Jeff's story

Operation, China

Jeff's story

Operation, China
I was instantly attracted to the international image

I first joined in May 2010 as a Freight Clerk, mainly focusing on regions in the Netherlands. In 2011, my focus turned towards Germany when I was promoted to Team Lead of the German Freight Logistics Team. Then in 2013, I became the Supervisor of Freight Logistics in Europe. In 2018, I was promoted to my current role as Destination Service Assistant Manager at APL Logistics in Chongqing. In this role, I run the team of Europe and Middle East destination service, which covers operating expenses estimate and revenue estimates, shipping KPI reports and customs clearance documents.

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An instant attraction

Two APL Logistics directors set up a recruitment booth at my school, where they introduced the company to everyone. I wasn’t familiar with the industry or the company at the time, but I was instantly attracted to the international image. I imagined myself growing here and decided I wanted to join right away.

During the interview process, I completed a written test, screening and was interviewed by the Director. APL Logistics was establishing a centre, so the Director wanted to interview candidates himself. After finding out more about the company, especially its history, I knew this was a good company and I had made the right choice.

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Impacting our future

When I first joined, there were only about 50 people at the centre. We’ve now grown to over 400 people, and I manage about 50 of them. The company is always promoting a greener way of doing things. My team provides carbon emission of carriers and support customers to control emission. Internally, we promote a paperless office, and do our bit for society through ‘reward donations’ and ‘charity sales’.

Going paperless is an excellent way to access documents quicker, increase organisation, make documents secure with the ability to encrypt, save space, save time, save money, and enable sharing of documents companywide and globally. We have gone from using 20,000 reams of paper a week down to 9,000 reams.

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Small steps to big changes

Although the things we do towards a more sustainable future are very simple, such as turning off the lights when not in use, bringing in your own water bottle, using reusable handkerchiefs instead of tissues etc., we have introduced this relatively new concept and integrated it into our daily work.

Besides environment sustainability, the company aims to match every employee’s personal talents with the company’s goals and visions. This goal is being achieved by delivering training and practising skills every Friday afternoon.

From the top-down, there is an effort to create a tight-knit, family-oriented business. The feeling of walking into an office and connecting with everyone, or of knowing that the ownership and management really care about the employees here and the environment we operate in, is something that I really value.

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