of the Ontario Government Trade Office in São Paulo, Brazil
Congratulations to the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, represented by Dr. Eric Hoskins for the newest International Marketing Centre (IMC) in São Paulo, Brazil, which was officially opened today. Headed by Todd Barrett, Consul – Commercial (Ontario), who has more than a decade of experience developing trade between Canada and Brazil, the new office fulfills a key commitment of Ontario’s Going Global Trade Strategy.
As the world’s sixth largest economy, Brazil is among the so-called BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — characterized by rapid economic growth and strong demand for goods and services. Brazil’s economy is generating strong demand in areas where Ontario has expertise including infrastructure development, information technology, agri-food, mining equipment and services, and financial services.
“The Canadian Consulate in São Paulo has been a key player in developing bilateral trade, and now this new office representing Ontario’s interests will really focus companies on the advantages of doing business with Canada’s heartland” says Arnon G. Melo, MELLOHAWK Logistics Managing Director, who attended the ceremony.
“We cannot stress how important it is to have feet on the ground in the local Brazilian economy. Todd’s expertise and experience will prove to be invaluable.”
The office helps companies intermediating contacts with potential partners, facilitate eventual marketing strategies by building strong and strategic relationships with the media and local governments, and promote Ontario business in key markets.
“Building our business with Brazil will translate into jobs for Ontario communities. The launch of the São Paulo office demonstrates our long-term commitment to the Brazilian market as we expand and diversify Ontario’s international business profile.” Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
MELLOHAWK Logistics is proud to be a part of this remarkable moment for Ontario and Brazil, which promises to directly contribute to the growth of both markets.
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CIFFA reminds that West coast ports are experiencing backlogs and we can expect unprecedented delays in inbound intermodal transits.
The recent extreme weather conditions are certainly a factor that has impacted freight movements across the country over the past few weeks but not the only reason. Members are reminded that extreme cold affects railroads, terminal operations, drayage and every other operation. For the railroads, this means shorter trains and slower speeds, which in turn mean longer transit times and possible equipments shortages. Bad weather at sea delays vessel arrivals, affecting berth schedules at the terminals. High winds at ports can shut down crane operations, potentially delaying vessel loading and unloading.
It should also not come as a surprise that recent demand is high due to the upcoming Chinese New Year (Feb 4th). Most manufacturers in Asia shut down for a week for the New Year. And in light of this, vessels are full out of Asia in the weeks leading up to the shut-down.
CBC News Reported on January 16, 2014:
Wild weather has prompted blizzard warnings, highways closures and school cancellations in southern Manitoba.
It all comes just hours after 20 temperature records were set in the province for daytime highs, including in Winnipeg which got up to 3.3 C after starting the day at –22 C. Carman was the province’s hot spot at 6 C, while several other communities reached 5 C. The temperature swings were ushered in by strong south winds that tossed and swirled snow through the day.
They peaked in Winnipeg at 82 km/h while hitting 104 km/h in Portage la Prairie, 98 km/h in Melita, 96 km/h in both Emerson and Gretna, and 91 km/h in Roblin. The humid weather and wind in Winnipeg caused traffic lights to malfunction all over the city.
At one point, nine police units were out directing traffic. Police say some lights at intersections were still not working Thursday morning.
The winds from Wednesday night have also left drifts of snow and debris around Winnipeg, making for tricky driving.
While the gusts have weakened in Winnipeg, areas just south of the city are being hammered by blizzard-like conditions. A strong low pressure system over northwestern Ontario is pushing brisk northwesterly winds, gusting to 80 km/h, through the Red River Valley, primarily near the international border. Winds are expected to remain strong until late this morning, when they will ease up and visibility will improve, according to Environment Canada.
As a result of the wind and poor visibility a number of major highways were closed and RCMP were urging drivers to be extremely cautious wherever they were travelling.
The ditches along highways in the Winnipeg area were strewn with vehicles that had crashed or slipped off the icy, snowy roads.
And the parking lots at gas stations in Headingley, west of Winnipeg, were full of stranded truckers.
Among the highways closed were:
- Highway 75 is closed from Winnipeg to the U.S. border.
- Trans-Canada Highway is closed from Brandon to Winnipeg.
- Trans-Canada east is closed from Highway 207 to Hadashville.
- Highway 5 is closed from Ste. Rose du Lac to Neepawa.
- Highway 59 from La Rochelle to Highway 52.
Several of those have since reopened. The provincial highway information website has all of the current conditions.
Jon Birch, who left Regina on Wednesday and is headed for Winnipeg, said he had been waiting out the storm in Headingley since 11 p.m. Wednesday. He was still there 12 hours later.
Birch has been a trucker for 12 years and said this winter is one of the worst he’s seen.
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