The BCR Blog


Top 5 Challenges Australian Logistics Managers Face With Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 16-Mar-2018 07:18:00

(6 min read)
As a transportation sector, sea freight is constantly evolving. Factors including government policies, growth in demand, varying customer requirements and technological innovations mean that new challenges are constantly emerging. There are, however, five common challenges that most logistics managers face frequently. Understanding what they are and how to overcome them is crucial for anyone responsible for either managing shipping in-house or outsourcing the task to an Australian freight forwarder.

Read on to learn about the five biggest challenges logistics managers face with sea freight in Australia, and how to turn them into opportunities to gain improved service levels and market positioning.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies, Sea Freight Australia

How Air Freight Companies Will Make You Meet Turn-Around Times

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 06-Mar-2018 13:38:00

(6 min read)
A business can really suffer if logistics managers fail to ensure shipments are delivered within committed time-frames. Not only can there be a loss of sales, but delayed deliveries also diminish a company’s market value and credibility, increasing the chances of losing out to your competitors. To deliver within a committed TAT (Turn-Around Time), a logistics manager must have full visibility and control of the entire supply chain and its processes, including manufacturing, document preparation, shipment on-boarding, shipment packaging and other arrangements.

Delays associated with any of these elements directly impact delivery schedules, making life more challenging for logistics managers. In Australia, air freight companies can play a vital role in overcoming potential issues and ensuring timeframes for delivery are met. Air freight operators can also assist with your planning, such as guidelines for sensitive cargo.

Read on to understand the difficulties logistics managers can have in meeting the required TAT, and how air freight can help you leap the hurdles and meet your delivery deadlines.


Topics: Air Freight, Freight Forwarding Companies

How to Improve Business Productivity with Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 01-Mar-2018 13:14:00

(5 min read)
Running a business is a tough gig, which means operations managers face pressure on many fronts. They need to assist in making the business more productive, ensure deliveries are fast, reduce additional costs, avoid damages and achieve it all utilising minimal financial and manpower resources.

It’s a high-stakes juggling act, but there are ways to navigate the challenges and increase productivity. Ensuring sea freight is managed professionally is one of these ways. Further ways include bulk shipping, lower costs per unit, simple door-to-door deliveries and flexible policies. However, it is essential to know how to make the most of the mode’s strengths and avoid potential pitfalls such as requiring random or instant changes to schedules.

To gain the most benefit, a tailored logistics and freight forwarding solution that is specific to your company is ideal, which is where the guidance of an expert freight forwarder can be invaluable.

Read on to discover four ways sea freight can help to increase your company’s productivity and increase its market reach without adding any additional effort or expense.

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

4 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Relation With Freight Forwarders in Sydney

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 22-Feb-2018 15:25:42

(6 min read)
John, a CEO of an SME often feels that he is not getting the most out of his freight forwarder in Sydney. Without investigating in depth and assuming this as the freight forwarder’s performance lack, he has changed several freight forwarders and always felt the similar issue with everyone.

Like John, many other CEOs in Australia feel the similar kind of situation and believe that switching the freight forwarder is the only solution. Whereas improving relationships and maintaining it professionally may help CEOs to get the most out of their current freight forwarders. To be strategic, documenting the things, believing in your freight forwarder and avoiding misconceptions are the ways that make the relationship healthier and increase the trust level. Therefore, even if everything is going well, CEOs must try these effective ways as a diagnostic tool to make sure you and your freight forwarder are on the road to relationship bliss.

Read on to know the 4 ways to get the most out of your relationship with freight forwarders in Sydney or other cities in Australia and how this can enhance your overall freight forwarding performance.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies, International Freight Forwarding

[Update] International Freight Forwarding to/from Australia

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 15-Feb-2018 15:50:05

(5 min read)

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the BCR Market Update.

With Chinese New Year taking place this week, the freight forwarding industry is slowly moving into 'post-peak season' and we can see its impact by the easing of pricing. 

In this update, we focus on the current conditions of the international freight forwarding market for the Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia trade lane, announced blank sailings and the reduction of rates typical for this period.


Topics: Sea Freight Australia, International Freight Forwarding

The Benefits of a Great Relationship with Your Australian Freight Company

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 08-Feb-2018 13:03:00

(4 min read)
Are you like John, a CEO of an SME in Melbourne, and prefer immediate cost benefits over relationships? Neglecting the importance of building relationships with service providers and switching around to obtain cheaper solutions is a fairly common practice in business. While this can offer instant bottom-line benefits, it does deprive you of some important long-term paybacks.

Building strong and productive relationships with freight companies can enhance your entire supply chain operation. The best ways to achieve this include exchanging information, regular meetings, showing trust and understanding each parties mutual requirements. By incorporating building relationships in your strategic plan, you are ensuring flow-on benefits in terms of ensuring your can keep your customers happy in the long run.

Read on to know how CEOs can benefit from a better relationship with their freight forwarding companies.


Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

The Impact of Chinese New Year on Freight Forwarding and How You Can Prepare Yourself

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 01-Feb-2018 14:00:34

(7 min read)

Every year, the freightforwarding and logistics industry is impacted by a number of events, incidents, seasonal changes and other disruptions. While some are rather unpredictable, the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations and its extensive impact on the global logistics industry can be experienced every year.

With China's economic power constantly growing it is not hard to predict that this will only further increase in the years to come. And the shipping lines are even adding to the bottleneck by implementing blank sailings and GRIs.

Read on to learn about the Chinese New Year, its impact on the freight forwarding industry and how you can prepare yourself.


Topics: Freight & Transportation, Sea Freight Australia, International Freight Forwarding

5 Ways To Turn Your Losses Into Profits With an Efficient Freight Forwarding Partner

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 23-Jan-2018 12:58:00

(6 min read)

Man with umbrella_turning losses into profits with a freight forwarder_BCR_333.jpgAs the CEO of an Australian organisation in Sydney, Jason is answerable for any losses the company incurs. This makes higher freight forwarding costs tipping operations into the red a real headache. Not only can this erode the company’s overall profits, it can also call into question the company’s logistics management skills.

Steve is well aware of what’s going wrong, but fixing it is a challenge. It’s a situation many Australian companies have faced, and have resolved through partnering with a professional freight forwarder. Freight experts are your ally, bringing a professional team and specific expertise that can assist to turn that profit-loss curve back in the right direction.

Read on to learn five ways they make this happen.

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

January 2018 Market Update on International Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 16-Jan-2018 12:29:00

(3 min read)

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Welcome to the first edition of the BCR Market Update for 2018.

2017 has seen the worst peak season since pre-GFC and we are still feeling the aftermath. With only 4 weeks to go until Chinese New Year (CNY), sea freight carriers are trying to maintain high rates and keep implementing GRIs resulting in record rates for this time of the year.

Read on to learn about the current condition of the International sea freight market. For this Market Update we put our focus on the North East Asia and South East Asia trade lane, as these will be severely impacted by CNY.


The 5 Best Articles About Air Freight In 2017

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 11-Jan-2018 08:21:07

(4 min read

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2017 had been a great year for the international air freight industry after its drought in 2016. The demand has grown more than expected. Airlines had to use the holiday weeks to clear up all the backlog of freight from the months before. And the forecast for 2018 looks just as bright.

At this point though, we want to see what our readers considered most important in 2017. What air freight topics were of interest, what headlines drew readers' attention?

Read on to get more insights into the best air freight articles of 2017.


Topics: Air Freight, Freight & Transportation