OCEAN PROCUREMENT WITH NNR

NNR Global Logistics UK were pleased to host its 4th Quarter ‘Global Procurement Meeting’ convened in London, in December 2018. The 2-day meeting was attended by a 14 strong group representing all 5 regions within the NNR organisation, chaired by COO, Mr Shigeki Kurotobi. Attendees joined from NNR strongholds in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and France. On this occasion the venue was London with previous meetings having been convened in Japan, Singapore and Shanghai; the next scheduled for Los Angeles.

In 2015 the company initiated the ‘Global Procurement Team’ to complement the efforts being made to increase global TEU count, latterly targeting growth of 15%, year on year. By handpicking team members with ocean expertise across the key trade lanes, across 5 regions, the benefits in pooling knowledge and resources were quickly realised. The initiatives driven by the NNR specialists in each area have continued to propel NNR’s ocean business forward. The collaborates from the regions meet in person each quarter, it being pivotal to achieving the improvement targets set and delivering sustained growth. The key take-away points are:

Strategic Thinking

  • Collaborate, align, engage and demonstrate core values and initiatives to ensure investment, support and ‘buy in’ from key stakeholders, understanding where we are and where we want to be. Developing a strategy for growth and sticking to the objectives, no matter how difficult the challenge, will deliver long-term success.

Objective focus

  • Identify compelling solutions and to ensure we recognise the balance required between cost and value. Avoid the focus being solely on cost, understanding the financial requirements to maintain service to achieve a positive outcome. All parties should have sufficient margin to reinvest, innovate and maintain a reliable product and service.

Core Carrier Management

  • Carrier partnerships continue to drive NNR’s ocean success. Transparency and the ability to meet all volume commitments form a strong partnership of mutual understanding and respect. Our ‘Core Carrier Management’, programme is derived and measured against a series of key performance indicators, aligned with customers’ needs.

Operational Excellence

  • Automation is key to improve value and efficiency within all business areas. We must ensure product training, Sales and Operational, continues to be a key point of focus.
  • Customer Care Units – a conduit between Sales and Operations are being introduced to deliver a truly integrated operation. This new resource will ensure NNR give seamless support to their customers, in all parts of their supply chain.

After the meeting we caught up with Lee Griffiths, Director of NNR Global Logistics UK Ltd who told us; “We are so proud of our team’s achievement, in what is relatively short space of time. They each possess so many additional qualities, beyond the prerequisites of technical ability and strong business acumen. The team’s confidence continues to grow; to mentor, coach and execute our business strategy across the globe, delivering brilliant results.” When asked about the investment in the team, Griffiths continued; “They are our trusted advisors, one of the most valuable assets within our organization. The ocean environment has suffered many disruptions over recent years, so we are fortunate to have a stable talent pool, that continues to give impetus and drive improvement. Their success continues to be built on team spirit, demonstrating the benefits of the close relationships that they have forged.” Commenting on the rapid yet stable organic growth achieved, Griffiths concluded; “It is a credit to each individual’s tenacity and innovation. They continue to execute our corporate strategy to meet the targets and deliver value as outlined in our mid-term plans. It’s not easy but every challenge brings a fresh opportunity.

To summarise, the NNR Ocean Procurement Team seems not a selection of buyers; it is far from that. More so, a selection of highlight skilled, highly educated hand-picked individuals with a team ethos and spirit to deliver amazing products to deserving customers, executed to a corporate strategy.

Janette Page, UK Ocean Development Manager, NNR Global Logistics

NNR Global Logistics UK were pleased to host its 4th Quarter ‘Global Procurement Meeting’ convened in London, in December 2018. The 2-day meeting was attended by a 14 strong group representing all 5 regions within the NNR organisation, chaired by COO, Mr Shigeki Kurotobi. Attendees joined from NNR strongholds in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and France. On this occasion the venue was London with previous meetings having been convened in Japan, Singapore and Shanghai; the next scheduled for Los Angeles.

In 2015 the company initiated the ‘Global Procurement Team’ to complement the efforts being made to increase global TEU count, latterly targeting growth of 15%, year on year. By handpicking team members with ocean expertise across the key trade lanes, across 5 regions, the benefits in pooling knowledge and resources were quickly realised. The initiatives driven by the NNR specialists in each area have continued to propel NNR’s ocean business forward. The collaborates from the regions meet in person each quarter, it being pivotal to achieving the improvement targets set and delivering sustained growth. The key take-away points are:

Strategic Thinking

  • Collaborate, align, engage and demonstrate core values and initiatives to ensure investment, support and ‘buy in’ from key stakeholders, understanding where we are and where we want to be. Developing a strategy for growth and sticking to the objectives, no matter how difficult the challenge, will deliver long-term success.

Objective focus

  • Identify compelling solutions and to ensure we recognise the balance required between cost and value. Avoid the focus being solely on cost, understanding the financial requirements to maintain service to achieve a positive outcome. All parties should have sufficient margin to reinvest, innovate and maintain a reliable product and service.

Core Carrier Management

  • Carrier partnerships continue to drive NNR’s ocean success. Transparency and the ability to meet all volume commitments form a strong partnership of mutual understanding and respect. Our ‘Core Carrier Management’, programme is derived and measured against a series of key performance indicators, aligned with customers’ needs.

Operational Excellence

  • Automation is key to improve value and efficiency within all business areas. We must ensure product training, Sales and Operational, continues to be a key point of focus.
  • Customer Care Units – a conduit between Sales and Operations are being introduced to deliver a truly integrated operation. This new resource will ensure NNR give seamless support to their customers, in all parts of their supply chain.

After the meeting we caught up with Lee Griffiths, Director of NNR Global Logistics UK Ltd who told us; “We are so proud of our team’s achievement, in what is relatively short space of time. They each possess so many additional qualities, beyond the prerequisites of technical ability and strong business acumen. The team’s confidence continues to grow; to mentor, coach and execute our business strategy across the globe, delivering brilliant results.” When asked about the investment in the team, Griffiths continued; “They are our trusted advisors, one of the most valuable assets within our organization. The ocean environment has suffered many disruptions over recent years, so we are fortunate to have a stable talent pool, that continues to give impetus and drive improvement. Their success continues to be built on team spirit, demonstrating the benefits of the close relationships that they have forged.” Commenting on the rapid yet stable organic growth achieved, Griffiths concluded; “It is a credit to each individual’s tenacity and innovation. They continue to execute our corporate strategy to meet the targets and deliver value as outlined in our mid-term plans. It’s not easy but every challenge brings a fresh opportunity.

To summarise, the NNR Ocean Procurement Team seems not a selection of buyers; it is far from that. More so, a selection of highlight skilled, highly educated hand-picked individuals with a team ethos and spirit to deliver amazing products to deserving customers, executed to a corporate strategy.

Janette Page, UK Ocean Development Manager, NNR Global Logistics

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