Adam Langston founded Atlanta, Georgia – based Access Worldwide in 1999 and has been leading the logistics company as CEO ever since.
Going forward, Langston will be Chief Commercial Officer for Passport Shipping. It’s a company he’s had his eye on since California-based Passport got its start in 2017. “Since its inception,” he tells the press, “I've been really impressed with Passport's business and, candidly, have always viewed them as a company that would be a great-fit partner.”
He sees the acquisition as an opportunity to merge Passport’s next-gen approach to logistics with the valuable relationships and expertise Access Worldwide has cultivated over the years. “This acquisition,” explains Langston, “enables us to bring key pockets of expertise and industry relationships to a business that's poised for long-term category leadership.”
Access Worldwide and Passport Shipping deal expands services for beauty brands
Those Access Worldwide relationships and expertise add to the Passport business and give the Passport team access to “critical first-mile trucking providers and customs brokers to build out and optimize a global supply chain that [can help] drive a better customer experience and cost structure,” according to today’s press release.
As Passport CEO Alex Yancher tells it, the acquisition “is great news for the customers of both companies as it provides value-added capabilities and services to each.”
“By combining our capabilities,” he says, “we'll be able to elevate the quality of our products, gain access to better shipping rates and expedite transit times.”
It’s a deal that will undoubtedly impact beauty. Access boasts prominent cosmetics and personal care brands among its ecomm / 3PL clients including, Coty’s Kylie Cosmetics and P&G’s Native Deodorants.
In fact, the Native brand is featured on the Access site as a successful international shipping client case study. That case study info touts “high-touch support” for consumer shipping questions, “no dead tracking numbers,” “last-mile delivery information,” and “proactive notifications” that lowered “return-to-sender shipments by 75%.”