Kuala Lumpur, 13 May 2014 – From across 63 countries, 117 members of the industry’s only network of audited partners, Conqueror Freight Network, gathered for its 3rd Annual Meeting, 9th – 11th May. The Intercontinental, Kuala Lumpur provided the setting for the 3rd Annual Conqueror Meeting, hosting 117 agents from across 63 countries who were all their to assist each other in driving forward their businesses in pursuit of conquering the world.
“Co-operation is one important element in our triad of tools for boosting the business volume of our members; another is our city-exclusivity, like the multinationals, and the third and most important is our annual meeting. As you can see, members are making the most of their individual meetings as well as competing for each other’s attention away from them,” explained Antonio Torres, Managing Director of Conqueror Freight Network.
“I have to say that prior to last year’s meeting, I was sceptical about the benefits of attending such meetings but I can honestly say that as a direct result of meeting our fellow members in 2013, we saw a noticeable increase in shipments from fellow members and I firmly believe that the same will happen again this year,” said one member.
Conqueror Freight Network is no longer the new kid on the block. This well-established alliance of carefully selected independent freight forwarders is also celebrating a significant milestone at its annual meeting; covering 200 cities in 100 countries; its current coverage stands at 214 cities in 105 countries.
The network has a combined annual turnover of USD 2.2 billion employing over 17,000 freight professionals who handle over 1.05 million shipments each year comprising of 175.000 tons of airfreight cargo and 600.000 TEUS of seafreight cargo, making this exclusive network a top 10 player in the global market.
“With only 1 in every 10 applications passing our selection process, reaching such a milestone is not as easy as you may think,” emphasised Torres, “We have worked hard to find only the best agents for the network and removing any company found to be only taking shipments and not offering any.”
“The quality of the membership cannot be stressed enough,” said one delegate, “This is my third year in attendance and you might think that as the number of agents has increased, the standard of companies simply couldn’t keep up, but this could not be further from the truth. The standard has consistently remained high. We always leave feeling assured that our customers’ goods are in safe hands.”
In addition to the 2000 one to one meetings on offer, delegates were treated to the latest phase in Conqueror’s strategy for helping its members better market themselves against the multinationals, which began last year with a personalised member brochure. This year saw the launch of a personalised member website, of which the designing costs will be completely absorbed by the network.
“Marketing can be incredibly costly to independent companies and yet they cannot allow themselves to become stagnant in this area which is why we try to assist our members as much as we can. We want to give our agents the tools to compete in an ever competitive global market,” explained Antonio Torres.
“The internet was one area where, I must admit, I had failed to create a real presence for my company even though I knew that it is the most utilised search tool for potential clients, but now I will be able to without breaking the bank,” said one satisfied member.
When asked if he thought the meeting was a success, Mr Torres had this to say, “Our third meeting has seen an increase of 31% in territories represented. I don’t think I need say anymore!”