Gabe Abastillas, Sales Manager, PCC Logistics/Oakland is reaching out to younger people in the maritime transportation and logistics business not just to encourage sales but also to encourage participation and job opportunities in the maritime and logistics industries.
Abastillas told AJOT that in his spare time he coordinates a local running club in Oakland and had sought to increase membership through a website and word of mouth but was still only attracting 15-20 runners. Then he discovered an App called “Meet Up” which he utilized to announce running events. Suddenly, his participants rose from 15-20 to over 100: “social media is how younger people communicate and how we need to reach them.”
At PCC, he says: “I specialize in over-dimensional sales, covering all areas of the business; including finance, compliance, project management, marketing, strategy, business intelligence, and more.”
He said his passions for sales “can be traced back to my pre-logistics days. From selling gym memberships right out of high school, to marketing and developing the Bay Area’s largest running club, I’ve been on a sales path from the start. The reason? I like getting people excited about things I’m excited about. Right now, that’s providing transportation solutions at PCC!”
At his office at 2498 West 16th Street Building 803 in Oakland, PCC provides the only examination facility for containers requiring U.S. Customs inspections. The Customs and Border Protection offices are located next door to the PCC offices.
Agricultural exports are big business for PCC. PCC provides high velocity transloads from railcars and trucks to export containers for refrigerated and frozen protein.
Abastillas says there is concern that the U.S. trade conflict with China could hurt agricultural exporters, truckers, logistics managers and the ports.
Trucking executives at the Port of Oakland say they have seen a noticeable slow down in business over the last month as higher tariffs begin to impact agricultural exports to China.
PCC’s examination facility handles about 200 transactions per day while the company’s two other facilities handle an additional 300 transactions per day for a total of about 500 per day.
PCC Logistics operates three Oakland facilities: