We have definitely have kept busy over these past couple days! Thursday, we went to Ceva Logistics, a multinational company that integrates end to end logistic solutions. They are one of the top five logistics companies in the world bringing in revenue of $8.5 billion per year. While we were there, we got to tour their offices and warehouse. The size of the warehouse was HUGE and I couldn’t believe how many little details went into ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Their office was actually located in what is called a “Logistics Park” which is a whole area of logistics companies and warehouses together. We had the opportunity to drive though the whole park and see the companies that had sites there. I recognized several companies like Nestle, Kimberly Clark, DHL etc. It really put into perspective how globalized these companies are and how much representation they have in the international market.
Next, we visited Copa Airlines, which is the major airline for Latin America. It was interesting to learn about their history and how they evolved from such a small business to now a dominating player in the airline market. Copa is one of the fastest growing and largest companies in Panama that employs over 9,000 people. They maintain their status as a top airline because of their on-time performance/punctuality and also their focus on smaller markets. They are also part of the Star Alliance which consists of 27 other major airlines around the world which gives them a competitive advantage. We learned about the importance of air freight and storing cargo on planes. It is a very intricate process that often times goes unnoticed.
Friday morning, we headed to the presidential palace for a tour, turns out it had been struck by lightning earlier so we couldn’t go in. We have tried to visit several times and it hasn’t worked out so I think it’s fate that we are not meant to be there. Sometimes this happens on study abroad trips but you just learn to roll with it! Friday afternoon was the first time we got to visit the Canal! We are spending most of next week there but got to have a first glimpse today. We looked at the Miraflores locks and saw the process of how ships move through the Canal. What amazed me the most was the fact that this complex process hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years. I am really excited to learn more in depth about the Canal and its expansion. We spent Friday evening touring Casco Viejo (aka the Old City) and went shopping at some great local places. Our group always has so much fun exploring together. Less than a week left…WHAT.
P.S. As you may have noticed, I’m in a phase of making all my blog titles in Spanish but my vocabulary is very limited…It will get better.
Visit to Copa Airlines!
First look at the Canal!