Phuket- a staggering 90 members from the world’s first virtual freight network, Conqueror, gathered for its inaugural conference, 23rd-25th May.
An unprecedented number of delegates for a first conference, 90 in total from 40 countries, made the journey to Thailand. “Considering what other networks have managed at their initial conferences, this number is a great achievement,” said Antonio Torres, the brains behind this ‘one of a kind’ freight forwarding network.
This one off ‘Virtual Multinational’ is paving the way for a new generation of networks which want to mobilize independent freight forwarders to work together as global ‘mega-forwarders.’
This desire to join forces was evident at the conference as members vied for each other’s time across every aspect of the conference. “At the heart of Conqueror is mutual cooperation,” explained Torres. “Without it, the network simply would not function.” The 3-day conference provided over 1,600+ one-to-one meetings to enable members to strengthen this cooperation.
“One perk of Conqueror’s focus on cooperation, is that all the members do business with a give and take attitude,” said one member. “This cooperation is made even easier by each of us being the only agent in our city which, of course, cuts out all competition. What’s left is a desire to work together.”
Conqueror is aiming to set up an exclusive ‘virtual branch’ in each of the 472 major cities in the 175 countries it has identified. This is clearly one of Conqueror’s charms. “I can provide global coverage, under a common global brand as if I am part of a multinational and, more importantly, work with agents I trust,” said one satisfied delegate.
“Finding reliable agents takes time,” Torres explained. “Unfortunately we were forced to postpone the initial conference as we weren’t prepared for the 1,950+ applications received requesting membership. We weren’t willing to sacrifice the quality of our agents for an earlier conference.”
“Personally, I’m extremely impressed with the standard of freight forwarders Conqueror has represented here in Phuket. I don’t want to be part of a network with thousands of members. How would I know who the good ones were?” said one agent.
Torres declared the conference a success. “This first meeting gave our members the opportunity to meet in one place, at one time, with the cost of only one trip! In my opinion, it’s a low cost investment when compared to the potential business created.”
The “Virtual Multinational” now has agents representing 182 cities in 88 countries, and due to the determination shown by Conqueror’s agents during the meeting, they will reach its goal of covering the world’s 200 most important cities with quality agents within the coming weeks.