Hard to believe but half of the time is already over and we gathered so many impressions!
The week of college at Georgia Tech was very interesting: we got to know many new topics and processes which could be very helpful in our future. Even if it was hard sometimes to understand everything we had a lot of fun because of interactive methods which brightened up the week.
Moreover I am at Norton Lilly International for my internship since already 3 weeks. The shipping company in a small office with only 9 employees had a very warm welcome for me, it rules a very nice and funny working atmosphere.
During the first days they showed me all systems and I gained my own accesses so I can work with those by my own in the next weeks. As I helped explaining shipping terms to another new colleague in the accounting department in the first week, I finally got my own tasks in the second week: I prepared the files for the vessels, created new port calls in the system and edited custom documents.
The highlights of the week are always again the visits of the vessels. 3 times I went to the port, through a different and also a little more strict gate control to the vessels. On board we made the incoming or outgoing clearance for the vessels, exchanged documents and answered last questions about the port stay or the next voyage (funfact: one of the captains was German).
Next to all this work we enjoy the beautiful weather, make trips to the nice beaches and to the great cities, watch football games and lots of more. To summarize it: we try to gain a lot of new experiences and to discover and get to know the life of America.
In order to qualify for the course we had to work our way through a LEAP course, a kind of online course. This was scheduled for 40 hours, which we went through in the evening after work: Eight units about Supply Chain Management Principals, divided into Demand Planning, Supply Management and Procurement, Warehousing, Inventory, Manufacturing, Transportation Overview and Customer Service. 40 houirs later we all successfully completed the LEAP course and qualified for the college week.
Monday morning at 07:30 a.m.: We all met a little bit earlier to register at the secretary’s office. Then we werde accompanied to our interactive classroom, where we would spend the whole week from now on. After a small refreshment at the breakfast buffet, our course started directly. Our course leader was G’Sean Williams, who already has 20 years of professional experience in supply chain management and has completed several international deals in the field of logistics.
Monday and Tuesday were the days for quotation techniques and their processes. The bid package release process is divided into 12 steps, from requirements to supplier labeling. After we finishes class at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, we had a harbour tour on our program. Togehter with Iris we got a private tour through the Georgia Ports/Garden City Terminal. Savannah, in contrast to Hamburg for example has only one Terminal and thus Savannah is one of the most important and largest terminals in the U.S. The Tour was very interesting for everyone and we learned a lot of facts about the harbour. We were lucky and there were just many container vessels that werde loaded and unloaded.
Wednesday was generelly about contracts its structure and different parties. Then we talked more precisely about the terms and conditions in contracts and their different meanings. Thursday and Friday were devoted to the subject of negotiations. We discussed how these would work and what technique we could use to steer the negotioations in a desired direction. Furthermore, we examined our individual characters and their effects in negotiations. On Friday we were divided into two negotiationg groups and got a case that we negotiated. We ended our discussion with a win-win-situation and were able to use our learning material directly.
In summary the week at the Georgia Tech was a lot of fun through interactive learning and will bring us a lot for our future.
After a successful first week in Kennesaw with our Guest families and Host companies it took us (Chris and Marco) back to downtown Atlanta on Saturday the 28th September 2019 to represent the Joachim Herz Stiftung on a German-American Popup event.
The “ Wunderbar together / Germany and the U.S.” Popup Tour is an event to celebrate the German and American friendship and partnership with many different stops in cities all around the States. “Wunderbar together” managed to bring more than 350 Partners from all 50 States together to organize more than 2000 Events in different local communities.
Many German enterprises took part
in this project and set up information booths with different activities. They
expressed the importance of a partnership between Germany and the USA for a
future together and a strong business and cultural relationship.
To bring a bit of German culture to
the people of Atlanta, German Bratwurst and Beer was offered in the German beer
For our contribution to this event Iris Schultz introduced the Joachim Herz Stiftung and the program which sends young apprentices from Germany to the USA. After that she interviewed us where we expressed our motivation for coming to the US, our first impressions here and what we would like to achieve during our stay.Also on stage were different students and interns from the US who spend time abroad in Germany.
What we noticed was that the impressions the American students had of Germany were quite similar, almost interchangeable to ours here in the US, that everyone is so friendly and open minded which speaks great lengths for both our culture and friendship.
After the dialogue on stage we set up our own booth and answered more questions to anyone who was interested in talking to us. Interestingly a lot of US teachers were present and expressed their students desire to visit Germany as an exchange student, something we would greatly appreciate.
All in all, it was a successful and interesting event shaped by nice and friendly people and conversations in the middle of big Atlanta.
This was our motto on 19.09.19 when we all met at the airport already at 05:30 am. With some tears (especially the girls) finally all of us went through the security control very excited.
The first flight started at 07:30 am together with a hue group of japanese tourists, who entertained nearly the whole plane. From loud conversations to spreading japanese sweets (also to us)- everything was present and deflected the primary wrench.
The second flight was really relaxed ( in spite of the long time) because the seats were not fully taken so that everyone had much space (Chris had a whole row (4 seats) for himself so he could sleep very comfortable). After a warm welcome from Iris and Rebecca we all drove to our hotel in Atlanta and visited the rooftop of Rebecca’s apartment-complex for relaxing and also for preparing the kick- off- event the next day!
On Friday it said: Get up early and dress up! After an exciting, shaky MARTA-ride (subway in Atlanta) we went to our meeting in Metro Atlanta Chamber. Our group was welcomed by the director of the chamber and we heard some interesting presentations (e.g. of the vice president of Hapag Lloyd).
After that we had typical southern food for lunch together and changed our outfits because we were going to do a 3-hours touristic tour through Atlanta by foot. With our guide Dean we hiked through big hotels with balconies inside, visited the television transmitter CNN and climbed up to the Olympia- sign to create a cool but typical touristic photo.
For a great end Iris invited us to her roof- deck to finish the evening with pizza, funny conversations and a fantastic sunset.
Kind of turbulent and informative days- we are looking forward to many more!
On Thursday September 19th, our new Logistics cohort flew to Atlanta! They are getting ready for two months of internships in Savannah and Kennesaw, in the State of Georgia. We are looking forward to interesting blog posts and news from the group!