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C4 Logistics look to the future


Last week saw the annual C4 Logistics management conference take place in Warwick, UK. The event was attended by managers from across the European operations centres and was hailed a great success. Management staff focused on consolidating their prior success and planning future strategy for moving the business forward.

Speaking about the company’s continuing success, Group Managing Director, Sebastien Barth (pictured above,) said: “The C4 Logistics Group is continuing to grow, expand and develop at a fantastic rate. In under two years we have expanded our European workforce by over 50% and tripled our share of an extremely competitive sector in logistics. C4 Logistics has maintained committed to providing exceptional customer service, this is evidenced by our existing customers continuing to employ our services. Our outstanding reputation is also securing us new customers from across Europe in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Ongoing investment in IT development has led to several significant advances, placing us at the forefront of the competition regarding technology and data usage.”

When asked what the future holds for C4 Logistics, Sebastien said: “As a management team we must continue to provide worldwide time-critical services at the exceptional standard our customers have come to expect from C4 Logistics. We are investing heavily in staff training and development of our current operations centres, alongside investigating the potential for several new opportunities within Europe. It is essential that C4 Logistics continues to adapt to the changing market place. We will remain committed to listening to our customers as well as developing our business to become one of the leading names in time-critical logistics. Investment in IT development is essential to the growth of C4 Logistics and this will be one of our priories for the future, ensuring our tracking services and portals remain the most advanced in the sector.”

To find out more about how C4 Logistics can support your business visit our website at www.c4logistics.com

Congratulations C4 UK!


C4 UK are proud to have achieved ISO accreditation for the 14th year running!

ISO 9001-2015 is the international standard for quality management systems (QMS.) A government-recognised certification, ISO specifies the requirements companies must meet with their QMS to achieve international accreditation.

During a rigorous inspection, an independent awarding body assessed C4 UK’s QMS procedures against multiple industry standards. C4 UK were required to provide evidence of adherence to standards for risk management, service quality, carrier selection and ongoing staff training and monitoring. Implementation of the quality standards was found to be excellent in all areas.

When asked to explain the significance of the award, UK country manager Adam Carter said: “Achievement of this certification proves that C4 UK consistently provide services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. The award is a recognition of our robust processes for ensuring consistently high-quality service, ongoing staff training and continuing business development.”

Adam went on to explain further: “It is supremely important for C4 UK to meet the standards required for the ISO 9001-2015. We know that we operate within a competitive marketplace, this accreditation gives our current and prospective customers the peace of mind that they will always receive the best quality service from C4 Logistics.”

Adhering to ISO 9001-2015 standards ensures that C4 Logistics are perfectly placed to provide exceptional service for any time-critical freight requirements. To find out more about how C4 Logistics maintains exceptional quality standards or to find out how we can work with you, please visit our website at www.c4logistics.com.

Here for you


Any disruption to manufacturing can leave companies facing delays to their scheduled supply chain. In-house transport plans do not have the flexibility to absorb set-backs caused by unscheduled line-stoppages. This can have a knock-on effect throughout the onward supply chain and become costly to our customers.

Prior to Christmas, during their busiest production period, a valued customer of C4 UK began to suffer line stoppages caused by mechanical breakdowns. All production lines were functioning at maximum capacity and supply chains were already stretched to the limit. The repeated failure of essential machinery lead to multiple line stoppages. Many essential orders were not completed in time for onward delivery by the company’s in-house transportation.

Thankfully, C4 Logistics could be relied upon to provide emergency shipping solutions within 15minutes of customer contact. Operations staff in the UK provided numerous last-minute transport solutions to ensure the line stoppages had the minimal impact on the onward supply chain. Over 300 vans were sourced for the customer over a 6-week period. Many were required for loading within the hour and a large proportion during the night and at the weekend.

C4 UK maintained flexibility to adapt to the demands of the customer every time. Regardless of the volume of work, C4 Logistics always provide the best possible solution and at the most competitive price. Rapidly sourcing just-in-time transportation solutions to minimise the impact on our customers, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Visit our website at www.c4logistics.com to see how C4 Logistics can work for you.

Breaking Down Barriers


C4 Logistics are proud to represent customers from across the globe, offering time-critical transport solutions to over 160 countries. Building long term partnerships with our customers is paramount to delivering premium customer service and care. Our operations staff work tirelessly to fully understand our customers’ needs, providing the perfect bespoke just-in-time transport solutions.

Effective communications are essential in ensuring accuracy and transparency during a shipment. One of the challenges faced by operations staff when serving customers world-wide, is maintaining effective lines of communication regardless of the language spoken. To ensure our customers’ requirements are never lost in translation, C4 Logistics employs over 70 multi-lingual staff across our Europe-wide operations facilities.

Targeting the language skills of the operations staff to the customers they serve is of paramount importance. As an example, C4 France serve an extensive network of customers from across neighbouring Italy. In order to forge strong bonds with our Italian customers, operations staff based at C4 France are fluent in both French and Italian.

Each individual C4 operations centre is equipped with staff fluent in the local languages of the customers served by the office. The removal of a potential language barrier increases the accuracy and quality of the services that can be provided. Another great reason why customers continue to return to C4 Logistics for all their time-critical needs.

Visit our website at www.c4logistics.com to speak to one of our dedicated operations staff today and find out what C4 Logistics can do for your company.

Take the stress out of shipping


Coordinating multiple-transport shipments can be both complicated and time consuming. At C4 Logistics we know that our customers’ time is valuable, therefore we offer a bespoke door-to-door service to take the stress out of shipping.

C4 UK recently provided an excellent example of a door-to-door service. Operations staff were contacted by a customer requiring an urgent hand-carry service for a high value package. The package was to be shipped from the USA to the UK, making it a complex multi-component transit. Collection, air transportation, customs clearance and final delivery all needed to be coordinated individually by operations staff.

C4 UK initially contracted a dedicated courier to collect the parcel from York in the USA. The courier accompanied the parcel to Philadelphia International airport and onto the plane as hand-carry luggage. During transit to London Heathrow, an appointed customs officer was organised to meet the courier at the terminal upon arrival. The officer provided the necessary paperwork, ensuring a rapid transition through customs. Once cleared of customs, the shipment was passed to a second contracted driver who was immediately dispatched to complete the shipment to Pickering in the UK.

The complete shipment took less than 24hrs with seamless transitions. Regular updates from the C4Sight app provided the customer with extra peace of mind, allowing them to track their package throughout the transit.

At C4 Logistics we can offer the whole package from collection to delivery, regardless of the complexity of the transit. When a shipment requires a multi-stage operation, our highly skilled staff will organise each component of the journey to ensure seamless transportation.

To find out more about our bespoke door-to-door services, visit our website at www.c4logistics.com

Bespoke solutions at a competitive rate


At C4 Logistics we know that shipping requirements can be complicated. Many other transport companies will opt for the default option, passing the cost on to their customers. At C4 we promote flexibility, always sourcing the best possible solution for the most competitive price. Our operations staff have the expertise to tailor bespoke transport solutions to our clients, without incurring unreasonable costs.

This was demonstrated recently when the team at C4 Hungary were commissioned to transport a single large pallet into Germany. To ensure the rate was kept as low as possible, a part-load option was sourced and booked on a scheduled vehicle departing later that evening. However, immediately prior to loading, the customer’s requirements altered unexpectedly. A second large pallet was identified, requiring shipment to the same destination but from a different collection point. The addition of the second pallet exceeded the weight limit of the contracted vehicle, leaving the team with no other option than to source an alternative solution.

The default option was to simply contract a second dedicated vehicle for the additional pallet; however, this would have incurred a large cost increase to the customer. Remaining dedicated to keeping the cost as low as possible, the team at C4 Hungary swiftly sourced a replacement solution. An alternative part load option on a subsequent scheduled vehicle was found, large enough for both pallets and at a significantly lower cost. The delivery was completed successfully and for the most competitive rate.

Our commitment to providing value for money, premium customer service and flexibility keeps our customers coming back to C4. To find out more about our services and how we can support your business visit: www.c4logistics.com

A solution driven culture


A proactive ethos is vital in time critical logistics, but sometimes reacting quickly to unexpected situations can prove essential. At C4 Logistics our operations staff undergo continuous training and skills assessments, leaving them equipped to react professionally and rapidly should the unexpected occur.

C4 operations were recently contracted to complete an emergency shipment from the Czech Republic to the UK. The shipment was essential to prevent a possible line stoppage at automotive giant Honda. Part-way through the transport, the arctic vehicle contracted suffered an unforeseeable breakdown, leaving the shipment at danger of delay. The C4 operations staff actively tracking the shipment, immediately logged the issue and started to work on a solution. Dispatch of a replacement articulated lorry to complete the delivery would cause a delay in delivery time and a potential line stoppage – an unacceptable outcome. The operations team called upon their wealth of experience and training to source an alternative option. Three sprinter vans were immediately dispatched to the scene of the breakdown. Sprinter vans can travel significantly faster than an arctic and they arrived at the scene of the breakdown in under an hour. Upon arrival, the load was swiftly transferred and dispatched to the destination, ultimately arriving an hour ahead of the scheduled delivery time.

At C4 Logistics our extensive staff training and comprehensive tracking system, C4SightTM, places us in prime position to tackle the unexected while still delivering a premium service for our customers.

To find out more about our services and tracking systems or to see how we can support your business, please visit www.c4logistics.com

Congratulations C4 Romania!


C4 Logistics Romania have been recognised by the Alba Chamber of Commerce for their outstanding services to industry.

Outperforming the competition, C4 Romania were awarded the accolade of top services company in Alba County (the heart of the automotive industry in Transylvania.) The prestigious award was confirmed by the Chamber of Commerce at their annual awards gala.

On hand to accept the award was C4 Romania Country Manager, Liviu Selagea, who has been responsible for the office since its conception.

Speaking about the award, Liviu expressed his pride and appreciation to his team: “Since its foundation in 2013, C4 Romania has established itself as a market leader in time critical logistics. This award reflects the hard work of the entire team and their commitment to the development and ongoing success of C4 Romania. Together with our directors, we have developed an operational and sales office in Romania that has grown steadily, while also providing confidence to our clients and partners.”

Expanding on the features which set C4 Romania apart from the competition, Liviu goes on to explain: “The service area in which we operate is very fast paced, so we prioritise staying agile and being customer focused. Daily staff training is aimed at respecting all internal procedures, so we will never find ourselves unprepared for any situation that could arise. I believe these are the qualities which the Chamber of Commerce have recognised as exceptional. I would like to thank our directors and my colleagues, together we have made C4 Romania what it is today.”

To find out more abut the services offered by C4 Logistics please visit: www.c4logistics.com

C4 Achieve IATA Accreditation


C4 Logistics have once again achieved accreditation from the International Air Transport Association (IATA.)

Working as a trade association, the IATA represents the world’s major airlines, maintaining global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability. To achieve accreditation from the IATA, companies are required to demonstrate a high level of skill and competency in all areas of air transportation.

Team members employed by C4 France completed a comprehensive training course covering air shipment specifics such as transportation of dangerous goods. Before accreditation could be awarded, staff were required to demonstrate an exceptionally high standard of industry knowledge and complete several grueling assessment tasks.

Country Manager for C4 France, Benoit Kermarrec, explains: “achieving accreditation with the IATA is essential to our operations at C4. It is a requirement for all air shipment providers to meet the IATA standard to be able to access the 275 major airlines it represents. IATA accreditation is also fantastic evidence that our operations staff at C4 Logistics have the necessary expertise to meet all our customers’ air shipment needs. Customers can have the confidence and peace of mind that we will achieve accuracy across all their air shipments. In short, our customers can always trust C4 Logistics to deliver.”

Visit www.c4logistics.com to find out more about the air shipment services offered by C4 Logistics.

Precision, speed, control and agility – logistics or squash?


At C4 Logistics we strive to be the ultimate in precision, speed, control and agility, making our partnership with the Leamington squash club a winning team. C4 Logistics are proud to be the longest standing sponsor of the Leamington squash club and are delighted to be extending our support for another year.

Established in 1872, the Leamington Lawn Tennis and Squash Club is a members-run club, relying on the support of sponsors and volunteers to provide excellent squash facilities to the local community.

Ming Lee, chairman of the Leamington squash club says “we are obviously delighted that the partnership between the squash club and C4 Logistics will be continuing for another year. Squash and C4 Logistics have a lot in common, both using their skills in precision, speed, control and agility to finish first. Leamington squash club is a fully inclusive club, and, with the ongoing support of C4 Logistics, we can continue to improve and maintain our facilities while delivering fantastic sporting programmes for all members of the community. C4 are the longest standing sponsors of the Leamington squash club and their support has been crucial for recent development projects, including construction of a new court and the provision of team kits.”

Managing director of C4 Logistics, Sebastien Barth, says “we are extremely pleased to be confirming our commitment to the Leamington squash club for another year. Investing in the local community is hugely important to our business ethos. It is immensely rewarding to see our investment promoting the development of squash within the men’s, women’s and children’s teams. It is always a thrill to see the continuing success of both the men’s and women’s teams while sporting the C4 branded kits. We are eager to see what developments and opportunities the upcoming year will bring.”

 

To find out more about the opportunities offered by the Leamington lawn tennis and squash club please visit their website at www.leamington-tennis-squash.co.uk