Phoenix logistics firm buys Australian-New Zealand ocean/air provider

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Swan & Hercules Global Logistics, a Phoenix-based end-to-end logistics service provider, announced its acquisition of GP Logistics Inc., an ocean and air provider serving the Australian-New Zealand market; terms were not announced. SHGL says the acquisition expands its base by more than 2,000 customers and 50,000 square feet in North American consolidation space, maximizing in-house customs brokerage and a strong market brand in Australia.

“GP Logistics is a crucial link in our comprehensive end-to-end network,” says John Boultier, president and chief executive officer of SHGL. “Through the acquisition, we are able to leverage GP’s assets, Web native technology and purchase order management, as well as build upon our fiercely client-focused culture. The broad footprint and mature network in North America and Australia-New Zealand that GP brings, coupled with our trucking assets and extensive freight forwarding footprint in China, puts us in a unique global position.”

SHGL says that with a comprehensive network provided by one LSP, clients now have a better view of the care, custody and control of their product, and that GP provides an ideal platform to support the needs of both small and large shippers seeking a full range of supply chain services that reduce costs and increase clients’ profit potential.

“We continue to see strong client interest in our industry-leading value-added offerings, especially with store-ready-delivery, DC-ready-delivery and purchase order management programs,” says Sean Burke, senior vice president of business development and marketing. “The addition of GP strengthens our ability to offer unprecedented supply chain efficiencies, visibility and control that has only been available to mega-shippers in the past.”