ICAT Logistics Outlines Future Plans for EU Service

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
April 17, 2014 - SCMR Editorial

With the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) pending Congressional approval, many U.S. 3PLs are already getting ready for more business on The Continent.

“We opened ICAT UK in October 2013,” says Ann Bruno
Vice President of International Operations, ICAT Logistics
Elkridge, Md. “ICAT UK is located in, London, Bristol and Kent.  We have agency relationships in every other European country, in particular some of those lesser known such as Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.”

She says ICAT’s European expansion plans depend largely on the development of shipper needs:

“Current projections show that we will be looking to bring on an office in Germany or Italy, but this could change. We will ultimately choose a country that allows us to establish a footprint in an area where our client’s need us to have direct presence on the ground.”

ICAT handles freight ranging from non-hazardous pesticides to museum catalog items, using a workforce fluent in foreign languages and familiar with regional demand.

There are several other potential opportunities that come with onboarding overseas offices,” says Bruno.

“The branding opportunities are obvious,” she says, “and many U.S. shippers would prefer to work with a 3PL they are already familiar with.”



About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

When it comes to the chances of the December 31, 2015 Positive Train Control (PTC) deadline being extended, something which railroads say is badly needed, it appears they need to be prepared to be disappointed. That was the chief takeaway of a statement from Sarah Feinberg, acting administrator of the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

It’s said that innovation will lead the economy out of its current funk. But how does an organization become a perpetually innovative company? That’s one of the questions Kai Engel and his co-authors at A.T. Kearney set out to answer in their new book Masters Of Innovation.

At $2.843, the average price per gallon was down 1.6 cents, following last week’s 1.1 cent drop and a cumulative 7.1 cent cumulative drop over the last five weeks.

LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman caught up with UPS Freight President Jack Holmes at the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council’s (NASSTRAC) Annual Conference and Exhibition. Berman and Holmes spoke about various aspects of the less-than-truckload sector (LTL), as well as related freight transportation news and trends.

In the third-party logistics (3PL) sector, the ongoing trend of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity never seems to take a break. That is apparent in recent weeks alone, with XPO Logistics recent acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle for $3.53 billion, Echo Global Logistics scooping up Command Transportation for $420 million, and Kuehne+Nagel buying ReTrans for an undisclosed sum.

Article Topics

News · 3PL · Logistics · Trade · All topics

About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review. Patrick covers international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. Contact Patrick Burnson

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.