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Menlo launches freight brokerage service in Europe

[ March 13, 2014   //   ]

Menlo launches freight brokerage service in Europe

Menlo is bringing its Freight Brokerage service to Europe, bringing a style of 3PL warehousing and supply chain management services already very common in North America to the UK and Continent. It offers what it describes as cost-effective multimodal transportation booking and management solutions for commercial and industrial businesses throughout Europe.

A team of experienced transport managers is based at Menlo’s European headquarters in Amsterdam and the concept has undergone a year of preparation and trial operation before being launched.

“Menlo has operated a successful and growing freight brokerage operation in North America since 2007 under our sister company, Con-way Multimodal,” says managing director for Menlo Logistics in Europe,Tony Gunn. “We are confident that our philosophy of reducing cost and minimising waste in the freight transport process will appeal to the European market for freight brokerage services. The test strategy we have employed over the past twelve months has validated this approach and we are very pleased with the up-take from a wide range of customers.”

The nascent European Freight Brokerage operation is now managing over five hundred shipments per month across all types of freight and modes of transport including; truckloads, parcels, groupage, full containers and LCL, air freight and ocean shipments.Most volume has been intra-Europe but Asian and North American destined cargo has also been handled.

Menlo says it has access to around 11,000 transport providers – road hauliers and multimodal operators – and he believes that the concept is ready to take off in Europe. “We already have a very large freight brokerage operation in North America,” he told FBJ. “But the European market is still very fragmented and the concept has been slow to take off.” Europe’s many language and national boundaries have probably impeded progress.

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