Interview with Mr. Rolf Habben-Jansen

Mr. Rolf Habben-Jansen
Mr. Rolf Habben-Jansen
Damco (AP Moller-Maersk Group)
Damco (AP Moller-Maersk Group)

Planned investments of around USD250 bn in (Indian) infrastructure development over the next four years, by Govt, will have a positive impact on the logistics industry.
Headquartered in Denmark, Damco is one of the world’s leading third party logistics providers, specialist in customized freight forwarding and supply chain solutions, offering a broad spectrum of services to customers all over the world. The company is backed with workforce of around 9,500 employees in over 280 offices across 90 countries and presence marking 120 countries, encompassing Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, Middle East, and Latin America. Damco is an independent business unit within the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group. In 2010, Damco embarked a net turnover of over USD 2.7 billion, managed more than 2.4 million TEU of ocean freight and supply chain management volumes and air freighted more than 75,000 tons. Mr. Rolf Habben-Jansen is the CEO of Damco. Based in Copenhagen, he is responsible for all of the global activities of Damco. Mr. Jansen assumed the current position since January 1, 2009. Prior to this, he was the head of Global Customer Solutions with DHL. There, he was responsible for the account management and growth of the top 100 customers across all of DHL's Business Units since 2006. Before that, Mr. Jansen headed the Contract Logistics activities of DHL in most of Mainland Europe since 2001. In the 1990's, he has held various senior positions in Nedlloyd and Danzas. Both of these companies were merged into DHL later. Mr. Jansen is of Dutch nationality, and holds a degree in economics from Erasmus University of Rotterdam. In a one to one with Ms. Madhu Soni –Sr. Editor & Correspondent at Face2Face, along with a glimpse on current apparel logistics scene, globally, Mr. Rolf Habben-Jansen also provides his views on challenges facing industry, emerging markets, and green ways that Damco takes on sustainability course.

Mr. Jansen, thanks for joining us on Face2Face. Setting the conversational ball roll, can we hear your say on Apparel & Textiles business wing faring at Damco?

Damco has a rich history of providing end-to-end supply chain management solutions to the apparel, textile and retail industry, we count most of the world’s major brands amongst our customers. It is one of our focused and fastest growing industry verticals and holds strategic importance for us. Most of our leading customers in this vertical have been associated with us for over a decade and today our relationship with them have matured into strategic and collaborative partnerships. As a service provider we have been successful in not only the operational execution of the supply chain but also proposing and implementing several improvement initiatives that add value to their overall operations. As a result of managing the leading players in the apparel industry, today our offices across the globe have a deep understanding of the industry dynamics and the key challenges that an apparel supply chain faces. Reliability, visibility, agility, scalability, safety and responsiveness are critical in a global apparel supply chain. Damco today has established strong relationships with large apparel retailers and buyers and also with the vendors and suppliers in the emerging markets which enables us to remain very close to the industry and its key players. From our products and services perspective, our tailor-made solutions enable apparel industry players to achieve reliability and flexibility in their supply chains; whilst helping them to cut costs and gain end-to-end stock keeping unit (SKU)-level visibility. Our global team of dedicated industry specialists offers customized solutions to meet customer specific supply chain requirements. At the same time our global footprint enables industry players to implement flexible sourcing strategies to minimize risk, improve product quality, and reduce total costs.

That’s good. <br></br>Kindly, apprise us with the key trends that persist in global apparel logistics scene-

The global apparel supply chain has undergone changes in the past couple of decades and the majority of the manufacturing has shifted to emerging markets and cost effective locations like China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Pakistan and Egypt. The logistics requirement of large apparel players has indeed assumed global dimensions and has become intricate with thousands of vendors and multiple delivery points. With fashion being an industry where the product cycle is extremely short, the time to market from factory is very critical and it has become very important to have the latest products on the shelf at the right time. This leads to constant attention and tracking, and today technology is enabling this visibility right from factory to store through multiple modes. The competition has definitely increased in the apparel industry with many players competing to target the same consumer leading to an increased focus on ‘On time delivery’, quality and cost efficiency in the supply chain. Companies simultaneously want to optimize their costs right from design to production to logistics. The global apparel players look for reliable partners who are not only operationally efficient but also who can undertake vendor compliance programmes, quality checks, optimizing packaging solutions and also from time to time review the supply chain and propose improvement opportunities.
Published on: 19/09/2011

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