WLA Network Partner Conference in Barcelona

November 17, 2016  |   News
WLA Barcelona

Our members at the event – from all seven continents !

Its hard to believe it was one year ago that our MD and Stuart Green attended the annual network meeting of the WLA (World Logistic Alliance) in Shanghai. This year certainly has flown by!

wlalogoThe annual meeting of our partners from across the globe was this year held a little closer to home, in the beautiful Catalan city of Barcelona, where our MD Ross Negus and our Export Manager (Sea and Road) Angus McInnes attended.

These events are a lot of fun, with a serious undertone of business. Building personal relationships with the owners and higher management of our partners is vital to the success of our company, as these partners represent our interests globally.

The WLA organise a team building afternoon at each conference, from white river rafting in Bali and treasure hunting at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, to building a rollacoaster in Shanghai! The relationships forged at these events really are a key driver to our joint successes as freight forwarding companies. As we have mentioned previously, our unique advantage over the large, multinational freight forwarding companies, is our flexibility to work with different partners, sometimes in the same city.

Our diversity as a forwarding company is a great strength, with our air, ocean, road departments complimented by specialist activity in the cruise & marine sectors, dangerous goods, standard warehousing, bonded warehousing, air and ocean bond enabling us to effect customs clearance in our own facility, project work, vehicle exports/imports and personal effects to name just a few. Many freight forwarding companies choose to specialise more individually and therefore, in some areas of the world, we work with three or four agents who may each specialise in air, ocean, dangerous goods, marine activity etc. This strength in depth provides our clients with the peace of mind that our service is not only global, but specific to their individual needs, and tailored on a regular basis to ensure we are constantly adapting to the ever changing markets.

If you would like any information regarding our agency networks and global coverage, please don’t hesitate to contact our team under the group email sales@sotonfreight.co.uk

Here are some pictures from Barcelona, including our team building city tour! If you travel to Barcelona we’d highly recommend the Go-Car Tour !

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The Network President introducing the event

WLA Meeting Barcelona

Time for business, three days of meetings

WLA meeting Barcolona

One to one discussions form a major segment of the event

Ross Negus WLA Barcelona

Our MD sharing a joke with the other partners

Preparing for our team building afternoon!

Preparing for our team building afternoon!

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The interactive tour is also a competition

Ross Negus WLA Barcelona GO Car tour

Our MD with our New Zealand Partner – serious stuff!

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Angus looking very focused for the competition!

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All smiles before the real competition starts!

And they're off! Great fun in Barcelona with Go Car Tours!

And they’re off! Great fun in Barcelona with Go Car Tours!

WLA Paella Night

Making Paella & a little drinking! Angus with the network President Tom!


Showing off the winning trophy !

WLA competition barcelona

Winners! Our MD was part of the competition winning team

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