GPSM – Australia

‘After 17 ½ years’ service at GPSM, General Manager, Wendy O’Neill had decided to take up “semi- retirement”, she will finish her full-time duties with GPSM on Friday 23rd August, 2019.

The good news is that Wendy will return on a part-time basis after a short break, working 2 days per week, so we will still have her in the “GPSM family” in the future.

Naturally Wendy will be sadly missed by all, she has enjoyed a long career in the freight forwarding business, completing some 45 years in a variety of positions and companies, first starting out as a document clerk in a trading company in Sydney before moving to department head. From there she moved on to Votainer in Sydney and spent a number of years there before joining another Sydney based forwarder for another lengthy employment.

In 1988 she joined Australia’s largest (at that time) NVOCC, Australian Freight Services, as Import Manager and worked there for some 12 years, before joining the current GPSM management team at another forwarder for a short time. in 2002, Wendy joined GPSM and took over the role of General Manager from that time.

Wendy has always had an impeccable work ethic and contributed greatly to GPSM over the past years, her expertise has allowed for many new employees to be indoctrinated into GPSM under the same work ethic and customer service values that were required for GPSM to be as successful as it has been.

We thank Wendy for her great contribution to GPSM and wish her well for the future, many of her management duties will be shared by other management team members while her import supervisory role will be taken over by Annie Alexiou, many of the agents would have been dealing with Annie over the past 4 years’.

Seaspace International Marks 30th Anniversary

International logistics provider and exclusive UK IASA member Seaspace International are celebrating their 30th anniversary, one month after opening their third warehouse facility in Gatwick, West Sussex.

Adjacent to London Gatwick Airport, it’s the second warehouse opening for the company in the last 18 months, in the same estate as their head offices. Acquired due to an increased demand in their air and sea freight services, it will allow the team to store an extra 360 standard pallets, with the ability to expand this to 525 pallets.

Seaspace New Warehouse Exterior

Founded in 1988 with the two business owners operating from small premises in Gatwick, the company has grown from having a sole focus on sea freight to become a full service international logistics provider, working with many blue-chip companies.

Today, the expert team is comprised of 28 members and the company is highly accredited, which speaks volumes about its quality of service and experience as an independent importer and exporter. In addition to IASA membership, Seaspace International is an accredited member of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and are UK & EU certified Authorised Economic Operators (AEOF).

Seaspace New Warehouse Interior

Managing Director Gordon Humphrey states, ‘Celebrating 30 years in a huge milestone for our business and a time to reflect on our successful growth, whilst keeping an eye on plans for the future. With the opening of our third warehouse, we’re committed to offering the same personable level of service to our clients, whilst providing more flexibility.

We’ve also always had a focus on utilising the latest proven technologies in logistics, and one of the major achievements of our team is the implementation of our reporting software and our SpaceTrax system, which provides tailored track and trace information in real-time’.

Services offered by the expert team at Seaspace International include customs brokerage, storage of goods, stock management, and distribution. Working with a wide range of different industries, the team work to, through and from all of the world major airports and ports.

Seaspace’s third warehouse opens

Gordon Humphrey, Managing Director of Seaspace International Forwarders Ltd, today officially opened Seaspace’s third warehouse adjacent to London Gatwick Airport. Boasting an initial capacity of 360 standard pallets, with the capability to expand to 525 pallets this is Seaspace’s second new warehouse facility to open in the last 18 months. The facility also includes management offices and small item storage and packing zones.

Gordon commented that “the demand for our high quality, reliable and pro-active stock management and fulfilment services continues. To keep pace with this we jumped at the chance to secure this third warehouse on the same estate as our existing two. Our success in this vital link of the logistics supply chain is a testament to the hard work of our teams, keeping clients and their customers happy. It’s this which builds and maintains our reputation as second to none in high-end fulfilment services. We’re excited at the opportunities that this new facility offers us and our clients.”

Big announcement from Trans Air Cargo’s Managing Director

I have good news to inform you that since last 20 years was rank 1 in top 5 for IATA selling record. Last year 2017, we have been reported by IATA we are ranking number 1 in Air Freight record for Thailand, Keree Chaichanavong (Managing Director)

Congratulations to Keree Chaichanavong (Managing Director) and the staff at Trans Air Cargo, Thailand, it is a wonderful accolade to Trans Air Cargo and their hard work and commitment.

J S. Connor’s New Look!

We are very excited to announce the launch of the new look for John S. Connor, Inc.,
After much time, thought and effort by a company team, today we are excited to share with you the new John S. Connor logo and website. Over the past several months we worked closely with What Works Studio to develop a brand identity that reflects both our proud legacy and our dedication to innovation and service.

This new logo system helps John S.Connor to present itself in such a way that reflects its rich history, caliber of service to its clients, and competitiveness in a 21st Century marketplace that challenges businesses to remain adaptable and effective while staying true to the core attributes that differentiate JSC from the competition.

We are interested in your feedback as we continue to evolve our site and capabilities!
We look forward to providing excellent service to you and your organization in the coming decades and working diligently to assist you in achieving your business goals.

100 Years and counting!

JS Connor are celebrating 100th company anniversary!

John S. Connor, Inc. is pleased and proud to announce it is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary.  Founded in 1917 by its namesake, the company provides a variety of transport and logistics services to a many different industries and government agencies.  Services include freight forwarding by sea, air and truck as well as customs clearance services, vessel agency and a variety of additional solutions to meet the specific needs of its clients.

John Connor began the company in Baltimore with a $300 loan from his mother three months after obtaining his customs brokers license.  Since then his brother and two sons succeeded him and built the company to one of the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region.   The current president is Lee Connor, grandson of the founder. Another grandson, Butch Connor is VP of Ocean Freight. A fourth generation is also working in the business. 

In the beginning the company focused on customs clearance business in the port of Baltimore. Today it has a half dozen offices in the region and offers world-wide coverage for the needs of its clients through a tight network of agent relationships throughout the world. Still headquartered in Baltimore but with a global reach to allow it to provide comprehensive door to door services for those clients requiring this.

Freight forwarders and customs brokers play a significant role in international commerce. Often they are the lynch pin which ties together all the parties required to move cargo from point A to point B. From booking the space on the ship or plane, to ensuring all details and documentation comply with government regulations, to coordinating the movement and release of cargo with terminal operators, shipping and airlines and Customs and Border Protection as well as many other government agencies, depending on the type of product and regulatory requirements. Freight does not move without the crucial, often invisible actions of the freight forwarders and customs brokers behind the scenes.

 “This industry has changed so much in the last hundred years that I am sure my grandfather would not recognize it,” notes Lee Connor. “Very few companies that worked in the industry back then still exist but through the hard work and adaptability of the people at Connor we have been able to continue to add value for our clients. Our focus now is developing strategies that will enable us to continue to play a constructive role in the business for our next century.  It will surely look different in the coming years.”

The company will be holding a special celebration event in September to commemorate the occasion.