Newsletter January 2024
DP World Australia’s Response to Industrial Action
In response to recent industrial action, DP World Australia is actively managing operational impacts. The organization is strategically adapting to mitigate disruptions, prioritize workforce well-being, and maintain logistics efficiency. Transparent communication keeps stakeholders informed about negotiation progress, operational adjustments, and contingency plans to ensure cargo flow. DP World Australia remains committed to collaborative resolutions and operational excellence during these challenges, reinforcing its reliability in the logistics sector.
Global Supply Chain Disruption
Following a missile strike on an MSC ship on 15th December 2023, the shipping industry is grappling with a dual crisis. Persistent disruptions in the Suez and Panama Canals, prompted by attacks on Red Sea container ships, have led to rerouting and potential removal of a quarter of global capacity. Vessels are now considering a costlier route around Africa via the Cape of Good Hope, anticipating 7-10 days of delays and possible price hikes of up to 100%. Concurrently, drought-induced restrictions in the Panama Canal further impact global supply chains, potentially boosting long-term airfreight demand.
This month, let’s delve into the professional profile of Milton Flores, our accomplished Operations Manager based in Perth, Australia.
Do you have a nickname? El Gringo
Which Freight Mart branch are you at? Perth, Bibra Lake.
Which year did you join Freight Mart International? 2022
Favourite/Go to Snack Food? Peanut M&M’s
Pets? Two Rottweilers, Hank and Atlee
What do you do in your spare time? Play with the kids (current game is Shop Keepers)
Sports – Playing or watching – both or neither? Playing – I can’t sit through a whole game.
Most used App? If there is one, Facebook.
What was your first paying job? T/A for engine reconditioner.
Who inspires you? My Kids
Biggest Fear? Not giving something a go.
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? A carpenter
Favourite Books, Movie or TV shows? Desperado
Coffee or tea? Coffee
What is your most prized possession? My coffee machine
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? Super strength
Do you have a secret talent? I do a very good impersonation of Santa.
What is your workout song? The Eye Of The Tiger
What’s the top destination on your must-visit list? USA and Japan are up there at the moment.
What’s your most-used emoji? 👍
Employee Milestones and Celebrations
Joyful Beginnings: Congratulations to Kevin Chua, Our Regional Director in Malaysia, on the Arrival of His Baby Boy!
Congratulations to our esteemed Regional Director in Malaysia, Kevin Chua, and his wife Felicia Liow, on the joyous arrival of their baby boy born on 24th November 2023! Wishing your family an abundance of love, laughter, and countless unforgettable moments as you embark on this beautiful journey of parenthood. May each day be filled with the sweetest moments and the creation of precious memories. The entire team shares in your excitement and extends heartfelt wishes for a lifetime of happiness and health for the newest addition to your family. Congratulations once again on this wonderful blessing!
Freight Mart International Annual Christmas Dinner 2023
Freight Mart hosted its 2023 Christmas party at the Tradewinds Hotel in Fremantle. This year was particularly special as we set up a photo booth adorned with numerous props and flowers, creating a festive space for memorable photos. We brought together staff from all satellite offices in Malaysia and Thailand to cherish this meaningful occasion.
As the curtains closed on another lengthy year, the entire team reveled in the joy of the season. The event provided a delightful opportunity for the team to socialize outside our regular work environment, fostering a sense of camaraderie and appreciation for everyone’s dedicated efforts throughout the year.
Amid the festivities, we took a moment to express our gratitude to the service providers and partners who have played a crucial role in Freight Mart’s success over the past decade. Congratulations to our esteemed recipients: Nick Farrell, Darren Friesner, Daryl Hughes, and Michael Tate. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each of them for their professionalism, outstanding support, and the wonderful business relationship they have maintained with Freight Mart. We eagerly anticipate the continued growth and strengthening of our partnership in the coming year.
A Cross-Border Knowledge Exchange in Perth
In December, we orchestrated an exclusive knowledge transfer initiative, bringing together a distinguished cohort of our team members from Malaysia and Thailand to converge at our Perth Headquarters. Our unwavering commitment to our staff is rooted in the understanding that strategic investments in their growth directly translate into substantial advantages for our esteemed customers.
Beyond the focused sessions of knowledge exchange, our dedicated team had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of Perth. A visit to the wildlife park proved to be an indispensable highlight, providing an up-close encounter with iconic Australian fauna, including the endearing Koala bears and wombats. This experience, we believe, adds an essential layer to their understanding of the local environment.
Complementing their professional development, our staff explored the scenic landscapes of Perth, with visits to Sandalford and the iconic Cottesloe Beach. These outings not only enriched their cultural perspective but also contributed to an overall enhancement of their professional journey.
This initiative underscores our steadfast belief in nurturing talent, fostering cross-cultural experiences, and cultivating a workforce that is not only adept in their professional domains but also well-rounded individuals with a global perspective.
Seasonal Traditions: Gift-Giving Delight at Freight Mart Malaysia
As December unfolded, the world turned its attention to the art of gift-giving. Whether the focus was on a religious celebration like Christmas or a gathering centered around friends, food, and family, the exchange of gifts was at the forefront.
This cultural tradition was also observed at Freight Mart Malaysia. We held our annual Secret Santa gift exchange session, a beloved routine. Participation was voluntary, with a predetermined budget and the chance for participants to articulate their desired gifts. Each participant’s Secret Santa took on the delightful task of delivering their chosen surprises!