Lynden Logistics Senior Vice President Dennis Mitchell was elected to the board of the Airforwarders Association (AfA) on Nov. 16.
The AfA serves as the voice of the air forwarding industry and represents nearly 400 member companies dedicated to moving cargo throughout the supply chain. The association's members range from small businesses with fewer than 20 employees to large companies employing more than 1,000 people and business models varying from domestic to worldwide freight forwarding operations. The AfA helps freight forwarders move cargo in the timeliest and most cost-efficient manner whether it is carried on aircraft, truck, rail or ship.
“Dennis is a highly respected member of the AfA that was selected by our membership for a board position. His skills and expertise in the transportation industry will help guide the AfA in its ambitious agenda toward continued success,” says Brandon Fried, AfA Executive Director.
Mitchell will be sworn in on Jan. 5 to serve a three-year term as one of eight AfA board members. Lynden Logistics Vice President Laura Sanders also served a 12-year term on the AfA board from 1999 to 2012. Lynden Logistics has been a member of the AfA for more than 25 years.
Mitchell brings 26 years of Lynden experience to his board position as well as background as a business owner. He owned his own customs brokerage firm from 1986 to 1994 prior to joining Lynden in Anchorage. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska and is a licensed customs broker. Mitchell is also the former chair of the board of directors for the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.
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Lynden Logistics Senior Vice President Dennis Mitchell was elected to the board of the Airforwarders Association (AfA) on Nov. 16.
Lynden Logistics supports humanitarian, relief and health programs in many challenging, underdeveloped corners of the world. As a global freight forwarder, Lynden serves as a logistics partner for customers by simplifying complex logistics requirements during health crises and natural disasters.
In Seattle, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center works with Lynden to help meet its goals of researching and fighting cancer globally, including low- and middle-income countries, as well as supporting COVID research efforts today. Lynden coordinates and ships materials and supplies to Uganda and other destinations to support the Global Oncology group and laboratories within its research group in Uganda.
Fred Hutch is just one customer of many that Lynden Logistics’s Global Health and Humanitarian group is attracting during the COVID crisis. “This part of our business is growing, and we are receiving praise from our customers,” says Lynden Logistics President John Kaloper. “We are proud to be associated with these life-saving medical and research groups, and Fred Hutch is a recognized leader in this field.”
Lynden’s ability to call upon the multimodal capabilities of its sister companies for air, sea or surface transportation allows customers to trim costs, set reliable timetables and budgets and take advantage of knowledgeable, experienced planning resources. “Our experience with global transportation and logistics means that we take on the challenges of this type of coordination so U.S. government agencies like FEMA, USAID, multi-national companies, non-profit organizations, and other businesses can concentrate on assisting those in need,” Kaloper explains.
Lynden’s recent work includes the shipping and warehousing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from China, temperature-controlled shipping of frozen COVID test kits, movement of biological material for use in the search for a Coronavirus vaccine, and handling other fragile and sensitive freight for global customers.
This hearty band of Lynden Logistics employees was ready and waiting for a FedEx charter flight of personal protective equipment (PPE) arriving from China to the Anchorage airport earlier this year. They quickly unloaded five 53-foot containers worth of masks, gowns and other materials and palletized it for next-morning delivery to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services warehouse. According to Regional Vice President Rick Pollock, most employees were working remotely at the time, but the group immediately responded to the call to action and worked late into the night to get the work done. After the Alaska governor made the request for PPE supplies for Alaska's frontline workers, Lynden worked with FedEx and other partners to coordinate the charter, sourcing suppliers in China and handling customs. "From the first planning call in March to the plane landing in Anchorage, Lynden was with us every step of the way. They are a great partner and we are appreciative of their logistical support during the COVID pandemic response," says Heidi Hedberg, Director of Public Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Lynden Transport's 20th award and fourth consecutive No. 1
Lynden Transport was awarded its fourth consecutive No. 1 ranking and its 20th overall Quest for Quality Award in the 2016 awards issued by Logistics Management magazine. Lynden Logistics also earned a No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive year and its 15th Quest for Quality Award.
Lynden Transport ranked highest among Less-than-Truckload (LTL) western regional carriers and Lynden Logistics was the winner among Airfreight Forwarders. Lynden Transport received the highest scores in the information technology, customer service, and equipment & operations categories and topped the overall weighted scores. Lynden Logistics was rated highest in the performance, value and customer service categories with a weighted score well above the other national and international airfreight forwarders.
"When you consider the challenging environment for transportation and logistics service providers, earning a No. 1 ranking is quite an accomplishment. We are very proud to be at the top year after year," says Lynden Transport President Paul Grimaldi. "We celebrate this achievement with our dedicated employees who provide quality service to our customers each day."
"We thank our customers for recognizing us again and our employees for taking good care of our customers and earning a top ranking for a second consecutive year," says Lynden Logistics President John Kaloper. "This prestigious award reflects our commitment to providing quality service, on-time performance and value to our customers."
For more than three decades, Logistics Management's Quest for Quality Award has been regarded as the most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence in the transportation and logistics industry. The results are the culmination of a six-month survey of 4,725 ballots cast for the 'best of the best' in service across a number of critical criteria, including: on-time performance, equipment & operations, value, information technology and customer service. To be a winner, a company had to receive at least five percent of the category vote. Voting is by invitation only and the voter must have had experience with that particular provider at some point over the past year.
Gas tank drained. Check. Battery cables tied back. Check. Original Bill of Sale and shipper photo ID. Check.
After 18 years at Lynden Logistics and countless global shipments, International Agent Colleen Delaney knows what is needed to ship just about anything overseas. Automobiles have become her specialty over the past few years as she handles the safe ocean transport of vintage automobiles from the U.S. to the U.K. for London-based American Legends, LLC. “We don’t typically ship vehicles, due to the extensive paperwork and customs requirements, but we will handle this type of shipment for customers who approach us with these special requests,” she says. So far, Colleen has handled the transport of Corvettes, Mustangs, Ferraris, a 1965 Buick Riviera and she is preparing to ship over a Trans-Am from the Smokey and the Bandit film and a replica of the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger from the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.
When it comes to loading and securing the valuable automobiles into containers Lynden turns to trusted partner SeaPac Transportation Services of Seattle. “We use SeaPac for all our ‘special needs and delicate handling’ FCL shipments,” Colleen says. President Paul Kimball was Lynden Transport’s Vice President of Administration in the 1970s and understands the Lynden brand of customer service and excellence. In addition to cars, engines and other specialty parts are palletized and shipped via ocean for the company. “SeaPac is the best of the best in this area. We won’t partner with just any company – we require top notch service to keep our customers happy,” Colleen explains.
The export of vehicles requires an extensive amount of paperwork. The original title and Bill of Sale is required by customs to prevent stolen freight. Customs filing must also be presented 72 hours prior to the sailing of the vessel so that the vehicle is available for inspection by customs if they so choose. “Lynden Logistics offers this premium service at reasonable prices compared to other forwarders,” Colleen says.
Most of the classics that Lynden ships for American Legends are headed to auctions in London or are sold to car collectors throughout Europe.
SEATTLE/HAMBURG – Lynden Logistics, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, has entered into an exclusive agreement with its German partner Hermes Transport Logistics to strengthen the company’s services between North America and Germany. The two companies will focus on developing new business in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Germany with a goal of providing both Lynden and Hermes customers an enhanced, premium service.
“Although Lynden and Hermes are based in different countries, we share the same corporate spirit and culture. This agreement will position both companies to enjoy greater successes and provide expanded services and products to our customers. The agreement strengthens Lynden’s capabilities in retail supply chain services, fulfillment and home delivery in new markets,” says Dave Richardson, Lynden Logistics President.
“We are excited about the opportunities this agreement presents to us. Expanding our work with Lynden positions us as a stronger international logistics provider,” says Stephan Schiller, Hermes Managing Director of Sea and Air Freight.
Lynden Logistics is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden Logistics was just voted No. 1 among air freight forwarders in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.
Hermes provides international logistics services to the retail industry. Headquartered in Hamburg, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Otto Group. The company is a leading specialist for retail-related services and partners with numerous sellers in Germany and internationally. The range of services provided by the 12 Hermes companies embraces the full length of the supply chain: sourcing, quality assurance, transport, fulfillment, home deliveries and two-man handling. In 2014 the Hermes Group grew consolidated revenue to 2.230 billion euros and increased the number of employees to 12,470. Hermes operates worldwide and has established country companies in the U.K., Russia, Italy and Austria.
Lynden Logistics, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, acquired Haas Industries on June 1 to enhance its network and services throughout the Lower 48 and Canada. The acquisition strengthens Lynden’s capabilities for home delivery, trade show, and specialized delivery services within those markets.
“Lynden and Haas are a great fit and the combination of our two companies will allow us to continue building our domestic service portfolio. Our organizations also share common values and attributes – both believe in building strong partnerships with customers – which will produce a seamless integration of our companies,” says John Kaloper, Lynden Vice President America Division. “We’re excited about the possibilities.”
Haas Industries began serving customers in 1989 with a vision of offering an unparalleled level of reliability, flexibility and service within the freight forwarding industry. “Over that time, we’ve forged many long-term partnerships with clients, but ultimately we believe our vision has been achieved. Now is the time to create a new vision; one that produces even greater opportunities for our employees, associates and, most importantly, our customers,” says President Keith Haas. Haas Industries is now operating as Lynden Logistics.
SEATTLE – Lynden Logistics, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, announces the opening of a new Service Center in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The new location adds a strategic link to Lynden’s extensive global network and will help meet the increasing demand for transportation and logistics in the region. District Operations Manager Jim Giles will manage the office, which will offer a direct connection between Houston, Texas, and the island to support its growing oil and gas industry.
“We are excited about the opportunity to introduce the Lynden Logistics name and brand of service to the Eastern Canada market. Our experience and expertise in the oil and gas, fishing and mining industries are a perfect fit with the logistics and transportation needs of Newfoundland and Labrador,” says Rob Clarke, International Business Development Director in Canada. “In addition to offering air, ocean and expedited ground services, Lynden’s team of licensed customs brokers and experienced staff provide international import and export services, customized solutions and a variety of multi-modal capabilities through its sister companies.”
The St. John’s office is located at 40 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 110 in Mount Pearl; telephone 709-368-8678.
Lynden Logistics is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include worldwide air and ocean forwarding, third-party logistics, trade show shipping, shipping to Alaska, truckload and less-than-truckload transportation, scheduled barges to Alaska and Hawaii, charter barges., intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered Hercules L-382 cargo aircraft and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.
Lynden Logistics, a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company, recently relocated its Puerto Rico Service Center to offer new opportunities for customers. The new facility, in Carolina's Sabana Garden Industrial Park, is three miles closer to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport with a covered loading platform to ensure cargo is protected from Puerto Rico's unpredictable weather. Both the office and warehouse space are geared towards efficiency and improved communication. Lynden Logistics has over 30 years experience moving cargo to, from, and within Puerto Rico.
"After more than 30 years on the island, Lynden continues its commitment to meet and anticipate customers' needs. This relocation is part of that ongoing effort," says Frank Butler, Southeast Regional Manager. "The new Lynden facility will also be open outside of regular business hours to accommodate any after-hours shipping or forwarding requests."
Besides offering air and ocean services, licensed customs brokers and an experienced staff, Lynden provides intra-island and international import and export services. "We are ready to receive customers' freight for storage, management or 3PL business opportunities," Butler explains. "We now have the option of providing permanent warehouse space for offshore customers with an increased yard area and future options for more warehouse space on either side."
Lynden Logistics is one of the Lynden family of companies whose combined capabilities include: truckload and less-than-truckload freight to Alaska, scheduled and charter barges, rail barges, intermodal bulk chemical hauls, scheduled and chartered air freighters, domestic and international shipping via air and ocean forwarding, customs brokerage, trade show shipping, remote site construction, sanitary bulk commodities hauling, and multi-modal logistics. Lynden companies are repeat winners in the annual Quest for Quality customer service awards presented by Logistics Management magazine.
Lynden Logistics and Lynden Transport have combined offices in Dallas to offer customers a total transportation solutions package. Lynden Logistics is a full-service freight forwarding and logistics company and Lynden Transport provides truckload and less-than-truckload (LTL) services throughout the Lower 48, Alaska and the oil patch areas of Western Canada.
"Combining the two companies under one roof allows us to meet all of our customers' transportation, forwarding and logistics needs," says Dallas District Manager Kyle Fisher. "Lynden Logistics and Lynden Transport have each had offices in the Dallas market and served customers here for many years. This combined service center will allow us to work more efficiently and coordinate our services. It also gives us the capabilities to provide additional services and products to help existing customers and to offer a full suite of services to new customers – especially those in the oil and energy sector."
The Lynden office, located at 1319 S. Beltline Road, is centrally located between major freeways with easy access to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition to truck transportation offered by Lynden Transport, Lynden Logistics offers import and export services, customs brokerage and the capabilities of Lynden's worldwide forwarding and logistics network.