BREMEN: February 01, 2017. Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) is the moving force behind the launch of the Project Logistics Alliance (PLA) in December last year and now has 34 members representing a 50-country network.
According to the group, previous attempts to form similar networks have lacked knowledge and expertise due to a low threshold. PLA said it plans to avoid this problem with "strict entry-barriers and qualification requirements".
"Many networks are pay-to-join with uncapped numbers on membership that may result in exceedingly high memberships of unproven quality," it said.
Only members with a proven record of completed projects will be considered for membership with a cap of two per country - except in China, India and the U.S. "Single heavylift shipment on some container-flat are not considered Projects," the PLA warned.
The Alliance said it would not focus on "Apps, On-Line-Quotations for Projects, excursions, and annual meetings," and added: "We consider these things marketing gimmicks which are developed at the expense of the members and only generate marginal benefits."
Noting the PLA is different because it is run by "professionals for professionals", AGL and the other founding members consider the new venture "a real platform to generate more business for members".
Last month AGL opened an office in Milan to develop what it described as the second largest project logistics market in Europe.