September’s Member Spotlight: DJ powers

What is your business industry category or specialty?  
Our company is a Licensed Customs Broker, Freight Forwarder, NVOCC, Domestic Transportation and Supply Chain Management company.
How do you describe your job to people outside the industry?
We handle global logistics and supply chain services for our customers with operations and suppliers around the world. This is in addition to providing US Customs clearance services for imports and forwarding services for export shipments. We also handle foreign to foreign shipments for US based companies who buy and sell outside the US. 
Who are your main competitors and what differentiates you from the competition? 
What makes you unique? 
Our main competitors are the globally based Customs Brokers/Forwarders. What differentiates us is our combination of international presence for single point management of global supply chains, our world class IT capabilities, along with our one-one relationship with clients, regardless of size. Our largest clients are especially pleased with the personal management of their shipments that we provide, something they cannot find with the giant, systems-driven logistics companies.  
How was the business started?
The business was started in 1930 by Dennis Powers in Savannah, Georgia. He was a Customs Broker clearing Jute and other bulk cargoes coming into Savannah. The company remains privately owned, with owners active in the company.
How many employees does the business have?  
Our Business has approximately 85 employees, 7 US offices and 4 overseas offices (Rotterdam and 3 in China)
How did you end up in Atlanta?      
We have an Atlanta office, located in College Park near the airport, but are headquartered in Savannah, where I am located. 
What is your number one business goal over the next year?   
Our business goal for the next year is to continue to seek out and recruit the next generation logistics managers to maintain our relevance in the industry by maximizing the role of technology in our daily operations. We are also looking to expand geographically.  
What is the best advice you have received regarding doing business with the Dutch?  
With our office in Rotterdam, we have taken advantage of our long time relationships with customers and vendors in the Netherlands. The Dutch people are more similar to Americans in attitude, work ethic and business than most other Europeans. They value face to face relationships, and long term commitments to their markets. The Netherlands is a great place for American companies wanting to establish a presence in the European market to open an office. The business laws and banking services are well established with their US counterparts, and the tax structure is straightforward.  
Any other personal information you would like to share, e.g. hobbies, special interests, family etc...
I have been a member of the Georgia District Export Council for over 30 years, and enjoy advising and assisting new to export/import companies.  I enjoy outdoor activities with my family. 
Contact Details:
Rhett Willis | President / CEO
DJ Powers Co., Inc  
5000 Business Center Drive, Suite 100
Savannah, Georgia, 31405, USA
Mob +1 (912) 234-7241

Office Locations:

Savannah (hdqtrs), Atlanta, Brunswick, Ga; Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Norfolk, Vir: Memphis, Tenn; Rotterdam, Netherlands, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen, China.
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