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3PL Melbourne: 5 Tactics to Develop a Fruitful Relationship with a 3PL Provider

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 26-Aug-2016 11:20:26

Successful 3PL outsourcing is not only about getting your work done, but also about creating a fruitful relationship with your provider of 3PL Melbourne. Whether you are experienced using the services of a 3PL provider, or just starting to consider outsourcing, building a strong relationship with your 3PL provider is essential to ensure success from outsourcing logistics. A strong relationship plays an important role while you continually work with your 3PL provider. It does not matter if you are focused on increasing the amount of work your 3PL provider completes for your business, aligning them to your strategic goals, gaining an increased commitment, or getting their best resources to work for you, the relationship with you have with your 3PL provider plays a very important part. Building this relationship takes time and positive experiences from both sides contribute to building the relationship. It involves doing many things correctly, such as having a mutually agreed contract (not one-sided), periodic evaluation, co-planning the future, creating open channels for communication, and management commitment. Building a long-term relationship requires trust, understanding, transparency and support from both parties and in return, provides benefits that include better throughput, hassle-free operations, happy customers and ultimately, an overall win-win for both sides.

Read on to learn 5 tactics that will assist you in developing a fruitful relationship with a 3PL Melbourne and how you can implement these into your business.


Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Air Freight: 5 Facts Many Airfreight Quotes Leave Out

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 19-Aug-2016 10:30:00

Many freight forwarders provide air freight quotes that are not complete, comprehensive and clear. Receiving an invoice after your airfreight shipment with extra charges that you did not know about is frustrating. It is important as a Freight Forwarding or Logistics Manager to understand what your airfreight shipment will cost so you can plan. Basic information such as freight rate, transit time and static charges are usually included. But some freight forwarding companies leave out additional charges that might be incurred either because they are not aware of them or sometimes on purpose. Reasons to hide these additional potential charges could be either to reduce the risk perception or increase profit for the air freight forwarder. These untold facts, if not dealt with proactively, have an impact on your air freight shipment and can be the core reason for cargo delays. In order to deliver your cargo on time and under the projected landed cost, it is important to have knowledge about these facts. Many times, a lack of awareness or over-trust makes business owners and logistics managers forget to ask about these facts. It is important to be informed and seek clarification from your freight forwarder to avoid surprises with your shipment.

Read on to learn 5 facts that can assist you to make a better air freight decision.

Topics: Air Freight

August 2016 Global Market Update from Freight Forwarder BCR

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 10-Aug-2016 15:00:51

As a Freight Forwarding or Logistics Manager, staying up to date on the ever-changing market conditions can be challenging. It is important to stay informed on changes so that you can plan your cargo movements with your freight forwarder and know in advance when rates will be changing. To assist importers and exporters, BCR, a 3PL provider and international freight forwarder publishes this monthly global market update.

Read on to learn about the import sea freight market conditions to Australia for major lanes including North East Asia, South East Asia, the United States and Europe.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

Getting Smart with a 3PL Brisbane for Perfect Order Fulfilment

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 04-Aug-2016 13:02:03

Order fulfilment rate helps to drive the performance of a supply chain. Higher order fulfilment rates contribute to higher levels of customer satisfaction and the possibility of achieving higher business growth. To fulfill an order perfectly requires delivering the right product, in the right quantity, at the right time, in the right condition, to the right customer with the right documentation. Fulfilling a small amount of orders perfectly is achievable. However, in peak season or with a large volume of orders, achieving and maintaining a perfect order fulfilment rate consistently can be a nightmare. For some small to medium sized companies, perfect order fulfilment can be an even more challenging task as the company may not have a dedicated resource to focus on their supply chain.

To keep products consistently flowing through your supply chain, and within the defined turnaround time (TAT) requires a well-defined infrastructure, a skilled workforce, standardised processes, efficient storage methods, the correct inventory level and a robust shipping network. To build all these requires years of focus, effort and hard work. The energy and focus required to build these can distract you from focusing on your core competence, thus compromising your business growth. A simpler option is to outsource to an experienced and professional provider of 3PL in Brisbane or a nationwide 3PL provider that readily brings your business these capabilities. Increasingly, business owners in Brisbane are fulfilling their orders perfectly with an experienced and efficient provider of 3PL in Brisbane.

Read on to learn how a provider of 3PL Brisbane can assist you to fulfil your orders perfectly.

Topics: Supply Chain Management, Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Where Will Warehousing from 3PL Providers Go in the next 10 Years?

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 28-Jul-2016 15:43:39

Over the past few decades, the 3PL warehousing industry has faced revolutionary changes. To improve customer satisfaction, improve productivity and reduce overall logistics costs, technologies such as automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), bar codes, warehouse management systems (WMS), cloud computing, business intelligence, efficient storage systems and automated processes have been introduced. These innovations have brought a revolution in how warehousing is managed.

With global changes and technological advancements, the face of warehousing is continuously changing and will continue to change at an even faster speed than what we have seen so far. 3PL warehousing customers as well as 3PL providers will need to keep pace with the changes to ensure not just relevance, but survival. Collaboratively, 3PL customers and 3PL providers will benefit by ensuring that their businesses are geared-up for a future where change is the only constant. As 3PL warehousing is a core business for 3PL providers, they will take the lead and deploy the latest warehousing technology and operations to support their customers’ supply chains.  

Read on to learn where 3PL warehousing might go in the next 10 years. Prepare to embrace the future.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

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 the 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