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WTDC Newsletter - December 3rd, 2018
Holiday Hours of Operation:
Christmas: Dec. 25 Closed
New Year's: Jan. 1 Closed
U.S. and China Agree on 90-Day Tariff Truce
U.S. President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to
hold off on implementing additional tariffs that were slated to begin
January 1, 2019, during a dinner at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires this
The U.S. and China will use the next 90-days to negotiate disagreements on
issues such as agriculture and intellectual property. A White House
statement mentions that if an agreement is not made within the next
90-days, the 10 percent tariff will be raised to 25 percent.
CNBC: U.S., China won't impose additional tariffs after January 1
U.S., Mexico, & Canada Sign Revised Trade Agreement
On Friday, November 30th, the leaders of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.
singed a revised trade deal in Buenos Aires on the first day of the G-20
summit. The aim of this revised agreement is to improve "continental
commerce and making it easier for companies to move goods and supplies
across borders". However, the legislative bodies of these countries still
have to ratify the deal. Additionally, President Trump expressed his plans
to officially withdraw from NAFTA following the G-20 summit. For more
information click the links to the articles below.
USA Today: U.S., Mexico, Canada sign revised trade agreement
NY Times: Trump Says He Plans to Withdraw from Nafta
Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua Speaks on Corporate Health and Wellness Panel
On Thursday, November 29th, The Business Forum Group held its 'Doral Health
and Wellness All Star Showcase' and our Chairman Ralph L. Gazitua spoke on
a panel about WTDC’s Health and Wellness program. Mr. Gazitua explained how
these programs are essential for leading a balanced life while working in a
corporate work environment.
Left to Right, below: Peter De La Torre, President of The Business Forum
Group at Doral, Bernie Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health
Medical Group, Ralph L. Gazitua, Chairman of WTDC, and Bill Scott,
Executive Vice President of South Florida PBS.
New Intern Joins WTDC Team
Welcome to our new Spring Intern, Paolo Ariano, Florida International
University, 2019. He will be joining our Sales and Marketing department.
Mr. Ariano majors in Economics with a minor in Statistics. After graduating
he plans to attend Graduate school to pursue a MS in Finance and
International Real Estate at FIU. We are excited to have him as part of the
WTDC team! Next newsletter we will introduce Mr. Anthony Sleiman, another
FIU student, who will join us in Spring 2018.
The end of the fall semester results in 3 Student Interns leaving our
ranks. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to our
Interns: Ms. Gabriella Tejeda, University of Miami, Mr. Matias Pinochet,
FIU, and Mr. Jake Lipman, Ohio University. Mr. Lipman graduates next week
from Ohio! We look forward to hearing great things from all of them in the
Marcello Cardillo, our Customer Service Representative, will be studying
next year in Holland. Great adventures in academics and life await them all
and we are happy to be a part of their professional journey!
WTDC's Daniel Fajardo a guest speaker at FIU Language Day
WTDC Accounting specialist Daniel Fajardo was invited to speak at FIU
Language Day. He spoke about his experience learning different languages
like Portuguese and English at FIU. He discussed the necessity of being
multilingual in the logistics industry and how it has helped him succeed
WTDC Holiday Potluck
To kick off the holiday season, WTDC held a Thanksgiving potluck. Our
diverse staff brought together an assortment of culturally inspired dishes,
as well as traditional American Thanksgiving staples. In addition to our
lovely feast, we surprised WTDC Transportation Manager Castell Chavez with
a baby shower to celebrate her pregnancy.
Pajama Drive for His House
Please join WTDC as we support the children of His House Children’s Home
with our 4th annual Pajama Drive. We will be accepting donations of new
pajamas for children from the ages of newborn to 18. The drive will last
until December 14th, 2018. We hope to surpass last year’s donations and
provide even more pajamas for the children who need them most this holiday
June 1 may mark the official start of Hurricane Season, but anyone near Subtropical Storm Alberto's path through the Gulf of Mexico last week can tell you the storms don't wait for calendar reminders.
WTDC has updated its Hurricane Preparedness Guide for 2018. We recommend all customers keep a copy for future reference and those in hurricane prone areas review and create their own preparedness plans.
Miami-Dade County has now added an App (ReadyMDC on App Store) to its list of Hurricane Preparedness tools, as seen above. This is a useful tool to track storms and public resources available to Miami-Dade County residents in the event of an emergency.
While WTDC's infrastructure was not damaged by the record 2017 hurricane season, many of our staff and their families were affected. We will work with our employees and neighbors to supply Hurricane Readiness resources as we prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season.
WTDC Newsletter - April 30, 2018 New FEC President & CEO visits WTDC Foreign Trade Zone Sean P. Gazitua, WTDC President & CEO (pictured center-left), was honored to welcome Florida East Coast (FEC) Railwayâ??s new President and CEO, Nathan Asplund (pictured center right), to our Foreign Trade Zone on April 25. Mr. Asplund shared with us the new direction of FEC following its acquisition by Grupo MÃ©xico in July 2017. The company continues to build its volume for the rail spur into PortMiami, has multimodal partnership agreements throughout Florida and the East Coast, and maintains an extensive railway network in Mexico and Texas. Joining the meeting were FEC Executives David Banfield, Assistant Vice President - International Sales (pictured left), and Alberto Cabrera, Assistant Vice President - International Sales (pictured right). Sean P. Gazitua participates in first FIU Alumni Board of Directors meeting On April 25, WTDC President & CEO Sean P. Gazitua (pictured right of center) began his 10 year term on the Alumni Board of Directors for Florida International University. They voted on new business and discussed the upcoming fishing tournament. The meeting was a changing of the guard for two of his good friends. It was the last one overseen by outgoing FIU Alumni Board President Eddie Hondal, Senior Diabetes Specialty Professional, Eli Lilly Company, (pictured left of center) who was replaced by FIU Alumni Board President-Elect Michael Hernandez, Senior Vice President, Mercury Public Affairs (pictured left). Eddie, Michael, and Sean were all members of the same college fraternity at FIU, Sigma Phi Epsilon, as were the other Board members pictured above: Alberto Padron, CEO, Stinghouse, (pictured 2nd from left), Juan Carlos Alexander, President, LAS Worldwide, and Benjamin Sardinas, Managing Director, Healthcare MA. ProChile hosts delegation for eMerge Americas Congratulations to our friends at ProChile Miami who ended their week assisting 9 Chilean tech companies at eMerge Americas with a networking event sponsored by Sur Valles North America (Puerto Viejo and Toro de Piedra Wines). Pictured above, Left: Cristobal Toral, Managing Director Sur Valles North America, Center: Sacha Garafulic, Trade Commissioner, Trade Commission of Chile, ProChile Miami, Right: Sean Powers, Sales and Marketing Manager, WTDC. Second photo features Jaime Silva, Trade Manager, Pro Chile Miami. ProChile Luis Andre Gazitua headlines panel for Business Forum Group Miami based procurement lawyer and lobbyist Luis Andre Gazitua, Gazitua Letelier P.A., headlined the Young Pros Business multiplier hosted by The Business Group at Doral on April 26, 2018. The event took place at the studio of 880 AM The Biz and the discussion focused on entrepreneurs. Pictured above, Left: Luis Andre Gazitua, Gazitua Letelier, P.A., and Right: Pete De La Torre, The Business Forum Group at Doral. Sound Mind - Sound Body, WTDC embraces healthy workplace initiatives WTDC has implemented a Health and Wellness program over the past year. What began as a concept of creating a healthier work environment for WTDC has evolved into daily participation in healthy diet and exercise by WTDC employees and Tenants. WTDC continues its program as a drug free company and is now also a smoke free facility, with smoking cessation programs encouraged for its employees. Miami International Airport traffic numbers climb in 2018 Q1 "Miami International Airport got off to a strong start in 2018 with a 3.79-percent increase in passenger traffic and four-percent growth in freight tonnage through March, compared to the same period last year." - Miami International Airport press release, April 26, 2018 Click below to read the full press release from MIA MIA passenger, cargo traffic has fast start in 2018
WTDC evolves to better serve Free Trade Zone inventory management Lois Pasternak March 16, 2018 WTDC, a Foreign Trade Zone and Logistics company specializing in inventory management for the duty free and travel retail industry, now oversees FTZ inventory management for some of the largest portfolios in the Spirits industry. When WTDC president and CEO Sean P. Gazitua first visited the IAADFS Duty Free show in 2013, he was focused on meeting with his existing customers to review their Operations. "It seemed that everywhere we went, our current customers were introducing us to other suppliers," Gazitua said. "Almost all of them were having the same logistics obstacles that we were resolving on a day to day basis." The company began restructuring to better suit its spirits customers and their client base. WTDC developed spirits-specific standard procedures while considering distinct requirements for each customer. Technology and personnel would become the focus of WTDC's culture shift. Understanding the buying cycles of the duty free market and their need to consolidate orders was also critical. WTDC became a duty free marketplace of sorts, a location where buyers could purchase from multiple suppliers and consolidate under one roof. From COLA waivers and spirits samples to navigating intricate customs regulations for each country, it has been the challenges of its customers that have now become opportunities for the company. WTDC has evolved to provide complete global logistics solutions, elevating itself from a bonded warehouse to include Foreign Trade Zone, Air and Ocean Transportation, and Customs Brokerage services. A temperature control area was also built within the warehouse so customers could warehouse their liqueurs, cognacs, and champagnes alongside their other spirits inventory. Gazitua maintains a longstanding relationship with the developers of their warehouse management system. With his assistance, they built out new platforms and inventory control tools to manage spirits in a Foreign Trade Zone environment. Numerous EDI integrations added to his growing knowledge of systems and the importance of automated processes to facilitate orders and documentation. WTDC also invested in new servers, closed Wi-Fi networks, RFID scan guns, cloud server backups, and firewall technology. As WTDC maintains a robust Internship program with local universities, there were willing and able educated personnel ready to tackle new challenges. Among the processes introduced for the spirits market were KPIs and cargo verification, many of which were completed by the student Interns. Many of these interns that began with the company learning the ins and outs of cargo verification have now become valuable assets as part-time and later full-time employees. The company recently expanded its customer service department and continues to make efforts to streamline all logistics processes for its customers. "Last March we kicked off our 40th year in business and we've significantly grown our spirits customer base this year," WTDC president and CEO Sean P. Gazitua said. "We are excited about what the future holds for our company."