Transformation the key
Fortify data exchange and combine transports. Greek logistics providers have to reinvent themselves too, because the major economic trends won’t bypass Greece either, any more than the digital transformation of services will. The Global Maritime Agency’s Anthony Doukas has some concrete visions for us.
The logistics world in Greece is also increasingly shaped by services available through the internet – and pricing from the same source. We asked Anthony Doukas, who’s been active with his company Global Maritime Agency (GMA) since 1986, how logisticians can make the best of these trends.
One important aspect, of course, is the firm’s use of said technologies, as Doukas explains. “A new door-to-door intermodal data exchange improves speed and flexibility and reduces the cost of transport routes for partners and customers.”
As an agent of K Line, these procedures represent holistic transport solutions at sea and on land, where EDIs enable simplified and therefore faster and more cost-effective procedures. The GMA subsidiary Global Maritime Enterprises (GME) is also expanding, in order to offer tariffs for end-to-end services too.
Flexible use of modern resources is key
The port of Volos, about 330 km north of Piraeus, offers an alternative for congested terminals in the south. In the intermodal approach, customers can also rely on a sea-road-rail combination via northern Greece towards the Balkans, Central Europe and Western European inland ports.
“Combined transport, which exploits all the possibilities the infrastructure has on offer, also contributes to protecting the environment,” Doukas points out. He foresees “a green future” for logistics.
It’s thus clear that logistics – the fifth largest sector of the Greek economy, accounting for 7.5% of GDP, according to KPMG – can further strengthen its position in the future with the flexible use of modern resources.