Metro has been shipping freight to, from and across Europe since 1981, using road, rail and short-sea services to create country and product-specific transport solutions. Our new Head of European Services, Matt Paxton-Rhodes, wants to make these award-winning solutions available to more shippers, in more verticals.
Metro’s European transport solutions are designed to meet the needs of individual customers, many of whom have entrusted the management and operation of their supply chain to Metro.
Safely, efficiently and cost-effectively, Metro plan and arrange the time-definite transport of components intra-Europe, and finished products from the manufacturer or producer, to their final point of use on the European continent.
The European team is experienced in orchestrating and overseeing the timely, cost-effective transport of goods to anywhere in Europe, using rail, short-sea and carrier partners’ modern fleet of vehicles. Designed to transport loads of any size and type, including out-of-gauge, refrigerated and automotive.
Metro’s new Head of European Services, Matt Paxton-Rhodes, has held senior executive roles with some of the biggest global carriers and forwarders, gaining an enviable breadth of experience, knowledge and contacts along the way.
It is a sign of Metro’s growth and stature, that a senior industry professional like Matt is excited by his move and the opportunity to transform the European product.
Matt is very clear on the factors that attracted him to Metro:
People – The passion of the senior team and their total commitment to customers and colleagues.
Power – The flat reporting structure and the empowering of management to make decisions gives Metro the agility to react quickly to customers’ needs. Now.
Product – Metro’s European product is established, proven and effective, with a distinct opportunity for replication in new verticals and geographies.
Platform – We will always provide all options and best fit recommendations – regardless of the requirement for overland trucking. Trade with our closest markets continues to change, almost daily – so do we with our solutions.
Despite only being with the business for less than a year, Matt has set his sights on some short term objectives.
“The Metro team has extensive knowledge of European transport and customs compliance arrangements, which means they are well experienced in providing the most appropriate solutions for transporting goods in the fastest, safest and most reliable ways, to deadline and including for JIT operations.”
“Having an established and effective core-product means that I can focus on building a dedicated team to increase capacity, by taking our best-practice and matching it closely to the needs of new verticals, on new routes.”
“Turkey, an increasingly popular location for near-shoring, is a good place to start as it is one of our most established routes and the potential for growth is immense.”
‘’Our brokerage team are market leading and cutting edge – the whole end to end piece is naturally part of the offer and it is a very compelling proposition that we design around our customers individual needs and requirements.’’