Inspired by 21 years of investment experience, Konstantinos Kazinakis, Chief Operating Officer for Toronto-based United Bunkers Investors Corporation, predicts industry sectors engaged in transportation of global goods are due to deliver improved performance. Relying on his deep knowledge from overseeing investment management transactions valued at close to $1.5 billion USD, Konstantinos Kazinakis is intent on providing comprehensive trade financing solutions, particularly for commodity and oil bunkering operations reeling under increased transportation costs.
Focusing on distance, density, and shipment size as major factors in driving up expenses related to transportation, an Oct. 2, 2016 article in CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly points to three resulting shifts in supply chain strategy. First, sourcing strategies are moving from offshoring to nearshoring to deliver products with reduced distances. Second, innovative redesign of packaging is shrinking unit size and weight, fitting more units into less space with less weight. Third, moving from a just-in-time strategy based on low inventory and frequent delivery, shippers are exploring shipment consolidation, employing a hybrid approach maximizing results from shared-route matchmaking, multiproduct containers, and intermodal transport options including rail and trucking.
Celebrated for efficiency and cost savings realized by shippers, these shifts present an opportunity for the transportation industry to explore supply chain practices featuring attractive, value-rich initiatives. Eric Olson, Senior Vice President of BSR, Business for Social Responsibility, highlights plausible initiatives that create value and provide data aimed at developing industry best practices. Through BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group, industry leaders have worked to standardize performance, streamline data requests, and share information, benefiting both shippers and providers through developments like the intermodal carbon calculator, which displays optimum dock-to-dock delivery footprints underscoring a variety of transport methods. Olson also cites the Sustainability Consortium, Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, and P&G’s Supplier Sustainability Scorecard as additional contributors to positive industry practices, improving both perception and performance.
Konstantinos Kazinakis has experienced more than two decades of success as an equity investment professional. Dedicated to identifying comprehensive trade financing solutions and specializing in oil bunkering & trading companies, United Bunkers Investors Corporation is supported by Financial Technology trade financing platform for a high technology solution to the global trade finance market, which is worth more than $ 4 Trillion US dollars a year, the gap is currently around $1.4 Trillion for the innovation in making trade financing more efficient and to protect against all risk. He is particularly skilled in oil and shipping company investment benefiting from debt restructuring of non-performing loans up to $1 billion USD. Dovetailing his industry knowledge with current economic and financial insight, his prediction for elevated performance by transportation suppliers embraces factors essential in realizing measurable improvement and recapturing business in the global goods transportation market.