From left to right: Rodolphe Saadé; Elisabeth Borne, minister of ecological and solidary transition; Edouard Philippe; and Renaud Muselier
Late last week (on November 14), the prime minister of France, Edouard Philippe, and the president of the French ‘Sud’ region , Renaud Muselier, joined with CEVA’s chief executive, Nicolas Sartini, and Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief executive of parent CMA CGM Group, to open the doors to CEVA Logistics’ new global headquarters in Marseille.
In a speech, Philippe highlighted the importance of the logistics sector to France. “Our country does not sufficiently understand the importance of the supply chain, the importance of well-organised flows,” he posited.
“I think we must defend this sector which represents a lot of jobs, strategic and economic issues, especially for a city and a port like Marseille.
“Intelligence in logistics is at the heart of tomorrow’s economic development,” he added.
The VIPs were shown how digital projects developed by the teams in Marseille will change the way CEVA operates.
Amongst the digital transformation projects that have been pursued in Marseille is a digital platform that will display the carbon footprint of customer supply chains by mode of transportation.
The collaboration with Wing, a young French company that offers new urban logistics solutions for e-Merchants, was also discussed by the VIPs.
Sartini observed: “These offices are at the heart of everything we are doing and the teams based here play a pivotal role in CEVA’s future.
“We are delighted to have been able to showcase some of the new technology projects being developed that will fundamentally change how we operate.”
Earlier this month, CEVA opened a new facility in Sri Lanka to serve clients in the island country, as well as in the Maldives.
CEVA Logistics’ customers in Sri Lanka and the Maldives will have access to the forwarder’s multimodal services (air, sea and road transport), IT capabilities and other capabilities.