Lake Success, New York – With vessel space tighter than ever between North America and the Far East, Ocean World Lines (OWL), a global door-to-door and end-to-end NVOCC, announced today that it has introduced cargo management services in Asia to help importers better manage their inventory levels and improve vendor compliance, supported by an expanding network of offices in the region.
The new cargo management services, including worldwide door-to-door air, ocean and ground transportation, offers a total supply chain solution from local oversight of the manufacturing process to securing the best projected booking date for the shipment.
OWL has also opened new offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Qingdao to support the new services in Asia. “By operating our own offices in the region, we become our customers’ logistics arm in Asia with personal relationships at every point, including factories, terminals, equipment operators and all modes of shipping,” said Eric Seamon, vice president OWL Asia.
“We provide a truly one-stop shop experience and our new cargo management services improve our customers’ vendor compliance. We speak the language, we understand the culture, we have personal relationships with the factories and we make sure everything is compliant with PO commitments. In other words, our team maintains very close tabs on our customers’ suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly,” said Seamon.
Through the service OWL helps importers manage their inventory levels by providing purchase orders as they are issued and showing inventory orders as they are created. The new service is operated in conjunction with the company’s new OWL360º® online visibility solution, which instantly alerts the customer for approval of any discrepancies once the order is ready to be shipped.
“We contact our customers’ vendors 21 days, 14 days and 7 days prior to the target ship date to secure the best booking,” said Seamon. “This allows shippers to plan at the factory level and provides line item detail into the supply chain before the manufacturer uploads the purchase order.”
According to Alan Baer, OWL’s president, with the extra tight vessel capacity, it is more important than any other time in the industry for shippers to pre-book and manage their cargo ready dates. “We are recommending that our shippers book two to three weeks in advance,” said Baer. “The key benefit of our new service is that we have full visibility into our customers’ supply chain sooner so we can, for example, consolidate goods from three factories and ship them all in one container to the warehouse whether they are moving via airfreight, LTL or containership. This saves our customers money on their shipping costs, which is at the top of every shipper’s mind these days.”
The new service also supplies advanced knowledge of vendor-delayed orders so proactive decisions can be made based on real time visibility of the purchase order’s status, including open and booked PO’s. “We can save our customers a lot of time, money and headaches by correcting mistakes at origin and most importantly, prevent inventory shortages and delays. This is what every shipper hopes to achieve and we feel like we are offering the ultimate visibility tool with our OWL360º® solution supported by our new offices in Asia,” said Baer.
About Ocean World Lines
Ocean World Lines, known in the industry by its iconic owl logo, is one of the largest fully bonded NVOCC’s in the world. OWL maintains more than 45 service contracts with the top ocean carriers and handles today’s most complex global supply chain requirements.
Founded in 1979, OWL works with importers, exporters and freight forwarders to move all types of cargo and provide global door-to-door/end-to-end service. OWL offers a one-stop shop experience for its customers coupled with leading-edge technology for a truly value-based solution.
With over 200 employees worldwide, OWL has offices located in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Singapore, Tokyo, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Long Beach, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, San Francisco, Seattle, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, and Ipswich, as well as a network of agents worldwide.
OWL is a subsidiary of Pacer International, a leading North American freight transportation and logistics service provider that offers a broad array of services to facilitate the movement of freight from origin to destination.