DAILY MEMPHIAN | FEBRUARY 14
Chrissy Geibel, COO of Memphis-based logistics company Dunavant Enterprises Inc., doesn’t foresee an immediate fix to the global supply chain crisis, which in 2021 resulted in worldwide shortages of goods and cargo ships stranded at port.
“I think this year is going to be very similar to last year,” Geibel said. “Maybe there’s a little more capacity in certain ports and areas, but I don’t think the overall problem is going to be solved this year.”
To help alleviate a hardship that could affect logistics well into 2023, Dunavant decided to move forward with pursuing Mexico operations, something it hasn’t had since 2010.
“We are proud to make a major commitment to our customers through Dunavant’s new cross border operation,” said William B. Dunavant III, president and CEO of Dunavant Enterprises.
“While this is a new development for Dunavant, Mexico has been a long-term strategy,” he said. “Since experiencing continuous port congestion and issues with China — all amplified and accelerated by the pandemic — this came to the forefront as our next strategy play.”
Dunavant will now offer logistics services to companies trying to navigate the supply chain crisis at the border of the U.S. and Mexico.
Currently, Dunavant has border operations at locations including Laredo, El Paso and Brownsville, Texas, as well as San Diego, California, to list a few.
“Dunavant already has a strong presence in Texas,” Geibel said. “We run about 150 trucks through Houston, Pasadena and Dallas. We also have about a million square feet of warehouse space in the Pasadena area, so it’s already a big footprint. The addition of cross-border and Mexico operations were complementary additions.”
In Mexico, Dunavant operates in Ensenada, Altamira, Veracruz, Manzanillo, the Mexico City Airport, the Guadalajara Airport and the Monterrey Airport.
“Mexico has become a key area for us to position ourselves,” Geibel said. “We’re providing a supply chain alternative — a new way to come up with creative solutions to get their product where it needs to be and on time. Cross-border and intra-Mexico operations coupled with our technology and transparency allow customers to experience a full scope of logistics services under the Dunavant umbrella.”
Dunavant also announced the additions of Johnny Araiza, vice president of Cross Border and Mexico Operations and Cruzberto Ortega, director of Business Development and Procurement for Cross Border and Mexico Operations.
Araiza has specialized in cross-border and intra-Mexico operations for 27 years before joining Dunavant. After six years located in Durango, Mexico, Araiza moved to Laredo, Texas, where he currently resides and is expanding the new Dunavant division.
“We are focused on eliminating the complexities that come with managing freight operations and providing a dependable end-to-end solution for cross-border and intra-Mexico operations,” Araiza said.
Services Dunavant plans to offer through its Mexico-based operations include: