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APL forms alliance with Japanese logistics firm


SINGAPORE — APL Logistics has formed an alliance with Japan’s Sumitomo Warehouse Co. to jointly market global supply chain services.

Under the agreement, Osaka-based Sumitomo will offer its warehousing and other logistics capabilities in Japan to APL Logistics customers. APL Logistics, part of Singapore’s NOL Group, will make its global services available to Sumitomo customers. The alliance partners have said they will jointly market services and offer preferential rates to clients.

“We’re delighted with this alliance because it dramatically strengthens the capabilities of both organizations,” said Jim McAdam, president of APL Logistics.  “What’s more, it permits us to support each other through business leads and joint sales efforts with a broad international client base.”

“Our aim is to optimize our customers’ total supply chain,” said Shoichi Abbe, president of Sumitomo. “Through this alliance we can better provide them logistics strategies and efficient logistics services from a global perspective.”