Taiwan based transportation and logistics specialist Dimerco has been awarded *MTO (Multimodal Transport Operator) status in India, opening up new opportunities for growth for the company in the subcontinent.
Although well established in India, recognized as a Top 5 Freight Forwarder for inbound volume of Chennai Air Cargo Complex by AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services with a network of six owned offices and twelve partner offices, the MTO license will now enable Dimerco to provide extended services to shippers, moving cargo from any land point in India to and from any destination in the world, under a single Contract of Carriage.
Under the terms of India’s Multimodal Transportation Act, only those companies who are registered by the Director General of Shipping can carry out Multimodal Transportation, to protect the interests of shippers. Dimerco’s MTO accreditation demonstrates that it has the necessary expertise, infrastructure and financial status to undertake such Multimodal Transportation.
According to Mr. Edward Lin, CEO of Dimerco, the achievement of MTO status will benefit both customers and partner carriers.
He explains, “The manufacturing hubs in India, which contribute a major share of exports, are located deep in the hinterland and far away from the gateway ports. Therefore, the potential for multimodal transportation – including long and short hauls – is immense. As a Multimodal Transport Operator, Dimerco can now take responsibility for transporting cargo from one point to another, utilising more than one mode of transport, ensuring more efficient and cost-effective door to-door movement of goods for our customers. We can also now work better with ocean carriers, since carriers do not handle shipments from offline/inland areas of India, so for Dimerco MTO recognition is key for our business development and carrier relationships in India.”
The MTO certification has not only enabled Dimerco to provide more extensive multimodal services to customers, but has also gained recognition for the company within the international forwarding community as approved by the Indian government for multimodal transport operations.
Photograph Mr. Edward Lin, CEO of Dimerco
*MTO (Multimodal Transport Operator) Announcement: http://www.dgshipping.gov.in/Content/viewNotice.aspx?noticeid=453
For more information, please visit: http://www.dimerco.com/
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Cindy Yang T: +886-2-2796-3660 Ext. 761, Cindy_Yang@dimerco.com
National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has completed work on two Travelodge projects in Kent with an overall value of almost £14.5million.
Supporting the UK’s first budget hotel chain’s ongoing expansion programme, Wakemans acted as tenant’s agent on new hotels in Gravesend and Dover.
Wakemans Senior Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “We’re delighted to have assisted Travelodge in the development of these two new Kent hotel properties, which are integral to its expansion strategy in the South East and will provide a boost for the regional economy whilst also supporting tourism.”
The £5.5 million hotel in Gravesend is located on the edge of town, close to the A2, and enjoys easy transport links to central London. It also offers a convenient stop off for travellers planning an overnight stay on the way to Dover or the Eurotunnel.
Adjacent to a Toby Carvery restaurant and close to the Cyclopark multi-sport activity centre, the 61-bedroom, four storey hotel is a 15-minute car journey from Bluewater Shopping Centre.
The new £9 million hotel in Dover town centre also incorporates an on-site Bar Café restaurant serving breakfast and evening meals. It is located in the south-east corner of the 120,000 sq. ft. St James scheme, a £53million retail and leisure development featuring a six-screen cinema plus restaurants and cafés.
Five minutes by car from the Port of Dover, the 108-bedroom Dover Travelodge is ideally located for holidaymakers looking for a stop-over before heading to Europe.
Tony O’Brien, Travelodge Property Director said: “We are delighted to have worked with Wakemans to open our first Travelodge hotels in Dover and Gravesend. Kent is key growth area for Travelodge. The county’s reputation as a great short break destination is flourishing and attracting record visitor numbers. However, there is still a shortage of branded budget accommodation across Kent. Therefore our two new hotels will certainly help attract visitors and boost the local economy.”
The time and cost saving vehicle delivery app, vinDELIVER, from cloud based automotive software specialist Car Delivery Network (CDN), is being adopted increasingly by smaller, flexible companies for whom customer service is king, says CDN founder and director, Wayne Pollock.
While vinDELIVER is widely used and accounts for millions of car deliveries for large businesses in the US as well as in the UK, young and growing companies in the UK are also recognising the huge benefits of real time reporting and end-to-end visibility in attracting and retaining customers.
John Steel, director of West Yorkshire based Driven-For You Ltd, confirms that for him customer service is paramount and from the outset, he was determined to invest in the best possible system to keep his customers – and their customers – well informed as part of his company’s customer-centric ethos.
“We reviewed several systems in the market, but CDN’s vinDELIVER came out on top,” he says. “The app is simple to use, interaction with the end user is easy, and you can upload fuel receipts, POC (proof of collection), multiple photos of the vehicle and POD (proof of delivery), so for us it ticked all the boxes. There is a customer page too, so customers can login and go straight to the CDN site, where all the delivery information is accessible and live, with up to the minute updates. The CDN Pay as you go aspect works well for us too.”
Driven- For You provides chauffeur-driven vehicle movements for customers ranging from one-man bands to major dealerships. Established in February this year, the company clocked up its 1000th job within three months of its launch and is continuing to expand rapidly. According to John Steel, their success is based on an unwavering focus on people and quality of service.
“Our customers include major dealerships and networks, vehicle body builders, vehicle inspection companies – our uniformed drivers collect and delivering to their customers,” he explains. “Our drivers are well-trained, courteous, professional and efficient, they handle all the paperwork and make sure that the person receiving the vehicle is well looked after. We are building a reputation for excellence in this area and the CDN system is key to the service we provide.”
Using the vinDELIVER app, drivers can upload photos of the vehicle on collection, gain immediate authorisation to proceed from the customer and load more photos and fuel receipts on delivery. This process ensures all aspects of the delivery are transparent, damage can be noted and recorded, and invoices triggered on POD.
“We are very open – what you see is what you get,” John continues. “By using vinDELIVER, we can see what’s happening at every point of the journey and report to our customers. In fact, when we demonstrate the app to potential customers, it often seals the deal!”
Another aspect that appeals to companies like Driven – For You is the collaborative approach taken by Car Delivery Network in developing the software to meet specific requirements, he says.
“We will be work together with CDN to do more to satisfy the needs of some of our larger customers; CDN like us, are very responsive and with their support we can offer our customers an ever-improving service. We deliver on our promises – and so do CDN.”
vinDELIVER is the award-winning vehicle delivery app using cloud-based vehicle delivery logistics software to facilitate real-time communication between delivery agents, transport companies and their customers. (Dealers, OEM’s, Rental, Remarketing, Auction, Fleet and Leasing companies). Using vinDELIVER, transport companies can provide real-time visibility of vehicle delivery status and condition, including delivery ETAs, photos of fuel receipts, lease and shipping paperwork, electronic vehicle condition, signatures and much more.
The application can be plugged into to an existing Transport Management System (TMS) and is downloadable from Google or Apple stores.
Picture caption: Lee Barker, uniformed driver for Driven – For You Ltd.