The BCR Blog


5 Common Mistakes in Managing Sea Freight and How to Overcome Them

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 19-Oct-2017 13:51:42

(5 min read)

International shipping might be an everyday task for logistics managers, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one! Increasing loads, tight delivery schedules, shipping criticalities, operational challenges and the jungle of red tape and regulations keep everyone on their toes. At the same time said challenges don't leave much time to focus on common mistakes or how to fix them.

The risks of not doing so though include potential instability in sea freight operations. It has an impact on transit times, costs, customer satisfaction and the logistics manager’s own job performance.

Read on to learn about five common mistakes often made when managing sea freight – and how you can overcome them and ensure smooth sailing.


Topics: Sea Freight, Freight & Transportation

[­Company Sales Targets] How Operations Managers Can Assist

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 10-Oct-2017 07:52:00

(4 min read)

Whether you’re a multi-billion dollar global organisation or a local small business, meeting sales targets is always a number one priority. While it is a core KPI for sales managers, the ability to meet their goals depends greatly on the operations and logistics managers.

Some operations and logistics managers might not appreciate just how much influence they can have beyond the primary goal of achieving lowest cost logistics. By looking at how air freight can meet sales demand when needed, and gaining a deeper understanding of potential issues including costs, processes and limitations on cargo, when demand runs high fast freight carriage solutions can be implemented and sales targets met.

Read on to learn how air freight’s fast turnaround, accessibility, frequency and flexibility can assist your sales colleagues succeed in keeping your company’s customers satisfied.

Topics: Air Freight

5 Genius Ways to Overcome Peaks and Troughs Using Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 04-Oct-2017 07:19:00

(5 min read)

One of the biggest challenges for any business owner is managing fluctuations in demand and the peaks and troughs that result. In peak seasons, the mission for the supply chain manager is to ensure sufficient products are flowing to customers to meet demand. When a trough occurs, controlled and efficient inventory planning is essential to avoid issues such as obsolete inventory and the subsequent locking up of capital.

To overcome these potential problems, the supply chain needs to be flexible, and provide cost-effective, timely supply and control of product flow. Sea freight can meet these requirements if it is used cleverly and planned carefully. The services of an experienced sea freight forwarder can be invaluable in ensuring the optimum outcome.

Read on to learn about how changes in demand may impact your freight operations and how best to ride the peaks and troughs successfully.

Topics: Sea Freight, Freight & Transportation

How Proactive Communication from a Freight Forwarder Benefits Your Business

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 26-Sep-2017 10:32:00

Being well-informed is essential for any business, particularly when you are managing a supply chain that involves freight movements. Not having timely information can not only generate an additional workload, it can also increase costs, delay deliveries and leave customers unsatisfied.

Proactive communication from your freight forwarder is the key to confidence and to navigating unforeseen challenges including space constraints, port congestion, changes to regulations or charges and supply chain bottlenecks. When you are kept informed, it gives you a chance to organise your way around problematic situations and protect your profitability.

Read on to learn how proactive communication from a freight forwarder can boost business confidence and assist you to avoid potential pitfalls and additional costs.

Topics: Freight & Transportation

September Global Market Update on Sea Freight to Australia

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 20-Sep-2017 14:40:50

(7 min read)

Welcome to the September edition of the BCR Global Market Update. BCR understands the time pressure our customers have, in particular at this time of the year, with Golden Week starting soon and peak season progressing. Therefore, we frequently provide an update on current market conditions for companies importing sea freight to Australia.

Our aim is to give you a quick overview of the latest trends so you can act fast but well-informed.

Read on to learn more about the conditions of the Australian sea freight market for major lanes including Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe. Further, we provide information on a new International Terminal Fee at major Australian terminals.


Topics: Sea Freight, Sea Freight Australia

[Urgent] Last Minute Import Tips for China Golden Week

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 14-Sep-2017 15:48:46

(6 min read)

China is preparing for Golden Week. It is one of the biggest holidays in China. For seven days factories will close, logistics companies will be off and almost every business (taking part in a supply chain) will shut its doors to celebrate this holiday.

Most companies importing from China have considered this annual event in their shipping schedules. However, due to fluctuating demand, some companies may need to import additional goods at the last minute. This can be very tricky at this time of the year.

Read on to learn five major problems and their solutions that can help you with your imports around China Golden Week.


Topics: Air Freight, Freight & Transportation

Five Big Trends Shaping your Future Freight Forwarding

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 07-Sep-2017 11:56:10

It's not only cargo moving in the shipping world - the entire freight forwarding industry is in a state of flux. Factors behind the changes include changing trade alliances, consolidation of some shipping lines, changes to oil prices, the growing demand for sustainable solutions, digitisation and terrorism threats.

While a CEO cannot control all these things, careful planning and partnering with a professional freight forwarder can help to de-risk supply chain operations and protect business profitability.

Keep reading and learn about five big trends your operations team need to navigate to make your business future-ready.


Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies

5 Vital Lessons for a Growing Australian Business Using International Sea Freight

Posted by Anett Faustmann on 30-Aug-2017 07:21:34

(6 min read)

As the Operations Manager for a business experiencing monthly growth, you may find there is a need to ship ever-increasing amounts of product internationally. This often makes the company’s sea freight operations more complex. Challenges may include fluctuations in international sea freight rates, non-availability of space on vessels, incomplete documentation, less than effective information flows and sometimes delays in shipping due to unforeseen changes in shipping routes.

It’s potentially a major source of stress – because not getting the shipping right can impact both customers and the business bottom line.

Experience is a great teacher – and Australian companies that have navigated the complexities of managing this scenario have some important lessons to share.

Keep reading to find out how this hard-won wisdom can help your booming business productively navigate international sea freight logistics hurdles.

Topics: Sea Freight, Freight & Transportation

How Logistics Managers Can Meet Their KPIs By Using Air Freight In Australia

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 24-Aug-2017 14:32:52

(4 min read)

For any business, the important Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Operations and Logistics Managers include efficient order fulfillment time, lowest end-to-end logistics costs, minimal damages and an optimised inventory pipeline.

These are all crucial for business performance.

What can be frustrating is when you have done everything possible to achieve your KPIs but haven’t.

Sometimes the cure is to find a better solution, such as partnering with an experienced air freight forwarder.

Discover more about how the right freight forwarder can help you meet or even beat your KPIs.

Topics: Air Freight

Will the 2017 Peak Season Hit Importers and Freight Forwarders Early?

Posted by Scott Brunelle on 17-Aug-2017 12:04:13

Welcome to the August edition of the BCR Global Market Update. BCR is an international freight forwarder and 3PL provider located in Australia. Regularly we provide an update on market conditions for companies importing goods into Australia from around the world.

Read on to learn about import sea freight market conditions to Australia for major lanes including North East Asia, South East Asia, the United States and Europe. In addition, learn about the restricted shipping controls ahead of the BRICS Summit in Xiamen and changes to import conditions and documentary requirements for wooden manufactured articles.

Topics: Freight Forwarding Companies