Move gives Agility increased warehouse space

BIRMINGHAM – March 1, 2017 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has expanded its Fairs & Events warehouse and office space by shifting to larger premises within the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Complex in Birmingham.

Agility Fairs & Events​ has been based at the NEC for 40 years, making it the longest-standing warehouse tenant at the Birmingham site. The move reflects Agility’s need for additional space to serve customers and gives the company a considerably increased presence at the venue.

“We are fortunate to have found a great facility so close to our current offices at the NEC. Agility Fairs & Events has enjoyed a close working relationship with the NEC for four decades, and we are delighted that we will be able to continue this successful relationship,” said David Richards, Regional Director for Agility Fairs & Events Europe.

The new facility triples Agility’s on-site NEC warehouse space, allowing it to offer specialized services to better serve event organizers, exhibitors and key account clients. Among the services Agility Fairs & Events offers at NEC:

“By relocating within the NEC premises, we have been able to limit the impact of the move on our clients and employees. Our new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us continue to grow, evolve and keep pace with our clients’ needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service,” Richards said.

Kathryn James, Managing Director NEC Group Conventions and Exhibitions, said: “We work closely with our organizers and partners to help their businesses grow, and we are delighted that this has been the case for Agility Fairs & Events. We hope that their new premises enables the business to continue expanding.”

Agility Fairs & Events can be found at:

Units 11 / 12
Second Exhibition Avenue
Birmingham, UK, B40 1PJ​

​​First freight forwarder to receive SACEOS status in Singapore

SINGAPORE – February 21, 2017 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, is the first freight forwarder to receive the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) Sustainability Certification.

The SACEOS certification covers quality, environment, health and safety, and security (QEHSS); policy and management systems, procurement guidelines for selecting fuel-efficient trucks and forklifts, waste management, and procedures for consolidating shipping of events materials. The certification is intended to encourage use of sustainable supply chain practices among companies that organize or provide services for conferences, exhibitions, meetings and incentive travel.

“Being the first freight forwarder to receive this certification in Singapore reflects the strength of our fairs and events business here, and the importance Agility places on sustainability practices as an organization,” said Priscilla Leong, Global COO, Agility Fairs & Events. “Strong QEHSS standards are increasingly important to customers and event organizers. This certification is another way of highlighting the importance of sustainability practices across the industry in Singapore.”

Agility’s Fairs & Events business is one of the world’s leading exhibition forwarding specialists, handling more than 8,000 major trade fairs, exhibitions, and events each year. Globally, Agility is a leader in environmental management, and health and safety practices in the logistics industry. It recycles packaging materials, tracks vehicles to ensure efficient truck deployment, and has a program to reduce energy and paper use. Employees in Asia can report workplace safety issues or trigger on-line facility inspections with a newly deployed mobile app. Agility has also signed an agreement with Maersk Line to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container by 2020.

The SACEOS certification is the latest sustainability accolade for Agility. In the United Kingdom, Agility Fairs & Events received ISO 14001 and ISO 20121 certifications for environmental management and event sustainability, making it one of the first exhibition logistics companies to achieve these standards. Globally, Agility was awarded a silver rating for its corporate social responsibility efforts by Ecovadis, an independent sustainability-rating platform for global supply chains, the third consecutive year Agility has received this award. The rating places Agility in the top ten percent of transportation suppliers and in the top 15% of all companies assessed by Ecovadis.

​Facility will serve fast-growing Indian life sciences exporters, offers partnership with va-Q-tec

HYDERABAD, India – Feb. 3rd, 2017 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has opened the first temperature-controlled life sciences storage and handling facility in the Hyderabad Airport Zone.

Agility’s 6,000-square-foot Life Sciences Excellence Center (LSEC) at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is strategically placed to serve pharma manufacturers in Hyderabad, Goa, Pune, Vishakhapatnam and Bangalore. The centre will provide conditioning, preparation and storage of pharmaceutical goods and operate as a control tower for Agility life sciences customers in India.

Detlev Janik, CEO of Agility South Asia, said: “Life sciences is one of the cornerstones of the Indian economy with exports expected to grow an astonishing 60% in 2017. This new center will help fast-growing Indian life sciences companies meet the rising global demand for their products.”

The center will operate as the primary warehouse for solutions from va-Q-tec, an advanced passive packaging company specializing in high-end, secured cold chain products. va-Q-tec’s containers and boxes keep the required temperature for five days or longer without any external energy supply. The LSEC will house va-Q-tec’s inventory, perform quality checks, conditioning and preparation of containers, and box packaging for va-Q-tec’s products before the release of packaging for customers.

“Our partnership with Agility is a further example of how va-Q-tec develops and provides transportation systems with accompanying services for life sciences logistics. The cooperation will further strengthen va-Q-tec’s footprint in India, one of the fastest growing pharma exporters,” said va-Q-tec CEO Dr. Joachim Kuhn.

Global logistics executives recently selected India as the emerging market with the most potential and as the top investment destination for their countries in a survey that was part of the 2017 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index. India ranked as the No. 2 overall market in the rankings, which rated 50 countries based on market size and attractiveness, business conditions, and logistics and transport infrastructure and connections. India’s Goods & Services Tax reform was cited as a source for optimism among executives surveyed. China topped the 50-country rankings.

Agility is one of the largest freight forwarders and logistics providers in India, where it operates from 61 locations and controls 150,000 square meters of warehouse space covering all major ports, airports and inland locations in the country. In the pharmaceutical sector, Agility helps companies move, store, distribute and manage goods in the highly attractive Indian market and helps Indian companies looking to explore opportunities outside of the country.


India stands out in annual logistics Index, but executives show concern about 2017

BAAR, Switzerland – Jan. 24, 2017 – Nearly 69% of logistics professionals say they worry about a retreat from free trade in 2017 following the UK’s Brexit vote and the collapse of global and regional trade talks, a new survey shows.

The survey of more than 800 global logistics and supply chain executives is part of the 2017 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, an annual snapshot of industry sentiment and a ranking of the world’s 50 leading emerging markets by size, business conditions, infrastructure and transport connections.

A significant minority – 43% — said the International Monetary Fund’s 2017 emerging markets growth forecast of 4.6% is too optimistic.

India was a standout in the survey and country rankings. Logistics professionals picked India as the emerging market with the most logistics potential and the country where their companies are most likely to invest. India climbed past United Arab Emirates to No. 2 in the Index after China.

2017 Index highlights:

Africa’s biggest economies – Nigeria and South Africa – were among the countries that fell most sharply in the Index. Smaller African markets – Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya – improved their rankings in 2017.

Brazil held its No. 7 Index ranking despite a painful recession and the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. In the survey, logistics executives again picked Brazil as the the market with the most logistics potential after India and China. One reason for their optimism: nearly 57% expect commodity prices to rebound in 2017, although most do not expect significant increases.

Bahrain jumped five spots in the latest Index to No. 23 after years of social unrest that hurt its ranking. Argentina, attempting to end years of international economic isolation, climbed three places to No. 28. Kazakhstan shot up four spots to No. 14, largely on the strength of business conditions that ranked behind only those of four Gulf countries – UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.

Turkey weathered the effects of an attempted coup and extremist violence, moving from 10th to No. 9 in the latest Index. Russia fell from 9th to No. 10, a modest slip suggesting that has contained the fallout from Western economic sanctions and low energy prices.

The Index, in its eighth year, ranks emerging markets countries by factors that make them attractive to logistics providers, freight forwarders, shipping lines, air cargo carriers and distributors.

Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics, said logistics providers and their customers are concerned that anti-globalization feeling and populist policies in the UK and United States could spread and harm trade in emerging markets that rely heavily on exports.

“Emerging markets continue to deliver the highest growth rates in the world, but as links in the global supply chain, countries can be extremely hard to evaluate,” Al-Saleh said. “The Index and the survey are useful when it comes to identifying the relative strengths and weaknesses of individual markets.”

Transport Intelligence (Ti), a leading analysis and research firm for the logistics industry, compiled the Index.

John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive of Ti, said: “Uncertainty and volatility have characterized many emerging markets in 2016. This has been compounded by the political environment in Europe and the U.S., which will have direct consequences on trade with Latin America, Asia and Africa. However there have been many positives too — for example, the strong performance of India. More than ever, the Index identifies and contrasts those markets which will prosper from the most vulnerable and poorest performing.”

2017 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index:

Index video:

ACCRA, Ghana – October, 19, 2016 – Agility, a leading global logistics and infrastructure provider, has opened a distribution park near Ghana’s main port, the first of a network of logistics parks it intends to build across Africa, bringing world-class warehousing and logistics capabilities.

Tenants at the 45-acre Ghana Agility Distribution Park in the Tema Port Free Trade Zone Enclave include multinationals entering the West African market and small and medium-size Ghanaian companies using the park to expand their operations in light manufacturing and export and import.

Agility is developing distribution parks in Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mozambique and Angola. It has additional sites available in Senegal, Mauritius and Cameroon.

“One of the biggest constraints to companies starting to do business in Africa is the lack of quality logistics and infrastructure,” said Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “This is inhibiting the growth of trade, imports, exports and manufacturing.”

The Agility parks provide 24-hour security, reliable power and connectivity, and international-standard warehousing and logistics services. In addition, Agility develops “Build-to-Suit” options for customers to meet their specific requirements.

“Agility is a world leader in developing logistics parks around the globe. We are committed to using this in-depth experience to establish a network of quality facilities in Africa,” White said. “By developing and leasing much-needed warehousing, the Agility Distribution Parks help companies operate in Africa with the reliable, modern and secure infrastructure they need to grow their business, allowing them to access new markets without committing large amounts of capital.”

To meet demand, Agility is building seven more warehouses at the Ghana park in a second phase of development. It is also finalizing proposals for several large Build-to-Suit facilities at the Ghana park, each tailored to specific customer requirements with sizes ranging from 5,000 sqm to 25,000 sqm.

Agility Distribution Parks meet international environmental standards and use eco-friendly construction materials. Agility used energy efficient roof and side insulated panels; wind-driven roof fans; skylights for natural lighting; LED and energy-saving bulbs; and solar-powered street lights. The site will recycle paper, plastic, metal, and carton waste. It provides eco-friendly waste management services and carbon footprint reporting.

The 2016 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index ranked Ghana as one of the most promising markets in Africa. Africa’s growing middle class and consumer spending were identified as the most significant drivers for Africa’s growth in the Index, an annual ranking of the world’s most attractive emerging markets countries.

To provide training in management and logistics-related skills, Agility has developed leadership programs for Africa that are available to local employees and university graduates. Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience working with Agility in Ghana and around the world.

“Agility is investing in the future of Africa by funding and developing projects that build long-term sustainable businesses. The Ghana distribution park is just the first step,” White said. “We are proud to be supporting Ghana’s economic growth, and the economic growth of Africa as a whole.”

About Agility

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.1 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

Across Africa, Agility is developing a network of international-standard distribution parks to provide warehousing, reliable infrastructure and secure environments that offer consistent power and connectivity. Agility’s experience in emerging markets enables it to move cargo from anywhere in the world to any destination safely, on time and on budget for consumer goods makers, energy and mining companies, and other customers. In addition to logistics solutions, Agility also develops and manages fuel infrastructure and distribution, airport services and ground handling, remote site camps and catering, and customs modernization solutions across Africa.

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