Speaking with ... Javier Moré, Managing Director of Nippon Express Spain

INTER-TRANSPORT 10 7 / 14-11-2016

Bilbao.- The first non-Japanese Managing Director of Nippon Express of Spain, recently joined the company, is a 41-year-old from Madrid, who has been dedicated during 18 years to several logistics and freight companies, last five in Mexico and Chile.

His visit to the company’s offices “is being very stimulating”, a company so big, born in Japan and with more than 60,000 employees, which has been established in our country for 28 years and has reached a defined maturity point. But "there is still a long way to go": this is the challenge Moré faces.

How do you face your incorporation to this particular multinational group?

It is a challenge. It is about keeping a deep respect for historical businesses
of the company, especially in the trade with Asia, and opening the market to the rest of the world. Spain, because of its geographical and relational situation, has business and investment partners in Latin America, Europe and the United States, a factor that we must take advantage of.

Nippon Express is a successful company, among the four major 3PLs in the world, and in our country we have to rely on that network to grow in a more diversified way.

Nippon Express has a particular working philosophy ...

The company is closely linked to exclusivity, quality and rigorous commitment to compliance.
It's in our DNA. The development of quality in the service that our customers have with Japan is well implemented and now it is a question of replicating this service for the rest of the world.

In our catalog we offer conventional air, sea and land transport services, as well as specialized logistics services, customs services, customs warehouses and special projects departments.

Your company has offices in Barcelona, ​​Bilbao and Madrid. Are there expansion plans in our country?

A company like Nippon Express always has to consider this possibility. In Spain, the productive areas are very localized and the distances have been shortened by infrastructures and technology. However, this is a people business, where it is necessary to live the logistic experience first hand. Therefore, we are not closed to expand with more branches. In the future we can see the possibility of extending to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands as a launching pad for Africa.

What is the size and areas of action of Nippon Express today?

In Barcelona we have our biggest logistics infrastructure, and it is in Madrid that we have more than considerable development capacity. In these two cities we have customs warehouses equipped with innovative security systems, ensuring agility in the flow of goods, quality for the customer. Regarding Bilbao, as the center of attention of the Cantabrian Cornice, it has an important capacity in the increase of the maritime business.

Javier More Presidente Nippon Express

What are the main challenges facing Nippon Express?

One of my missions is to position Nippon Express outside the stereotype of "Japanese company doing business with Japanese", but we offer services with guarantees to many other points in the world, such as Latin America or the United States, and we can take advantage of the communication channel already opened and well exploited by our group.
We are going to diversify the portfolio of services and clients into a global strategy, shifting one more gear.

What is your assessment of the new regulations that affect the sector?

They will be positive as long as they affect safety, both human and property, and the agility that is expected in administrative procedures. It is essential to correctly implement the regulations, for which we in Nippon Express are very rigorous, and also with the effective communication to our customers. We have to be the mirror where other high-growth countries, where there are anachronistic figures that cripple competitiveness look at.

How do alliances, mergers, acquisitions affect your market?

It is a cyclical movement and we must assume that there will be more mergers in the future. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a diversification strategy to face new scenarios, minimize risks. The freight forwarder is the most sensitive part to these movements, so we rely on the safeguard of the official organisms to protect the client. But, as a precaution, we must also build strong alliances with our partners.

About Brexit ...

We understand that it will not have short-term consequences and, when it is effective, there will be so many exceptions, and it will be delayed so much in time, that the impact will be very low.