Benefitting from the power of a global purchasing association without losing authority and independences is thus far an illusion, primarily for small and medium-sized shipping agents in the highly competitive sea freight business. Not with XSTAFF, your network organization for beneficial cargo owners (BCO).

As a competent, experienced partner for logistic questions and trade matters, we make sure that you, as a little fish, also benefit from the protection of the school and successfully reach your goal on stormy seas.

News

New network partner on board

XSTAFF’s BCO network continues to grow. Pursuant to an agreement dated March 14, 2018, the Spanish textile company Mango joined the network. For Paco Fernandez, Transport Director of Mango, the company has thus taken another important step toward a successful future. “The innovative bundling concept with its reliable framework conditions provides us not only with planning reliability and costing certainty but, being part of a strong network, we will also be able to negotiate better financial terms in the future. We are therefore glad that we have found a competent and experienced partner with CROSS X STAFF, who will accompany us on our further journey.”

Who is STAFF?

Bundling concept ensures planning security

Easy handling, clear structures: an idea that was the focus when XSTAFF was founded in October 2016, and has since been further refined. As a central contact and coordination site, we bundle our network partners’ transport volumes, conduct negotiations with shipping companies on their behalf, and pay intensive attention to organizing the supply chain. We provide you with competent, comprehensive consultation on the topic of supply chain management, thus ensuring reliable and calculable framework conditions.

The XSTAFF SCM System

We optimize your supply chain

To make sure your goods and commodities reach their goal quickly and reliably, the supply chains need to interlock smoothly. To meet this requirement, we’ve developed the XSTAFF SCM system. The optimized order and supply chain management system doesn’t just have an integrated order, freight tariff management, and container stowage module – thanks to internationally recognized IT security standards, it also stands for high data quality. All services are supported by proprietary, cloud-based SCM software that is constantly being updated and improved.

Services

Integrated logistics services from a single source

XSTAFF offers it network members a complete and high-quality service portfolio, from procurement support and consultation on distribution logistics, all the way up to customs processing and reverse logistics. Whether as a modular, individual service or a custom, complete solution, we make sure that your goods and commodities reach their destination reliably and punctually. Thanks to open communication and ongoing information, you always know where your cargo is currently located, and thus can react to any disruptions quickly and flexibly.

Customers statements

“By joining the BCO network of CROSS X STAFF on March 14, 2018, MANGO has taken another important step toward a successful future. The innovative bundling concept with its reliable framework conditions provides us not only with planning reliability and costing certainty but, being part of a strong network, we will also be able to negotiate better financial terms in the future. We are therefore glad that we have found a competent and experienced partner with CROSS X STAFF, who will accompany us on our further journey.”

Paco Fernandez

Transport Director, Mango - Spain

“Naturally, we are closely observing all current developments in container shipping and see the risk of the general financial conditions getting even worse in the future. In order to prevent this, we are focussing on new and future-oriented strategies, but most of all on competent and reliable partners that support us on a regular basis throughout the year.

With Bodo Knop we have won over a experienced industry expert whose consolidation concept completely convinced. I am convinced that this collaboration will help us to overcome the challenges of the future.”

Andre Ceron

Director Supply Chain, Colruyt Group

“XSTAFF is headed by Bodo Knop, the company’s founder and a personality who not only has extensive market and industry knowledge and an excellent network of contacts but is also more familiar with COOP’s specific requirements than anyone else thanks to his successful and longstanding collaboration with us. This extensive know-how, coupled with XSTAFF’s proven consultancy expertise in all areas related to logistics, makes the young company the ideal partner for us in the current climate. It ensures that our products and goods are transported sustainably, reliably and on the best possible terms from the Asian suppliers to the European distribution centres.”

Beat Hirschi

Head of Transport, COOP

Associations are based on the principle of cooperation. “SynLOG” – the voluntary, associated logistics initiative of the suppliers of DIY stores and garden centers – stands under the heading “bundling benefits – taking advantage of opportunities”. In an increasingly challenging market environment for container freight, we see strong alliances among shippers as the strategic answer for the future. Bundled volumes mean more reliability in supply. The cooperative collaboration of shippers from trade and industry needs a qualified and experienced service provider with a focus on operational bundling. With XSTAFF and Bodo Knop we have found the right partner to seize the advantages of a large BCO network for the benefit of all shippers.

Norbert Lindemann

Vice General Manager, Manufacturers’ Association House & Garden e.V., Carrier Association SynLOG