Meet Adam Smith, a valued member of the IFS team

Adam Smith, Customer Services, International Freight Solutions (IFS)Adam began working in transportation through an apprenticeship scheme upon leaving school and has racked up 15 years knowledge and experience in the industry, working in many different departments at Courier Logistics. He was grateful to receive two nominations whilst working there, attending both the junior business awards at Ponds Forge, Sheffield and the young achiever’s awards at Magna, Rotherham, which were in praise of his hard-work and dedication, going that extra mile within the workplace.

After working alongside Paul Johnson for a couple of years in the International department at Courier Logistics, Adam joined the new start-up business of International Freight Solutions in June 2016. Since working at IFS he has enjoyed learning about new country regulations and customs procedures. He especially enjoys the challenge of getting an enquiry about a far flung country he has never heard of before!

Adam’s other interests lie in a passion for photography and Italy. Where possible, he likes to submit his landscape photography to competitions and has been able to sell a couple to printing publishers for their magazine articles. His love of travel lead to his discovering some of the rural towns and cities of Italy, where he has had the opportunity to study Italian at the Istituto Italiano in Florence. Travelling to Italy has become an annual voyage for him, where he maps out new places to visit. He divides his holiday time between volunteering in Tuscany and Umbria, helping with local people and projects and was able to contribute towards the relief efforts for the recent Amatrice earthquake appeal.

Staff Profiles – Introducing… Ingrid

In the second part of our blog series on IFS staff profiles – here is Ingrid Kirkby, International Freight Consultant.

Ingrid, IFS Freight Consultant“My initiation into the logistics world started in 2001 when I joined the customer service department at TNT, having spent several years as a travel agent. We were responsible for both domestic and international shipments at the depot in Hellaby, Rotherham.

I joined Courier Logistics in 2007 as customer service manager and managed a team of customer service agents until 2017 when I joined International Freight Solutions. It’s a great company to work for and the days are never dull, we are dealing with different destinations around the world and learning lots of interesting information along the way. Our small team takes pride in ensuring we make the booking process as easy as possible for our customer, from initial enquiry right through to providing a proof of delivery.

Out of work I love my holidays, having travelled to Hong Kong and Majorca this year. Hong Kong was certainly a holiday of a lifetime and we were lucky enough to have Chinese friends there who were perfect guides and made sure we experienced the local culture. I even managed to bring back Green Tea Kit Kats for Paul and Adam – and they are actually green!”

Staff Profiles – Introducing… Paul Johnson

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing you to some of the friendly faces we have working hard behind the scenes at IFS.

Paul Johnson, Owner and Managing Director of International Freight Solutions (IFS)First up it’s our Owner and Managing Director Paul Johnson. Paul has been involved with Logistics and International Freight Forwarding for over twenty years. He helped establish Courier Logistics to become one of the largest courier companies in the region before forming International Freight Solutions in 2016.

Paul says “whilst nothing is ever guaranteed in transport, the biggest buzz I get is arranging a shipment from start to finish, fulfilling the client’s requirements and dropping them a line to confirm the delivery is complete. It doesn’t always go to plan of course but that is where we use our knowledge and experience to help resolve any issues quickly. IFS are here to take that headache away from you!”

Outside of work, Paul’s family life is pretty full on. A young family of 3 boys and 1 girl keeps him on his toes. During the week if he is lucky he gets maybe 1 hour at the end of the day to chill!

Interesting Fact about Paul….
Paul once spent a night in the jungle on the Galapagos Islands having got lost on a trip up a volcano! (This was pre-children).