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5 Smart Strategies for Economic Freight Forwarding

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 22-Jul-2016 16:22:36

Freight forwarding plays a vital role in determining the landed cost and delivery timeline for any product. Leading businesses are able to establish ateh right balance between the costs and product availability. The freight cost makes up a considerable part of the landed cost and assists when deciding the market price for your product. Economical freight costs can assist in developing a lower landed cost and hence a better market position against your competition and improved profitability. There are some smart strategies that importers and exporters can use that include using the most appropriate transportation medium, collaborating with an established freight forwarder, signing long-term freight forwarder contracts, efficient packing, stuffing and complete-accurate-timely (CAT) documentation to make the freight forwarding operation for your products economic and immaculate.

Read on to learn 5 smart strategies you can use today to ensure operational excellence and economical freight forwarding operations.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

Troubleshoot Warehousing Challenges with a Provider of 3PL Sydney

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 15-Jul-2016 14:29:44

In today’s competitive business environment, setting up a productive warehouse can provide your business with a competitive edge. Setting up a warehouse requires a large capital investment, a skilled work force and management skills to deliver continually improving outcomes. From setting up to managing a productive warehouse, importers, exporters and manufactures face many challenges including determining proper layout, suitable infrastructure, efficient processes, the optimised inventory level and a work force aligned with your supply chain strategies. Mismanagement of any process or improper infrastructure will affect the output of a warehouse and create bottlenecks in your supply chain. Businesses in Australia need expert warehousing solutions including efficient work force management to remain competitive. Managing an efficient and effective warehouse can be very costly as well as stressful for an in-house team. Another option to consider is outsourcing to a 3PL provider. 3PL service providers in Australia have setup multiuser warehouses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns, Adelaide and Perth. These warehouses are capable of fulfilling your warehousing needs with economic monthly payments and can transform what could be a stressful warehousing experience into a very pleasant 3PL warehousing experience.

Read on to learn how a 3PL in Sydney can assist you to troubleshoot your warehousing challenges and deliver an optimised warehousing experience.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Does Your Product Really Need Air Freight Services? 5 Questions to Ask

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 05-Jul-2016 10:00:00

The decision on which mode of transport for your freight should be based on several factors.  Air freight services provide advantages over sea freight including the fastest delivery, reliability, safety and a vast global network. With these advantages come an increased landed cost and an increased carbon footprint. The landed cost contributes a major part to the product cost and will influence the product pricing structure, which has a huge impact on its sale. To be competitive in the market, your product price should be competitive along with having unlimited availability, for which the demand and supply ratio should be in equilibrium. Leading business managers in Australia are likely to perform an analysis to ensure that the product really needs airfreight services.

Factors like perishability, seasonality, replenishment cycle, product cost, safety, demand fluctuation and supply chain strategy influence the decision and can assist you to choose the best transportation mode for your product. Collaborating with an established air freight and sea freight forwarder in Australia can also provide insight and knowledge and they can assist you to choose the most appropriate transportation mode.

Read on to learn if your product really needs an air freight service or if another more economical transportation mode, such a sea freight can be used to deliver your products.

Topics: Sea Freight, Air Freight

Learn How to Reduce Risk with a Freight Forwarder

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 28-Jun-2016 10:00:00

As more companies import and export to and from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and other parts of Australia, the importance of freight forwarders has increased. Freight forwarders provide domestic and international transportation solutions to businesses wanting to ship cargo and goods from one location to another. While some freight forwarders have their own transport modes, many collaborate and use the service of specialist transportation providers such as shipping lines, airlines, rail and road carriers to ensure your goods reach their destination on time and in good condition.

With the movement of freight comes the threat of loss and damages, customs infringements, danger associated with unforeseeable events, questions of cargo insurance, and delays in delivery which challenge businesses in Australia. To overcome these risks, freight forwarders with substantial experience work on behalf of their customers to check the bills of carriage, arrange freight insurance, ensure customs compliance on both sides of borders, and provide visibility of goods-in-transit. By being the freight experts and taking care of these activities on behalf of their customers, freight forwarders can make life easy for their customers.

Read on to learn how an experienced freight forwarder can minimise freight forwarding risks for your business.


Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

4 Circumstances When You Should Avoid Using Sea Freight Services

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 21-Jun-2016 10:00:00

Delivery time lines, product type, required security, sensitivity level, shelf life, volumes and shipping cost all influence the decision of which shipping mode to use and play a vital role in deciding the best transportation mode. Sea freight services are the most economical mode of international transportation available when compared to air freight and provide the most flexibility as businesses have almost unlimited freedom to ship their goods irrespective of volume, weight, dimension and product type. These advantages make sea freight services the most commonly used transportation medium.

However, there are circumstances where businesses should avoid using sea freight services and choose a different transportation medium such as air freight. Choosing the incorrect transportation mode can result in damaged or lost shipments, delayed delivery and lost sales. By choosing the best transportation mode for each individual shipment, you are one-step closer to perfect order fulfilment and improved sales.

Read on to learn 4 circumstances when you should avoid using sea freight services and choose another more appropriate transportation mode such as airfreight.

Topics: Sea Freight, Air Freight

Sea Freight Australia - Market Update - June 2016

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 16-Jun-2016 07:38:35

Welcome to the June edition of the BCR Global Market Update. Read on to learn more on the import sea freight Australia market conditions for major lanes including North East Asia, South East Asia, the United States and Europe.

Topics: Sea Freight

Essential Elements to Check in an Airfreight Quote

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 02-Jun-2016 16:31:08

An airfreight quote is a business document that explains the pricing structure for a freight movement, the cargo routing, the transit times and the terms and conditions to be considered while using air freight services. An ideal airfreight quote assists businesses to analyse the landed cost of their cargo, estimate delivery time, handover date, container packing schedule and associated in-transit deadlines and risks. Not having a yearly contract with your air freight forwarder or beginning to trade with a new business partner makes it essential to check the airfreight quote for each individual movement. Checking an airfreight quote requires expertise and experience, as a small missed out point or assumption can delay the cargo and significantly increase your airfreight costs. Established freight forwarding providers in Australia provide individualised, complete and error free airfreight quotes each time, as airfreight requirements can vary by customer for each shipment. Therefore, to meet shipping targets, it is essential for Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Managers in Australia to act proactively and understand all the essential points of an airfreight quote before shipping the goods. This reduces the risk of mistakes and assists them to meet their targets by using error-free airfreight services.

Read on to learn the essential elements that every business should check in an airfreight quote before shipping an air freight shipment.

Topics: Air Freight

6 Potential Shortfalls When Selecting a 3PL Logistics Provider

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 26-May-2016 11:41:55

In recent years, 3PL providers have come to play a larger role in assisting customers manage parts of their supply chains. Outsourcing to a 3PL logistics provider has many benefits, and with these benefits come new risks. These new risks are focused on shortfalls with the actual 3PL provider that has been selected. By understanding these risks, you can proactively identify them before they start to negatively impact on your supply chain and decrease the benefits that can be achieved by outsourcing.

Read onto learn 6 potential shortfalls to look out for when selecting a 3PL logistics provider.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

3PL Melbourne: 4 Warehousing Secrets

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 19-May-2016 17:09:57

Change is inevitable. Just because you are doing well today, does not mean the future will be the same. Likewise, the role of a warehouse in a supply chain has changed through the years. A warehouse is no longer simply a space to store goods. Instead, warehouses have become a facility that connect the upstream and downstream of a supply chain. Warehouses face product increased proliferation along with increased volumes of goods resulting in additional complexity. With each passing year, handling goods in less time and with less error has become one of the most critical challenges. By strictly maintaining the functions of a warehouse, you can optimise your space, order processing and shipping times. Providers of 3PL in Melbourne have adopted certain critical parameters to ensure that key deliverables are achieved with consistency.

Read on to learn 4 warehousing secrets adopted by providers of 3PL in Melbourne that can assist you to gain the maximum advantage from warehousing.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Sea Freight Australia: Global Market Update – May 2016

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 12-May-2016 13:03:08

Welcome to the May edition of the BCR Global Market Update. Will this be the month that rates stabilise from NE Asia? Has the United States worked out how they will incorporate the new SOLAS verified gross mass weight requirement? Read on to learn about the import sea freight Australia market conditions for major lanes including North East Asia, South East Asia, the United States and Europe.

Topics: Sea Freight

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