Now in its 26th year, the prestigious BIFA Awards recognise and reward high standards and professionalism throughout the shipping and forwarding industry. The Air Freight Award category was open to companies providing air freight, or sea/air, services. BIFA commented that ‘DSV Air & Sea Ltd stood out from the shortlist by demonstrating remarkable growth in a very competitive sector. Utilising their chilled facilities, the judging panel felt they had developed a specialist service that was of huge benefit to their customers.’
The award entry focused on the launch of DSV Fresh, a specialist division launched by Air & Sea in January 2014. George Mead, National Head of the Perishables division and the DSV Fresh team supply specialist distribution solutions for a full range of perishable and refrigerated products including vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, dairy, drinks, plants, flowers and pharmaceuticals. The team’s understanding of each commodity and its unique transportation and storage requirements has helped the DSV Fresh activities to grow month on month, starting with around 100 tonnes of exports in January, growing to 150 tonnes in February and March, to over 580,000kgs per month in September. DSV Fresh was assigned a target by the Group Directors to achieve 1 million KG’s of exports in 18 months, which the team are set to achieve well ahead of time.
Michael Hansen, managing director of DSV Air & Sea Ltd, was handed the prestigious trophy by guest presenter Naga Munchetty. Hansen commented: “We’re delighted that the work George and the DSV Fresh team has been recognised by the BIFA Awards Judges for the phenomenal success they have achieved this year. This trophy is testament to their hard work and determination to succeed.
“At DSV Air & Sea, we’re continually looking at new and innovative ways to help ensure we are offering our customers the very best service and value for money. We build expert teams who understand the complexities of the industry and work closely with our customers to make sure we are meeting, if not exceeding their expectations. DSV Fresh is a great example of how our specialist services can offer customers a step up from a standard freight service, with complete peace of mind that our teams understand exactly what you need from them and have the knowledge and know how to offer many added value services which make a big, positive difference to our customers.”
DSV was previously named winner of the BIFA's Staff Development Award in 2012 and the European Logistics Award in 2013.