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Issue 6 2014 - Freight Business Journal


Freight audit & pay specialist buys rival’s operation in Europe

Freight audit and payment

provider enVista has opened a Europe, Middle East and Africa office at Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool by effectively taking over

the EMEA representative

office formerly operated by rival company nVision. Indianpolis-headquartered

EnVista has bought nVision Ltd, which was a separate stand-alone company and is rebranding it as enVista. It will offer the full range of enVista services, which include sophisticated integrated warehouse and transport management suites, as well as traditional freight audit and pay services. All staff at the Ellesmere Port

office will be offered positions and former nVision Ltd owner Dominic McGough will become managing partner in the new company. He brings over 20 years of experience in freight invoice audit and payment and will run enVista’s EMEA operations, including its 20-person multi- lingual staff. Nvision Ltd terminated its agreement to represent its US-

based parent company on 31 August but its parent company moved swiſtly to fill the gap by opening a replacement office in Europe. Nvision senior vice president, global sales and marketing, Keith Snavely said: “nVision Global Technology Solutions, Inc. has opened a new European full service processing centre in Maastricht, Netherlands.” This would continue to provide customer service. It will be managed by Dennis Mengham, who comes to nVision Global from NCR Corporation with over 15 years of Global Freight Audit & Payment experience. Snavely added: “The

Maastricht office will be the perfect compliment to nVision Global’s three other corporate owned, full service processing centres in Atlanta, San Jose, Costa Rica and Ningbo in The People’s Republic of China. In addition to these full service processing centres, nVision Global also maintains a number of support centres throughout Europe and Asia that allow nVision Global to provide a one-stop, single source

solution with a single, global data warehouse to better manage their global supply chains.” However, Pieter Kinds, director

of global account management and sales at another freight audit and pay company, Netherlands- headquartered ControlPay, complained: “nVision is busy buying our staff in Ukraine and is planning on setting up an office there instead.” He predicted that nVision’s Maastricht office would in fact end up as a front a much larger operation in the troubled East European country, which has been a popular location for ‘back room’ freight audit and pay operations. ControlPay has had operations

in Kiev for 10 years, a region has not been directly involved in recent events in the country though staff have obviously been affected by development elsewhere. Freight audit and pay (FA&P)

services, although a long- established feature of the North American industry, are a relatively new phenomenon in the UK and European market. Traditionally, FA&P providers kept track of

Row brews in Brussels as truckers sleep

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has criticised some EU member states for insisting that drivers take their statutory weekly rest outside their truck cabs, claiming that it is a protectionist measure. It follows France’s adoption of a law imposing fines of €30,000 on companies, and up to a year’s imprisonment for drivers, who take their weekly rest in sleeper cabs and Belgian legislation imposing fines of up to €1,800 on drivers for similar infringements. IRU described the sanctions as disproportionate and an attempt to protect national markets. The issue was raised at a Transport Council working

oſten complex freight billing for companies that lacked their own specialist staff, checking that freight invoices had been made out correctly. However, FA&P companies have increasingly offered more sophisticated supply chain management and analysis services, while retaining their freight auditing functions.

group in late June, when several member states also questioned the legality of the sanctions. Current EU legislation states

that daily and reduced weekly rest periods away from base may be taken in a vehicle, as long as it has suitable sleeping facilities for each driver and the vehicle is stationary but this apparently allows national authorities to interpret what is meant by suitable sleeping facilities. Most trucks used in long distance haulage are fitted with sleeper cabs. Drivers resting up in truck

parks and lay bys for long periods are a common sight on the roads

enVista president and CEO

Jim Barnes said, “We are very excited to expand our global presence and improve our ability to serve companies worldwide with global freight invoice audit and transportation spend management requirements. enVista has some of the deepest freight invoice audit and payment

of Europe, especially those from eastern Europe. Forcing them to seek a hotel bed for one or more nights could impose significant increased costs on such operators. Given the lack of secure truck parking in much of Europe, many would also object to the security implications of drivers being forced to abandon their vehicles for long periods. However, Gilles Savary,

the former MEP who draſted the French legislation was unrepentant, saying that he was determined to stop the exploitation of low-cost labour and would continue his lobbying efforts with the European Commission.

expertise in the industry.” enVista’s managing partner,

transportation solutions, Stephen Craig, added: “enVista is heavily investing in expanding not only our presence to serve the market worldwide but also in our myShipINFO global freight audit and payment solution.” (See feature, page 22)

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