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4 Things That Can Turn Your Freight Forwarding Into A Catastrophe And How To Overcome Them

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 17-May-2017 07:47:25

Freight forwarding is a critical part of any supply chain operation, and managing it flawlessly is vital, so businesses deliver cargo on time. However, due to the international nature of freight forwarding, there are complexities involved – and lack of insight and knowledge of them can be catastrophic.

Improper and incomplete documentation, inadequate process knowledge, verbal contracts and insufficient understanding of operations are among the major challenges business owners face while managing the freight forwarding task.

It can also become quite hectic and time-consuming dealing with these challenges along with taking care of the core business. There is the very real risk of a lapse in attention and even the possibility of a major operations failure.

Australian business owners know that freight operations are wide-ranging and complex, to the extent it 's hard to pay daily attention to it. That is why aligning your company with a professional Australian freight forwarding company is a wise choice. It will have efficient resources and experienced manpower to overcome freight forwarding challenges.

Read on to learn about major risks with your freight operations and how managing them proactively is crucial.

Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

The Top 5 Freight Forwarding Articles in 2017

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 10-May-2017 13:00:00

The Australian population is increasing, the demand for product is rising and so is the freight forwarding industry. With an average annual growth rate of 2.7% freight forwarding might not be on the fast but quite a steady lane. That is just like the population that grew in average by 1.5%, combining the so called natural increase (birth) and overseas migration in 2016.

But let's focus on our industry, shall we? With more than the first 1/3 of the year 2017 behind us, let's recap the top 5 articles on freight forwarding. What were our readers most interested in? And what does it reveal about the industry and the questions our visitors and customers have? Read on to find out more. 

Topics: Freight & Transportation, Freight Forwarding Companies

How a Fast Growing Business Can Benefit from an International Sea Freight Forwarder

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 04-May-2017 00:00:00

In a fast growing business, CEOs and business owners juggle a range of simultaneous actions across sales, marketing, finance, production, procurement, logistics and HR. Doing so many things together can result in stress, unproductive time management and compromise outcomes. If a business frequently imports or exports, as many businesses in Australia do, international sea freight is or shoud be a large part of a company’s logsitics. International sea freight, also know as ocean freight, incorporates multiple activities including, origin transport, international transport, customs clearance, domestic transport and documentation thus making it quite complex. If not managed properly, costs increase and customer satisfaction decreases. It can be challenging to ensure you receive the best results from international freight operations. Professional international freight forwarders in Australia bring relief by taking over the entire operation for seamless service at competitive pricing. This outsourcing can take a huge burden off a business owner’s shoulders. Alignment with these professionals is becoming very popular among business owners in Australia.

Read on to learn how a fast growing business can benefit from an international ocean freight forwarder.

Topics: Sea Freight

7 Powerful Tips To Improve Your Freight Forwarding Operations

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 27-Apr-2017 16:22:48

Whether you are a new business in need of freight forwarding services or an established one already working with a freight forwarder, you need to pay attention to the freight forwarder set-up to ensure that you receive maximum value for your investment. Freight constitutes a large part of overall supply chain costs and focusing on it can improve your profits. It’s important that you see it as a strategic part of your business and spend time in setting-it up right so as to save time and resources later on.

Proactively working with your freight forwarder in setting the expectations and processes upfront can save you time, energy and money. Leading CEOs and Logistics Managers understand this and ensure that they engage their freight partners at the right level at the beginning of relationship to get the desired results. Even if you have been using freight forwarding partners for quite some time, it’s not too late to use these powerful tips to improve your freight forwarding operations.

Read on to learn 7 powerful tips which can assist you in improving your freight operation and save your business money.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

Sea Freight or Air Freight: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 11-Apr-2017 10:18:48

Choosing the best transportation medium for your cargo can be challenging. This decision can have a profound impact on your business and your customers. Both air freight and sea freight have their advantages and disadvantages and the selection of the best shipping mode requires knowledge of each medium and the corresponding pros and cons. The first instinct of many Logistics and Operations Managers is to compare costs while considering transit time. However, along with these two factors, additional factors such as size, volume and the nature of the shipment should be considered. Leading managers know that a professional freight forwarder in Australia will take all of these factors into consideration and assist you in choosing the best shipping mode based on your requirements.

Read on to learn 4 questions to ask yourself that will assist you to choose the best-suited transportation medium between sea freight and air freight.

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

[Update] What are Destination Charges in the Freight Forwarding and Shipping Industry?

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 05-Apr-2017 13:10:01

When it comes to destination charges and other components of freight forwarding and shipping invoices we understand that many questions arise. Why does the setup of invoices vary so drastically between different Australian freight forwarding companies? Why are there different charges and costs with different freight forwarders? Are destination charges negotiable? And how much are actual destination charges?

These are only some of the questions we hear from customers and prospects which is why I decided to pick up this topic again. I have previously written about destination charges and this will be an update of the last blog

Read on to learn about destination charges in the freight forwarding industry, what they mean and why they seem to vary between different freight forwarders in Australia.

Topics: Freight & Transportation

4 Crucial Benefits You Get With Air Freight Australia

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 29-Mar-2017 10:28:00

Air freight is the fastest, the most reliable and also the most expensive transportation mode. Effective management of this mode requires flawless planning, efficient management and professional skills. Further, to ensure the objectives of order fulfilment and business growth, it is important that nothing should go wrong in the air freight process.

Management of air freight services requires knowledge of processes, understanding of goods-specific requirements, an extensive operations network and an experienced team. Working with freight forwarders with fewer resources is likely to bring continuous hassles, lower service levels and more service failures. Growing Australian businesses need a professional air freight forwarder that they can have confidence in to assist them in meeting business goals. Experienced freight forwarders provide speed and accuracy, cargo-specific knowledge, a dynamic network as well as a high level of customer service and reliability. Engaging an experienced and professional air freight forwarder will assist you in achieving your goals much more easily.

Read on to know how these 4 benefits make your air freight operation flawlessly smooth.

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

Beware - Increased Infrastructure and Toll Costs are Here

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 17-Mar-2017 13:11:41

At BCR, as a freight forwarder, customs broker and 3PL provider, we understand how challenging it can be to stay up to date with the frequent changes that happen within the sea freight, air freight and freight forwarding industry. To assist Logistics Managers and Managing Directors, we regularly update the market on the most relevant and the most important changes. In this blog, we will update you on changes that start coming into effect 1 April. These changes, which relate to increased surcharges from container terminals and toll road operators, are likely to impact all freight forwarding customers, any company that imports/exports to and from Australia and any business that uses the road network in Sydney and Melbourne.

Read on to learn what is changing so that you and your business can be prepared.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

5 Must Know Facts about 3PL for Business Owners

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 10-Mar-2017 13:50:47

3PL companies provide cost effective, end-to-end supply chain logistics services to businesses. The services offered by 3PL providers include warehousing, freight forwarding, domestic transportation, customs clearance and value-added services. Many business owners and CEOs in Australia get the most out of their logistics with the assistance of professional 3PL providers. However, before you first engage with a 3PL company, there are a few facts to be aware of and some misconceptions that need to be clarified. Some common misconceptions associated with aligning with a third-party logistics company include increased overall costs, more hectic work, business security breaches and losing control over logistics operations.

However, in most cases, outsourcing to a 3PL provider assists in making a business more organised, efficient and profitable. The expertise and resources available from a third-party logistics provider assist in reducing overall costs and free up your in-house resources which enables you and your team to focus on growth plans for your business.

Read on to learn 5 facts about third-party logistics providers and how they can enable the growth of your company.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL

Improve Supply Chain Versatility Today with 3PL Brisbane

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 03-Mar-2017 10:00:00

Excellent customer service is vital for the success of any business today, whether in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or any city in Australia.

Fulfilment of customer expectations and needs alongside management of costs, inventory and operational issues are essential, and require a versatile supply chain. Versatility allows your business to shape and mould according to evolving customer requirements.

Managing and maintaining a versatile supply chain in-house can be a costly and challenging task. Providers of 3PL Brisbane have been long-trusted to bring business customers economic solutions. Outsourcing your warehousing and or freight forwarding to a 3PL Brisbane will bring versatility to your supply chain, including versatile warehousing, technologies, transport solutions and value-added services.

Read on to discover how 3PL Brisbane increases business versatility and customer satisfaction.

Topics: Contract Logistics, Warehousing & 3PL