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How To Transform Your Supply Chain With 3PL Brisbane

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 09-Dec-2016 14:20:10

The supply chain of any business acts as a system, which facilitates the timely delivery of goods to customers. To deliver products within the committed timeframe, this system should be efficient and error-free. The supply chain system consists of many functions including international freight forwarding, custom clearance, warehousing, transportation, manpower and information management. To ensure all these functions perform perfectly, one needs to have in-depth knowledge and expertise. Knowledge and expertise come by spending time and energy focused on learning and having expert resources within the organisation.

At the initial stages of building a business, these functions may have been developed in-house. As a business grows and begins to scale up, to maintain the desired level of expertise, it will need to invest a significant amount of time and energy in building supply chain functions along with its core competence. This is where it starts getting difficult and becomes more challenging. The supply chain may start faltering and the desired results become difficult to achieve. If you are facing this challenge as a CEO or Operations Manager, it can be worthwhile to look for an alternative and collaborate with a 3PL in Brisbane or another city in Australia to transform your supply chain and quickly move ahead of your competition.

Read on to learn how alignment with a provider of 3PL Brisbane can eliminate supply chain challenges and assist you in transforming your supply chain system.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Sea Freight Australia: Learn How to Get the Most out of It

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 02-Dec-2016 13:41:10

CEOs and Operations Mangers in Australia understand that sea freight is the most economical transportation mode for their international freight imports and exports. To get the most out of your sea freight and overcome the compromises made due to the longer transit time, it is essential for CEOs and Operations Managers to get the most out of their sea freight operations to and from Australia.
Outsourcing your sea freight operation to an experienced and established freight forwarder is one of the best strategies that will assist with better decision making and allow you to get most out of their sea freight operation. Other tips include choosing the best option between FCLs and LCLs, signing an annual contract with your freight forwarding provider and planning in advance.

Read on to quickly learn more detail on these tips so that you can get the most out of your sea freight operations to and from Australia.

Topics: Sea Freight

Air Freight: 3 Frequent Challenges and Solutions

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 23-Nov-2016 10:10:22

Air freight is the fastest, most reliable and better serviced compared to other modes of transportation. Despite higher costs, air freight is preferred for critical and high value shipments even though there are challenges. These challenges include cargo restrictions, limited action time, frequent rate changes and the possibility of heavy detention and demurrage costs even for smallest of mistakes. Leading Supply Chain and Operations managers in Australia know that knowledgeable air freight forwarders such as BCR understand these challenges and have the expertise in-house to manage them, proactively. Collaborating with experienced air freight forwarders can assist in developing solutions to the frequently faced challenges and assist their customer in fulfilling the order perfectly.

Read on to learn 3 frequent challenges faced with international air freight and how these challenges can be resolved promptly with the assistance of an efficient air freight forwarder.

Topics: Air Freight, Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

Learn How to Strengthen Your Supply Chain with Efficient Freight Forwarding

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 18-Nov-2016 13:59:44

A freight forwarding operation is a combination of international transportation (sea freight, air freight and domestic freight) custom clearance, and short term 3PL warehousing services. Throughout the supply chain, a product is in transit for close to 90% of the total cycle. This means that efficient management of your freight operation positively contributes to achieving higher order fulfilment. Mismanagement, on the other hand, can lead to erratic supply chain flow, resulting in missed timelines and unhappy customers.

Efficient management of all freight forwarding tasks, including transportation, customs clearance, air freight and sea freight documentation, government rules and regulations, strengthen the supply chain by delivering the product in a timely manner. This will avoid unnecessary costs and anxiety to Operations and Logistics managers. This efficiency also assists in optimizing inventory levels, reducing demurrage and detention, an increased order fulfilment rate and assists with cost reduction.

Read on to learn how you can strengthen your supply chain through efficient freight forwarding and the role of an efficient freight forwarder in achieving this.

Topics: Freight & Transportation

Update: Peak Season Continues for Sea Freight China to Australia

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 10-Nov-2016 16:20:40

How has the Hanjin crisis impacted on the market for sea freight forwarding between North East Asia and Australia? Why and how is this year's peak season so different to previous years? What future dates should you ne aware of to not be hit by excessive freight forwarding bills? Numerous influences are currently exerting leverage on the North East Asia to Australia trade lane, especially on sea freight from China, South Korea and Japan to Australia. The marathon towards Christmas has long begun but this marathon very likely won't end with the Christmas holidays.

Read on to learn more details on rate rises, carrier capacity, delays and important dates for early 2017. Find out how you can prepare your business for these rate peaks and the Christmas Holidays.

Topics: Sea Freight

4 Little Known Facts about Providers of Third Party Logistics

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 03-Nov-2016 16:25:00

Third party logistics providers manage logistics including 3PL warehousing and freight forwarding for their customers and add value with their experience and knowledge. However, many business managers are less informed when it comes to the full suite of service offerings from 3PL providers. This means that they are either hesitate in collaborating with third-party logistics providers or do not gain the maximum value from the 3PL relationship. There are many little known facts about what full service 3PL providers offer. Some of these include having a ready to go experienced work force, having an organised culture forced on delivering for business customers, having a global presence and providing customers with the latest technologies, advanced infrastructure, value added services and being a one-stop shop. Knowing these facts can assist you in your outsourcing decision and provide better alignment with your third-party logistics providers.

Read on to learn 4 little known facts about 3PL providers that can benefit your business.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

How to Select Reliable International Sea Freight Carriers (That Actually Deliver)

Posted by Helia Leighton on 26-Oct-2016 15:56:37

If there is one thing the Hanjin bankruptcy made clear to freight forwarding companies and shippers, it is the vital importance of market intelligence and careful selection of international sea freight carriers. Hanjin’s low rates on selected routes made it an attractive proposition on face value, however when the company went to the wall, the resulting damage to some companies’ supply chains made it crystal clear that cheapest is not always best.

Read on to learn what to consider when selecting a sea freight carrier.

Topics: Sea Freight, Freight & Transportation, Imports & Exports Australia

4 Ways A 3PL Provider May Keep Your SME From Extinction

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 20-Oct-2016 12:54:55

The days of "one company doing it all" may be numbered. In todays highly competitive market where specialisation is the key, executing all business functions in house may not lead to success. Outsourcing business activities to an experienced partner can give a company a leg-up in these highly competitive times. Especially when dealing with such fundamental operations like warehousing that has undergone drastic changes and improvements in recent years.

Numerous Multi-National Companies (MNCs) are already outsourcing their warehousing to 3PL and logistics providers. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly doing the same, as they understand staying ahead in this business area requires an uneconomic amount of captial, in-depth knowledge and experienced staff. Keeping it in-house may lead to a slow and painful extinction of the entire company.

Read on to learn 4 ways how 3PLs, can assist your business with warehouse optimisation that assists your business to stay lean and may save you from extinction.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Quick Asbestos Update for Sea Freight and Air Freight Imports

Posted by Craig Cowin on 12-Oct-2016 16:15:38

BCR is a 3PL provider and freight forwarding company that manages sea freight and air freight shipments in and out of Australia and the rest of the world on behalf of business customers. Part of our focus is to keep the market and our customers up to date on issues that may impact their air freight, sea freight and the speedy customs clearance of their shipments to and from Australia. We are noticing many more sea freight and air freight shipments are being held at the time of customs clearance as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) conduct their risk assessment regarding the presence of asbestos. If required, DIBP may direct imported goods for asbestos testing in Australia, at the importer’s expense. This will likely result in lengthy and expensive delays and if asbestos is detected, the goods will be forfeited to the crown. Re-exportation is not an option.

Read on to learn more on the increased focus on imports that might contain asbestos and how you can be prepared.

Topics: Sea Freight, Logistics Customs Brokerage

6 Secrets To Optimise Air Freight Shipments

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 05-Oct-2016 10:21:03

The management of air freight can be complicated and requires specific freight forwarding skills and knowledge. Negotiating with air freight suppliers and performing each task in a timely manner is just the start.
Air Freight and Freight Forwarding Managers can improve their air freight operations with a bit of inside knowledge. This includes efficient cargo packaging, knowledge of flight routes and transhipment points, advance cargo planning, an annual contract with your freight forwarder, cargo consolidation and errorless documentation. It can assist you to save time, cost and effort and make most out of air freight.

Read on to learn 6 secrets every business manager should know to improve their air freight operations.

Topics: Air Freight, Freight & Transportation