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It has been agreed to sell our London and South East Courier Business to OCS, a long-standing and reputable, independent Courier company, based at Heathrow, with a worldwide network. Our decision to sell this element of our business has been based on our belief that our loyal clients and employees deserve to have stability and quality of service for a long time to come. Over the last few years, the marketplace has become more and more competitive and as a result of stagnant volumes and increased costs, we have become increasingly concerned. We reached the conclusion that we needed to find a like-minded company (a company who put personal service and quality of service at the top of the agenda) to take over our client base correctly and offer our staff long-term employment.
By agreeing to transfer this business to OCS, Seabourne is very comfortable and confident, that all of its loyal clients, will have a seamless transition over the coming weeks and months, and benefit strongly from OCS’ additional services and buying power. Under the leadership of the OCS Managing Director, Tim Jones, clients will continue to receive first class treatment. Furthermore, all of our loyal and trusted staff are transferring with the business, so all client relationships and communication will be preserved. This is something that Tim has emphasised throughout the negotiations.
OCS have been in the courier business as long as Seabourne, and as such share many of our service values and commitments. They have an excellent reputation and a host of household names as clients who have trusted them implicitly for many, many years with their valuable and sensitive documents and parcels. We are delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement with OCS.
What happens next?
As part of the transfer process, following the sale, OCS will assume total control for all courier requirements (i.e. quotations, bookings, collections, track and trace, invoicing etc.). Completion of the sale will take place on October 31st, 2013. In the period leading up to and including that date, Seabourne will continue to have total control and responsibility for all needs, whilst ensuring there is a smooth transition in readiness for the switch to OCS from November 1st 2013.
From a practical perspective, there is absolutely no need to do anything differently. Clients can still call the same telephone number(s), speak to the same people, book on our web booking system, track and trace via the same systems etc. For sure processes may change at some time in the future, but there is no immediate need to change anything.
For any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Seabourne Group Managing Director, Daniel Flitterman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or OCS Managing Director, Tim Jones (email@example.com) or any of your usual Seabourne contacts.
We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all our loyal customers for all their business and support.
DeRoyal Industries, Inc. and DeRoyal Global Healthcare Solutions, Limited (DGHS) announce their new partnership agreement with the third party logistics company (3PL), Seabourne Group, Ltd., based in Egham, UK. Commencing 1 September 2013, DGHS will ship its orders and inventory of DeRoyal-branded products through Seabourne’s warehouse located in Eindhoven, Netherlands for customers located throughout Europe. With products readily available at the warehouse, this will allow DeRoyal’s European distributor customers to receive orders with much shorter lead times. Lessening inventory, allowing customers to order smaller quantities, and an overall lower cost will equip customers with more freedom, flexibility, and better cash flow. “It is an exciting time for DeRoyal and we are delighted to announce this partnership. It is our strategic goal to strengthen and deepen customer relationships by providing the best service possible, and an improved supply chain is a major element in this,” stated Michael Lekeler, Vice-President of International for DeRoyal. For nearly two years, DeRoyal has operated an Irish company, DeRoyal Global Healthcare Solutions, Limited, in Ireland. This was the initial step to provide better customer service to the European customer base. Since opening this office in March 2012, DeRoyal has expanded the European customer service operations to cover the Middle East and Africa, giving customers the option to conduct business in either US dollars or Euro. “The opening of this 3PL warehouse will further allow DeRoyal to bolster our business in Europe”, stated Bill Pittman, DeRoyal’s President and Chief Operating Officer, “while offering them better and more reliable logistics.”
The directors of Seabourne Group Limited are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Group’s ever expanding range of logistical services. PLI (International) Limited, based in Luton is a very successful company which provides publishers with a fulfilment and international distribution service. The company was acquired on 30th April from Mr Martin Berriman who will remain with the organisation ensuring continuity and optimum integration of the company into the group
Seabourne Freight has joined I.P. Networking and will work with this logistics network in addition to the AOP Agents Network. I.P. Networking is embryonic and we join them at an exciting time. The success we have had from being members of AOP has proved that good networking can improve our business and the membership of two quality networks offers Seabourne unprecedented access to quality freight forwarding partners.