Dimerco Express Group has just been awarded the coveted title Airfreight Forwarder of the Year for the second year running, against a background of continued business growth.

The Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards – the prestigious annual gathering to celebrate excellence in the global air cargo industry – were announced at the Westin Grand Hotel in Munich on 10th May.

Dimerco was recognised by its peers for its exceptional performance in airfreight forwarding.

The win follows a series of nominations by Asia Cargo News earlier May when the company was shortlisted in several categories Best Logistics Service Provider – Air Freight, Sea Freight & Project Cargo plus Best Green Logistics Operator.

Riding high on plaudits, Dimerco Express Group stakes its claim as a leading 3PL provider in the logistics industry, throughout the Asia Pacific region, by reporting an increase in sales revenues of 8.1% overall.

The China/Hong Kong and Europe regions continue to deliver the best business performance with increases of 19.2% and 31.8%, respectively compared to the same period in 2016. This strong growth looks set to continue with freight tonnage handled up by over 20%.


Photo caption: Dimerco awarded Airfreight Forwarder of the Year 2017 by Air Cargo Week.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the world’s leading professional marketing body, champion of customer engagement and best practice, is hosting a conference which offers marketers in the Midlands the opportunity to learn and share insights on the future of marketing practice from industry leaders.

Chris Daly, Chief Executive of CIM, will give the keynote speech at the event, which will be held on 14 June at Aston Business School, and will be joined by a selection of influential marketers that will discuss and exchange their ideas with the aim of improving standards and encouraging best-practice across the industry.

The content will include insights from representatives of major brands, sharing what they are doing differently in order to promote success, as well as that all-important question ‘what do we do next?’ There will also be workshops and research sessions, designed to encourage participation and creative thinking.

Speakers include Professor Nic Beach, Chair of British Academy of Management; Professor Katy Mason, BAM vice-chair; Neil Davidson, Managing Partner, Hey Human and Susan Vidler, Head of Research, Harris Interactive.
Workshops will be hosted by Dr Keith Glanfield, Dr Gary Burke and Dr Carola Wolfe from Aston Business School and the day will close with a keynote address from Chris.

The costs of the conference are being covered by research money, so tickets are available at a discounted rate of only £15 for a whole day.
It promises to be an exceptional day with something for everyone.  The event will be held at Aston Business School, Birmingham. Registration is from 09:30 and the event starts at 10:00 and finishes at 16:30.

Full details and booking form available here

Leading cloud technology specialist Car Delivery Network has announced key appointments in the US and Asia Pacific regions as the business prepares for the next phase of growth and development. Derric Hicks has stepped into the role of General Manager North America following the departure of Greg May and Rob Julian has been appointed General Manager Asia Pacific.

The appointment of Rob Julian as General Manager Asia Pacific reflects the company’s investment in the region, which it believes offers huge market potential, and follows the launch of a Joint Venture company Kaqu Delivery Network (KDN) Software Ltd in China earlier this year.

Rob played a pivotal role in putting together the KDN JV and is one of two CDN directors on the board. As General Manager, going forward he will manage the commercial relationships for the company and will be responsible for the successful roll out of ePOD services into the Chinese automotive logistics marketplace, as well as defining future development requirements for the wider region.

He brings vast experience to the company, having spent 25 years in business IT marketing & development, including holding senior positions with Telecom New Zealand, where he was head of strategy for Australasia, director of sales & marketing for The Radio Network and director of Centre for Vision and Leadership.

“Once China is running smoothly, we will be looking at leveraging our services more broadly across Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore,” Rob comments. “We’re already achieving great traction in China and confidently predict strong growth in the first year. The Chinese region is on target to become the second largest region in the CDN prospectus and we expect that it will quickly reach a similar scale to the US.”

In the US & Canada, Derric Hicks has taken over from Greg May, who after five years of leading the company in the States, has returned to Jack Cooper Holdings, where he has taken up the role of Chief Administrative Officer.

Greg has presided over the success of CDN in the US since it first launched in the States, where the company now boasts a 20% share of the new car delivery market. He says that while he feels justly proud of such a significant achievement, the time is right for fresh leadership.

“This is an exciting time for the company and there are some great opportunities ahead”, he says. “However, my long experience, background and skill set are better aligned to transportation; now that CDN is an established company, with a strong, recognisable brand known for great technology backed by excellent customer service, it’s time to hand over to a new management team with skills and knowledge in marketing and technology, to drive forward the next phase of CDN’s development.”

Derric Hicks was instrumental to introducing CDN to the automotive logistics industry in the US. In 2011, he owned and ran an auto transport business and could see the opportunity offered by CDN’s cloud based technology.  Along with his father Rod, Derric shared the CDN vision. When Chrysler mandated ePOD in 2014 and the company began to take off, Rod and Derric closed the family auto transport company and Derric transitioned into a full time role with CDN.

Since then, he has been involved with building the customer base and rolling out new CDN technology solutions for the automotive delivery sector; most recently including a dealer portal, which saw over 1200 dealers registered and live on the system within the first year, as well as the introduction of the Award winning eOUTGATE, which facilitates the electronic release of vehicles from Railyards for onward delivery to dealerships. To date, 22 railheads serviced by Class 1 rail companies, Union Pacific, CSX, FEC, BNSF, CN (Canadian National) have already or are in the process of converting to the eOUTGATE solution, with the majority of rail heads expected to move across by the end of 2018.

The next big project for CDN in the US will be the launch of a new cloud based Hours of Service app, FleetConnect, where an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) in the cab captures truck and driver performance, GPS and Hours of Service data, then transmits it back to CDN’s cloud servers. It is ready to pilot with CDN customer USAL and soon will be piloted in Canada.  Derric’s market leadership is a vital component to ensuring the success of the FleetConnect project.

“Although we have developed this new technology to support automotive carriers in the US, it will also be our ticket to expanding into the wider transportation marketplace, as both electronic logging and electronic reporting of hours of service (HOS) will soon be a legal FMCSA requirement,” says Derric. “We believe this solution gives CDN a unique opportunity to change the way truck and driver data are used, improving efficiency and saving costs, while complying with the new regulations. These are exciting times and the market potential for CDN is huge.”


Derric Hicks, General Manager North America
Rob Julian, General Manager Asia Pacific



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