Vinexpo Asia Pacific’s French logistics partner W&S Logistics awards contract to Barloworld for third consecutive Hong Kong event

Hong Kong, May 24th, 2012 - Barloworld Logistics, a leading international provider of supply chain solutions and logistics services, has secured the contract for Hong Kong’s largest bi-annual wine exhibition, Vinexpo Asia Pacific, for the third time.

Barloworld was awarded the contract for the Hong Kong event by W&S Logistics, the official French logistics partner of organizer Vinexpo Asia Pacific.

Barloworld will have a professional team of wine logistics experts to manage stock replenishment and the on-site supply of alcohol products to exhibitors. Wines will be stored in optimal temperature controlled conditions and the fragile packaging also means that extra care must be taken of the products.
The major challenge is handling a large number of enquiries from exhibitors in a short period of time. The time sensitive requirements mean that the Barloworld Logistics team in Hong Kong must deliver a co-ordinated and integrated logistics solution for the event.

Vinexpo Asia Pacific 2012 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 29th - 31st. Compared to the last event, Vinexpo Asia Pacific 2010, this year floor space has been expanded by 25 per cent, with more than 1,000 exhibitors and some 15,000 wine professionals expected to visit the exhibition. Hong Kong is the world’s leading wine trading hub.

“We are delighted to be working with the organizers of Vinexpo Asia Pacific for the third consecutive event and we are very proud to be part of its continued success in Hong Kong. We have configured a high quality logistics solution for Vinexpo to ensure we can efficiently handle the large volumes of liquor and wine during the three days,” said William Tang, Managing Director of Barloworld Logistics’ Far East business.

Barloworld Logistics has a team of experienced staff who have for many years been involved in the handling of a wide range of projects including concerts, musicals and exhibitions. In Hong Kong the wine logistics team works closely with Customs to ensure legal compliance for the import and export of wine and spirits.

Barloworld Logistics is one of the leading logistics and supply chain management businesses in southern Africa, with complementary operations in China, the United Arab Emirates, Iberia, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Over the years the company has grown into a truly global player, active in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Far East.

Barloworld Logistics has long-term partnerships with blue chip clients such as Illovo, Nike SA, PPC, Toyota SA, Unilever SA, and Corobrik.

About Barloworld Logistics
Over 70% of potential savings and service enhancements in a supply chain come from the re-engineering and integration of logistics processes. Only small savings can be extracted by “pushing” suppliers harder.

Barloworld Logistics is South Africa's leading integrated logistics player. They create strategic advantage for their clients by optimizing and integrating the client's logistics processes and information flows, thereby radically reducing their costs and increasing their service levels.
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