Chicago-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider SEKO Logistics said this week it has inked a strategic partnership with Air & Ground World Transport (AG World) this week.
The objective of this partnership, according to SEKO, is to create new cross-border growth opportunities for shippers that do business between Asia and the United States, in light of global trade disputes accelerating demand for what it called broader geographic supply solutions.
And it added that in tandem with AG World, the companies will provide shippers with various offerings to to develop new trade relationships, leveraging AGWorld’s network of offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Shenzhen, Guangzhou Manila and Ho Chi Minh City among other locations and SEKO Logistics’ more than 120 branches in 40 countries.
SEKO also said that clients based in Asia or buying goods from suppliers in the region will gain immediate access to SEKO’s 60-branch network across North America as well as its award-winning demand chain solutions, including Last Mile across the United States, White Glove, Omni-Channel Logistics, Cross Border Parcel Consolidations and Domestic Expedite.
The partnership between the two companies is timed to give customers greater access to countries which are rapidly increasing their importance in global supply chains as businesses look for new sales and supply channels, SEKO noted. And it also explained that supports SEKO’s program to accelerate its growth by creating the right types of strategic partnerships and undertaking acquisitions to enhance its technology, network and service capabilities. In 2018, SEKO also established a similar strategic partnership with Hermes Germany, one of the largest players on the European parcel and 2-man-handling market and a highly efficient provider of supply chain solutions.
“We are excited to be partnering with AGWorld,” said James Gagne, President & CEO, of SEKO Logistics, in a statement. “We see this as a long-term relationship with outstanding potential to broaden our growth in the US, Asia and Europe. Both companies have a great deal to offer each other and our respective clients. SEKO customers will gain from greater access to the Southeast Asia market with AG World’s significant airfreight tonnage and scalable capacity platform, while AGWorld clients in the high-tech, retail, manufacturing, healthcare and other industries can plug into our coast-to-coast US network and SEKO’s proven value-added 3PL and forwarding expertise, cross-border parcel platform with Section 321 and Type 86 express clearance capabilities and portfolio of services bundled with its award-winning technology.”
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