Daily Archives: April 11, 2013

Statement: Aramex strongly refutes allegations of involvement in shipment of tear gas canisters to Egypt

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Dubai, UAE; April 10th, 2013: Aramex, the global logistics and transportation solutions provider, today released an official statement saying it was not involved in the transportation or delivery of the shipment of teargas canisters from the United States of America to the Ministry of Interior in the Republic of Egypt, strongly refuting accusations published in the Egyptian media.
Aramex stated that the shipper in the United States arranged for the delivery of the prepaid shipment of five containers directly with US – based AIT Worldwide Logistics, one of the many agents Aramex works with in the US.  Aramex’s involvement in Egypt was limited to the delivery of shipment documents only from the shipping company to the Ministry of Interior. Senior management in Aramex Egypt was not aware of the contents of the shipment at any time.
Aramex Chief Executive Officer for Africa, Mr. Samer Gharaibeh, stated: “The recent media reports of our involvement in the shipment of tear gas canisters from the US to Egypt are inaccurate and we strongly refute these allegations. This news has considerably distressed many Egyptians and we want to assure them that we were not responsible for delivering this shipment, as this does not fit in with the Aramex culture or its values.”

Averitt expands paperless invoicing options for customers

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (March 19, 2013) – To help its customers improve cash flow and tighten efficiencies, Averitt Express has rolled out expanded electronic billing options. Now Averitt’s customers can receive invoices via email directly to their inbox.

Averitt’s “Paperless Invoicing” tools save its shippers time and money. By receiving electronic invoices by email and viewing open invoices online, shippers can bill their customers more quickly, as well as have total control over managing all of their invoices online.

“The input we get from our customers is invaluable as we continue to find ways to improve our service and provide them with value-added benefits,” said Phil Pierce, Averitt’s executive vice president of sales. “Having invoices sent directly to their email inbox was something many of our customers expressed an interest in. Anticipating and responding to our customers’ needs helps us get better at being a full-service provider for them.”

In addition to receiving invoices via email, Averitt customers can also view current invoices online as they are updated in real time; search for invoices by pickup date, PRO number, bill of lading number, purchase order number or invoice date; and access or email associated shipping documents like delivery receipts, bills of lading, load confirmation and expedited contracts.

To learn more about Averitt’s Paperless Invoicing options or other services, visit www.AverittExpress.com.

About Averitt Express
Now in its 42nd year of service, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company’s service offerings include cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), and transportation and operations management systems.

Senior Appointments Focus on Marketing and IT

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APC Overnight is delighted to announce two new senior appointments, as part of our on-going growth strategy. Tara Barnes, formerly of DHL, joins as Head of Sales and Marketing, tasked with improving national brand awareness and providing strategic marketing direction for the company. Former Cluttons LLP IT Director, Mark Clemence, has also been recruited as Head of IT to develop the company’s information technology systems, ensuring it maintains its leading position.

Speaking of the appointments, CEO Syed Ziaullah said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome on board both Tara and Mark. APC Overnight is at a key point in its development as a business, having seen record growth over recent years. Both appointments will see us build on our current strengths and develop strategic plans for the future.”

Blue Dart & DHL lead the Corporate Responsibility thrust in India

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Blue Dart Express Limited, South Asia’s premier courier and integrated express package distribution Company, and part of the DPDHL Group presented the 2nd Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards at a glittering function at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai on February 18, 2013. The awards recognized corporate social responsibility and sustainability champions across various industries. Sustainability champions from over 50 companies were awarded by the Chief Guest, Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

Part of the Blue Dart World CSR Day, the 2nd Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards were in conjunction with DHL’s Corporate Responsibility Day in India and comprised of two CEO panel discussions – ‘Mandatory 2% spend on CSR: Will it be just compliance or a trajectory for meaningful CSR?’ and ‘Changing Businesses from Inside Out’. Both the intellectually stimulating panel discussions focussed on awareness of corporate responsibility within the private sector and were well attended by leaders in both the government as well as the corporate sector. Some of the panel members included: Yogesh Dhingra, COO & FD, Blue Dart Express Ltd., Gayatri Nair Lobo, Senior Director, Strategy and Development, Teach For India, Suhas Tuljapurkar, Managing Partner, Legasis Service Pvt. Ltd., Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs and Head of Corporate Philanthropy, Microsoft Corporation, Emily Harrison, Executive Vice President, Innovaid, Vikas Puthran, Vice President – Alliances and Operations, Give India, Betsy Vincent, Vice President, General Carbon Advisory Services and Animesh Kumar, Group Head, HR & Corporate Services & Co CEO, IDFC Foundation.

Malcolm Monteiro, SVP & Area Director – South Asia, DHL Express, said, “We not only believe in creating a fine balance between economic success and social objectives but also in spearheading activities that would result in making the planet a better place to live in. We follow Deutsche Post DHL group’s sustainability strategy – ‘Living Responsibility’ which includes the 3 pillars of GoGreen, GoHelp and GoTeach. The Group has also been offering environmentally friendly logistics solutions to our customers, thereby making them co-stakeholders in our efforts to minimize the impact of our business on the environment. Going by the tremendous response to the 1st World CSR Day, this year too, we are happy to observe that sustainability amongst corporations is gaining momentum in India.”

The day culminated with the 2nd Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards which recognized contribution across categories such as Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices, Support and Improvement in Quality of Education, Diversity and Human Resource, Concern for Health, Poverty Alleviation, Accounting for Climate Change, Carbon Footprint Accounting, Community Development, Regulation of Corporate Social and Environmental Behaviour, Social Entrepreneurship.

Anil Khanna, Managing Director, Blue Dart Express Ltd. added, “The inaugural edition of World CSR Day was a huge success and like last year, this year too we are proud to be presenting the 2nd Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards. It is indeed commendable to see corporates converge, discuss & debate issues pertaining to sustainability and also share practical views and insights in terms of their organisations. While Blue Dart has a strong sustainability programme working towards making the communities and environment a better place for future generations, another way of keeping the momentum going is recognising those efforts. We have taken up the mantle of recognising corporates & individuals who have championed causes in the best of their capacity and brought about a change in the environment we live in.”

The 2nd Blue Dart Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards advisory council included Bhaskar Chatterjee (Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs), Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala (Executive Director, Wockhardt Ltd.), Mohini Daljeet Singh (Chief Executive, Max India Foundation), Vijay Kalantri (Chairman & Managing Director, Dighi Port Ltd.), Herman Mulder (Chairman, Global Reporting Initiative) and Harsha Mukherjee (Founder & MD, Editor, Ekjaa and IndiaCSR) to name a few.