Letting the Wine Flow

ISSUE #58 – Interview with Marion Capot, Regional Business Development Manager, Egetra Logistics

Warehouse

Egetra Logistics is an international service provider for transport and logistics. The group has a strong expertise in sectors such as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, printing materials, publishing, wine & spirits, as well in international moving.

”Heat shock during sea freight transportation and transit storage of wines can alter the aromas, flavours, and colours of wine.”

CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EGETRA LOGISTICS GROUP?

Egetra is one of the major, privately owned logistics providers in France. Family owned for six generations, the company was founded as Egetra in 1947. Today, it employs over 450 people in 18 offices in Europe, Africa, and North America.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CONSIDERATIONS AND CHALLENGES OF THE INDUSTRY?

Logistics is all about experience and network. Part of the success relies on having the right partners all over the world; they should allow you to offer competitive prices and improve your reactivity when a solution is needed, no matter the place. As the industry is extremely competitive, the main challenge is to stay focused on customers’ needs in order to keep providing the best possible service. This sometimes implies being able to look for innovation and bringing tailormade solutions to the market. This was the case with our REEFER consolidation for wines.

HOW EXACTLY DOES THIS REEFER CONSOLIDATION WORK?

There is strong demand in Southeast Asia for wines and champagnes, especially sensitive and valuable wines and champagnes from Europe. Because air freight is often too pricy for importers, they have no choice but to turn to sea freight.

We have been specialised in the transport of wine and spirits for over 50 years and are fully aware that heat shock during sea freight transportation and transit storage of wines can alter the aromas, flavours, and colours of wine, as well as damage the wine’s ability to age. For this reason, with a transit time of one month between Europe and Asia, reefer containers are the best solution to maintain the temperature between +12 and +15 degrees Celsius during the whole duration of the sea freight.

The creation of our monthly consolidation service from Europe to Singapore is an example of our adaptation to the market needs. It allows all importers, especially those who do not have enough volumes to ship full containers, to consolidate their pallets with other importers in Singapore. This way, they share the costs while transporting their wines in optimum temperatures and overall conditions. This represents a real improvement for the wine industry in Singapore.

HOW DO YOU ADAPT SUPPLY CHAIN CONSIDERATIONS TO DIFFERENT SECTORS OF ACTIVITY?

It takes some experience to offer adapted services especially for sensitive sectors such as aerospace, defence, oil and gas, etc. Thanks to our experience in organising logistics and transport for the aerospace industry, our company can claim a deep understanding of those markets. Working  with the biggest players such as Safran Group also led us to develop precise knowledge of how to handle all kinds of temperature-controlled, dangerous, regulated as well as time-critical shipments thanks to our own AOG (Aircraft On Ground) – 24/7/365 teams. Beyond our very strong expertise in aerospace, Food & Beverage, pharmaceutical and printing materials, a big part of the business remains general cargo for which we provide daily air freight, sea freight, warehousing and distribution solutions in all parts of the world.

 

Interview published in the FOCUS Magazine”New Links in the Supply Chain” – September 2015