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  • "ShipServ is a vital tool for us as a leading European ship chandler and we need to be highly visible in the ports we serve as it is used by all the leading shipping companies."

    George Saris, President
    Atlas Ship Chandlers

  • "We started to use TradeNet just to save time and stop manual typing of orders, but now we get other substantial benefits including vital benchmark data on suppliers’ response times that help us in all our negotiations."

    Knut Ove Thuland Hansen, Purchasing Manager

  • "Time is the biggest saving through ShipServ. We have detailed data that tells us that the amount of time we spend per vessel each week has dropped from 9.2 hours to 7.9 hours."

    Richard O'Malley, Purchasing Supervisor
    Crowley Maritime

  • "Encouraging our suppliers to adopt the e-commerce platform has been well worth the effort. We have reaped significant cost savings from streamlining our purchasing processes."

    Charles Ong, Purchasing Manager
    Keppel Shipyard

  • "Since joining ShipServ in 2012, we have gained 7 new clients in 18 months. It has helped our company be seen in the international shipping market as both ShipServ Pages and TradeNet are used by many different shipping companies and it also speeds up the process between buyer and supplier."

    Valeria Assandri,Machinery & Replacement Parts S.r.l

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3 June 2009

Join us on the ShipServ LILO

An article in the London Evening Standard this week discussed the LILO generation – the twenty-something entrepreneurs behind the recent round of technology start-ups.

Why “LILO”? Well it stands for “a Little In, for a Lot Out” and summarizes that, with current advancements in technology, its never been easier to get an idea off the ground and turn it into a successful business in a relatively short period of time. The article went on to describe the 2009 LILOs as being less naive than, say, the dotcom era and more prepared to work harder to create streamlined organisations.

We were really flattered to be mentioned in the article by our friends at First Tuesday (we won the FT Award recently) – as an example of a smart company with smart ideas, but underpinned by hard work and pragmatism. In some ways we agree with the LILO concept – but not because we’ve pounced on an idea that has been a success overnight. We’ve had to work hard at bringing success to the market, taking 9 years to nurture and build our community of 130 ship owner/managers/yards and 27,000 suppliers.

No, we believe we actually bring the concepot of LILO to the shipping industry itself. As, for very “Little In” in terms of effort (a few days’ implementation with no business disruption) and cost (a few hundred dollars per ship per month) we can help our customers get “a Lot Out” –  savings anywhere between 5% and 20% of their operational costs. Which for a manager of 20 ships can equate to up to $2.4m in savings each and every year.

So all hail LILO for the industry! But ShipServ itself a LILO? LOL!

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