Global4PL is a leading supply chain solutions provider that specializes in helping companies penetrate new regional markets, optimize their supply chain delivery models, and lower their supply chain costs. The organization delivers with quick payback innovative, software-backed solutions to its global customer base.
The company’s international team of industry veterans have an accomplished track record of delivering results. Global4PL deploys on-site experts in import/export compliance and trade law, multi-mode transportation and 3PL negotiations, and global supply chain operations management.
It delivers best-in-class, end-to-end solutions backed by lean process improvement techniques and laser-focused software analytics.
The Dynamic Leader
Sergio Retamal, whose career spans a massive 29 years in procurement and supply chain management, is the CEO of Global 4PL. Sergio’s professional experience includes management roles in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
He has been widely recognized for his accomplishments. Some of these accolades include recognition in the Top 50 Most Admired CEOs of 2017 and inclusion on Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s Pros-To-Know from 2007 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2017.
Sergio has also been profiled on the covers of Technology Headlines Magazine and Logistics Tech Magazine in 2017, and by Hispanic Magazine Executive in 2015.
Most recently, Global4PL was awarded with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Much of this can be owed to the unwavering contributions of Sergio and his team of professionals.
Additionally, Sergio is the CEO of POHorizon, a global trade compliance SaaS company that helps small to midsize companies improve compliance and navigate complex global customs and regulatory environment. Prior to Global4PL and POHorizon, Sergio gained considerable experience managing logistics and import/export teams in both established and early-stage companies.
He has led global logistics for several Fortune 100 companies and even taught logistics and held board positions in the California State University system. Sergio is frequently invited to speak at domestic and international logistics forums, and has shared his perspective at the World Development Congress in Hong Kong.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Change Management from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. He earned both a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in International Business and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from California State University, Northridge.
Extensive Range of Services
Global4PL’s array of services set it apart from the competition. They are offered in a plug-and-play model to help companies grow internationally, and include consulting, complete supply chain management, customs brokerage, transportation management, and trade law services.
The company’s software ensures trade compliance as well as the visibility of orders and raw supply. On-site personnel are available to support and run operations, in addition to in-country support needed to be successful beyond national borders.
Clients benefit from an array of different skills and resources working simultaneously that keep costs low while maintaining compliance. Global4L’s services include:
Ÿ IOR/EOR: A global program that enables U.S.-based companies to export non-revenue international shipments to other countries without paying the taxes and duties associated with a Temporary Import License. Acting as the client’s in-country legal entity, Global 4PL can support the client’s sales and customer service departments with pre-sale marketing material and demo product shipments while also allowing the company to keep spares inventory near end-customer sites to support quick-turn repairs.
Ÿ Consulting: Global4PL’s Supply Chain Consulting services are flexible to the requirements of small and large organizations, high-tech and non-high-tech. It can create, implement or simply conduct a review of a client’s Supply Chain organization in benchmarking, cost analysis, operations, etc.
Ÿ Trade Compliance: Global4PL is an award-winning consulting firm that has developed its own SaaS tool. Trade Compliance services are at the core of what it does, and it helps businesses of all sizes implement and improve their import and export compliance programs.
Ÿ Trade Law: Global4PL’s Legal Division helps clients manage risks and maximize opportunities associated with the CBP/BIS audit of their international trade in goods and services. The organization’s practice, centered in Silicon Valley and extending across the globe, provides a wide range of services designed to match the scope of global trade regulation and answer the needs of its clients.
Ÿ Customs Brokerage: Global4PL offers a comprehensive range of Customs Brokerage services for importers and exporters which go far beyond what other brokers provide.
Ÿ Technology Solutions: Global4PL provides a suite of professional services to ensure that its customers can succeed at implementing new IT and business initiatives. The organization focuses on SCM/Asset Management/CRM implementations and provides support in three key areas: Implementation, Development and Integration services.
The Game-Changing Amazon Effect
Global4PL recognizes that the global logistics landscape is undergoing massive transformation, largely fueled by the “Amazon effect”, where clients demand services and products be delivered in the shortest possible time.
This demand opens a treasure trove of possibilities as well as challenges for manufacturers. Traditionally, manufacturers had to choose between one and three global legal entities that allowed them to conduct business in other countries. Many were dependent on Value Added Resellers (VARs) who managed their operations in those countries, acting as a liaison between them and the end customer.
With the emergence of cloud computing, that time-tested sales channel model is no longer effective.
As an example, consider a Fortune 1000 company that purchases a security appliance for global use. They expect to interface with one entity, which is the appliance manufacturer, and not many of the different VARs that are region dependent. The security appliance company must then be able to fulfill this order around the globe, often shipping not to an OEM’s facility, but to a colocation data center.
These shifts in customer practices are creating a perfect storm that requires an economical way to deliver products globally without channel support. International trade is ripe with opportunities for those who can nail down the logistics of moving products internationally in a predictable, compliant, and cost effective way.
Helping Clients with Massive Coverage and Dedicated Employees
Doing business with Global4PL comes with several benefits, some of which are as basic as having the local representation of a USA-based corporation with coverage over 85 countries.
Global4PL also has the right mix of expertise to deliver trade compliance, customs brokerage, Importer of Record (IOR), Exporter of Record (EOR), transportation services and a full suite of supply chain services.
In one word, the organization can take care of all its customer’s global needs with full compliance and with an award-winning team.
Global4PL’s employees are eager to be part of every client’s logistics journey and to help them grow and become more competitive. Its customized approach makes the crucial difference when it matters.
The Challenge of Escalating Products and Services
One of the biggest challenges for Global4PL has been to escalate its products and services to support a customer base spread over more than 85 countries. The coverage has to be both efficient and cost-effective while maintaining the focus on customers’ needs which lies at the core of Global4PL’s values.
Global4PL’s IOR expertise is sought by a growing number of clients, including large corporations that see the risk of importing into other countries. They are drawn by its services compliance with worldwide regulations and the range of services which address the needs of a global supply chain.
Global4PL’s success is driven by its ability to help customers navigate the difficulties of doing business globally and to help them succeed. The company only considers a project successful if the customer’s business grows and it achieves the best and most efficient global footing.
Global4PL’s takes pride in capitalizing on opportunities provided by customers, as well as the opportunities that it has opened to them.
The company is currently working on expanding its global footprint. Within the next few years, they plan to expand from covering 85 countries to over 140. It is what Global4PL’s customers want.