China gives OK to Schneider, recognizes Ryder

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Schneider National announced Thursday, Feb. 15, that the Green Bay, Wis.-based company has been granted authority to operate as a domestic carrier and logistics services provider in the People’s Republic of China. Meanwhile, Ryder System announced it was honored there with the “Excellent Foreign Logistics Company” award by Shenzhen Logistics Association.

Schneider Logistics (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. has been established under the new authority to provide these services in China. Obtaining licensing was a critical component of the company’s international strategy.

“We see this as a great opportunity for customers in China, whether they be foreign-invested companies or Chinese-based businesses,” says Martin Winchell, managing director of Schneider Logistics China. “We will now be able to help customers build out their intra-China network and grow their business in the various provinces.”

Schneider Logistics (Tianjin) will offer domestic transportation, logistics (warehousing, crossdocking and third-party logistics) and other related services. The company will build these services through a combination of organic growth and acquisition in China. Schneider Logistics has established a new office location in the Tianjin Economic Technological Development area, in place to encourage regional development in the BinHai region in Northern China. The area is home to many foreign-invested companies in China.

“We’re working it from the inside out – a much different approach than when we first set our sights on the Chinese market more than five years ago,” Winchell says. “After spending the last few years conducting primary research and development in China, we see the tremendous opportunity that lies in providing services to the domestic market as the economy grows and the disposable income of the average Chinese citizen is enhanced.”

In addition to meeting the domestic supply chain needs of its customers through its newly authorized services, Schneider plans to provide customers with international logistics services, which are still under development. Since 2005, Schneider has been offering supply chain consulting services from its office in Shanghai.

“Our challenge is applying Schneider’s 70-year history in transportation and logistics to the Chinese market during this pivotal growth period,” Winchell says. “We are looking forward to growing our business through the hard work of our Chinese associates and giving back to the local communities we will live in for many years to come.”

Ryder accepted the award in recognition of its logistics efforts during the Shenzhen International Logistics and Supply Chain Management Fair.

“Ryder has done a great job of providing world-class supply chain services worldwide and in China,” says Zheng Yanling, secretary general of Shenzhen Logistics Association. “We are confident that Ryder will continue to bring state-of-the-art supply chain practices and know-how to the Shenzhen market and help local manufacturers improve their efficiency and reduce logistics costs.”

The Shenzhen International Logistics and Supply Chain Management Fair is a major international fair in logistics and supply chain management held annually in China. The event provides an open platform for Chinese and foreign companies to present their technologies and services to effectively collaborate and innovate in logistics, procurement and supply chain management.

“Shenzhen has developed into an important logistics hub in China, and Ryder is honored to be a part of the growth and progress of China’s logistics industry,” says Chris Woodward, vice president and managing director of China for Miami-based Ryder. “Furthermore, this award reinforces our commitment to meeting our customers’ demands in the region.”