Maersk integrates Damco supply chain and ocean businesses
Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk will bring together its Damco Supply Chain Services and Maersk Line’s Ocean Product from January 1 next year.
The two entities will be integrated and their respective value-added services will combined and sold as Maersk products and services. Damco handled a total of 190,000 tons of airfreight in 2016.
Damco’s freight forwarding business, which handles airfreight or multi-carrier options in ocean freight, will continue to be run as a separate and independent business under the Damco brand.
AP Moller-Maersk said that the move will enable the company to “better serve customers and unlock growth potential” in the logistics segment and will offer “more comprehensive end-to-end logistic solutions for cargo owners”.
In a statement the company added: “This is the next step in the Maersk journey to become a global, integrated container transport and logistics company”.
The integrated commercial organisation will operate with one management team, one sales force, a new product organisation and one customer experience organisation.
It will be headed by Vincent Clerc, Maersk’s chief commercial officer. Klaus Rud Sejling, Damco’s chief executive, will take on a new position as head of Maersk’s Logistics and Services Products operation, reporting to Clerc.
Søren Skou, AP Moller-Maersk’s chief executive, announced: “Today we are taking further steps in the transformation of our business on a structural level and how we go to market, enabling us to offer more solutions to our customers in a simpler way.
“Our employees play a key role in making this happen and therefore we are at the same time empowering our frontline organisation [which] is closest to our customers.”
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